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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Oct. 24
SFA tennis at the United States Tennis Association Intercollegiate Texas Regional Championships
College Station

SFA volleyball vs. Lamar University
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

12th Court of Appeals to hear cases at SFA

The Texas 12th Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments concerning three cases beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133 on the SFA campus. The event will provide an opportunity for educators, students and state residents to witness a judicial process not often observed.

This will be the second time the court has heard cases on the SFA campus. Sponsored by SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts, the event is free and open to the public. The session is expected to last until noon, however, individuals may come and go in a non-distracting manner.

The Texas 12th Court of Appeals is based in Tyler and covers 17 counties in East Texas, including Nacogdoches County. The court is responsible for hearing the initial appeals in civil and criminal matters.
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SFA Department of Elementary Education participates in pioneer day

The SFA Department of Elementary Education and Millard’s Crossing Historical Village in Nacogdoches are hosting the Millard’s Crossing Pioneer Day for area schools this week.

The hands-on history program is designed to provide third grade students with a variety of activities that will help them experience what life was like as a child on a subsistence farm in rural East Texas about a century ago.

SFA teacher candidates will host Nacogdoches Independent School District’s third graders today and Thursday, Oct. 22.

SFA's Department of Agriculture to host 'An Edible Evening' Thursday, Oct. 22

SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host "An Edible Evening" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the SFA Sprout Garden, at 1924 Wilson Drive, Nacogdoches.

Horticulture faculty members and students currently enrolled in the fruit and vegetable production course will educate the Nacogdoches community about fall edible gardening in a fun and unique way.

In addition, SFA students will instruct attendees how to start seeds, transplant seedlings, cultivate edibles, extend the growing season and harvest fresh produce in their own gardens. Read More

Lanana Trail event to honor late SFA faculty member

SFA faculty and staff members, students and the Nacogdoches community are invited to participate in an area-wide hike and bike event paying tribute to the late Dr. Francis E. “Ab” Abernethy.

"Blaze a New Trail for Ab!" celebrates the extension of the Lanana Creek trail and is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Abernethy, who passed away in March, was instrumental in both the Lanana and Banita Creek trail developments in Nacogdoches. Information on both projects, Fitness 360 and the Nacogdoches Healthy Coalition will be available at three locations along the trail during the event.

For more information, visit the Nacogdoches Garden Capital of Texas Facebook page or contact Diana Walker of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful at (936) 569-7735 or dianatiede@yahoo.com

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. today 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.

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.

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

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.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for Diversity Conference proposals

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members and students to submit proposals for either a 25-, 50- or 75-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation. Poetry proposals also will be accepted.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, click here. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 22.

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or email aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments related to the conference.

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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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.

SFA Student Activities Association releases schedule of homecoming week events

The SFA Student Activities Association will host a number of events leading up to the homecoming football game against the University of the Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

The schedule of events are:

Haunted Halls
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suites A and B

Homecoming photo booth
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
BPSC plaza

Homecoming Paint Party
8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
BPSC plaza

Yung Nation concert
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Homecoming bonfire
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
SFA intramural fields

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.

Homecoming blood drive scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28

The annual SFA Homecoming Blood Drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A. In coordination with the Homecoming theme and in competition with Sam Houston State University, SFA also will register people for bone marrow and organ donation.

Click here to register for a time slot.


Men’s golf in 10th in Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

The SFA men’s golf team fired a season-low 290 in round two of the 2015 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate to secure 10th place among the 14-team competition Monday. The Lumberjacks posted a 22-over 590 through the opening 36 holes and are among a handful of teams vying for position in today’s final round.

SFA began Monday’s two-round schedule by shooting a 16-over 300 in round one to take 11th position. Junior Baxter Ward carded the low round with a 2-over 73 and senior Luke Sheehan took second place with a 3-over 74 on the par-71 course. Fellow senior Nathan Weant captured third place following his opening round score of 5-over 76.
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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

SFA's A Cappella Choir to perform music of Bach

The SFA A Cappella Choir will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance will be the choir's first concert at SFA after returning from a successful tour of Italy last May. The program will feature a wide variety of music from the 17th century to the 21st century, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

Among the works to be performed is "Singet dem Herrn" (Sing to the Lord) by J.S. Bach.
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SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to feature works by composer Turner

The music of composer Jess Langston Turner will be performed in a concert of the SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. David W. Campo, associate director of bands at SFA, the Wind Symphony will feature guest soloist and SFA music faculty member Nita Hudson on Turner's "Lullaby," which is taken from a larger work for string orchestra and percussion, "Memorial to Silent Voices." The text sung by the alto soloist is from the well-known traditional English lullaby, "All Through the Night."

"While the melody sung by the alto soloist is not the original, snatches of the traditional tune appear periodically in a solo flute," Campo explained. "The simple melody and the gently rocking chordal accompaniment combine to form a peaceful and soothing lullaby."
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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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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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University Series to present The Hot Club of San Francisco

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present The Hot Club of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2015-2016 University Series.

An evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing will hit Turner stage when The Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant," a celebration of imagination and innovation. Like the wandering gypsy musicians of the 1930s, these artists play their guitars and fiddles while matching movements on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor, according to Dr. John Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

"These superb, multi-talented musicians will impress our Nacogdoches audience not only for their mastery of multiple instruments, but also for the excitement they bring to the Turner stage," Goodall said. "It's going to be an extraordinary night of music and fun."
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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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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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It's the perfect time of year to stretch out on the lawn with a warm beverage and tune into the sky for a free show.

The Orionid meteor shower will be in full force tonight and tomorrow night. A skinny sliver of moon should make for decent viewing conditions, though the forecast does call for clouds to settle over the area in the next few days.

Check out EarthSky.org's guide to the shower here.

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