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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 9
SFA women's golf
Texas A&M Mo'morial Invitational
Bryan, Texas

Wednesday, Sept. 10
SFA volleyball vs. University of Louisiana-Monroe
6:30 p.m. 

SFA women's golf
Texas A&M Mo-morial Invitational
Bryan, Texas

Friday, Sept. 12
Alumni Awards Dinner
Baker Pattillo Student Center
6 p.m.

SFA volleyball vs. University of New Orleans
Ruston, Louisiana
5 p.m. 

SFA women's soccer vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13
SFA football vs. Texas A&M Commerce
Homer Bryce Stadium
6 p.m.

SFA men's golf
Invitational at the Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C.

SFA volleyball vs. University of Texas -Pan American 
Ruston, La.
6:30 p.m. 




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A word about the SFA Logo

The Board of Regents has approved a purple-only version of the traditional SFA “spirit” logo for use by the university faculty, staff and student body. The two-color (red and purple) logo that previously was in use by SFA is no longer approved and should not appear on future university publications, websites, emails or other communications.
The approved logo is available for download from the University Marketing Communications website.  A black version also is available, but its use should be restricted to black-and-white publications.  Click “Downloads” on the left side of the page to access the SFA logo and other approved university marks. SFA-themed PowerPoint templates also are available on the site. The low-resolution image above can be saved to your computer for use in email signatures.
If you have questions about the logo or need more information, please contact University Marketing Communications at (936) 468-2605.


Dr. Dana Cooper

Department of History

Cooper, associate professor of history, has published "Informal Ambassadors:  American Women, Transatlantic Marriages, and Anglo-American Relations, 1865-1945."

The book considers much of the basis of the international hit drama "Downton Abbey" and the inspiration for Cora Crowley as a figure based largely on historical events. Cooper examines the lives and marriages of the American-born, British-wed Lady Jennie Jerome Churchill, Mary Endicott Chamberlain, Vicereine Mary Leiter Curzon, Duchess Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan and Lady Nancy Astor.

Without the formal title of diplomat or membership in Parliament, these women nonetheless exerted significant influence in the male-dominated arena of foreign affairs and international politics.
Cooper was interviewed this summer in New York by the Scottish production company, Finestripe Productions, for a documentary due to Informal Ambassadors book.  The documentary, “Million Dollar Princesses,” was patronized by the Smithsonian Channel based on the success and global interest in "Downton Abbey" and will coincide with the new season that will begin in the U.S. in January.

News & Announcements

AAUW membership meeting set for tonight

The Nacogdoches branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a membership tea meeting next week at the home of Merilyn Walton, 2220 E. Starr Ave.

The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 9, and people interested in learning more about the local branch and national organization are encouraged to attend.
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LiveText for core assessment begins today

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum beginning with the collection of student work for written communication skills and written and visual communication skills in fall 2014. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L, and a sample will be assessed by a faculty assessment team in spring 2015. 

Training will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 9, in one-hour sessions. Five sessions are scheduled and available for registration through myTraining.

Please register here for one of the training sessions. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. Please register your account before your training session. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267.

Contact Dr. Larry King at ext. 1260 with questions about the core assessment schedule at lking@sfasu.edu. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

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 371. For more information contact Ken Collier, Department of Government, in LAN 136 or kcollier@sfasu.edu.

Academic Leadership Journal seeking spring volume submissions

The Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research is currently accepting article submissions for Volume 3 for spring 2015. Submissions should range between 2,500 and 3,750 words, and should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to editor_ALJ@fhsu.edu.

All submissions forwarded on to the editorial board for review are sent as blind submissions and evaluated by a minimum of two readers. Works that are not accepted for publication are given detailed feedback for revision. For complete submission guidelines, see www.academicleadership.org.

The ALJ in Student Research is an annual, online, peer reviewed, international journal dedicated to the publication of student research (undergraduate and graduate) within all disciplines and of pedagogically based professional work that explores the intersection of student research with teaching and faculty research. Our mission is to provide a forum for exceptional student research and to promote collaboration between students and teachers in the classroom, laboratory and field.

SAA screening two movies this week

The Student Activities Association will screen Think Like a Man and 22 Jumpstreet this week as part of their regular movie showings.

Showings are on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

SFA Gardens to host plant propagation workshop

SFA Gardens will host a plant propagation workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dawn Stover, SFA Mast Arboretum research associate, will lead an exploration of useful methods for gardeners to cost-effectively increase the number of plants in the landscape. Stover will teach various propagation techniques including taking cuttings, sowing seeds and dividing perennials, and class members will participate in hands-on activities to reinforce instruction.
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Tickest for Chris Young concert on sale now

Tickets for Chris Young's performance at the William R. Johnson Coliseum are on sale now at the Baker Pattillo Student Center and online.

Young, a country singer, was the 2006 winner of the reality music show Nashville Star.

Also performing will be SFA alumnus Big Joe Walker, who is known for his Texas Country style of singing and playing.

Barnes and Noble to host open house

Need to get some new materials for your campus organization? Stop by the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to see if the staff can help.

The store is set to host a special open house catering to Lumberjacks that day.

Parents night out dates set

Need someone to watch the kids for a little while so you can finally get some peace and quiet? Don't worry, SFA has your back.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Friday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Nov. 21 parents can drop off kids for a fun-filled camp and enjoy Parents' Night Out.

The night will include camp activities, swim time, a meal and a movie for campers. The latest pick up is midnight, but parent’s may pick up their children at any time throughout the night.

Cost is $20 per camper, and registration will take place in the Administration Office of the Student Rec Center. Contact the SFA Recreation Center with questions at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu

Campus Recreation

Complete your first 5K with SFA's Running 101

Registration for Campus Recreation’s Running 101 Course has been extended through Sept. 9.

The course meets every Tuesday leading up to the 2014 Lumberjack Homecoming 5K.

The cost for the course is $15, but participants can get $10 off when they present a copy of their Homecoming 5K Registration form.

Employees encouraged to learn about wellness release time, get involved on campus

Employee Wellness is offering several ways to be active this semester.

We have drop-in fitness, yoga classes, water aerobics, swimming, Walking Jacks and Noon basketball. You can find a schedule of all activities at http://www.sfasu.edu/employeewellness. You will need to turn in a Participant Profile to get started, and all classes and programs are free for SFA faculty and staff members.
In addition, make sure you learn about Wellness Release Time that was approved by the Board of Regents this summer and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to get paid to stay fit or work on being more healthy.

Info on Wellness Release Time can be found here.


SFA renews long time rivalry Saturday

SFA renews an old rivalry when it hosts Texas A&M-Commerce (formerly East Texas State) on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Homer Bryce Stadium. It is the second game of a four-game home stand for the Lumberjacks with kickoff against the Lions scheduled for 6 p.m.

SFA fans unable to make it to Homer Bryce Stadium for this weekend’s game against A&M-Commerce can still stay up to date on every Lumberjack play.  Rob Meyers, the Voice of the Lumberjacks, will once again carry the game live over the air on Q107.7 FM or online at Q1077.com. Fans can watch the game live online through SFA All-Access as all of this season’s games will be aired in HD. Live stats will be available at SFAJacks.com with in-game updates through Twitter at @SFA_Football.
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SFA plays LSU to 0-0 2 draw in overtime

The SFA women's soccer team picked up its first tie of the season, playing LSU to a 0-0 double overtime draw at the LSU Soccer Stadium on Monday.

SFA (2-2-1) and the Tigers (3-2-1) ended in a stalemate after 110 minutes of play, following an hour-long weather delay before the match.

The Ladyjacks (15) and LSU (26) combined for 41 shots, as neither was able to find the back of the net. SFA's 15 shots, six on goal, tied its season-high. The Ladyjacks also took 15 shots against Nevada on Aug. 29.
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Hole-in-one highlights opening round at A&M tournament

Stephen F. Austin freshman Erica Lautensack made sure her first collegiate round would be a memorable one, recording the first hole-in-one in SFA program history during the opening round of the 2014 Texas A&M "Mo"morial.

Lautensack carded the hole-in-one on the par-three 11th hole at Traditions Club, connecting from 155 yards out. The shot helped Lautensack to an 8-over 80 through the opening round, sitting tied for 49th overall.

As a team, the Ladyjacks currently sit eighth among the stacked 11-team field, firing a 19-over 307 through the opening 18 holes. The 307 is four shots better than the 311 average SFA posted in 2013-14, the best scoring average in team history.

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Underwood announces 2014-15 basketball schedule

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood announced the release of the 2014-15 schedule for the back-to-back defending Southland Conference champion Lumberjacks on Monday morning. The 31-game slate, including 16 contests inside William R. Johnson Coliseum, features four TV games for SFA in non-conference play.

"I think this will be the most challenging schedule maybe in the history of SFA, with three NCAA Tournament teams," Underwood said. "I'm excited about this schedule, especially with having 16 home games. I look forward to the challenges that this schedule will present us. The quality of opponent coming to play us this season in Nacogdoches makes for a great environment and schedule for our season ticket holders, fans and our students, and it is something I hope they are excited for as well."

The 'Jacks will play three opponents who advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament in first-round participant Xavier (Nov. 21), third-round participant Memphis (Dec. 2) and Sweet 16 participant Baylor (Nov. 24), playing all three on the road and on national television.
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Conference, national accolades for Johnson

SFA senior running back Gus Johnson has been named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced yesterday. It is the third weekly conference honor of Johnson’s career.

In addition, the Sports Network has named the running back its FCS National Co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the award with Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams.

SFA senior running back Gus Johnson had a career night in SFA’s 38-3 victory over Incarnate Word Saturday evening, setting a personal-best with 252 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. It was the second-best single game rushing performance in program history, trailing only Isiah Stoker’s 289 yards against Jacksonville State in 1999.

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SFA volleyball takes on University of Louisiana tomorrow

SFA volleyball will take on University of Louisiana - Monroe at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Shelton Gymnasium.

It will be Purple Haze Night and free Papa John’s Pizza also will be given away following the game. All Purple Haze members are encouraged to attend and cheer on the Ladyjacks in their second home game of the season. Free t-shirts and mini volleyballs also will be given away.

SFA soccer squares off with LSU tonight

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team, after a week of rest, will head to LSU for a 6 p.m. match at the LSU Soccer Stadium on Monday night.

"With the week off, we’ve been able to get a couple players back from injury that we did not have the last three games,” head coach Wally Crittenden said. “I’m excited to see them come back into the lineup and to continue to work them into what we are doing. It is going to be a lot of fun going down to LSU. They will demand our best, just as we will demand theirs. This is a very exciting trip, and there is no doubt we will be ready for it.”
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Fine Arts

Esteemed flutist Gariazzo to perform at SFA

SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will open this season's Cole Performing Arts Series with a guest flute performance by Dr. Mariana Gariazzo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Gariazzo is an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches flute, music in world culture, musicianship and small ensemble classes. Her performance at SFA is a solo recital featuring compositions for alto and bass flute. The selection of works illustrates composers' increased interest at the turn of the century in exploring the expressive potential of the lower flutes, she said.

"These works draw on the sensual and robust timbral characteristics of low flutes, pairing color with revealing technical virtuosity," Gariazzo said. "It is a journey of timbres and musical conceptions that makes us wonder about the real boundaries of sound, expression and music itself."
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SFA to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

The SFA School of Music will present the Pi Kappa Lambda Annual Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature faculty from all areas of the SFA School of Music in an extravaganza fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, which presents a scholarship each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade-point average.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

Eugenia Zukerman & Friends to open upcoming University Series at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2014-2015 University Series “Connect” opens with a performance by Eugenia Zukerman & Friends at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

“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.”

Joining renowned flutist Zukerman are friends and fellow musicians Milana Strezeva on piano, Sophie Shao on cello and Hye-Jin Kim on violin in a new collaborative performance.
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