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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Sept. 26
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Abilene, Texas

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
3 p.m.
Houston, NRG Stadium




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News & Announcements

Faculty Senate to meet tomorrow

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.201. Topics of discussion will include SFA Envisioned, academic affairs policy review, space utilization and scheduling, and joint resolution for a tobacco-free campus. All faculty members are invited to attend.

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge is back

The SFA Lumberjacks are the two-time defending champions of the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge! This year's competition will run until Thursday, Nov. 12.

Be sure to show your love for our Lumberjack by voting daily here.

Fashion merchandising to host denim drive

SFA's fashion merchandising students are participating in the Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program again this fall. Denim collection dates include:

Tuesday, Sept. 22 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center
Tuesday, Oct. 6 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - at Surfin' Steve (Green is the new Black Fashion Show, featuring Halloween costumes created from recycled materials)
Thursday, Oct. 15 - 6 to 8 p.m. - Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Dr. Keith Hubbard to be presented with Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship

11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Austin Building, Room A307

Dr. Keith Hubbard, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at SFA, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.

Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math. His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.
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Join the International Friendship Program

If you like to learn about other cultures and meet new people, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program.

A student, faculty or staff member, or a member of the community is paired up with one or two international SFA students. The host and the student or students meet once or twice a month during the semester to have a conversation over coffee, play games, celebrate American holidays or whatever activity both enjoy.

This program opens interaction between the community and international students, and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. 

Individuals interested in participating as a host can complete an application here. Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 8.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu

Nominate your favorite student to be in an SFA photo shoot

Our marketing partners at Richards/Carlberg will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 8, to capture additional student photos to be used in the upcoming marketing campaign.

They have asked us to identify photogenic students who might be willing to assist us. It is important to the campaign that we utilize good students who will cast the university in a favorable light. Students should have on SFA logo wear, if possible, and the men need to be clean shaven. 

Please provide the name and contact information (phone number and email address) of students who you believe meet the criteria. If you have any questions, please call (936) 468-2605 or email sluna@sfasu.edu.

Thanks for your assistance in making SFA great.

SFA Center for Teaching and Learning to host open house

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. The CTL, established in 2014 from the merging of the Office of High-Impact Practices, the Teaching Excellence Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology, recently completed a year of program building and planning and looks forward to showcasing its professional development programs to the campus community.

All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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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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 to face TCU this weekend

SFA football will face the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University this Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

The Lumberjacks and Horned Frogs have met once previously in 2008. TCU is one of three current Big 12 schools SFA has faced in its program history (Baylor, Texas Tech).

SFA volleyball wins fifth straight at ULM

The SFA women’s volleyball team had big performances from its middle-blocking tandem to take down the University of Louisiana-Monroe 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-20) Monday afternoon inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.The Ladyjacks improved to 5-3 on the year and have won five straight matches since Friday.

Junior Justice Walker and senior Jacque Allen combined for 33 kills during the match, showing why they are one of the most-feared middle-blocking duos in the game. Walker notched a season-high 18 kills on an efficient .469 attack percentage. Allen’s 15 kills while hitting .393 also contributed to SFA’s impressive .293 team-hitting mark.
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Lumberjacks stumble against NAU in season opener

SFA spotted Northern Arizona State University a three-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter on Saturday. The 'Jacks rallied but came up short, dropping their season opener 34-28 at Homer Bryce Stadium.

“There were a lot of fundamental things we didn’t do well tonight, and you can’t do that against a quality team like Northern Arizona,” head football coach Clint Conque said. “We told the players before the game that win or lose, this game would not define our season. We’re disappointed and embarrassed but know there is a lot of football left to play this season.”

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SFA Ladyjack golf tied for 10th in Kansas

Playing in the first tournament of the 2015-16 season, the Ladyjacks completed one and a half rounds at the 2015 Marilynn Smith Invitational in Manhattan, Kansas. Through round one, SFA was tied for 10th overall, shooting a 34-over 322.

After a delay to start the second round, the 12-team field was able to complete about half of round two before play had to be suspended. The teams will resume play at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, before beginning the final round immediately after.

Senior Sydney Reed paced the Ladyjacks through round one, shooting a 5-over 77 and is tied for 22nd overall. Junior Courtney Ford is one shot back of Reed, posting a 7-over 79 through the opening 18 holes and is tied for 35th overall.
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Ladyjacks sweep SLC Player of the Week honors

After helping their team win the 2015 Hampton Inn and Suites SFA Volleyball Invitational this weekend, Ladyjack seniors Jacque Allen and OJ Olson were named the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. The honor is the first of the season for each student-athlete.

Allen and Olson helped SFA sweep Northeastern University, Texas Tech University, South Dakota State University and Columbia University during the weekend to maintain a perfect 4-0 in the tournament. The duo limited the four opponents to a .104 combined hitting mark.
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Ladyjacks tripped up by Arizona, 3-0

SFA's women’s soccer team played a great first half against Arizona State University on Sunday afternoon in the Sun Devil Desert Classic, but were defeated by the Wildcats in a 3-0 match.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lillie Ehlert had another great outing for the Ladyjacks between the posts. She tied a career-high set on Friday night with 11 saves. Ehlert made multiple diving saves, stopping numerous ASU attacks on the afternoon.
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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.

Fine Arts

Bassist Rusev to perform at SFA

Ilko Rusev, principal bassist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin and professor at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

The program will include virtuosic compositions by the romantic composer Giovanni Bottesini and will feature the beloved "Arpeggione" sonata by Franz Schubert.

The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music.
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Allen, Petti to present collaborative program

Dr. Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, and Ron Petti, director of accompanying, will present a recital of music for piano, flute and clarinet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music. Featured pieces will be "Arabesque No. 1" by Claude Debussy, "Fantaisie for Flute and Piano" by Gabriel Fauré and "Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano" by Malcolm Arnold.

"This is not my usual role at SFA," Allen said of the performance. "Usually, I am conducting or teaching, but I miss performing as I did in my younger years." Prior to teaching at SFA, Allen had performed professionally as a woodwind doubler in shows at Opryland USA, for the Ringling Brothers Circus and for more than 40 musicals and operas. In addition, he was formerly principal clarinet in the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and piccoloist in the Abilene Philharmonic.
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University Series to open new season with Sonali Skandan dance group

SFA's College of Fine Arts continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas, opening the 2015-16 University Series with Sonali Skandan and Company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Sonali Skandan and Jiva Dance Company presents compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

"This company is comprised of exceptionally talented dancers all trained in the traditional and classic dance form of South India," Goodall said. "The company has performed at notable venues to tremendous audience acclaim. The repertoire ranges from highly traditional solo works to more versatile group items that highlight the evolving nature of the dance form."
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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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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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