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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Nov. 8
SFA football vs. McNeese State
Lake Charles, La. 
6 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

ESPN3 to telecast SFA home athletic events next year

SFA will be the first institution in the Southland Conference to produce ESPN3 telecasts for all home football, basketball, soccer and volleyball games.

At its quarterly meeting Monday, the SFA Board of Regents approved funding for equipment and renovations to the William R. Johnson Coliseum and possibly other on-campus athletic facilities. The equipment and renovations are needed to facilitate the delivery of SFA games through the ESPN3 platform.

ESPN3 is ESPN's live, digital, 24-hour multiplatform sports network, which delivers more than 4,300 global sports events annually. ESPN3 events are accessible via WatchESPN.com, the WatchESPN App or on television through Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, Apple TV and Roku.
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Battle of the Piney Woods luncheon set for Oct. 30

Support your Lumberjacks by coming out to see SFA's head football coach Clint Conque at the Battle of the Piney Woods kick-off luncheon, hosted by the Touchdown Club of Houston.

Conque's take on the upcoming rival game and what we're going to do to win. Sam Houston supporters and their head coach, K.C. Keeler, also will be in attendance at this no-holds-barred event. Help us have more purple than orange in the room.

A complimentary shuttle bus is available to take you down and back to the event, seating is limited and on a first come first served basis. Contact Ted Smith for seating on the bus, (936) 468-7105 or smithted@sfasu.edu.  Axe 'em, Jacks!

Nacogdoches Committee for Safe Pedestrian meeting set for Oct. 28

Come to the public meeting hosted by the Nacogdoches Committee for Safe Pedestrian and Cyclist Pathways and let your concerns about bicycle pathways and conditions and issues in Nacogdoches be heard.

The meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Commercial Bank of Texas Community Room on the second floor on 215 E. Main St. 

Lone Star College partners with SFA

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 for 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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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.

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

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.

Meet the 'Jacks scheduled for tonight

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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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 to ScholarWorks, contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu

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.

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, 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.

Fellows awards nominations now being accepted for 2016 Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for the 2016 CUR Fellows awards.  The CUR Fellows awards are presented at the biennial National Conference to two CUR members who have influenced undergraduate research through their own research, scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and demonstrated leadership activities.  Each CUR Fellow also receives a Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship to be awarded to a deserving undergraduate at his/her respective institution.

Full details of the CUR Fellow criteria and biographies of past CUR Fellows can be found here.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1. Questions may be addressed to cur@cur.org. Read More

Holiday pictures support charity organization

Have your family holiday pictures taken with Purple Santa from noon 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.


SFA cracks top-25 in both coaches, media polls

On the heels of its 27-17 victory over previously eighth-ranked Southeastern Louisiana, SFA has cracked the top-25 in both the FCS coaches and media polls. The Lumberjacks check in at 23rd in the latest FCS coaches poll while sitting 23rd in the FCS Sports Network media poll.

It marks the first time since Sept. 24, 2011, that the Lumberjacks have been ranked in either poll as SFA was ranked 22nd before a 35-26 loss to Texas State. It marks the 140th week in program history the Lumberjacks appear as one of the top-25 teams in the country since making the jump to the Division I level as SFA is 90-46-3 (.658) all-time in games in which it is nationally ranked.
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SFA sits eighth at Quail Valley Intercollegiate

SFA had another solid showing through the first two rounds of the Quail Valley Intercollegiate as the Lumberjacks sit eighth among the 15-team field. SFA posted a 4-under 572, giving the Lumberjacks six-straight sub-300 rounds.

Competing against a stacked field, SFA's momentum from last week's second-place finish seemed to carry over as the Lumberjacks shot a 7-under 281 in round one and were tied for fifth in the team standings. The opening round was highlighted by junior Nathan Weant's 5-under 67, setting a new career-best for the transfer. Junior Luke Sheehan posted a 2-under 70 while sophomore Baxter Ward carded a 1-under 71 to pace the Lumberjacks.
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Johnson, Bruno earn SLC weekly honors

On the heels of its 27-17 victory over eighth-ranked Southeastern Louisiana Saturday, SFA had a pair of players recognized as Southland Conference Players of the Week. Senior running back Gus Johnson earned offensive honors for the second time this season with junior punter Nick Bruno picking up the nod for special teams.

Johnson rushed for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Lions, his sixth 100-yard-plus performance on the season. He notched the first two touchdowns of the game for the Lumberjacks, punching it in from seven and 13 yards to help SFA build a 17-0 halftime lead. Johnson also caught two passes for 25 yards, giving him 141 yards of total offense.
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SFA vollebally to host senoir day

SFA Volleyball will host Central Arkansas for its final home game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Shelton Gym.

It’s Senior Day for Paige Holland, Janet Hill and Jill Ivy. Free T-shirts will be tossed and fans will have a chance to sit in the Simply Furnished/Raising Cane’s Best Seat in the House one last time this year.

Come support the Ladyjacks as they look to improve to 12-0 in Southland Conference play. For updates on marketing and promotions, follow SFA Volleyball and SFA Athletics on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Ladyjacks on the verge of first tourney title

SFA sits 18 holes away from possibly clinching its first tournament victory as the Ladyjacks sit in first place at the Incarnate Word Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Invitational. The Ladyjacks posted a 35-over 611 through the first two rounds and holds a 23-stroke lead on the host Cardinals.

SFA opened up the 54-hole tournament with a 19-over 307 and held a 10-shot lead on Incarnate Word through the opening round. Junior Sydney Reed had the low score of the first round for SFA, shooting a 3-over 75 with sophomore Mackenzie Steiner posting a 4-over 76 and Erica Lautensack shooting a 5-over 77.
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Fine Arts

SFA Percussion Ensemble's fall concert to feature fun, exciting music

The SFA Percussion Ensemble will perform its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Directed by Brad Meyer, the ensemble's performance will feature the entire gamut of percussion studio instruments. The most intense piece is Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet" played on two marimbas and two vibraphones, according to Meyer.

"Reich is known for using fast rhythms and large musical structures to create monumental works for percussion," Meyer said.
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Screening of "Holes In My Shoes" planned at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Holes In My Shoes" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Holes In My Shoes" is an award-winning documentary feature film directed by David Wachs that chronicles the life of Jack Beers, known as "New York City's Strongest Boy," from his birth in 1910 up to age 94.

Beers grew up in extreme poverty in New York's Lower East Side where he and his siblings took jobs as children to help support their family. Known as a trained strongman and self-taught structural engineer working on many well-known New York City buildings, Beers is credited with building Radio City Music Hall, putting the spire on the Empire State Building, training show boxers and acting in more than 200 films, according to information at holesinmyshoes.com. Beers died of natural causes just before his 99th birthday.
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Student-directed 'Blood Relations' retells story of Lizzie Borden

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Blood Relations" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Senior Austin Holt of Weatherford directs Sharon Pollock's full-length play that retells the story of Lizzie Borden, the American woman known for being tried and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Mass., in 1892.

"Lizzie and her friend, the Actress, act out the events that led up to the death of Lizzie's stepmother and father," Holt said in describing the play. "The Actress tries to figure out the answer to whether or not Lizzie Borden killed her parents." Read More

SFA student photography exhibition to feature tintypes

The SFA School of Art will present an exhibition of student photography showing Nov. 3 through Jan. 10 in the Reception Hall Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The exhibition will include both traditional photographs and tintypes, according to Johanna Warwick, assistant professor of photography in the School of Art. The photographs are from a seven-day camping trip advanced photography students took during this past Maymester to Santa Fe, N.M.
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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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