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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Oct. 21
Into the Wild
Ron Petty and voice faculty
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Men's Golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, LA

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Men's Golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, LA

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Wednesday, Oct. 23
Haley Hoops
guest horn recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Thursday, Oct. 24
Women's Volleyball
vs. Sam Houston State
6:30 p.m.

A Cappella Choir
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Hocus Pocus (PG)
9:30 p.m.
Insidious (PG-13)

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Official SFA tartan products are here

The first SFA Tartan tie to arrive on campus was presented to university president, Dr. Baker Pattillo, on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Presenting the tie were Rebecca Greer, professor of fashion merchandising, Lynda Martin, director of the school of human sciences, Kelcie Brown, student designer of the SFA Tartan and Judy Abbott, dean of the James I. Perkins college of education.

The Tartan project was initiated in October 2012 by Greer and Martin with the goal of having an official SFA Tartan and other licensed tartan products available in conjunction with the 90th Anniversary celebration activities. A contest was held featuring more than 30 Human Sciences students' designs. After more than 7,000 votes from alumni and friends, Brown’s design was selected and registered with the Scottish Tartan Society. Officially licensed SFA Tartan products, T-shirts, sweatshirts, lanyards and men's ties, are now available for purchase at the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore.

Esther Campbell, assistant manager of the bookstore, says they can take phone orders, ship via UPS and order products online from Collegiate Tartan Apparel. Proceeds from the sale of SFA Tartan products will benefit the university and the fashion merchandising program.

News & Announcements

RHA annual Fall Fest

The Residence Hall Association is getting ready for the annual Fall Fest event. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 30, in the Plaza in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Fall Fest is an event for the SFA residents and Nacogdoches community. The event includes a wide variety of games, food, trunk or treating and a costume contest for all ages. If you are interested in a booth or booking a trunk or treating location, please contact us at RHA@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2700. Feel free to bring family and friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

ORSP Workshop: Find Funding with PIVOT

Looking for money to fund your project, research, or creative activity? Join ORSP from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Info Lab 2 of Steen Library for our Find Funding with PIVOT Workshop.

Come learn about PIVOT, the most comprehensive database of current funding opportunities from federal, state and private sponsors. The session will cover basic navigation of PIVOT, including how to create your account, claim and modify your scholar profile, conduct funding searches, save search queries and more. Please register to attend at myTraining.

Global Gateway to Pakistan presentation

The Office of International Programs will sponsor a 30-minute presentation on Pakistani culture given by two Pakistani students. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 23, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Authentic Pakistani food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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.

Touchdown Club of Houston luncheon


Battle of the Piney Woods tickets available online

Tickets are available here.

Campus Recreation

Last Day to Register: Mountain Biking at Tyler State Park

Monday, Oct 21

Join us Oct. 25-26 at Tyler State Park. The park offers three levels of trails and is renowned for amazing mountain biking. You don't even have to own a bike, you can use one of ours! Cost of $45 includes transportation, rental of bike and safety gear, rental of all camping equipment, meals and trip guides. For more information or to register, please visit the Outdoor Center or call (936) 468-6055. Space is limited, so sign up today!    

Last Day to Register: Midseason Flag Football Tournament

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Registration for the Midseason Flag Football Tournament will be open 1-5 p.m. in the Intramural Office today. Cost is $30 per team. Divisions will include Men’s, Women’s, and CoRec. Tournament will begin on Friday, Oct. 25 on the Intramural Fields and will continue Saturday, Oct. 26. Winners of the tournament will have their entry fee to the NIRSA Region IV Flag Football Tournament waived by SFA Intramurals.

Free Faculty Friday

Friday, Oct. 25

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.

CPR/AED/First Aid Certification Class

Saturday, Oct. 26

Noon-8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

SFA Campus Recreation offers full certification classes for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer Certification. These courses combine lecture, demonstrations, and video with hands-on training. Cost is $55 for Rec members and $100 for non members. These classes are open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Please visit the Rec Administration Office to register and pay for classes, or call (936) 468-3507 for more information.

Fine Arts

SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Tempest and Harmony'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir performing "Tempest and Harmony" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert title was selected because of the multitude of emotions music can evoke, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the School of Music.

"Whether it is the text or storyline, a composer's personal circumstances, or simply the musical language itself, music is dramatic," King said. "Yet in the presence of this drama, music has the beautiful ability to resolve conflict."

The opening number - a setting of Psalm 24 - is composed by Martha de Luna of the Dominican Republic, an SFA graduate student in piano and a member of the A Cappella Choir.

Among the other works to be performed is William Byrd's "Ave Verum Corpus." Byrd (1540-1623) is considered by many to be England's first master composer, according to King.
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Songs of composer John Duke to be featured in concert

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present "Into the Wild: The Songs of John Duke" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The program will feature pianist Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, and members of the SFA voice faculty, including Debbie Berry and Charlotte Davis, sopranos; Dr. Jamie Dahman and Dr. Tod Fish, tenors; Dr. Deborah Dalton and Nita Hudson, mezzo sopranos; and Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone.

"Into the Wild" was selected as the title for the concert because many of American composer John Duke's 265 songs have "vivid references to nature throughout the text," according to Petti.
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SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of Steven Bryant

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band performing the music of composer Steven Bryant in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, the Symphonic Band will open the concert with "Riders for the Flag" march by John Philip Sousa. The band will then perform two pieces by guest composer Bryant.

The first piece is "Bloom," which is a celebration of springtime, and the second piece, "The Machine Awakes," is for band and electronics.

"Not generally used in the wind band genre, the electronics add the sound of something not human waking for the first time," Bryant explained.

The Symphonic Band will close its half of the concert with "Masque" by Francis McBeth, who was Bryant's first composition professor. "Masque" was commissioned by University of Central Arkansas and was premiered in 1968.
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Low brass artist, teacher Ben Pierce to perform at SFA

The SFA School of Music will present Ben Pierce, professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Arkansas, in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Pierce is an accomplished low brass artist and teacher," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "Pierce has notably been the winner of some dozen international tuba and euphonium artist competitions held in the United States, Japan, Germany, Finland, South Korea, England and Italy."

He is a frequent soloist at home and abroad performing many solo recitals as well as concerti with such ensembles as the premier United States military bands, top American brass bands, and such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Oulu Symphony (Finland), and Vogtland Philharmonie (Germany).

Enjoying a varied ensemble career, Pierce has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Chamber Brass, the Toledo Symphony, the Flint Symphony, and the Tulsa Symphony. He has served as principal tubist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and is principal tubist of SONA, formerly the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek featuring many of the world's greatest brass players.
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Cole Performing Arts Series presents Haley Hoops horn recital

The SFA School of Music will present Haley Hoops, assistant horn instructor at Southern Methodist University, in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Hoops, winner of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, has been second horn player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She's played nationwide with orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, The Grant Park Festival Orchestra, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.

Her performance at SFA is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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Ol' Pete, the mule statue at the National Mule Memorial in Muleshoe, Texas, commemorates the mule and its place in Texas history. The statue was originally meant to be made out of bronze, but the metal was too expensive. Instead, it is made out of fiberglass and was officially dedicated on July 3, 1965.

The town of Muleshoe also boasts of the world's largest mule shoe. The shoe was erected as an arch at the Muleshoe Heritage Center.

Image from The Bright Lights of Muleshoe blog.

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