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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 2
East Texas Historical Association Lale Lecture
Grand Ballroom, Baker Pattillo Student Center
7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
'Operation E' screening
Liberal Arts North Room 142
7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Jack Backers College Bookstore
315 E. College St., Nacogdoches
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Global Citizenship Series
Oct. 9-10
Sugar Land, Texas

Homecoming Online Auction
Oct. 9-26

Saturday, Oct. 11
SFA football at Nicholls State
Thibodaux, Louisiana
6 p.m.




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SFA's first female professor taught English; worked with well-known American authors

Courtesy of The Pine Log

SFA Teachers College was established in September of 1923 and almost immediately took on the Lumberjack as its mascot. Karle Wilson Baker, the University’s first woman professor, began her 10-year teaching career at the school only two years later, in 1925.

Born in 1878 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Baker spent her young adulthood traveling throughout the country in pursuit of knowledge. She studied at the University of Chicago periodically from 1897 to 1901, taking off alternating semesters to teach at the Southwest Virginia Institute.

Intermittently, her family relocated to Nacogdoches, and it was here where she met and married her husband, a prominent local banker named Thomas E. Baker.
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News & Announcements

Sen. Robert Nichols, Rep. Travis Clardy to speak at Texas Tribune event at SFA

Please join The Texas Tribune for lunch and a conversation with state Sen. Robert Nichols and state Rep. Travis Clardy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith will moderate this preview of the 84th Legislative Session and audience Q&A.

The event is free, but space is limited and you must register online.

Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has represented District 3 in the Texas Senate since 2007. He serves as the chair of the Transportation Committee, as the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and as a member of the Finance, Health and Human Services, State Affairs, and Natural Resources committees.

Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, has represented District 11 in the Texas House since 2013. He serves as a member of the Higher Education, Local and Consent Calendars, Redistricting, and Special Purpose Districts committees.

The conversation also will be streamed live at texastribune.org/livestream (starting at noon), and the video will be accessible for viewing afterward on The Texas Tribune website.

Homecoming T-shirts available for order to SFA departments

SFA departments can begin ordering homecoming T-shirts today.

Order forms, which are available here, are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Shirts are available on a first come, first served basis.

Begining Oct. 13, individual shirts will be for sale at Jack Backers College Bookstore, the Campus Barnes and Noble bookstore and the SFA Ticket Office.

Get a sneak peek at the new travel and expense module

SFA will be introducing a new travel and expense reporting module in the near future, and two sneak-peeks of the system are scheduled for this month.

Participants are invited to attend the sessions, held at noon on Friday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 17, in the Lumberjack Village Community Room. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

Call for submissions for the fall 2015 issue of Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly

The theme of the Fall 2015 CUR Quarterly will focus on research ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.  We seek four or five authors who can write articles that address the development, implementation and assessment of initiatives pertaining to research ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.

In addition, we welcome shorter vignettes (300 words) that offer concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of ethics and the responsible conduct of undergraduate research.

If you are interested in contributing an article or vignette, please submit a short prospectus (300-500 words) describing the focus of your proposed article or vignette online by Oct. 27.

Accepted authors will be notified by Nov. 10.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length.  The final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 29.

New faculty grant opportunity and workshops

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has a new grant available to SFA faculty members.

The Research/Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant is designed to support faculty research and creativity endeavors for the spring and summer sessions of 2015. Applications are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Application guidelines and forms can be found here.

To provide information on this new competition format and to provide assistance in the development of RCA proposals, ORSP will host two informational workshops in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. The dates for the workshops are from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Call the office at (936) 468-1151 with questions about grant opportunity, or any other internal or external funding interests.

Information meeting for Texas Legislative Internship Thursday

There will be an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Ferguson Building, Room 371, for students interested in taking part in the Texas Legislative Internship Program.

Every two years, five SFA students take part in this program that combines academic study with supervised practical training in public service. Students spend a total of 20 weeks working full-time in Austin and receive a salary stipend of $7,000.

The program is open to all majors. Jeremy Brown, internship coordinator for Senator Rodney Ellis, will be on hand to answer any questions about the program. For more information contact: Ken Collier, Department of Government in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 136 or kcollier@sfasu.edu.

East Texas Historical Association to present annual Lale Lecture Oct. 2

Dr. Paul H. Carlson, Texas Tech University professor emeritus of history, will discuss the importance of a humanities education in a modern global world at the 18th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture presented by the East Texas Historical Association.

The presentation titled "Painting Tom Sawyer's Fence: Lessons from Literature, Sports and the Humanities" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center at SFA. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Carlson, a native of Minnesota, received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1973. He taught at Texas Lutheran College for more than a decade before returning in 1986 to Texas Tech, where he remained on the faculty until he retired in 2009. He has taught courses and researched on such American West and Texas topics as Native Americans, the military in the West, ranching and stock raising, and archeology. He also has been honored as a Fellow of both the West Texas Historical Association and the Texas State Historical Association. He and his wife reside in Ransom Canyon, Texas, near Lubbock. Read More

Tickets for Chris Young concert on sale now

Tickets for Chris Young's performance at the William R. Johnson Coliseum are on sale now at the Baker Pattillo Student Center and online.

Young, a country singer, was the 2006 winner of the reality music show "Nashville Star."

Also performing will be SFA alumnus Big Joe Walker, who is known for his Texas Country style of singing and playing.

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. 4, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive Greg Grant and SFA introductions. 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 educational programs hosted at the gardens. 

The educational programs at SFA Gardens 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 two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

"Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate set for Saturday

Fashion Merchandising students have planned a community event called "Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate in order to promote Blue Jeans Go Green and collect more denim for recycling.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4 at St. Mary's on campus from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 

There will be food and kid-friendly activities for all!  Bring the family, recycle your denim for a good cause.

Human Services Department to offer anonymous depression screenings

The SFA Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation/Counseling Programs will offer free, anonymous depression screenings for National Depression Screening Day. 
Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

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. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

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

Homecoming kick-off celebration set for next week

Join the SFA Alumni Association and fellow Lumberjacks for the Homecoming kickoff, and recognize our sponsors' support with complimentary Lumberjack-themed appetizers, complimentary purple beer and other refreshing beverages.

Door prizes and live music by the Steel Drum Band also will be at the event, which will kick off the highly anticipated start of the Homecoming online auction. The event is free for everyone to attend.

It's scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Jack Backers College Bookstore at 315 E. College St.


SFA set for two SLC home matches

After being away from home for more than three weeks, the SFA women’s volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of Shelton Gym this week for two Southland Conference matches. The Ladyjacks will host Incarnate Word for their SLC home opener on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m., then turn around for a date with Abilene Christian on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

SFA is coming off two big conference wins, sweeping both Nicholls State and McNeese State on the road last week to start 2-0 in conference play for the third consecutive year. The Ladyjacks are now 9-7 overall, and have won seven of their last nine matches dating back to the team’s last home match on Sept. 10.
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Fine Arts

Noted violinist Gogichashvili to perform concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts series will present Eka Gogichashvili performing a guest violin recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

Gogichashvili, associate professor of violin at Baylor University, is a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and she is well known for her performances both in the United States and abroad. Joining her in concert is pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor of piano at Baylor University, who also enjoys a full career as a performer and teacher and has performed worldwide as a collaborative artist.

"The program consists of two sonatas for violin and piano, which are both great pieces and important contributions to this genre," said Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin at SFA.
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Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of celebrated pianist Catharine Lysinger at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Lysinger, who is an active soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and lecturer, will present "From Passion to Noble Sentiment," which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's stormy Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata," and Maurice Ravel's string of waltzes, "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales."

The program's character of noble sentiment is rounded out by formally structured pieces by Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and Frédéric Chopin's through-composed Barcarolle, Op. 60, which builds on the image of the peaceful, rocking motion of a boat on the water, explained Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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SFA to screen 'Muscle Shoals' documentary at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Muscle Shoals" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier and released by Magnolia Pictures, "Muscle Shoals" is the true story of a small town with a big sound and an even bigger influence on the music industry.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time, according to information on Magnolia Pictures' website. Read More

SFA music faculty member Gavin to present 'Journeys and Reflections'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Charles Gavin in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The program, "Journeys and Reflections," will include selected repertoire inspired by different places, locations or works of art, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music.

"With the exception of two pieces, the compositions are by American composers who interpret the different locations," Gavin said. Accompanying Gavin will be faculty member James Pitts, pianist.
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SFA voice recital to feature Hong Kong guest soprano Chen

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present voice faculty member Scott LaGraff in a joint recital with guest soprano TiWei Chen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

LaGraff, baritone and associate professor of voice at SFA, and Chen, an assistant professor at Hong Kong Institute of Education, will collaborate with mezzo soprano Kimberly LaGraff and SFA pianist Geneva Fung in a concert that will feature the music of noted composers ranging from Gabriel Fauré to Felix Mendelssohn to SFA Professor of Composition Stephen Lias.

According to LaGraff, one of the goals of SFA School of Music Director Dr. Manny Brand is for the school to be more active on the international music scene. Read More

Clarinetist Qian to perform mix of traditional, contemporary music

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Jun Qian in a guest clarinet recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Qian, assistant professor of clarinet at Baylor University, will perform with Baylor piano professor Kae Hosoda-Ayer in a program that features a mix of traditional and contemporary music.

In addition to performing music of contemporary Chinese composers, Qian will also perform staples of the clarinet repertoire, such as "Introduction and Rondo" by Charles-Marie Widor and "Grand Duo Concertant" by Carl Maria von Weber. Read More

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