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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 6
Volleyball at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Friday, Oct. 7
Cross country in Aggieland Open
College Station

Soccer vs. University of Central Arkansas
7 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field

Saturday, Oct. 8
Football vs. Nicholls State University
2:30 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Volleyball vs. University of the Incarnate Word
11 a.m.
San Antonio




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Debbie Kiesel

Director of the Academic Advising Center

Kiesel recently accepted a new role as Director of the Piney Woods Region Area Health Education Center. Piney Woods AHEC, established in 1992 to serve 19 counties, is one of nine regional affiliates of Texas AHEC East, a program of the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.

Before arriving at SFA, Kiesel helped write successful Title III and Title V grant applications and supervised federal Student Support Services and College Assistance Migrant Program projects. From 2008-14, she worked with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as one of eight regional college and career readiness special advisers. The special adviser program included a $250,000 grant to sponsor collaboration among K-12 and higher education faculty members in East Texas. The wider focus of that grant helped spark her interest in working with other agencies to address regional issues.

News & Announcements

Jacks Council on Family Relations collecting items for Thanksgiving Homebound project

As the seasons change and the holidays approach, SFA’s Jacks Council on Family Relations is preparing for its annual food drive, Thanksgiving Homebound.

The group of 19 SFA students asks organizations, departments, faculty and staff members, students and members of the Nacogdoches community to donate grocery items that can be used by families in its adopted organizations to prepare Thanksgiving meals. Adopted organizations include Solid Foundation, GETCAP Head Start and The Family Crisis Center of East Texas.

JCFR matches participants with families and sends participants a description of the family and checklist of items to purchase. The checklist includes grocery items such as potatoes, cornbread mix, vegetables and dressing. Participants also are asked to purchase a $25 gift card to help their family purchase perishable items such as meat, butter, milk and/or eggs.

After the food is collected, participants place the items in a storage bin and deliver it to the Education Annex Building, Room 133, on campus. Deliveries should be made between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 16.

For more information, contact JCFR at sfasujcfr@gmail.com.
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School of Nursing to host drive-thru clinic for free flu shots

Student nurses in SFA’s DeWitt School of Nursing will administer free flu shots to individuals 18 years and older from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 13, at the drive-thru clinic. The clinic will be held at The Surgery Center of Nacogdoches at 4948 NE Stallings Drive.
Free flu shots also will be given Oct. 12 through16 at the Nacogdoches County Fair.

For more information, contact Della Connor, assistant professor of nursing, at (936) 468-7713.

Town Hall event to feature speaker Marlon Haywood tonight

Marlon Haywood will be the featured speaker at SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Haywood graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and a master's degree in adult and higher education. He is currently a doctoral student in the educational leadership program at Roosevelt University. Haywood will discuss racial tensions in the U.S. and what university students can do in their own university environments to promote unity.
For more information, call the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

SFA Gardens to host bulb hybridizer Brent Heath tonight

SFA Gardens will host a special presentation at 7 p.m. tonight in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Brent Heath, a third-generation bulb grower, will present “Bulbs of the Deep South.”

Brent is a co-owner with his wife, Becky, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a Virginia-based wholesale and retail mail-order bulb catalog and website business that offers numerous types of bulbs for sale to botanical gardens, cities, universities, landscape designers and gardeners across the country. The Heaths are daffodil hybridizers and have a number of small, multi-flowered, fragrant hybrids.

The cost of the seminar is $10, and tickets can be purchased online at sfagardens.sfasu.edu. For more information, call (936) 468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Acclaimed poet to present at SFA tonight

SFA’s Department of English and Creative Writing is hosting Dr. David Baker, a poet, professor and editor, who will read a selection of his personal works at 7 p.m. tonight in Dugas Liberal Arts North Building, Room 142.

“David Baker brings a considerable reputation and talent to the SFA community,” said Dr. Mark Sanders, SFA professor of English and chair of the department. “He is the author of numerous books of poems and criticism, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award winner and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award winner. He is highly regarded nationally and internationally.”

The reading is free and open to the public.
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Faculty members invited to provide input on classroom spaces needing upgrades

The Teaching and Learning Advancement Team, one of several teams tasked with formulating recommendations to foster academic and co-curricular innovation in support of SFA Envisioned, recommended that funds be dedicated to upgrade classroom spaces across campus to accommodate active-learning pedagogies. The process of identifying rooms for upgrades involves seeking input from faculty members.

To nominate rooms to be upgraded, complete this form. Nominations will be accepted through tomorrow.


Volleyball winning streak at stake as Ladyjacks battle Islanders for first place

SFA's volleyball team is traveling south today for an early-season battle at 6:30 p.m. for first place in league standings against Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Dugan Wellness Center.

Tonight's clash in Corpus Christi will be the first true road match for the Ladyjacks in almost a month. The last time the team traveled, it fell 3-1 at Texas Tech University on Friday, Sept. 9. Since that tilt, the Ladyjacks have played seven of the following eight matches inside the walls of Shelton Gym, compiling wins in six of those seven showdowns.
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White posts runner-up showing as SFA finishes fourth at Aggie Invitational

SFA golf senior Jessie White registered the 11th top-10 finish of her SFA career, tying for individual runner-up honors at the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational. White helped guide the Ladyjacks to a fourth-place finish, their second top-five team showing of the year.

White finished the event with a 4-over 220, including a 4-over 76 during the final round of the Aggie Invitational, allowing her to finish three shots back of the individual champion. She finished the 54-hole event with 32 pars, eight birdies and an eagle, extending her program-record for top-10 tournament finishes to 11 and notching her 13th career top-20 showing.
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Fine Arts

Cole Art Center, School of Art to host historic trails association meeting

SFA's School of Art and The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association’s annual membership and board meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Cole Art Center.

Presentations will focus on archaeological research on the trail in East Texas and Louisiana, and the National Park Service will provide an update on the trail.

For more information, contact Steven Gonzales, executive director of the association, at steven@elcaminorealdelostejas.org.
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Screening of ‘Dead Man Walking’ at Cole Art Center scheduled for Oct. 14

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a free screening of the film “Dead Man Walking” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the art center located at 329 E. Main St. downtown.

The screening leads up to the “Faith and Justice: Exploring the Crisis of Empathy” conference hosted by the Organization for Faith, Education and Community scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

For additional conference information, click here, or contact The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-1131.
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SFA theatre students to present ‘Sunset Baby’

SFA's School of Theatre will present the student-directed, full-length play “Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Downstage Theatre on campus.

Directed by Dallas senior Dominique Rider, the play is about a former black revolutionary returning to his home to find a daughter he barely knows and a city that has changed during the past 20 years. The play addresses how generational voids affect people and the implications of revolution, according to Rider.

“Sunset Baby’ is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.
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They say patience is a virtue, and if you don’t practice it, you may find yourself in a few hot-tempered situations.

Fast Company recently explored the roots of the topic and produced a short list of suggestions relating to how you can trick your brain into practicing patience. Click here to read more.

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