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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Oct. 15
'Father's Chair' screening
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142
7 p.m.

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

Sunday, Oct. 19
Old Hat: 100 Years of Headgear exhibition reception
Old Stone Fort
3 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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News & Announcements

Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference proposal deadline extended to Oct. 29

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members to submit proposals for a 50-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, please visit click here.

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

SFA Alumni Association to present 2014 Homecoming Celebration

The annual SFA Homecoming Celebration titled "Storybooks and Fairytales - Where Your Story Begins!" will be held Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The weekend festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, with the SFA Alumni Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club. The entry fee is $150 per team, which includes tournament play, golf cart rental, refreshments, box lunch and post-tournament hors d'oeuvres.

This year will feature the third annual SFA Alumni Association Homecoming Online Auction, which will run Thursday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 26. Please visit www.biddingforgood.com/sfahomecoming to view and bid on your favorite auction items. Featured items include sports memorabilia signed by Nacogdoches soccer legend Clint Dempsey, a football signed by Houston Texans J.J. Watt, a custom SFA Yeti Cooler, destination getaways and travel packages, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, unique SFA items, sports tickets, and much more.
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Artistic exchange between SFA, University of Chihuahua continues to thrive

When an exhibition of artwork by students and faculty at the School of Art at the University of Chihuahua opens on the SFA campus, SFA Professor of Ceramics Piero Fenci will take great pride and satisfaction in seeing the artistic relationship he established between the Mexican university and SFA continue to flourish.

The upcoming exhibition, which opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, runs through Friday, Dec. 12. It is comprised of works on paper, with media ranging from drawing to printmaking, photography and digital media.

This exhibition is part of an exchange program between SFA and the La Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. The exchange started more than a decade ago when Fenci went to UACH to teach a one-month ceramics workshop. Since 2004, Fenci has continued to regularly visit the University of Chihuahua, helping support and develop the ceramics program he created there. As a result, students from UACH have come to SFA to earn master's degrees in art.
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SFA Sustainability Fest today

The Annual SFA Sustainability Fest will run until 2 p.m. today outside the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Come by Surfin’ Steve to see ways to live a more sustainable life!.

Interested in reading more about our Sustainability initiative? Visit our Sustainability page!

Braille and Cane Club to host march for White Cane Safety Day

The Braille and Cane Club will be hosting a march and fundraiser to recognize White Cane Safety Day at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The march will begin at the East College Cafeteria and will proceed across campus to the Student Center, where club members will be selling Frito pie, drinks and snacks.

Any money collected will be used to support our community outreach event and celebration for area public school students with visual impairments, which is hosted at SFA on Dec. 3.

All are welcome to be part of the our White Cane Day march, and we also ask others to wear white in support of the independence of persons with visual impairments.

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.

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.

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. 

Take Back the Night event scheduled for Oct. 16

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Gender Studies Club and the Gender Studies Minor will present Take Back the Night, a candlelight march and poetry slam on Thursday, Oct. 16.

The march will begin at 6 p.m. at Surfin' Steve and end at Dugas Liberal Arts North,where the poetry slam will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 142.

Faculty, students, and the community are invited to join this international initiative to help women take back the night and stop violence against women.

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.

Center for Digital Scholarship to host fall forum

The Center for Digital Scholarship has received campus-wide inquiries regarding author rights, copyright and publishing issues. In order to tailor mini-workshops around topics of interest to faculty members and students, the CDS 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Athletics


SFA sweeps SLC Player of the Week honors

The SFA women's soccer team swept the Southland Conference Player of the Week honors, with Zuri Prince, Brooke Dunnigan and Morgan Glick picking up offensive, defensive and goalkeeper awards, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Ladyjacks picked up a pair of 1-0 victories to remain undefeated in SLC play, downing both McNeese State in overtime and Abilene Christian on the road this past weekend.

The honor is the third of the season for Glick and comes on the heels of picking up her sixth and seventh shutouts of the season. The native of Boerne, Texas (Champion HS), made 10 saves, five in each match, and faced 25 shots across 186 minutes in goal. With the two blankings of the opponent, Glick is 8-2-1 in the net on the season. Glick is the only keeper in the conference to win the award three times this season.
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SFA Volleyball hosts faculty appreciation night at Thursday's game

SFA Volleyball has a full slate of games at Shelton Gym in October.

This week the Ladyjacks will host Southeastern at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday on Faculty Appreciation Night. All faculty members are encouraged to come support SFA as it looks to improve its Southland Conference record to 7-0.

On Saturday, SFA will host New Orleans at 1 p.m. on Social Media Day. For information on the Social Media Day promotion and all other promotions in the upcoming weeks, stay connected with SFA Volleyball on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The SFA Athletics Marketing staff has a complete promotions line-up online.

Ladyjacks cap record-setting performance

Freshman Erica Lautensack became the first golfer in SFA Ladyjack program history to capture an individual tournament title, leading the Ladyjacks to a runner-up finish at the 2014 Arkansas State Lady Red Wolf Invitational.

It was a record-setting performance for Lautensack, who concluded the weather-delayed first round with an even-par 72 Tuesday morning. The freshman then tied a program record with a 3-under 69 in round two, shooting a 3-under 141 for the event, setting a new SFA record for lowest 36-hole tournament score and winning the tournament by four strokes. It was the first top-10 finish of her career, posting a top-20 showing in each of the last three tournaments for the Ladyjacks.
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Lumberjacks finish 11th at Miramont Invitational

SFA shaved nine shots off its opening round total, but the Lumberjacks weren't able to make up any ground, finishing 11th at the Miramont Invitational. SFA posted a 6-over 294 in round two, finishing the weather-shortened tournament with a 21-over 597.

The Lumberjacks were led by junior Luke Sheehan's even-par 72 over the final 18 holes, finishing tied for 23rd overall with a 3-over 147 following his opening round 75. Sheehan was two strokes better than senior Blake Pugh's 5-over 149, tying for 30th after notching a 4-over 76 in round two.

The highlight of Tuesday's final round was junior Nathan Weant, who had the most dramatic improvement of any player in the tournament. After posting a 9-over 81 in round one, Weant shot a 3-under 69 in round two, an improvement of 12 strokes, closing out the event with a 6-over 150.
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Johnson continues push for Payton Award

Senior Gus Johnson continues his stellar senior campaign as the Lumberjack running back continues to rank among the top players in the nation at the FCS level.

Saturday at Nicholls, Johnson recorded the fourth 200-yard performance of his career, rushing 19 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns as SFA notched its first road victory since 2011 with a 42-20 victory over the Colonels. Johnson opened the game with a 20-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter, his fifth touchdown of the season in the opening quarter of a game, then followed it up with a 34-yard rumble and a one-yard plunge in the third quarter as the Lumberjacks pulled away.
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Fine Arts

Detailed Texas landscapes featured in exhibition

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present the exhibition "Vision & Substance: The Art of John Cobb," showing Oct. 25 through Jan. 10 in Ledbetter Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

For more than 30 years, Cobb has been working on a series of egg tempera and gold leaf paintings for a chapel series. At present, the majority of the paintings are displayed in a temporary free-standing chapel that viewers can enter. Aside from the chapel series, Cobb also works as a landscape painter, creating beautifully detailed paintings of the Texas landscape. The chapel (still a work in progress), along with a series of landscapes, will be featured in this retrospective exhibition, according to John Handley, director of art galleries for the School of Art.
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Tickets still available for Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performance at SFA

Tickets are still available for a performance of the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

The program will feature a performance of "Pursued," written by Stephen Lias, professor of composition in the SFA School of Music. Prior to the concert, Lias will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the artists and their music. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6406 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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Student-directed 'The Man Who Turned Into a Stick' teaches life lessons

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "The Man Who Turned Into a Stick" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Senior Michael Spencer of Colleyville directs Kobo Abe's one-act play that contemplates life and demands audience participation to consider its meaning on a personal level.

"On a hot day in front of a store, two delinquents waste away on the curb," Spencer said in describing the play's synopsis. "Suddenly, a stick falls from the sky. From the shadows enter Man and Woman From Hell, who fight for control of the stick. The stick jumps in the boy's hand. The boy and girl leave. When the smoke clears, Woman From Hell is taught a hard lesson, and the audience is taught an even harder one."
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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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Even if you've never heard or used the term "sea of clouds," it isn't difficult to imagine what it means - one of those days with thick cover across the sky when clouds seem to stretch on infinitely and look more like what you'd see on the beach than overhead.

Recently, researchers claimed that is a wholly new and unique type of cloud, and it could be well on its way to being the first new formation added to the World Meterological Association's International Cloud Atlas in more than 60 years. It's called undulatus asperatus.

You can read the Atlas Obscura piece about the discovery, classification and research into the undulatus asperatus clouds here.

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