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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Sep. 3
Academic Convocation
Jamies I. Perkins College of Education
Kinesiology &
Health Science

3 p.m.

School of Human Sciences
3:30 p.m.
1st floor lobby
Human Science Building (south)

Human Services
4 p.m.
1st floor lobby -
Human Services Building

Elementary Education
4:30 p.m.
ECRC 212

Thursday, Sep. 5
College of Fine Arts
School of Art
12:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Nelson Rusche College of Business
4 p.m.
McGee Building, Room 133

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

4 p.m.
Forestry Building, Room 117

College of Sciences and Mathematics
4 p.m.
Kennedy Auditorium

College of Liberal and Applied Arts
4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center, Grand Ballroom

Friday, Sep. 6
First Friday Film
"Searching for Sugar Man"
@ Cole Art Center
7 p.m.

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
@ New Mexico State
5 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. George Washington
Shelton Gym
10:30 a.m.

vs. Elon
Shelton Gym
6 p.m.

Saturday, Sep. 7
Family Fun Day
SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center
9 a.m. to noon

SFA Football
@ Texas Tech
6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
@ Central Florida
6 p.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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90 Years of educating SFA students


For the past 90 years, the Stephen F. Austin State University faculty and staff have experienced firsthand the value of investing in SFA and its mission. Whatever our position at the university, we each play an important role in educating and shaping the brightest young minds of tomorrow.


Honor SFA’S 90th anniversary by making a donation during September, and receive a special commemorative gift. Simply select the SFA category you wish to support, and make your 90th-anniversary donation today.

SFA appoints new executive director of development

Nacogdoches native and SFA alumnus Trey Turner has been named executive director of development at the university, effective immediately.

Turner joined the SFA development team as a major gift officer in fall 2008 when the office was restructured to include a fundraising team that focuses solely on securing major gifts for the university. In his new role, he will oversee that team and administer the daily operations of the Office of Development, including SFA giving programs and capital campaigns. He fills the position left open by Jill Still who was promoted to vice president for university advancement in June 2012.

"During the past five years, it has been a privilege to work closely with some of SFA's most successful alumni in the pursuit of building excellence and prestige at our university," Turner said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve my alma mater as executive director of development and look forward to greatly advancing our fundraising efforts and impacting generations of future Lumberjacks." Read More

‘Shuffle.Play.Listen.’ opens 2013-14 University Series at SFA

Celebrated pianist Christopher O’Riley and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz will bring their talents to Nacogdoches when they present their collaborative “Shuffle.Play.Listen.” program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The concert launches the SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2013-2014 University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

“This is our first show of the new season,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, “and we think it is a great way to begin what promises to be another exciting and diverse series of quality fine arts performances.”

O’Riley and Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases the artists’ talents as collaborators and soloists, and audiences will hear works of Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky. A double CD recording, on Oxingale, was released in the fall of 2011 to rave reviews, according to Baylin Artists Management.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6406 or (888) 240-ARTS. Read More

SFA dean to receive award for communication efforts

Dr. Steven Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at SFA, will be awarded the W. D. Hagenstein Communicator of the Year Award at the Society of American Foresters national convention in Charleston, S. C., in October.

This award is presented to SAF members who lead communication initiatives that enhance public understanding of forestry. This is the first time the award has been given to a dean. Bullard was selected because of his work in the national campaign to celebrate and recognize the 50th anniversary of the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program.

Bullard authored the article “A ‘Driving Force’ in Developing the Nation’s Forests: The McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program,” which was published in the April/May 2011 Journal of Forestry.

When the article was published, the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Bullard to make a video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the McIntire-Stennis program. The video was made possible by the USDA and National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, an organization that deals with university-level forestry issues through federal government agencies, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, forest industry groups, educated and scientific organizations, and the general public. Bullard was research chair of NAUFRP when the article was written and is currently serving as president. Read More

News & Announcements

Call for Submissions for the fall 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly

Undergraduate Research in Support of Sustainability

The fall 2014 CUR Quarterly theme will be mechanisms and models that focus undergraduate research efforts on issues of sustainability in all forms. This issue seeks articles that address creating, implementing, sustaining and assessing undergraduate research experiences to support sustainable practices, systems and educational efforts. Shorter vignettes (300 words) that offer creative suggestions on how to connect undergraduate research programs to campus or community sustainability initiatives are also welcome.

Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Models for developing institution-wide initiatives to increase undergraduate research on sustainability.
  • Models that utilize sustainability as a mechanism for engaging undergraduate students in authentic interdisciplinary research experiences.
  • Utilizing sustainability research to connect undergraduate research and service learning programs.
If you are interested in contributing an article or vignette, submit a short (300-500 words) prospectus describing the focus of your proposed article or vignette online here by Oct. 15.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length. The final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 15.

New SFA Planetarium show: Sky Quest

The SFA Planetarium will be presenting a new show called "Sky Quest" at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Sept. 6 through Oct 11. Admission is $2.

Sky Quest synopsis:
Come along with a young woman on her personal quest to find a special place in the night sky. She recalls her imaginative childhood adventures on Mars and the discovery of her "birthday star," which leads her to a lifelong fascination with the heavens. She shares her telescope views of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with us; points out stars and constellations; and encourages everyone to make the time to look up, even if stargazing in urban areas with light pollution. Sky Quest is an entertaining and educational exploration of the night sky that appeals to family members of all ages. Read More

Organization for Faith, Education and Community call for submissions

The Organization for Faith, Education and Community invites you to participate in the third Faith, Education and Community Conference. This year's theme is "Faith and Loss: Light in Darkness." The conference will be held Nov. 8.

The organization also requests papers, presentations and/or artwork related to the broadly defined topic of the role of faith in coping with loss. For this conference, we are interested in learning from:

  • People of different faiths, religious perspectives and spiritualities
  • People who professionally assist those facing or suffering from loss, including medical, mental health, counseling, psychology, social work and other professionals
  • Researchers from across the academic spectrum
  • Artists from a variety of fields who express loss and healing, including visual arts, poetry, music, creative writing, etc.

Conference presenters will have the opportunity to submit their presentations in the form of an article, as a digital image of artwork, typed lyrics or poetry for consideration in a book based on the conference proceedings, to be published in spring 2014 by SFA University Press. Submissions must be received no later than Dec. 1.

Download the submission forms here.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Running 101 registration ends, program begins

Tuesday, Sept 3
Cost: $15

Whether you're just getting started or are an experienced runner who needs a push, Running 101 makes working out simple, social and fun. This training program leads up to the SFA Lumberjack Homecoming 5K on Oct. 19.  Bring in a copy of your Homecoming 5K registration form and receive $10 off the program. 

The program begins today at 7 p.m. in the Rec Lobby. In addition to a comprehensive 7 week individual training plan, meet at the SFA football stadium  every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. for group drills and skill work to improve your running and hear from the professionals from Nacogdoches Endurance Training. Weekly presentations include topics such as nutrition, hydration, proper running technique, injury prevention and cross training.  Register for Running 101 in the Student Rec Center administration office. You do not have to be a Rec member to participate in this program.

Employee Wellness Programming begins

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Employee Wellness is a comprehensive wellness program committed to creating and supporting a community of health and wellness at SFA for its faculty and staff members. Programs and services currently being offered for fall 2013 include; noon drop-in basketball, noon open swim, noon open gym supervised by a certified personal trainer, noon yoga, evening water aerobics and evening drop-in recreation.

Programs are offered in the Health and Physical Education Building and are free for all current and retired SFA faculty and staff members. Special events coming up this fall include a blood drive, health fair and wellness challenge. Please contact (936) 468-5835 or employeewellness@sfasu.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the employee wellness program.  You can also visit the Employee Wellness website here.

Faculty Free Fridays at the Rec

Friday, Sept. 6

Each Friday this fall semester, starting Sept. 6, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. You will need to show your current SFA ID at the Welcome Desk and sign our guest log to enter. This offer is for faculty and staff members only and will not include family members/dependents. For more information on Free Fridays, please contact Scott Wagner at wagners1@sfasu.edu

LadyJack BarBellas Registration

Through Monday, Sept. 16
Cost: $25 for Rec Members, $35 for Non-Members

Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt you and make you feel great. Ladyjack BarBellas is structured to provide a concept and practice-based understanding of implementing resistance training into your exercise program. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Program begins Monday, Sept. 16.


Ladyjacks win again, sweep ULM

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team remained unbeaten in 2013, sweeping the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks (25-22, 25-23, 25-11) Monday afternoon in the ULM Activity Center on Labor Day.

“It was a solid weekend for these girls,” head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys said. “The win over ULM is a great way to finish up this road trip. The girls played hard in all four of our matches, and we are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Central Florida.”

SFA (4-0) snapped a two-game losing streak versus the Warhawks (0-4) with the holiday victory. The win came in front of a record 237 fans in the home opener for ULM. The Warhawks had defeated the Ladyjacks each of the past two seasons, and prior to the 2011 and 2012 losses, SFA had a 34-match winning streak over ULM dating back to 1989.
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'Jacks fall in shootout in opener at Weber State

Despite totaling 564 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers, the SFA Lumberjacks were unable to slow down a dynamic Weber State offense and fell 50-40 in the season opener at Stewart Stadium Saturday evening.

Senior quarterback Brady Attaway finished the evening completing 37 of 62 passes for 450 yards, four touchdowns but three interceptions. Mike Brooks (nine receptions, 166 yards, two touchdowns) and DJ Ward (nine receptions, 132 yards, one touchdown) both eclipsed the 100-yard mark, and junior running back Gus Johnson ran for 110 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.

Weber State (1-0) did much of their damage on the ground, gaining 315 yards on 55 rushes and four total rushing touchdowns.

The Wildcats executed their opening drive to near perfection by going 85 yards on six plays in just 1:39, capped off by a 39-yard rushing touchdown on a reverse by wide receiver Erik Walker. Weber State then added the two-point conversion on a pass to Cordero Dixon to make it 8-0.
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Arizona State trips up Ladyjacks, 3-1

For the first time since the 2010 season, the SFA Ladyjacks soccer team walked away without a victory at the SFA Soccer Field, falling 3-1 to Arizona State Sunday afternoon.

SFA (2-1-1) had gone 23 consecutive home matches without a loss or tie before Sunday's defeat, dating all the way back to a 2-1 overtime loss to UTEP on Sept. 3, 2010. The match against Arizona State was the first-ever in the series and one of the premier teams the Ladyjacks had hosted in Nacogdoches.

"What a great opportunity to give our players a glimpse at where we want to go," Crittenden said. "It is games like these that really showcase the things you do well and the areas that we need to improve upon. Seventy minutes of the match were minutes that we want to be sure to build upon in which we created several chances that could have gone our way. The other 20 minutes were minutes that we must learn from and be sure to prevent from occurring again. That comes down to our staff and how we prepare our players. "
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Fine Arts

Talents of SFA art faculty featured in exhibitions

Recently created art in a variety of media will make up the annual "SFA Faculty Exhibition," which the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Also opening at the same time is the featured faculty exhibition of Linda Post, assistant professor of digital media at SFA. In the video installation "Echo," Post uses recorded and live video projection "to heighten viewers' awareness of their own physicality within the exhibition space," she said.

The faculty and Post exhibitions "highlight the talents of the SFA School of Art," according to John Handley, director of the SFA galleries.

"The faculty exhibition demonstrates the virtuosity and personal artistic achievement of those instructing students on a regular basis," Handley said. "Simply put, it is our chance to show off and highlight these amazing artists."

The faculty exhibition will feature all media, including painting, photography and sculpture. Read More

SFA to screen 'Searching for Sugar Man'

As part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Searching for Sugar Man" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

"Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary film directed by Malik Bendjelloul. It details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumored death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him, according to information found at Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Rodriguez's music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there.

The film won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Award for Best Documentary. Read More

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This optical illusion "Red Cliff" was created in 2008 by Akiyoshi Kitaoka who has built a series of of optical illusions he calls "Red Optimized Fraser-Willcox Illusions". See more of his eye-bending work here.

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