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This Week's Calendar

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 Online Auction
Oct. 9-26

Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Jack Backers College Bookstore
315 E. College St., Nacogdoches
5:30 to 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, Oct. 11
SFA football at Nicholls State
Thibodaux, Louisiana
6 p.m.




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Dr. Robert Z. Selden, Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden, along with researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas State University and Coastal Environments Inc., will publish a piece titled "Beyond Documentation: 3-D Data in Archeology" in an upcoming edition of the Texas Archeological Society.

The article is a closer examination of the power of three-dimensional imagining in archeology.

News & Announcements

Get a sneak peak at the next round of marketing photos

SFA's ongoing marketing campaign will take on new faces in the coming months.

Selected photos will be used in promotional items, including new street banners that should be installed in mid-October. Photos were taken by university photographer Hardy Meredith with valuable assistance from departments across campus.
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Homecoming kick-off celebration set for next week

Join the SFA Alumni Association and fellow Lumberjacks for the Homecoming kickoff, and recognize our sponsors' support with complimentary Lumberjack-themed appetizers, complimentary purple beer and other refreshing beverages.

Door prizes and live music by the Steel Drum Band also will be at the event, which will kick off the highly anticipated start of the Homecoming online auction. The event is free for everyone to attend.

It's scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Jack Backers College Bookstore at 315 E. College St.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature garden writer

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Garden writer Patty Leander will present: "Butterbeans to Asian Greens-Old Favorites and New Flavors for the Vegetable Garden."

Leander was raised in Midland, Texas, by a dietitian mom who never met a vegetable she didn't like and a geologist dad who loved his Bermuda onions as much as his Bermuda shorts. She is a contributing writer to Texas Gardener magazine and a master gardener vegetable specialist, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition from Texas Tech University.
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Call for submissions for the fall 2015 issue of Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly

The theme of the Fall 2015 CUR Quarterly will focus on research ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.  We seek four or five authors who can write articles that address the development, implementation and assessment of initiatives pertaining to research ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.

In addition, we welcome shorter vignettes (300 words) that offer concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.

If you are interested in contributing an article or vignette, please submit a short prospectus (300-500 words) describing the focus of your proposed article or vignette online by Oct. 27.

Accepted authors will be notified by Nov. 10.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length.  The final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 29.

SFA Dining celebrates vegetarian awarenss month

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. SFA Dining will be hosting many fun events focused on lean-and-green dining. Check out sfadining.com for more info.

The first event will be a Lean and Green panel discussion, featuring Eddie Garza from the Humane Society and SFA faculty members.

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1
Where: Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents' Suite B

Food will be provided. This is a free event; all are welcome to attend.

Contact Brigid Gregory for more information.

East Texas Historical Association to present annual Lale Lecture Oct. 2

Dr. Paul H. Carlson, Texas Tech University professor emeritus of history, will discuss the importance of a humanities education in a modern global world at the 18th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture presented by the East Texas Historical Association.

The presentation titled "Painting Tom Sawyer's Fence: Lessons from Literature, Sports and the Humanities" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center at SFA. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Carlson, a native of Minnesota, received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1973. He taught at Texas Lutheran College for more than a decade before returning in 1986 to Texas Tech, where he remained on the faculty until he retired in 2009. He has taught courses and researched on such American West and Texas topics as Native Americans, the military in the West, ranching and stock raising, and archeology. He also has been honored as a Fellow of both the West Texas Historical Association and the Texas State Historical Association. He and his wife reside in Ransom Canyon, Texas, near Lubbock. Read More

SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club Picnic

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club will once again be hosting our Fall Oktoberfest picnic, and we are expecting a huge turnout this year!

We’ll be enjoying traditional Oktoberfest food - bratwurst, pretzels and other snacks - and drink. And, just like our last Oktoberfest picnic, the price of attendance is free, though donations will be accepted. Mark your calendar, make your reservation, bring a colleague(s) or a friend, and join us at the Oktoberfest. New faculty and staff members are especially welcomed.

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club was started more than 50 years ago with the goal of providing the men at SFA an opportunity to sit down and socialize with colleagues in a casual environment away from campus. There are only two meetings a year  in the fall and spring. Our only agenda is having a good time getting to know colleagues across campus, eating dinner, and enjoying beverages.

The picnic is set for 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Nacogdoches' Liberty Hall, 805 E. Main.

SFA horticulture professor begins Swiss chard trial to determine best varieties for East Texas gardens

In the coming months, drivers traveling on East Starr Avenue will be treated to an assortment of colors ranging from deep hunter green to vibrant hot pink, and it is all in the name of science.

The colors are courtesy of 15 different Swiss chard cultivars recently planted by Dr. Jared Barnes, SFA assistant professor of horticulture, and SFA Gardens student workers as a part of a winter trial to determine what varieties perform best in East Texas.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to come back in a couple of weeks and look up and down through here, see them all growing up and see a rainbow across these beds," Barnes said. Read More

'Jeans for Jacks' Family Tailgate set for Saturday

Fashion Merchandising students have planned a community event called "Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate in order to promote Blue Jeans Go Green and collect more denim for recycling.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Mary's on campus. 

There will be food and kid-friendly activities for all!  Bring the family and recycle your denim for a good cause.

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

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.

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.

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.

SFA to screen 'Muscle Shoals' documentary at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Muscle Shoals" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier and released by Magnolia Pictures, "Muscle Shoals" is the true story of a small town with a big sound and an even bigger influence on the music industry.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time, according to information on Magnolia Pictures' website. Read More

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive Greg Grant and SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. 

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. 

The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.  

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404 or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

Campus Recreation

Women's resistance training class starts today

The LadyJack BarBellas course will begin Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Recreation Center.

This six-week program is designed for women to learn the basics of resistance training. Our certified personal trainers will teach you through hands-on experience, including: programming, proper form, and exercise technique.

All participants will receive a 12-week workout plan.

The class costs $25, and participants can register at the Recreation Center's administration office.


SFA posts season-low rounds at ORU Shootout

SFA recorded its two lowest team rounds of the 2014 fall season Monday, highlighted by a 19-over 303 in the afternoon session of the Oral Roberts Shootout. The Ladyjacks currently sit eighth among the 10-team field after the opening two rounds, shooting a 41-over 609.

SFA opened up the 36-hole day with its best showing of the 2014-15 campaign to date, posting a 22-over 306 through the opening 18 holes to best the 307 it shot over the opening round of the Texas A&M `Mo'Morial on Sept. 8. The Ladyjacks then shaved three strokes off that total in the afternoon round, carding the season-low 303 in round two.
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Olson named SLC defensive player of the week

SFA women’s volleyball captain OJ Olson was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 22-28, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.

The honor is the second of the season for Olson, who was also recognized for her defensive play during the week of Sept. 8-14.

Olson led the Ladyjacks to two straight set victories during a three-day road trip in Louisiana. The junior libero compiled 42 digs over six sets, averaging 7.00 digs per set to help SFA defeat Nicholls State (3-0) and McNeese State (3-0) and start 2-0 in the conference for the third straight season.
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SFA volletball hosting two games this week.

SFA volleyball will host two Southland Conference games this week.

The Ladyjacks will play Incarnate Word at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday’s promotion is Panhellenic Night and free Papa John’s pizza will be served following the game. Saturday is Parents Day.

There will be tailgating following the game as SFA football  takes on Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. You can follow SFA volleyball on Twitter and Facebook, as well as SFAJacks.com for updates on all promotions.

Fine Arts

Alazan Trio to perform works of Silverman

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present The Alazan Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The trio features SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin, Evgeni Raychev, cello, and Ron Petti, piano. Special guest performer is tenor Jamie Dahman, SFA voice faculty member. The concert will feature a performance of award-winning composer Stanley Silverman's Trio No. 2 "Reveille."

Silverman has collaborated with numerous musical figures, including James Taylor, Paul Simon, Sting, Elton John, Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Pierre Boulez, to name a few, Petti said.
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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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Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of celebrated pianist Catharine Lysinger at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Lysinger, who is an active soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and lecturer, will present "From Passion to Noble Sentiment," which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's stormy Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata," and Maurice Ravel's string of waltzes, "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales."

The program's character of noble sentiment is rounded out by formally structured pieces by Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and Frédéric Chopin's through-composed Barcarolle, Op. 60, which builds on the image of the peaceful, rocking motion of a boat on the water, explained Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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