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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 2
East Texas Historical Association Lale Lecture
Grand Ballroom, Baker Pattillo Student Center
7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
'Operation E' screening
Liberal Arts North Room 142
7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Jack Backers College Bookstore
315 E. College St., Nacogdoches
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Global Citizenship Series
Oct. 9-10
Sugar Land, Texas

Homecoming Online Auction

Oct. 9-26

Saturday, Oct. 11
SFA football at Nicholls State
Thibodaux, Louisiana
6 p.m.




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News & Announcements

New travel and expense system tutorial set for this month

SFA will be introducing a new travel and expense reporting module in the near future, and two training sneak-peeks of the system are scheduled for this month.

Participants are invited to attend the sessions, held at noon on Friday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 17, in the Lumberjack Village Community Room. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

Human Services Department to offer anonymous depression screenings

The SFA Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation/Counseling Programs will offer free, anonymous depression screenings for National Depression Screening Day. 
Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

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. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

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

Information meeting for Texas Legislative Internship Thursday

There will be an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Ferguson Building, Room 371, for students interested in taking part in the Texas Legislative Internship Program.

Every two years, five SFA students take part in this program that combines academic study with supervised practical training in public service. Students spend a total of 20 weeks working full-time in Austin and receive a salary stipend of $7,000.

The program is open to all majors. Jeremy Brown, internship coordinator for Senator Rodney Ellis, will be on hand to answer any questions about the program. For more information contact: Ken Collier, Department of Government in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 136 or kcollier@sfasu.edu.

Assessment workshops scheduled for faculty, staff members

Would you like to write an excellent assessment report this year? If so, attend one of the following "How to Write an Excellent Assessment Report" workshops.

Sept. 15: 11 a.m.- noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library.
Sept. 16: 3-4 p.m., InfoLab 1,  Steen Library
Sept. 17: 2-3 p.m., InfoLab 1, Steen Library
Sept. 18: 9-10 a.m., InfoLab 1, Steen Library
Sept. 19: 11 a.m.-noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library

Reserve a place by registering for one of the workshops here. Bring your TracDat username and password and materials needed to complete the 2013-14 report.

Core Curriculum assessment reports for spring 2014 are due in TracDat Oct. 1. This is the last time that assessment reports will be submitted for the old core curriculum. Academic Program, Educational Support Unit and Administrative Support Unit assessment reports are due in TracDat Oct. 15.

Contact Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu with questions.

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to display photography and poetry exhibit

The Center for Regional Heritage Research at SFA will host the exhibit "Pineywoods Summer Haiku" starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Nacogdoches Historic Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

The exhibit, which celebrates the natural heritage of Nacogdoches and the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas, was created by Dr. Judith Lauter, poet and former director of SFA's Human Neuroscience Laboratory.

Lauter was a neuroscientist for more than three decades, teaching and directing at universities around the country. In 2001, she founded the laboratory at SFA and remained with the university until her retirement in 2012. In addition to scientific articles and books, Lauter has published poems in a number of journals. She won two Hopwood Awards for poetry, an Academy of American Poets prize and the Norma Lowry Memorial Prize. Since her retirement, she has produced six books of poems and images. Read More

SFA Dining celebrates vegetarian awarenss month

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. SFA Dining will be hosting many fun events focused on lean-and-green dining. Check out sfadining.com for more info.

The first event will be a Lean and Green panel discussion, featuring Eddie Garza from the Humane Society and SFA faculty members.

When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1
Where: Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents' Suite B

Food will be provided. This is a free event; all are welcome to attend.

Contact Brigid Gregory for more information.

New faculty grant opportunity and workshops

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has a new grant available to SFA faculty members.

The Research/Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant is designed to support faculty research and creativity endeavors for the spring and summer sessions of 2015. Applications are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Application guidelines and forms can be found here.

To provide information on this new competition format and to provide assistance in the development of RCA proposals, ORSP will host two informational workshops in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. The dates for the workshops are from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Call the office at (936) 468-1151 with questions about grant opportunity, or any other internal or external funding interests.

Call for submissions for the fall 2015 issue of Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly

The theme of the Fall 2015 CUR Quarterly will focus on research ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.  We seek four or five authors who can write articles that address the development, implementation and assessment of initiatives pertaining to research ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.

In addition, we welcome shorter vignettes (300 words) that offer concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.

If you are interested in contributing an article or vignette, please submit a short prospectus (300-500 words) describing the focus of your proposed article or vignette online by Oct. 27.

Accepted authors will be notified by Nov. 10.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length.  The final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 29.

SFA's Student Activities Association to present Chris Young, Big Joe Walker in concert

The Student Activities Association will present Chris Young with special guest Big Joe Walker in concert beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the William R. Johnson Coliseum on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Young, a 29-year-old RCA Records country singer, was the 2006 winner of the reality music show "Nashville Star." His current hit single, "Who I Am With You," reached number one on the Mediabase Country Singles Chart and claimed the top spot in Rolling Stone's poll of Best Country Songs of 2014 So Far. The award-winning singer/songwriter also has claimed six additional number-one singles in country music.
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SFA horticulture professor begins Swiss chard trial to determine best varieties for East Texas gardens

In the coming months, drivers traveling on East Starr Avenue will be treated to an assortment of colors ranging from deep hunter green to vibrant hot pink, and it is all in the name of science.

The colors are courtesy of 15 different Swiss chard cultivars recently planted by Dr. Jared Barnes, SFA assistant professor of horticulture, and SFA Gardens student workers as a part of a winter trial to determine what varieties perform best in East Texas.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to come back in a couple of weeks and look up and down through here, see them all growing up and see a rainbow across these beds," Barnes said. Read More

Get a sneak peak at the next round of marketing photos

SFA's ongoing marketing campaign will take on new faces in the coming months.

Selected photos will be used in promotional items, including new street banners that should be installed in mid-October. Photos were taken by university photographer Hardy Meredith with valuable assistance from departments across campus.
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"Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate set for Saturday

Fashion Merchandising students have planned a community event called "Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate in order to promote Blue Jeans Go Green and collect more denim for recycling.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4 at St. Mary's on campus from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 

There will be food and kid-friendly activities for all!  Bring the family, recycle your denim for a good cause.

East Texas Historical Association to present annual Lale Lecture Oct. 2

Dr. Paul H. Carlson, Texas Tech University professor emeritus of history, will discuss the importance of a humanities education in a modern global world at the 18th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture presented by the East Texas Historical Association.

The presentation titled "Painting Tom Sawyer's Fence: Lessons from Literature, Sports and the Humanities" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center at SFA. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Carlson, a native of Minnesota, received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1973. He taught at Texas Lutheran College for more than a decade before returning in 1986 to Texas Tech, where he remained on the faculty until he retired in 2009. He has taught courses and researched on such American West and Texas topics as Native Americans, the military in the West, ranching and stock raising, and archeology. He also has been honored as a Fellow of both the West Texas Historical Association and the Texas State Historical Association. He and his wife reside in Ransom Canyon, Texas, near Lubbock. Read More

SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club picnic

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club will once again be hosting our Fall Oktoberfest picnic, and we are expecting a huge turnout this year!

We’ll be enjoying traditional Oktoberfest food - bratwurst, pretzels and other snacks - and drink. And, just like our last Oktoberfest picnic, the price of attendance is free, though donations will be accepted. Mark your calendar, make your reservation, bring a colleague(s) or a friend, and join us at the Oktoberfest. New faculty and staff members are especially welcomed.

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club was started more than 50 years ago with the goal of providing the men at SFA an opportunity to sit down and socialize with colleagues in a casual environment away from campus. There are only two meetings a year  in the fall and spring. Our only agenda is having a good time getting to know colleagues across campus, eating dinner, and enjoying beverages.

The picnic is set for 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Nacogdoches' Liberty Hall, 805 E. Main.

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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. 4, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive Greg Grant and SFA introductions. 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 educational programs hosted at the gardens. 

The educational programs at SFA Gardens 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 two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

2014 International Film Festival begins this week

The SFA Spanish Film Club and Humanities Texas, in collaboration with multidisciplinary programs, Latin American studies and the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, will present the first film in the 2014 International Film Festival.

"Operation E" will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Liberal Arts North, Room 142. A discussion led by Associate Professor Jose Neftalí Recinos will precede the film.

The film is based on a real event, the kidnapping of Clara Rojas and Ingrid Betancourt by guerrilla fighters in Columbia.

The festival will screen films at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in October. It is free to the public. Foreign film standards vary from those in the U.S., and film topics may address controversial subject matter.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda; Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain; and SPAIN arts & culture. Other assistance includes a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the support of Multidisciplinary Programs, Latin American Studies, and Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication.


SFA opens SLC play hosting UCA Saturday

SFA concludes its four-game home stand by opening up Southland Conference play against Central Arkansas Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium. The game, pitting head coach Clint Conque against his former team, marks the beginning of SFA’s 28th season as a member of the Southland Conference and will be broadcast on ESPN3.com, kicking off at 6:04 p.m.

SFA fans unable to make it to Homer Bryce Stadium for this weekend’s SLC opener against Central Arkansas can still stay up to date on every Lumberjack play. ESPN3 will carry the game live with Lincoln Rose and Lemont Williams on the call as fans can watch the game wherever they may be by logging on to ESPN3.com. Fans can also listen online as Rob Meyers will have the call on Q107.7 FM as well as online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available at SFAJacks.com with in-game Twitter updates @SFA_Football.
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Johnson named to Walter Payton watch list

SFA senior running back Gus Johnson has been added to the 2014 Walter Payton Award Watch List, announced today by The Sports Network. Johnson is looking to follow in the footsteps of his current position coach, Jeremy Moses, who captured the 2010 Walter Payton Award.

Johnson has been a key component of the Lumberjacks’ 3-1 start to the season, rushing for 492 yards on 58 carries with nine touchdowns so far in 2014. He currently ranks first nationally in touchdowns, third in scoring (13.5 ppg), fourth in yards per carry (8.5) and 14th in rushing yards per game (123.0).
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Ladyjacks finish seventh at ORU Shootout

SFA closed out the Oral Roberts Shootout with a seventh-place showing, carding a 65-over 917 for the event. The Lumberjacks posted a 24-over 308 over the final 18 holes, notching their third top-10 team showing of the season.

Freshman Erica Lautensack continued her impressive start as a Ladyjack, notching her second top-20 finish in as many weeks, tying for 13th overall. Lautensack fired a 5-over 76 in round three, giving her a 13-over 226 for the event.

Sophomore Ann Holcomb highlighted SFA's final round with a career round, firing a personal-best 2-over 73 over the final 18 holes. She just missed notching a top-20 finish as well, tying for 26th overall with a 17-over 320.
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Fine Arts

SFA flutist Guenther to present 'Baroque to Jazz'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Christina Guenther in a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Guenther will present the program "Baroque to Jazz," which also features music colleagues Geneva Fung, piano, J.D. Salas, bass, and Brad Meyer, drums.

Among the works to be performed is Sonata in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Grand Polonaise in D Major by Theobald Boehm.
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SFA music faculty member Gavin to present 'Journeys and Reflections'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Charles Gavin in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The program, "Journeys and Reflections," will include selected repertoire inspired by different places, locations or works of art, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music.

"With the exception of two pieces, the compositions are by American composers who interpret the different locations," Gavin said. Accompanying Gavin will be faculty member James Pitts, pianist.
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Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of celebrated pianist Catharine Lysinger at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Lysinger, who is an active soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and lecturer, will present "From Passion to Noble Sentiment," which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's stormy Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata," and Maurice Ravel's string of waltzes, "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales."

The program's character of noble sentiment is rounded out by formally structured pieces by Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and Frédéric Chopin's through-composed Barcarolle, Op. 60, which builds on the image of the peaceful, rocking motion of a boat on the water, explained Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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SFA to screen 'Muscle Shoals' documentary at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Muscle Shoals" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier and released by Magnolia Pictures, "Muscle Shoals" is the true story of a small town with a big sound and an even bigger influence on the music industry.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time, according to information on Magnolia Pictures' website. Read More

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