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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Oct. 4
Faculty Lounge Friday
9 to 11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

First Friday Film Series
7 p.m.
Cole Art Center

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
ParaNorman (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Purge (R)

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
vs. Houston Baptist
7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Saturday, Oct. 5
Demondrae Thurman
Euphonium Recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SFA Gardens Fall Plant Sale
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Women's Volleyball
at Central Arkansas
Conway, Ark.

Sunday, Oct. 6
Women's Soccer
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Razorback Classic
Fayetteville, Ark.

Monday, Oct. 7
Men's Golf
Sam Houston Invitational

Orchestra of the Pines
A Dramatic Soiree
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Golf
SHSU Harold Funston Invitational

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA to participate in ‘Blast from the Past’ history fair

Join SFA’s Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures staff members at the fifth annual Blast from the Past: Nacogdoches History Fair Saturday, Oct. 12.

Hosted by the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department, the history fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m in Festival Plaza in downtown Nacogdoches.

The event is an opportunity for families to learn about the rich history of this area. Activities will include flint knapping, artifact identification, pottery making, rock painting, a simulated archaeological dig, weaving and dyeing demonstrations, live string music, and more. Nacogdoches Naturally staff members will host a booth called Cattail Supermarket, featuring the historical use of native plants, and will be demonstrating the art of Dutch oven cooking.

This free event is open to the public. Nacogdoches Naturally is a project sponsored by SFA Gardens in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and funded through a More Kids in the Woods grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-U.S. Forest Service.

Renowned percussionist Brian Zator to perform at SFA

Internationally renowned percussionist Brian Zator will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.

With an emphasis on four-mallet marimba playing, Zator will perform various styles of pieces for different solo percussion instruments, such as marimba, snare drum, multi-percussion and more.

Zator is the director of percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His responsibilities include the classical and marching percussion ensembles, the "Panimation" steel drum band, undergraduate and graduate applied lessons, and the percussion methods course.

As a marimba/percussion soloist, he has performed with the Conroe and The Woodlands Symphonies, with the Texas A&M-Commerce Symphonic Band, and at several Texas Day of Percussion events. He is active giving clinics and concerts at various colleges, high schools and state festivals, as well as the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the California Band Directors Association convention, and the Winter Music Festival in Vale Veneto, Brazil. He is the principal timpanist and percussionist with the Northeast Texas Symphony.
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SFA retiree earns award

Retired SFA professor Dr. Betty Alford received the James A. Vornberg Living Legend Award Sept. 27 at the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration meeting in Dallas.
The award was given in recognition of Alford’s service and commitment to TCPEA and the preparation of school administrators. Alford retired from SFA in May after working 27 years in the James I. Perkins College of Education, the last 10 years as chair of the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership. Alford earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
Since 1999, in addition to her work as department chair and professor teaching in both the principal preparation and educational leadership doctoral programs, she served as lead writer or co-writer for U.S. Department of Education and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board school-university-community college partnership grants that provided more than $20 million for educator preparation and school improvement.
Pictured with Alford (left) at the meeting is SFA associate professor of education Dr. Pauline Sampson.


Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson

Human Services

Solmonson's paper "College Freshmen’s Perceptions of High School Counselors," co-authored with Roaten, Jones and Albrecht was accepted for publishing by "Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory and Research."

Deborah Cady

Human Services

Cady has been invited to represent SFA on the Texas Education Agency Braille Committee to review and potentially rewrite parts of the Braille TExES examination.

Michael Munro

Human Services

Munro, co-director of the vision impairment program, passed his comprehensive examination in pursuit of his doctoral studies.

Frankie Swift and Michael Munro

Human Services

Swift and Munro represented SFA, at the state-level, during a recent discussion over regulations offered for the visual impairment program. Both were instrumental in negotiating and maintaining the current guidelines set forth for initial and secondary certification.

Human Services to present at orientation and mobility conference

Deborah Cady, Tracy Hallak and Dr. Vicki DePountis will present “Body awareness and movement of students with multiple disabilities, including visual impairments” in December at the upcoming Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Orientation and Mobility Conference in New Orleans.

Nikki Shoemaker

School of Accountancy

Shoemaker presented a paper titled "Extrinsic Rewards and Knowledge Sharing: How Universities Can Encourage Students' Sustained Motivation for Knowledge Sharing" on Sept. 24, at the Clute Institute International Academic Conference Fall 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden had an article titled, "Toward an Actualistic Petrofacies Model for the Angelina River Basin in East Texas" published in the Council of Texas Archeologist 37(2) Fall 2013 Newsletter.

News & Announcements

AAUW meeting in October

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, at Regions Bank in downtown Nacogdoches. Leabeth Abt will present "Passing the Torch: Introducing Karle Wilson Baker to the Next Generation." She will illustrate the continuing validity of teaching poetry in today's classroom.

Battle of the Piney Woods luncheon

The Touchdown Club of Houston will present a Battle of the Piney Woods luncheon featuring SFA coach J.C. Harper and Sam Houston coach Willie Fritz. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the JW Marriot, 5150 Westheimer, in the Galleria.

The speakers will promote the football game between the two rival schools, scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 2, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Guest speakers also will include Nacogdoches mayor Dr. Roger Van Horn. Luncheon Masters of Ceremonies will be Channel 11 sports director Bob Allen, an SFA graduate, and Channel 2 sports director Randy McIlvoy, a Sam Houston graduate.

Tickets are $45 each and include lunch. Tables are $450 (regular table) $500 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship). All tables have 10 seats. Each bronze, silver, gold and platinum sponsor will be recognized and listed in the event's program. For more information and to order luncheon tickets, email houtdclub@att.net, visit touchdownclub.org or call Neal Farmer at (713) 849-9860.

Faculty Senate Lounge Fridays

The SFA Faculty Senate would like to invite all faculty members to use the new Faculty Senate office space (McKibben building, room 252) as a lounge area from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month. The Senate will provide donuts, juice and coffee to all faculty members and provide a space for cross-campus dialogue and collegiality.

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive introductions by horticulturist Greg Grant and SFA Gardens. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and various educational programs hosted at the gardens. These educational programs reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to display 'Hauntings' exhibit

The Center for Regional Heritage Research at SFA is displaying the exhibit "Hauntings" at the Nacogdoches Historic Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

Just in time for Halloween, the exhibit will focus on iconic ghost stories developed around railroads. Many of these ghost stories originated in the 19th century and are still shared today. The exhibit will include tales of the headless brakeman who wandered the tracks, the mysterious ghost trains that traveled eerily through the night, the "waiting woman" and many more.

The exhibit will continue through Oct. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kelley Snowden at (936) 468-4405 or snowdenkelle@sfasu.edu.

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Conference seeks presenters

Omicron Delta Kappa and the Office of Student Engagement Programs are seeking faculty and staff presenters for the fifth annual ODK Leadership Conference. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, in the student center. The theme for the conference is “Discover Your Superpower” and will involve discussions about how students can utilize their personal strengths to become better leaders and better citizens. The program proposal form can be viewed here. All sessions will be 45 minutes long. For more information, contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

Residential Learning Communities applications being accepted

The Residence Life Department is now accepting applications for 2014-15 Residential Learning Communities. Applications due Dec. 20.

A Residential Learning Community is a place where students can select to live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member. With assistance from Residence Life, students set learning goals for their group and track these goals as the year progresses. Those who meet their goals are eligible to renew their learning community in future years.

For faculty members who want to provide an immersive environment in which students can learn, an RLC can be a tremendous asset. For example, a professor in modern languages could propose a community in which students agree to speak only Spanish; film students could propose that their RLC work together on a movie; or a student organization could plan a community that works toward the group’s mission.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Waters, assistant director of residence life, at watersj@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1127.

New minigrant categories offered through ORSP

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to offer three new categories of minigrant funding using Research Enhancement funds. The new minigrants provide more options for faculty members and decrease the time between applications and awards. Applications are accepted year-round, and all eligible faculty members are encouraged to apply. Categories for MG awards are as follows:

  • Project Support (PS) - support of up to $1,500 to faculty for a specific research project, exhibit or creative activity
  • Publication Support (PUB) - support of up to $750 per article to assist faculty with publication expenses; 50 percent match required
  • Travel Support (TS) - support of up to $1,500 to assist faculty with travel associated with smaller research, creative and scholarly projects and to present research findings
To view more detailed information including guidelines, eligibility and applications, please visit: www2.sfasu.edu/orsp/tam.html#MG

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

Campus Recreation

Free faculty friday at the Rec

Friday, Oct. 4

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 our guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.

Ultimate frisbee savage tournament

Saturday, Oct. 5

Join the SFA Ultimate Frisbee Club in this all-day tournament that will feature club teams from other universities. Want to register your own team?  Contact Ricardo Maldonado at (936) 645-6399 or maldonadr1@titan.sfasu.edu. 

Women’s club soccer vs. Texas A&M

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, on the Intramural Fields

This weekend, watch the Women’s Club Soccer Team in action against Texas A&M University. Wear purple and cheer loudly for your Lumberjacks!


Ladyjacks volleyball falls short in Tulsa

Junior Jill Ivy recorded 19 kills, but the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team fell 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 13-15) to Oral Roberts Thursday night in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center.

The loss is the third consecutive for SFA (10-7, 2-2 SLC), as head volleyball coach Sheera Sirola picked up her 200th career win for the Golden Eagles (13-3, 5-0 SLC).

After falling 25-16 in the opening set, SFA answered with a 25-22 victory in the second set to even the match 1-1 heading into the break. The momentum continued for the Ladyjacks in the third set, hitting a .321 mark. SFA, after breaking a 1-1 tie early on, never trailed the rest of the way as they took the third set 25-21 to move ahead 2-1.

Following a 6-6 break point in the fourth set, ORU went on a 12-8 run to take an 18-14 lead. The Ladyjacks capitalized on a kill from freshman Jacque Allen and consecutive attack errors from the Golden Eagles to pull within one at 18-17, before ORU went on a 7-6 run to edge SFA 25-23 and force a fifth and deciding set.

Both teams would exchange leads, before a pair of attack errors broke a 13-13 tie and sealed the victory for the Golden Eagles. Read More

Women's basketball holds first practice

The SFA Ladyjack basketball team held their first official practice for the 2013-14 season Tuesday afternoon in the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The Ladyjacks begin their quest for their 16th league crown in program history, after finishing the 2012-13 season on a 14-17 campaign. SFA finished 8-10 in Southland Conference play and extended their streak of league tournament appearances to a 26th consecutive season.

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Ladyjacks bowling ranked ninth in NTCA pre-season poll

The SFA Ladyjacks bowling team was ranked ninth in the nation in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Pre-Season poll released Tuesday, holding steady from their final 2012-13 regular season ranking in April.

SFA earned 330 points in last seasons adjusted standings and finished just outside the top eight when the NCAA released their final poll on the 2012-13 season. Returning seven players for the 2013-14 season, the Ladyjacks will look to build upon their most successful season in program history this fall.

The Ladyjacks will kickoff the 2013-14 season when they compete in the Tulane Invitational Oct. 18-20, in New Orleans, La.

Women's soccer game notes: Houston Baptist and Sam Houston State

SFA will look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they play two more Southland Conference matches, beginning with Houston Baptist on Friday, Oct. 4, in Nacogdoches, followed with a road trip to Huntsville to face Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

Game 11: vs. Houston Baptist
The Ladyjacks are 3-0-0 all-time against the Huskies and have defeated HBU in each of the past three seasons by a combined score of 8-1. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams in Nacogdoches since 2011. HBU broke a string of four consecutive matches without a win with a 1-0 overtime victory at Lamar last week. HBU has scored just five goals all season but have allowed 10.

Game 12: at Sam Houston State
SFA holds a 10-2-0 all-time mark against the rival Bearkats having won two straight and six of the last seven meetings. SHSU has won two in a row entering play this weekend.
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Fine Arts

SFA School of Art to screen Hoffman-directed "Quartet"

The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Quartet" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Dustin Hoffman-directed comedy stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins as aging British opera stars who come together annually for a reunion concert. The script was written by Ronald Harwood.

"Quartet" is Hoffman's directorial debut and was released Jan. 11, 2013. This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

Cole Series features Demondrae Thurman in guest euphonium recital

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present international euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "His euphonium playing has been described as 'awe inspiring,' and he is touted as an amazing musician."

Over the last 10 years, Thurman has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world's prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition.

Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world's best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Thurman is in demand as a euphonium specialist for many symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Eastern Music Festival and North Carolina symphony orchestras.

Thurman's performance is the opening concert for SFA's 8th Annual Octubafest.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'A Dramatic Soiree'

The SFA School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining the Orchestra of the Pines will be Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello at SFA, as a guest performer as the ensemble presents "A Dramatic Soiree," according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

Raychev agreed to the performance invitation only recently after the originally scheduled guest artist, the 2013 Schmidbauer Competition winner Hans Goldstein, could not join the orchestra for the concert due to injury, Moon explained.

"It is providence that we have such a talented cellist in our midst that can be at the ready to provide us with his immense talent and his time," Moon said. "We look forward to Dr. Raychev's performance with the SFA Orchestra of the Pines."

Among the works to be performed is the "L'Arlesienne Suites" by Georges Bizet.
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Female writing, directing, designing drive production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

When the SFA School of Theatre opens "Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tuesday night, Oct. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, there are a few noteworthy aspects of the production that may not be automatically recognizable … at least not until you open the program.

The play is written by award-winning female playwright Sarah Ruhl, and it's directed by Laura Rikard, assistant professor of acting/directing in the School of Theatre. In glancing down the page at the list of credits, one sees that the lighting and sound design is by CC Conn, assistant professor of lighting/sound design, and the costumes are designed by Angela Bacarisse, professor of costume design. Only a few men are involved, notably two male student actors and scenic designer Richard Ellis, a visiting professor.

"We are doing a play by a female playwright," Rikard said, "and we have a female director and two female designers. Sarah Ruhl is considered to be one of our great modern playwrights. Ruhl is produced by professional theatres every year, and she will be studied by theatre students who will be performing and auditioning for her plays for years to come."
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SFA's Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces performing concert on Oct. 11

The SFA School of Music will present its jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and the Swingin' Aces, in concert at 7:30 p.m Friday, Oct. 11, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes will play "a number of terrific selections, both classic and modern," Wurtz said. Among them will be Duke Ellington's famous "In a Mellow Tone," Chick Corea's "Spain" and Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," as arranged by Gordon Goodwin.

"The writing of Sammy Nestico, known for his work with Count Basie and the Airmen of Note, will be showcased through the tunes 'Out of the Night' and 'Put it Right Here,'" Wurtz said.

The Swingin' Aces, under the direction of Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, will perform "Get Out of Town" by Cole Porter, arranged by Art Dedrick; "Here's That Rainy Day" by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen, arranged by Bob Lowden; "Pink Squirrel" by Shorty Rogers featuring Lufkin junior P.J. DeJesus on trumpet, Fort Worth freshman Jonathan Bowers on trombone, and San Antonio senior Angel Duran on tenor sax; and "Two Seconds to Midnight" by Alan Baylock featuring Chance Moore, a junior from San Augustine, on guitar and Bowers on trombone.
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