68° / 57°
73° / 52°
This Week's Calendar
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
Faculty Lounge Friday
Faculty Senate office
SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
at Southeastern Louisiana
Saturday, Oct. 19
vs. Nicholls State
at Houston Baptist
SAVE THE DATE
|"SFA Today" is published by University Marketing Communications Monday through Friday (except for holidays) during the fall and spring semesters, and on Mondays only during the summer. Items must be received by noon prior to the day of desired inclusion. |
To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or email email@example.com. The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.
|Stephen F. Austin State University |
University Marketing Communications | ©2013
News & Announcements
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.
Event to honor Charles Jones for his award-winning book, 'Chopper Blues'
The SFA Press will honor Charles D. Jones and his award-winning book, "Chopper Blues," at a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, on The Patio at Hotel Fredonia.
"Chopper Blues" is winner of the 2013 International Book Award for History: Military and the Texas Association of Authors 2013 First Place in Autobiography.
Jones' "Chopper Blues," published by SFA Press in 2012, is an award-winning illustrated memoir of first combat experiences in Vietnam of the men of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th U.S. Marine Corps (Suicide Charley). The collection features Jones' account of early military action in Southeast Asia in writing, photography and art.
"The combination of all these observations creates an unforgettable portrait of the dark tragedy of war, the loss it incurs and the indelible memory its survivors carry forward into their lives," said Kimberley Verhines, director of the SFA Press. "Jones' sensitive immersion into this difficult work has rightly won the book an International Book Award for Military History and a Texas Authors Award for autobiography. "
Jones is a professor emeritus in the School of Art at SFA and director and co-founder of the LaNana Creek Press in the College of Fine Arts. He was named Regents Professor for the 2003-04 academic year.
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.
New SFA Planetarium show
The SFA Planetarium, located in the math building, will begin showing "Comet: From Ice to Fire" at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Oct. 18 through Nov. 22.
Admission is $2. Please call (936) 468-3001 for group reservations.
SFA to host international conference in Houston
SFA will host the 2013 installment of its Global Citizenship Series on Friday, Oct. 18, in Houston.
The foreign policy conference will center on the future of the relationship between North America and Latin America. Keynote speakers will include Ambler Moss, professor of international studies at the University of Miami and former ambassador to Panama; Mark Langdale, former president of the George W. Bush Foundation and former ambassador to Costa Rica; and John Weekes, Canada's principal negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The event, titled "Latin America and North America: The Future of the Relationship," will be the third international conference SFA has hosted in Houston in as many years. The relationship between the United States and Europe was discussed at the 2011 conference, and U.S.-Middle East relations highlighted the 2012 event.
"The goals of the event are to expose our students and faculty to world leaders, to enhance understanding of a region critical to the nations' prosperity and security, and to create opportunities for international program development," said Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts, which sponsors the conference series.
"This year's event is bringing our highest-profile speakers to date," he said. "It should be an informative, stimulating and thought-provoking day."
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.
FC Dallas SFA discount
Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey will be playing in the FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders soccer game in Dallas at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. FC Dallas is discounting tickets to $10 each for students, alumni, faculty and staff members of SFA.
Click here to order tickets and use event code "SFA" to receive the discount. For more information, call (469) 365-0046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
ZTA Little ’Jacks Halloween Party
The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha invite the young family members of SFA faculty and staff to attend our Little 'Jacks Halloween Party. Children 2-10 years-old are invited to come play games, make crafts, enjoy snacks and trick-or-treat at our super fun (but not so scary) party on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the ZTA house, 514 N. Steen Drive. Adults are asked to attend with their children. It's our way of saying "thank you" for all you do for SFA students. For more information, please contact Brittany Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Homecoming Bonfire and Kevin Fowler concert
The Homecoming Bonfire and pep rally will start at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the intramural fields with a performance by country artist Kevin Fowler to follow.
The free event is sponsored by the Students Activities Association and will be a great chance to show your school spirit.
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.
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.
Ladyjacks lead nation in shutout percentage
The SFA Ladyjack soccer team is currently ranked number one in the nation in shutout percentage (.786), following a pair of shutouts over McNeese State and Abilene Christian in the eighth week of the season.
SFA also ranks fourth in the nation in goals against (.409), while currently sitting just outside the top five in save percentage (.887) at sixth.
“Each of these stats are special benchmarks and are all results of our process in preparation and our identity as a team offensively as much as defensively,” head soccer coach Wally Crittenden said. “We are able to play in a manner that limits the opposition’s time in possession and allows us to concede shots in certain areas of the field that play to both our keeper’s and our back line’s strengths. This would only be possible with a high commitment in possession by all of our players as well as appropriate defensive commitment from our midfield and forwards.”
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.
Songs of composer John Duke to be featured in concert
The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present "Into the Wild: The Songs of John Duke" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The program will feature pianist Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, and members of the SFA voice faculty, including Debbie Berry and Charlotte Davis, sopranos; Dr. Jamie Dahman and Dr. Tod Fish, tenors; Dr. Deborah Dalton and Nita Hudson, mezzo sopranos; and Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone.
"Into the Wild" was selected as the title for the concert because many of American composer John Duke's 265 songs have "vivid references to nature throughout the text," according to Petti.
SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of Steven Bryant
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band performing the music of composer Steven Bryant in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, the Symphonic Band will open the concert with "Riders for the Flag" march by John Philip Sousa. The band will then perform two pieces by guest composer Bryant.
The first piece is "Bloom," which is a celebration of springtime, and the second piece, "The Machine Awakes," is for band and electronics.
"Not generally used in the wind band genre, the electronics add the sound of something not human waking for the first time," Bryant explained.
The Symphonic Band will close its half of the concert with "Masque" by Francis McBeth, who was Bryant's first composition professor. "Masque" was commissioned by University of Central Arkansas and was premiered in 1968.
Tickets still available for Ailey II performance
Tickets are still available for a performance of the Ailey II dance company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's most outstanding emerging choreographers, according to the company story in the event program.
Prior to the performance, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artists and their performances to be presented by Heather Samuelson, adjunct faculty in the kinesiology and health science department at SFA, in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. 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, Commercial Bank of Texas.
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.
Beaumont, Texas, is home of the world's third largest fire hydrant. It's covered in a dalmatian paint scheme and located outside the Fire Museum of Texas.
photo from flickr user Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches