This Week's Calendar
Friday, Oct. 30
Men's cross country at the SLC Championships
SFA soccer vs. Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University
Women's cross country at the SLC Championships
Saturday, Oct. 31
SFA football vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
Homer Bryce Stadium
SFA volleyball vs. Central Arkansas University
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
Women's golf at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Women's Invitational
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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SFA announces changes to Homecoming events
Due to inclement weather predictions, the SFA Homecoming parade scheduled for tomorrow morning has been canceled.
The "Haunted Homecoming" weekend festivities are still scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. today 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.
The Homecoming bonfire and pep rally will begin at 8 p.m. tonight. The event, which features a concert by Frankie Ballard, was originally slated to begin at 9 p.m.
News & Announcements
Exxon Mobil executive to discuss intellectual property, trademarks at SFA
Richard Phillips, intellectual property coordinator for Exxon Mobil, will speak at the STEM Innovation - Tying Creativity to Success lecture series at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the Math Building, Room 101.
Phillips' lecture addresses the basics of intellectual property and trademarks.
The event is free and open to all faculty and staff members and students.
Click here for information about the lecture series.
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.
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.
NacogdoTREES competition closes Sunday, Nov. 1
Submissions are still being accepted in the NacogdoTREES competition hosted by SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation, which closes Sunday, Nov. 1.
"The goal of the NacogdoTREES competition is to highlight the importance of urban and community trees, raise awareness of their ecological benefits, introduce the community to the field of forestry and encourage citizens to spend time outdoors," said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
Individual competition categories include: largest tree circumference, largest crown, tallest tree, best shade tree and best tree overall. Competition rules and regulations require participants to obtain accurate measurements such as tree height and crown spread. Faculty members within the college developed videos, which are available on the competition's Web page, that guide participants through the process of gathering basic forestry measurements.
Parents' Night Out scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13
Registration is now underway for SFA Campus Recreation's final Parents’ Night Out of the semester, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13.
Parents can drop off attendees as early as 6 p.m. Camp activities, a meal and a movie will be provided. Kids must be picked up no later than midnight, but may be picked up at any time that evening. Cost is $20 per camper.
For more information and to register, please contact the SFA Recreation Center Administration Office at (936) 468-3507 or CampusRec@sfasu.edu.
Women's soccer to close season at Sam Houston State University
The SFA women’s soccer team looks to cap a second-straight undefeated season at 6:30 p.m. tonight against Sam Houston State University at Pritchett Field in Huntsville, Texas. SFA already has secured the 2015 Southland Conference number-one seed and title.
A 2-0 Ladyjack victory against Abilene Christian University and Lamar University's defeat of third-ranked Houston Baptist University helped clinch the fifth regular-season championship title for SFA.
Volleyball team takes on the University of Central Arkansas Saturday
The SFA volleyball team will face the second-ranked University of Central Arkansas at noon tomorrow in Conway, Arkansas.
The team's standing could advance with a victory against the Sugar Bears and the remaining matches. UCA is a single victory ahead of the Ladyjacks in league standings.
Ladyjack soccer's Orsi named Capital One Academic All-District
SFA soccer's red-shirt sophomore forward Carolina Orsi has been added to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District Seven Women’s Soccer First Team.
The prestigious honor recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for academic and athletic excellence. It is the first such award for Orsi, who became eligible for it this year.
Cross country teams headed to Huntsville for conference championships
The SFA men’s and women’s cross country teams compete today at the 2015 Southland Conference Championships, hosted by Sam Houston State University, at the Country Campus Golf Course in Huntsville, Texas. The women’s 6,000-meter run began at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s 8,000-meter race at 10 a.m.
Bowling team headed to New Jersey for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Jamboree
The third-ranked SFA bowling team is headed to North Brunswick, New Jersey, for the 2015 Fairleigh Dickinson University New Jersey Jamboree. The three-day event began Friday morning and ends with the championship bracket Sunday afternoon.
The tournament opened up with five traditional team games. Competition resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday with five additional team games setting up the seeds for Sunday’s championship bracket. The Ladyjacks aim to earn one of the top six seeds to compete for the tournament crown when the best-of-seven championship rounds begin at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Lumberjack football to host the University of the Incarnate Word tomorrow
SFA football returns to Homer Bryce Stadium at 3 p.m. tomorrow 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.
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. tonight 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.
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.
SFA's Hachidori Duo to perform music of Ravel, O'Connor
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Hachidori Duo performing a faculty recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in Cole Concert Hall at the Wright Music Building.
The Hachidori Duo includes music faculty members Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello. The husband-wife team will perform some of their favorite pieces from the duo repertoire for violin and cello they have discovered over the years.
The program includes two pieces the couple played during their Oct. 16 performance in Carnegie Hall. The duo will perform Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel and "F.C.'s Jig" by Mark O'Connor.
Guest artists Galaganov, Owings to perform at SFA
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Misha Galaganov in a guest viola recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
Galaganov, who is chair of strings and associate professor of viola at Texas Christian University, will be accompanied by colleague John Owings, professor of piano and piano division chair at TCU. The duo will perform "Music from the Library of Armand Pushman," a program that features the works of Henri Marteau, Désuré Emile Inghelbrecht, Stan Golestan, Ernest Chausson and Joseph Jongen.
"Besides Chausson, most of these composers are lesser known; I'm sure that there will be some wonderful gems of chamber music among them," said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin at SFA.
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.
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.
Climbing trees is something typically associated with arborists or children, but leave it to Redbull to make it into an extreme event.
The beverage company, which often sponsors athletes and extreme sports, backed rock climber Chris Sharma to scale one of California's giant Redwood trees in an unprecedented free climb for science and sport. Check out the video here.