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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Oct. 17
Men's cross country at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational
9:30 a.m.
Louisville, Kentucky

SFA football vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
7 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

SFA volleyball vs. the University of New Orleans
2 p.m.
New Orleans

Women's cross country at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational
9:30 a.m.
Louisville, Kentucky

Sunday, Oct. 18
SFA soccer vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
1 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field




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News & Announcements

Center for Teaching and Learning to host speaker series

The SFA Center for Teaching and Learning will host the first event in the Scholarly Writing Speaker Series from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

All faculty members are welcome to attend and hear Drs. Steve Bullard, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dianne Dentice, associate professor of sociology; and David Kulhavy, professor of forestry, discuss their experiences and strategies for managing multiple scholarly writing projects.

More information about the Scholarly Writing Speaker Series is available here.

SFA colleges participate in High School Day

Courtesy of KTRE News

SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture participated in High School Day at SFA on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, spoke with local media about the benefits a liberal arts education provides students. Click here to watch.

Student Government Association, Faculty Senate pass joint tobacco-free campus resolution

Courtesy of The Pine Log

A joint resolution supporting SFA as a tobacco-free campus has been passed by the SFA Student Government Association and the SFA Faculty Senate in response to President Dr. Baker Pattillo’s stated desire for the university to be tobacco-free.

“It allows Dr. Pattillo to know that the faculty members are behind him and the students are behind him in this decision,” said Caitlin Bohannon, author of the resolution.

The resolution will be presented by the senate and Tristian Harris, student body president, at the upcoming SFA Board of Regents meeting.
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University Women's Club to meets today

Take a break from your work to meet the deans and members of the SFA University Women's Club. There's no time like the present to meet women from across the college's academic unit and campus. With coffee and morning snacks, spend a bit of time talking with colleagues and meeting some new people. Information about the UWC also will be available.

There are several sessions remaining in this series.

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15
Rusche College of Business,
Timothy Bisping, dean
McGee Business Building, Room 443

10-11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19
Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Hans Williams, interim dean
Forestry Building, Room 105

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
College of Science and Mathematics, Kimberly Childs, dean
Math Building, Room 103

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
Steen Library, Shirley Dickerson, director
Wyatt Room

Braille and Cane Club to host march, fundraiser today

The SFA Braille and Cane Club will host a march celebrating White Cane Safety Day at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

The event will begin at the SFA Human Services Building, and will end with a bake sale and fundraiser near the Stephen F. Austin fountain in front of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

For centuries, the cane was used solely as a travel tool. By the 20th century, the cane had also been promoted for identification purposes. In 1964, a joint resolution from the U.S. Congress authorized the president to proclaim October 15 as "White Cane Safety Day."

The white cane is not only a tool for safe and independent travel, it also represents independence, mobility and freedom for blind and visually impaired people.

Green is the New Black recyclable fashion show hits the runway tonight

SFA's fashion and interior design student organizations are sponsoring the "Green is the New Black" recyclable fashion show this fall as the community event for the Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program.

The show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The non-refundable entry fee for designers is $20. The top 15 designs will be featured on the runway and others will be displayed on mannequins as an exhibit. Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 9. SFA faculty and staff members, students, and community members are invited to attend.
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GRE, graduate school prep panel scheduled for tomorrow

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 Gardens to host Nacogdoches Naturally Outdoor Adventures Day

SFA Gardens, in partnership with the SFA student chapter of the National Association for Interpretation, will host the Nacogdoches Naturally Outdoor Adventures Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, at 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

The family-friendly event is designed to engage participants in the outdoors with a range of outdoor activities for people of all ages. Activities include outdoor cooking demonstrations, nature and tree identification hikes led by SFA graduate students, geocaching, and much more.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (936) 468-5586 or email Kerry Lemon, SFA Gardens' assistant education coordinator and Nacogdoches Naturally project director, at lemonkb@sfasu.edu.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Pakistan

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for the Global Gateway to Pakistan, presented by students from Pakistan, scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Pakistani food will be served and an informal discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, click here. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 22.

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.

Save the date: Thomson Reuters Web of Science workshop

Want to get the most out of a valuable new resource? Make plans to attend this workshop scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The hands-on session will be conducted for SFA faculty members by a Web of Science representative in the Ralph W. Steen Library.

For more information, email Erica Chapman, library liaison, at ris@sfasu.edu.

SFA Homecoming

SFA Student Activities Association releases schedule of homecoming week events

The SFA Student Activities Association will host a number of events leading up to the homecoming football game against the University of the Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

The schedule of events are:

Haunted Halls
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suites A and B

Homecoming photo booth
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
BPSC plaza

Homecoming Paint Party
8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
BPSC plaza

Yung Nation concert
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Homecoming bonfire
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
SFA intramural fields

Campus Recreation

SFA Campus Recreation to host Parents' Night Out tomorrow

Parents may drop their children off as early as 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie. Children must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents are allowed to pick up at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper.

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


Game day feature: Byron Williams

Like most college teams at the beginning of the 2015 season, the Lumberjacks had its fair share of question marks on the roster for field positions, but the offensive line was not one of them.

The line was one of the most experienced at SFA and one of the most seasoned in the Football Championship Subdivision as all five Lumberjack starters from 2014 returned.
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Midnight Madness scheduled for Friday

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

SFA to host '25 Veinticinco' art exhibition

The "25 Veinticinco: Mexican-American Prints from UT San Antonio" exhibition at SFA will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition is a suite of 25 prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists, and each print is signed, numbered and issued in a limited edition of 30, according to John Handley, SFA's director of art galleries.

The images are printed on 22-inch by 30-inch archival paper and were produced using techniques including stone and aluminum plate lithography, etching and aquatint, linocut and screen-printing, Handley said. The artists worked in collaboration with master printers Neal Cox, associate professor of art in SFA's School of Art, and Steven Carter, who works in the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art and History print studio.
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Nakasone exhibition features the art of 'sho'

The exhibition "Ron Y. Nakasone: Formless Form, the Art of Sho" will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the SFA Griffith Gallery.

The exhibition features the modern expression of a traditional art form that is still highly respected in East Asia. The art of "sho" and its metaphysical support, Buddhist thought, especially that of Zen, had a great impact on Western art in the later half of the last century, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

Nakasone states that "the Art of Sho (calligraphy) uses the soft (Chinese) brush, free flowing ink, and absorbent paper to give form to the artist-writer's being, feelings and thoughts. The art is an opportunity for the sho-artist to give form through line and space to his or her spiritual landscape."
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Dalmas, Raychev to perform in Carnegie Hall

Two SFA School of music faculty members will perform when the InterHarmony International Music Festival opens the fourth of its New York Concert Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola, and her husband, Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor, will perform in the program "Between Worlds.”

The InterHarmony International Music Festival has been bringing together students, teachers and soloists from around the globe for almost two decades. For the opening night of the IIMF's fourth-annual concert series, Music Director Misha Quint presents a program that celebrates music's role as a universal ambassador.
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SFA's children's series to present 'Fly Guy and Other Stories'

The SFA Children's Performing Arts Series opens its 2015-16 season by presenting Theatreworks USA's "Fly Guy and Other Stories" in two performances Friday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Seven delightful stories come to life in this hour-long musical revue based on popular children's books, including "Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl," "Diary of a Worm," "Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig," "Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores," "Kitten's First Full Moon," "Lilly's Big Day" and "Paper Bag Princess," according to Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

"Performed by a multi-racial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children," Peterson said.
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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 theatre students to present 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs Alan Ball's comedy about a newly married couple's overdone wedding reception.

"During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below," Gibson said in describing the play. "As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in a wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit."
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Works by Mexican artist Miranda to show at Cole Art Center

The pen and ink drawings of Mexican artist Manuel Miranda will be featured in an exhibition opening Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Reception Gallery at SFA’s Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Tenderness of Egocentrism: Drawings by Manuel Miranda" opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Joseph M. Bravo curated the show.

"These pen and ink drawings reflect a discrete body of work within the artist's oeuvre," writes Bravo. "These artworks represent a series of archetypal characters that are a satire of the follies of the human condition. Dancers, butterfly catchers, jugglers, performers and other eccentrics are examined as an exploration of the diversity of the human experience and the fracturing of caricatured identities that imply the risk of madness.”
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Exhibition explores folk art's relationship to religious, cultural traditions

"The Devil You Say! The Saintly, and Not So Saintly, in Folk Art," an exhibition that explores folk art and its relationship to religious and cultural traditions, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in SFA’s Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition, curated by Michael T. Ricker, features a variety of works, including paintings, printed matter, bottles with wooden sculpture inside and sculpture in various media, including pottery, wood, metal, shell, straw work, coconuts, bone, stone and cast iron.

"Although some of the work is quite serious in nature, there are also examples that are playful and poke fun with a sense of humor," said John Handley, SFA’s director of art galleries. "Many items in this exhibition are rarely displayed outside of private collections, including early examples that date from the late 18th and 19th centuries.”
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