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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Oct. 18
SFA football vs. Houston Baptist
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

Wednesday, Oct. 22
'Wilya' screening
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142
7 p.m.

A Conversation With Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy
Twilight Ballroom, Baker Pattillo Student Center
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(Preregistration required)




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Sen. Robert Nichols, Rep. Travis Clardy to speak at Texas Tribune event at SFA

Please join The Texas Tribune for lunch and a conversation with state Sen. Robert Nichols and state Rep. Travis Clardy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith will moderate this preview of the 84th Legislative Session and audience Q&A.

The event is free, but space is limited and you must register online.

Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has represented District 3 in the Texas Senate since 2007. He serves as the chair of the Transportation Committee, as the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and as a member of the Finance, Health and Human Services, State Affairs, and Natural Resources committees.

Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, has represented District 11 in the Texas House since 2013. He serves as a member of the Higher Education, Local and Consent Calendars, Redistricting, and Special Purpose Districts committees.

The conversation also will be streamed live at texastribune.org/livestream (starting at noon), and the video will be accessible for viewing afterward on The Texas Tribune website.


Dr. Dana Cooper

Department of History

Cooper, associate professor of history, was invited to speak at the University of Cambridge. On Tuesday, she led a panel discussion at the Cambridge Review, Centre of International Studies, on her co-edited work, "Motherhood and War: International Perspectives." 

Panel participants include co-editor Dr. Claire Phelan of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the following chapter contributors: Dr. Annika Culver, Florida State University; Dr. Lorraine Ryan, University of Birmingham (England); and Dr. Benjamin A. Peters, Miyazaki International College (Japan). 

The panel discussed the relations between mothers and children, and the varied roles both have assumed during periods of armed conflict. They discussed how women coped during times of great uncertainty, navigating social boundaries, balancing national and familial commitments, and enduring the injury or even death of their children.

Dr. Charles Gavin

School of Music

Gavin, a professor of music, performed as soloist with the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony on Sunday, Oct. 12.

He performed Morceau de Concert by Camille Saint-Saens.
Travis Almany, the conductor and associate conductor of the TAMU bands holds his undergraduate in music education from SFA and was a student of Gavin's.

News & Announcements

Multi-game pack available to faculty, staff members

Don't miss a moment of Lumberjack Football with the Battle of the Piney Woods Multi-Game Pack.

The package includes one ticket for the Battle of the Piney Woods, Homecoming and Battle for Chief Caddo games for only $45.00.

Purchase the Battle of the Piney Woods Multi-Game Pack at the SFA Ticket Office located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Last day to place ring orders

Today is the last day of 2014 Ring Week. Those still wanting to order an SFA ring can do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center. Ring Week is open to all current students with 60 hours or more and any alumni who did not order a ring when they graduated.

Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The fall Big Dip Ceremony is at noon Friday, Dec. 5.

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.

SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club picnic

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club will once again be hosting our Fall Oktoberfest picnic, and we are expecting a huge turnout this year!

We’ll be enjoying traditional Oktoberfest food - bratwurst, pretzels and other snacks - and drink. And, just like our last Oktoberfest picnic, the price of attendance is free, though donations will be accepted. Mark your calendar, make your reservation, bring a colleague(s) or a friend, and join us at the Oktoberfest. New faculty and staff members are especially welcomed.

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club was started more than 50 years ago with the goal of providing the men at SFA an opportunity to sit down and socialize with colleagues in a casual environment away from campus. There are only two meetings a year  in the fall and spring. Our only agenda is having a good time getting to know colleagues across campus, eating dinner, and enjoying beverages.

The picnic is set for 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Nacogdoches' Liberty Hall, 805 E. Main.

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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.

New York fashion historian to speak during museum's 'Old Hat! 100 Years of Headgear' reception

New York fashion historian Rebecca Jumper Matheson will present "Pinnacle of Fashion: Hats of the 20th Century" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with an ongoing exhibit at the Stone Fort Museum at SFA.

The lecture will be held in the Kennedy Auditorium adjacent to the museum on the SFA campus. A former research assistant at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Matheson has taught in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the author of "The Sunbonnet: An American Icon in Texas" and "A House that is Made of Hats: The Lilly Daché Building 1937-1968" included in "The Places and Spaces of Fashion: 1800-2006."
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SFA heads to Houston to tangle with HBU

SFA looks to build on its newly-found road winning streak, traveling to Houston Baptist Saturday, Oct. 18. It is the first-ever meeting between the Lumberjacks and Huskies, who are in their first season as Southland Conference members, kicking off at 7 p.m. from Husky Stadium.

SFA fans unable to make it to Houston for this weekend’s game at Houston Baptist can still stay up to date on every Lumberjack play. Live video of the game can be seen by logging on to FoxSportsSouthwest.com with the game re-airing over the air on Fox Sports Southwest at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.  Fans can also listen online as Rob Meyers will have the call on Q107.7 FM as well as online at Q1077.com. Live stats are available at HBUHuskies.com with in-game Twitter updates @SFA_Football.
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Q&A - Assistant Coach Stephen Gentry

The SFA men's basketball team is in its second week of team practice. SFAJacks.com caught up with assistant coach Stephen Gentry following Tuesday's practice to assess his thoughts on the progress of the Lumberjacks.

"I like our effort. We demand they bring it every day, and they have thus far. The first week of team practice has been a lot of teaching and building the foundation of what we are about. It is a process though, and we are moving through it. It was ugly at this point last year, and it is ugly right now. But overall, I'm really pleased with the effort they continue to show."
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Ladyjacks set to begin six-match home stretch

The SFA women's volleyball team will start a six-match home stand this week with two more conference contests. The Ladyjacks will first host Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m., and then welcome New Orleans to Shelton Gym for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday.

SFA is a perfect 6-0 in the Southland Conference over the first three weeks of action and has swept five of the six matches. The team has won 18 of 19 sets overall in conference play - the best mark among the 13 teams in the SLC. The Ladyjacks picked up two wins on the road last week against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1) on Thursday and Houston Baptist (3-0) on Saturday.

"We're certainly in a good place physically and mentally right now," said head coach Debbie Humphreys. "We have to continue improving, and to do that you have to get in the gym. But we're getting in the gym for shorter periods of time and going really hard while we're there. We're trying to make sure we're not just pounding on those legs and taking too many swings for hours upon hours. That's what we're doing to help the players out physically."
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Fine Arts

'Curious George' opens SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Curious George" in two performances on Thursday, Oct. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by Theatreworks USA, "Curious George" opens the 2014-2015 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA, which is committed each year to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers, according to Diane J. Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.
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SFA music faculty to perform works of Strauss

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present members of the SFA voice faculty with pianist Ron Petti in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, and voice faculty members Debbie and Ric Berry, Debbie Dalton, Charlotte Davis, Nita Hudson, Chris Turner and Jamie Weaver will present "The Lieder of Richard Strauss." Weaver will also provide a short performance talk on the composer and his songs preceding the concert.

The theme of the concert is the "lieder," which is the German word for songs, of composer Strauss, who wrote approximately 100 lieder, according to Petti.
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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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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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SFA music faculty member Raychev to perform 'cello soliloquy'

Evgeni Raychev, faculty member in the SFA School of Music, will be featured in a cello recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

"This recital is a cello soliloquy," Raychev said. "It invites all who treasure the music of the past and the voice of the violoncello."

The program selection will include compositions by established composers from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
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