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This Week's Calendar

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

Wednesday, Oct. 29
'Chico & Rita' screening
Liberal Arts North, Room 142
7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State
Battle of the Piney Woods

NRG Stadium, Houston
3 p.m.




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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 above ground 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 have influence on the students we serve. A helpful acronym to remember The SFA Way's five root principles is CURRI – Caring, Unity, Responsibility, Respect and Integrity.

Above, the first root principle is described.

News & Announcements

East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project now available in ScholarWorks

The Center for Digital Scholarship has recently scanned and archived the East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project in SFA's ScholarWorks.

Produced by members of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, this project’s collection includes informal research reports, articles and related data.

Be sure to visit the site and stay up to date with the East Texas Pine Plantation Research Project. If you would like more information on how you can submit your research into ScholarWorks, contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu

Holiday pictures support charity organization

Have your family holiday pictures taken with Purple Santa from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Gayla Mize Garden.

This is a great way to show your Christmas Spirit and your Lumberjack Spirit all in one place. For just $20 you receive two poses and the high resolution photos. Make your own Christmas cards, share them with family or print and frame them.
People can choose from four poses:

Traditional Pose: Pose with Santa in front of a holiday backdrop of Christmas lights and tinsel in the beautiful Gayla Mize Garden.

Milk Mustache Pictures: Pose with Purple Santa holding a giant cookie and sporting a milk mustache.

Trimming the Tree: Pose with Santa and someone in a Christmas tree suit with a fake axe.

Reindeer Pictures: Pose in reindeer antlers pulling Santa’s sleigh.

All proceeds go to New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children, a student organization working to sponsor a Romanian student who will study at SFA next year.
You can sign up and pick your time using Signup Genius.
If you can’t attend, but want to support our cause, make a donation here.

Lone Star College partners with SFA University

Courtesy of The Cleveland Advocate

Lone Star College and SFA announced that they are partnering on an articulation agreement for a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program.

Officials from both colleges, including LSC Chancellor Stephen C. Head and SFA provost and vice president of academic affairs Dr. Richard Berry, were on hand at LSC-University Park to sign the agreement and officially launch this partnership.

An articulation agreement is a framework between LSC and other institutions to formalize a pathway for easier student transfers from a two-year degree at LSC on to a four-year degree at a university.
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2014 International Film Festival to screen 'Chico & Rita' this week

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, the Spanish Film Club will screen the film "Chico & Rita," which is part of the 2014 International Film Festival.

The screening will take place in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142 with discussions preceding and following the screening.

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and famous Barcelona designer and artist Javier Mariscal teamed up to make "Chico & Rita," an animated love story starring the music, culture, and people of Cuba.

Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Paris.

Related topics for this film are: Hispanic and Latin-American Studies, Music, Animation, Immigration, and Exile.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture, and in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the support of Multidisciplinary Programs, Latin American Studies, and Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication.

SFA forming Relay for Life team

Faculty and staff members are invited to join TeamSFA for Relay For Life.

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Nacogdoches County will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Nacogdoches High School stadium. While there is typically representation at the event from various campus organizations, this will be the first time there has been a team consisting of only faculty and staff members.

Co-captains for TeamSFA are Melinda Colby from Information Technology Services and Nancy Miller Brown from the Office of Admissions.

The team's goal of $5,000 will be raised through individual membership efforts, as well as collective fundraising activities over the course of the next few months.

For more information or to sign up for TeamSFA, go to the Nacogdoches County Relay for Life website. If you have any questions, please email Melinda at mcolby@sfasu.edu or Nancy at millernd@sfasu.edu.

National Conference for Undergraduate Research proposals due Dec. 2

The National Conference for Undergraduate Research is set for April 2015, and proposals are due Dec. 2.

This is an opportunity for undergraduate students in any field of study to present their research to a national audience.

Travel funding will be available through the provost's office for up to six students and two faculty mentors to attend.

Courtney Wooten, the lower division writing program administrator, is coordinating this research initiative and is available to speak to faculty and/or students about this opportunity.

An abstract writing workshop will be held in the AARC at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 for undergraduates who plan on submitting a proposal and would like help writing a research abstract. Contact Courtney here for more information.

Meet the 'Jacks set for Oct. 28

With the excitement surrounding the 2014-15 season, fans can meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the annual “Meet The 'Jacks” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church Gym.

The event will start at 6 p.m. and 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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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

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.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference proposal deadline extended to Oct. 29

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members to submit proposals for a 50-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, please visit click here.

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments that you have related to the conference.

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.


Lumberjacks tame eighth-ranked Lions, 27-17

SFA notched the signature win it had been looking for, toppling reigning Southland Conference champion and eighth-ranked Southeastern Louisiana 27-17 at Homer Bryce Stadium. The victory moves the Lumberjacks to 6-2 on the year and 3-1 in SLC play, as well as into a tie for first in the SLC standings as SFA controls its own destiny heading into November.

"What a signature win for this program," said head coach Clint Conque. "This victory tonight was a validation of a lot of hard work for our players, our coaches, everyone. To have a game of this magnitude and still be relevant heading into the final month of the season, I'm very proud of our team."
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SFA clinches share of SLC title

In front of a packed house of 2,413 fans, the SFA women's soccer team delivered on their preseason selection by defeating Central Arkansas 3-0 to claim at least a share of their unprecedented fourth consecutive Southland Conference regular season title on Friday night at the SFA Soccer Field.

SFA (13-2-1, 9-0 SLC), with the defeat of the Sugar Bears (5-9-2, 1-6-1 SLC), claimed the top seed for this season's SLC Tournament and picked up its 11th straight victory to tie the 2005 Ladyjack team for the program's second longest win streak with two games remaining in the regular season. The Ladyjacks will become outright conference champions with their next win or tie.
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Middle blockers power SFA past Lamar

The SFA women's volleyball team got a powerful one-two punch from their middle blockers to defeat Lamar in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) on Saturday afternoon in Shelton Gym. The Ladyjacks improve to a Southland Conference best 11-0 with their ninth sweep in SLC action.

Junior Jacque Allen and sophomore Justice Walker were lights out for the Ladyjacks (18-7, 11-0 SLC) in the middle of the court all afternoon long. The pair posted 10 kills apiece with Allen firing at a .667 clip and Walker swinging .421. The middles committed just two errors combined in the attack and helped SFA to another efficient hitting percentage as a team (.327).

Walker has now notched double-figure kills in six of the last seven matches.
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Fine Arts

Music Prep students selected to all-region orchestras

All students in the SFA Music Preparatory Division who tried out for all-region orchestras recently were selected to participate in either the middle school or high school regional ensembles, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

"We are so very proud of our students," Barnett said.

As a result, six middle school students and eight high school students will join the all-region orchestras when they perform Saturday, Dec. 6, at Longview High School.
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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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'Curious George' opens SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Curious George" in two performances on Thursday, Oct. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by Theatreworks USA, "Curious George" opens the 2014-2015 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA, which is committed each year to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers, according to Diane J. Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.
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Children's Performing Arts Series brings exciting shows to SFA campus

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series have announced the fun and exciting shows that will make up the 2014-2015 CPAS season.

"The Children's Performing Arts Series is committed to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "In the spotlight for the 2014-2015 season are five exciting national touring productions designed to educate and entertain a variety of age groups."

The new season begins with "Curious George," presented by Theatreworks USA, which is slated for Thursday, Oct. 30, and targets children in pre-kindergarten through third grades. In this play, "All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day" comes just once a year. George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest ... in Rome.
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A Cappella Choir to perform works of Brahms, Rossini, Ešenvalds

The SFA University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir performing its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The choir will perform "Zigeunerlieder" (Gypsy Songs) by Johannes Brahms, Gioacchino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, and "A Drop in the Ocean" by Ériks Ešenvalds, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"To vocalists, and particularly choral singers, Brahms is a most beloved composer," King said. "He composed three monumental choral suites, 'Liebeslieder Waltzer' (Love-song waltzes), 'Neue Liebeslieder' and 'Zigeunerlieder.' When one speaks solely of the choral genre, 'Zigeunerlieder' is a masterpiece."
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