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Wednesday, Oct. 30
RHA Fall Fest
6-8 p.m.
BPSC Plaza

State Employee Charitable Campaign Training Session
4 p.m.
BPSC Presidents Suite B

Thursday, Oct. 31
Madrigal Singers
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
The Orphan (R)
9:30 p.m.
Evil Dead (R)

State Employee Charitable Campaign Training Session
9 a.m.
BPSC Presidents Suite B

Women's Volleyball
at Incarnate Word
San Antonio
7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1
Cross Country
at SLC Conference Championships
Lake Charles, La.

Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
3:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis
University of Houston Invite

Saturday, Nov. 2
SFA Football
vs. Sam Houston State
3 p.m.

Women's Tennis
University of Houston Invite

Women's Volleyball
at Abilene Christian
Abilene, Texas
2 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Archeological Society at their Annual Meeting on Oct. 26 and will serve on the executive committee for the Society.

Selden presented at the Texas Archeological Society Annual Meeting in Del Rio. His presentations were titled "Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis in the Ancestral Caddo Region: A Promising Outlook for Future Research;" "The Intensification of Corn (kisi) Based Agriculture in the Ancestral Caddo Region: The Radiocarbon Evidence;" "Linking Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Geology in the Ancestral Caddo Region;" "Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) of Shell-Tempered Ceramics in the Ancestral Caddo Region: Rethinking Methods;" and "Synthesis: What We Have Learned from the East Texas Radiocarbon Database."

News & Announcements

JackFacts has fall 2013 data

The Headcount and Credit Hours tabs of JackFacts, the electronic, interactive system designed to efficiently report and share SFA data, have been updated through fall 2013.

A variety of data elements and reporting formats are available through JackFacts. The Degrees tab has been updated through academic year 2012-13. The Faculty tab reflects data through fall 2012, and the fall 2013 update will occur at the end of the fall semester in coordination with state reporting guidelines. The JackFacts Welcome and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tabs contain additional reference and report orientation detail.

Click here to access JackFacts

Faculty Senate Lounge Friday

Faculty Senate will host "Coffee and Donuts" from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the McKibben Building, Room 252. We hope to see you there!

SFA Printing Services


State Employee Charitable Campaign training sessions

The 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign training sessions will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center President's Suite B.  If you are interested in serving as campaign chair for your department, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723 or aphorne@sfasu.edu.

RHA annual Fall Fest

The Residence Hall Association is getting ready for the annual Fall Fest event. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the plaza in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Fall Fest is an event for the SFA residents and Nacogdoches community. The event includes a wide variety of games, food, trunk-or-treating and a costume contest for all ages. If you are interested in a booth or booking a trunk or treating location, please contact RHA@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2700. Feel free to bring family and friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

OIT's Brown Bag Blast

Please join us for the Office of Instructional Technology’s Brown Bag Blast to be held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

This year's event will have a Halloween flair and will focus on the use of mobile technologies in instruction plus a variety of other instructional technology topics. Bring your own sack lunch (or bring your sandwich in a jack-o-lantern if you prefer) and join other faculty members from around campus in this casual, come-and-go activity as we share ideas with each other on how to promote student success with instructional technologies.

Drinks and desserts will be provided.

Campus Recreation

Hip Hop Halloween Zumba

Tuesday, Oct. 29

7-9 p.m. in the Rec Gym

It's "Monster Mania" at the Rec, and at this Halloween party, you're guaranteed to burn calories! There will be two hours packed with Zumba, Hip Hop, Line Dancing and of course, a "Thriller" tribute. No dance experience is necessary; this energetic fitness party will keep you moving and having fun! Costumes are highly encouraged! There will be prizes, zombie face paintings and much more! Come join the party!

Free Faculty Friday

Friday, Nov. 1

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign the guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.


SLC announces all-time cross country honor roll

The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its All-Time Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Honor Roll. The announcement comes prior to the Southland’s 50th Men’s and 29th Women’s Cross Country Championships, to be held Friday, Nov. 1, in Lake Charles, La.

The honor roll includes 65 elite student-athletes, 45 men and 20 women, who have impacted the sport since the league began sponsorship of the sports in 1964 (men) and 1985 (women). All Southland meet champions are recognized on the honor roll. Additionally, eight men’s and women’s coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to the sport.

“The Southland Conference has a rich tradition in cross country throughout our history, and we’re pleased to recognize such an illustrious honor roll of great student-athletes and coaches,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said.

Each of the SLC men’s and women’s meet champions is included on the Honor Roll. In all, SFA had seven athletes and one coach recognized on the all-time list. The Women’s champions included Renee Rowell (1990) Ana Rodriguez (2002, 2003), Ashley Monteau (2004, 2005) and Lauren Smith (2011, 2012). Men’s champions included Cody Clark (2005) Michael Thompson (2003) and Nathan Flores (2002). Clark now coaches Cross Country at SFA.
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Ladyjacks fall to UCA

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team fell 3-0 (15-25, 18-25, 23-25) to Central Arkansas Tuesday night inside Shelton Gym.

SFA (13-12, 5-7 SLC) dropped just its second home match of the 2013 season in the loss to the Sugar Bears (20-3, 12-0 SLC). The Ladyjacks finished their three-game homestand 1-2 and are 6-2 at home on the year.

Junior Jill Ivy led SFA with 12 kills, as the Ladyjacks were held to a .183 attack percentage. Sophomore Tori Bates finished one off of joining Ivy in double-figure kills, recording nine.

Setters Shannon Connell and Paige Holland each appeared in all three sets in the match. Connell recorded 18 assists, as Holland finished one behind with 17.

Defensively, libero OJ Olson finished with 20 digs. Sophomore Jacque Allen led SFA with four block assists, as the Ladyjacks recorded six and a half as a team against UCA.

SFA dropped a 3-2 lead in both the first and second set en route to the Sugar Bears taking a 2-0 advantage into the break. The two leads were the only times the Ladyjacks held the edge in the match.
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Lumberjacks stall on final day in Florida

The SFA men’s golf team carded a final round 302 to finish 6th at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational. The Lumberjacks stumbled on Tuesday to finish 291-294-302 – 887 on the 7,325 yard, par-72 course at Quail Valley.

SFA Sophomore Luke Sheehan led the ’Jacks in scoring for the week, carding a final round 72 to finish tied for 10th at 218. The top-10 finish was Sheehan’s second of the season and fourth of his career.

Junior Blake Pugh fired a final round 75 to finish 221 alone in 18th. Sophomore Major Monzingo carded his low round of the tournament Tuesday, with a two-over 74 to finish tied for 25th, his best of the season.

Junior Bradley Phelps finished at 224, with a final round 81 to finish in 32nd. Junior Austin DeWitt fell to a final round 84 to finish at 233, tied for 39th.

The Lumberjacks will look to bounce back next week at the Red Wolves Fall Beach Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala., Nov. 4-5.

Fine Arts

Madrigal Singers to present 'spirited' concert

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA, will present "'Tis the Season to be …" The concert, presented in the Halloween spirit, will feature works by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, Claudio Monteverdi and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

Performing with the Madrigal Singers in Britten's "Masque" from his opera "Glorianna" will be Jamie Dahman, new SFA assistant professor of voice, and Susanna Campbell, SFA graduate student in harp.

The Madrigal Singers will also perform Wolf's "Der Feuereiter" (The Fire Rider), which tells the story how the Fire Rider (reminds one of the Headless Horseman) sets fire to a village and the turmoil that results. The ensemble will also perform "Lamento d'Arianna" (Ariadne's Lament) by Monteverdi.
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SFA to screen 'Calling Home the Dead'

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free one-night screening of "Calling Home the Dead" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This documentary, directed and edited by Jim Hill, tells the story of the villagers of Lake Pátzcuaro, Mexico, who lovingly clean and decorate the graves of loved ones with handmade gifts, marigolds and special foods as they prepare for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The showing of this film coincides with the opening of the exhibition "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead." The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in Cole Art Center's Ledbetter Gallery through Jan. 11.

The First Friday Film Series is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA's Trombone Choir to perform works by Palestrina, Prescott and Strauss

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Trombone Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The choir, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone, will perform a variety of music.

The ensemble will be divided into two parts to perform "Ecce veniet dies illa" by Giovanni Palestrina. Scott described it as "a beautiful sacred piece from the 16th century."

The 20th century "Isorhythmic Toccata" - an exciting rhythmically driven piece by John Prescott - will feature three SFA percussion students, including Nick Kelley, Lufkin senior; Sammy Hernandez, Athens senior; and Aaron McCommas, Kingwood freshman. Read More

Stone Fort Wind Quintet featured ensemble in Cole Series

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature repertoire for the woodwind quintet as performed by the faculty artists/teachers of the SFA School of Music. Members are Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA, will join the group as a guest soloist. Salas will be featured on Suite Concertante for Tuba and Wind Quintet, by composer Armand Russell.

The performance will also feature a rendition of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev, arranged for wind quintet by Trevor Cramer. Read More

SFA to stage student-directed 'Wit' in Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed full-length play "Wit" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by American playwright Margaret Edson, "Wit" will be directed by Emory senior theatre major Vanessa Hendricks.

"'Wit' is an intellectually challenging, emotionally charged play about Dr. Vivian Bearing, a stern professor of literature, recently diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer," Hendricks explained. "During the course of her illness and treatment, Vivian reassess her work, her life and, ultimately, her death."

Wit" won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the "Best New Play" award the same year from the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
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Amarillo's eccentric resident Stanley Marsh 3 has erected a sculpture of two giant trunkless legs as a tribute to Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias in the middle of a local pasture. As with other Marsh art projects, the legs get covered in graffiti, so periodically they also get sandblasted or painted over with athletic socks.

photo from flickr user misterkrista

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