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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Oct. 18
SFA football vs. Houston Baptist
7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20

SFA men's golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, Louisiana

SFA men's golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, Louisiana




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens, Piney Woods Native Plant Center

Grant recently delivered a lecture titled "Gardening for the Birds and the Bees - Saving the World one Garden at a Time" to a group of 350 participants. Grant explained how he gardens using a combination of heirloom and native plants, along with good design, to focus more on the local ecosystem and its natural residents and less on perfect show flowers, while still presenting an aesthetically pleasing landscape. 

Over the years, proceeds from the Southern Garden Symposium have funded numerous projects, including scholarships in the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, a revitalization project for historic Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville, Louisiana, sponsorship of the kitchen garden at Audubon State Historic Site, funding for plantings and benches at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and others.

Dr. Wendy Killam, Dr. Bill Weber and Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

School of Human Sciences

Killam, a professor in counseling; Weber, a professor in rehabilitation services; and Ellis-Hervey, an assistant professor in school psychology, have been recognized for their diligence in research and scholarship.

Killam and Weber model within-program faculty collaboration; and Ellis-Hervey’s products model across institutional collaborations with colleagues and effective mentoring of School Psychology doctoral students, DeShae Davis and Alison Wilhite-Bradford.

Journal articles, book chapters, newspaper articles and a workshop skills-building presentation at a state conference all enhance the visibility of their respective programs at SFA.

Dr. Lisa McCleary

School of Human Sciences

McCleary, assistant professor in School Psychology, will be the first SFA leadership representative at the Texas School Psychology program for the Texas Association of School Psychologists’ Trainer’s Meeting during the upcoming conference on Friday, Oct. 17.

Dr. Kelly Noe

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Dr. Kelly Noe, CPA and assistant professor of accounting at SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business, was named a 2014 recipient of the Texas Society of Certified Professional Accountant’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award.

The statewide TSCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award honors Texans who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who have distinguished themselves through active service to the accounting profession. Criteria for judging includes instructional innovation, student motivation, the pursuit of learning opportunities for students, involvement in student and professional accounting organizations and research accomplishments and publications.

Throughout her teaching career, Noe has earned numerous awards, including the Outstanding Intellectual Contribution Award, Faculty Scholar and Outstanding Researcher by the SFA Rusche College of Business. She is actively involved with TSCPA’s East Texas Chapter, American Accounting Association and Accounting Information Systems Educator Association. Noe also is the Beta Alpha Psi faculty adviser of the Epsilon Mu Chapter at SFA. The chapter presents at the annual meetings and has been awarded superior status every year she has served as faculty adviser.

Noe will be recognized at an award ceremony held in conjunction with the annual TSCPA Accounting Education Conference that will take place Oct. 24 and 25 in Austin.

News & Announcements

Parents' night out set for Friday

This Friday, Oct. 17, is Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp!

Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m.

Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal, and a movie.

Attendees must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper. 

For more information and to register, please contact the Administration Office of the SFA Rec Center at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

Authors and Publishing Issues Fall Forum set for Friday

The Center for Digital Scholarship has received inquiries regarding author rights, copyright, and publishing issues. In order to tailor mini-workshops around topics of interest to faculty members and students, the center has scheduled an open forum to advance the discussion.

The forum will be facilitated by Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian. The panelists will include Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and interim dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business; Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services; and Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, chair of the Department of Government.

Please join us for the discussion and light refreshments at the Authors and Publishing Issues Fall Forum at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Wyatt Room.

For more information, please contact cds@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1445.

Guest artist to conduct residency

Guest artist Meredith Robertson-Early will conduct a residency for the dance program from Thursday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 18. She will offer two master-level classes in modern dance and set her work Creed of Fools on the SFA Repertory Dance Company.

The work will be performed in the Danceworks Concert Nov. 20-22.

Meredith Robertson-Early is an assistant professor in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Finer Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi  and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. 

In addition, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University. She also has performed the works of Robert Battle and Ulysses Dove at nationally-recognized venues, including the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob's Pillow, The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and The Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Robertson-Early also is a founding member of the MUDHONEY Dance Collective, a company dedicated to presenting works in New Orleans' alternative spaces and venues.

Her choreography has been selected twice by nationally renowned adjudicators for the gala presentations at the American College Dance Festival Association's regional conferences, and in 2014, her work was selected for national presentation at the Kennedy Center.

Take Back the Night scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Gender Studies Club and Gender Studies Minor will host "Take Back the Night" Thursday, Oct. 16.

"Take Back the Night" is an event where women and men gather together and march to promote awareness of violence against women.

Participants will meet at Surfin' Steve at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, march through campus ending at Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142 for a poetry slam.

Homecoming disc golf torunament set for Oct. 24

The third annual Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Pecan Park.

Player Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced

Event Format: Doubles, Best Shot (two players tee off, then the team chooses which of the resulting lies to play from until the hole is completed).

Cost: SFA student- $10/player; non-student- $20/player.

Registration: On-site registration will be available.  For registration questions, please call (936) 468-3407.  Proceeds to benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for Campus Recreation.

Prizes: SFA gear, coupons and/or other prizes will be given to the winner of each division.

Early Childhood Lab to host immunization clinic

The Early Childhood Lab will partner with Walgreens Pharmacy to host an immunization clinic at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

You will be asked to complete a consent form and show proof of insurance. 

At this time, SFA's United Healthcare does cover the flu shot with no co-pay.

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. 

2014 International Film Festival to screen 'Father's Chair' this week

SFA's Spanish Film Club will screen the third film in its festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142. The film is titled 'Father's Chair' and addresses the topics of fatherhood and family.

The Portuguese film was produced in 2012 and is directed by Luciano Moura. SFA's Brad Maule will lead a discussion before and after the film.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture, and in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the support of Multidisciplinary Programs, Latin American Studies, and Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication.

RSVP for the Men's Faculty and Staff Club picnic

The deadline to RSVP for the Men's Faculty and Staff Club Picnic is noon Wednesday, Oct. 15. RSVP here or by emailing or mludorf.sfasu.edu@gmail.com.

The picnic is from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Liberty Hall, 805 E. Main St.

Check your university email (including the "junk" folder) for your final invitation and easy way to RSVP.

Ring Week to kick off Oct. 13

The fall 2014 Ring Week is Oct. 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center. Ring Week is open to all current students with 60 hours or more and any alumni who previously did not order a ring when they graduated.

In order to participate in the Big Dip Ceremony, orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The fall Big Dip Ceremony is at noon Friday, Dec. 5.

Balfour representatives will be here Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13 and 14, to answer any questions. Sample rings will be on display, ring sizing will be available and all ring questions will be answered during the week.

Campus Recreation

Women's self defense class offered November

SFA's Campus Recreation Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The class is part of the SFA Employee Wellness program. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex.
The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.
Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.


Schneider announces Stutzman as Director of Operations

SFA head women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider has announced a restructuring of his support staff, effective for the 2014-15 season. Todd Stutzman will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations and Shane Akin will be the new graduate manager for the Ladyjacks.

Stutzman will handle the day-to-day operations of the program this season. He will play an integral role in many behind-the-scenes responsibilities, including team travel, community outreach, gear and equipment, and organizing summer basketball camps.
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SFA-UCA moved to Oct. 24

The SFA soccer match against the University of Central Arkansas has been moved to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the SFA Soccer Field.

The home match for the Ladyjacks was originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26.

SFA, 6-0 in Southland Conference play, has five matches remaining in the regular season, with four at home. The Ladyjacks will host Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. this Friday, before closing their road schedule at Nicholls on Sunday. Following the road match, SFA will host UCA (Oct. 24), Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (Oct. 31) and Incarnate Word (Nov. 2).

SFA tied for 11th at rain-shortened Miramont Invitational

After weathering a nearly six-hour rain delay to start the Miramont Invitational, SFA closed out the opening round tied for 11th overall with a 15-over 303. The Lumberjacks finally took to the course at around 1:30 p.m. as the event was shortened to just 36 holes due to the inclement weather.

The Lumberjacks currently sit in a three-way tie for 11th with Houston Baptist and Louisiana-Monroe, but are well within striking distance of a handful of teams. SFA is just four shots back of fifth-place as nine teams are separated by those four strokes, including Southland Conference foes Southeastern Louisiana (11-over 299) and McNeese State (13-over 301).
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Fine Arts

SFA music faculty member Salas to present tuba recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member J.D. Salas in a tuba recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The program, titled Reformations," features the world premieres of two pieces for tuba, including "Reformations for Tuba and Percussion," composed by Salas' father-in-law, James R. Wright, and "Catacombs for Tuba and Recorded Track" by Jason K. Nitsch. Accompanying Salas for this program will be Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, and pianist Geneva Fung, staff accompanist.

"I chose the title based on the type of repertoire programmed," Salas said. "The recital will feature the premiere of works for tuba in some of the newest mediums along with some other works not typically performed on tuba."

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to perform in University Series

The renowned Russian ensemble Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will return to the SFA campus to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

"The orchestra performed here a few years ago and was very popular with our University Series patrons," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "We are excited to present this program in this year's series. And, once again, the orchestra will perform an original composition written by our own Stephen Lias, professor of composition in the School of Music."
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Finding love, acceptance focus of student-directed 'Feeding the Moonfish'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Feeding the Moonfish" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Senior Allison Day of San Antonio directs Barbara Wiechmann's one-act play, which Day describes as a "darkly enchanting drama."

"In southern Florida, two young adults from broken homes meet at a dock late at night," Day explains. "One of them is plagued by an unknown trauma. Both are looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places and in all the wrong ways. Will they find it with each other?"
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