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

Tuesday, Oct. 20
SFA men's golf at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Thursday, Oct. 22
SFA tennis at the United States Tennis Association Intercollegiate Texas Regional Championships
College Station

SFA volleyball vs. Sam Houston State University
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23
SFA soccer vs. Abilene Christian University
7 p.m.

SFA tennis at the United States Tennis Association Intercollegiate Texas Regional Championships
College Station

SFA Planetarium "Black Holes" screening
7 p.m.




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12th Court of Appeals to host oral arguments at SFA

The Texas 12th District Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments on the SFA campus from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 22, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. 

Faculty and staff members and students are welcome to attend. Though attendees may come and go as they please, they are encouraged to do so quietly. Security personnel will perform bag checks outside the classroom.

Attendees are expected to observe all courtroom rules, including:

1. Cell phones must be set to silent;
2. No video or pictures of any kind are allowed; and
3. Quiet in the courtroom at all times. 

Attendance can be registered with an I.D. card swipe. If you would like your students' attendance recorded, contact Dr. Donald Gooch, assistant professor of political science, by email.


Dr. Donald Gooch

College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Gooch, assistant professor of political science and SFA's pre-law adviser, recently published “Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century.”

The book is an edited text inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville’s analysis of American democracy in the early 1800s. The volume represents a multidimensional evaluation of civic education in its new and varied forms.

News & Announcements

Division of Multidisciplinary Programs to host speaker

Lucy Mashua, a survivor of female genital mutilation and an activist against the practice, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North building, Room 102.

SFA’s Division of Mulitdisciplinary Programs is sponsoring a series of activities for the week following her lecture to continue the conversation on this important issue.

For more information, click here.

TEDxSFA series being organized for 2016

Courtesy of The Pine Log

SFA students are pairing up with the TEDx program for the entirely student-led TEDxSFA event aimed at creating a transformative experience for students following the theme of “Dare, Disrupt, Defy.”

The TEDxSFA event, which is still in the developmental stages, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 29, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theatre.
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SFA Planetarium to screen 'Black Holes'

The SFA Planetarium will screen the film “Black Holes” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The screenings will be every Friday through Nov. 20.

The program incorporates several of the latest theories regarding black holes and is intended for general audiences.
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Open Access Week begins today

Open Access Week at SFA begins today. 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.

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.

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.

Campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore to host faculty and staff member appreciation sale

Please join the SFA Barnes and Noble Bookstore on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center for its faculty and staff member appreciation event scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

All regular-priced SFA logo merchandise will be an additional 25 percent off the ticketed price.

Stop by to enter your name into raffles, pick up giveaway items, check on textbook adoptions for the spring semester and enjoy drinks and refreshments.

Publisher representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any textbook and technology questions.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Pakistan

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for the Global Gateway to Pakistan, presented by students from Pakistan, scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Pakistani food will be served and an informal discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Campus Recreation to host 2015 Homecoming 5K

SFA Campus Recreation, in partnership with the SFA Alumni Association, will host the sixth annual SFA Homecoming 5K beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

This 5-kilometer race will begin at the SFA Campus Recreation Center and end in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Participants will follow a beautiful route that winds through campus and includes a combination of road and trail. In addition, a post-race pancake breakfast will be served during the awards ceremony. The breakfast is free to participants.

Click here to register.


Lumberjacks stun Southeastern Louisiana University, 28-27

SFA overtook 21st-ranked Southeastern Louisiana University 28-27 Saturday for another Southland Conference victory.

The Lumberjacks improved to 2-5 on the year and 2-4 in conference play with the win while SLU falls to 3-3 and 2-2 in conference play. The game marks the fifth win for the Lumberjacks against a ranked opponent in the last three seasons.
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SFA volleyball tops New Orleans University, 3-1

The SFA volleyball team found balance on the offensive side of the net to claim a 3-1 Southland Conference victory over New Orleans University at the Human Performance Center in Louisiana Saturday.

No player on either squad amassed a higher number of kills than SFA senior Jacque Allen. Her 15-termination outing came on a .548 hitting percentage. The middle blocker also added a trio of block assists as part of SFA’s nine-block game.
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Ladyjack soccer beats Southeastern Louisiana University, 2-0

The SFA women's soccer team picked up an impressive 2-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana University at the SFA Soccer Field Sunday to improve to 6-0-2 in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks currently sit in first place, just one point ahead of Abilene Christian University.

Junior midfielder Amanda Doyle and freshman forward Breanna Moore each scored for SFA, with sophomore forward Hanna Barker earning the assist on the goals.
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Men's golf team in New Mexico for Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

The SFA men's golf team is back in action at New Mexico State University's 2015 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The tournament is a 54-hole event at the NMSU golf course, which is a par-71 measuring 7,242 yards. The invitational opened at 8:30 a.m. today and will tee off at the same time Tuesday, Oct. 20. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
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Bowling team places fifth at Sugar Bowl Invitational

SFA’s bowling team concluded the season-opening 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational with a fifth-place finish. The Ladyjacks went 1-2 in the best-of-seven baker style bracket, finishing the three-day event with an overall record of 10-4.

Entering Sunday’s bracket as the number four seed, SFA met up with third-seeded Vanderbilt University in the first round and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Commodores. The Ladyjacks came up short of the 200-pin mark in each of the four games while VU bowled more than 200 in three of the four sets to earn the victory.
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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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Fine Arts

Dean's Circle recognizes award recipients

Members of the SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle recently recognized its 2015 award recipients at the annual Winners' Circle reception held in the home of Bo and Melanie Miller.

This year's recipients, who were announced and honored in April, were re-introduced at the reception. Recipients included: Megan Eve Henderson, Round Rock art major, recipient of the Ed and Gwen Cole Dean's Award in Art; Amanda J. Sheriff, Houston music education major, recipient of the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean's Award in Music; Kaylea A. Fleming, Kingwood music education major, recipient of the Dr. Robert Sidnell Memorial Dean's Award in Music Education; and Shelby K. Gilliland, Frisco theatre major, recipient of the George and Peggy Schmidbauer Dean's Award in Theatre.
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SFA's Choral Union, Women's Choir to perform program of sacred music

The SFA Choral Union and Women's Choir will perform a concert of sacred music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The theme of the concert, "Sacred Journeys," was chosen as a reflection of sacred music from all over the world and different time periods, according to Dr. Tod Fish, assistant professor and associate director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

"The concert is representative of 12 different countries and drawn from music as early as the mid-15th century to works that are contemporary," Fish said. "This is the most challenging and stylistically diverse program these choirs have performed during my tenure at SFA. It is going to be an exciting concert."
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Work of composer Lias to be featured in New York City festival

The work of SFA School of Music faculty member Dr. Stephen Lias is featured in 60x60 Dance to be presented at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in New York City as part of the Vox Novus Festival.

60x60 Dance features 60 one-minute audio pieces by different composers paired with 60 different dances creating a one-hour non-stop performance. Two performances, one at 12:30 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, make up part of the Vox Novus Festival, which is celebrating its 15 years of presenting and promoting new music.

Lias is professor of composition at SFA. His one-minute work "Where Am I This Time?" is featured in this 60x60 mix. Dances will span all forms from ballet to hip-hop to ballroom and contemporary, while music includes neo-romantic, folk, tech-house, noise, rock and everything in-between.
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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. today 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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'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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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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SFA to host '25 Veinticinco' art exhibition

The "25 Veinticinco: Mexican-American Prints from UT San Antonio" exhibition at SFA will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition is a suite of 25 prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists, and each print is signed, numbered and issued in a limited edition of 30, according to John Handley, SFA's director of art galleries.

The images are printed on 22-inch by 30-inch archival paper and were produced using techniques including stone and aluminum plate lithography, etching and aquatint, linocut and screen-printing, Handley said. The artists worked in collaboration with master printers Neal Cox, associate professor of art in SFA's School of Art, and Steven Carter, who works in the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art and History print studio.
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