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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
NRG Stadium

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016

Monday, Nov. 30
Classes resume

Friday, Dec. 4
SFA Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom




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Dr. Lauren E. Brewer

Department of Psychology

Brewer, assistant professor of psychology, will join the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's leadership.

This international organization strives to advance understanding of psychology by promoting excellence in teaching and learning. Brewer will serve a three-year term as Coordinator of Conference Programming for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's Annual Preconference on Teaching. The conference will be held at the end of January in San Diego.

Information about the Society for the Teaching of Psychology can be found here. More information about the Preconference on Teaching can be found here.

News & Announcements

Early Childhood Laboratory blood drive set for October

The SFA Early Childhood Laboratory will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 211.

Those wishing to participate can sign up here, or in the ECHL main office. Preregistration details will be sent to those who sign up. 

Donors will receive a free T-shirt!

Changes coming to the Student Success Advising Tool

The current Student Success Advising Tool will no longer be available as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

SSC Campus is the new campus-wide platform SFA will use for student success advising. The new platform will provide added functionality such as appointment scheduling, student texting, tracking of student usage of academic resources and will serve as the new early-alert mechanism starting next spring.

There is no change in the way participants access the Student Success Advising Tool. Faculty members will continue to login using mySFA credentials. Access is available via the SFA website under the Faculty and Staff tab, the Administrative Resources tab, or in mySFA via the Adviser or Faculty tab.

System administrators for SSC Campus are Chelsea Heidbrink, student success coach in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, and Trina Menefee, student success coach in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. They can be reached by emailing sscollaborative@sfasu.edu. Additional information is available on the Student Success Advising Tool website.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus to present speaker

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus will present the first installment of the Conscious Speaker Series, which focuses on diversity-related topics, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9,  in the Baker Pattillo Student Center 3rd floor commons.

The speaker will be Dr. Patrick S. De Walt, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. His topic for the interactive workshop is "Definition Day: Interrogating the Words We Use to Shape Our Worlds."  The presentation is open to all faculty and staff members and students, and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus' mission is to advance the areas of diversity, social justice and multicultural awareness and competence on campus through dialogue and programming. The caucus strives to create an atmosphere  where all faculty and staff members and students feel welcomed, respected and heard.

Save a life - learn QPR

Are you aware that more people in the U.S. die of suicide than of auto accidents?

SFA Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger of suicide. Upon completion, each participant will receive certification as a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.
The session will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Latino Heritage Month event

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate Latino Heritage Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be music and dance performances and a keynote address by Curtis Acosta.

Acosta has many years under his belt as an experienced educator and education consultant. He is described as an "incredible educator" who kept his outlawed Ethnic Studies classes alive after the successful Mexican American Studies Program was banned in Tuscon, Arizona. Acosta will speak about his experiences as an educator and advocate for ethnic studies while empowering and educating the SFA community about the importance of this course and higher education, especially for the Latina/o community.

Admission is $5 for faculty, staff and community members and $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk.

Epidemics exhibit opens at SFA with two historical presentations

A historian and a medical doctor will give presentations during the opening reception of an exhibit on epidemic diseases of the 19th and early 20th centuries from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Stone Fort Museum on the SFA campus.

"Misery and Remedy: The Rise and Eradication of Epidemic Diseases in East Texas" features more than 150 artifacts from 23 institutional and private lenders from throughout East Texas, which will remain on display through Dec. 20.

Dr. Robert Carroll, a retired Nacogdoches physician, who loaned many artifacts to the exhibit, will present a collector's walkthrough of the items, which include furniture, tools and early pharmaceuticals.
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Culinary Café to host reception for artist on Saturday, Oct. 3

SFA's Culinary Café will host an opening reception for artist and alumnus Jason Daniel from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Culinary Café.

"We encourage our SFA family and the Nacogdoches community to enjoy a night with us at the Culinary Café," said Dr. Chay Runnels, SFA's hospitality administration program coordinator and graduate program coordinator.

The Culinary Café features artwork by various artists each semester, and Daniel's collection has been selected for display during fall 2015.
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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. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

The sale will feature a 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 extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens. Read More

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to host luncheon and workshop

The SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be hosting an internal funding luncheon and workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

All faculty members are invited to attend and can come and go as class schedules permit. Highlights of the workshop will include a meet and greet with ORSP staff members and an opportunity to learn about internal funding available to support faculty research and creative activities.
If you plan to have lunch please RSVP by calling the ORSP at (936) 468-6606.


SFA volleyball heads to the University of the Incarnate Word, Abilene Christian University

Fresh off its second-longest home stand of the season, the SFA volleyball team will set off on a road trip of almost 900 miles to restart its Southland Conference schedule.

The Ladyjacks’ first two SLC games of the season will come at 7 p.m. tonight at the University of the Incarnate Word, followed by Abilene Christian University at noon on Saturday, Oct. 3.
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Lumberjacks head to Houston for 90th Battle of the Piney Woods

SFA and Sam Houston State University renew one of the oldest rivalries in Texas as the two teams meet for the 90th time in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods Saturday, Oct. 3, at NRG Stadium in Houston. Opening kick between the Lumberjacks and Bearkats is set for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3.

NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, will be the backdrop for the ESPN3 Southland Game of the Week. Randy McIlvoy will have the call of the game with Shea Walker serving as color analyst and Brooke Bentley working the sidelines. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and also is available on the WatchESPN app and through ESPN College Extra, airing on DirecTV, Dish Network and select sports programming packages. Rob Meyers will once again broadcast the game live on radio at Q107.7 FM, or fans can listen online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through SFAJacks.com with in-game Twitter updates available @SFA_Football.
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Softball walk-on tryouts set for Monday, Oct. 5

The SFA softball team will be holding walk-on tryouts on at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Softball Field. Those wishing to try out must be full-time SFA students.

The Ladyjacks return a wealth of talent to the 2016 roster after making a strong push for postseason play last spring. Seniors Alisa Hamilton, Heather Hollingsworth and Lindsay Campbell made a strong case to be considered one of the top outfield units in the Southland Conference. SFA’s sophomore pitcher/catcher duo of Callee Guffey and Taylor Fraccastoro was one of the best in the league last year.

For more information on the walk-on tryout, contact head coach Gay McNutt at mcnuttrg@sfasu.edu.

Fine Arts

SFA theatre students bring study-abroad experience to 'Arabian Nights'

Theatre majors at SFA bring a wealth of talent to every Mainstage production.

From acting and stage management, to lighting, sound, costume and scenic design, SFA theatre students quickly become well versed in the dynamics of producing a successful play.

The School of Theatre takes pride in providing the kind of curriculum and hands-on experience that gives each student a diverse skill set. The school also cultivates internships and international programs to enhance what the students learn at SFA.
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SFA's First Friday Film Series to feature 'Samsara'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Samsara" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over five years in 25 countries, "Samsara" is the non-verbal 2011 documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of "Baraka." It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past 40 years, according to information at barakasamsara.com.
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Clarinetist Lignitz-Hahn to perform at SFA

Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, assistant professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining Lignitz-Hahn will be colleague Sehee Lee, lecturer of piano and collaborative piano at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. Among the featured works will be Malcom Arnold's Sonatina and Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen's "Licorice Stick."

Other pieces on the program include Andre Bloch's "Denneriana," Serban Nichifor's "Carnyx" and Béla Kovács' "Hommage à Manuel de Falla."
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It's a well-established fact that Texas has a long history of German influence. History that goes beyond the names of towns like Fredericksburg and Boerne and the decadent breakfast kolache.

In fact, Texas has its own kind of German dialect, though by many accounts it seems to be fading. Check out this Vice article about the dialect.

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