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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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News & Announcements

Vote for the Lumberjack in the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge

The SFA Lumberjack is currently in a close race against other mascots in the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge. Help SFA’s Spirit Program win its fourth consecutive Mascot Challenge title and a cash prize of $5,000 to be used toward the program.

One vote can be submitted per day per email address. Click here to vote.

Contribute to the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign

Contributions are currently being accepted for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign. The campaign benefits various Texas agencies and nonprofit organizations. SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 to various Texas agencies last year.

The SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate. Employees can make a one-time donation via check or payroll deduction. Donations will go to agencies or organizations designated by the employee. The minimum donation is $2.

Employees who make a contribution to the Nacogdoches County United Way  (Code 430751) will be eligible for a drawing for a 2016 Hyundai Accent.  A minimum of $17.34 per month or a $208 one-time gift will receive one chance to win. A donation of $26 per month or a $312 one-time gift will receive two chances. 

All forms are due by the conclusion of the campaign at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. To make a contribution, contact Amanda Windham, director of student engagement programs, at (936) 468-3723.

Applications for Mr., Miss SFA available online

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate students for Mr. and Miss SFA by completing the online application.

The Mr. and Miss SFA title is an award presented each year by the SFA Alumni Association to exemplary students who well represent and promote SFA. Recipients are selected based on their scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities, citizenship, service and loyalty to the university.

The application deadline is Nov. 22. The award presentation will be held at the March 4 basketball game against Sam Houston State University.

For more information, call the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407.

School of Honors requesting input for Presidential Election Panel

Faculty and staff members are invited to submit questions for the School of Honors Wisely Fellow event, Snack Pack Debate: Presidential Election Panel. 
The panel will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Sponsored by the School of Honors and Student Government Association, the non-partisan event is designed to answer pre-submitted questions in an effort to educate the audience about qualities, credentials and skills needed and desirable in a U.S. president. Panelists have been selected from areas such as history, government, economics and legal studies to provide analysis from different perspectives.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, event host, at taskerea@sfasu.edu, or the School of Honors staff at honors@sfasu.edu. Click here for more information about the event.

Submissions are due tomorrow by 5 p.m. To submit a question, click here.

Texas Archeological Society to hold annual meeting at SFA

Customarily held in large, metropolitan areas such as Houston, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth, the 87th annual meeting of the Texas Archeological Society will be held in Nacogdoches this year and hosted by SFA Oct. 28 through 30 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year’s meeting will be the second time the Oldest Town in Texas has hosted the event. The first time was in 1995. Nacogdoches’ selection as the conference host correlates with the city’s celebration of its 300th anniversary.

The cost of the TAS conference is $60 for adult members and $30 for student members. The cost for adult non-members is $70 and student non-members is $35. For information or to register, contact Avery at (936) 468-2457 or averyg@sfasu.edu.
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SFA Gardens' Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Arkansas container gardening specialist tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. James A. Robbins will present "Reflections on the Changing World of Ornamentals in the USA."

For the past 18 years, Robbins has been an extension specialist in commercial ornamentals at the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture. His role is to support all green-industry businesses, including garden centers, wholesale growers and landscapers.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (936) 468-4129 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.
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Faculty Senate to host meeting today

SFA's Faculty Senate will hold its October meeting at 2:30 p.m. today 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.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Muslim Spoken Word event tonight

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs invites members of the SFA community to attend Muslim Spoken Word with internationally acclaimed writer and performer Maryam Kashmir, a third-generation British-Kashmiri Muslim who will serve as keynote speaker. The event aims to educate the SFA campus about the Muslim culture and religion.

Kashmir will perform spoken word while educating and engaging the audience about her life journey as a Muslim woman. Kashmir and a panel of Muslim students will be available for questions after the performance.

The event is free and is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater.

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

School of Nursing to host drive-thru clinic for free flu shots starting today

Student nurses in SFA’s DeWitt School of Nursing will administer free flu shots to individuals 18 years and older from 4 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at the drive-thru clinic. The clinic will be held at The Surgery Center of Nacogdoches, 4948 NE Stallings Drive.
Free flu shots also will be given today through Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Pineywoods Fair.

For more information, contact Della Connor, assistant professor of nursing, at (936) 468-7713.

Faculty and staff picnic to take place today

The faculty and staff picnic will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.


Jacks take on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium

After a two-week break, SFA’s football team will return to the field to take on Southeastern Louisiana University at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Homer Bryce Stadium. The game, presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln of Nacogdoches, marks the Lumberjacks’ annual Zeta Tau Alpha Pink Out game, aiding in the fight against breast cancer.

Saturday's game will stream live in HD on ESPN3. Fans can find the game online at ESPN3.com or on mobile devices by downloading the WatchESPN app.
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Fine Arts

Vendor booths, sponsorships available for Día de los Muertos Fiesta

Vendor booth spaces are still available for the fourth annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in downtown Nacogdoches in and around The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

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.

A fundraiser for the gallery will feature original art and Day of the Dead vintage items.

Those interested in reserving booth spaces may email sfaartgalleries@sfasu.edu to receive a reservation form, which are also available at the Nacogdoches Public Library and The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or booth reservations, call (936) 468-6557.
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s Big Heads Blues Club performance

Tickets are still available for the Big Head Blues Club performance at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow  in Turner Auditorium on campus.

The Big Head Blues Club, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Erica Brown, will present “Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon,” a performance that pays tribute to one of the pillars of modern blues. The show, which is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series, is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For tickets or more information on the 2016-17 University Series, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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SFA voice students to present opera program

SFA voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The “Fall Scenes Program” will feature students enrolled in the opera workshop class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera; Dr. Scott LaGraff, professor of voice at SFA; and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and director of opera.

Admission is free. For information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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