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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 7
'Operation E' screening
Liberal Arts North, Room 142
7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Jack Backers College Bookstore
315 E. College St., Nacogdoches
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Global Citizenship Series
Oct. 9-10
Sugar Land, Texas

Homecoming Online Auction
Oct. 9-26

Saturday, Oct. 11
SFA football at Nicholls State
Thibodaux, Louisiana
6 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13
SFA women's golf
ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic
Jonesboro, Arkansas

SFA men's golf
Miramont Invitational
Bryan, Texas




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News & Announcements

SFA dean to discuss Global Citizenship Series on Red River Radio

During Red River Radio's membership drive, Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, will spend two hours discussing the upcoming Global Citizenship Series event on air.

Murphy will discuss the conference from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

You can stream the station at redriverradio.org on your computer or mobile device, or tune in to 88.9 FM on your radio.
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International Film Festival to screen 'Illiterate'

The SFA Spanish Film Club will screen the Chilean film "Illiterate" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 as part of the 2014 International Film Festival. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

The movie tells the story of a middle-aged woman taking on the monumental task of learning to read with the help of an elementary school teacher. You can read more about the film's plot here.

Discussions before and after the film will be led by Dr. Carlos Cuadra, an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts and culture

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2014 SFA Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration set for Oct. 9

The annual SFA Homecoming kick-off party will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Jack Backers College Bookstore, 315 E. College St. Appetizers and purple beverages will help kick off the month of Homecoming activities, which will culminate in Homecoming weekend Oct. 24 and 25.
The third annual online auction will run Thursday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 26. You can view and bid on items here.

Featured items include sports memorabilia signed by Nacogdoches soccer legend Clint Dempsey, a football signed by Houston Texan J.J. Watt, a custom SFA Yeti Cooler, destination getaways and travel packages, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, specialty SFA items, sports tickets, and much more.

For more information about Homecoming events, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com.

Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for proposals for first Diversity Conference

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members to submit proposals for a 50-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, please visit sfasu.edu/multicultural/190.asp

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments that you have related to the conference.

Klezmer music perfromance by Rabbi Neal Katz and his band

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Organization for Faith, Education, and Community, the SFA School of Social Work, and the African American Heritage Project as we continue to celebrate diversity!

Rabbi Neal Katz and his Klezmer band will be performing fun, exciting and rhythmic Jewish folk music starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

 Come out, enjoy the performance and expand your musical experience!

Homecoming T-shirts available for order to SFA departments

SFA departments can begin ordering homecoming T-shirts today.

Order forms, which are available here, are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Shirts are available on a first come, first served basis.

Begining Oct. 13, individual shirts will be for sale at Jack Backers College Bookstore, the Campus Barnes and Noble bookstore and the SFA Ticket Office.

New travel and expense system tutorial set for this month

SFA will be introducing a new travel and expense reporting module in the near future, and two training sneak-peeks of the system are scheduled for this month.

Participants are invited to attend the sessions, held at noon on Friday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 17, in the Lumberjack Village Community Room. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.


SFA men's basketball holds first official practice on Sunday

The SFA men's basketball team opened up preparation for the 2014-15 season with its first official team practice Sunday afternoon inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The two-time defending Southland Conference champion Lumberjacks feature a strong returning core led by senior Jacob Parker and juniors Thomas Walkup and Trey Pinkney, as well as a highly touted recruiting class.

Second-year head coach Brad Underwood guided SFA through an intense opening day of practice with a heavy emphasis on the principles and fundamentals that helped the 'Jacks claim both the SLC regular season and tournament titles on their way to the program's first-ever win in the NCAA Tournament and berth in the third round last season.
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SFA sweeps ACU to extend unbeaten streak

The SFA women’s volleyball team defeated Abilene Christian in straight sets (29-27, 25-16, 25-18) on Saturday afternoon in Shelton Gym to remain perfect in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks have won nine of their last 11 matches and haven’t dropped a set in conference play this year.

SFA (11-7, 4-0 SLC) holds a perfect 12-0 set advantage over its first four conference matches this year. The last time the Ladyjacks went 4-0 without losing a set in the SLC was in 2007 – a year in which the team finished 15-1 in the conference.
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SFA runners compete at Chile Pepper Festival

The SFA men’s and women’s cross country teams each competed in the Chile Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas on Saturday morning. The men grabbed a sixth place finish in the 8K run while the women finished seventh in the 5K.

“I was pretty pleased with both teams today,” said head coach Cody Clark. “The women ran a good race led by Shelby [Pesek] again. She moved up in the race a lot better and has a ton of confidence right now. Our girls had a lot of PRs which was huge.
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Ladyjacks edge SHSU 2-1, improve to 4-0 in SLC

The SFA women’s soccer team improved to 4-0 both at home and in Southland Conference play with a 2-1 edge of Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State on Sunday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field.

The Ladyjacks (8-2-1, 4-0 SLC) improved to 4-0 in conference play for the third time in four seasons and remain the only unbeaten team in league play.

SFA out shot the Bearkats (4-8, 3-2 SLC) 14-4 and 6-3 in shots on goal, also holding a 3-2 edge in corners.
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Key plays prove costly in 49-39 loss to UCA

 A handful of key plays proved to be the difference as the Lumberjacks dropped a 49-39 decision to Central Arkansas in its Southland Conference opener at Homer Bryce Stadium. The 'Jacks fell to 3-2 on the year and 0-1 in SLC play while the Bears improved to 3-3 and 2-0 in conference action.

SFA racked up 602 yards of offense on the night as Zach Conque had his best performance in a Lumberjack uniform. The sophomore threw for 322 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 90 yards and three scores on the night, but also threw a pair of interceptions while being sacked six times.
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Fine Arts

Meyer to perform as soloist with SFA Wind Ensemble

The SFA Wind Ensemble will feature music faculty member Brad Meyer as soloist in the ensemble's fist concert of the year, slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

Meyer will perform "Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble" by American composer David Gillingham.

"This piece shows off the variety of sounds a marimba can make, from lyrical to technical," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA and the ensemble's conductor.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Festive Beginnings'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The program, titled "Festive Beginnings," celebrates a growing music program at SFA with ever-increasing enrollment, according to Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"The orchestra has reached a new plateau in regards to numbers and performance," Moon said. "It is an exciting time to be a part of the SFA School of Music. We have record numbers in enrollment with a strong undergraduate and graduate student body. The School of Music has exciting ventures under way, and the Orchestra of the Pines is pleased to be a part of the festivities."
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SFA trombonist Scott to perform recital that features readings from Daily Sentinel

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Scott's performance, part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, will feature varying music styles, randing from a Baroque suite of dances to a jazz composition.

A unique aspect of the program will be the performance of "Tabloid" by Grafton, Ohio, composer Clarence Barber that will be narrated by Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet at SFA. Read More

'Trojan Barbie' assistant director, dramaturg offer unique expertise to play

SFA theatre majors April Gore and Ashe Vernon have specific titles attached to their names in the program for the School of Theatre's production of Australian playwright Christine Evans' award-winning drama, "Trojan Barbie."

Gore is assistant to Rick Jones, SFA professor of theatre and the play's director. Vernon is dramaturg for the play. But the actual work each student is performing for this complex play and the expertise each brings to the stage is somewhat unique, according to Jones, who explains that both jobs are "pretty much to do what needs to be done."

"Whereas I've had an assistant director on virtually everything I've directed at SFA and a dramaturg for most shows," Jones said, "I've relied on April and Ashe more than I have usually done with students in those positions in the past."

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