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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Oct. 8
'Illiterate' 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

American Association of University Women meeting set for Oct. 21

The Association of American University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Regions Bank downtown. 

This month there will be an update on the Texas Legislature with State Rep. Travis Clardy speaking to the group.

Ring Week to kick off Oct. 13

The fall 2014 Ring Week is Oct. 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center. Ring Week is open to all current students with 60 hours or more and any alumni who previously did not order a ring when they graduated.

In order to participate in the Big Dip Ceremony, orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. The fall Big Dip Ceremony is at noon Friday, Dec. 5.

Balfour representatives will be here Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13 and 14, to answer any questions. Sample rings will be on display, ring sizing will be available and all ring questions will be answered during the week.

Take Back the Night event scheduled for Oct. 16

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Gender Studies Club and the Gender Studies Minor will present Take Back the Night, a candlelight march and poetry slam on Thursday, Oct. 16.

The march will begin at 6 p.m. at Surfin' Steve and end at Dugas Liberal Arts North,where the poetry slam will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 142.

Faculty, students, and the community are invited to join this international initiative to help women take back the night and stop violence against women.

First SFA president kept school open during Depression

Courtesy of The Pine Log

Alton W. Birdwell served as SFA’s first president from 1923 until 1942. Even after his retirement, he served as president emeritus and remained a member of the faculty until his death on Oct. 5, 1954.

Born in 1870 and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Birdwell was home-schooled most of his early life. Later, he put himself through school by molding clay bricks and working on railroad lines. He attended classes at University of Texas, University of Missouri and University of Chicago. He began teaching in 1892, and eventually became a professor of history in 1910. Four years later, he married fellow teacher Maude Margaret Shipe. He earned a master’s degree in educational theory from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1916, and returned to Southwest Texas State University as dean of the faculty.

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Solar array debut well atteneded

Tony Napolillo, Sun Club program manager for Green Mountain Energy Company, ceremoniously “flips the switch” Saturday during a dedication ceremony celebrating the solar array installation on the roof of the recently opened Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at SFA.

The solar array on the new building located in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center was made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club program of Green Mountain Energy, the longest-serving renewable energy retailer in the U.S. It is expected to offset as much as 80 percent of the building's energy usage, as well as help educate the facility's thousands of annual visitors about solar energy.

The Sun Club is a unique program that enables Green Mountain Energy Company's residential customers, employees and supporters to donate solar technology to nonprofit organizations, including colleges and universities.

Pictured, from left, are Dr. Dale Perritt, chair of the SFA Department of Agriculture; Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president; Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Lauren Grace Ashley, SFA Charter School student; Napolillo; Dr. Dave Creech, professor emeritus of agriculture and associate director of SFA Gardens; and Zy’Keis Fields, Charter School student.

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.

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.

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.

Human Services Department to offer anonymous depression screenings

The SFA Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation/Counseling Programs will offer free, anonymous depression screenings for National Depression Screening Day. 
Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.

NDSD Mental Health Screening, held in October as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

For more information, call the Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.

SFA to host fourth annual global citizenship event

The future of the relationship between the United States and Asia will be featured at the 2014 Global Citizenship Series presented by SFA on Oct. 9 and 10 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk.

The conference, titled "Asia and the United States: Relationship Patterns and Potential," is the fourth annual international conference SFA has hosted in the Houston area.

"The goals of the event are to expose our students, faculty, and the Houston community to world leaders, to enhance understanding of a region critical to our nation's 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 organizes the conference series.
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Tickets still available for SFA concert featuring Chris Young and Big Joe Walker

Tickets are still available for the Chris Young and Big Joe Walker concert, presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University Student Activities Association, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the William R. Johnson Coliseum on the SFA campus.

Young, a 29-year-old RCA Records country singer, was the 2006 winner of the reality music show "Nashville Star." Young's current hit single, "Who I Am With You," reached number one atop the Mediabase Country Singles Chart, as well as claiming the number one spot in Rolling Stone's poll of Best Country Songs of 2014 So Far. The award-winning singer-songwriter also has claimed six additional number one singles in country music.
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Get a sneak peek at the new travel and expense module

SFA will be introducing a new travel and expense reporting module in the near future, and two 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.

Center for Digital Scholarship fall forum slated for next week

The Center for Digital Scholarship has received inquiries campus-wide regarding author rights, copyright, and publishing issues. In order to tailor mini-workshops around topics of interest to faculty members and students, the center has scheduled an open forum to advance the discussion.

The forum will be facilitated by Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian. The panelists will include Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and interim dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business; Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services; and Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, chair of the Department of Government.

The forum is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Ralph W. Steen Library Wyatt Room.

For more information please email cds@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1445.

Registration for Walk to End Alzheimer's to take place Wednesday

The students in Dr. Phillip Madison's public relations writing class will be registering students for the Walk to End Alzheimer's from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Signing up with a group of friends and walking as a team is encouraged; team captains will receive a free Walk to End Alzheimer's T-shirt. There is no fee to register, but participants are asked to donate to the cause and further the search for a cure.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a small ceremony following at 8:45 a.m. The 3.1-mile walk will officially begin at 9 a.m.

It is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

For more information about the Alzheimer's Association or the Nacogdoches Walk to End Alzheimers, please contact Regional Outreach Coordinator Michael Molina at (936) 632-9930 or via email at mmolina@alz.org.


SFA looks to rebound at Nicholls Saturday

SFA heads back on the road for the first time in six weeks, making the trek to Thibodaux, Louisiana, to take on Nicholls on Saturday, Oct. 11. Opening kick is set for 6 p.m. from Guidry Stadium as the Lumberjacks try to build on their six-game winning streak against the Colonels.

SFA fans unable to make it to Thibodaux for this weekend's game at Nicholls can still stay up to date on every Lumberjack play. Live video and live stats will be provided by Nicholls by logging on to GeauxColonels.com. Fans can also listen online as Rob Meyers will have the call on Q107.7 FM as well as online at Q1077.com with in-game Twitter updates @SFA_Football.

For the second-straight week, head coach Clint Conque will have some personal ties to the Lumberjacks' opponent. Conque spent two seasons at Nicholls during his playing career, earning first team All-America honors at linebacker from the Associated Press in 1982 where he was also a second team LSWA All-Louisiana selection. Conque was named to Nicholls' Silver Anniversary Team in 1997 and was then inducted into the Colonels' Hall of Fame in 2005.
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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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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!

SFA jazz bands' performances to feature works of music greats Basie, Sturm

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the university's jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

In the first concert of the year, the Swingin's Axes will "take on an exciting project - a live production of Count Basie's 1968 hit album, 'Basie - Straight Ahead,'" according to Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA and director of the Swingin' Axes.

"This album contains nine original compositions by famed arranger and composer Sammy Nestico, who was to new to Basie's band at that time," explains Wurtz. "The idea behind the recording was to place on display 'the essence of the Basie style,' and by the time the session was over, everyone involved, from the band members to the producers, to Basie himself, felt they had accomplished their goal." Read More

Noted violinist Gogichashvili to perform concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts series will present Eka Gogichashvili performing a guest violin recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

Gogichashvili, associate professor of violin at Baylor University, is a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and she is well known for her performances both in the United States and abroad. Joining her in concert is pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor of piano at Baylor University, who also enjoys a full career as a performer and teacher and has performed worldwide as a collaborative artist.

"The program consists of two sonatas for violin and piano, which are both great pieces and important contributions to this genre," said Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin at SFA.
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Few toys in the world are as well-known and iconic as Legos. Those tiny interlocking, plastic blocks have inspired theme parks, remarkable creations from regular folks and more than a few movies (The Lego Movie, the first full-length feature based entirely on the toys, grossed more than $450 million in box-office sales).

It shouldn't come as a surprise that some literature lovers also dabble in the blocks. MentalFloss.com compiled this awesome list of 12 pieces of literature, including Moby Dick, Harry Potter, Infinite Jest and The Iliad, recreated with the toys, and they're pretty awesome. Check it out here.

It may also surprise folks to learn there's a website called bricklink.com where people buy and sell individual LEGO blocks, some for hundreds of dollars a piece.

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