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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Oct. 19
SFA men's golf at Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate
Las Cruces, New Mexico


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Open Access Week begins Monday

Open Access Week at SFA begins Monday, Oct. 19. The theme for this year is "Open for Collaboration."

Open Access Week focuses on informing and educating faculty members and researchers about the benefits of open access to their work. Download a flier with more information here.

Open access literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

For more information, contact Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian at SFA's Center for Digital Scholarship, at cds@sfasu.edu.


Freshman Leadership Academy selling axe handles to support scholarship

The SFA Freshman Leadership Academy is selling custom axe handles as part of a high-impact project supporting a scholarship for an orphaned Romanian student to attend SFA. The handles cost $25 each and can read “Lumberjacks Make Great…” followed by a profession, or can feature a name and year/years for SFA graduates.

Click here to place an order. Payment is due upon completion.

For more information, contact Dr. Adam Peck, dean of Student Affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu or by phone at (936) 468-7249.

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.

GRE, graduate school prep panel today

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. today.

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.

University Women's Club to meet Monday

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.

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


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 Homecoming


Homecoming Online Auction underway

The 2015 SFA Homecoming Online Auction features items, including custom-made Dr. Baker Pattillo and SFA bobbleheads, sports tickets, destination getaways and travel packages, autographed sports memorabilia, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, and much more. The auction is already underway and will conclude at 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

The auction is an open-bidding system. All proceeds benefit an SFA Alumni Association scholarship of the item donor's choice.

Click here to view and bid on items. The top auction referrer through the Bidding For Good website will receive a $25 Visa gift card.

For more information, please call (936) 468-3407 or visit sfaalumni.com.

Campus Recreation


Parents' Night Out scheduled for tonight

Parents may drop their children off as early as 6 p.m. 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.

Athletics


SFA volleyball falls to Southeastern Louisiana, 3-1

Though the SFA volleyball team received some fine individual performances against Southeastern Louisiana University, they were unable to top the Lady Lions’ superior firepower.

Junior middle blocker Justice Walker tied a season-high record with 18 kills and freshman Makenzee Hanna equaled her career-best output with 11, but Southeastern Louisiana emerged with a 3-1 win over SFA at the University Center in Hammond, Louisiana, Thursday night.
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Basketball receives votes in USA Today preseason coaches' poll

USA Today published its NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball preseason coaches’ poll Thursday, and the SFA Lumberjacks were among 24 teams which collected votes.

The Lumberjacks tallied two votes to tie Ohio State University and Belmont University for 43rd.
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American Sports Network to televise 12 Southland Conference games

A selection of 12 Southland Conference men's basketball games will be televised on the American Sports Network during the upcoming 2015-16 season, including seven during conference play. Of those 12 contests, five will feature SFA.

Three of the ’Jacks non-conference tilts, as well as two against Southland Conference adversaries, made the list. ASN’s coverage means 23 of the Lumberjacks' 30 games will be televised this season.
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Ladyjack soccer geared up for final home weekend

The SFA soccer team’s four seniors have two final opportunities to play for their home fans when the Ladyjacks take on Nicholls State University at 7 p.m. tonight and Southeastern Louisiana University at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the SFA soccer field.

Tonight is Senior Night, and SFA will close its 2015 home schedule Sunday against the Lady Lions.
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SFA bowling opens 2015-16 season in New Orleans

The SFA bowling team kicked off the 2015-16 season with a return to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational in Kenner, Louisiana. Hosted by Tulane University, the three-day event began this morning and wraps up Sunday, Oct. 18.

The fourth-annual invitational is comprised of six five-game baker matches. The schedule calls for six team games beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, ending with a best-of-seven baker match bracket at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.
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Midnight Madness scheduled for tonight

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

PEN Trio to perform with special guest flutist Arnone

The PEN Trio with special guest Francesca Arnone will present a program of 20th century music for woodwinds at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The PEN Trio includes Dr. Nora Lewis, oboe, Kansas State University; Dr. Phillip O. Paglialonga, clarinet, Virginia Tech University; and Dr. Eric Vander Veer Varner, bassoon, Lynn Conservatory. The name PEN Trio comes from the first letter of each person's name - Phil, Eric and Nora.

The trio is performing at SFA as part of the group's Texas tour, which includes Baylor University, the University of North Texas, Rice University and Texas A&M University-Commerce, according to Staci Spring, instructor of bassoon in the SFA School of Music.
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'Introduction to the Songs and Life of Poldowski' topic of lecture recital at SFA

Soprano Dr. Sooah Park will present "Introduction to the Songs and Life of Poldowski" as part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

This lecture recital will feature information on the life and works of Lady Poldowski, a Polish-British composer whose maiden name was Regine Wieniawska, followed by a performance of Poldowski's songs and those of her more famous contemporaries, including Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn, and Ernest Chausson, according to Scott LaGraff, professor of voice at SFA.
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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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Pianist Crappell to perform works of famous Hungarian composers

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present pianist Courtney Crappell performing a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Hungarian Recollections" is a program of solo piano music featuring works by two famous Hungarian composers, Béla Bartók and Franz Liszt, according to Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA.

"After beginning with the elegance, joy and naiveté found within Bartók's settings of Hungarian children's songs, the mood darkens and shifts toward spiritual awakening and Hungarian nationalism revealed in Liszt's third 'Années de pèlerinage' (Years of Pilgrimage)," according to Crappell, who will also perform the Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 6.
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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'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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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 Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to feature works by composer Turner

The music of composer Jess Langston Turner will be performed in a concert of the SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. David W. Campo, associate director of bands at SFA, the Wind Symphony will feature guest soloist and SFA music faculty member Nita Hudson on Turner's "Lullaby," which is taken from a larger work for string orchestra and percussion, "Memorial to Silent Voices." The text sung by the alto soloist is from the well-known traditional English lullaby, "All Through the Night."

"While the melody sung by the alto soloist is not the original, snatches of the traditional tune appear periodically in a solo flute," Campo explained. "The simple melody and the gently rocking chordal accompaniment combine to form a peaceful and soothing lullaby."
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If you've driven through downtown Nacogdoches, you may have noticed the faded Coca-Cola advertisement painted on the side of a building on South Fredonia Street. The iconic image is a reminder of a different time and blends perfectly with downtown's historic feel.

Similar wall-sized advertisements were once common place in America, and they boast an interesting piece of Americana now fading in more ways than one. The murals were all hand-painted by artists called "walldogs." Check out this fascinating article from Atlas Obscura about the history and significance of these old bastions of advertising.

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