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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Oct. 25

5th Annual Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K
SFA Campus, Nacogdoches
Registration: 7:30 a.m. Start: 8:00 a.m.

Alumni Corner
Corner of Raguet and Hayter, SFA Campus
12 p.m.

Homecoming Football Game
Homer Bryce Stadium, SFA Campus
3 p.m.

Homecoming Parade
Downtown Nacogdoches
10 a.m.

SFA football vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Homer Bryce Staduim
3 p.m.




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School of Psychology

McCleary recently was notified that she is now a licensed specialist in school psychology in Texas, and she holds her provisional license with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. 

News & Announcements

Flu shots available at Student Health Clinic

The number best to prevent the flu is by receiving a flu vaccination annually at the beginning of flu season. 

Any faculty or staff member, or student may come to the Student Health Clinic between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a flu vaccine, which will be free to those who have SFA-contracted insurance (United, Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of Texas, Humana, MultiPlan, and Student Assurance), or at a cost of $25 (cash or check only). 

This is the first year we are offering flu shots to the faculty and staff using your health insurance, so there's no fee to you.  Take advantage of the convenience of not having to leave campus.  For more information on preventing the flu or how to tell the difference between the flu and a cold, see the Flu link on the right hand side of our website.

Just a reminder that flu season is here

Flu season is here now, and SFA Health Services wants to make sure students and faculty and staff members avoid it.
Here are five simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting – or spreading – the flu:
1. Get vaccinated.
2. Wash hands frequently.
3. Cover coughs and sneezes.
4. Stay home if you’re sick.
5. Convince those around you to follow steps 1 - 4.
Flu shots are available at the SFA Health Clinic, and no appointment is necessary!
Learn more about flu prevention here and here.

We continue to monitor the Ebola virus situation and will update our website as needed.  You can also access information about Ebola from the Center for Disease Control and/or the Texas Department of Health Services from our website. 

SFA Homecoming Online Auction features specialty items

There's still time to get in on the the SFA 2014 Homecoming Online Auction!

The online auction features various items, including a rare, custom-made SFA President Baker Pattillo bobblehead, specialty SFA items, sports tickets, destination getaways and travel packages, autographed sports memorabilia, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, and much more.

The auction will be conducted on an open bidding system. The highest winning bidder will take home the item, as well as designate 50 percent of the proceeds toward an SFA Alumni Scholarship of their choice. The remaining 50 percent will be designated by the item donor to the scholarship of their choice.

View the online auction items and bid on your favorites here.

The auction ends at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

The SFA Alumni Association encourages everyone to participate. The online auction will help increase the scholarship endowment, which serves as a valuable resource for current and future Lumberjacks. All proceeds go toward the SFA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

For more information, please contact (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com

SFA professor to sport purple mustache for fundraiser

SFA's Dr. Larry King, or rather his stately mustache, will take the plunge into some purple dye on Friday, Oct. 24, in support of Hunger Jacks.

The student organization will host a benefit at Fuzzy's Taco Shop from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, as part of its annual campaign.

Hunger Jacks works to alleviate hunger in Nacogdoches County, where one in four children and one in five adults face hunger and one in seven elders are malnourished.

For example, as little as $1 provides food for eight meals to those who need them most, $50 provides food for 400 meals, $100 provides food for 800 meals, $150 provides food for 1,200 meals, and $250 provides 2,000 meals. With the holiday season approaching, we want to make sure everyone has enough to eat and has reasons to celebrate.

Donations can be made 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.

Texas Tribune to host legislative discussion

The Texas Tribune will host an event with Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom on campus.

Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief, will moderate the discussion with a focus on the upcoming 84th Legislative Session, followed by an audience question-and-answer session.

Guests must register in advance at www.sfasu.edu/texastribune for the event, which is free and open to the public.
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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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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.

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.

SFA Alumni Association to present 2014 Homecoming Celebration

The annual SFA Homecoming Celebration titled "Storybooks and Fairytales - Where Your Story Begins!" will be held Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The weekend festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, with the SFA Alumni Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club. The entry fee is $150 per team, which includes tournament play, golf cart rental, refreshments, box lunch and post-tournament hors d'oeuvres.

This year will feature the third annual SFA Alumni Association Homecoming Online Auction, which will run Thursday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 26. Please visit www.biddingforgood.com/sfahomecoming to view and bid on your favorite auction items. Featured items include sports memorabilia signed by Nacogdoches soccer legend Clint Dempsey, a football signed by Houston Texans J.J. Watt, a custom SFA Yeti Cooler, destination getaways and travel packages, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, unique SFA items, sports tickets, and much more.
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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.

Registration ongoing for Homecoming 5K

Registration is now open for the 2014 Homecoming 5K.

The event is the annual 3.1 mile run/walk that begins on campus and ends downtown. Aside from the thrill of having your friends and family cheer you on as you accomplish your goal, the race also takes you through campus and town, ending in historic downtown Nacogdoches. The race will be followed by a pancake breakfast, which  is free with registration, and the Homecoming parade.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Costumes are encouraged, and the first 100 participants are guaranteed a race shirt!  To register, click here.


Pugh's hole-in-one highlights day one at Jim Rivers Invitational

Senior Blake Pugh fired the first hole-in-one of his collegiate career, and SFA shot a blistering 8-under par through the first two rounds to sit tied for second overall at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate. The Lumberjacks are at 8-under 568 through the opening 36 holes, trailing North Texas by four shots heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Pugh notched his ace on the fifth hole of the opening round, sinking the 183-yard tee shot with a 7-iron for the first hole-in-one of his SFA career. The shot helped the senior post a 2-under 70 through the opening round, which was followed up by an even-par 72 as he is tied for eighth overall with a 2-under 142.

Sophomore Baxter Ward is currently leading the Lumberjack scorecard with a 6-under 138, thanks to an opening round 68 and a second round 70. Ward is third among the individual standings, four shots back of first and leading junior teammate Luke Sheehan by three shots. Sheehan sits at 3-under 141 thanks to a first round 70 and a second round 71 and is tied for fifth overall, giving SFA three golfers among the top-10.
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SFA ready for big SLC test in Northwestern State

The SFA women's volleyball team will begin a huge week of home conference matches on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. against Northwestern State. The match will kick off a five-day span consisting of three Southland Conference contests.

"Northwestern State is a good, solid program," said head coach Debbie Humphreys. "There is a reason they were picked second in the league and got a ton of first-place votes. They were in the conference tournament championship last year and have those pieces returning. They're a good program, those players know how to win, they know how to compete, they've got good offensive weapons, they play scrappy defense and it's going to be a lot of fun on Tuesday night."
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SFA to hold fifth Annual Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K

The fifth annual SFA Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the parking lot behind the Schlief Tennis Complex, located at the corner of Wilson Drive and Starr Avenue.

Hosted by the SFA Alumni Association and the Campus Recreation Center, the race will allow participants to run or walk the pre-designed course, which begins at the Schlief Tennis Complex and ends in downtown Nacogdoches.

Beginning at 6:45 a.m., a shuttle bus will pick up participants in 10-minute increments in the parking lot behind Regions Bank, 300 E. Main St. The pick-up service will run until 7:40 a.m. Runners will begin promptly at 8 a.m. with walkers to follow at 8:10 a.m.
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Fine Arts

SFA's new Rockin' Axes to present Beatles tribute concert

The all-new Rockin' Axes ensembles, products of the Sound Recording Technology program in the SFA School of Music, will perform their first concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Rockin' Axes will pay tribute to the music of The Beatles in this first concert, according to Andrew Sperandeo, adjunct faculty member in the School of Music and director of the Rockin' Axes.

"This is the inaugural semester of these ensembles," Sperandeo said. "We've reached a point in which the study of music at the university level can and does go beyond traditional areas and genres of music. The goal of such an ensemble and program is to attract students who see the benefit of being a truly well-rounded musician."
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A Cappella Choir to perform works of Brahms, Rossini, Ešenvalds

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

The choir will perform "Zigeunerlieder" (Gypsy Songs) by Johannes Brahms, Gioacchino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, and "A Drop in the Ocean" by Ériks Ešenvalds, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"To vocalists, and particularly choral singers, Brahms is a most beloved composer," King said. "He composed three monumental choral suites, 'Liebeslieder Waltzer' (Love-song waltzes), 'Neue Liebeslieder' and 'Zigeunerlieder.' When one speaks solely of the choral genre, 'Zigeunerlieder' is a masterpiece."
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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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Artistic exchange between SFA, University of Chihuahua continues to thrive

When an exhibition of artwork by students and faculty at the School of Art at the University of Chihuahua opens on the SFA campus, SFA Professor of Ceramics Piero Fenci will take great pride and satisfaction in seeing the artistic relationship he established between the Mexican university and SFA continue to flourish.

The upcoming exhibition, which opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, runs through Friday, Dec. 12. It is comprised of works on paper, with media ranging from drawing to printmaking, photography and digital media.

This exhibition is part of an exchange program between SFA and the La Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. The exchange started more than a decade ago when Fenci went to UACH to teach a one-month ceramics workshop. Since 2004, Fenci has continued to regularly visit the University of Chihuahua, helping support and develop the ceramics program he created there. As a result, students from UACH have come to SFA to earn master's degrees in art.
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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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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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