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Tuesday, Sept. 29

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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
NRG Stadium

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016

Monday, Nov. 30
Classes resume

Friday, Dec. 4
SFA Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom




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News & Announcements

Culinary Café to host reception for artist on Saturday, Oct. 3

SFA's Culinary Café will host an opening reception for artist and alumnus Jason Daniel from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Culinary Café.

"We encourage our SFA family and the Nacogdoches community to enjoy a night with us at the Culinary Café," said Dr. Chay Runnels, SFA's hospitality administration program coordinator and graduate program coordinator.

The Culinary Café features artwork by various artists each semester, and Daniel's collection has been selected for display during fall 2015.
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Counselor Summit to connect counselors, educators, administrators in region

SFA is connecting counselors, teachers and administrators by hosting the Counselor Summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Education Annex, Room 127, on SFA's campus.

This free event is open to high school counselors, career and technical education teachers, and principals and superintendents in the region. Space is limited, and the first 55 participants to register online will receive reserved seats and a lunch in the Culinary Café. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/p8dh3ey. Door prizes will be awarded.

Three years ago, Dr. Nancy Shepherd, program coordinator for family and consumer sciences at SFA, recognized the important connection counselors and teachers have to students who need up-to-date information about college and career opportunities. This realization helped her conceptualize the Counselor Summit.
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SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for Diversity Conference proposals

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members and students to submit proposals for either a 25-, 50- or 75-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation. Poetry proposals also will be accepted.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, click here. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 22.

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or email aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments related to the conference.

University Women's Club to meet this morning

Take a break from your work to meet the deans and members of the SFA University Women's Club. There's no time like the present to meet women from across the college's academic unit and campus. With coffee and morning snacks, spend a bit of time talking with colleagues and meeting some new people. Information about the UWC also will be available.

This is an eight-week series.

10-11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29
College of Fine Arts, Buddy Himes, dean
Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 208

8:30-9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9
College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Brian Murphy, dean
Ferguson Building, Room 291

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15
Rusche College of Business, Timothy Bisping, dean
Business Building, Room 443

10-11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19
Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Hans Williams, interim dean
Forestry Building, Room 105

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
College of Science and Mathematics, Kimberly Childs, dean
Math Building, Room 103

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
Steen Library, Shirley Dickerson, director
Wyatt Room

The Conservation Fund programs director to present at SFA's Forestry Graduate Seminar

Julie Shackelford, programs director for The Conservation Fund, will deliver a presentation titled "Neches River and the Loss of Giants" at the Forestry Graduate Seminar at noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the SFA Forestry Building, Room 117. The presentation is open to the public. If you plan to attend, please bring a lunch.

For more information, contact Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, at (936) 468-1185 or email fullersa@sfasu.edu.

Office 365 applications now available to faculty, staff members

Office 365 apps are now available to SFA faculty and staff members.

A button in the mySFA employee tab, located below the Outlook Web Access button, provides access to the Office 365 apps. Watch your email for more information or visit sfasu.edu/o365.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Latino Heritage Month event

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate Latino Heritage Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be music and dance performances and a keynote address by Curtis Acosta.

Acosta has many years under his belt as an experienced educator and education consultant. He is described as an "incredible educator" who kept his outlawed Ethnic Studies classes alive after the successful Mexican American Studies Program was banned in Tuscon, Arizona. Acosta will speak about his experiences as an educator and advocate for ethnic studies while empowering and educating the SFA community about the importance of this course and higher education, especially for the Latina/o community.

Admission is $5 for faculty, staff and community members and $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk.


Record-setting day for Ladyjack golf

It was a day for the record books! Sophomore Erica Lautensack fired a program-low 5-under 67, and SFA tallied a 7-over 295 in round two of the 2015 Bob Hurley Oral Roberts University Shootout. Both Lautensack and the Ladyjacks are in second place heading into today’s final round at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On Monday, Lautensack’s second-round performance rewrote Ladyjack history. Her 5-under 67 is two shots better than the previous record of 69, held by both Lautensack and Chelsea Simmons. The Arlington native is currently tied for second in the individual standings with an even-par 144 following an opening round 5-over 77.
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SFA breaks from SLC play to host Prairie View A&M University

Only two regular season non-conference conflicts remain on SFA volleyball's 2015 schedule. The first of those bouts will signal a brief intermission from Southland Conference play.

Tonight is the first time since 2009 that a Southwestern Athletic Conference opponent will set foot in Shelton Gym when the Ladyjacks host Prairie View A&M University at 6:30 p.m. The Panthers are the latest aspiring contender to put a halt to SFA’s 15-match home winning streak.
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Lumberjacks head to Houston for 90th Battle of the Piney Woods

SFA and Sam Houston State University renew one of the oldest rivalries in Texas as the two teams meet for the 90th time in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods Saturday, Oct. 3, at NRG Stadium in Houston. Opening kick between the Lumberjacks and Bearkats is set for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3.

NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, will be the backdrop for the ESPN3 Southland Game of the Week. Randy McIlvoy will have the call of the game with Shea Walker serving as color analyst and Brooke Bentley working the sidelines. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and also is available on the WatchESPN app and through ESPN College Extra, airing on DirecTV, Dish Network and select sports programming packages. Rob Meyers will once again broadcast the game live on radio at Q107.7 FM, or fans can listen online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through SFAJacks.com with in-game Twitter updates available @SFA_Football.
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Fine Arts

SFA's jazz bands to perform program of classic swing music

SFA's Swingin' Axes and Swingin's Aces jazz bands will perform classic swing music at their next concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance will feature the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini and other great jazz composers.

Directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes' program will include Ellington's classic "Take the A-Train" and Buddy Rich's "Basically Blues." 
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Clarinetist Lignitz-Hahn to perform at SFA

Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, assistant professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining Lignitz-Hahn will be colleague Sehee Lee, lecturer of piano and collaborative piano at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. Among the featured works will be Malcom Arnold's Sonatina and Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen's "Licorice Stick."

Other pieces on the program include Andre Bloch's "Denneriana," Serban Nichifor's "Carnyx" and Béla Kovács' "Hommage à Manuel de Falla."
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Guest piano recital to feature music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin

Dr. Tali Morgulis, associate professor of piano at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. The program is subtitled "Autumn Song for Piano A Cappella" and features works by noted composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sofia Gubaidulina and Frédéric Chopin.

First on the program are three pieces from Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons, Op. 37a," including September: The Hunt, October: Autumn Song, and November: Troika (Russian Dance). The second work is Gubaidulina's contemporary sonata, composed in 1965, which involves some playing inside the piano on the strings, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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Fall is the perfect time of year to kick back in the hammock after work, or dawdle a Sunday afternoon away with a book or long nap. Few things seem to be as relaxing as that gentle rocking with a good breeze.

But how high would you be willing to go for some hammock time? A group of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts took it to a new level this month in observance of the beginning of WWI. Read about why these athletes dangled thousands of feet above the ground to honor the memories of the soldiers killed in the Italian Dolomite Mountains here. There also are plenty of cool pictures to make your palms sweat.

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