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Friday, Oct. 24

Lumberjack Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament
Pecan Park
2 to 5 p.m.

SFA Homecoming Golf Tournament
Piney Woods Country Club Nacogdoches
11 a.m.

"Light Years from Andromeda"
Each Friday until Nov. 21
SFA Planetarium
7 p.m.

Homecoming Torchlight Parade
Beginning at the Stephen F. Austin Statue on campus
8:30 p.m.
Bonfire: 9 p.m. Intramural Fields

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
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Start: 8 a.m.

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

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

SFA men's golf
Quail Valley Invitational
Vero Beach, Florida

Tuesday, Oct. 28
SFA men's golf
Quail Valley Invitational
Vero Beach, Florida




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Homecoming and Bonfire turn 79 this year

Courtesy of The Pine Log

SFA’s first Homecoming was held Nov. 22, to Nov. 23, 1935. The weekend was sponsored by the Former Students Association and featured a bonfire, which was already an SFA tradition, a pep rally on Friday night, followed by alumni receptions, a morning parade and an afternoon football game against the 'Jacks’ now-bitter rivals, Sam Houston State University. Since that fateful weekend, Homecoming has become a “series of traditions that bring Lumberjacks one and all together to celebrate SFA,” according to the SFA Traditions Council’s website.

One tradition that has been present since the original Homecoming is the bonfire. For about 50 years, the coeducational service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega has been responsible for building and lighting the iconic Homecoming bonfire. For many years, members of the fraternity have carried torches through campus in the Torchlight Parade, starting at Surfin' Steve and finally lighting the enormous construction on the Intramural Field.
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News & Announcements

SFA student's film to premier at Austin Film Festival

At SFA, a graduate student's thesis project is the crowning glory of many academic careers - an exhausting project that allows the student to demonstrate their competency before a committee of future peers. The crowning glory of Ricky Kennedy's academic career is a movie about a time machine fashioned from an Atari game system.

Though the movie has already played at two festivals, it will show at its first Texas festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Austin Film Festival.

Shot in the style of a made-for-TV documentary, "The History of Time Travel" follows the story of a father and son's creation, a time machine invented in post-World War II America, and the historical fallout of their device. Punctuated by interviews with "experts" and dramatic "re-enactments," the film follows the documentary style closely, presenting the bizarre events as fact.

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Dean's Circle event honors accomplishments of SFA fine arts students

Members of the SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle recently recognized its 2014 award recipients at the annual Winners' Circle Reception held in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Carl Davis.

This year's award recipients, who were announced and honored in April, were re-introduced at the reception. Honorees were Kathrynne F. Garcia, Houston junior art major, who received the Ed and Gwen Cole Dean's Award in Art; Clara E. Boyett, Jasper piano performance major, who received the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean's Award in Music; Tabitha M. Donley, Fort Worth junior music education major, who received the Dr. Robert Sidnell Memorial Dean's Award in Music Education; and Daniel J. Miller, Houston area junior theatre major, who received the George and Peggy Schmidbauer Dean's Award in Theatre. Read More

QPR class set for next week

Have you ever been concerned about someone, but unsure about what to say?  Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger. On completion, each participant will receive certification as a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.”

The course will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.

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 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 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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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 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 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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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.

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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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!


SFA completes dramatic comeback over Sam Houston SU

The SFA women's volleyball team pulled off the comeback of the season on Thursday night, roaring back from a two-set deficit to beat rival Sam Houston State 3-2 in Shelton Gym. The Ladyjacks improve to 10-0 in the Southland Conference with the win and are now tied for first place with Central Arkansas.

The 10-match winning streak is the longest in SLC play for SFA since the team ran the table (16-0) in 2006.

The Bearkats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match but the Ladyjacks came back in a huge way after the break.
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Meet the 'Jacks approaches

Fans don’t forget you can meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the annual “Meet The 'Jacks” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church Gym.

The event is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Rotary Club. Tickets are $14 and available at the door.

Both the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks are coming off banner seasons and two of the most storied years in either program’s history.
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Ladyjacks eye fourth consecutive SLC title

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team looks to continue their perfect run both in Southland Conference play and at home, hosting Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the SFA Soccer Field. With the current standings, a win for the Ladyjacks would claim no worse than a share of their fourth consecutive regular season title.

"We have a chance to win a championship on Friday," head coach Wally Crittenden said. "Everybody wants to play in the games the last few weeks of the season. Every soccer player on every team across the country gets excited about their final several games, but it is those teams that have the resiliency to see the discipline and focus to be accountable and to grind through games in late September and early October that put themselves in a position to achieve what we are in position to on Friday.
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SFA 6th in CBSSports.com's 'Best of the Rest'

CBSSports.com’s Sam Vecenie concluded the website’s 2014-15 college basketball conference preview with a “Best of the Rest” earlier this afternoon, and the SFA men’s basketball team was tabbed sixth out of the 23 conference teams not covered during the website’s preseason series.
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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

Stone Fort Wind Quintet to present fall concert

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series. The quintet includes SFA music faculty members Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The recital will feature a variety of repertoire, including a classic Franz Danzi quintet, a recently rediscovered quintet by Malcolm Arnold, dance- and rhythm-inspired music by Henrique de Curitiba and Valerie Coleman, and a piece by Raymond Premru featuring trombone.
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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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SFA music faculty to perform works of Strauss

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present members of the SFA voice faculty with pianist Ron Petti in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, and voice faculty members Debbie and Ric Berry, Debbie Dalton, Charlotte Davis, Nita Hudson, Chris Turner and Jamie Weaver will present "The Lieder of Richard Strauss." Weaver will also provide a short performance talk on the composer and his songs preceding the concert.

The theme of the concert is the "lieder," which is the German word for songs, of composer Strauss, who wrote approximately 100 lieder, according to Petti.
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