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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Oct. 12
Women's golf at the University of the Incarnate Word Women's Invitational
San Antonio

Tuesday, Oct. 13
SFA volleyball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's golf at the University of the Incarnate Word Women's Invitational
San Antonio

Thursday, Oct. 15
SFA volleyball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
7 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

Friday, Oct. 16
SFA soccer vs. Nicholls State University
7 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field




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News & Announcements

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for Diversity Conference proposals

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite faculty and staff members and students to submit proposals for a 25, 50 or 75-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation for the OMA Diversity Conference: Hidden Faces. Poetry proposals will also be accepted.

The OMA Diversity Conference seeks to provide a platform for presenters to share their diversity-related work with conference attendees and engage in vital multicultural dialogue.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, please click here. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 22. Admission to the OMA Diversity Conference is free and lunch will be provided to a limited number of attendees, so early registration is highly recommended. You can register here.

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or email aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments related to the conference.

Clardy kicks off Walk-Through-Texas walk-a-thon

State Rep. Travis Clardy kicked off the opening ceremonies of the SFA Charter School and Parent-Teacher Organization's Walk-Through-Texas walk-a-thon Friday morning in William R. Johnson Coliseum on SFA's campus.

SFA's Charter School and PTO have been working on this fundraising event for the past few months. This year's "Walk-Through-Texas" theme blended Texas history and exercise. Each class in the SFA Charter School selected a city in Texas to research and created a PowerPoint presentation, which Clardy read aloud at the event. Clardy has a special connection to SFA's Charter School. All of his sons attended the school, and he helped in its startup.

"It is really fun and exciting to be back with the charter school kids," Clardy said. "I think it is great to get all of the children here at one time to study Texas history and encourage them to be active and healthy. I'm very pleased and honored they asked me to be part of it."
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SFA ScholarWorks now publishing the East Texas Historical Journal

The East Texas Historical Journal, the primary publication of the East Texas Historical Association, is now available in SFA’s ScholarWorks.

Volumes from 1963 through 2015 are included in the repository, with more than 1,400 article downloads already reported this year. SFA’s Center for Digital Scholarship will continue digitizing future issues of the journal as they are published.

For more information on archiving any publications into ScholarWorks, please contact the CDS staff at cds@sfasu.edu.

Campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore to host faculty and staff member appreciation sale

Please join the SFA Barnes and Noble Bookstore on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center for its faculty and staff member appreciation event scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

All regular-priced SFA logo merchandise will be an additional 25 percent off the ticketed price.

Stop by to enter your name into raffles, pick up giveaway items, check on textbook adoptions for the spring semester and enjoy drinks and refreshments.

Publisher representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any textbook and technology questions.

SFA mourns death of Lucille DeWitt

Lucille “Lucy” Marie La Pointe DeWitt passed away on Friday, Oct. 9, at her home surrounded by family members.

A visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel. Internment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, according to her obituary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Helping Other People Eat (H.O.P.E.) organization, the Hospice of East Texas and the Nacogdoches Treatment Center.

The SFA Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing is named for Lucille and her late husband, Richard.
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National Council on Undergraduate Research 2016 Travel Grants available for students

The SFA provost's office will fund travel to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research for six undergraduate students and two faculty mentors. Faculty members are encouraged to inform their students of this opportunity.

Students must apply by Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the council's website. If accepted, students must then apply to Dr. Courtney Wooten for funding by Friday, Jan. 29.

For more information, contact Wooten by phone at (936) 468-2079 or by email.

Organizations help local elementary school students, teachers

SFA’s honor code states, “Lumberjacks think of the needs of others and seek to improve the quality of life of those around them.”

These values were put into action when Dr. Adam Peck, SFA’s dean of student affairs, learned of a need at Emeline Carpenter Elementary School in Nacogdoches.

Many of the school’s classrooms exit directly to the outdoors with only small awnings to protect the students from the elements. Sharitta Williams, a former SFA student leader and now elementary school employee, reached out to Peck and asked for his assistance. Working with SFA student affairs staff members and the Generation Jacks Program at SFA, funds were raised to purchase 20 small umbrellas to donate to the school.

Later, Peck met with Esther Campbell, manager of the Barnes & Noble bookstore at SFA, who worked to have golf umbrellas specially made for Emeline Carpenter Elementary’s students to utilize. The bookstore also contributed to the effort by paying the price difference.

The umbrellas were delivered Oct. 7, and the students are now ready for the rainy months ahead with the protection of their newly donated umbrellas.

Applications for homecoming festival booths now being accepted

The SFA Alumni Association is accepting booth applications for the Homecoming Jack-O-Ween Fall Festival scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Alumni Corner Tailgate tent in front of the SFA Early Childhood Laboratory, 1620 Raguet St.

All organizations, groups and Nacogdoches businesses are invited to host a fun booth for children of all ages.

Booths and event attendance are free. Hosts are encouraged to offer games, candy and other items for children.

The application is available for download here. Questions should be directed to Samantha Mora at (936) 468-3407.

GRE, graduate school prep panel scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16

The SFA chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, would like SFA faculty members to invite undergraduate students wishing to attend graduate school to a special GRE and graduate prep school panel scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

The panel is open to all majors requiring a GRE for graduate school admission. The panel is a question-and-answer format with graduate students who will discuss their knowledge of the graduate school process. Additional information about graduate school and the GRE will be available to attendees. The panel is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Deinisha Tryals at tryalsds@jacks.sfasu.edu or Rebecca Showalter at showalterra@jacks.sfasu.edu.

SFA School of Art to host graphic design conference

The SFA School of Art will present a graphic design conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16, featuring visiting SFA alumni who work professionally in the design arts.

The conference is intended for interested SFA students studying art, communication, marketing and other related fields. SFA faculty and staff members, regional and junior college instructors, high school art students and teachers, and design professionals in all areas of marketing, advertising and public relations also are invited.

"The conference will provide networking opportunities for design-interested people," said Peter Andrew, graphic design professor in the SFA School of Art, "and it will showcase SFA's graphic design program to interested and incoming students."
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SFA Homecoming

Homecoming blood drive scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28

The annual SFA Homecoming Blood Drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A. In coordination with the Homecoming theme and in competition with Sam Houston State University, SFA also will register people for bone marrow and organ donation.

Click here to register for a time slot.


SFA seeks to defend University of the Incarnate Word Invitational title

The SFA women’s golf team is seeking to defend its team title at the 2015 University of the Incarnate Word Fall Invitational. The tournament began at 8:30 a.m. today and wraps up Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The 2015 UIW Fall Invitational is a 36-hole event played at the Republic Golf Course in San Antonio. The course is a par-71, measuring 6,037 yards.
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Lumberjacks rally past Nicholls State University Colonels, 28-24

Trailing by 10 points with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the SFA Lumberjack football team rallied for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game winner in the last 25 seconds, toppling Nicholls State University 28-24 at Homer Bryce Stadium Saturday, Oct. 10.

SFA notched its first victory of the season, improving to 1-5 on the year and 1-3 in Southland Conference play, with Nicholls falling to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
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Ladyjack volleyball downs Houston Baptist University, 3-1

Exploiting Houston Baptist University's struggling service game was one strategy employed by the SFA volleyball team to win the duel in Shelton Gym this weekend.

Of the 96 total points tallied by the Ladyjacks, 20 were thanks to service errors by the Huskies. The Ladyjacks put down a feisty HBU squad for good with a pair of two-point wins in the third and fourth frames to claim a 3-1 triumph over their Southland Conference foes.
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SFA tennis takes No. 2 doubles title at Lady Demon Invitational

The SFA women’s tennis team saw a great performance from its No. 2 doubles squad of Denise Maxl and Vanesa Calvo Pardo at the Northwestern State University Lady Demon Invitational this weekend.

Maxl and Calvo Pardo notched a 3-0 record to capture the No. 2 doubles crown. In the first round, the pair won a 7-5 victory, then took out the University of Louisiana’s Juliette Clement and Carla Ortega 6-2 to reach the finals.
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SFA soccer ties 1-1 with Central Arkansas State University

The SFA women’s soccer team couldn’t manage a victory at the Bill Stephens Track and Soccer Complex in Conway, Arkansas, Friday, Oct. 9. They drew a 1-1 tie with the University of Central Arkansas after two overtime periods. However, the game proved pivotal as the Ladyjacks tightened their hold on first place after Friday night’s league results were posted.

“I thought we had a good game plan and were able to create the match ups we wanted in the midfield and up top tonight,” said head coach Wally Crittenden. “Overall, it was a good game between two spirited teams. You have to credit their goalkeeper as she had a tremendous night, and their team as a whole was up for the fight.”
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Midnight Madness scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16

The SFA men’s and women’s basketball teams will take the floor of the William R. Johnson Coliseum at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, for SFA’s Midnight Madness, tipping off the 2015-16 basketball season. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will have the chance to win various prizes, including iPads and flat-screen TVs. The first lucky fan who sinks a shot from half court will win $1,000 cash.
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Fine Arts

Pianist Crappell to perform works of famous Hungarian composers

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present pianist Courtney Crappell performing a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Hungarian Recollections" is a program of solo piano music featuring works by two famous Hungarian composers, Béla Bartók and Franz Liszt, according to Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA.

"After beginning with the elegance, joy and naiveté found within Bartók's settings of Hungarian children's songs, the mood darkens and shifts toward spiritual awakening and Hungarian nationalism revealed in Liszt's third 'Années de pèlerinage' (Years of Pilgrimage)," according to Crappell, who will also perform the Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 6.
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SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to feature works by composer Turner

The music of composer Jess Langston Turner will be performed in a concert of the SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. David W. Campo, associate director of bands at SFA, the Wind Symphony will feature guest soloist and SFA music faculty member Nita Hudson on Turner's "Lullaby," which is taken from a larger work for string orchestra and percussion, "Memorial to Silent Voices." The text sung by the alto soloist is from the well-known traditional English lullaby, "All Through the Night."

"While the melody sung by the alto soloist is not the original, snatches of the traditional tune appear periodically in a solo flute," Campo explained. "The simple melody and the gently rocking chordal accompaniment combine to form a peaceful and soothing lullaby."
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Andrew exhibition showing at Southern Arkansas University

An exhibition of the artwork of Peter Andrew, graphic design professor in the SFA School of Art, is currently showing at Southern Arkansas University. Tropical Water Colors is exhibited through Friday, Oct. 30, at Brinson Fine Art Gallery, 100 E. University, Magnolia, Arkansas.

Andrew's professional experience includes 12 years of art direction in advertising, publishing and freelance work as a design software trainer for the printing industry. He is an artist member of the New York Society of Illustrators and an artist consultant in the artists' materials industry. His art also is currently represented by galleries in Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas, and in Salt Lake City and on the Internet at peterandrew.net.

SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Legends' program

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present "Legends" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

"We have three featured performers on this concert," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands.

Staci Spring, bassoon instructor in the School of Music, will perform as soloist on Dana Wilson's "The Avatar," a concerto for bassoon and chamber ensemble.
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Selden's work featured in esteemed publication

The work of Lauren B. Selden, associate professor of metal/jewelry in the SFA School of Art, was recently published in Metalsmith, a well-known publication of contemporary metalworking and jewelry.

The quarterly magazine is released by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the metalworking and jewelry international organization. SNAG described "Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction" as "a showcase of works that help us discover beauty in the process of engagement."

"Being featured in this 'Exhibition in Print' is one of the highlights of my career," Selden said. "I am so honored to be part of the publication as well as the traveling exhibition."
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University Series to present The Hot Club of San Francisco

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present The Hot Club of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2015-2016 University Series.

An evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing will hit Turner stage when The Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant," a celebration of imagination and innovation. Like the wandering gypsy musicians of the 1930s, these artists play their guitars and fiddles while matching movements on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor, according to Dr. John Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

"These superb, multi-talented musicians will impress our Nacogdoches audience not only for their mastery of multiple instruments, but also for the excitement they bring to the Turner stage," Goodall said. "It's going to be an extraordinary night of music and fun."
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There is little else on this planet that matches active volcanoes in terms of amazing power. The majority of people won't get close to them - unless you're traveling with certain scientists or to one of a handful of tourist destinations boasting the chance to see lava in its element.

Thanks to a small team of researchers and a little technology, though, regular folks can get a close-up view at the churning pools of liquid rock, albeit at the cost of a drone or two.

Check out this National Geographic footage from inside the Marum Crater in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which was shot with cameras attached to drones.

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