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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Sep. 5
Academic Convocation

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
at New Mexico State
Las Cruces, NM
5 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
Central Florida Tournament (Orlando)
vs. George Washington
10:30 a.m. EST

vs. Elon
6 p.m. EST

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

SFA Football
at Texas Tech
6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
Central Florida Tournament (Orlando)
vs. Central Florida
6 p.m. EST

Sunday, Sep. 8
Women's Soccer
El Paso
12 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

News & Announcements

International Friendship Program Fall 2013

If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program. A student, faculty and staff member, or community member is matched with one or two international students to meet once or twice a month for coffee, games, American holiday celebrations or other activities.

The program offers interaction between the local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in hosting an international student, please fill out an application form here. The deadline is Sept. 6. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

The Pine Log now published on Wednesdays

Look for The Pine Log, new and improved, on racks throughout campus. Beginning this semester, the newspaper will be published and distributed on Wednesdays with original content posted to the website daily. "Like" The Pine Log on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the most up-to-date information about your campus newspaper.

Family Fun Day planned at SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Join SFA staff members, students, volunteers and partner organizations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, for outdoor adventures at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A variety of stations providing opportunities for families to learn outdoor skills, increase awareness of forest resources and promote connections with nature will be set up around the center. Activities will include archery, outdoor cooking, garden composting, Backyard Bass, bird watching activities, plant identification hikes and more.

The kick-off Family Fun Day is $5 per family with no pre-registration required. Parking will be available at Raguet Elementary School. For more information about the Family Fun Day or future events, call Kerry Lemon at (936) 468-5586 or email lemonkb@sfasu.edu. Read More

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

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.

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.


Football game notes: SFA vs. Texas Tech

SFA (0-1) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0)
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock

Television: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTBQ-FM 107.7
Twitter Updates: @SFA_Football or @SFA_Athletics

Despite falling in the season opener at Weber State, the SFA offense showed it is still a commanding presence at the FCS level. The Lumberjacks recorded 564 yards of total offense and scored 40 points in the loss to the Wildcats. Senior quarterback Brady Attaway finished 37-63 with 450 yards and four touchdowns. Senior receiver Mike Brooks hauled in nine receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns, while DJ Ward finished with nine receptions for 132 yards and one score. Running back Gus Johnson recorded 117 yards with one scoring run on 24 carries.

The Lumberjacks are 0-1 all-time against Texas Tech, from their only meeting in 2001. SFA dropped a 58-3 decision in its season finale. In the loss, Kliff Kingsbury, now head coach for Texas Tech, threw for five touchdowns, eclipsing the 49th of his career and setting the school record previously held by Robert Hall (48, 1990-93). SFA's lone meeting with the Red Raiders came after a mid-September game with Northern Iowa was wiped off the schedule following the events of Sept. 11.
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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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Fine Arts

‘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 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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Pangolins are insectivores, feeding mainly on ants and termites. They eat by opening anthills and termite mounds with their claws and catch the insects with their sticky tongues, which can be up to 70 centimeters long. Due to the lack of scales on their snout, eyes, ears and underbelly, pangolins curl into a ball for protection when threatened. For more protection against predators they can use scent glands to produce a foul smelling acid. They also have prehensile tails that they can use for balance or hanging from tree branches.

Source: National Geographic

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