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This Week's Calendar

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, Louisiana
6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.




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Marketing firm updates Regents on SFA branding campaign

The Board of Regents received a report regarding SFA's marketing campaign at the October meeting.

Click here for the latest information.

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 influence 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.


Dr. Alan Sowards

Perkins College of Education

Dr. Alan Sowards, professor of elementary education in the James I. Perkins College of Education, has been named the Project Leaning Tree 2014 Outstanding Educator.

The award annually recognizes an educator who goes above and beyond in his or her efforts to promote PLT’s environmental education philosophy in the classroom and community. PTL is an award-winning and internationally recognized environmental education curriculum that teaches student how to think –  not what to think – about complex environmental issues.

“Dr. Sowards has been truly inspirational in his incorporation of PLT into all of his teaching opportunities, whether he is working with schoolchildren, university pre-service teachers or classroom teachers,” the organization said in a news release announcing the award.

Sowards has been a vocal advocate for environmental education since 1979 and has served as a PLT facilitator since 1999. He has been a member of the SFA faculty since 1995.

News & Announcements

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.

Hear Coach 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 at (936) 468-7105 or smithted@sfasu.edu.  Axe 'em, Jacks!

2014 Fall Vendor Fair

Procurement and Property Services would like to remind you about the 2014 Fall Vendor Fair scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30. The Fair will be held from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. This is a great opportunity to meet representatives regarding their current services to the university. For further information, please contact Procurement and Property Services at (936) 468-2206 or visit us online.

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.

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 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.

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

SFA Horticulture Club hosts Haunted Gardens

The SFA Horticulture Club, along with members of the Sigma Alpha agriculture sorority and SFA Bike Club, will transform the SFA Mast Arboretum into a haunted trail at the second annual Haunted Gardens held from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31.

Entry to the haunted trail will be located on Wilson Drive between the agriculture and art buildings. The cost is $2 for SFA students and $3 for general admission. Proceeds from the event assist the Horticulture Club in sending members to professional conferences throughout the year. The event is a great, safe way to find suspense on Halloween and support the Horticulture Club.

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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QPR class set for next week

Have you ever been concerned about someone, but unsure about what to say?  Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger. On completion, each participant will receive certification as a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.”

The course will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.

Día de los Muertos Fiesta planned for Nov. 1 in downtown Nacogdoches

A performance of the Chikawa Aztec Dancers is just one of the many fun-filled activities that will be part of the Día de los Muertos Fiesta to be celebrated from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, along Church Street in downtown Nacogdoches.

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead observance, is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican term derived from the Roman Catholic All Saints' and All Souls' days, traditionally observed Nov. 1 and 2. An array of activities, ranging from decorating graves to creating home altars, typically highlight the celebration that can last for days.
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Early Childhood Lab to host book fair

The Early Childhood Lab will host a Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 27-31, in the hallways outside of the PK and Toddler II classrooms. The book fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to visiting our book fair, you may also shop online here

Online ordering is available from Oct. 23 - Nov. 4.

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.

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.

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.


Ladyjacks claim first-ever tournament title

SFA capped its historic weekend in the Alamo City, shooting the lowest 54-hole total in program history en route to the program's first-ever tournament title. The Ladyjacks closed out the Incarnate Word Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Fall Invitational with a 55-over 907, besting second-place Incarnate Word by 26 strokes to capture the team title.

Entering the day with a 23-shot lead on the host Cardinals, SFA showed it had no intention of relinquishing the lead, shooting a 12-over 296 in round three, which is tied for the second-lowest round in program history. The 296 matches SFA's total at the 2013 Harold Funston Invitational and was just two shots off the pace of the program-low 294 carded at the Challenge at Onion Creek in 2013.
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Lumberjacks, Bearkats renew rivalry in Houston

No. 23/24 SFA (6-2, 3-1 SLC) vs. Sam Houston State (4-4, 3-1 SLC)
Saturday, Nov. 1 • 3 p.m. • NRG Stadim • Houston

TV: Southland TV Network (full affiliate list)
Video: ESPN3
Radio: Q107.7 FM (listen online at Q1077.com)
Live Stats: GoBearkats.com
Twitter Updates: @SFA_Football

SFA renews its longest-standing rivalry, getting set to face off against Sam Houston State in the 89th installment of the Battle of the Piney Woods Saturday, Nov. 1. The second-oldest rivalry at the FCS level and oldest in the Southland Conference, the Lumberjacks and Bearkats will meet at NRG Stadium in Houston, the fifth-straight year the rivalry game has been staged at the neutral site.
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Strong final round places SFA fourth in Florida

Paced by a 6-under 282, SFA vaulted from eighth to fourth over the final round of the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. The Lumberjacks closed out the 54-hole event with a 10-under 854, the fifth-best 54-hole score in program history and the second-straight tournament SFA has finished under par.

Entering the day in eighth place, SFA posted the third-lowest round of the 15-team field, moving four spots and leapfrogging a handful of competitive programs to notch its second-straight top-five finish. It is the seventh-straight sub-300 round for the Lumberjacks who shot under par in five of the last six rounds.
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Parker, Walkup named preseason all-conference

Senior Jacob Parker and junior Thomas Walkup were named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-Southland Conference teams for the SFA men’s basketball program, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Parker was SFA’s lone representative on the first team, while Walkup earned second team recognition.

Parker led the way on the preseason first team after being named the Southland’s Player of the Year in 2013-14. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma, averaged 14. 2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, recording 10 double-doubles as a junior. Parker ended the season ranked among the conference leaders in several statistical categories, including fifth in offensive rebounds (2.5), seventh in rebounding (7.1) and free throw percentage (.799), eighth in field goal percentage (.538), 11th in defensive rebounds (4.6), 12th in scoring (14.2) and 14th in steals (1.4).
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Roberts, Matthew named preseason all-conference

SFA women's basketball seniors Porsha Roberts and Brittney Matthew were each selected to the Preseason All-Southland Conference teams, the league office announced Tuesday.

Roberts makes the preseason team for the third consecutive season and is a first-team pick for the second straight year, while Matthew earned second-team recognition.

SFA was one of eight schools represented on the two preseason teams and one of only two programs to land two players on the squads. Northwestern State had a pair of players selected to the second team while Nicholls, Houston Baptist, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana were each represented by one student-athlete.
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SFA volleyball to host senior 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.

Fine Arts

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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Children's Performing Arts Series brings exciting shows to SFA campus

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series have announced the fun and exciting shows that will make up the 2014-2015 CPAS season.

"The Children's Performing Arts Series is committed to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "In the spotlight for the 2014-2015 season are five exciting national touring productions designed to educate and entertain a variety of age groups."

The new season begins with "Curious George," presented by Theatreworks USA, which is slated for Thursday, Oct. 30, and targets children in pre-kindergarten through third grades. In this play, "All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day" comes just once a year. George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest ... in Rome.
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A Cappella Choir to perform works of Brahms, Rossini, Ešenvalds

The SFA University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir performing its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The choir will perform "Zigeunerlieder" (Gypsy Songs) by Johannes Brahms, Gioacchino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, and "A Drop in the Ocean" by Ériks Ešenvalds, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"To vocalists, and particularly choral singers, Brahms is a most beloved composer," King said. "He composed three monumental choral suites, 'Liebeslieder Waltzer' (Love-song waltzes), 'Neue Liebeslieder' and 'Zigeunerlieder.' When one speaks solely of the choral genre, 'Zigeunerlieder' is a masterpiece."
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'Curious George' opens SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Curious George" in two performances on Thursday, Oct. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by Theatreworks USA, "Curious George" opens the 2014-2015 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA, which is committed each year to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers, according to Diane J. Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.
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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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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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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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SFA to present Tony Award-winning musical "Spamalot"

A cast of dozens of absurdly charming characters. A revolving castle. A bombastic pit orchestra playing a tongue-in-cheek score. French soldiers and killer rabbits.

All of this can add up to only one thing - Monty Python's "Spamalot."

SFA's Schools of Theatre and Music will present "Spamalot" by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 18 through 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee performance is also scheduled.

"Spamalot" is the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the 1975 classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA, is director and choreographer, and Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA professor of composition, serves as musical director.
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