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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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Peck Leads Association

SFA Student Affairs

Dr. Adam Peck, SFA's dean of student affairs, was sworn in as president of the Texas Association of Student Personnel Administrators at the group's meeting this week in Corpus Christi.

The association is the largest organization for student affairs in Texas and recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.

News & Announcements

American Legion to host benefit for SFA Veterans Resource Center

The American Legion will sell barbecue and catfish plates on Raguet Street by the McGee Business Building to benefit the SFA Veterans Resource Center during lunch on Tuesdays Oct. 13 through Oct. 31. 

Prices are:
Sausage on a Stick - $4
BBQ Plate - $6
Catfish Plate - $6 (small) $12 (large)

The proceeds will help the VRC fund various programs benefiting student veterans. The center provides a safe haven for student veterans to study, relax and socialize during school hours.

Organizations help local elementary school students, teachers

SFA’s honor code states, “Lumberjacks think of the needs of others and seek to improve the quality of life of those around them.”

These values were put into action when Dr. Adam Peck, SFA’s dean of student affairs, learned of a need at Emeline Carpenter Elementary School in Nacogdoches.

Many of the school’s classrooms exit directly to the outdoors with only small awnings to protect the students from the elements. Sharitta Williams, a former SFA student leader and now elementary school employee, reached out to Peck and asked for his assistance. Working with SFA student affairs staff members and the Generation Jacks Program at SFA, funds were raised to purchase 20 small umbrellas to donate to the school.

Later, Peck met with Ester Campbell, manager of the Barnes & Noble bookstore at SFA, who worked to have golf umbrellas specially made for Emeline Carpenter Elementary’s students to utilize. The bookstore also contributed to the effort by paying the price difference.

The umbrellas were delivered Oct. 7, and the students are now ready for the rainy months ahead with the protection of their newly donated umbrellas.

SFA nursing students to administer free flu shots at county fair, surgery center

Students from SFA's Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing will administer free flu shots at the Nacogdoches County Fair through Sunday, Oct. 11. Students also will be checking blood glucose and pressure levels and conducting bone density screenings free of charge.
The school also is participating in a drive-thru flu shot clinic through Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Surgery Center of Nacogdoches, 4948 N.E. Stallings Drive, next door to Nacogdoches Medical Center.
Nacogdoches Medical Center and the Surgery Center of Nacogdoches donated the vaccines and use of the screening equipment.

Flu shots will not be administered to anyone under the age of 18, or those with Latex or egg allergies.
Flu shot schedule:
Nacogdoches County Fair:
Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 9: 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11: noon to 2 p.m.
The Surgery Center of Nacogdoches:
Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 9: 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

American Marketing Association Regional Conference to be held at SFA

The SFA Student American Marketing Association and the University of Houston Downtown AMA chapters will host the American Marketing Association Regional Conference on the SFA campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. each morning. The event's keynote speaker is SFA alumnus Steve Stagner, CEO of Mattress Firm Inc. Stagner will speak at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Kennedy Auditorium. 

For more information on the conference, contact the SFA AMA through Facebook or the event's website.

Sylvans win collegiate title at Arkansas State Lumberjack Championship

The SFA Sylvans won the collegiate portion of the 32nd annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Championship held in Sheridan, Arkansas.

SFA students competed against the University of Arkansas at Monticello and won four out of the five physical events in the competition, garnering a $750 donation from competition organizers.
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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.

National Council on Undergraduate Research 2016 Travel Grants available for students

The SFA provost's office will fund travel to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research for six undergraduate students and two faculty mentors. Faculty members are encouraged to inform their students of this opportunity.

Students must apply by Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the council's website. If accepted, students must then apply to Dr. Courtney Wooten for funding by Friday, Jan. 29.

For more information, contact Wooten by phone at (936) 468-2079 or by email.

Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp

Parents may drop their children off as early as 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. 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 SFA Recreation Center Administration Office at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.
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East Texas Historical Association to host Lale Lecture tonight

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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SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for Diversity Conference proposals

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members and students to submit proposals for either a 25-, 50- or 75-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation. Poetry proposals also will be accepted.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, click here. Proposals are due by Thursday, Oct. 22.

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

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

SFA Faculty Senate seeking comment on policy changes

The SFA Faculty Senate is seeking faculty member 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.

The comment period is open until Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Counselor Summit to connect counselors, educators, administrators in region

SFA is connecting counselors, teachers and administrators by hosting the Counselor Summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Education Annex, Room 127, on SFA's campus.

This free event is open to high school counselors, career and technical education teachers, and principals and superintendents in the region. Space is limited, and the first 55 participants to register online will receive reserved seats and a lunch in the Culinary Café. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/p8dh3ey. Door prizes will be awarded.

Three years ago, Dr. Nancy Shepherd, program coordinator for family and consumer sciences at SFA, recognized the important connection counselors and teachers have to students who need up-to-date information about college and career opportunities. This realization helped her conceptualize the Counselor Summit.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to host luncheon and workshop

The SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be hosting an internal funding luncheon and workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

All faculty members are invited to attend and can come and go as class schedules permit. Highlights of the workshop will include a meet and greet with ORSP staff members and an opportunity to learn about internal funding available to support faculty research and creative activities.
If you plan to have lunch please RSVP by calling the ORSP at (936) 468-6606.


First-place conference title on the line for SFA volleyball tonight

An early season battle for outright first-place in the Southland Conference is what the SFA volleyball team faces as they return to Shelton Gym tonight for the homecoming game. 

SFA aims to stretch its SLC regular-season winning streak to 21 matches when the team takes on Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, which has the exact same 4-0 league record as the Ladyjacks. The SFA volleyball team hasn’t been defeated at home in 2015.
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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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Fine Arts

Various Middle Eastern cultures reflected in SFA production of 'The Arabian Nights'

Cast and production staff members of "The Arabian Nights," the SFA School of Theatre's current Mainstage Series play adapted from "The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night," have learned a lot about the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa.

In the weeks leading up to the play's Tuesday, Oct. 6, opening before enthusiastic crowds, students and their teachers explored cultures with which many were unfamiliar. But theatre professor Angela Bacarisse, who designed costumes, hair and make-up for the play, and her hair and make-up assistant designer, student Samantha Friedrich, each brought unique insights to the production.
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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 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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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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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 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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When science meets art, the product can be amazing and sometimes, a little bizarre.

It is well-known humpback whales communicate by singing - tunes which travel great distances to reach other whales - but unlike many of the natural world's vocalists, the songs of humpback whales now have their own sheet music. Musician Richard Rothenberg teamed up with visual designer Michael Deal and, using research from the 1970s by whale scientist Roger Payne, Scott McVay and mathematician Hella McVay, the pair devised a notation system, allowing them to codify whale songs.

Read a more in-depth explanation on the process and see the system Rothenberg and Deal came up with in this Smithsonian article.

The jury is still out on who - man or whale - will get the copyrights.

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