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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
NRG Stadium

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016

Monday, Nov. 30
Classes resume

Friday, Dec. 4
SFA Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom




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Lumberjacks head to Houston for 90th Battle of the Piney Woods

SFA and Sam Houston State University renew one of the oldest rivalries in Texas as the two teams meet for the 90th time in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods Saturday, Oct. 3, at NRG Stadium in Houston. Opening kick between the Lumberjacks and Bearkats is set for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3.

NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, will be the backdrop for the ESPN3 Southland Game of the Week. Randy McIlvoy will have the call of the game with Shea Walker serving as color analyst and Brooke Bentley working the sidelines. The game will stream live on ESPN3 and also is available on the WatchESPN app and through ESPN College Extra, airing on DirecTV, Dish Network and select sports programming packages. Rob Meyers will once again broadcast the game live on radio at Q107.7 FM, or fans can listen online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through SFAJacks.com with in-game Twitter updates available @SFA_Football.
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Dr. Donald Gooch

Department of Government

Gooch, assistant professor of political science, recently published a book titled "Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century: A Multidimensional Inquiry."

The book brings together scholars from various disciplines to show how politicians, governmental institutions, schools, new technologies, and interest groups can work together to promote informed, engaged citizens, according to its amazon.com page.

News & Announcements

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature SFA soil scientist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Leon Young, SFA professor of agriculture and director of the soil, plant and water analysis laboratory in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Can We Feed Nine Billion in 2040 and How?"

A native of Devine, Texas, Young received a Bachelor of Science in plant science from Texas A & I University in 1970. Following graduation, he moved to Ames, Iowa, to begin graduate work in soil fertility at Iowa State University. Young earned his master's and doctoral degrees from ISU in 1972 and 1976, respectively. His research focused on a comparison of corn and soybean responses to phosphorus and potassium fertilization.
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SFA School of Honors awards Wisely Fellowship

The SFA School of Honors is delighted to announce the 2015-16 Wisely Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Steven Estrada, assistant professor of psychology.

Estrada will offer a spring 2016 honors section of General Psychology 133 using innovative teaching practices to challenge honors students’ way of thinking about human behavior and the human mind.
During the fall, he will lead a series of workshops he developed to provide information and direction for honors students interested in pursuing graduate studies in their respective fields. At these workshops, students will engage in exercises designed to help them understand various concepts, how to identify appropriate programs of study, and the expectations for admittance. Students also will learn how to identify and effectively market their strengths and weaknesses in written statements and personal interviews.

Students also will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the expectations of life as a graduate student through interaction with current graduate students from across the campus.

The Office of Academic Affairs generously supports the Wisely Fellowship in conjunction with the SFA School of Honors.

Save a life - learn QPR

Are you aware that more people in the U.S. die of suicide than of auto accidents?

SFA Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger of suicide. Upon completion, each participant will receive certification as a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.
The session will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.

SFA to host Pitcaithley, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

SFA will welcome former National Park Service chief historian Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley to campus for a weeklong visit and public address in October.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow will present "Centennial of the National Park Service" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pitcaithley said it is a tremendous honor to visit SFA as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. "There are dozens and dozens of visiting fellows the university could have selected," he said. "To spend a week in Nacogdoches interacting with students, faculty, administrators and the public is something I look forward to with great anticipation."
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SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

The sale will feature a variety of hard-to-find, "Texas-tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens. Read More

Culinary Café to host reception for artist on Saturday, Oct. 3

SFA's Culinary Café will host an opening reception for artist and alumnus Jason Daniel from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Culinary Café.

"We encourage our SFA family and the Nacogdoches community to enjoy a night with us at the Culinary Café," said Dr. Chay Runnels, SFA's hospitality administration program coordinator and graduate program coordinator.

The Culinary Café features artwork by various artists each semester, and Daniel's collection has been selected for display during fall 2015.
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SFA serving as alpha partner for Student Success Collaborative Campus

SFA will host the Education Advisory Board team to provide hands-on training of Student Success Collaborative Campus for faculty members and professional student success coaches Wednesday, Sept. 16, and Thursday, Sept. 17. SSC Campus is the integration of GradesFirst and the Student Success Advising Platform. Training times and location are available through myTraining. All faculty members and professional student success coaches are asked to sign up for the training.

SSC Campus will be the campus-wide platform used for student advising. The program  provides added functionality such as appointment scheduling, student texting, student tracking of academic resources usage and will serve as a new early-alert mechanism.

SFA is one of three universities serving as an alpha partner with EAB to create and test the functionality of the two combined systems. An integration team of campus stakeholders heavily involved in the student advising process met on a weekly basis throughout the summer, under the leadership of the project management office. This integration team has been instrumental in decision-making specific to our university needs. The go-live date for campus-wide use will be Monday, Oct. 5.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus to present speaker

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus will present the first installment of the Conscious Speaker Series, which focuses on diversity-related topics, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9,  in the Baker Pattillo Student Center 3rd floor commons.

The speaker will be Dr. Patrick S. De Walt, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. His topic for the interactive workshop is "Definition Day: Interrogating the Words We Use to Shape Our Worlds."  The presentation is open to all faculty and staff members and students, and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus' mission is to advance the areas of diversity, social justice and multicultural awareness and competence on campus through dialogue and programming. The caucus strives to create an atmosphere  where all faculty and staff members and students feel welcomed, respected and heard.

Early Childhood Laboratory blood drive set for October

The SFA Early Childhood Laboratory will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 211.

Those wishing to participate can sign up here, or in the ECHL main office. Preregistration details will be sent to those who sign up. 

Donors will receive a free T-shirt!

Changes coming to the Student Success Advising Tool

The current Student Success Advising Tool will no longer be available as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

SSC Campus is the new campus-wide platform SFA will use for student success advising. The new platform will provide added functionality such as appointment scheduling, student texting, tracking of student usage of academic resources and will serve as the new early-alert mechanism starting next spring.

There is no change in the way participants access the Student Success Advising Tool. Faculty members will continue to login using mySFA credentials. Access is available via the SFA website under the Faculty and Staff tab, the Administrative Resources tab, or in mySFA via the Adviser or Faculty tab.

System administrators for SSC Campus are Chelsea Heidbrink, student success coach in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, and Trina Menefee, student success coach in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. They can be reached by emailing sscollaborative@sfasu.edu. Additional information is available on the Student Success Advising Tool website.

Campus Recreation

"Cook THIS, Not THAT" seminar to be offered Wednesday, Oct. 7

Come join SFA Employee Wellness for the "Cook THIS, Not THAT" class at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Campus Recreation Center Meeting Room.

During this seminar, attendees will learn healthier ways to cook while still eating their favorite foods. 

Preregister for this free seminar to save a spot by contacting Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjack bowlers ranked third in preseason NTCA poll

SFA has been selected as third in the 2015-16 preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association poll.

The Ladyjacks garnered 844 total points, including a pair of first place votes, finishing 97 points behind first-place Nebraska and 21 points shy of second-place Arkansas State University. SFA was joined by Fairleigh Dickinson University and Vanderbilt University in the top-five with Sam Houston State University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Central Missouri University, McKendree University and the University of North Carolina A&T rounding out the preseason top-10.
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McIntyre leads SFA to 3-2 comeback at the University of the Incarnate Word

What was predicted to be a hotly contested Southland Conference match against the University of the Incarnate Word played out how SFA head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys anticipated.

For the second consecutive conference bout, the Ladyjacks needed to stage a comeback. Fortunately for the visitors, the end result was a 3-2 win against the Cardinals Thursday night in the McDermott Center in San Antonio.
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SFA heads to Lamar, McNeese this weekend

After five straight games at the SFA Soccer Field, the SFA women’s soccer team will hit the road for three consecutive Southland Conference tilts starting this weekend with Lamar University and McNeese State University. The Ladyjacks will first clash with the Lady Cardinals at 7 p.m. tonight in Beaumont. They make their way to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to play the Cowgirls at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

SFA has had the luxury of playing at home since Sept. 11, going 3-1-1 during its only home stint so far in 2015.
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Fine Arts

SFA theatre students bring study-abroad experience to 'Arabian Nights'

Theatre majors at SFA bring a wealth of talent to every Mainstage production.

From acting and stage management, to lighting, sound, costume and scenic design, SFA theatre students quickly become well versed in the dynamics of producing a successful play.

The School of Theatre takes pride in providing the kind of curriculum and hands-on experience that gives each student a diverse skill set. The school also cultivates internships and international programs to enhance what the students learn at SFA.
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SFA's Aria/Concerto Competition winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will present the program "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature winners of the SFA School of Music's 2015 Aria/Concerto Competition, including Ryan Brewer, SFA graduate student from North Richland Hills and guest trumpeter, and the Ethereal Quartet, a group of undergraduate saxophone students.

Brewer will perform Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.
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Clarinetist Lignitz-Hahn to perform at SFA

Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, assistant professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining Lignitz-Hahn will be colleague Sehee Lee, lecturer of piano and collaborative piano at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. Among the featured works will be Malcom Arnold's Sonatina and Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen's "Licorice Stick."

Other pieces on the program include Andre Bloch's "Denneriana," Serban Nichifor's "Carnyx" and Béla Kovács' "Hommage à Manuel de Falla."
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SFA's First Friday Film Series to feature 'Samsara'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Samsara" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over five years in 25 countries, "Samsara" is the non-verbal 2011 documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of "Baraka." It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past 40 years, according to information at barakasamsara.com.
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