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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 27
SFA men's golf at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational
Vero Beach, Florida

Wednesday, Oct. 28
SFA volleyball vs. Grambling State University
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Friday, Oct. 30
Men's cross country at the SLC Championships
8:30 a.m.
Huntsville

SFA soccer vs. Sam Houston State University
6:30 p.m.
Sam Houston State University

Women's cross country at the SLC Championships
8:30 a.m.
Hunstville

Saturday, Oct. 31
Homecoming
SFA football vs. the University of the Incarnate Word

3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA volleyball vs. Central Arkansas University
noon
Conway, Arkansas


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Council on Undergraduate Research now accepting research posters

The Council on Undergraduate Research will host its 20th annual Undergraduate Poster Session in Washington, D.C. during the spring 2016 semester.

The organization is now accepting applicants through Wednesday, Nov. 4, to attend the conference.

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this opportunity with students. The competitive process is intended to find students with exemplary research and presentation experience from diverse cross-sections of the U.S. Accepted students will receive training on how to secure meetings and speak with members of Congress.
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QPR suicide prevention course today

SFA's Counseling Services is offering a free workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. this evening in the Rusk Building, Room 333, to teach skills to identify and help persons in danger of suicide. Suicide a very preventable cause of death, but few people are prepared to identify and assist a suicidal person.

Each participant who completes the course will be certified as a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.”

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.

Jumpstart sessions available at the Academic Assistance and Resource Center

Do you know a student who has potential but is struggling to succeed under a heavy course load?

SFA's Academic Assistance and Resource Center is offering a limited number of sessions to help struggling students "jump-start" their success. Faculty members are encouraged to spread the word about this opportunity. The Jumpstart sessions are intended for first generation or post-Pathway students and those on academic probation, in particular. These are opportunities for peers to work together to figure out how to best navigate the rest of the semester.

Students should contact M.E. McWilliams, AARC director, by email at mmcwilliams@sfasu.edu, or call or text (936) 585-3928.

Guest speaker to lecture on German history

SFA will host a guest lecturer at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North Building, Room 102.

Bernhard Schlegelmilch will present a program titled "Twenty-five years Later: A Personal and Historical Review on 25 Years of Germany Unity."

Schlegelmilch was born in the German Democratic Republic, commonly known as East Germany. As a university student, he led tours of former East German Berlin and recounted memories of life there. His stories have been featured on websites and in books, such as TripAdvisor.com and Rick Steve's "Germany."

More information about Schlegelmilch's work is available on his website.

During his visit to SFA, Schlegelmilch will be available to address classes. Faculty and staff members interested in arranging a visit should contact Dr. Louise Stoehr, associate professor of German, by email or by phone at (936) 468-2167.

Counselor Summit to connect counselors, educators, administrators in region

SFA is connecting counselors, teachers and administrators with the Counselor Summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Education Annex, Room 127, on SFA's campus.

This free event is open to high school counselors, career and technical education teachers, and principals and superintendents in the region. Space is limited, and the first 55 participants to register online will receive reserved seats and a lunch in the Culinary Café. Click here to register. Door prizes will be awarded.

Three years ago, Dr. Nancy Shepherd, program coordinator for family and consumer sciences at SFA, recognized the important connection counselors and teachers have to students who need up-to-date information about college and career opportunities. This realization helped her conceptualize the Counselor Summit.
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SFA Human Services hosting undergraduate workshop Thursday

The SFA Department of Human Services will offer a free undergraduate research workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.  29, in the Human Services Building, Room 322.

SFA faculty members are encouraged to share this information with students. The sessions will include a discussion of the research process and team.

Questions should be directed to Yuleinys Castillo, assistant professor of Human Services, at castilloya@sfasu.edu or ticerkr@jacks.sfasu.edu.


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.

SFA Homecoming


SFA Traditions Council hosting Homecoming events

SFA Homecoming week is packed full of events for faculty and staff members, students and the Nacogdoches community. People are encouraged to cheer on the 'Jacks at the bonfire at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, attend the biggest tailgate of the season, be a part of the downtown parade, and attend the football game Saturday, Oct. 31.

For more information, contact the SFA Traditions Council at (936) 468-6721 or visit the Involvement Center on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
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Homecoming blood drive scheduled for tomorrow

The annual SFA Homecoming Blood Drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A. In coordination with the Homecoming theme and in competition with Sam Houston State University, SFA also will register people for bone marrow and organ donation.

Click here to register for a time slot.


Campus Recreation to host 2015 Homecoming 5K

SFA Campus Recreation, in partnership with the SFA Alumni Association, will host the sixth annual SFA Homecoming 5K beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

This 5-kilometer race will begin at the SFA Campus Recreation Center and end in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Participants will follow a beautiful route that winds through campus and includes a combination of road and trail. A post-race pancake breakfast will be served during the awards ceremony. The breakfast is free to participants.

Click here to register.


SFA Student Activities Association Homecoming events begin today

The SFA Student Activities Association will host a number of events leading up to the homecoming football game against the University of the Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

The schedule of events are:

Haunted Halls
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suites A and B

Homecoming photo booth
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
BPSC plaza

Homecoming Paint Party
8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28
BPSC plaza

Yung Nation concert
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Homecoming bonfire
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
SFA intramural fields


SFA Alumni Association releases Homecoming 2015 event schedule

The SFA Alumni Association will host many activities for kids of all ages during this year's "Haunted Halloween" Homecoming festivities.

Visit the association's website for details of events happening all weekend, including a pancake breakfast, 5K race, the Back-to-Nac Social, Jack-O-Ween and much more.

Campus Recreation


Employee Wellness to offer free health seminar Wednesday, Nov. 4

SFA faculty and staff members are invited to join SFA Employee Wellness for the "Survival Guide: Eating Out and Grocery Shopping" seminar at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Campus Recreation Meeting Room. 

Attendees will learn how to make the right choices when eating out and how to make healthy purchases at the grocery store. 

To reserve a spot for the free seminar, contact Jessica Waguespack, coordinator of promotions and sponsorship, at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


Lumberjack football to host the University of the Incarnate Word for Homecoming

SFA football returns to Homer Bryce Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, to host the University of the Incarnate Word for the 2015 Homecoming game, which will be streamed on ESPN3.

Anyone unable to attend can watch every play at ESPN3.com, as well as through the WatchESPN application. Rob Meyers will broadcast the game live on Q107.7 FM and online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through SFAJacks.com with in-game updates available on Twitter.
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Sheehan, Weant pace SFA golf at Quail Valley tournament

The SFA men's golf team is in eighth place at the 2015 Quail Valley Intercollegiate in Vero Beach, Florida, following the tournament's first two rounds played Monday. The Lumberjacks posted a 7-over 583 to secure the position before today's final round.

SFA opened with a 6-over 294 through the first 18 holes to rank ninth. Senior Luke Sheehan paced SFA with a 3-under 69 in the opening round, setting a new personal low for the season. Fellow senior Nathan Weant shot a 1-over 73. Junior Baxter Ward and freshman Angelo Leyvani each carded scores of 4-over 76.
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SFA-UCA game tabbed for American Sports Network

The SFA football game against the University of Central Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, will be broadcast on the American Sports Network.

The game in Conway, Arkansas, will mark the second SFA appearance on the American Sports Network this season.
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Meet the 'Jacks, Jack McCullough fish fry scheduled for tonight

The SFA men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced at the 2015 Jack McCullough Meet the 'Jacks fish fry at 6 p.m. tonight at First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St.

Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Rotary Club, are $15 and can be purchased at the door.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Choral Union, Women's Choir to perform program of sacred music tonight

The SFA Choral Union and Women's Choir will perform a concert of sacred music at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The theme of the concert, "Sacred Journeys," was chosen as a reflection of sacred music from all over the world and different time periods, according to Dr. Tod Fish, assistant professor and associate director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

"The concert is representative of 12 different countries and drawn from music as early as the mid-15th century to works that are contemporary," Fish said. "This is the most challenging and stylistically diverse program these choirs have performed during my tenure at SFA. It is going to be an exciting concert."
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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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SFA's Hachidori Duo to perform music of Ravel, O'Connor

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Hachidori Duo performing a faculty recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in Cole Concert Hall at the Wright Music Building.

The Hachidori Duo includes music faculty members Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello. The husband-wife team will perform some of their favorite pieces from the duo repertoire for violin and cello they have discovered over the years.

The program includes two pieces the couple played during their Oct. 16 performance in Carnegie Hall. The duo will perform Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel and "F.C.'s Jig" by Mark O'Connor.
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Guest artists Galaganov, Owings to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Misha Galaganov in a guest viola recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Galaganov, who is chair of strings and associate professor of viola at Texas Christian University, will be accompanied by colleague John Owings, professor of piano and piano division chair at TCU. The duo will perform "Music from the Library of Armand Pushman," a program that features the works of Henri Marteau, Désuré Emile Inghelbrecht, Stan Golestan, Ernest Chausson and Joseph Jongen.

"Besides Chausson, most of these composers are lesser known; I'm sure that there will be some wonderful gems of chamber music among them," said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin at SFA.
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Meyer, Lloyd to perform solos with SFA Percussion Ensemble

SFA School of Music faculty members Drs. Brad Meyer and Keith Lloyd will perform solos at the SFA Percussion Ensemble recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA and of the Percussion Ensemble, will play the steel pan on the premiere of Baljinder Singh Sekhon II's "Passageways," which utilizes the instrument in new and different ways, including playing on the side and with wooden chopsticks.

Lloyd will perform on "Shadow Chasers," an exciting piece by Michael Burritt for marimba soloist with a percussion trio that is now considered a standard of the percussion world.
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