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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 27
Volleyball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28
Cross country at Southland Conference Championships
8:30 a.m.

Soccer vs. Sam Houston State University
7 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field

Saturday, Oct. 29
Football vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Volleyball vs. Houston Baptist University
1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30
Men's golf at Duck Commander Intercollegiate
All Day
El Dorado, Arkansas

Women's golf at Little Rock Women's Golf Classic
All Day
Hot Springs, Arkansas




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Dr. Juan Carlos Ureña

Associate professor of modern languages

Ureña recently had his article “Mario Ulloa: intersecciones musicales entre Jorge Amado y Dorival Caymmi” accepted for publication in the journal “Confluencia.”

“Confluencia” publishes scholarly articles and notes in Spanish and English. It encompasses the three principal areas of the Hispanic world: Spain, Latin America and the United States.

News & Announcements

Nac News: Save the date for Holiday in the Pines

The 2016 Nacogdoches Junior Forum’s Holiday in the Pines event is scheduled for Nov. 17 through 19 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center.

The event provides a collection of more than 60 specialty stores and shops from coast-to-coast gathered for holiday shopping in a festive, holiday-wonderland atmosphere. Attendees can sample food items, mingle with friends and shop for Christmas presents while contributing to Nacogdoches Junior Forum’s mission to improving the Nacogdoches community.

Event net profits go directly back into the Nacogdoches community through grants to non-profit organizations throughout the county.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nacjrforum.org.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature research fellow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Yalma Vargas will present “Sugar Maples from USA to Guatemala: Phylogeographic Patterns and Taxonomic Novelties.”
Vargas is a research fellow from the National Council of Science and Technology based at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Her research interests include phylogeography, molecular systematics, and plant ecology and conservation.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.
Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Brundrett Conservation Education Building.
For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Business leaders to speak at SFA Leadership Summit Nov. 3

SFA’s Rusche College of Business will host the SFA Leadership Summit from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater on campus.

The summit will feature a panel discussion with seven successful alumni about leadership principles and business and corporate issues.

This free event is scheduled in conjunction with the Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series, which premieres at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the BPSC Grand Ballroom. 
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SFA Gardens to host container gardening seminar

SFA Gardens will host a hands-on container gardening seminar featuring Sharon Lee Smith from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Smith will help home gardeners learn the "hows" and "whys" of container gardening, as cheerful container gardens provide beauty and color during the winter. Participants will then put their knowledge to use by creating their own exquisite container garden to take home.

Smith is an SFA graduate and co-owner of Blue Moon Gardens in Edom. She has been a garden designer for many years and loves working with color.

Pre-registration is required, and seminar space is limited. The cost is $55 for SFA Gardens members and $65 for non-members. Register by calling SFA Gardens at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Human development and family studies program hosts event to broaden internship opportunities

SFA’s human development and family studies program recently hosted a networking luncheon in the Culinary Café for representatives from community agencies interested in providing internships to SFA students.

During their senior year, SFA students in the human development and family studies program complete 200 internship hours in a practicum course. Therefore, having a network of available sites is essential to the students’ and program’s success.

“The luncheon was designed as a relationship-building opportunity to get to know the agencies our students work with,” said Dr. Rachel Jumper, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences. “We believe strengthening our relationships with these agencies is mutually beneficial for both them and the students, resulting in better hands-on, professional-development experiences.”
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Environmental science lab recently renovated

The environmental science lab in the Temple Forestry Building was recently renovated during the summer. The classroom was completely updated, including new flooring, ceiling, lighting, laboratory furniture and upgraded instructional technology.

A fresh pop of purple, energy efficient LED lighting and modern technology makes this classroom an exciting place to recruit and retain quality students. The renovation provides an example of the collaborative university efforts of the Physical Plant, the Design Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Information Technology Services, and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

Contribute to the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign

Contributions are currently being accepted for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign. The campaign benefits various Texas agencies and nonprofit organizations. SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 to various Texas agencies last year.

The SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate. Employees can make a one-time donation via check or payroll deduction. Donations will go to agencies or organizations designated by the employee. The minimum donation is $2.

Employees who make a contribution to the Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430751) will be eligible for a drawing for a 2016 Hyundai Accent. A minimum of $17.34 per month or a $208 one-time gift will receive one chance to win. A donation of $26 per month or a $312 one-time gift will receive two chances. 

All forms are due by the conclusion of the campaign at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. To make a contribution, contact Amanda Windham, director of student engagement programs, at (936) 468-3723.

SFA Homecoming

Homecoming Children of the Court to ride in parade

Trenton Littleton of Nacogdoches and Kaitlyn Tanner of Pasadena, Texas, will serve as the 2016 SFA Homecoming Children of the Court during the annual celebration Nov. 4 and 5.

Trenton Lee Littleton is the 8-year-old son of Tracy and Maury Littleton, both graduates of SFA and lifetime Alumni Association members. He is in the third grade at Regents Academy. Trenton has a brother, Ryan Ihrig, who also is a graduate of SFA and lives in The Woodlands. Trenton plans on following the family’s Lumberjack tradition and enrolling as a freshman in 2026.

Kaitlyn Ruth Tanner is the 9-year-old daughter of Chase and Tiffany Tanner. Chase works at a construction-testing lab, and Tiffany is the general manager of a pizza restaurant. Kaitlyn is the granddaughter of 1979 SFA alumnus Robert Wheeler and his wife, Terri, and the late Rita Sacra, all of Pasadena.

Trenton and Kaitlyn will ride in the Homecoming parade and participate in the crowning ceremony of the SFA Homecoming queen and king during halftime of the SFA vs. University of Central Arkansas football game, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Homer Bryce Stadium.
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Volleyball team to face Lamar University tonight

Only seven matches remain on SFA’s volleyball team's 2016 regular season schedule, and five of those Southland Conference showdowns will occur away from Nacogdoches.  Tonight SFA will face Lamar University at 7 p.m. in Beaumont.

Still in possession of a half-game lead over Houston Baptist University for the second-place spot in the Southland Conference, the Ladyjacks must win on the road to maintain their position in league standings. SFA’s volleyball team is 1-5 in road matches this season and is seeking an eighth-straight victory over Lamar.
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Fine Arts

School of Theatre to present student-directed ‘Why Do We Laugh?’

SFA’s School of Theatre will present the student-directed, one-act play “Why Do We Laugh?” by Stephen Gregg at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Downstage Theatre on campus.

Directed by Houston junior Jason Trevino, “Why Do We Laugh?” is “an endearing one-act play about a lifelong love story and what it means to grow old together,” according to Trevino.

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.
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Contemporary Ensemble to present thrilling pop music program

The Contemporary Ensemble at SFA will present “Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits of the '80s” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The ensemble’s purpose is to allow SFA music majors to “experience the many different functions of their instruments,” according to Andrew J. Sperandeo, SRT instructor and director/arranger for the ensemble.

Jackson’s music was selected as the theme of the program because he is considered the “King of Pop” who has influenced many modern pop artists, Sperandeo said. Additionally, each of Sperandeo’s ensembles is studying only 1980s music this semester.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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University to screen ‘Alive Inside’ documentary

SFA's School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Alive Inside” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

Written, produced and directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, “Alive Inside” is a cinematic exploration of “music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity,” according to information at aliveinside.us.
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