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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

Tuesday, Nov. 3
SFA volleyball vs. Lamar University
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym

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




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Homecoming 2015 celebration begins tomorrow

Note: View Homecoming inclement weather contingency plan at www.sfaalumni.com/events

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. tomorrow, with the SFA Alumni Association Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club, followed by the Back in Nac Social from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Liberty Bell Restaurant and Bar in downtown Nacogdoches.

View the Homecoming inclement weather contingency plan here.
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News & Announcements

Elementary education majors bring the past to life with annual Pioneer Days

Digging the plow into the textured soil, farmer Pete as played by SFA senior Michael Correll, teaches dozens of third grade students from Nacogdoches Independent School District about subsistence farming and life on a farm in rural East Texas in the early 1900s. As he carves out each row in his garden, Pete explains how chain grocery stores were nonexistent in his day and how families had to grow the food they wanted to eat.

For more than 20 years, SFA, area schools and Millard's Crossing Historic Village have worked together to bring the past to life in an interactive field trip known as Pioneer Days. During this weeklong event, SFA elementary education students interact with third graders through a variety of experiential learning activities.
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SFA students visit Appleby Community Farm for new experiential learning lab

Dr. Mary Olle, human sciences professor at SFA, has created a new experiential learning farm-to-table lab for students majoring in hospitality and food, dietetics and nutrition. Recently, dozens of students from two of Olle's production meal management courses visited Appleby Community Farm for a tour of the property, and to gain insight into managing and marketing a local organic community garden.

This lab took place during a two-week period as the students visited the farm and then prepared meals based on the fresh produce at Appleby Community Farm. During the first week of the lab, farm owner and farmer Bryan Pruett walked the students around the grounds while pointing out different crops and describing farming techniques.
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Guest speaker to lecture on German history

SFA will host a guest lecturer at 5 p.m. today 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.

SFA Human Services undergraduate workshop scheduled for this evening

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

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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State Employee Charitable Campaign now underway

The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various Texas agencies and nonprofit organizations is now underway. SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 during this past year's campaign.

Employees can participate either with a one-time cash or check donation, or with a payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2.

Employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (code 430900) are entered into a drawing for a 2015 Hyundai Accent sedan. A minimum donation of $17.34 per month or a $208 one-time gift will receive one entry into the drawing and a donation of $26 per month or a one-time gift of $312 will receive two entries. All donation forms are due by the campaign's end at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Faculty and staff members wishing to contribute should contact Amanda Horne, SFA's director of student engagement, at (936) 468-3723.

SFA Homecoming

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. tomorrow, 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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SFA Student Activities Association Homecoming concert tonight

The SFA Student Activities Association hosted a number of events this week building up to the Homecoming football game against the University of the Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

The remaining events include:

Yung Nation concert
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Homecoming bonfire
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
SFA intramural fields

Campus Recreation to host 2015 Homecoming 5K

SFA Campus Recreation, in partnership with the SFA Alumni Association, will host the sixth annual SFA Homecoming 5K beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

This 5-kilometer race will begin at the SFA Campus Recreation Center and end in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Participants will follow a beautiful route that winds through campus and includes a combination of road and trail. A post-race pancake breakfast will be served during the awards ceremony. The breakfast is free to participants.

Click here to register.

Campus Recreation

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.


SFA volleyball's Olson hits career highlight in 3-0 win over Grambling State University

Senior OJ Olson became the third SFA volleyball player in program history to record 2,000 digs in Wednesday's game against Grambling State University. The Ladyjacks racked up 33 kills and 11 service aces for a 3-0 victory in Shelton Gym.

Olson joins former players Stephanie Figgers and Madison Hanlan, who each obtained more than 2,000 digs in their careers. The Cedar Park, Texas, native was ranked fifth in NCAA Division I volleyball with 523 total digs before Wednesday's game.
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Men's basketball team picked as Southland Conference preseason favorite

For the past three seasons, the SFA men’s basketball team has captured the Southland Conference regular-season championship. As they head into the 2015-16 campaign, the league’s coaches and sports information personnel believe the 'Jacks will do just that for a fourth-straight year.

In the SLC preseason polls unveiled Wednesday morning, the Lumberjacks received 12 of 13 first-place votes and 144 total points in the coaches’ poll, as well as nine of 13 first-place tallies and 141 points in the sports information directors’ poll.
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Ladyjack basketball team ranked among top three in Southland Conference preseason polls

The SFA women’s basketball team has high expectations entering this season after being picked to finish among the top three teams in the preseason sports information directors’ and coaches’ polls. 

The Ladyjacks garnered 117 total points and three first-place votes to finish in second place behind Lamar University in the sports information directors' voting. SFA also was picked third behind Lamar and Northwestern State University by the league’s coaches, collecting 125 points and two first-place votes.
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Lumberjack football to host the University of the Incarnate Word for Homecoming

SFA football returns to Homer Bryce Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, to host the University of the Incarnate Word for the 2015 Homecoming game, which will be streamed on ESPN3.

Anyone unable to attend can watch every play at ESPN3.com, as well as through the WatchESPN application. Rob Meyers will broadcast the game live on Q107.7 FM and online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through SFAJacks.com with in-game updates available on Twitter.
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Fine Arts

Third annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta expected to draw large crowds

The Chikawa Aztec Dancers will return to Nacogdoches for the third annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at SFA's Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House 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.

For the past two years, hundreds of East Texas residents have attended the Nacogdoches festival, and this year's event is drawing more entertainment, booths and greater interest as the festival gains popularity, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA Art Galleries.
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A Cappella Choir to perform music of Bach tonight

The SFA A Cappella Choir will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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 "Sing to the Lord" by J.S. Bach.
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Voice faculty members to perform works of composer Hoiby tomorrow

SFA School of Music voice faculty members, along with Ron Petti, associate professor and director of accompanying at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The program, "Last Letter Home: The Songs of Lee Hoiby," will feature works of the American composer and pianist who excelled in the genre of art song, according to Petti.

"Many of Hoiby's songs are widely performed throughout the world, in particular the 'Songs for Leontyne,' written for legendary soprano Leontyne Price, which will be performed on this concert," Petti said.
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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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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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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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