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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Sept. 5
SFA football vs. Northern Arizona State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Monday, Sept. 7
Labor Day holiday

Saturday, Sept. 12
SFA football vs. Texas Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Fort Worth

Saturday, Sept. 19
Parent's Day

SFA football vs. McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, recently gave a lecture titled "the Rose Rustler" to the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society. He spoke about his early days as a member of the Texas Rose Rustlers, working at the Antique Rose Emporium, and discovering and reintroducing many lost cultivars of heirloom roses.

He also published an article about his love for his 10-acre hardwood forest in Shelby County and the special plants that grow there in the September/October edition of Texas Gardener magazine.

Dr. Michael Martin

Department of English

Martin, associate professor of English, was selected for the Spirited Faculty Award, sponsored by Barnes and Noble bookstore and the SFA Purple Haze Association.

He will be recognized during the first quarter of the football game Saturday, Sept. 5. SFA faculty and staff members are invited to support and congratulate him at the game.

News & Announcements

SFA Department of Public Safety to hold moment of silence today

The SFA Department of Public Safety will participate in a display of respect for slain Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked that law-enforcement agencies across the state turn on their emergency lights for one minute at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

Patrol units will be stationed on Raguet Street between the Nelson Rusche College of Business and the E. L. Miller Science Building and in the cul-de-sac between the Austin and Alumni Association buildings. Faculty and staff members and students who wish to participate in the moment of silence are welcome to do so at these locations.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature fall plant sale preview

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

SFA Gardens' horticulturists Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale." Their combined program will provide important information and images of the various special, popular and unusual plants available at the sale.

The annual fall sale will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The sale will feature a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas-tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the featured plants are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens.
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Early Childhood Laboratory to host immunization clinic

The Early Childhood Laboratory will partner with Walgreens Pharmacy to host an immunization clinic at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.  Walk-ins are welcome and SFA's United Healthcare does cover the flu shot with no co-pay. There also will be vouchers available for free flu shots.

To register to receive additional immunizations offered, please stop by the ECHL office, submit a copy of the front of your health insurance card, complete the Walgreens Administration Record form and sign up for a time. Walgreens will run insurance prior to Sept. 17. Any fees assessed with be due upon administration.

Pre-registered persons may receive any of the following adult immunizations:
Tdap (Tetnus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
MMR (Measels, Mumps, Rubella)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B

SFA Planetarium shows return Friday, Sept. 11

The SFA Planetarium will screen "Oceans in Space" in September and October, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The show is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extra-solar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program — an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration — this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.
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Three opportunities to ride the SFA fan bus this fall

The SFA Alumni Association will provide buses to transport SFA alumni and fans from the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center in Nacogdoches to three away football games this fall.

The first SFA alumni fan bus will travel to Amon G. Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Tickets will be $50 per person and include round-trip transportation.

The bus will arrive at the SFA Tailgate on Bellaire Drive in time for lunch and tailgate festivities at the SFA Alumni Association tent before the game begins at 2:30 p.m. After the game, the bus will depart from the stadium and stop for dinner en route to Nacogdoches.
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SFA set for Arizona/Arizona State in Tempe

Following a tough trip to Baton Rouge, the SFA women’s soccer team will look to rebound this weekend in Tempe, Arizona. SFA will face Arizona State University at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and the University of Arizona at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.

The Ladyjacks fell victim to a pair of heartbreaking 1-0 defeats last weekend at the “Battle on the Bayou” hosted by Louisiana State University. SFA came up just short against Minnesota State University Friday evening and then again on Sunday afternoon against Western Kentucky University.
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Lumberjack basketball holding open tryout Wednesday, Sept. 30

SFA will hold an open tryout for its men's basketball team at William R. Johnson Coliseum beginning at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The tryout is open to any full-time SFA student. Those interested in trying out must register by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the SFA Basketball Office, located on the lower level of the coliseum. For questions about the tryout, contact the SFA Men's Basketball office at (936) 468-3108.

SFA has won three-straight Southland Conference regular season titles and are coming off back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Under head coach Brad Underwood, the Lumberjacks have posted a 61-8 record over the past two seasons and finished the 2014-15 season with an rating percentage index in the upper 30s.

SFA volleyball to host five-team invitational

The SFA women’s volleyball team is set to host the 2015 Hampton Inn and Suites Volleyball Invitational this Friday and Saturday in Shelton Gym. The Ladyjacks will play Northeastern State University and Texas Tech University on Friday, Sept. 4, before taking on South Dakota State University and Columbia University on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Nine volleyball matches will be played inside Shelton Gym over the two-day tournament with Texas Tech and Columbia getting things started with a 10 a.m. match Friday. Texas Tech will then close the event with a match against South Dakota State at 5 p.m. Saturday.
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SFA launches Lumberjack Sports Institute

The SFA Athletics Department is proud to launch the Lumberjack Sports Institute at SFASportScience.com, SFA athletic director Robert Hill and LSI director/head women’s soccer coach Wally Crittenden recently announced.

The new website will enable SFA Athletics to put all of its coaches on one site to create a full-service coaching education portal with access to SFA programs and coaches like never before.
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Little Kickers Program to begin Monday, Sept. 14

SFA Soccer's fall 2015 Little Kickers Program will begin Monday, Sept. 14, and run for six Mondays ending on Monday, Oct. 19.

Little Kickers is open to boys and girls from 3 to 5 years of age. Coaching is provided by SFA's coaching staff members and players. To register visit sfasoccer.com or call (936) 468-1006 for more information.

Fine Arts

Still time to audition for SFA Choristers

There are still a few opportunities to audition for the new SFA Choristers, offered by the SFA Music Preparatory Division.

Those interested should contact director Carolyn Andrews at (936) 552-6593 or carolyn.andrews@suddenlink.net for an audition on Saturday, Sept. 5, or another time if unable to be there Saturday.

The SFA Choristers provides choral training for East Texas youth in fifth through eighth grades. Rehearsals will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8. Tuition is $60 for 14 weeks.

SFA art faculty exhibition to showcase variety of mediums

SFA School of Art faculty members will exhibit their work in a show that opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

As in the past, this annual exhibition will showcase a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, metal work, ceramics and prints, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

The show will also feature the artwork of Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA, in a separate exhibition in the Reavley Gallery of the art center.
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SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Tomato Republic’

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Tomato Republic” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

In this hour-long film, documentarians Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson and Whitney Graham Carter delve into the thoughts and feelings of rural East Texas residents during a heated mayoral race in Jacksonville, Texas, home of the annual Tomato Festival.

Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth described the film as “a marvel.”
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