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This Week's Calendar
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Wednesday, Oct. 16
guest flute recital
Cole Concert Hall
Thursday, Oct. 17
Counseling Services QPR Workshop
at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Friday, Oct. 18
at Crimson Classic
Faculty Lounge Friday
Faculty Senate office
SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
at Southeastern Louisiana
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SFA's University Series exhibition will feature Day of the Dead altars
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present the exhibition "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead" from Nov. 1 through Jan. 4 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House as part of the 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."
The exhibition, featuring 13 altars created by North and East Texas area artists and "non-artists," will explore traditional Day of the Dead observances through different cultural, ethnic and religious/non-religious perspectives, according to John Handley, SFA galleries director. The exhibition, which will be displayed in the Ledbetter Gallery, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Cole Art Center.
The Day of the Dead altars, which celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, will be created in a variety of media, made by both trained and untrained artists, Handley said.
The Day of the Dead observance is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Day of the Dead, or 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.
SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature expert on frogs, snakes, turtles
SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski, SFA professor of biology, will present "Critters that Slither and Hop in Your Garden: The Reptiles and Amphibians of East Texas."
Kwiatkowski joined the SFA faculty seven years ago and teaches herpetology, comparative vertebrate biology, field ecology and fundamentals of zoology. His research focuses on conservation of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the signals they use in mating behavior. He is currently working with federal and state agencies and zoos around the country on the population genetics of Louisiana Pine Snakes, a candidate species for federal protection. He also is working with U.S. Forest Service biologists to investigate declines in amphibian populations. He serves on the SFA Faculty Senate and University Research Council and is acting as adviser to the university's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Learning Center. Read More
News & Announcements
Kicking for a Cure
SFA soccer is hosting the annual "Kicking for a Cure" breast cancer awareness game when the team hosts McNeese State at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. There will be pink "Kicking for a Cure" T-shirts given to the first 100 fans. All fans will also be able to enter to win a Breast Cancer Awareness soccer ball signed by the Ladyjack team.
Pink Out Your Office 2013 Winners
The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha want to thank the offices who participated in Pink Out Your Office 2013! We were touched and inspired by your dedication to breast cancer education and awareness.
Overall Winner: Office of the Registrar
Most Pink: Orientation Programs
Most Creative: Office of Student Engagement
Best Display of Facts and Information: Women's Basketball
Best Display of Survivors: Office of Admissions
ZTA will be handing out FREE Yoplait yogurt, while supplies last, on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Visit SFA Zeta Tau Alpha–Theta Eta Chapter on Facebook for details.
Dr. Vincent Tinto visit this week
All faculty and staff members are invited to a presentation from Dr. Vincent Tinto at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Kennedy Auditorium. Tinto will discuss his latest book "Completing College." An award-winning Distinguished University Professor of sociology at Syracuse University, Tinto is a noted theorist in the field of higher education, particularly concerning student retention and learning communities. He may be best known for his heavily cited book, "Leaving College."
This presentation is sponsored by The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for University Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Teaching Excellence Center.
Faculty Senate Lounge Friday
All faculty members are invited to the Faculty Lounge Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18 in the Mckibben Building, Room 252. The Senate will provide donuts, juice and coffee, and provide a space for cross-campus dialogue and collegiality.
Rusche College of Business to Host ‘Rusche Reconnect’ at Homecoming 2013
The Nelson Rusche College of Business is hosting its first “Rusche Reconnect,” an alumni tailgate, during Homecoming 2013 on Oct. 19, before the Lumberjacks take on Nicholls State University. All alumni and friends of the Rusche College are invited to attend. The tailgate tent will be located on Hayter Street near Alumni Corner and will be open from noon untill 3 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Additionally, the McGee Business Building will be open from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for an open house where alumni can tour the building and see plans for the renovation starting in summer 2014. For more information about this event, please contact Chelsea Heidbrink in the Rusche College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORSP workshop: Introduction to grant writing
Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop on from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.
The session provides a broad overview of the proposal process and is designed to help faculty and staff members understand how to develop a project concept, find external funding, and understand the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.
Register to attend this conference at myTraining. For questions, contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606.
Save a Life–Learn QPR
Have you ever been concerned about someone but unsure what to say? Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger of suicide. On completion, each participant will be certified as a "Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper."
Be ready to save a life!
Thursday, Oct. 17
Rusk Building, Room 333
Call (936) 468-2401 to register.
2013 Homecoming set to begin at SFA
The annual SFA Homecoming celebration begins Friday, Oct. 18, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 20.
The weekend festivities begin Friday morning at 11 a.m. with the SFA Alumni Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club. Entry fee is $150 and includes tournament play, cart, refreshments, box lunch and post-tournament hors d’oeuvres. The entry deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.
Join SFA alumni at Nine Flags Bar and The Patio at Hotel Fredonia from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Homecoming weekend “Back in Nac” social event. Enjoy complimentary Lumberjack-themed appetizers, purple beer and cocktails, drink specials, live music, a photo booth, and much more. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple.
There will be a free shuttle service from the hotel to the bonfire for those who wish to attend. The shuttle will begin at 8:15 p.m. in front of the hotel and run every 30 minutes. The last shuttle will leave the bonfire at 10:30 p.m. and return to the hotel.
Legacy Dinner to honor Abernethy's mark on SFA
The traditional Friday night events begin with the Alumni Legacy Dinner and Reception at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Fredonia on Friday, Oct. 18. The dinner will honor Francis “Ab” Abernethy ’49 and the late Hazel Abernethy ’48 & ’72. Reservations are $50 per person, $90 per couple or $350 for a table of eight. Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. at the hotel lobby and The Vault, and the dinner will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Banita Ballroom. The live auction and Benefit Drawing will begin at 8 p.m.
Abernethy professor emeritus of English at SFA and editor emeritus of the Texas Folklore Society. The Panhandle and Pineywoods Texan is the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Abernethy holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature and joined the SFA faculty in 1965. For the next 32 years, he taught world literature, Shakespeare, folklore and many more subjects to countless SFA students. The walls of Abernethy’s Texas Folklore Society office in the basement of the Rusk Building contain a dizzying array of artifacts and mementos he has collected during a lifetime of adventuring. Still, of SFA, Abernethy says, “There’s no place on earth I would rather be than on this campus.”
Children of the court to ride in parade
Brandon Turnage of Whitehouse and Aria Nunn of Nacogdoches, will serve as children of the court during the homecoming celebration Oct. 18 and 19 at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Brandon is the 10-year-old son of Craig Turnage, a 2000 and 2005 graduate of SFA, and Tonya Turnage, a 1999 SFA graduate. Craig is a Senior Development Officer in the Office of Development at SFA, and Tonya is an Instructional Coach for Tyler Independent School District. Brandon is a 5th grader at Cain Elementary and is vice president of the Cain Elementary National Honors Society. He also plays soccer on the Bullets soccer team.
Aria is the 5-year-old daughter of Monique and Arlington Nunn. Monique is a grant project coordinator for the James I. Perkins College of Education, and Arlington is the assistant head coach for the SFA football team. Aria is in kindergarten at Christ Episcopal School and loves singing, dancing, playing with her friends and being the life of any party.
Brandon and Aria will ride in the homecoming parade and participate in the crowning of the SFA homecoming queen during halftime of the SFA vs. Nicholls State University football game which begins at 3 p.m. Saturday in Homer Bryce Stadium.
Homecoming Online Auction to feature specialty items
This year’s Homecoming Online Auction will feature highly rated items and activities. Featured items include a one-of-a-kind custom Lumberjack bobblehead, custom SFA items, sports tickets, destination getaways and travel packages, autographed sports memorabilia, beautiful artwork, jewelry, gift cards and more. The online auction will conclude at 9 p.m. Oct. 20.
The auction is an open bidding system, where the highest winning bidder will take home the item and also designate 50 percent of the proceeds toward an SFA Alumni scholarship of their choice. The remaining 50 percent of the proceeds will be designated by the item donor to the scholarship of their choice.
Ducks line up at SFA Homecoming
SFA Alumni Ducks have been training all season for the big race set to start on Oct. 19 to raise scholarship funds during the annual Homecoming celebration at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The 23rd annual SFA Alumni Association Duck Dash features toy ducks racing on a specialized course to claim prizes, while raising funds for the SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. The Duck Dash will begin at noon at the SFA Ag Pond located near Homer Bryce Stadium.
Ducks may be sponsored for $5 each or six ducks for $25. The deadline for sponsoring a duck is Oct. 18. Prizes totaling approximately $2,600 will be awarded to holders of winning ducks. Prizes include: $1,000 Joint Life Membership in the SFA Alumni Association; $500 scholarship; Round of golf for four at Piney Woods Country Club; iPad mini; Kindle Fire HD; $200 cash; $100 MasterCard Gift Card; $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card; $50 Best Buy Gift Card and a $25 Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card. You do not have to be present to win.
SFA Lumberjack Homecoming Disc “Frisbee” Golf Tournament
Honoring the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship, SFA will host the Lumberjack Homecoming Disc “Frisbee” Golf Tournament at Pecan Park with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
The format is doubles/best shot, where both players tee off, and then the team chooses which of the resulting lies to play from until the hole is completed.
Registration is $10 for students and $20 for alumni and community. Applications must be turned by noon on Oct. 18.
Prizes, which include SFA gear, coupons and more, will be given to the winner of each division. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship. Sponsoring this event is the SFA Alumni Association, SFA Campus Recreation Center and Olde Towne General Store.
Please contact (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com for more information.
5th annual Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K
The SFA Campus Recreation Center and the SFA Alumni Association will host the Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K. Taking their marks at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, students, alumni and families can walk or run the course.
The race will begin in the parking lot behind Schlief Tennis Complex, corner of Wilson Drive and Starr Avenue. The runners wave will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and the walkers will begin at 8:10 a.m.
Students can register for $30. Faculty, staff, alumni, and community can register for $35. Registration is available here.
T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 participants. You can pick up your registration packets on Friday, Oct. 18, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the SFA Recreation Center Welcome Desk. Race day packet pickup and late registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the race site.
40th Annual SFA Alumni Golf Tournament tees up
Registration has begun for the 40th Annual SFA Alumni Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at Piney Woods Country Club and starts off the university’s annual Homecoming weekend at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Entry fee is $150 per person or $600 for a team and includes tournament play, cart, refreshments, box lunch and post tournament hor d’oeuvres. Entry forms are available at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center on the SFA campus or online here.
Registration is at 9:30 a.m. on tournament day, and the tournament begins at 11 a.m. The format is four-player scramble. Players may enter as a single or assemble their own four-player teams.
Stack up the Homecoming Flap ‘Jack’ Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast like a Lumberjack on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a buffet of pancakes and other special toppings. Kids can enjoy pancake decorating, coloring books, photos with the SFA Lumberjack and Ladyjack mascots and other spirit team members.
Breakfast is from 7 to 10 a.m. at J. McKinney’s restaurant at Hotel Fredonia. Pricing is $11.95 for adults, $9.95 for seniors and $9.95 for children under 12.
Please contact (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com for more information.
Group Axe Session II Schedule is now availableMonday, Oct. 14
Group Exercise offers a variety of classes that range in intensity and complexity from Abs for Lunch to Boot Camp to Bedtime Yoga. Each of the classes offered is free for SFA students, members and guests. To enter into a class, pick up a Jax Pass at the welcome desk. Passes are distributed one half hour before the class begins. Schedules can be found at the Rec or online at www.sfasu.edu/campusrec.
CPM Training CourseTuesday, Oct 15
10 a.m. in the Rec Center Conference Room
If you need to take the Campus Programming for Minors Training Course, the Rec will be offering a class this week. Information is available online through the Camps and Conferences website.
7th Annual Homecoming T-Shirt Tie-DyeTuesday, Oct. 15
3-6 p.m. in the Rec Center Courtyard
Be a part of Homecoming tradition and tie-dye your very own Campus Rec Homecoming T-shirt! Don’t know how to tie-dye? No worries, we’re here to help. Be sure to wear clothes you can get messy, as we are using permanent, professional-grade dye. Take your shirt home with you, or let us wash and dry it for you just in time for the Homecoming Football Game. Shirt pick up will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
Last day to register for the Battleship TournamentTuesday, Oct. 15
Registration for Battleship Tournament will be open until 5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby or the Intramural Office. Cost is $20 per team. Format will depend on entries; teams of four will compete. The tournament will take place in the HPE Indoor Pool at 7 p.m. (after the Homecoming Tie Dye Event). Be the last canoe floating! For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.
SFA Rugby vs Texas StateSaturday, Oct. 19
2 p.m. on the Rugby Field
Support your SFA Rugby team as it competes against Texas State University Renegade Rugby Club in this conference match. SFA Rugby is one of seven teams that make up the Southwest Collegiate Rugby Conference.
Midseason Flag Football Tournament Registration ContinuesAll week
Registration for the Midseason Flag Football Tournament will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Intramural Office. Cost is $30 per team. Divisions will include men’s, women’s and CoRec. The tournament will begin on Friday, Oct. 25, on the Intramural Fields and will continue Saturday, Oct. 26. Winners of the tournament will have their entry fee to the NIRSA Region IV Flag Football Tournament waived by SFA Intramurals.
SFA reels off 11th shutout, blanks Wildcats 2-0
The SFA Ladyjack soccer team extended its current win streak to six games and recorded its 11th shutout of the season in a 2-0 triumph over Abilene Christian Sunday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field.
The weekend meeting between SFA (11-2-1, 6-1-0) and the Wildcats (11-3-1, 5-3-0) marked the first between the two schools in program history.
"What a game," head soccer coach Wally Crittenden said. "ACU is a great team and the stage was set for a very competitive match with both of our results on Friday night. We were able to shift our schemes and execute technically to a very high level today. The ability to fine tune our tactics in the normal flow of the game will continue to help us compete against very good teams. Our blend of possession and patience around the box really allowed for some very creative moments.
"As in the last couple of games, ACU's keeper did very well to keep it close. We are improving every game and are learning how to play verse various tendencies and shapes. It is an exciting time for our team for sure."
The Ladyjacks outshot ACU 26-10 on the afternoon and 8-4 on goal.
Lumberjacks fall in SLC opener
A high-powered Southeastern Louisiana offense proved to be too much for the SFA Lumberjack football team as it fell 56-14 in the Southland Conference opener for both teams Saturday night at Strawberry Stadium.
Junior running back Gus Johnson headlined an SFA (3-3, 0-1 SLC) offense that was held to 315 total yards on the night. The Gilmer, Texas, native, recorded 106 yards on the ground on 21 carries and added 16 yards on one reception. The 100-plus yard rushing performance is the fifth of the season for Johnson, as he has eclipsed the three-figure mark in all but one game. Freshman Joshawa West added 62 yards of his own on 11 carries.
Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 15 of 34 passes for 139 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Attaway’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a three-yard reception to Braxton Bearden, one of three receptions for the junior wide receiver.
Ladyjacks edge McNeese 3-2 in home thriller
Sophomore Tori Bates recorded her third double-double on the season, as the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team improved to 5-0 at home with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14, 16-14) edge over McNeese State Saturday afternoon inside Shelton Gym.
With the win over the Cowgirls (12-10, 5-4 SLC), the Ladyjacks (12-8, 4-3 SLC) are two wins shy of tying their 7-0 start at home from the 2009 season and are off to its best start at home since moving from William R. Johnson Coliseum back to Shelton Gym in 2011.
Bates finished with 14 kills and 14 digs, to record her second consecutive double-double for the Ladyjacks. The Allen, Texas, native, collected 12 digs and 11 kills in a 3-2 win over Nicholls State (Oct. 10) just two days prior.
Junior Paige Holland narrowly missed joining Bates with her second double-double in as many matches, colleting 55 assists and nine digs across five sets.
SFA with strong first day at NSU Lady Demon fall invite
The SFA Ladyjacks took on a their second fall tournament of the season on Friday at the NSU Lady Demons Fall Invite at Northwestern State. The field included University of Houston, Louisiana Tech, Grambling, Louisiana-Lafayette, Lamar, McNeese and Sam Houston State.
SFA's four competitors each played two singles matches on the day and one doubles match.
Sophomore Lera Terentyeva came out swinging for a great day of singles play. The Ladyjack played two close matches, first against Anna Spengler (Lamar) with a total of 6-4, 6-4, and in the semi-finals of the flight, taking Louisiana Tech's Taly Merker, also at 6-4, 6-4. Terentyeva vies for her group's singles title on Saturday versus Tina Rupert (Houston).
Senior Laura Service made her way past Houston's Celia Fraser in a close first set at 7-6 (6) and easily took the second set 6-2. Service dropped her second match to Vivien Borbely (McNeese) 6-2, 6-4.
SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Faculty Showcase'
The SFA Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred J. Allen, will present "Faculty Showcase" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Featured performers will be Debbie Berry and Gary Wurtz, both members of the faculty in the SFA School of Music.
Wurtz, professor of trumpet, will perform David Gillingham's "When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone."
"This is dedicated to those who fought and died in World War II," said Allen, who is director of bands at SFA. "The trumpet represents the soldier, through battle, grief and patriotism in this stirring work."
Soprano Berry will sing "Three Gospel Songs," arranged by Luigi Zaninelli.
"Audiences will recognize these tunes," Allen said. "Besides 'Amazing Grace' and 'Old Time Religion,' this set also includes the beautiful 'His Eye is on the Sparrow.'"
Noted flautist McCuiston to perform recital, conduct seminar at SFA
The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present Angela McCuiston performing a guest flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
McCuiston will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla and Ian Clarke, among others.
Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Masterclass and an avid performer, McCuiston is assistant principal/piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin and a member of the 129th Army Band in Nashville, Tenn., and she just completed her final season as principal flute/piccolo with the Panama City Pops Orchestra in Panama City, Fla.
A certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has studied Alexander Technique, Barbara Conable's "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body" Body Mapping Class and Eva Amsler's classes in Dynamic Integration. As a trainer, and in addition to providing personal strength training with clients, she also teaches classes in foam rolling and a beginner's boot camp. Residing in Nashville, McCuiston travels actively to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting recently at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, Nev., and Charlotte, N.C.