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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Oct. 13
SFA women's golf
ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic
Jonesboro, Arkansas

SFA men's golf
Miramont Invitational
Bryan, Texas

Tuesday, Oct. 14
SFA men's golf
Miramont Invitational
Bryan, Texas

SFA women's golf
ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Wednesday, Oct. 15
'Father's Chair' screening
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142
7 p.m.




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Dr. Lauren Gonzalez

James I. Perkins College of Education

Gonzalez, an assistant professor of elementary education, recently published an article analyzing factors that affected how parents are involved in helping their children develop literacy skills.

The research examined five factors - socioeconomic status, level of education, employment, culture and language - that may be influential in parental assistance of their children's literacy development in the home.

The data sources for this investigation included interview responses and a demographic survey. Data from 17 parents, each from a different household, and each with a child in kindergarten were obtained and used for the study.

The piece was published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Gonzalez also published a separate piece investigating the relationship between the use of multicultural literature and the reading accuracy of students served in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

Results indicated students in the group using multicultural literature experienced greater increases in their reading accuracy than students in the group who did not use multicultural literature.

That piece was published in a recent edition of the Texas English Language Teaching journal.

News & Announcements

Día de los Muertos Fiesta planned for Nov. 1 in downtown Nacogdoches

A performance of the Chikawa Aztec Dancers is just one of the many fun-filled activities that will be part of the Día de los Muertos Fiesta to be celebrated from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, along Church Street in downtown Nacogdoches.

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead observance, is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican term derived from the Roman Catholic All Saints' and All Souls' days, traditionally observed Nov. 1 and 2. An array of activities, ranging from decorating graves to creating home altars, typically highlight the celebration that can last for days.
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SFA tops list of Students Before Profits Award

SFA was recently named the number-one university offering online degree programs to students seeking a bachelors degree in education.

SFA beat out a number of competitors to top the list, such as Florida International University, the University of Washington and Arkansas Tech among others.

Check out the full rankings and reasoning here.

Get a sneak peek at the new travel and expense module

SFA will be introducing a new travel and expense reporting module in the near future, and two 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.

Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a small ceremony following at 8:45 a.m. The 3.1-mile walk will officially begin at 9 a.m.

It is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

For more information about the Alzheimer's Association or the Nacogdoches Walk to End Alzheimers, please contact Regional Outreach Coordinator Michael Molina at (936) 632-9930 or via email at mmolina@alz.org.

Texas Tech Undergraduate Research conference calling for submissions

The Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference provides an opportunity for undergraduates to present their original scholarly and creative research done in partnership with a faculty mentor. Presentations can be submitted in poster or oral format. The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement welcomes submissions from all disciplines.
The 2015 annual Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference will be held March 31 - April 1 at Texas Tech University. For consideration to present at this conference please submit your abstract here no later than 11:59 p.m. Jan. 21.

For updates on TTU Conference information and deadlines, make sure you register with CALUE here.

Global Gateway to Saudi Arabia set for Oct. 15

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Saudi culture given by students from Saudi Arabia.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Saudi Arabian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. 

New York fashion historian to speak during museum's 'Old Hat! 100 Years of Headgear' reception

New York fashion historian Rebecca Jumper Matheson will present "Pinnacle of Fashion: Hats of the 20th Century" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with an ongoing exhibit at the Stone Fort Museum at SFA.

The lecture will be held in the Kennedy Auditorium adjacent to the museum on the SFA campus. A former research assistant at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Matheson has taught in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the author of "The Sunbonnet: An American Icon in Texas" and "A House that is Made of Hats: The Lilly Daché Building 1937-1968" included in "The Places and Spaces of Fashion: 1800-2006."
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American Association of University Women meeting set for Oct. 21

The Association of American University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Regions Bank downtown. 

This month there will be an update on the Texas Legislature with State Rep. Travis Clardy speaking to the group.

Vote for the Lumberjack!

The Southland Conference competition for the best school mascot is well underway.

Last year, the Lumberjack came out on top as the best mascot in the conference, and there's an opportunity to do it again. People are allowed to vote once a day for the duration of the contest, which runs until 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

The winning school's spirit department will receive $5,000!

Cast your vote here.


Ivy propels SFA over Corpus Christi

Senior Jill Ivy posted a monster double-double, and the SFA women's volleyball team earned another big Southland Conference victory, beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-1 on Thursday night at Dugan Wellness Center. The Ladyjacks are 10-2 over their last 12 matches dating back to Sept. 10.

SFA's 5-0 start to conference play is the best start for the program since 2008.
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Reserve your spot at the most iconic SFA games

Don't miss a moment of Lumberjack Football with the Battle of the Piney Woods Multi-Game Pack.

The package includes one ticket for the Battle of the Piney Woods, Homecoming and Battle for Chief Caddo games.

To purchase, call (936) 468-5225 or visit the ticket office, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Meet the 'Jacks set for Oct. 28

With the excitement surrounding the 2014-15 season, fans can meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the annual “Meet The 'Jacks” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church Gym.

The event will start at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Rotary Club. Tickets are $14 and available at the door.

Both the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks are coming off banner seasons and two of the most storied years in either program’s history.
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Fine Arts

SFA music faculty member Raychev to perform 'cello soliloquy'

Evgeni Raychev, faculty member in the SFA School of Music, will be featured in a cello recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

"This recital is a cello soliloquy," Raychev said. "It invites all who treasure the music of the past and the voice of the violoncello."

The program selection will include compositions by established composers from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
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SFA jazz bands' performances to feature works of music greats Basie, Sturm

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the university's jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

In the first concert of the year, the Swingin's Axes will "take on an exciting project - a live production of Count Basie's 1968 hit album, 'Basie - Straight Ahead,'" according to Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA and director of the Swingin' Axes.

"This album contains nine original compositions by famed arranger and composer Sammy Nestico, who was to new to Basie's band at that time," explains Wurtz. "The idea behind the recording was to place on display 'the essence of the Basie style,' and by the time the session was over, everyone involved, from the band members to the producers, to Basie himself, felt they had accomplished their goal." Read More

Noted violinist Gogichashvili to perform concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts series will present Eka Gogichashvili performing a guest violin recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

Gogichashvili, associate professor of violin at Baylor University, is a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and she is well known for her performances both in the United States and abroad. Joining her in concert is pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor of piano at Baylor University, who also enjoys a full career as a performer and teacher and has performed worldwide as a collaborative artist.

"The program consists of two sonatas for violin and piano, which are both great pieces and important contributions to this genre," said Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin at SFA.
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SFA to screen 'Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse' at Cole Art Center

A one-night, free screening of "Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse" will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Austin film director Dwight Adair, "Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse" is part of the Texas Independent Film Network, according to Brad Maule, instructor in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art cinematography department.

"Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse" is a one-hour documentary about the Texas fiddler, songwriter and owner of the legendary Cotton Club in Lubbock, Maule explained.

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Diverse international student cast brings 'Trojan Barbie' to Turner stage

The student actors in "Trojan Barbie" bring global, multicultural perspectives that are as varied as the play itself to the SFA School of Theatre's Mainstage Series.

In "Trojan Barbie," Australian playwright Christine Evans' award-winning drama, the past collides with the present as the owner of an English doll hospital somehow finds herself face to face with survivors of the Trojan War, fought 3,000 years ago in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey.

Helping to tell this story on stage is an eclectic cast of student performers with diverse and interesting backgrounds, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and director of "Trojan Barbie."

Two exchange students from London's Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Scarlett O'Reilly and Hana Ghassali-Sbai, have major roles. "They are both English and Hana has a Brazilian heritage," Jones said.
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Art educators' brunch set for Saturday at Cole Art Center

A brunch designed to bring together East Texas art educators is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Sponsored by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, the event provides an opportunity to "connect with fellow art teachers and teachers who are interested in integrating the arts into other subjects," said Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Ar.

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