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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 13
Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian University
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14
Cross country at Crimson Classic
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Soccer vs. Nicholls State University
4 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Saturday, Oct. 15
Football vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 16
Soccer vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
1 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana




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Dr. Mark Sanders

Chair and professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing

Sander’s creative nonfiction work, “Homecoming Parade,” which was originally published in Permafrost, was listed as a notable essay in the 2016 anthology, Best American Essays. Author Jonathan Franzen, former National Book Award winner, made the selection.

News & Announcements

SFA sylvans win second consecutive Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition

For the second consecutive year, the SFA Sylvans seized the collegiate championship title at the annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition in Sheridan, Arkansas.

“We competed against the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Louisiana Tech University and Southern Illinois University in five physical events, winning four of them and taking the overall championship with 18 points,” said Dr. Jeremy Stovall, associate professor of forestry and Sylvans faculty adviser.
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Faculty Senate to host meeting tomorrow

SFA's Faculty Senate will hold its October meeting at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Tiered Classroom, Room 2.201.

Speakers will include Dr. Dana Cooper, executive director of SFA's Student Success Center; Dr. Steven Bullard, provost and vice-president for academic affairs;  Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost; and Dr. Janet Tareilo, associate provost.

All faculty members are invited to attend. Access to live streaming of the meeting can be found here.

Charter School walk-a-thon scheduled for Friday

SFA’s Charter School and Parent Teacher Organization are hosting their eighth annual walk-a-thon beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Johnson Coliseum.

Hundreds of Charter School and SFA students will participate in the Olympic walk-a-thon, which benefits the school’s learning trips, children’s performing arts series, author visits, fitness days and social events. The SFA community is invited to attend.

Dr. Jane Long, associate professor in SFA’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, PTO member and chair of the walk-a-thon event, said this event is a day of celebration.

“This is a fun event that mixes student learning and physical activity, while allowing families and sponsors to be part of the school day,” Long said. “The school is successful because of support from SFA, our sponsors, our families and the community, and this is a day to celebrate these partnerships.”

For more information, contact Long at longjh@sfasu.edu.

SFA volunteers log almost 200,000 service hours in 2015-16

Whether cleaning out gutters, raking yards or painting homes, statistics produced by SFA’s Office of Student Engagement show SFA students logged almost 200,000 hours of volunteer service in 2015-16.

“There is a proven added value to a college experience when students are exposed to, and directly serve, the local community,” said Molly Moody, SFA assistant director of student engagement, leadership and service. “The Office of Student Engagement, through leadership and service programs, promotes a variety of opportunities for students to engage with the Nacogdoches and global community."
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Faculty, staff members to deliver second Consciousness Speaker Series presentation today

SFA faculty and staff members will deliver their second presentation today as part of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs’ ongoing Consciousness Speaker Series.

Aloma D. Marquis, School of Art faculty member, will discuss the act of dismantling racial injustice at 11 a.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room 2.101.

Light refreshments will be provided. Sack lunches are allowed.

For more information, call the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

Faculty and Staff Picnic to take place tomorrow

The Faculty and Staff Picnic will be from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Content reviewers needed for Certified Student Leader Program

The Center for Career and Professional Development along with Student Engagement and Leadership and Service programs are seeking content reviewers for the Certified Student Leader Program. CSLP is a cohesive leadership program available to all students and is designed to be completed at their own pace.

The program, compiled from the Job Outlook Survey produced as a result of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, as well as the Essential Learning Outcomes composed by the Liberal Education and America's Promise campaign from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, emphasizes the ability to articulate a student’s experience and learned transferable skills in a professional and concise manner.

Reviewers will evaluate student documentation in a timely manner with a provided rubric. Document review takes an average of 15 minutes. The identity of content reviewers remains anonymous throughout the process.

Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to attend one of four information sessions. Sessions will be at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room 2.106.

For more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, leadership and service, at (936) 468-1088.

Texas Secretary of State to speak about importance of voting Thursday

Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos will speak about the importance of voting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge. Faculty and staff members and students are encouraged to attend.

Cascos will be on campus for the the 20th annual Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture and will serve as the event’s featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

SFA’s American Sign Language Lab serves as resource for students, Nacogdoches community

Inside SFA’s American Sign Language Lab, a black sign with neon lettering outlines the rules, including, “No voice. None at all. Not even whispering.”

The lab, which provides recording booths, web cameras, games, books, DVDs and more, gives students who are enrolled in ASL courses a place to practice signing and provides a point of contact for the community’s deaf.

Maggie Patterson, ASL lecturer and lab coordinator, has transformed the lab into an active-learning area with resources available to SFA stakeholders and community members.

“The lab has really evolved during the past three years. It’s a place for people to practice sign language to help facilitate communication for deaf people,” Patterson said.

For more information about the lab, contact Patterson at (936) 468-1140 or mhpatterson@sfasu.edu.
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Fine Arts

Concert to feature music of American composer Ives

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present “Captured Memories: The Songs of Charles Ives” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The concert will feature music faculty members Debbie Berry, Charlotte Davis and Emily Milius, sopranos; Nita Hudson, mezzo soprano; Scott LaGraff and Chris Turner, baritones; Garry Leonberger, tenor; Christina Guenther, piccolo; and Ron Petti, piano.

The concert is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 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.
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Fort Worth artist Nowlin to exhibit in Griffith Gallery

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open the exhibition “Devon Nowlin: Don’t Deny Your Heart” with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Griffith Gallery on campus.

The show, which runs Oct. 20 through Dec. 9, features paintings and altered digital prints. Nowlin’s work reflects a personal and market-driven desire to, in her own words, “curate environments and personas that aspire for a lifestyle of casual luxury,” according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

The Texas Commission on the Arts, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum are sponsors of the exhibition. Admission is free.

Gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131. The Griffith Fine Arts Building is located at 2222 Alumni Drive.
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Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present ‘spirited’ program

SFA’s Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band will present “Tricks and Treats,” a selection of music in the spirit of the season, when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Turner Auditorium on campus.

The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert with John Mackey’s “Night on Fire." This four-minute piece was commissioned by a consortium of student music organizations at The University of Texas in recognition of Richard Floyd's tireless and passionate advocacy for music education in the State of Texas, Anglley explained.

The concert is a presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 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.
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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform music of composer Biedenbender tonight

SFA’s Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring the music of American composer David Biedenbender at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Turner Auditorium.

The program will include Biedenbender’s “Dreams in the Dusk,” featuring Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone at SFA, as soloist.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 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.
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