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Tuesday, Oct. 17
Volleyball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Thursday, Oct. 19
Volleyball vs. McNeese State University
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, Oct. 20
Bowling at Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational
Three-day event
New Orleans

Soccer at University of the Incarnate Word
5 p.m.
San Antonio

Saturday, Oct. 21
SFA Homecoming Game
Football vs. Houston Baptist University

3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Volleyball vs. Nicholls State University
Noon
Nacogdoches


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Texas flag at half-staff today

The Texas flag on the SFA campus will fly at half-staff today in honor of Texas Tech University police officer Floyd East Jr., who was slain last week while conducting a student welfare check.

Our thoughts and prayers are with officer East’s family and the Texas Tech community during this time.

Early Childhood Lab teachers reflect on beginnings as student workers

The student has become the teacher. This statement is true for several of the current teachers who work in SFA’s Early Childhood Lab.

Dr. Lori Harkness, director; Karen Farris, pre-kindergarten I master teacher; Tammy Wall, infant teacher; Emily Tacquard, pre-kindergarten II master teacher; Rebecca Gatwood, infant teacher; and Falynn Monk, pre-kindergarten II teacher; all began their careers with the lab as student teachers while in the elementary education program at SFA.

Each fall and spring semester, more than 2,000 college students use the lab for observation, participation and other educational purposes.
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State Employee Charitable Campaign taking donations through Friday

The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations concludes Friday, Oct. 20, and all forms are due by 5 p.m. that day.

Last year, SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 to various agencies across Texas. SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate to their favorite agency and nonprofit organizations through an annual campaign.

There are two ways employees can give. You can make a one-time donation via check or payroll deduction.

Donations go to agencies and nonprofit organizations you designate. The minimum donation is $2. This year employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (code 430751) will be entered in a drawing for a 2017 Hyundai Accent. A donation of $26 a month or a $312 one-time gift will receive two chances to win.

If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, contact Amanda Windham, director of student engagement programs, at (936) 468-3723.

Sylvans win third-consecutive Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition

SFA’s timbersports team, the Sylvans, won its third-consecutive collegiate title at the annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition held Oct. 6 and 7 at the Arkansas Timberfest in Sheridan, Arkansas.

Arkansas State Rep. Ken Bragg, SFA alumnus and former president of the SFA Sylvans, officiated the competition. Fellow SFA alumnus Carl Hansen, among others, organized the 34th annual event.
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Brave Space Series religious panel scheduled for next week

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a religious panel discussion as part of its Brave Space Series from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

Panelists include Kyle Childress, Aloma Marquis, Shyam Vyas and Habiba Awan and represent Baptist Christianity, Catholic Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

The discussion is free and open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

Each month, OMA’s Brave Space Series provides a forum for open and honest discussion concerning difficult topics.
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SFA to host fourth-annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale

SFA will host its fourth-annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Todd Agricultural Research Center.

This year, the sale will offer 30 purebred lots of Beefmaster, Angus, Charolais, Horned and Polled Hereford, Red Angus, and Simbrah cattle, as well as more than 200 head of commercial females. While a number of the lots are consigned by cattle owners from Texas and the Southern U.S., cattle from SFA's herd also is included.

To learn more about the sale, visit the SFA Purple Premium Sale Facebook page, Instagram, or email Dr. Erin Brown, associate professor in agriculture, at browneg@sfasu.edu.
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University launched upgraded applicant tracking system

SFA's Human Resources launched the upgraded applicant tracking system to PeopleAdmin SelectSuite 7, a program for posting job vacancies and receiving applications.

The update will affect the process of posting all faculty and staff member and student positions. 

The new employment site has a new look both internally and externally.

HR has created a convenient step-by-step guide for utilizing the system such as creating and approving postings, which can be found here under “Applicant Software Upgrade Materials."

For information regarding the new system, contact Nathan Pruitt, HR generalist, at (936) 468-1325 or pruittng@sfasu.edu.

College of Business to host ‘So you want to be a CEO?’ event tomorrow

SFA’s Rusche College of Business will present a “So you want to be a CEO?” workshop featuring Kirk Phillips, president and CEO of Wintrust Commercial Bank, at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Phillips has spent more than 25 years in the commercial finance industry beginning with ITT Commercial Finance. He has experience with credit analysis, underwriting, sales and marketing.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students of this event as it is open to all majors.

The workshop is a Student Success Passport Program event, and students in the program can receive credit for attending.

Faculty Commons guest speaker to discuss transformational experiences

Dr. Phil Bishop is scheduled to speak at noon Friday, Oct. 27, in the Education Annex, Room 126.

Bishop's talk titled "A Grander Story" will address ways faculty members can provide transformational experiences for students to have a lasting impact on their careers and other areas of life.

Bishop attended the US Naval Academy and also has graduate degrees from James Madison University and the University of Georgia. He taught at the University of Alabama from 1984 to 2016.

He has traveled to more than 50 countries, many of which he served as a Christian short-term missionary. He and his wife, Brenda, are affiliate staff members with Faculty Commons, which is a Christian ministry committed to bringing university resources to the world and spreading the gospel.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to present Consciousness Speaker Series tomorrow

Dr. Court Carney, associate professor of history, will kick off the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Consciousness Speaker Series with “What is Cultural Diversity in the Classroom?” at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room 2.106.

SFA faculty and staff members lead the lunch-hour lecture with the goal of opening discussion regarding progressive issues in diversity, multicultural education and social justice.

SFA Homecoming

Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 20 to 22

SFA’s annual homecoming celebration begins Friday, Oct. 20, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22. This year’s theme is “Unmasque Your Spirit.”

Some of the events scheduled this year include the 44th annual SFA Alumni Golf Tournament, the Homecoming Bonfire, the Flap “Jack” Breakfast and the Homecoming Parade in downtown Nacogdoches.

For more information about homecoming events, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407, or view the Homecoming 2017 activities here. You also can visit the Pearman Alumni Center on the SFA campus Monday through Friday.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation hosting Parents Night Out

In an effort to help parents enjoy a child-free Homecoming Bonfire and Concert, Campus Recreation is hosting Parents Night Out Friday, Oct. 20.

Kids will enjoy a fun-filled evening of camp activities, a meal, watching the bonfire from the Student Recreation Center Courtyard and a movie.

Parents can drop off their children as early as 5:30 p.m. and can pick them up any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per child. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 20.

For more information or to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email campusrec@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Ladyjacks ninth after two rounds at Fred Marx Invitational

Through two rounds of play at the University of Louisiana-Monroe's Fred Marx Invitational, SFA’s women's golf team sits in ninth place with a 36-hole total of 86-over 662.

The Ladyjacks shot a 43-over 331 in the opening round Monday morning at the Bayou Desiard Country Club in Monroe, Louisiana, before posting a 45-over 333 in round two.
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Tuesday tilt with Southeastern Louisiana University starts SFA's three-match homestand

SFA’s volleyball team aims to continue its flawless month of October when it starts a three-match homestand against Southeastern Louisiana University at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Shelton Gym.

Fresh off a match where it handed Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi its first home conference loss since 2014, SFA's volleyball team is seeking its 15th consecutive triumph.
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Jack Madness scheduled for Friday night

Fans of SFA’s basketball teams are invited to help the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks tip off their 2017-18 seasons at SFA's Jack Madness at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in Johnson Coliseum.

The event is free and open to the public.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to collect prizes, including $10,000 which a lucky fan who hits a half-court shot could win.
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Fine Arts

Wind Ensemble to perform music of Grammy Award-winning Daugherty tonight

SFA’s Wind Ensemble will perform a concert featuring the music of American composer Michael Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Turner Auditorium.

A Grammy Award winner, Daugherty is professor of composition at the University of Michigan. Daugherty will be at SFA for the concert and to speak to classes.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet promises fun concert program tomorrow

The dynamic and creative Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet will present “A Broken Anthology of Western Music” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall.

The quartet is an artist-run creative project by bassoonists Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure and Lauren Yu Ziemba. Their repertoire disregards genre, with favorites from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, soundtrack and folk music adapted for the ensemble by its members.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth.

For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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