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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 8
SFA volleyball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Friday, Oct. 9
SFA soccer vs. the University of Central Arkansas
7 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

SFA tennis at the Lady Demon Invitational
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Saturday, Oct. 10
SFA football vs. Nicholls State University
3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA tennis at the Lady Demon Invitational
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA volleyball vs. Houston Baptist University
1 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Monday, Oct. 12
Women's golf at the University of the Incarnate Word Women's Invitational
San Antonio




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News & Announcements

SFA Today survey now available

The SFA University Marketing Communications office, which produces SFA Today, wants to know what faculty and staff members think about the campus newsletter.

Please take a moment to complete a short survey, available here.

SFA Faculty Senate meets today

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, 2.201. Topics of discussion will include the review of academic policies related to tenure, promotion, post-tenure review and evaluation for merit pay and joint resolution for cessation of a smoking- and tobacco-free campus. Senate election results also will be announced. The meeting will be recorded and is open to the campus community. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

In addition, the Faculty Senate also is seeking faculty members' feedback on the proposed changes to the academic promotion, administrative evaluation and merit pay, tenure and post-tenure policies. Click here for more information. Changes to some of these policies are substantive. Please share your feedback with senators from your college or send your concerns to Dr. J.D. Salas, senate chair-elect, at salasjd@sfasu.edu, by Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Student Success Collaborative Campus now available

Student Success Collaborative Campus, the integration of GradesFirst and the Student Success Advising Platform, is now available to all faculty members, faculty advisers and student success coaches. SSC Campus is the campus-wide platform SFA will use for student advising.

There is no change in the way you access the Student Success Advising Tool. If you are unable to access the tool, please check with your department chair or administrative assistant to ensure you have the required access in Banner.

System administrators for SSC Campus are Chelsea Heidbrink, student success coach in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, and Trina Menefee, student success coach in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. They can be reached at sscollaborative@sfasu.edu.

Find additional information, user guides and FAQs by visiting the Student Success Advising Tool website. Technical questions should be directed to the TSC at helpdesk@sfasu.edu.

Undergraduate research workshop being organized

SFA's Department of Human Services is offering an undergraduate research workshop for students. It is an exciting opportunity to explore and learn about the hands-on learning experience of research.

Faculty members are asked to encourage their students to participate in the workshop where research teams and the research process will be explored. The workshop is free for any undergraduate student who wants to learn more about research.

The meeting time for the session will be determined based on availability. Please notify Dr. Yulcinys Castillo about your interest by the end of today.

Contact Castillo at castilloya@sfasu.edu to express interest in the session or if you have questions.

University Women's Club to meet Friday

Take a break from your work to meet the deans and members of the SFA University Women's Club. There's no time like the present to meet women from across the college's academic unit and campus. With coffee and morning snacks, spend a bit of time talking with colleagues and meeting some new people. Information about the UWC also will be available.

There are several sessions remaining in this series.

8:30-9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9
College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Brian Murphy, dean
Ferguson Building, Room 291

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15
Rusche College of Business, Timothy Bisping, dean
Business Building, Room 443

10-11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19
Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Hans Williams, interim dean
Forestry Building, Room 105

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
College of Science and Mathematics, Kimberly Childs, dean
Math Building, Room 103

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
Steen Library, Shirley Dickerson, director
Wyatt Room

Green is the New Black recyclable fashion show set for October

SFA fashion and interior design student organizations are sponsoring the “Green is the New Black” recyclable fashion show this fall as the community event for the Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program. Students of all majors are encouraged to enter designs. Designs this year will be Halloween costumes rather than traditional apparel. All entries have to be created from recyclable materials with one component of the costume being recycled denim. Faculty members are encouraged to spread the word to students to not only enter designs, but to encourage attendance.
The show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The non-refundable entry fee for designers is $20. The top 15 designs will be featured for the runway and others will be featured on mannequins as an exhibit. Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 9.

The cost of admission to the show for individuals is one piece of denim clothing, and families are asked to donate a minimum of two pieces.

The prize for first place is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200. There will be prizes, giveaways, refreshments and more during intermission. For more information, contact Jamie Cupit in the Educational Annex, Room 130.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus to present speaker

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus will present the first installment of the Conscious Speaker Series, which focuses on diversity-related topics, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9,  in the Baker Pattillo Student Center third floor commons.

The speaker will be Dr. Patrick S. De Walt, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. His topic for the interactive workshop is "Definition Day: Interrogating the Words We Use to Shape Our Worlds."  The presentation is open to all faculty and staff members and students, and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus' mission is to advance the areas of diversity, social justice and multicultural awareness and competence on campus through dialogue and programming. The caucus strives to create an atmosphere where all faculty and staff members and students feel welcomed, respected and heard.

East Texas Historical Association to host Lale Lecture tomorrow

The East Texas Historical Association will present the 19th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the SFA Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Dr. Robert Krueger of Texas Tech University will be the guest speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

Krueger, a native of New Braunfels, has been a university professor and dean, businessman, and chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, as well as a U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. ambassador on three occasions, and special representative of the U.S. secretary of state.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature SFA soil scientist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Leon Young, SFA professor of agriculture and director of the soil, plant and water analysis laboratory in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Can We Feed Nine Billion in 2040 and How?"

A native of Devine, Texas, Young received a Bachelor of Science in plant science from Texas A & I University in 1970. Following graduation, he moved to Ames, Iowa, to begin graduate work in soil fertility at Iowa State University. Young earned his master's and doctoral degrees from ISU in 1972 and 1976, respectively. His research focused on a comparison of corn and soybean responses to phosphorus and potassium fertilization.
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Campus Recreation

"Cook THIS, Not THAT" seminar set for today

Come join SFA Employee Wellness for the "Cook THIS, Not THAT" class at 5:15 p.m. today in the Campus Recreation Center Meeting Room.

During this seminar, attendees will learn healthier ways to cook while still eating their favorite foods. 

For more information on this free seminar, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp

Parents may drop their children off as early as 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie. Children must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents are allowed to pick up at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper.

For more information and to register, please contact the Administration Office of the SFA Rec Center at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.


SFA men's golf finishes ninth in Mexico

The SFA men’s golf team maintained its position in the final 18 holes of the 2015 Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate to finish the tournament in ninth place overall. The Lumberjacks shot a 14-over 302 on the final day, posting a 40-over 904 for the 54-hole event.

The 'Jacks were led by senior Luke Sheehan, who scored a par 72 in the third round to finish with a 2-over 218. He tied for 11th in the individual standings. It is the 18th top-20 finish of Sheehan’s SFA career.
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Lumberjack football returns home to face Nicholls State University Saturday

The SFA Lumberjack football team will return to Homer Bryce Stadium to face Nicholls State University at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The match up will be SFA’s “Pink Out” game for 2015, raising both funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The match also marks the 250th Lumberjack game at Homer Bryce Stadium.

SFA fans unable to attend can keep up with every Lumberjack touchdown. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3, as well as the WatchESPN app. Rob Meyers will once again broadcast the game live on radio at Q107.7 FM and fans can listen online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through SFAJacks.com with in-game updates available on Twitter.
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White's top-10 finish leads SFA in Huntsville

The SFA women's golf team posted its best round of the 2015 Sam Houston State University Bearkat Women’s Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 7, shooting an 18-over 302 in the final round. The Ladyjacks advanced one spot, to tie for seventh overall with a 66-over 918. It is the team's second-straight top-10 finish.

The Ladyjacks began the day in eighth place, paced by a 2-over 73 from Jessie White. The junior tied for eighth overall with an 8-over 221. It is the sixth top-10 finish of White’s career, and the fifth in her last seven tournaments. She finished one stroke off the SFA program record for the lowest 54-hole tournament score.
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SFA volleyball to host 'Dig for the Cure' night

The SFA volleyball team will take on the University of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in SFA's Shelton Gym for the annual "Dig for the Cure" night, presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Fans will receive free pink T-shirts and free Papa John’s pizza at the game.

Both teams are undefeated in Southland Conference play. Let’s pack Shelton Gym and support the Ladyjacks in their quest to stay unbeaten in SLC play. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.

Fine Arts

Nakasone exhibition features the art of 'sho'

The exhibition "Ron Y. Nakasone: Formless Form, the Art of Sho" will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the SFA Griffith Gallery.

The exhibition features the modern expression of a traditional art form that is still highly respected in East Asia. The art of "sho" and its metaphysical support, Buddhist thought, especially that of Zen, had a great impact on Western art in the later half of the last century, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

Nakasone states that "the Art of Sho (calligraphy) uses the soft (Chinese) brush, free flowing ink, and absorbent paper to give form to the artist-writer's being, feelings and thoughts. The art is an opportunity for the sho-artist to give form through line and space to his or her spiritual landscape."
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SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Legends' program

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present "Legends" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

"We have three featured performers on this concert," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands.

Staci Spring, bassoon instructor in the School of Music, will perform as soloist on Dana Wilson's "The Avatar," a concerto for bassoon and chamber ensemble.
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SFA's children's series to present 'Fly Guy and Other Stories'

The SFA Children's Performing Arts Series opens its 2015-16 season by presenting Theatreworks USA's "Fly Guy and Other Stories" in two performances Friday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Seven delightful stories come to life in this hour-long musical revue based on popular children's books, including "Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl," "Diary of a Worm," "Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig," "Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores," "Kitten's First Full Moon," "Lilly's Big Day" and "Paper Bag Princess," according to Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

"Performed by a multi-racial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children," Peterson said.
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SFA theatre students to present 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs Alan Ball's comedy about a newly married couple's overdone wedding reception.

"During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below," Gibson said in describing the play. "As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in a wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit."
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SFA's jazz bands to perform program of classic swing music

SFA's Swingin' Axes and Swingin's Aces jazz bands will perform classic swing music at their next concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance will feature the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini and other great jazz composers.

Directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes' program will include Ellington's classic "Take the A-Train" and Buddy Rich's "Basically Blues." 
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