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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Oct. 8
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Opening Night
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

AAUW meeting
5:30 p.m.
Regions Bank
downtown Nacogdoches

Men's Golf
Sam Houston Invitational

Women's Golf
SHSU Harold Funston Invitational

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Dead Man's Cell Phone
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Brain Zator
percussion recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Thursday, Oct. 10
Dead Man's Cell Phone
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Hotel Transylvania (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Conjuring (R)

Women's Volleyball
vs. Nicholls State
6:30 p.m.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Noted flautist McCuiston to perform recital, conduct seminar at SFA

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present Angela McCuiston performing a guest flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

McCuiston will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla and Ian Clarke, among others.

Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Masterclass and an avid performer, McCuiston is assistant principal/piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin and a member of the 129th Army Band in Nashville, Tenn., and she just completed her final season as principal flute/piccolo with the Panama City Pops Orchestra in Panama City, Fla.

A certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has studied Alexander Technique, Barbara Conable's "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body" Body Mapping Class and Eva Amsler's classes in Dynamic Integration. As a trainer, and in addition to providing personal strength training with clients, she also teaches classes in foam rolling and a beginner's boot camp. Residing in Nashville, McCuiston travels actively to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting recently at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, Nev., and Charlotte, N.C.
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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.

News & Announcements

Fall Career and Internship Expo

1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Career Services invites you to this semester’s Career and Internship Expo.
Encourage your students to find their internship or full-time job at the Career Expo. This event is a great opportunity for students and alumni of all majors to network with professional recruiters. Click here for a list of participating employers.

Please remind your students to:

  • Bring student ID for check in;
  • Bring copies of resume to distribute to prospective employers; and
  • Dress professionally.

AAUW meeting in October

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

SFA to host international conference in Houston

SFA will host the 2013 installment of its Global Citizenship Series on Friday, Oct. 18, in Houston.

The foreign policy conference will center on the future of the relationship between North America and Latin America. Keynote speakers will include Ambler Moss, professor of international studies at the University of Miami and former ambassador to Panama; Mark Langdale, former president of the George W. Bush Foundation and former ambassador to Costa Rica; and John Weekes, Canada's principal negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The event, titled "Latin America and North America: The Future of the Relationship," will be the third international conference SFA has hosted in Houston in as many years. The relationship between the United States and Europe was discussed at the 2011 conference, and U.S.-Middle East relations highlighted the 2012 event.

"The goals of the event are to expose our students and faculty to world leaders, to enhance understanding of a region critical to the nations' prosperity and security, and to create opportunities for international program development," said Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts, which sponsors the conference series.

"This year's event is bringing our highest-profile speakers to date," he said. "It should be an informative, stimulating and thought-provoking day."
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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 Road, in the Galleria.

The speakers will promote the football game between the two rival schools, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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.

Campus Recreation

Indoor volleyball registration

Monday, Oct. 7, through Thursday, Oct. 10

Registration for 6v6 Indoor Volleyball will be open from 1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby. Cost is $30 per team. Register for any of the following divisions: men’s, women’s, co-rec, Greek or residence hall. Teams will sign up to play either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign ups are first come, first pay for dates and times. Don't have a team? Register as a free agent on IMLeagues.com so teams can see you are available! Games begin on Monday, Oct. 21. For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.

Battleship tournament and midseason flag football tournament registrations open

Monday, Oct. through Friday, Oct. 11

Registration for these tournaments will be open from 1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby or the Intramural Office. Cost for the Battleship Tournament is $20 per team, and format will depend on entries; teams of four will compete. This tournament will take place in the HPE Indoor Pool on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. (after the Homecoming Tie Dye event). Be the last canoe floating and win! Cost for the Midseason Flag Football Tournament is $30 per team and will consist of Men’s, Women’s and CoRec Divisions. This tournament will begin on Friday, Oct. 25 on the Intramural Fields and will continue Saturday, Oct. 26. Winners of the tournament will have their entry fee to the NIRSA Region IV Flag Football Tournament waived by SFA Intramurals. For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.

Indoor volleyball officiating clinics begin

Tuesday, Oct. 8

6 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

Be trained and get paid to officiate Intramural Indoor Volleyball. No experience is necessary. Clinics will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 9.  You must attend all clinics. For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.

Intramural Net Night

Wednesday, Oct. 9

4 p.m. in the HPE Big Gym

Compete in net sports for your chance to be crowned an Intramural Champion and win THE Intramural Champ Shirt. Events include Table Tennis Singles, Walleyball Doubles, Badminton Singles and Pickleball Doubles. Register your team by 3:45 p.m. in the HPE. All events are free to play. For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.

Last day to pre-register for the 2013 Lumberjack Homecoming 5K

Friday, Oct. 11

Be a part of SFA Homecoming tradition and participate in the 4th annual Lumberjack Homecoming 5K on Oct. 19! First 100 participants are guaranteed a T-shirt! Proceeds benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship. This event is run by Nacogdoches Endurance Training and will feature chip timing. Pre-registration (on or before Oct. 11) is $20 for students and $25 for all other entrants. Rates will increase after Oct. 11. Register online at active.com.

Free faculty friday at the Rec

Friday, Oct. 11

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.

Rugby Alumni Game

Saturday, Oct. 12

2 p.m. on the Rugby Field

Mark your calendars for the 34th annual SFA Rugby Alumni Game! You do not want to miss this annual rugby match featuring current SFA Rugby players and former SFA rugby players. Many of our former players still compete in club teams around the state, making this match an afternoon of both intense competition and nostalgia. You’ll be able to spot the current players quickly, as they will be wearing their bright pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Hunt scores game-winner in OT to beat Bearkats

For already a fourth time this season, the SFA Ladyjacks soccer team was forced to play more than 90 minutes, but the wait was worth it on Sunday. Freshman Hailey Hunt scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Sam Houston State 1-0 Sunday afternoon for SFA's fourth-straight win.

The Ladyjacks (9-2-1, 4-1-0) posted their league-leading ninth shutout of the season in the victory and are now just four shutouts shy of tying the school record (13) set the past two seasons.

Hunt's goal, her fourth of the season, came in the 95th minute. SFA outshot the Bearkats 21-11 and 9-2 shots on goal.
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Ladyjacks shut out in Conway

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team was unable to take a set from Central Arkansas, falling 3-0 (14-25, 16-25, 11-25) Saturday afternoon at Prince Center.

SFA (10-8, 2-3 SLC) was held to a season-low .079 clip across three sets against the Sugar Bears (14-3, 6-0 SLC).

Senior Leslie Jackson led the Ladyjack attack, recording seven kills and a .429 attack percentage.

Setters Paige Holland and Shannon Connell split time for SFA, each appearing in all the sets. Holland finished with 16 assists, while Connell added nine. Libero OJ Olson recorded 10 digs to lead the Ladyjack back line.
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Ladyjacks blank Huskies, 2-0

The SFA Ladyjacks soccer team reeled off its third consecutive victory and sixth in the last seven matches with a 2-0 triumph over the Houston Baptist Huskies Friday evening at the SFA Soccer Field.

SFA (8-2-1, 3-1-0) outshot the Huskies (2-8-1, 1-3-0) 16-6 and 9-1 shots on goal while dominating corner kicks, 15-6.

"A great all-around match tonight," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "As a team we were able to manage the tempo of the game in possession while creating some very dangerous chances. Anytime you can create 15 corners, it confirms that you are forcing the other team to make plays. In the end, that is all you can ask. Of course, I would love to see us score on a couple of those, but it was great experience for sure. Our organization in the back was great, and I thought we handled HBU's dangerous moments very well."
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Faculty Showcase'

The SFA Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred J. Allen, will present "Faculty Showcase" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Featured performers will be Debbie Berry and Gary Wurtz, both members of the faculty in the SFA School of Music.

Wurtz, professor of trumpet, will perform David Gillingham's "When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone."

"This is dedicated to those who fought and died in World War II," said Allen, who is director of bands at SFA. "The trumpet represents the soldier, through battle, grief and patriotism in this stirring work."

Soprano Berry will sing "Three Gospel Songs," arranged by Luigi Zaninelli.

"Audiences will recognize these tunes," Allen said. "Besides 'Amazing Grace' and 'Old Time Religion,' this set also includes the beautiful 'His Eye is on the Sparrow.'"
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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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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'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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