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This Week's Calendar

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.

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.

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

3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA volleyball vs. Central Arkansas University
Conway, Arkansas

Monday, Nov. 2
Women's golf at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Women's Invitational
Hot Springs, Arkansas




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SFA Homecoming 2015 celebration begins Oct. 30

SFA's annual Homecoming celebration will be Friday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 1, in Nacogdoches.

The "Haunted Homecoming" weekend festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Friday with the SFA Alumni Association Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club, followed by the Back in Nac Social from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Liberty Bell Restaurant and Bar in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Homecoming Torchlight Parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the SFA "Surfin' Steve" statue and end at the Intramural Fields for the bonfire, pep rally, fireworks show and Bart Crow Band concert.
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Alumna's work recognized

Department of Psychology

Thanks to skills learned as an SFA psychology student, alumna Amanda Boethel was awarded the Mary Alice Conroy Award for Best Student Paper in Forensic Psychology by the Texas Psychological Association.

Her interest in forensic psychology was fostered in Dr. Sylvia Middlebrook's forensic psychology class. Her research hypothesis was developed in Dr. Nathan Sparkman's research design course, and the data were collected and paper written as part of Dr. Lauren Brewer's research seminar.

Boethel will present her paper "The Connection Between Male Entitlement and Sexual Consent" next weekend at the Texas Psychological Association conference in San Antonio.

News & Announcements

Street closure for SFA Marching Band rehearsal

A portion of East College Street, from University Drive to Wilson Drive, will temporarily close at 5:30 p.m. today for approximately one hour as the Lumberjack Marching Band prepares for its appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Eastbound traffic on East College Street will be diverted onto Wilson Drive for travel to Starr Avenue. Vehicles wishing to turn onto East College Street from University Drive will be diverted to East Austin Street.

Global Gateway to Zimbabwe today

The SFA Office of International Programs will present Global Gateway to Zimbabwe, given by a Zimbabwean student, at 2 p.m. today in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Zimbabwean food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Counselor Summit scheduled for tomorrow

SFA is connecting counselors, teachers and administrators with the Counselor Summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow 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 tomorrow

The SFA Department of Human Services will offer a free undergraduate research workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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.

Guest speaker to lecture on German history

SFA will host a guest lecturer at 5 p.m. tomorrow 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, he 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.

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.

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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SFA Homecoming

Homecoming festivities to continue despite weather

The SFA Alumni Association is making plans to continue Homecoming activities despite expected bad weather.

The association is updating the Homecoming event page to reflect changes as needed.

Please note the location for the Homecoming Flap 'Jack breakfast has been moved to Mast Hall, 317 E. Main St.

Check out the SFA Alumni Association 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.

Homecoming blood drive today

The annual SFA Homecoming Blood Drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today 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.

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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Ladyjacks face Grambling State University at home

The SFA volleyball team will take on Grambling State University at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Shelton Gym to round out the non-conference competition before playing five final conference matches.

The game is the Ladyjacks' third at home in October, following a five-match string on the road. Women’s head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys believes her team strengthened in the recent games. Despite beginning with back-to-back losses, SFA has rebounded for three consecutive triumphs.
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Moore, Hall carry SFA to fourth-straight win

The SFA women’s soccer team snatched a fourth consecutive win Tuesday by shutting out Abilene Christian University 2-0 at Elmer Gray Stadium in Abilene. The team improved to 8-0-2 in Southland Conference standings with the victory, further securing first place.

Freshman forward Breanna Moore and sophomore midfielder Madison Hall scored the winning goals for SFA.
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Men's golf finishes strong at Quail Valley Invitational

The SFA men’s golf team had its best round of play this fall in the final round of the 2015 Quail Valley Intercollegiate tournament, shooting a 2-under 286. The Lumberjacks wrapped up the fall portion of the season with an eighth-place showing among the challenging field, shooting a 5-over 869.

Senior Luke Sheehan closed out the event with an even-par 72 in round three, tying for 11th in the tournament with a 2-under 214. Sheehan finished three shots ahead of junior Baxter Ward, who carded the low round of the day for the Lumberjacks with a 4-under 68. Ward, whose final round was highlighted with an eagle on the par-five 14th hole, ultimately tied for 21st overall with a 1-over 217.
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Walkup, Charles claim preseason All-SLC honors

SFA men’s basketball's senior Thomas Walkup and sophomore Ty Charles have been selected to the 2015-16 Preseason All-Southland Conference teams.

Walkup, a Pasadena, Texas, native, was one of five student-athletes to be named to the Preseason All-SLC First Team. Charles, the only underclassman among the group of 10 honorees, secured a spot on the Preseason All-SLC Second Team.
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Ladyjack basketball's Ross selected for Preseason Second Team All-SLC

SFA junior guard Taylor Ross has been selected to the Preseason All-Southland Conference Second Team. The preseason honor is the first during Ross’ career.

A native of Pflugerville, Texas, Ross was an automatic pick to the preseason all-conference lineup after earning a place on the 2015 All-SLC Second Team at the end of the regular season last March.
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Fine Arts

Double, Double Toil and Trouble: SFA School of Theatre to present 'Macbeth'

More than 400 years after it was written, William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," presented by the SFA School of Theatre, brings its story to William M. Turner Auditorium to entertain and educate audiences in a big way.

Dr. Rick Jones, director of the production and professor in the School of Theatre, said the play, "with often beautiful language and psychologically complex characters, and a good story, with intrigue, sensuality, armed combat and a supernatural element," is sure to inspire audiences with themes of fate and leadership.
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SFA theatre students to present 'The Boor'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed play "The Boor" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Groves junior Caitlin Parker directs Anton Chekhov's one-act drama about Mrs. Popov, a widow in deep mourning, and people around her who pretend to be more than they actually are.

After Popov has been in mourning for seven months, her footman, Luka, advises her to give up her mourning and go out. While Popov is denying Luka's advice, landowner Smirnov arrives, asking her to pay the 1,200 rubles that her husband owed him, Parker explains.
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SFA film series to screen 'Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The film, directed by Laura Archibald, is a feature-length documentary about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes, according to information at greenwichmusicdoc.com.
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Madrigal Singers to perform music of Janequin, Rutter

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Cole Concert Hall.

The Madrigal Singers is a chamber group comprised of upper-level vocal music majors at SFA. The group is well known in the Nacogdoches area, particularly for many caroling concerts at Christmastime, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

Among the works on the program is "Song of the Birds" by the 16th century French composer Clément Janequin.
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SFA's A Cappella Choir to perform music of Bach tomorrow

The SFA A Cappella Choir will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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Apparently, Disneyland's Pirates of the Carribean ride was a little less endearing and more creepy when it originally opened in 1967.

According to Atlas Obscura, the ride at one time incorporated real human skeletons and some employees say human remains are still part of the iconic ride today. Check out the article here.

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