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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

SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs to host gala

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs will host the first Noche de Gala for Hispanic Heritage month at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff members and $3 for students.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to host luncheon and workshop

The SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be hosting an internal funding luncheon and workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

All faculty members are invited to attend and can come and go as class schedules permit. Highlights of the workshop will include a meet and greet with ORSP staff members and an opportunity to learn about internal funding available to support faculty research and creative activities.
If you plan to have lunch please RSVP by calling the ORSP at (936) 468-6606.

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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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.

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.


Allen shines as SFA smashes Prairie View A&M University

A near program-record performance by senior middle blocker Jacque Allen was the primary driving force behind a 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-17) SFA volleyball triumph over Prairie View A&M University Tuesday in Shelton Gym.

Taking part in her second-to-last regular season non-conference skirmish in an SFA uniform, Allen hammered down a match-high 12 kills on just 14 swings. That translated to an eye-popping hitting percentage of .857, which now stands as the third-highest single-match figure in program history.
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Doyle named SLC Offensive Player of the Week

After playing a role in each of the SFA women’s soccer team’s five goals over its two league wins last week, junior midfielder Amanda Doyle has been named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week. It is the first SLC weekly soccer honor for SFA in 2015.

Doyle is coming off a breakout week for the Ladyjacks, scoring four goals and adding an assist to lead her team to SLC wins against Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist University. She assisted on the game-winning point before scoring twice herself in Friday night’s 3-0 win against the Islanders. She also punched in two more goals during Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 thriller against the Huskies.
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SFA finishes third at Oral Roberts University Shootout

SFA women's golf closed out its trip to Oklahoma with a third-place finish at the 2015 Bob Hurley Oral Roberts University Shootout at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa. The Ladyjacks posted a 28-over 316 over the final 18 holes, closing out the 54-hole event with a 50-over 914.

The score goes down as the fourth-best 54-hole tournament total in program history, seven strokes behind the program-best 907 posted at last year’s University of the Incarnate Word Fall Invitational. It marks the fifth tournament the Ladyjacks have finished among the top-three in program history, and the first since tying for third at the Southern Miss Lady Eagle Invitational last spring.
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Mathenge tabbed SLC Athlete of the Week

After a record-breaking performance at the Texas A&M Invitational last Saturday, SFA cross country runner Charles Mathenge has been tabbed as the Southland Conference Athlete of the Week. It is the first SLC weekly cross country honor for SFA this season.

Mathenge proved that he is one of the best runners in the NCAA South Central Region in his first meet of the 2015 season, breaking his own 8,000-meter school record with a time of 23:32. Mathenge, who is coming off a standout 2014 campaign in which he qualified for the NCAA Championships, finished second in a loaded field of 155 runners competing at the Dale Watts Cross Country Course in College Station. His new SFA standard in the 8k was just four seconds off the pace of first.
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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 theatre students bring study-abroad experience to 'Arabian Nights'

Theatre majors at SFA bring a wealth of talent to every Mainstage production.

From acting and stage management, to lighting, sound, costume and scenic design, SFA theatre students quickly become well versed in the dynamics of producing a successful play.

The School of Theatre takes pride in providing the kind of curriculum and hands-on experience that gives each student a diverse skill set. The school also cultivates internships and international programs to enhance what the students learn at SFA.
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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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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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There's something comforting about soft blue light in nature, like the beach azure glow that comes off the tiny crustaceans on that beach in the Maldives.

Photographer Reuben Wu, though, documented something that looks nice and relaxing but is far from it. His photos of the Kawah Ijen, or Blue Fire Crater, may look calm and relaxing, but the fact that the phenomena is actually super-heated sulfuric gas doesn't exactly make anyone want to take a dip in the rolling, glowing neon rivers. Check out Wu's photos and learn more about the crater here.

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