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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 3
SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
ParaNorman (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Purge (R)

Women's Volleyball
at Oral Roberts
Tulsa, Okla.
7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4
Faculty Lounge Friday
9 to 11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

First Friday Film Series
7 p.m.
Cole Art Center

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
ParaNorman (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Purge (R)

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
vs. Houston Baptist
7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Saturday, Oct. 5
Demondrae Thurman
Euphonium Recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SFA Gardens Fall Plant Sale
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women's Volleyball
at Central Arkansas
Conway, Ark.
12 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6
Women's Soccer
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA retiree earns award

Retired SFA professor Dr. Betty Alford received the James A. Vornberg Living Legend Award Sept. 27 at the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration meeting in Dallas.
The award was given in recognition of Alford’s service and commitment to TCPEA and the preparation of school administrators. Alford retired from SFA in May after working 27 years in the James I. Perkins College of Education, the last 10 years as chair of the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership. Alford earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
Since 1999, in addition to her work as department chair and professor teaching in both the principal preparation and educational leadership doctoral programs, she served as lead writer or co-writer for U.S. Department of Education and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board school-university-community college partnership grants that provided more than $20 million for educator preparation and school improvement.
Pictured with Alford (left) at the meeting is SFA associate professor of education Dr. Pauline Sampson.

SFA alumnus volunteers time to clean and restore World War II-era cannon

If you've been within earshot of Homer Bryce Stadium on a Saturday afternoon in the fall, you've probably heard it - the kaboom of cannon fire punctuating the spirited strains of the SFA Fight Song. The source of the blasts is Ol' Cotton, a World War II-era 75-mm mountain howitzer that is positioned in the south end zone for each home game and fired every time SFA scores. With each blank charge that explodes, a burst of orange flame is visible an instant before a discharge of light grey smoke unfurls into the end zone and dissipates over the cheering crowd.

Garbed in red T-shirts and camouflage pants, the Lumberjack Battalion's Cannon Crew is responsible for loading and firing Ol' Cotton with every SFA touchdown, extra point and field goal. But a lot of sweat and elbow grease is needed to get Ol' Cotton ready for action each summer, and those duties fall to Ret. Lt. Col. John D. "Mad Dog" Mosele '74. The retired U.S. Army officer and Austin Raider emeritus has a soft spot for the historic piece of artillery, which was acquired by the ROTC program during his time at SFA.
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Female writing, directing, designing drive production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

When the SFA School of Theatre opens "Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tuesday night, Oct. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, there are a few noteworthy aspects of the production that may not be automatically recognizable … at least not until you open the program.

The play is written by award-winning female playwright Sarah Ruhl, and it's directed by Laura Rikard, assistant professor of acting/directing in the School of Theatre. In glancing down the page at the list of credits, one sees that the lighting and sound design is by CC Conn, assistant professor of lighting/sound design, and the costumes are designed by Angela Bacarisse, professor of costume design. Only a few men are involved, notably two male student actors and scenic designer Richard Ellis, a visiting professor.

"We are doing a play by a female playwright," Rikard said, "and we have a female director and two female designers. Sarah Ruhl is considered to be one of our great modern playwrights. Ruhl is produced by professional theatres every year, and she will be studied by theatre students who will be performing and auditioning for her plays for years to come."
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Dr. Dale Spradling

School of Accountancy

Spradling, an assistant professor of the Gerald W. Shielf School of Accountancy in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, presented a paper titled "Governance v. Innovation," June 23, at the Institute of Management Accountant's 94th Annual Conference, in New Orleans.

School of Accountancy Presentation

Esther Bunn and Treba Marsh of SFA presented a paper titled "Class Delivery: Does The Medium Make A Difference?" written with their colleague, Mary Fischer, at The Clute Institute International Academic Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 23.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden had four articles published in the Journal of Northeast Texas Archaeology: "A Preliminary Temporal Analysis of the East Texas Archaic" vol. 42; "Temporal Dynamics of East Texas Caddo Sites with 10 or More Radiocarbon Dates" written with T. K. Perttula, vol. 41; "Additional New Radiocarbon Dates from East Texas Caddo Sites" also written with Perttula, vol. 42; "Analysis of the Ceramic Sherds from Area C at  the Ware Acres Site (41GG31), Gregg County, Texas" written with Perttula and B. Nelson, vol. 41.

News & Announcements

Residential Learning Communities applications being accepted

The Residence Life Department is now accepting applications for 2014-15 Residential Learning Communities. Applications due Dec. 20.

A Residential Learning Community is a place where students can select to live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member. With assistance from Residence Life, students set learning goals for their group and track these goals as the year progresses. Those who meet their goals are eligible to renew their learning community in future years.

For faculty members who want to provide an immersive environment in which students can learn, an RLC can be a tremendous asset. For example, a professor in modern languages could propose a community in which students agree to speak only Spanish; film students could propose that their RLC work together on a movie; or a student organization could plan a community that works toward the group’s mission.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Waters, Assistant Director of Residence Life at watersj@sfasu.edu or by phone at (936) 468-1127.

New minigrant categories offered through ORSP

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to offer three new categories of minigrant funding using Research Enhancement funds. The new minigrants provide more options for faculty and to decrease the time between applications and awards. Applications are accepted year-round and all eligible faculty are encouraged to apply. Categories for MG awards are as follows:

  • Project Support (PS) - support of up to $1,500 to faculty for a specific research project, exhibit or creative activity
  • Publication Support (PUB) - support of up to $750 per article to assist faculty with publication expenses; 50% match required
  • Travel Support (TS) - support of up to $1,500 to assist faculty with travel associated with smaller research, creative, and scholarly projects and to present research findings
To view more detailed information including guidelines, eligibility and applications, please visit: www2.sfasu.edu/orsp/tam.html#MG

Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration

5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.
The vault & lobby of the Hotel Fredonia

Join the SFA Alumni Association and fellow Lumberjacks as we kick off Homecoming and recognize our sponsors' support with complimentary Lumberjack-themed appetizers, complimentary purple beer, cocktails, door prizes, live music by the SFA Steel Drum Band and the start of our Homecoming Online Auction! Attendance is free for everyone!

All proceeds from Homecoming benefit SFA scholarships, so help us raise $90,000 in honor of SFA's 90th anniversary! Be sure to bring your business cards and wear purple!

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

Human Services to offer free depression screenings

The SFA Department of Human Services Rehabilitation and Counseling Programs will offer free anonymous depression screenings in recognition of National Depression Screening Day. Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Counseling and Rehabilitation faculty, graduate and undergraduate student body are pleased to offer this screening to the community as part of this year's event. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.

NDSD Mental Health Screening, held in October as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

For more information, call the SFA Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive introductions by horticulturist Greg Grant and SFA Gardens. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and various educational programs hosted at the gardens. These educational programs reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Faculty Senate Lounge Fridays

The SFA Faculty Senate would like to invite all faculty members to use the new Faculty Senate office space (McKibben building, room 252) as a lounge area from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month. The Senate will provide donuts, juice and coffee to all faculty members and provide a space for cross-campus dialogue and collegiality.

Campus Recreation

Last day to register for the 4v4 sand volleyball tournament

Thursday, Oct. 3

Register from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday  in the Rec lobby. Format and divisions will be determined by entries. Cost is $20 per team. Tournament will begin Friday, Oct. 4, with a captain’s meeting at 2 p.m. in the Rec Lumberjack Lounge. Games begin at 2:30 p.m. on the sand volleyball courts.

Free faculty friday at the Rec

Friday, Oct. 4

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign our guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.

Ultimate frisbee savage tournament

Saturday, Oct. 5

Join the SFA Ultimate Frisbee Club in this all-day tournament that will feature club teams from other universities. Want to register your own team?  Contact Ricardo Maldonado at (936) 645-6399 or maldonadr1@titan.sfasu.edu. 

Women’s club soccer vs. Texas A&M

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Intramural Fields

This weekend, watch the Women’s Club Soccer Team in action against Texas A&M University. Wear purple and cheer loudly for your Lumberjacks!


Ladyjacks finish seventh at ORU shootout

The SFA women’s golf team fired a 307 on the final day to finish seventh (311-312-307 - 930) at the ORU Shootout Tuesday morning in Tulsa, Okla. The Ladyjacks had three players record rounds in the 70’s, and no rounds above 80 on Tuesday.

For the second straight week, sophomore Sydney Reed was the Ladyjack’s top performer. Reed fired a final round of 78 to finish tied for 21st (231). Senior Aliece Anderson carded her low round of the tournament Tuesday, firing a two-over par (73) to finish tied for 25th (232).

Freshman Jessica White also fired her low round of the tournament Tuesday, carding a five-over par (76) to finish tied for 30th (233). Freshman Piper Kyle carded a final round of 80 to finish the week at 238 (T-50).

Freshman Ann Holcomb matched her career and tournament low with a nine-over par (80) to finish 245 (72nd). 

The Ladyjacks will head to Huntsville next week to compete in the SHSU Harold Funston Invitational beginning Monday, Oct. 7.

Lumberjacks finish season opener in sixth place

The SFA men’s golf team recorded a final round of 299 Tuesday morning to finish sixth at the HBU Invitational in Houston. The Lumberjacks carded no rounds above 79 on the final day to finish with a three-round 283-295-299 – 877 on the 7,002-yard, par-71 course at Woodforest Golf Club.

Junior Blake Pugh led the ‘Jacks with a final round of 69 to finish in fifth place at 210. Pugh led the tournament in par-five scoring, finishing the week at six-under. Junior Bradley Phelps fired a four-over par (75) to finish tied for 26th at 219.

SFA blitzed the field on the par-fives, finishing nineteen-under in par-five scoring, and five shots better than any other team in the field.

Junior Austin DeWitt was carded a final round of 76 to finish tied for 35th at 222. Sophomore Major Monzingo finished just five-shots off DeWitt’s pace for the week, carding a final round of 79 to finish tied for 47th at 227.

Sophomore Luke Sheehan, competing as a medalist, fired his tournament-low even-par 71 to finish tied for 24th at 218.

The ‘Jacks return to action next week in Huntsville, at the Sam Houston Invitational beginning Monday, Oct. 7.

Raymond scores twice In 3-0 win at Lamar

The SFA Ladyjacks soccer team went on the road to defeat a tough Lamar Lady Cardinals team 3-0 Friday evening, recording their seventh shutout of the season.

With the victory the Ladyjacks (7-2-1, 2-1-0) matched their best 10-game start in school history, tying the previous record held by the 2011 and 2003 squads.

"The girls came out on point tonight and were able to impose themselves in both possession and in territory, which is always good," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "Lamar is a great team with several talented players, which kept us on our toes the entire match. That being said, everyone was prepared to make a difference when given the  chance. It was also a night in which we were able to test several different schemes and take a look at different personnel as we continue to build depth into October."

The Ladyjacks got a multiple-goal performance from junior forward Chelsea Raymond, who scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season and the 34th and 35th goals of her career. Raymond now needs just three more goals to tie Amanda Alders (38 goals) for the most career goals in SFA history.

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Fine Arts

SFA School of Art to screen Hoffman-directed "Quartet"

The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Quartet" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Dustin Hoffman-directed comedy stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins as aging British opera stars who come together annually for a reunion concert. The script was written by Ronald Harwood.

"Quartet" is Hoffman's directorial debut and was released Jan. 11, 2013. This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Cole Series features Demondrae Thurman in guest euphonium recital

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present international euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "His euphonium playing has been described as 'awe inspiring,' and he is touted as an amazing musician."

Over the last 10 years, Thurman has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world's prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition.

Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world's best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Thurman is in demand as a euphonium specialist for many symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Eastern Music Festival and North Carolina symphony orchestras.

Thurman's performance is the opening concert for SFA's 8th Annual Octubafest.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'A Dramatic Soiree'

The SFA School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining the Orchestra of the Pines will be Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello at SFA, as a guest performer as the ensemble presents "A Dramatic Soiree," according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

Raychev agreed to the performance invitation only recently after the originally scheduled guest artist, the 2013 Schmidbauer Competition winner Hans Goldstein, could not join the orchestra for the concert due to injury, Moon explained.

"It is providence that we have such a talented cellist in our midst that can be at the ready to provide us with his immense talent and his time," Moon said. "We look forward to Dr. Raychev's performance with the SFA Orchestra of the Pines."

Among the works to be performed is the "L'Arlesienne Suites" by Georges Bizet.
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