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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Oct. 31
"Light Years from Andromeda"
Each Friday until Nov. 21
SFA Planetarium
7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1
Día de los Muertos
Church Street, Downtown Nacogdoches
7 - 9 p.m.

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.

Downtown Nacogdoches Art Walk
Downtown Nacogdoches
4 - 8 p.m.

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




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News & Announcements

Nicklas co-chairing Día de los Muertos Fiesta

Merci Nicklas of Nacogdoches was instilled with a great appreciation of art at a young age because of her family's history of creating art.

"My father was a professional artist in Austin," she said. "His love for art took us to many museums and art shows and on walking tours through downtown Dallas to marvel over the architecture. I lived with my dad in the late '80's as his business of creating beautiful etched glass art and furniture went from a dream to a reality."

In the 1940's, her grandfather was a window artist for F.W. Woolworth Company, first in downtown Dallas and then in Houston.
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SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during three free, action-packed open-house Saturdays at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches on Nov. 15, Feb. 28 and March 28.

Prospective students will get to visit with university faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the three SFA Showcase Saturday events.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and enjoy the Lumberjack Experience," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of the Office of Admissions.

"Guests are encouraged to visit one-on-one with our faculty to learn more about our quality, personalized academic programs, and our staff will be available to answer questions about everything from admission requirements to financial aid to residence life."
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Book signing part of 29th annual Downtown Nacogdoches Artwalk

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House has been a long-time participant in the annual Downtown Nacogdoches Artwalk, which is scheduled this year from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, along the historic streets of downtown Nacogdoches.

This year, The Cole Art Center plans to highlight select SFA artists/authors during a book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. at the art center the day of the event. They include Corinne Jones, retired SFA art instructor; John Handley, director of SFA art galleries; Richard Orton, Friends of the Visual Arts member; and Christopher Talbot, director of the SFA School of Art.

"We would like to shine a light on our talented authors and give the public a chance to buy books for holiday gift giving," said Alisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries.

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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Dallas Arboretum director of horticulture

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Horticulturist Jenny Wegley will present "If I Hear Color One More Time, I'm Changing My Profession."

A lover of nature, Wegley grew up in Midlothian, a small town 25 miles south of Dallas. She was the kid playing in the flower bed while still in diapers - most likely eating dirt, as well. She had her first "garden" at the ripe old age of 3 and her first succulent trials at the age of 15. She built her first koi pond at 16. Wegley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from SFA and, after a short stint in retail, started at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in 2009. She is now director of horticulture there and still enjoys playing in the dirt.
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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 Garden Market opens today

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

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 at the following times:

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

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

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

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 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 is an educational and cultural organization that promotes the knowledge and awareness of Native American roots through their Native dances and traditions.

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.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Light Years from Andromeda'

The SFA Planetarium will begin screening the film "Light Years from Andromeda" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

The film will play every Friday from Oct. 24 until Nov. 21 at the planetarium.

"Light Years From Andromeda" teaches the concepts of light speed and the light year and how astronomers use them to measure distances to some familiar celestial objects — the Moon, the Sun, the planets, nearby stars and galaxies.

The show briefly touches on the properties of light that help determine a star’s age and temperature, and gives a fascinating look at how light and distance allow us to “look back” further in time as we gaze farther into space.
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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.


SLC announces men's, women's broadcast schedule

The Southland Conference office announced the men’s and women’s basketball broadcast schedule for the 2014-15 season on Thursday, and SFA will have nine games broadcasted between the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks.

ESPN3 enters its third year as the home of the Southland’s primary broadcast package. Coverage includes eight doubleheaders with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back. SFA will be featured in two of the SLC’s ESPN3 packages, appearing first at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Saturday, Feb. 14, before hosting Northwestern State on Thursday, March 5.

Additionally, the men’s team will also have its Saturday, Jan.17, game at Abilene Christian televised on the CBS Sports Network.  

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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.

Glick, Dunnigan named Capital One Academic All-District

Seniors Morgan Glick and Megan Dunnigan were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 15 teams announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Glick was named to the first team, while Dunnigan garnered second team recognition.

The academic all-district honor is the first for Glick and second for Dunnigan, who was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII first team as a sophomore.

Glick, who has a 3.83 GPA in kinesiology with a minor in biology, has been a steady presence for the Ladyjacks in goal this season, starting 14 matches in the net. The native of Boerne, Texas, has posted an 11-2-1 record with nine shutouts (seven solo, two combined) across 1,267 minutes. Glick currently owns a 0.57 goals against average and a .887 save percentage, making 63 saves across 165 shots faced this season.
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SFA looks to finish SLC play strong

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team looks to continue their perfect run both in Southland Conference play and at home, hosting two league opponents to close out the regular season. SFA will play Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for "Senior Night" on Halloween, before wrapping up with Incarnate Word on Sunday.

The Ladyjacks claimed no worse than a share of the regular season title last Friday, downing Central Arkansas 3-0. Already the No. 1 seed for the SLC Tournament next weekend in Beaumont, Texas, SFA can claim the championship outright with the next win or tie, or a loss or tie by Sam Houston State.
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Fine Arts

Cello Club to present recital to promote ensemble performing

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Cello Club with Evgeni Raychev in a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Performers will include active Cello Club members playing with Raychev, School of Music faculty member, and his students.

The objective of the program is to promote and provide opportunities for cello ensemble playing, according to Raychev.
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Madrigal Singers to perform fall concert

The Madrigal Singers is a select group of upperclassmen and graduate music majors, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"The music they sing is both entertaining and highly challenging," King said.

The concert will open with "Dance Clarion" by Michael Tippett.

"This is a festive opening to the concert," King said. "The piece was composed for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation and is a highly technical piece of rhythm and harmony."
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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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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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