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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Faculty Senate Meeting
2:30 p.m.
BPSC rm. 2.201

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.

Friday, Oct. 11
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)

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces
jazz concert
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Soccer
vs. McNeese State
7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Northwestern State Invite
Natchitoches, La.

Saturday, Oct. 12
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Two shows
2:30 p.m
and 7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Fredonia Players
at Piney Woods Fair
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches Expo Center

SFA Football
at Southeastern Louisiana
Hammond, La.
7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Northwestern State Invite
Natchitoches, La.

Women's Volleyball
vs. McNeese State
1 p.m.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature expert on frogs, snakes, turtles

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski, SFA professor of biology, will present "Critters that Slither and Hop in Your Garden: The Reptiles and Amphibians of East Texas."

Kwiatkowski joined the SFA faculty seven years ago and teaches herpetology, comparative vertebrate biology, field ecology and fundamentals of zoology. His research focuses on conservation of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the signals they use in mating behavior. He is currently working with federal and state agencies and zoos around the country on the population genetics of Louisiana Pine Snakes, a candidate species for federal protection. He also is working with U.S. Forest Service biologists to investigate declines in amphibian populations. He serves on the SFA Faculty Senate and University Research Council and is acting as adviser to the university's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Learning Center. Read More

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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Dr. Marlene Kahla and Dr. Robert Crocker

Department of Management, Marketing and International Business

Kahla and Crocker are winners of the International Academy for Case Studies Distinguished Research Award to be presented at the Allied Academies Fall 2013 International Conference.

News & Announcements

Faculty Senate meeting today

The SFA Faculty Senate will hold its second meeting of the semester at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9,  in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, 2.201. Dr. Stacey Silverman, interim assistant commissioner of the workforce, academic affairs and research division of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will attend the meeting and will be available for a question-and-answer session.

Save a Life–Learn QPR

Have you ever been concerned about someone but unsure what to say? Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger of suicide. On completion, each participant will be certified as a "Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper."

Be ready to save a life!

3-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Rusk Building, Room 333

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.

ODK requests Trivia Bowl questions from faculty

Omicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s National Leadership Honor Society, invites faculty members to submit specialized questions from their areas of expertise for College Bowl during Homecoming Week. College Bowl is a trivia event put on during Homecoming Week for organizations competing to get points. We would like to showcase some of SFA’s exceptional faculty members  during this event by featuring some original questions from our campus.

Required information is your name, department, question and answer. You can submit directly to sfa.odk@gmail.com, drop by Student Affairs office (BPSC, Room 3.302) or send via campus mail to Box 13029.

Submissions must be received by Friday, Oct. 11.

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.

Elementary Education plans critical text dialogue sessions

The Department of Elementary Education at SFA is planning a once-or-twice-monthly meeting beginning in early November to create a positive space for dialogue while exploring the text of "The Critical Pedagogy Reader" (2nd ed.).

"Our first meeting will be an opportunity for introductions and to begin exploring "Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction" (pp. 1-20). If you do not have access to the reader, many of the chapters are available as pdfs from search engines or in other texts," said Dr. Brandon Fox, assistant professor.

Meeting dates and times are still to be decided, but if you would like to participate, please email Fox at foxbrand@sfasu.edu before Oct. 14.

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.

Campus Recreation

Indoor volleyball registration

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

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.

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 tied for fifth after day one

The SFA women’s golf team fired an opening round 304 at the SHSU Harold Funston Invitational Tuesday morning in Huntsville. The Ladyjacks bettered their morning score by eight strokes (296) to finish the day tied for fifth place.

The Ladyjacks were led by freshman Jessica White, who fired the team’s low rounds of the day to finish tied for sixth. White opened the day with a four-over par 75 before closing with a career low even-par 71.
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Lumberjacks tied for fourth after day one

The SFA men's golf team fired an opening round 287 Monday morning at the SHSU Harold Funston Invitational. The Lumberjacks closed the day with a second round 301 to finish tied for fourth heading in to Tuesday's final round.

SFA was led by sophomore Luke Sheehan who fired the team's low rounds of the day, finishing tied for fourth with a two-over par 144. Sheehan, who fired a career-low 68 to open the tournament, will enter the final day looking to grab the first top-five finish of his career.
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Fine Arts

University Series to present Ailey II on SFA's Turner stage

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Ailey II at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of its 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."

On Sept. 17, Ailey II embarked on a six-month, 31-city world tour that will take the company across the U.S., including the dancers' performance in Nacogdoches, and to Poland, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Canada.

"We are extremely pleased to feature the Ailey II dance company as part of our University Series," said Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts. "Ailey II is one of the most popular dance companies in the country, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs."

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by dancer, choreographer and visionary Alvin Ailey, to bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world. Since 1974, Ailey II has been a showcase for rising young dancers and choreographers.
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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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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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Pittsburg, Texas, is the home of a replica of the Rev. Burrell Cannon's flying machine that supposedly beat the Wright brother's Flyer into the air by a full year. The original Ezekial Airship was destroyed when it was torn off a railroad freight car by a storm.

Photo by Kevin Trotman

When in Pittsburg, be sure to stop by the giant fiberglass bust of Bo Pilgrim, located on highway 271.

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