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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Men's Golf
HBU Woodforest Invitational

Women's Golf
ORU Shootout
Tulsa, Okla.

Thursday, Oct. 3
SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
ParaNorman (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Purge (R)

Women's Volleyball
at Oral Roberts
Tulsa, Okla.
7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4
Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
ParaNorman (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Purge (R)

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
vs. Houston Baptist
7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Saturday, Oct. 5
SFA Gardens Fall Plant Sale
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women's Volleyball
at Central Arkansas
Conway, Ark.
12 p.m.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA alumnus volunteers time to clean and restore World War II-era cannon

If you've been within earshot of Homer Bryce Stadium on a Saturday afternoon in the fall, you've probably heard it - the kaboom of cannon fire punctuating the spirited strains of the SFA Fight Song. The source of the blasts is Ol' Cotton, a World War II-era 75-mm mountain howitzer that is positioned in the south end zone for each home game and fired every time SFA scores. With each blank charge that explodes, a burst of orange flame is visible an instant before a discharge of light grey smoke unfurls into the end zone and dissipates over the cheering crowd.

Garbed in red T-shirts and camouflage pants, the Lumberjack Battalion's Cannon Crew is responsible for loading and firing Ol' Cotton with every SFA touchdown, extra point and field goal. But a lot of sweat and elbow grease is needed to get Ol' Cotton ready for action each summer, and those duties fall to Ret. Lt. Col. John D. "Mad Dog" Mosele '74. The retired U.S. Army officer and Austin Raider emeritus has a soft spot for the historic piece of artillery, which was acquired by the ROTC program during his time at SFA.
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Female writing, directing, designing drive production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

When the SFA School of Theatre opens "Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tuesday night, Oct. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, there are a few noteworthy aspects of the production that may not be automatically recognizable … at least not until you open the program.

The play is written by award-winning female playwright Sarah Ruhl, and it's directed by Laura Rikard, assistant professor of acting/directing in the School of Theatre. In glancing down the page at the list of credits, one sees that the lighting and sound design is by CC Conn, assistant professor of lighting/sound design, and the costumes are designed by Angela Bacarisse, professor of costume design. Only a few men are involved, notably two male student actors and scenic designer Richard Ellis, a visiting professor.

"We are doing a play by a female playwright," Rikard said, "and we have a female director and two female designers. Sarah Ruhl is considered to be one of our great modern playwrights. Ruhl is produced by professional theatres every year, and she will be studied by theatre students who will be performing and auditioning for her plays for years to come."
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Millard's Crossing in Nacogdoches seeks origin of 'TJR' trunk

Courtesy of Red River Radio

Researchers at SFA are tracing the roots of a cowhide trunk that could have belonged to Thomas J. Rusk, an early political and military figure in Texas. The trunk’s lid bears the initials TJR. It’s one item in a massive collection at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village. Executive director David Young said the trunk was purchased by Nacogdoches native Lera Millard Thomas who was a compulsive collector and an early preservationist. She created a living history village on her family’s land called Millard’s Crossing in the 1970s. Legend has it, Young said, that his trunk belonged to Rusk, and now it’s time to verify.

“It was bought under the pretense that it was his, and now we want to find out was it his? Did this belong to him? Could this have been along with him on very important and historic events, and he was a very important figure in Texas history," Young said.

SFA associate professor of history Perky Beisel is figuring out the age of the trunk to see if it was even around in Rusk’s lifespan. She should have that accomplished in a week. If it dates back to the time of Rusk, she said, the next step will be to pore over his letters to find any reference to the trunk. But that could be labor intensive.
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East Texas Research Center seeks help with 90th-anniversary initiatives

The East Texas Research Center at SFA invites alumni and others to donate SFA documents and memorabilia to help grow the University Archives in honor of the 90th anniversary.

Greg Bailey, records manager and university archives librarian, says the ETRC welcomes donated SFA artifacts of all kinds, including photographs, journals, scrapbooks, school records, certificates and awards, correspondence - even old uniforms, letter jackets and the like.

"These and other unique items enrich our archives and play an important role in the documentation of the history of Stephen F. Austin State University," he said. "They also serve as primary resources for student and faculty researchers, as well as the East Texas community as a whole."

Recently an "SFA Lumberjacks" scrapbook from the 1948-49 school year was donated to the archives after an alumna happened upon the book while antique shopping. Concerned for its welfare, the woman purchased the scrapbook and donated it to the ETRC where it will become part of the permanent university collection.

"If you or your parents or grandparents are former students, you may have saved photographs, scrapbooks or other mementos from SFA that would benefit researchers of the university's history many, many years from now," Bailey said.
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News & Announcements

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration

5:30-7 p.m.
The vault & lobby of the Hotel Fredonia

Join the SFA Alumni Association and fellow Lumberjacks as we kick off Homecoming and recognize our sponsors' support with complimentary Lumberjack-themed appetizers, complimentary purple beer, cocktails, door prizes, live music by the SFA Steel Drum Band and the start of our Homecoming Online Auction! Attendance is free for everyone!

All proceeds from Homecoming benefit SFA scholarships, so help us raise $90,000 in honor of SFA's 90th anniversary! Be sure to bring your business cards and wear purple!

Faculty Senate Lounge Fridays

The SFA Faculty Senate would like to invite all faculty members to use the new Faculty Senate office space (McKibben building, room 252) as a lounge area from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month. The Senate will provide donuts, juice and coffee to all faculty members and provide a space for cross-campus dialogue and collegiality.

Human Services to offer free depression screenings

The SFA Department of Human Services Rehabilitation and Counseling Programs will offer free anonymous depression screenings in recognition of National Depression Screening Day. Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Counseling and Rehabilitation faculty, graduate and undergraduate student body are pleased to offer this screening to the community as part of this year's event. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.

NDSD Mental Health Screening, held in October as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

For more information, call the SFA Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.

Global Citizenship Series: A foreign policy conference

SFA will host a conference on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Chase Tower in downtown Houston to explore how a successful partnership between North America and Latin America can become a priority.

The relationship between Latin America and North America has taken a back seat in the public's mind as countries like China and India seem to loom as the dominant economic and political forces that will shape the future. This shift in focus is regrettable and potentially harmful to the nation’s long-term prosperity and security.

The event is free and open to the public. Speakers include Ambassador Ambler Moss, Ambassador Mark Langdale and John Weekes, principal negotiator of NAFTA for Canada. More information and registration can be found here.

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive introductions by horticulturist Greg Grant and SFA Gardens. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and various educational programs hosted at the gardens. These educational programs reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Last day to register for the 4v4 sand volleyball tournament

Thursday, Oct. 3

Register from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday  in the Rec lobby. Format and divisions will be determined by entries. Cost is $20 per team. Tournament will begin Friday, Oct. 4, with a captain’s meeting at 2 p.m. in the Rec Lumberjack Lounge. Games begin at 2:30 p.m. on the sand volleyball courts.

Free faculty friday at the Rec

Friday, Oct. 4

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign our guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.

Ultimate frisbee savage tournament

Saturday, Oct. 5

Join the SFA Ultimate Frisbee Club in this all-day tournament that will feature club teams from other universities. Want to register your own team?  Contact Ricardo Maldonado at (936) 645-6399 or maldonadr1@titan.sfasu.edu. 

Women’s club soccer vs. Texas A&M

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Intramural Fields

This weekend, watch the Women’s Club Soccer Team in action against Texas A&M University. Wear purple and cheer loudly for your Lumberjacks!


Raymond scores twice In 3-0 win at Lamar

The SFA Ladyjacks soccer team went on the road to defeat a tough Lamar Lady Cardinals team 3-0 Friday evening, recording their seventh shutout of the season.

With the victory the Ladyjacks (7-2-1, 2-1-0) matched their best 10-game start in school history, tying the previous record held by the 2011 and 2003 squads.

"The girls came out on point tonight and were able to impose themselves in both possession and in territory, which is always good," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "Lamar is a great team with several talented players, which kept us on our toes the entire match. That being said, everyone was prepared to make a difference when given the  chance. It was also a night in which we were able to test several different schemes and take a look at different personnel as we continue to build depth into October."

The Ladyjacks got a multiple-goal performance from junior forward Chelsea Raymond, who scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season and the 34th and 35th goals of her career. Raymond now needs just three more goals to tie Amanda Alders (38 goals) for the most career goals in SFA history.

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SFA tripped up at Northwestern State

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team dropped its first Southland Conference match of 2013, in a 3-1 (9-25, 20-25, 25-21, 22-25) decision Saturday afternoon at Prather Coliseum.

The loss for SFA (10-6, 2-1 SLC) is the second-ever loss to NWST (7-8, 3-0). The Ladyjacks were 44-1 all-time entering the contest. The first program loss to the Lady Demons came in a 3-0 loss last season, also in Natchitoches, La.

Jill Ivy and Jacque Allen led the Ladyjacks, recording 11 and 10 kills, respectively. SFA was held to a season-low .099 attack percentage across four sets.

Freshman Shannon Connell recorded 32 assists and OJ Olson finished with 31 digs. Tori Bates (13) and Janet Hill (10) also finished with double-figure digs.

Allen led the Ladyjacks at the net, recording three block assists, as SFA recorded five blocks as a team.
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Offensive records fall in loss to Prairie View

Brady Attaway passed for a Southland Conference and school record 662 yards and Aaron Thomas set a school record with 242 yards receiving but it was not enough to overcome five turnovers and a talented Prairie View A&M squad in a 56-48 loss Saturday evening at Homer Bryce Stadium.

Saturday's game saw a combined 1,409 yards of offense in which SFA (2-3) set multiple offensive records, including an SLC record 827 yards of total offense along with three wide receivers (Thomas 10 rec. 242 yards, DJ Ward 8 rec. 170 yards, Tyler Boyd 10 rec. 100 yards) eclipsing the 100-plus yardage mark in the defeat.

The Panthers (3-2) put up prolific offensive numbers as well, accumulating 582 yards of total offense (380 yards passing, 202 rushing) in defeating SFA for the first time in seven career chances (1-5-1).

PV quarterback Jerry Lovelocke accounted for seven Panther touchdowns, three of which came on the ground. The Panthers also had two receivers go over the century mark in receiving yards (Deandre Cooper 4 rec. 113 yards and Gabe Dunlap 10 rec. 100 yards).

The `Jacks looked to be in control of things early on, scoring the game's first two touchdowns on one-yard scores from Gus Johnson (18 carries, 182 yds) and Joshawa West. However, that momentum would be short lived with the Panthers scoring the next 28 unanswered points into the middle stages of the second quarter.
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Cross Country shows strong in OSU Cowboy Jamboree

The SFA men's and women's cross country teams recorded sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the 77th annual Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree.

"They showed a lot of focus today," head cross-country coach Cody Clark said. "The men ran real smart, beating Furman, who was a nationally ranked team. The woman also did well, especially considering the meet was delayed two and a half hours due to rain."

Freshman Colby Mehmen paced the Lumberjacks, recording a 29th-place finish in the 8,000-meter run. The Princeton, Texas, native, crossed the line with a time of 25:39.27 to record the only top finish on the team.
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Fine Arts

Silver Keys Trio to perform tour program

The SFA School of Music will present the Silver Keys Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as a feature of the 2013-2014 Cole Performing Arts Series.

The trio includes School of Music faculty Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Working together at SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to trio member Guenther.

"We are very excited to be sharing a program of eclectic works by American composers with audiences on our 2013 Texas/Louisiana tour," she said.

The pieces to be performed are "Kalamus" by award-winning composer Dana Wilson, "Air for Bassoon and Piano" by Alec Wilder, "Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano" by Chick Corea, "All the Words to All the Songs" by Dan Welcher and "Retrofugue" by cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer.

SFA School of Art to screen Hoffman-directed "Quartet"

The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Quartet" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Dustin Hoffman-directed comedy stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins as aging British opera stars who come together annually for a reunion concert. The script was written by Ronald Harwood.

"Quartet" is Hoffman's directorial debut and was released Jan. 11, 2013. This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Cole Series features Demondrae Thurman in guest euphonium recital

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present international euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "His euphonium playing has been described as 'awe inspiring,' and he is touted as an amazing musician."

Over the last 10 years, Thurman has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world's prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition.

Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world's best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Thurman is in demand as a euphonium specialist for many symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Eastern Music Festival and North Carolina symphony orchestras.

Thurman's performance is the opening concert for SFA's 8th Annual Octubafest.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'A Dramatic Soiree'

The SFA School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining the Orchestra of the Pines will be Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello at SFA, as a guest performer as the ensemble presents "A Dramatic Soiree," according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

Raychev agreed to the performance invitation only recently after the originally scheduled guest artist, the 2013 Schmidbauer Competition winner Hans Goldstein, could not join the orchestra for the concert due to injury, Moon explained.

"It is providence that we have such a talented cellist in our midst that can be at the ready to provide us with his immense talent and his time," Moon said. "We look forward to Dr. Raychev's performance with the SFA Orchestra of the Pines."

Among the works to be performed is the "L'Arlesienne Suites" by Georges Bizet.
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In Austin, Texas, at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, you can see an animatronic version of President Johnson standing behind a lectern in a suit and tie and telling one of a series of five jokes.

The suit and tie are a new look for the presidential robot. Previously he was dressed in a checkered shirt and a cowboy hat, while leaning on a fence post. Click here if you would like to see a video of one of the jokes, albeit in the older western-style costume and setting.

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