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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.
Huntsville

Friday, Oct. 23
SFA soccer vs. Abilene Christian University
7 p.m.
Abilene

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.
Beaumont

Sunday, Oct. 25
SFA soccer vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
1 p.m.
San Antonio

SFA tennis at the United States Tennis Association Intercollegiate Texas Regional Championships
College Station


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State Employee Charitable Campaign now underway

The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various Texas agencies and nonprofit organizations is now underway. SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 during last year's campaign.

Employees can participate either with a one-time cash or check donation, or with a payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2.

Employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (code 430900) are entered into a drawing for a 2015 Hyundai Accent sedan. A minimum donation of $17.34 per month or a $208 one-time gift will receive one entry into the drawing and a donation of $26 per month or a one-time gift of $312 will receive two entries. All donation forms are due by the campaign's end at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Faculty and staff members wishing to contribute should contact Amanda Horne, SFA's director of student engagement, at (936) 468-3723.


Global Gateway to Zimbabwe scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28

Join SFA's Office of International Programs at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133, for a presentation on Zimbabwe given by a student from the country.

Authentic Zimbabwean food will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.


SFA's Department of Agriculture to host 'An Edible Evening' tomorrow

SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host "An Edible Evening" from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, 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

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 today.

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 until 2 p.m. to answer any textbook and technology questions.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Pakistan today

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for the Global Gateway to Pakistan, presented by students from Pakistan, scheduled for 4 p.m. today 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.

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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Division of Multidisciplinary Programs to host speaker tomorrow

Lucy Mashua, a survivor of female genital mutilation and an activist against the practice, will speak at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North building, Room 102.

SFA’s Division of Mulitdisciplinary Programs is sponsoring a series of activities for the week following her lecture to continue the conversation on this important issue.

For more information, click here.

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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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!


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 tomorrow.


Diversity Conference proposals due tomorrow

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.

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.

Athletics


Ladyjack softball season opens today

The SFA softball team will begin its 2015 fall season at 2 p.m. today with a doubleheader against Kilgore College at the SFA Softball Field. The series begins an eight-game exhibition schedule on the 'Jacks home turf.

The team takes on Navarro College and Northeast Community College in another doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The third double-header in the series will pit the Ladyjacks against Paris Junior College at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.
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Men's golf finishes ninth in New Mexico tournament

The SFA men's golf team placed ninth with a score of 36-over 888 at the 2015 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate tournament in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Lumberjacks shot a 15-over 298 in the final round to finish just one shot shy of eighth place.

Freshman Angelo Leyvani left his mark by shooting an even-par 71, including a 2-under 33 in the front nine holes. He was strong on the par-five holes, shooting a 4-under and finishing with a 4.56 average for the event. He finished the 54-hole tournament tied for 29th overall with a score of 9-over 222.
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Basketball fans pack coliseum for Midnight Madness

Faithful SFA basketball fans packed the William R. Johnson Coliseum Friday night for SFA’s Midnight Madness event. The season tip-off, presented by Citizens 1st Bank, marked the first time for fans to see both defending Southland Conference champion squads.

Prizes up for grabs included a pair of tickets to the 2016 NCAA Final Four tournament, $1,000 in cash for the first fan who sank a half-court shot, iPads, flat-screen TVs, T-shirts and more.
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Craig claims SLC Defensive Player of the Week honors

SFA women's soccer junior defender Kelly Ann Craig was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her contributions to two shutout victories in games last weekend. The honor is Craig’s second and the second individual weekly honor for the Ladyjacks this season.

The Houston, Texas, native played a pivotal role in key wins against Nicholls State University and Southeastern Louisiana University in the season's final two home games. Craig recorded an assist against the NSU Colonels Friday to give the 'Jacks a big advantage.
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Fine Arts

SFA voice faculty members to perform works of composer Hoiby

SFA School of Music voice faculty members, along with Ron Petti, associate professor and director of accompanying at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The program, "Last Letter Home: The Songs of Lee Hoiby," will feature works of the American composer and pianist who excelled in the genre of art song, according to Petti.

"Many of Hoiby's songs are widely performed throughout the world, in particular the 'Songs for Leontyne,' written for legendary soprano Leontyne Price, which will be performed on this concert," Petti said.
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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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