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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Oct. 20
SFA men's golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, Louisiana

Tuesday, Oct. 21
SFA men's golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, Louisiana

Wednesday, Oct. 22
'Wilya' screening
Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142
7 p.m.

A Conversation with Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy
Twilight Ballroom, Baker Pattillo Student Center
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(Pre-registration required)

Friday, Oct. 24

Homecoming Torchlight Parade
Beginning at the Stephen F. Austin Statue on campus
8:30 p.m.
Bonfire: 9 p.m. Intramural Fields

Lumberjack Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament
Pecan Park, Nacogdoches
2 to 5 p.m.

SFA Homecoming Golf Tournament
Piney Woods Country Club, Nacogdoches
11 a.m.

"Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Each Friday until Nov. 21
SFA Planetarium




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News & Announcements

2014 International Film Festival to screen 'Wilaya'

The 2014 International Film Festival will screen the Spanish film 'Wilaya' at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

The screening is free to all SFA students, faculty and staff members.

Some of the topics this movie explores are: cultural clash, immigration and exile, international studies, human rights and women.

Discussions will be led by David Rex-Galindo, an assistant professor from the Department of History, before and after the film.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture, and in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the support of Multidisciplinary Programs, Latin American Studies, and Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Light Years from Andromeda'

The SFA Planetarium will begin screening the film "Light Years from Andromeda" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

The film will play every Friday from Oct. 24 until Nov. 21 at the planetarium.

"Light Years From Andromeda" teaches the concepts of light speed and the light year and how astronomers use them to measure distances to some familiar celestial objects — the Moon, the Sun, the planets, nearby stars and galaxies.

The show briefly touches on the properties of light that help determine a star’s age and temperature, and gives a fascinating look at how light and distance allow us to “look back” further in time as we gaze farther into space.
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Check out the 2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin

The 2014-15 SFA Graduate Bulletin is now live online.

Students and faculty and staff members can access the bulletin in its new, easy-to-navigate format here.

American Association of University Women meeting set for Oct. 21

The Association of American University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Regions Bank downtown. 

This month there will be an update on the Texas Legislature with State Rep. Travis Clardy speaking to the group.

Multi-game pack available to faculty, staff members

Don't miss a moment of Lumberjack Football with the Battle of the Piney Woods Multi-Game Pack.

The package includes one ticket for the Battle of the Piney Woods, Homecoming and Battle for Chief Caddo games for only $45.00.

Purchase the Battle of the Piney Woods Multi-Game Pack at the SFA Ticket Office located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

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.

Campus Recreation

Campus Rec to offer Open Climb session

SFA's Campus Recreation department will open up the ropes course to all students and faculty and staff members this week for a special open climb event.

The course at SFA's Experiential Learning Center, located across from the commuter lot on University Drive, will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, and is free.

All participants must have closed-toe shoes and their SFA IDs.
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Registration for Learn-To-Swim Group Session II ends today

Let us teach your children to be safe in and around the water!

The SFA Rec Center offers an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities, designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.
The cost for group swim is $45 for SFA Rec members and $55 for non-members.

Please visit the Rec Center Admin Office to register. More information can be found here.


Ladyjacks claim 10th straight, down Nicholls 3-1

Senior forward Chelsea Raymond recorded her first multi-goal match of the season, as the SFA women's soccer team picked up its 10th straight victory in a 3-1 triumph of Nicholls on Sunday afternoon at the Nicholls Soccer Complex.

"It is great to get out of here with the result on the final road trip of the regular season," head coach Wally Crittenden said. "On a hot day in a very tough environment, our kids responded to score some great goals off of some really good attacks. Above the three that counted, we scored two additional goals and had some very near misses. I was very pleased with our attack against a really organized and motivated Nicholls team. Defensively, we got better as the game went on, and the goal we gave up was really unfortunate."
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Ivy reaches career mark, Ladyjacks roll to 8-0

The SFA women's volleyball team excelled in every phase of the game on Saturday afternoon to run away with a straight set victory over New Orleans (25-12, 25-15, 25-11) in Shelton Gym. At the midway point in the Southland Conference season, the Ladyjacks are a perfect 8-0 and have won 24 of 25 sets. It is the best start in conference for SFA since 2007.

Senior Jill Ivy recorded nine kills in the match to pass MC Bottles (2008-11) for 10th on SFA's all-time career kills list. With 280 kills so far in 2014, Ivy sits at 1,261 over her four-year career - 39 kills shy of Traci Rohde (2004-07) for ninth all-time.

Sophomore Justice Walker, the Ladyjacks' hottest hitter over the last two weeks, joined Ivy with a big afternoon offensively. She posted a match-high 12 kills, committed just one error and hit at a .688 clip. While a force on offense, Walker also led the team with six blocks on the afternoon.
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Lumberjacks outlast Huskies 59-27 in Houston

SFA outlasted both a two-hour electrical delay and an upstart Houston Baptist team, notching a 59-27 victory at HBU Husky Stadium. The Lumberjacks improved to 5-2 on the year and 2-1 in Southland Conference play while Houston Baptist dropped to 1-6 and 0-4 in SLC action.

“It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a big win for us here tonight,” said head coach Clint Conque. “We didn’t do everything right, but I thought our special teams and kicking game really helped us out tonight. With this win, we control our own destiny in the conference race, so we’re happy to get out of Houston with a win tonight.”

On paper, HBU had the better stats, compiling 446 yards of total offense while the Lumberjacks managed just 409, racking up 209 through the air and 200 on the ground.
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SFA bowling places second in New Orleans

SFA came up one game short of defending its All State Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational title as the Ladyjacks finished second at the event. SFA did close out the three-day tournament with the highest per game score, averaging a 203.0 score over 11 matches.

Entering the day in first place, the Ladyjacks drew rival Sam Houston State in the opening round of the championship bracket. SFA swept the Bearkats in the best-of-seven bracket, winning 223-171, 256-212, 235-189 and 257-180, earning a bye to the championship match.

The Ladyjacks saw a familiar foe in the finals as Sam Houston defeated Vanderbilt 4-2 to earn a rematch with SFA. After dropping the opening game 199-169, the Ladyjacks responded to win the next three, defeating the Bearkats 190-183, 252-181 and 195-182.
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SFA women fifth, men sixth at Crimson Classic

The SFA men's and women's cross country teams ran to similar results on Friday evening at the University of Alabama Crimson Classic. The women placed fifth out of 25 division one programs and the men placed sixth as a team out of 24 division one schools.

True freshman Brittany Innis tackled the 5K course at Harry Pritchett Running Park in 17:55 to lead the way on the women's side. Her mark was good enough for a 17th place showing out of 225 women competing at the university level. Innis, who has consistently placed in the top three for the women this year, posted a team-best time on Friday for the first time in her young collegiate career.

"The women had a good meet today," said head coach Cody Clark. "I felt that if we could finish fifth or better out of the competitive field we'd be taking the next step as a team. Brittany really stepped up for us and had a smart race today."
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SFA volleball to host 'Dig for the Cure' game

SFA Volleyball will host Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Shelton Gym for its "Dig for the Cure" game to help raise breast cancer awareness.

Fans will have a chance to grab free pink T-shirts provided by Barnes and Noble, and ZTA will have an information booth set up with pink giveaways.

Stay connected with SFA Volleyball and SFAJacks.com for the latest on upcoming promotions.

Fine Arts

SFA School of Theatre students to perform on international stage in Scotland

The SFA School of Theatre has been accepted to perform in the 2015 International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

During a two-week trip to Edinburgh next August, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including "Hate Mail" by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written "Mom and Dad" by Nick Pinelli and Allison Day. Pinelli, The Woodlands senior, and Day, San Antonio senior, wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA, will direct both plays. The SFA improvisational troupe Improv Strikes Back will also perform at the festival.
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Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of composer Walczyk

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will feature the music of composer-in-residence Kevin Walczyk when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Walczyk, who is professor of music at Western Oregon University, will be on campus prior to the concert to work with SFA music students, according to David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and conductor of the Wind Symphony.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert performing "Flourish for Wind Band" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Originally written as an overture to a pageant in the Royal Albert Hall in 1939, the piece has also been adapted for brass band and symphony orchestra, according to Anglley.
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SFA alumnus to perform guest recital in annual Octubafest

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present guest artist and SFA alumnus Trevor Culp performing in SFA's Ninth Annual Octubafest at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"SFA is one of several universities around the country that takes part in Octubafest, which was created to promote the tuba and euphonium as solo and chamber instruments rather than an accompanying bass line," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA.

Culp, who is principal tubist for the Santa Fe Symphony, will perform "Concerto in F minor for Bass Tuba" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "Sonata in E Flat" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
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If you feel like staying up late tonight, you can catch the Orionid meteor shower.

A small, waning moon will provide some ideal conditions for viewing the bits of Haley's Comet that will skip across the atmosphere. Check out more about it here.

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