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This Week's Calendar

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

Alumni Corner
Corner of Raguet and Hayter, SFA Campus

Homecoming Parade
Downtown Nacogdoches
10 a.m.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 28
SFA women's golf
ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic
Jonesboro, Arkansas

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




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Caring: The SFA Way

The SFA Way is not an honor code, but the way things are done. It is a path to happiness, success and, for students, graduation.

An oak tree illustration represents The SFA Way. The oak’s root system anchors the mighty tree and allows for impressive aboveground growth. The five root principles of The SFA Way create an atmosphere in which Lumberjacks can accomplish great things.

As faculty and staff members, we should model The SFA Way in our behavior, as we influence on the students we serve. A helpful acronym to remember the SFA Way five root principles is CURRI – Caring, Unity, Responsibility, Respect and Integrity.

Above, the first root principle is described.

News & Announcements

Track team raising money to compete

SFA's track team is offering some sweet Axe 'Em sunglasses as part of a fundraising program!

Help support the Lumberjack track team and show some school spirit at the same time. The custom SFA sunglasses are just $15 a pair.

For more information, contact coach Michael Courtney
courtneym@sfasu.edu at or swing by the track offices in the SFA field house.

Date set for 2014 ODK fall festival

This year's 2014 ODK Fall Festival is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at The Liberty Hall, 422 E. Main St. 

A Raffle for a "Nac-Normous" grand prize will take place. All proceeds will be donated to MD Anderson for breast cancer. Call (936) 468-2870 or email ODK@sfasu.edu.

SFA Homecoming Children of the Court to ride in parade

Austin Smith and Alaina Cordova, both natives of Nacogdoches, will serve as the 2014 Stephen F. Austin State University Homecoming Children of the Court during the annual celebration Oct. 24 and 25.

Austin Gammel Smith is the 7-year-old son of Ted and Dr. Hollie Smith. Ted, a 2007 SFA graduate, is the director of athletic development at SFA. Hollie earned SFA degrees in 2000 and 2002 and serves as the assistant dean of student affairs for programs for the university. Austin's grandparents are Hollace Banks and Michael Gammel of Pittsburg, Texas, and Judy Sleyko and Ted Smith of Houston.

Austin is a first-grader at Central Heights Elementary School and is active in the Grace Bible Church AWANA program. Just like his parents, Austin's favorite color is purple. He enjoys playing little dribblers basketball and youth baseball, hunting with his dad, eating apples, doing math problems, and attending SFA athletic events. Austin plans on attending SFA in 2026 to become a dentist. His favorite Lumberjack is basketball player Jacob Parker.
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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.

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 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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Homecoming disc golf torunament set for Oct. 24

The third annual Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament, hosted by SFA's Campus Recreation department, 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 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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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 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.

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.

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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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.

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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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

Special hours set for Rec Center during Homecoming

The Rec Center will have special hours during Homecoming weekend, closing at 8 p.m. both Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25. 

Don’t worry, the center will be back to normal hours on Sunday, Oct. 26!

Spots still available for women's self defense class

SFA's Employee Wellness program will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense in the Gymnastics Room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex.  The Instructor will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Door prizes are available! 

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

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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Johnson keeps rushing toward Payton Award

With seven games done in the 2014 season, senior Gus Johnson continues to make his case for consideration for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top player at the FCS level.

In SFA's 59-27 victory over Houston Baptist Saturday evening, Johnson eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the fifth time this season, rushing for 133 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries. It was the third three-or-more touchdown game of the season for Johnson as he now has six in his career, the most of any Lumberjack in program history.
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Ladyjacks continue important SLC home stand

The SFA women’s volleyball team is set to continue a three-match week on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. against the Bearkats of Sam Houston State. The match marks the second of three Southland Conference home contests within a five-day period for the Ladyjacks this week. SFA will square off against Lamar at noon Saturday before getting a week off from action.

The next chapter of the “Battle of the Piney Woods” – volleyball edition – will be the most important match for the Ladyjacks so far this season as they look to remain perfect in conference play. At 9-0, SFA is one of only two undefeated teams (Central Arkansas – 10-0) in the SLC while SHSU sits third in the table with a 5-2 conference record.
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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

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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You may want to take a late lunch today, or at least stretch your legs a little later this afternoon.

A partial solar eclipse will happen this afternoon. It begins around 4 p.m., and about half of the sun should disappear behind moon.

If you decide to watch the event, be sure to use appropriate eye protection

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