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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Homecoming Parade
Downtown Nacogdoches
10 a.m.

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

Monday, Oct. 27
SFA women's golf
UIW Fall Invitational
San Antonio, Texas

SFA men's golf
Quail Valley Invitational
Vero Beach, Fla. 




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Piney Woods Native Plant Center

An article about the late Louisiana teacher, horticulturist, archaeologist, ethnologist, environmentalist, conservationist and author Caroline Dorman written by Grant will appear in the November/December issue of Texas Gardener magazine.

News & Announcements

Hunger Jacks to host Homecoming food drive

Hunger Jacks, a student organization at SFA whose mission is to alleviate hunger in Nacogdoches and surrounding areas, has partnered with SFA Athletics, Brookshire Brothers, the SFA Alumni Association and other student organizations from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science to put on a food drive for the SFA Homecoming game.

Help us "Tackle Hunger" by bringing three non-perishable food items, like plastic jars of peanut butter, and receive a special wrist band for $3 admission.

The game starts at 3 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium. All donations will be given to the East Texas Food Bank.

This event is being put on to raise awareness about and collect food and funds to alleviate hunger in our local area, where one in four children and one in five adults face hunger. One in seven elderly people are malnourished.

Online donations can be made here.  As little as $10 provides enough food for 80 meals.

Feel free to contact the faculty adviser of Hunger Jacks, Dr. Miranda Sue Terry at terryms@sfasu.edu if you have any questions.

Student United Way link sale happening this week

To support Nacogdoches County United Way, purchase a Student United Way Chain Link!

You can write inspirational messages on the link or decorate it.
The final chain will be displayed at Saturday's football game as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

To buy a link, stop by the Student United Way table in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Links are 25 cents each.

If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Weaver at weavervb@sfasu.edu.

Ready, set, dash - Ducks ready for race day at 2014 SFA Homecoming

The SFA Alumni Association rubber ducks are ready to dash at the 2014 Homecoming Duck Dash slated for noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Ag Pond, located near Homer Bryce Stadium on campus.

The 24th annual Duck Dash features toy ducks racing on a specialized course to claim prizes, while raising funds for the SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Ducks may be sponsored for $5 each or six ducks for $25. The deadline for sponsoring a duck is Saturday, Oct. 24. Prizes include: $1,000 cash for first place, $500 cash for second place and $250 cash for third place. Winners do not have to be present to receive prizes. The top-selling organization will receive $500 toward the scholarship of its choice.

Proceeds from the Duck Dash and other Homecoming events like the online auction, benefit drawing, disc golf tournament, certified 5K run, alumni golf tournament and more, support the SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. The SFA Alumni Association encourages everyone to participate. The scholarship fund serves as a valuable resource for current and future Lumberjacks.

For more information or to sponsor a duck, please contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com.

SFA Alumni Association to host Homecoming Flap 'Jack' Breakfast

The SFA Alumni Association will host a breakfast fit for hungry Lumberjacks from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in front of City Hall, 202 E. Pilar St., in downtown Nacogdoches.

In conjunction with the 2014 Homecoming festivities, a buffet of flapjacks and special toppings will be cooked and served by the Nacogdoches Kiwanis Club. Kids can enjoy pancake decorating, coloring books and photos with the SFA Lumberjack and Ladyjack mascots and other spirit team members.

Flapjacks are free for all Homecoming 5K runners. Cost for other attendees will be $6 per person.

For more information, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com.

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 teeing up for the Lumberjack Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament

Benefiting the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship, the Lumberjack Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament hosted by the SFA Alumni Association will start at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Pecan Park.

The format will be doubles/best shot, allowing two players to tee off for the best lie. In this format, the team will choose which disc to play to complete the hole. The shotgun start is set for 2 p.m.

Registration is $10 for students and $20 for alumni and other community members. Registration is due by noon Friday, Oct. 24. Visit www.sfaalumni.com/event/SFAHomecoming2014 to register online or download a registration form.
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SFA to hold 41st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

Registration has begun for SFA's 41st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament to be held Friday, Oct. 24, at the Piney Woods Country Club.

The tournament, which kicks off the university's annual Homecoming weekend, is hosted by the SFA Alumni Association. The entry fee is $150 per person or $600 for a team and includes tournament play, golf cart rental, refreshments, box lunch and post-tournament hors d'oeuvres. Entry forms are available at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center on SFA's campus or online here.

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Homecoming disc golf torunament set for Oct. 24

The third annual Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Pecan Park.

Player Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced

Event Format: Doubles, Best Shot (two players tee off, then the team chooses which of the resulting lies to play from until the hole is completed).

Cost: SFA student- $10/player; non-student- $20/player.

Registration: On-site registration will be available.  For registration questions, please call (936) 468-3407.  Proceeds to benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for Campus Recreation.

Prizes: SFA gear, coupons and/or other prizes will be given to the winner of each division.

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.

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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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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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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Raymond named SLC Offensive Player of the Week

Senior forward Chelsea Raymond, after helping the SFA women's soccer team to a 2-0 record on the weekend, was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Raymond recorded her first multi-goal match of the season and ninth of her career, scoring two goals for the Ladyjacks in their 3-1 win at Nicholls on Sunday.
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Innis Named SLC Women's Runner of the Week

SFA women's cross country runner Brittany Innis was named the Southland Conference Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The honor is the first of the season for Innis and comes after a breakout weekend at the University of Alabama Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last Friday. Read More

Lumberjacks to battle Lions at Homecoming

SFA brings its two-game winning streak back to Homer Bryce Stadium for the Lumberjacks' 2014 Homecoming game Saturday. SFA hosts eighth-ranked Southeastern Louisiana, the reigning Southland Conference champion, at 3 p.m. as the game will be the Southland TV Network Game of the Week.

Homer Bryce Stadium will be the backdrop for the Southland Television Network Game of the Week this week as SFA and Southeastern Louisiana go head-to-head Saturday afternoon. Lincoln Rose will have the call of the game with Lemont Williams serving as color analyst and Brooke Bentley working the sidelines. The game will kick at 3 p.m. Saturday and will air across the  Southland TV affiliates, which includes Suddenlink channel 8 in Nacogdoches, DirecTV channel 18 and Dish Network channel 54. The game will also be streamed live online at ESPN3. For a complete listing of Southland TV Network affiliates, visit Southland.org.
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Defense lifts SFA to ninth straight win

The SFA women's volleyball team fought out another impressive Southland Conference sweep on Tuesday night, downing Northwestern State 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-16) in Shelton Gym. The win marks the eighth, straight-set victory for the Ladyjacks to start the SLC season, and the squad has won 27 of 28 sets overall in the span to improve on the best set start in SFA history.

The Ladyjacks (16-7, 9-0) relied on great defensive effort and scrappy play to stay in the match over the first two sets. Despite hitting under .100 over the two frames combined, SFA was able to quiet the Lady Demons' attack for most of the night.
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SFA places second at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate

SFA shot its third-straight sub-par round en route to a runner-up showing at the Jim West Intercollegiate. The Lumberjacks finished the 54-hole tournament with an 11-under 853, the fourth-lowest team score in program history, as all five SFA golfers finished among the top-20 in the individual standings.

SFA's 853 was one for the record books as only three other 54-hole tournaments were lower than the Lumberjacks' performance in Ruston. It was 15 shots back of the program record of 838, set in 1972 at the East Texas State Invitational, three shots back of the 850 posted at the Bearkat Classic in 2008 and two shots behind the 851 shot at the SFA Piney Woods Invitational in 1969.
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SFA-UCA moved to Oct. 24

The SFA soccer match against the University of Central Arkansas has been moved to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the SFA Soccer Field.

The home match for the Ladyjacks was originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26.

SFA, 6-0 in Southland Conference play, has five matches remaining in the regular season, with four at home. The Ladyjacks will host Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. this Friday, before closing their road schedule at Nicholls on Sunday. Following the road match, SFA will host UCA (Oct. 24), Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (Oct. 31) and Incarnate Word (Nov. 2).

Fine Arts

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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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's Choral Union, Women's Choir to present 'From Heaven to Earth'

The Choral Union and Women's Choir at SFA will present "From Heaven to Earth" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The program includes selections that pertain to the subjects of Heaven or Earth or both, according to Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA and the choirs' director.

Joining the Choral Union in performing a selection from Joseph Haydn's "Creation" will be SFA voice faculty members Debbie Berry, Jamie Dahman and Chris Turner. Staci Spring, bassoon instructor, will also join the Women's Choir to play continuo on a selection from "Christ lag in Todesbanden" by J.S. Bach.
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Student-directed 'The Man Who Turned Into a Stick' teaches life lessons

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "The Man Who Turned Into a Stick" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Senior Michael Spencer of Colleyville directs Kobo Abe's one-act play that contemplates life and demands audience participation to consider its meaning on a personal level.

"On a hot day in front of a store, two delinquents waste away on the curb," Spencer said in describing the play's synopsis. "Suddenly, a stick falls from the sky. From the shadows enter Man and Woman From Hell, who fight for control of the stick. The stick jumps in the boy's hand. The boy and girl leave. When the smoke clears, Woman From Hell is taught a hard lesson, and the audience is taught an even harder one."
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