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Monday, Oct. 31
Men's golf at Duck Commander Intercollegiate
All Day
El Dorado, Arkansas

Women's golf at Little Rock Women's Golf Classic
All Day
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Men's golf at Duck Commander Intercollegiate
All Day
El Dorado, Arkansas

Volleyball at Sam Houston State University
6:30 p.m.

Women's golf at Little Rock Women's Golf Classic
All Day
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Thursday, Nov. 3
Volleyball vs. University of New Orleans
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4
Bowling at Sam Houston State University Track Kat Clash
All Day

Men's basketball vs. Huston-Tillotson University
6:30 p.m.

Tennis at David Kent Invitational
All Day
College Station




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Carolyn Conn

Associate professor in the School of Theatre

Conn recently presented “Building a Mentoring Network for Alumni Input” at the University of New Mexico's annual Mentoring Conference. The paper outlines the creation of a mentoring network for theatre students and alumni.

Conn collaborated on the presentation with Megan Morey, assistant professor of theatre arts at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Conn and Morey seek to create a digital database to help fortify current students and alumni in career preparation and success. Both have completed the first phase of the project with an extensive alumni survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses of the programs to assist in building the network accordingly.

News & Announcements

Dean’s Circle recognizes award recipients, sponsors

Members of SFA’s College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle recently recognized its 2016 award recipients at the annual Spotlight on the Arts and Winners’ Circle reception held in The Old Tobacco Warehouse downtown.

This year’s recipients, who were announced and honored in April, were re-introduced at the reception. Recipients included Kaylee J. Bruggeman, Katy art education major, recipient of the Ed and Gwen Cole Dean’s Award in Art; Mikayla E. Stillwell, Desoto music education major, recipient of the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean’s Award in Music; Allison A. Adams, Gladewater music education major, recipient of the Dr. Robert Sidnell Memorial Dean’s Award in Music Education; and Taylor R. Dobbs, Baytown theatre major, recipient of the George and Peggy Schmidbauer Dean’s Award in Theatre.

In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of students, the Dean’s Circle is also focused on recognizing excellence among fine arts faculty. The Dean’s Circle realized the College of Fine Arts’ first ever endowed professorship last year, and its first recipient, Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA, was also honored at the event.
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Nac News: Oldest town selected as Arbor Day 2016 host city

Nacogdoches has been selected as the Arbor Day 2016 host city. Arbor Day is celebrated the first Friday in November each year in a different Texas city. This year, the city of Nacogdoches is celebrating its 300th anniversary and will host fellow Texans in a statewide celebration of trees.

To commemorate this historical milestone, members of the Garden Capital of Texas Committee plan to plant 300 trees in the community, with the ceremonial 300th tree being planted on Arbor Day at Millard's Crossing Historic Village. 

Community members are invited to participate by either attending the festivities Friday, Nov. 4, or by planting a tree or taking a minute to enjoy and celebrate trees and the vital resources they provide every day.

For more information, click here.

SFA interior design students to host fifth annual auction downtown beginning tomorrow

SFA interior design students will host their fifth annual “Silent Night Auction” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau downtown.

SFA’s American Society of Interior Design and International Interior Design Association student chapters joined forces to orchestrate the fundraiser, which is open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

SFA design students and faculty members created the auction items, which include holiday-themed home décor, high-quality wreaths, signage, gift baskets, art and ornaments. Some items are not holiday-themed.

For more information, contact Sally Ann Swearingen, associate professor in SFA's School of Human Sciences, at sswearingen@sfasu.edu.
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Contribution forms due by end of business day for annual State Employee Charitable Campaign

Contributions forms for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign are due by 5 p.m. today. The campaign benefits various Texas agencies and nonprofit organizations. SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 to various Texas agencies last year.

Employees can make a one-time donation via check or payroll deduction. Donations will go to agencies or organizations designated by the employee. The minimum donation is $2.

Employees who make a contribution to the Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430751) will be eligible for a drawing for a 2016 Hyundai Accent. A minimum of $17.34 per month or a $208 one-time gift will receive one chance to win. A donation of $26 per month or a $312 one-time gift will receive two chances. 

To make a contribution, contact Amanda Windham, director of student engagement programs, at (936) 468-3723.


Men's golf leads the field after first round of Duck Commander Intercollegiate

SFA’s men’s golf team currently sits atop the leader board after the opening 18 holes of the 2016 Duck Commander Intercollegiate Sunday. The Lumberjacks shot a 6-over 294 in round one and hold a one-shot edge over Arkansas State University.

With Sunday’s 294, the Lumberjacks have now posted a sub-300 round in eight of its 10 rounds to open the 2016-17 season. The 294 is tied for the fifth-lowest round of the year as SFA has now hit the mark in three of its first four events.
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Volleyball team's defensive effort results in 3-0 win against Houston Baptist University

At times, SFA’s volleyball team has relied heavily on its offense to shoulder most of the load en route to victory.  Saturday afternoon, however, the Ladyjacks' defense stepped to the forefront.

By putting on a defensive clinic in which they held Houston Baptist University to an attack percentage of .063 while totaling 12 team blocks, the Ladyjacks handed the Huskies a 3-0 loss in Sharp Gym.
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Soccer ends conference with a bang, hat trick from Moore

SFA’s soccer team scored the most goals in a single game this season during a bout against Sam Houston State University Friday. The effort was led by a hat trick from SFA sophomore Breanna Moore, resulting in the Ladyjacks' seventh shutout of the season.

Moore broke her career-high record by sealing the game at 6-0. SFA senior Amanda Doyle scored in the first two minutes for her seventh goal, and sophomore Michaela Mencacci followed up a minute behind Doyle with her first goal of the season. The sixth goal was won in the 67th minute when junior Julianna Echavarry got a foot on a corner kick ball.
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Lumberjacks overwhelm Cardinals, down University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio

Powered by six total touchdowns from senior quarterback Zach Conque, SFA’s football team returned to its winning ways, racing past the University of the Incarnate Word, 42-19, Saturday at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. The win snaps the Lumberjacks’ three-game losing streak as SFA improves to 4-4 on the year and 3-3 in Southland Conference play.

 “I thought we did a lot of things well tonight.” said SFA head football coach Clint Conque. “Offensively, we made some big plays. Defensively, we had some big turnovers and key stops. A lot of young players have been thrown into the fire and they stepped up when they needed to.”
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Women’s golf eighth after round one of Little Rock Golf Classic

SFA’s women’s golf team opened up the 2016 Little Rock Golf Classic with a 15-over 303 at the Diamante Country Club Sunday in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Ladyjacks are currently eighth among the 16-team field.

SFA's 303 puts the Ladyjacks in the middle of a seven-team logjam as six shots separate the third-place team from the ninth-place team. SFA's 303 is one shot back of seventh-place Jacksonville State University and three shots behind both host team, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Southland Conference foe, Houston Baptist University, who are both tied for fifth.
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Fine Arts

SFA music ensembles to perform Halloween night rock show concert tonight

SFA’s Rockin’ Axes and the Contemporary Ensemble will perform a Halloween night concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Maklemore’s Ale House & Bistro.

"The Rockin' Axes and Contemporary Ensemble's Halloween Night '80s Rock Show” will feature the Contemporary Ensemble performing the music of pop king Michael Jackson and the Axes performing music by Toto, Prince, U2, Van Halen, The Who, Rush, Yes, Journey, The Police, Sade, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

There is no cover charge.
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When you think of an artist’s tools, you might imagine things such as paint, clay or other popular materials. You probably wouldn’t think of items found during an evening stroll. Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, however, would.

Goldsworthy creates colorful works of art, but only uses items he finds outside. His pieces are proof that art can be created from anything. Click here to view more of Goldsworthy’s work.

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