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Friday, Oct. 18
Cross Country
Crimson Classic
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252


SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
at Southeastern Louisiana
Hammond, La.
3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19

SFA Football
vs. Nicholls State
3 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
at Houston Baptist
1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20
Women's Soccer
vs. Nicholls State
1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 21
Into the Wild
Ron Petty and voice faculty
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Men's Golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, LA

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA to host two fall graduation ceremonies

Due to a high number of expected graduates of SFA this fall, the Dec. 14 commencement exercises will be split into two ceremonies for the second time this year.

Graduates from SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education and College of Fine Arts will participate in a 9:30 a.m. ceremony that Saturday. Candidates from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, and the College of Sciences and Mathematics will participate in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

Master's and doctoral candidates will graduate with their respective colleges, and both ceremonies will be held in William R. Johnson Coliseum. December graduates will be provided more specific information about the graduation ceremonies in separate communications.

"As a result of recruiting and retention efforts across campus coupled with statewide initiatives to produce more college graduates, SFA has been experiencing an increase in the number of successful students persisting to graduation for the last several years," said Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management.
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Dr. Ty Spradley

Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication

Spradley is the 2013-14 recipient of the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. Spradley’s outstanding efforts were recognized Wednesday by Dr. Richard Berry, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Trey Turner, Executive Director of Development. Dr. Jim Towns was present to congratulate this year’s recipient.

Dr. Adam Peck and Dr. Hollie Smith

Student Affairs

"Addressing Campus Civility Through an Honor Code” by Dr. Adam Peck and Dr. Hollie Smith was published in the inaugural edition of the journal “Student Affairs on Campus.”

News & Announcements

ORSP Workshop: Find Funding with PIVOT

Looking for money to fund your project, research, or creative activity? Join ORSP from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Info Lab 2 of Steen Library for our Find Funding with PIVOT Workshop.

Come learn about PIVOT, the most comprehensive database of current funding opportunities from federal, state and private sponsors. The session will cover basic navigation of PIVOT, including how to create your account, claim and modify your scholar profile, conduct funding searches, save search queries and more. Please register to attend at myTraining.

SFA Today Survey

SFA Today recently was redesigned, and our production process also was revamped. Now, we would like your feedback. Please answer this short, five-question survey about SFA's email newsletter.

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.
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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 bkeyes@fcdallas.com.

Global Gateway to Pakistan presentation

The Office of International Programs will sponsor a 30-minute presentation on Pakistani culture given by two Pakistani students. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 23, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Authentic Pakistani food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 to 10 are invited to come play games, make crafts, enjoy snacks and trick-or-treat at our super fun (but not so scary) party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 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 brittany.childress@yahoo.com.

Touchdown Club of Houston luncheon


Battle of the Piney Woods tickets available online

Tickets are available here.

SFA Homecoming

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.

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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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 heidbrinc@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Group Axe Session II Schedule is now available

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 State

Saturday, 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 Continues

All 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.


Football game notes: SFA vs. Nicholls State

SFA VS THE COLONELS: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct 19, in Homer Bryce Stadium.

The Lumberjacks are 22-7 (.759) all-time against Nicholls State. Having dominated the all-time series, SFA will hope to repeat a 44-10 win against the Colonels in their second consecutive meeting on homecoming. The 'Jacks have won five straight, seven of eight, and 12 of the last 14 against the Colonels. The last loss to Nicholls came in a 17-16 setback in Nacogdoches during the 2007 season, when a missed extra point cost the 'Jacks against the nationally ranked Colonels.

COVERAGE: Saturday's contest will be televised on the Southland Conference Television Network on the local affiliate KCEB.

SFA IN HOMECOMING GAMES: The Lumberjacks are 37-35-1 (.514) all-time in Homecoming-games. SFA has won three of its last four, including a 44-10 victory over Nicholls last season. The 'Jacks are 3-2 (.600) all-time against the Colonels in homecoming games. Saturday's contest will be the second homecoming meeting for SFA between these two teams since the 1999 season.

NUMBER TWO IN THE NATION: The Stephen F. Austin football team possess one of the most prolific FCS offenses in the country. SFA currently ranks second the nation in total offense and passing offense.
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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.”

Fine Arts

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.
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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.
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Cole Performing Arts Series presents Haley Hoops horn recital

The SFA School of Music will present Haley Hoops, assistant horn instructor at Southern Methodist University, in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Hoops, winner of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, has been second horn player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She's played nationwide with orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, The Grant Park Festival Orchestra, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.

Her performance at SFA is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

Low brass artist, teacher Ben Pierce to perform at SFA

The SFA School of Music will present Ben Pierce, professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Arkansas, in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Pierce is an accomplished low brass artist and teacher," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "Pierce has notably been the winner of some dozen international tuba and euphonium artist competitions held in the United States, Japan, Germany, Finland, South Korea, England and Italy."

He is a frequent soloist at home and abroad performing many solo recitals as well as concerti with such ensembles as the premier United States military bands, top American brass bands, and such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Oulu Symphony (Finland), and Vogtland Philharmonie (Germany).

Enjoying a varied ensemble career, Pierce has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Chamber Brass, the Toledo Symphony, the Flint Symphony, and the Tulsa Symphony. He has served as principal tubist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and is principal tubist of SONA, formerly the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek featuring many of the world's greatest brass players.
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Seguin, Texas, has been the home of the World's Largest Pecan since 2007. Seguin had originally claimed the title in 1962 with a five-foot-long pecan displayed on the courthouse square, but in 1982 Brunswick, Mo., swooped in with their 12-foot-long nut and stole the title. Seguin fired back in 2005 with a nut that was only 10 feet long before settling the score two years later with the final 16-foot-long, 8-foot-wide pecan.

While in Sequin, the pecan capital of Texas, be sure to stop at the Chamber of Commerce and get your Trail of Nuts map with directions to all three of Seguin's giant pecans.

Photo from World's Largest Things blog

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