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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Nov. 22
SFA football vs. Northwestern State
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.




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A message from the president about Envision SFA

Over the past few weeks, members of the Envision SFA team have been meeting with individuals and groups across campus to listen to their input into the next SFA Strategic Plan.  In addition, stakeholders in the community and across the state have also been engaged in the planning process, sharing input from their perspectives on the future of SFA.

We are about halfway through our engagement and data-gathering phase - and we are having a terrific response.

By the end of October, plans call for more than 800 people to be included.  By the time this phase ends in mid-November, more than 1,200 people should have had the chance to provide input directly through personal participation in an engagement session. An on-line survey will be conducted at the end of this planning phase to create a chance for input for those who might not have been able to attend a face-to-face session.

I want to thank the members of the Envision SFA team for their hard work so far, as well as for their work yet to come.  I also want to thank those of you who have been generous with your time and your insight as you have offered input during this process.

Together we are planning for the future – and it looks bright!

— Baker Pattillo


Dr. Jill Carrington

School of Art

Carrington, professor of art history, recently presented a paper, "Contemporary Perception of Venetian Multipanel Paintings," at a conference at Syracuse University.

The paper examines the terminology used during the Renaissance to identify multipanel and single panel altarpieces in Venice. She  also was one of the organizers of the Ray Smith Symposium, which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art and the retirement of professor Gary Radke.

News & Announcements

SFA Garden Market opens tomorrow

The SFA SPROUT Garden Market will open for the fall on Friday, Oct. 31. 

The market runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Friday throughout the semester.  A variety of winter greens and other cool season vegetables will be available. 

Email Dr. Jared Barnes at barnesj@sfasu.edu if you would like to receive weekly notifications on availability. 

American Red Cross certifications offered through Campus Rec

SFA Campus Recreation offers full certification classes for American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer with first aid certification. These courses combine lecture, demonstrations, and video with hands-on training.

The cost is $55 for Campus Rec members and $100 for non-members. These classes are open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Please visit the Rec Administration Office to register and pay for classes, or call (936) 468-3507 for more information.

Next class:  Saturday, Nov. 8
Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3

State Employees Charitable Campaign kicks off soon

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Last year SFA employees contributed more than $20,000 to various agencies across Texas.

SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate to their favorite agency and nonprofit organizations through an annual campaign. There are two ways employees can give.  Employees can make a one-time donation via cash or check or payroll deduction.

Donations go to those agencies and nonprofit organizations that are designated by the donor. Employees can contribute to causes that are near and dear to their heart. The minimum donation is $2.

This year employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430900) will be eligible to enter a drawing for a 2014 Hyundai Accent. A minimum $17.34 per month or $208 one-time gift will receive one chance. A donation of $26 per month or $312 one time gift will receive two chances to win. All forms are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Winners will be notified by noon Monday, Nov. 11.

The SECC will continue through Friday, Nov. 21.  If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

Give poverty the axe!

The Freshman Leadership Academy is “Giving Poverty the Axe” and you can help. The high-impact project this year is designing and selling custom axe handles.

You can choose what you want on your axe. If you are an SFA alumus, you also can add your graduation year or years!
These custom axe handles are only $25. The proceeds are being used to support the children at Zamani High School, Swaziland and to support the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Monte Christi, Dominican Republic.
You can order your axe handle here. They will be delivered the week of Nov. 10. Payment is due upon completion.
If you have any questions, contact Adam Peck in Student Affairs at peckae@sfasu.edu or by phone at (936) 468-7249.

Office of Multicultural Affairs presents Danza Chikawa Aztec Dance Performance

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) as it brings a traditional Aztec dance performance by Danza Chikawa Dance to the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Danza Chikawa Dance has performed throughout Texas and will be gracing SFA with their presence. Danza Chikawa Dance is an educational and cultural organization that promotes the knowledge and awareness of Native American roots through their Native dances and traditions.

OMA Presents The Tunnel of Oppression

The Lumberjack Cultural Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs present the Tunnel of Oppression.

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive museum which spotlights different types of oppression through interactive theater and multimedia presentations.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a very enlightening and eye-opening experience that should not be missed.

The exhibit will be open at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater following times:

Mon. Nov. 3 - 6-9 p.m. (For SFA 101 Classes Only)

Tues. Nov, 4 - 7-9 p.m. (Open to the Entire SFA Campus)

Wed. Nov, 5 - 7-9 p.m. (Open to the Entire SFA Campus)

SFA Horticulture Club to host Haunted Gardens

SFA’s 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. Oct. 30 and 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.

Horticulture Club president Amny Rose says the event is a great, safe way to find suspense on Halloween and support the Horticulture Club.

SFA professor, author to hold book signing on campus

SFA assistant professor of community nursing D.E.L. Connor will be signing copies of her second book, "Spirit Warriors: The Scarring," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

Copies of both books, "Spirit Warriors: The Concealing" and "Spirit Warriors: The Scarring" will be available for sale. Autographed bookmarks and other book memorabilia will be given out for free.

Read more about the books and Connor's work as an author here.

Donors needed For Thanksgiving Homebound

The Jacks Council of Family Relations, a student organization within the School of Human Sciences, have launched its fifth annual Thanksgiving Homebound project. The project is designed to provide a Thanksgiving meal for disadvantaged families residing in Nacogdoches County and surrounding communities.

JCFR have partnered with local nonprofit organizations, Solid Foundation, the Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club and GETCAP Headstart Program to identify families in need of support during the holiday.

The organization is seeking donors to assist with this project by sponsoring a family for a Thanksgiving. They need your support! If you are interested in sponsoring a family, please contact Dr. Shelia Lumar at (936) 468-2975 or by email at lumarse@sfasu.edu.

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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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.


Johnson remains solid in Payton Award chase

With four regular season games remaining in the 2014 season, senior running back Gus Johnson continues to showcase why he is one of the top rushers in the country and a strong candidate for a handful of national awards, including the Walter Payton Award.

Johnson played a key role in SFA’s 27-17 victory over eighth-ranked Southeastern Louisiana Saturday as the senior rushed for 116  yards and a pair of touchdowns, his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Johnson punched in touchdown scampers of seven and 13 yards, as well as 40-yarder late in the game, while picking up some critical yards in the Lumberjacks’ Homecoming victory and helping vault SFA into the top-25 for the first time since 2011.
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SFA tabbed favorite in SLC preseason polls

The two-time defending Southland Conference regular-season and reigning tournament champion SFA men’s basketball team was named the preseason favorite to repeat in a vote by the league’s coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced Wednesday.

“I think anytime your coaches and peers think highly of you and vote you as a preseason favorite that it is a good sign,” head coach Brad Underwood said. “We are excited and looking forward to the challenge this season will bring. It has been a while since the preseason favorite has won the league, and that shows the great strength in this conference. The league returns a lot of key players on the opposing teams and we look forward to the upcoming conference race.
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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!

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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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

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's new Rockin' Axes to present Beatles tribute concert

The all-new Rockin' Axes ensembles, products of the Sound Recording Technology program in the SFA School of Music, will perform their first concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Rockin' Axes will pay tribute to the music of The Beatles in this first concert, according to Andrew Sperandeo, adjunct faculty member in the School of Music and director of the Rockin' Axes.

"This is the inaugural semester of these ensembles," Sperandeo said. "We've reached a point in which the study of music at the university level can and does go beyond traditional areas and genres of music. The goal of such an ensemble and program is to attract students who see the benefit of being a truly well-rounded musician."
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