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This Week's Calendar

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.

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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News & Announcements

Diversity Conference proposals due today

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.

12th Court of Appeals to hear cases at SFA today

The Texas 12th Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments concerning three cases beginning at 9 a.m. today 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's Department of Agriculture to host 'An Edible Evening'

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

Horticulture faculty members and students 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

Division of Multidisciplinary Programs to host speaker tonight

Lucy Mashua, a survivor of female genital mutilation and an activist against the practice, will speak at 7 p.m. tonight 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 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 today will host Nacogdoches Independent School District’s third graders.

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 this past 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 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 7 p.m. 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.


Lumberjacks making the most of bye week

Following its come-from-behind victory over 21st-ranked Southeastern Louisiana University, SFA is in its bye week as the Lumberjacks prepare for the stretch run of the season. With an overall record of 2-5 and 2-3 in Southland Conference play, head football coach Clint Conque said the team isn’t where it wants to be but knows the season is far from over.

“We still have a lot to play for,” Conque said. “We have Homecoming next week, then a trip to Conway to play a tough Central Arkansas team, followed by Senior Day and the battle for Chief Caddo. Sure, we’re disappointed by the way the first half of the season played out, but the season isn’t over by any means.”
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SFA volleyball faces Sam Houston State University and Lamar University on the road

With the end of the Southland Conference regular season road schedule in sight, the SFA volleyball team will complete five straight league matches this week away from Shelton Gym. The Ladyjacks are scheduled to take on Sam Houston State University and Lamar University, respectively.

Holding third place in the league standings, SFA enters the stretch looking to remain ahead of six teams separated by half a match. With the conference post-season tournament less than a month away, this week's opponents will be looking to turn the tables on the road-weary squad in order to climb the league standing.
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Fine Arts

University Series to present The Hot Club of San Francisco tonight

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present The Hot Club of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. tonight in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2015-16 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 tomorrow

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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PEN Trio to perform with special guest flutist Arnone

The PEN Trio with special guest Francesca Arnone will present a program of 20th century music for woodwinds at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The PEN Trio includes Dr. Nora Lewis, oboe, Kansas State University; Dr. Phillip O. Paglialonga, clarinet, Virginia Tech University; and Dr. Eric Vander Veer Varner, bassoon, Lynn Conservatory. The name PEN Trio comes from the first letter of each person's name - Phil, Eric and Nora.

The trio is performing at SFA as part of the group's Texas tour, which includes Baylor University, the University of North Texas, Rice University and Texas A&M University-Commerce, according to Staci Spring, instructor of bassoon in the SFA School of Music.
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Works by Mexican artist Miranda to show at Cole Art Center

The pen and ink drawings of Mexican artist Manuel Miranda will be featured in an exhibition opening Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Reception Gallery at SFA’s Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Tenderness of Egocentrism: Drawings by Manuel Miranda" opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Joseph M. Bravo curated the show.

"These pen and ink drawings reflect a discrete body of work within the artist's oeuvre," writes Bravo. "These artworks represent a series of archetypal characters that are a satire of the follies of the human condition. Dancers, butterfly catchers, jugglers, performers and other eccentrics are examined as an exploration of the diversity of the human experience and the fracturing of caricatured identities that imply the risk of madness.”
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Exhibition explores folk art's relationship to religious, cultural traditions

"The Devil You Say! The Saintly, and Not So Saintly, in Folk Art," an exhibition that explores folk art and its relationship to religious and cultural traditions, will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in SFA’s Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition, curated by Michael T. Ricker, features a variety of works, including paintings, printed matter, bottles with wooden sculpture inside and sculpture in various media, including pottery, wood, metal, shell, straw work, coconuts, bone, stone and cast iron.

"Although some of the work is quite serious in nature, there are also examples that are playful and poke fun with a sense of humor," said John Handley, SFA’s director of art galleries. "Many items in this exhibition are rarely displayed outside of private collections, including early examples that date from the late 18th and 19th centuries.”
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SFA to host '25 Veinticinco' art exhibition

The "25 Veinticinco: Mexican-American Prints from UT San Antonio" exhibition at SFA will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition is a suite of 25 prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists, and each print is signed, numbered and issued in a limited edition of 30, according to John Handley, SFA's director of art galleries.

The images are printed on 22-inch by 30-inch archival paper and were produced using techniques including stone and aluminum plate lithography, etching and aquatint, linocut and screen-printing, Handley said. The artists worked in collaboration with master printers Neal Cox, associate professor of art in SFA's School of Art, and Steven Carter, who works in the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art and History print studio.
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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 this past 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 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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