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Monday, Sept. 29
SFA women's golf
ORU Shootout
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tuesday, Sept. 30
SFA women's golf
ORU Shootout
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tuesday, Oct. 7
'Operation E' screening
Liberal Arts North Room 142
7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center
SFA Campus
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Homecoming Online Auction
Oct. 9 - 26

Global Citizenship Series
Oct. 9-10
Sugar Land, Texas




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SFA to host fourth annual global citizenship event

The future of the relationship between the United States and Asia will be featured at the 2014 Global Citizenship Series presented by SFA on Oct. 9 and 10 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk.

The conference, titled "Asia and the United States: Relationship Patterns and Potential," is the fourth annual international conference SFA has hosted in the Houston area.

"The goals of the event are to expose our students, faculty, and the Houston community to world leaders, to enhance understanding of a region critical to our nation's prosperity and security, and to create opportunities for international program development," said Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts, which organizes the conference series.
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News & Announcements

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to display photography and poetry exhibit

The Center for Regional Heritage Research at SFA will host the exhibit "Pineywoods Summer Haiku" starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Nacogdoches Historic Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

The exhibit, which celebrates the natural heritage of Nacogdoches and the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas, was created by Dr. Judith Lauter, poet and former director of SFA's Human Neuroscience Laboratory.

Lauter was a neuroscientist for more than three decades, teaching and directing at universities around the country. In 2001, she founded the laboratory at SFA and remained with the university until her retirement in 2012. In addition to scientific articles and books, Lauter has published poems in a number of journals. She won two Hopwood Awards for poetry, an Academy of American Poets prize and the Norma Lowry Memorial Prize. Since her retirement, she has produced six books of poems and images. Read More

2014 International Film Festival begins this week

The SFA Spanish Film Club and Humanities Texas, in collaboration with multidisciplinary programs, Latin American studies and the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, will present the first film in the 2014 International Film Festival.

"Operation E" will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Liberal Arts North, Room 142. A discussion led by Associate Professor Jose Neftalí Recinos will precede the film.

The film is based on a real event, the kidnapping of Clara Rojas and Ingrid Betancourt by guerrilla fighters in Columbia.

The festival will screen films at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in October. It is free to the public. Foreign film standards vary from those in the U.S., and film topics may address controversial subject matter.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda; Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain; and SPAIN arts & culture. Other assistance includes a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the support of Multidisciplinary Programs, Latin American Studies, and Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication.

Assessment workshops scheduled for faculty, staff members

Would you like to write an excellent assessment report this year? If so, attend one of the following "How to Write an Excellent Assessment Report" workshops.

Sept. 15: 11 a.m.- noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library.
Sept. 16: 3-4 p.m., InfoLab 1,  Steen Library
Sept. 17: 2-3 p.m., InfoLab 1, Steen Library
Sept. 18: 9-10 a.m., InfoLab 1, Steen Library
Sept. 19: 11 a.m.-noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library

Reserve a place by registering for one of the workshops here. Bring your TracDat username and password and materials needed to complete the 2013-14 report.

Core Curriculum assessment reports for spring 2014 are due in TracDat Oct. 1. This is the last time that assessment reports will be submitted for the old core curriculum. Academic Program, Educational Support Unit and Administrative Support Unit assessment reports are due in TracDat Oct. 15.

Contact Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu with questions.

New faculty grant opportunity and workshops

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has a new grant available to SFA faculty members.

The Research/Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant is designed to support faculty research and creativity endeavors for the spring and summer sessions of 2015. Applications are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Application guidelines and forms can be found here.

To provide information on this new competition format and to provide assistance in the development of RCA proposals, ORSP will host two informational workshops in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. The dates for the workshops are from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Call the office at (936) 468-1151 with questions about grant opportunity, or any other internal or external funding interests.

Info meeting for Texas Legislative Internship set for Oct. 2

Please make your students aware of this exciting internship opportunity! In spring 2015, five SFA students will take part in the Texas Legislative Internship Program. Participating students will receive 9 to 12 hours of academic credit through a program that combines academic study with supervised practical training in public service.

Students will spend a total of 20 weeks working full-time in Austin. They will receive a salary stipend during their internship.

The program is open to students of any major who have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, including at least 15 in residence at SFA. The deadline for applications is Oct. 17.

There will be an informational meeting with the program coordinators at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in Ferguson Building, Room 371. For more information contact Ken Collier, Department of Government, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 136 or kcollier@sfasu.edu.


Raymond lifts SFA over Lamar in overtime

Senior Chelsea Raymond lifted the SFA women’s soccer team 2-1 over Lamar in overtime, scoring the game-winner in the 92nd minute at the SFA Soccer Field on Friday night.

SFA (6-2-1, 2-0 SLC) played the Lady Cardinals (3-6, 1-1 SLC) to a 1-1 draw in regulation to force overtime with the golden goal in effect.

The Ladyjacks outshot LU 21-13 and 12-5 on goal across the 91-plus minute affair. The Lady Cardinals held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
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SFA tops McNeese State in straight sets

The SFA women’s volleyball team made quick work of McNeese State on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Cowgirls in straight sets (25-12, 25-21, 25-20) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The win gives the Ladyjacks a 2-0 start in the Southland Conference for the third consecutive year. SFA has won seven of their last nine matches.

“I thought we played really well today,” said head coach Debbie Humphreys. “We were focused and played very aggressively. All around it was just a solid performance by everyone in every aspect of our game, and that’s what we need to keep doing. We’ve seen a lot more consistency night-in and night-out, which is what you want when conference time rolls around.”
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McNutt Announces 2014 fall softball schedule

SFA head softball coach Gay McNutt has announced the 2014 fall schedule for the Ladyjack softball program. The squad will participate in six games over three dates, with four contests taking place at SFA Softball Field.

“This fall, we’ll be taking a step back and focusing on fundamentals and the little things that make this team work,” McNutt said. “We want to win. That’s obviously going to be part of the focus for the six games we are playing, but our main objective will be for us to come together and do the little things correctly.”

The Ladyjacks will open their fall season against Texas Southern and St. Edward’s on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Spring, Texas. The matchup with Texas Southern is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., and the game against St. Edwards will have a 3 p.m. first pitch.
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Fine Arts

SFA trombonist Scott to perform recital that features readings from Daily Sentinel

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Scott's performance, part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, will feature varying music styles, randing from a Baroque suite of dances to a jazz composition.

A unique aspect of the program will be the performance of "Tabloid" by Grafton, Ohio, composer Clarence Barber that will be narrated by Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet at SFA. Read More

SFA jazz bands' performances to feature works of music greats Basie, Sturm

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the university's jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

In the first concert of the year, the Swingin's Axes will "take on an exciting project - a live production of Count Basie's 1968 hit album, 'Basie - Straight Ahead,'" according to Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA and director of the Swingin' Axes.

"This album contains nine original compositions by famed arranger and composer Sammy Nestico, who was to new to Basie's band at that time," explains Wurtz. "The idea behind the recording was to place on display 'the essence of the Basie style,' and by the time the session was over, everyone involved, from the band members to the producers, to Basie himself, felt they had accomplished their goal." Read More

SFA flutist Guenther to present 'Baroque to Jazz'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Christina Guenther in a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Guenther will present the program "Baroque to Jazz," which also features music colleagues Geneva Fung, piano, J.D. Salas, bass, and Brad Meyer, drums.

Among the works to be performed is Sonata in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Grand Polonaise in D Major by Theobald Boehm.
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SFA music faculty member Gavin to present 'Journeys and Reflections'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Charles Gavin in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The program, "Journeys and Reflections," will include selected repertoire inspired by different places, locations or works of art, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music.

"With the exception of two pieces, the compositions are by American composers who interpret the different locations," Gavin said. Accompanying Gavin will be faculty member James Pitts, pianist.
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