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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Oct. 28
Men's Golf
The Quail Valley College Invitational
Vero Beach, Fla.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Women's Volleyball
vs. Central Arkansas
6:30 p.m.

Choral Union and Women's Choir
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Men's Golf
The Quail Valley College Invitational
Vero Beach, Fla.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
RHA Fall Fest
6-8 p.m.
BPSC Plaza

Thursday, Oct. 31
Madrigal Singers
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
The Orphan (R)
9:30 p.m.
Evil Dead (R)

Women's Volleyball
at Incarnate Word
San Antonio
7:00 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA offers 100-percent online B.B.A. Completion Program

A 100-percent online degree program is being offered through SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business to help students complete a general business degree. The online Bachelor of Business Administration Completion Program launched in fall 2011 and currently has 76 students working toward degrees.

According to Dr. Ann Wilson, SFA professor and chair of the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies, the completer program typically enrolls students who began college and finished their core and lower-level business foundation courses but, due to various life circumstances, have not yet completed their upper-level business foundation and general business major requirements.

"Today, many college students find themselves unable to complete their education in a traditional classroom setting," Wilson said. "Obligations to family, work and other time restraints have made it impossible to travel to campus and finish their degree. This program allows the student to receive the same quality education while still being able to meet other responsibilities."
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News & Announcements

Download the Future Career Fair

Generation Texas is looking for SFA departments to sign up for booths to present to third annual Download the Future Eighth-Grade Career Fair on Nov. 12 in the Coliseum. Around 800 students from nine different area middle schools will attend this day-long event to learn about different careers and opportunities available to them after high school.

A limited number of spots are available. Please reserve your spot by Oct. 28. For more information, contact Megan Kelley at kelleyml1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1292.

RHA annual Fall Fest

The Residence Hall Association is getting ready for the annual Fall Fest event. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the plaza in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Fall Fest is an event for the SFA residents and Nacogdoches community. The event includes a wide variety of games, food, trunk-or-treating and a costume contest for all ages. If you are interested in a booth or booking a trunk or treating location, please contact RHA@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2700. Feel free to bring family and friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

Touchdown Club of Houston luncheon


OIT's Brown Bag Blast

Please join us for the Office of Instructional Technology’s Brown Bag Blast to be held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

This year's event will have a Halloween flair and will focus on the use of mobile technologies in instruction plus a variety of other instructional technology topics. Bring your own sack lunch (or bring your sandwich in a jack-o-lantern if you prefer) and join other faculty members from around campus in this casual, come-and-go activity as we share ideas with each other on how to promote student success with instructional technologies.

Drinks and desserts will be provided.

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

Residential Learning Communities applications being accepted

The Residence Life Department is now accepting applications for 2014-15 Residential Learning Communities. Applications due Dec. 20.

A Residential Learning Community is a place where students can select to live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member. With assistance from Residence Life, students set learning goals for their group and track these goals as the year progresses. Those who meet their goals are eligible to renew their learning community in future years.

For faculty members who want to provide an immersive environment in which students can learn, an RLC can be a tremendous asset. For example, a professor in modern languages could propose a community in which students agree to speak only Spanish; film students could propose that their RLC work together on a movie; or a student organization could plan a community that works toward the group’s mission.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Waters, assistant director of residence life, at watersj@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1127.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation Blood Drive

Monday, Oct. 28

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Center, Regents Suite A

Donate blood and save lives! Walk-ins are welcome. Be sure to eat and drink something before your appointment, and bring your student ID card! Contact Kate at (936) 468-5835 for more information.

Hip Hop Halloween Zumba

Tuesday, Oct. 29

7-9 p.m. in the Rec Gym

It's "Monster Mania" at the Rec, and at this Halloween party, you're guaranteed to burn calories! There will be two hours packed with Zumba, Hip Hop, Line Dancing and of course, a "Thriller" tribute. No dance experience is necessary; this energetic fitness party will keep you moving and having fun! Costumes are highly encouraged! There will be prizes, zombie face paintings and much more! Come join the party!

Free Faculty Friday

Friday, Nov. 1

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign the guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.


Ladyjacks clip UCA 2-1 in Conway

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team extended its current Southland Conference winning streak to nine games, with a 2-1 edge over Central Arkansas Sunday afternoon at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex.

SFA improved to 14-3-1 overall and 9-1-0 in the SLC with the win over the Sugar Bears (7-9-2, 4-6-0 SLC) to remain atop the conference standings. The Ladyjacks surrendered just their second goal in their winning streak in the victory.

“An impressive conclusion to a great weekend,” head soccer coach Wally Crittenden said. “Today was a day that was defined by our ability to grind and rededicate ourselves to every possession for an entire 90 minutes, regardless of the circumstances.  We played a very committed Central Arkansas team with a lot to play for, and they tested us on several levels, for sure. I am very proud of how our players handled some adversity and personnel adjustments both pre- and in-game.

“We are now one step closer to one of our season benchmarks, and we are all really excited to get back on the field and prepare for two great teams in our final weekend of the regular season.”
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Ladyjacks fall to Longhorns on senior night

Seniors Lacey Lee, Melissa Gaudet, Brenda Salazar and Megan Wasiak played the last home game of their careers in front of 947 fans, but the SFA Ladyjacks came up short in a 2-0 loss to No. 25 Texas Friday on Senior Night at the SFA Soccer Field.

SFA (13-3-1) was shut out for just the second time this season, also tying Houston (Aug. 30), as the nationally ranked Longhorns improved to 12-4-2 overall in the non-conference finale for both teams.

"This was a great game for our team to experience at this point in the season," head coach Wally Crittenden said. "You always want to win, but you also want to play well and represent yourself consistent with how you train. We did that tonight. We approached and prepared for UT in a manner consistently with how we will prepare moving forward toward postseason play. I was extremely proud of the commitment to our gameplan and our ability to control major parts of the game. At this level, set pieces define games and even seasons. Texas got a goal early off of a corner, and it was a great moment for them, for sure. We responded instantly and were able to create some really dangerous moments all throughout the remaining 80 minutes or so, and that is exciting.
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Career day for Bates fuels 3-1 victory over Lamar

Sophomore Tori Bates put up a career-high 20 kills, and the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team knocked off Lamar in a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20) victory Saturday afternoon inside Shelton Gym.

The Ladyjacks (13-11, 5-6 SLC) hit a .245 clip as a team, their highest attacking percentage since hosting Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 21.

The win over the LU (8-16, 6-6 SLC) ends a three-match skid and marks the first four-set victory of the season for SFA.

Bates was one of two Ladyjacks to finish in double-figure kills, hitting a .500 mark across four sets. Junior Jill Ivy joined Bates, recording 11, as freshman Kaitlyn Granger finished with nine.
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Lumberjacks stumble at Central Arkansas

The big plays of the No. 20/23 Central Arkansas offense proved to be too much for the SFA Lumberjack football team, falling 66-31 on the road Saturday afternoon at First Security Field at Estes Stadium.

The 66 points allowed is the most given up to an FCS opponent since the ’Jacks (3-5, 1-2 SLC) surrendered 70 to No. 8 Montana in the 1995 NCAA Division I-AA Semi-Finals.

With the win, UCA (5-3, 2-1 SLC) improved to 13-1 all-time in Homecoming games.

Sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd factored in three of SFA’s four touchdowns, catching two and passing for one on a 73-yard pass to DJ Ward off of a reverse. Boyd finished with 10 receptions for 91 yards, while the touchdown pass was the second of the season for the native of Dangerfield, Texas.

Ward highlighted the receiving core for the ’Jacks, with 142 yards on eight receptions. Running back Joshawa West led SFA on the ground with 75 yards on 15 carries.

Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 41-of-63 passes for 442 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Backup Joe Minden added a touchdown on the ground on a two-yard rush in the closing minute of the game.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Choral Union, Women's Choir to perform concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Choral Union and Women's Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Tod W. Fish, visiting assistant professor and the new associate director of choral activities at SFA, the choirs will perform the music of Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten.

"It is the 200th birthday of Verdi and the 100th birthday of Britten this year," Fish said. "The Women's Choir will perform a Britten piece, and the Choral Union a Verdi opera chorus."
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Madrigal Singers to present 'spirited' concert

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA, will present "'Tis the Season to be …" The concert, presented in the Halloween spirit, will feature works by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Claudio Monteverdi and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

Performing with the Madrigal Singers in Britten's "Masque" from his opera "Glorianna" will be Jamie Dahman, new SFA assistant professor of voice, and Susanna Campbell, SFA graduate student in harp.

The Madrigal Singers will also perform Wolf's "Der Feuereiter" (The Fire Rider), which tells the story how the Fire Rider (reminds one of the Headless Horseman) sets fire to a village and the turmoil that results. The ensemble will also perform "Lamento d'Arianna" (Ariadne's Lament) by Monteverdi.
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SFA to screen 'Calling Home the Dead'

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free one-night screening of "Calling Home the Dead" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This documentary, directed and edited by Jim Hill, tells the story of the villagers of Lake Pátzcuaro, Mexico, who lovingly clean and decorate the graves of loved ones with handmade gifts, marigolds and special foods as they prepare for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The showing of this film coincides with the opening of the exhibition "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead." The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in Cole Art Center's Ledbetter Gallery through Jan. 11.

The First Friday Film Series is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA's Trombone Choir to perform works by Palestrina, Prescott and Strauss

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Trombone Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The choir, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone, will perform a variety of music.

The ensemble will be divided into two parts to perform "Ecce veniet dies illa" by Giovanni Palestrina. Scott described it as "a beautiful sacred piece from the 16th century."

The 20th century "Isorhythmic Toccata" - an exciting rhythmically driven piece by John Prescott - will feature three SFA percussion students, including Nick Kelley, Lufkin senior; Sammy Hernandez, Athens senior; and Aaron McCommas, Kingwood freshman. Read More

Stone Fort Wind Quintet featured ensemble in Cole Series

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature repertoire for the woodwind quintet as performed by the faculty artists/teachers of the SFA School of Music. Members are Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA, will join the group as a guest soloist. Salas will be featured on Suite Concertante for Tuba and Wind Quintet, by composer Armand Russell.

The performance will also feature a rendition of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev, arranged for wind quintet by Trevor Cramer. Read More

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