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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 7
'Operation E' screening
Liberal Arts North Room 142
7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Jack Backers College Bookstore
315 E. College St., Nacogdoches
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Global Citizenship Series
Oct. 9-10
Sugar Land, Texas

Homecoming Online Auction
Oct. 9-26

Saturday, Oct. 11
SFA football at Nicholls State
Thibodaux, Louisiana
6 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13
SFA women's golf
ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic
Jonesboro, Ark. 

SFA men's golf
Miramont Invitational
Bryan, Texas




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'Trojan Barbie' assistant director, dramaturg offer unique expertise to play

SFA theatre majors April Gore and Ashe Vernon have specific titles attached to their names in the program for the School of Theatre's production of Australian playwright Christine Evans' award-winning drama, "Trojan Barbie."

Gore is assistant to Rick Jones, SFA professor of theatre and the play's director. Vernon is dramaturg for the play. But the actual work each student is performing for this complex play and the expertise each brings to the stage is somewhat unique, according to Jones, who explains that both jobs are "pretty much to do what needs to be done."

"Whereas I've had an assistant director on virtually everything I've directed at SFA and a dramaturg for most shows," Jones said, "I've relied on April and Ashe more than I have usually done with students in those positions in the past."

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Dr. Justin Blount

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Dr. Justin Blount, assistant professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies, was recently awarded the Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Submitted Conference Paper at the annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. 

This prestigious award is given annually at the Academy's national conference, which was held this year in Seattle, Washington. 

The article is titled "Social Enterprise, Corporate Objectives, and the Corporate Governance Narrative," and has been conditionally accepted for publication by the American Business Law Journal, one of the top journals in this field. 
The article was co-authored with Patricia Nunley of Baylor University.

News & Announcements

Mascot shares thoughts on being University's newest face

Courtesy of The Pine Log

Wearing a purple plaid shirt, suspenders and steel-toed shoes, Blake Loggins, the newest face to the Lumberjack mascot legacy, will proudly carry his ax this fall.

“In the back of my mind I always wanted to do it,” Loggins, junior marketing major, said.

In his first semester with the SFA Sprit Team, Loggins has now performed at three home football games and remembers the first time he stepped onto the field as the Lumberjack.

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Get a sneak peak at the next round of marketing photos

SFA's ongoing marketing campaign will take on new faces in the coming months.

Selected photos will be used in promotional items, including new street banners that should be installed in mid-October. Photos were taken by university photographer Hardy Meredith with valuable assistance from departments across campus.
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SFA to screen 'Muscle Shoals' documentary at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Muscle Shoals" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier and released by Magnolia Pictures, "Muscle Shoals" is the true story of a small town with a big sound and an even bigger influence on the music industry.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time, according to information on Magnolia Pictures' website. Read More

"Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate set for Saturday

Fashion Merchandising students have planned a community event called "Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate in order to promote Blue Jeans Go Green and collect more denim for recycling.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4 at St. Mary's on campus from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 

There will be food and kid-friendly activities for all!  Bring the family, recycle your denim for a good cause.

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive Greg Grant and SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers. 

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. 

The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.  

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404 or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

'Jeans for Jacks' Family Tailgate set for Saturday

Fashion Merchandising students have planned a community event called "Jeans for Jacks" Family Tailgate in order to promote Blue Jeans Go Green and collect more denim for recycling.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Mary's on campus. 

There will be food and kid-friendly activities for all!  Bring the family and recycle your denim for a good cause.

Homecoming T-shirts available for order to SFA departments

SFA departments can begin ordering homecoming T-shirts today.

Order forms, which are available here, are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Shirts are available on a first come, first served basis.

Begining Oct. 13, individual shirts will be for sale at Jack Backers College Bookstore, the Campus Barnes and Noble bookstore and the SFA Ticket Office.

Sen. Robert Nichols, Rep. Travis Clardy to speak at Texas Tribune event at SFA

Please join The Texas Tribune for lunch and a conversation with state Sen. Robert Nichols and state Rep. Travis Clardy from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith will moderate this preview of the 84th Legislative Session and audience Q&A.

The event is free, but space is limited and you must register online.

Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has represented District 3 in the Texas Senate since 2007. He serves as the chair of the Transportation Committee, as the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and as a member of the Finance, Health and Human Services, State Affairs, and Natural Resources committees.

Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, has represented District 11 in the Texas House since 2013. He serves as a member of the Higher Education, Local and Consent Calendars, Redistricting, and Special Purpose Districts committees.

The conversation also will be streamed live at texastribune.org/livestream (starting at noon), and the video will be accessible for viewing afterward on The Texas Tribune website.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature garden writer

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Garden writer Patty Leander will present: "Butterbeans to Asian Greens-Old Favorites and New Flavors for the Vegetable Garden."

Leander was raised in Midland, Texas, by a dietitian mom who never met a vegetable she didn't like and a geologist dad who loved his Bermuda onions as much as his Bermuda shorts. She is a contributing writer to Texas Gardener magazine and a master gardener vegetable specialist, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition from Texas Tech University.
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SFA to host fourth annual global citizenship event

The future of the relationship between the United States and Asia will be featured at the 2014 Global Citizenship Series presented by SFA on Oct. 9 and 10 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk.

The conference, titled "Asia and the United States: Relationship Patterns and Potential," is the fourth annual international conference SFA has hosted in the Houston area.

"The goals of the event are to expose our students, faculty, and the Houston community to world leaders, to enhance understanding of a region critical to our nation's prosperity and security, and to create opportunities for international program development," said Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts, which organizes the conference series.
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SFA Soccer will host Kid's Day before Sunday game

This Sunday, the Ladyjack soccer team will be hosting "Kid's Day" when the team plays Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. There will be inflatables and a free post-game skills clinic for children in attendance.

SFA rolls over UIW to stay perfect in SLC

The SFA women's volleyball team remained hot on Thursday night in Shelton Gym, taking care of Incarnate Word 3-0 in the Ladyjacks' home conference opener. SFA has won eight of its last 10 matches, including three straight conference sweeps.

"I thought the most exciting thing tonight was how several different players stepped up for us," said head coach Debbie Humphreys. "We had a dominating performance because we have so many pieces. We have so many offensive weapons. On a night when one particular piece is stopped, the others can take advantage and step up to do a really nice job like they did tonight."
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Fine Arts

Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of celebrated pianist Catharine Lysinger at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Lysinger, who is an active soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and lecturer, will present "From Passion to Noble Sentiment," which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's stormy Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata," and Maurice Ravel's string of waltzes, "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales."

The program's character of noble sentiment is rounded out by formally structured pieces by Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and Frédéric Chopin's through-composed Barcarolle, Op. 60, which builds on the image of the peaceful, rocking motion of a boat on the water, explained Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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SFA voice recital to feature Hong Kong guest soprano Chen

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present voice faculty member Scott LaGraff in a joint recital with guest soprano TiWei Chen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

LaGraff, baritone and associate professor of voice at SFA, and Chen, an assistant professor at Hong Kong Institute of Education, will collaborate with mezzo soprano Kimberly LaGraff and SFA pianist Geneva Fung in a concert that will feature the music of noted composers ranging from Gabriel Fauré to Felix Mendelssohn to SFA Professor of Composition Stephen Lias.

According to LaGraff, one of the goals of SFA School of Music Director Dr. Manny Brand is for the school to be more active on the international music scene. Read More

Clarinetist Qian to perform mix of traditional, contemporary music

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Jun Qian in a guest clarinet recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Qian, assistant professor of clarinet at Baylor University, will perform with Baylor piano professor Kae Hosoda-Ayer in a program that features a mix of traditional and contemporary music.

In addition to performing music of contemporary Chinese composers, Qian will also perform staples of the clarinet repertoire, such as "Introduction and Rondo" by Charles-Marie Widor and "Grand Duo Concertant" by Carl Maria von Weber. Read More

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Festive Beginnings'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The program, titled "Festive Beginnings," celebrates a growing music program at SFA with ever-increasing enrollment, according to Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"The orchestra has reached a new plateau in regards to numbers and performance," Moon said. "It is an exciting time to be a part of the SFA School of Music. We have record numbers in enrollment with a strong undergraduate and graduate student body. The School of Music has exciting ventures under way, and the Orchestra of the Pines is pleased to be a part of the festivities."
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