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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Oct. 14
SFA men's golf
Miramont Invitational
Bryan, Texas

SFA women's golf
ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic
Jonesboro, Arkansas




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Dr. Robert Z. Selden, Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

A short article about the 3D research being carried out at the Center for Regional Heritage Research will be featured in the December 2014 issue of the magazine Early American Life.

The article discusses the manner by which decorative motifs can be isolated from the ceramic bodies and viewed individually.

This approach is particularly appealing for bottles, where traditional illustrations and roll-outs often distort the decorative motifs due to errors in converting a 3D design into an accurate 2D representation.This allows researchers to view patterns in the designs that are otherwise hidden in the more traditional 2D approximations of these important cultural objects.

News & Announcements

Global Gateway to Saudi Arabia set for Oct. 15

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Saudi culture given by students from Saudi Arabia.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Saudi Arabian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. 

Reserve your spot at the most iconic SFA games

Don't miss a moment of Lumberjack Football with the Battle of the Piney Woods Multi-Game Pack.

The package includes one ticket for the Battle of the Piney Woods, Homecoming and Battle for Chief Caddo games.

To purchase, call (936) 468-5225 or visit the ticket office, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Texas Tech Undergraduate Research conference calling for submissions

The Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Conference provides an opportunity for undergraduates to present their original scholarly and creative research done in partnership with a faculty mentor. Presentations can be submitted in poster or oral format. The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement welcomes submissions from all disciplines.
The 2015 annual Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference will be held March 31 - April 1 at Texas Tech University. For consideration to present at this conference please submit your abstract here no later than 11:59 p.m. Jan. 21.

For updates on TTU Conference information and deadlines, make sure you register with CALUE here.

SFA to screen 'Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse' at Cole Art Center

A one-night, free screening of "Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse" will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Austin film director Dwight Adair, "Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse" is part of the Texas Independent Film Network, according to Brad Maule, instructor in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art cinematography department.

"Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse" is a one-hour documentary about the Texas fiddler, songwriter and owner of the legendary Cotton Club in Lubbock, Maule explained.

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Vote for the Lumberjack!

The Southland Conference competition for the best school mascot is well underway.

Last year, the Lumberjack came out on top as the best mascot in the conference, and there's an opportunity to do it again. People are allowed to vote once a day for the duration of the contest, which runs until 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

The winning school's spirit department will receive $5,000!

Cast your vote here.

Art educators' brunch set for Saturday at Cole Art Center

A brunch designed to bring together East Texas art educators is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Sponsored by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, the event provides an opportunity to "connect with fellow art teachers and teachers who are interested in integrating the arts into other subjects," said Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Ar.

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New York fashion historian to speak during museum's 'Old Hat! 100 Years of Headgear' reception

New York fashion historian Rebecca Jumper Matheson will present "Pinnacle of Fashion: Hats of the 20th Century" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with an ongoing exhibit at the Stone Fort Museum at SFA.

The lecture will be held in the Kennedy Auditorium adjacent to the museum on the SFA campus. A former research assistant at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Matheson has taught in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the author of "The Sunbonnet: An American Icon in Texas" and "A House that is Made of Hats: The Lilly Daché Building 1937-1968" included in "The Places and Spaces of Fashion: 1800-2006."
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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.

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.


Meet the 'Jacks set for Oct. 28

With the excitement surrounding the 2014-15 season, fans can meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the annual “Meet The 'Jacks” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at First United Methodist Church Gym.

The event will start at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Rotary Club. Tickets are $14 and available at the door.

Both the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks are coming off banner seasons and two of the most storied years in either program’s history.
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SFA hits the road for two SLC matches

The SFA women's volleyball team is set for a two-match road trip this week as it hopes to continue a furious start to Southland Conference play. The Ladyjacks will first square off against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday night at 7 p.m., and then travel to Houston for a contest with Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

SFA is a perfect 4-0 in the SLC over the first two weeks of action, sweeping Nicholls State and McNeese State on the road in week one, and defeating Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian in straight sets at Shelton Gym last week. The Ladyjacks haven't yet dropped a set in the SLC - the only team in the conference that can boast the achievement. The 12-0 unbeaten set streak for SFA to start SLC play marks the longest for the program since 2007. The 2007 squad finished the year with a 15-1 record in the Southland.
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Fine Arts

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!

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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Diverse international student cast brings 'Trojan Barbie' to Turner stage

The student actors in "Trojan Barbie" bring global, multicultural perspectives that are as varied as the play itself to the SFA School of Theatre's Mainstage Series.

In "Trojan Barbie," Australian playwright Christine Evans' award-winning drama, the past collides with the present as the owner of an English doll hospital somehow finds herself face to face with survivors of the Trojan War, fought 3,000 years ago in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey.

Helping to tell this story on stage is an eclectic cast of student performers with diverse and interesting backgrounds, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and director of "Trojan Barbie."

Two exchange students from London's Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Scarlett O'Reilly and Hana Ghassali-Sbai, have major roles. "They are both English and Hana has a Brazilian heritage," Jones said.
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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

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