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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Oct. 13
SFA volleyball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's golf at the University of the Incarnate Word Women's Invitational
San Antonio




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Scott Shattuck

School of Theatre

Shattuck, associate professor and director of the SFA School of Theatre, co-authored a book with the late Louis E. Catron of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The second edition of the book, “The Director’s Vision,” is a standard text widely used for college-level stage directing courses throughout the U.S. The book was published earlier this year by Waveland Press Inc. of Long Grove, Illinois. For more information, visit waveland.com.

News & Announcements

Applications for homecoming festival booths now being accepted

The SFA Alumni Association is accepting booth applications for the Homecoming Jack-O-Ween Fall Festival scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Alumni Corner Tailgate tent in front of the SFA Early Childhood Laboratory, 1620 Raguet St.

All organizations, groups and Nacogdoches businesses are invited to host a fun booth for children of all ages.

Booths and event attendance are free. Hosts are encouraged to offer games, candy and other items for children.

The application is available for download here. Questions should be directed to Samantha Mora at (936) 468-3407.

GRE, graduate school prep panel scheduled for next week

The SFA chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, would like SFA faculty members to invite undergraduate students wishing to attend graduate school to a special GRE and graduate prep school panel scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

The panel is open to all majors requiring a GRE for graduate school admission. The panel is a question-and-answer format with graduate students who will discuss their knowledge of the graduate school process. Additional information about graduate school and the GRE will be available to attendees. The panel is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Deinisha Tryals at tryalsds@jacks.sfasu.edu or Rebecca Showalter at showalterra@jacks.sfasu.edu.

Homecoming blood drive scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28

The annual SFA Homecoming Blood Drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A. In coordination with the Homecoming theme and in competition with Sam Houston State University, SFA also will register people for bone marrow and organ donation.

Click here to register for a time slot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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 Esther 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'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.


Midnight Madness scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16

The SFA men’s and women’s basketball teams will take the floor of the William R. Johnson Coliseum at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, for SFA’s Midnight Madness, tipping off the 2015-16 basketball season. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees will have the chance to win various prizes, including iPads and flat-screen TVs. The first lucky fan who sinks a shot from half court will win $1,000 cash.
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SFA volleyball falls to Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in five-set thriller

The SFA volleyball team entered Shelton Gym prepared with a legion of fans and a seemingly flawless tactical plan, but a win just wasn’t in the cards.

Though the Ladyjacks put themselves in a position for victory by out-blocking Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi by a 15-5 margin, the Islanders were able to conjure up a few clutch plays to claim a 3-2 Southland Conference triumph.
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Ladyjack tennis travels to Northwestern State University today

The SFA women’s tennis team will travel east to participate in its second fall event of 2015-16. Northwestern State University will host the Lady Demon Invitational today and Saturday, Oct. 10, where the Ladyjacks hope to improve on a 12-12 showing from two weeks ago. 

Of the eight institutions sending student athletes to the Jack Fisher Lady Demon Tennis Complex, seven are from the Southland Conference. The University of Louisiana is the only non-SLC school in the mix.

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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

Andrew exhibition showing at Southern Arkansas University

An exhibition of the artwork of Peter Andrew, graphic design professor in the SFA School of Art, is currently showing at Southern Arkansas University. Tropical Water Colors is exhibited through Friday, Oct. 30, at Brinson Fine Art Gallery, 100 E. University, Magnolia, Arkansas.

Andrew's professional experience includes 12 years of art direction in advertising, publishing and freelance work as a design software trainer for the printing industry. He is an artist member of the New York Society of Illustrators and an artist consultant in the artists' materials industry. His art also is currently represented by galleries in Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas, and in Salt Lake City and on the Internet at peterandrew.net.

Selden's work featured in esteemed publication

The work of Lauren B. Selden, associate professor of metal/jewelry in the SFA School of Art, was recently published in Metalsmith, a well-known publication of contemporary metalworking and jewelry.

The quarterly magazine is released by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the metalworking and jewelry international organization. SNAG described "Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction" as "a showcase of works that help us discover beauty in the process of engagement."

"Being featured in this 'Exhibition in Print' is one of the highlights of my career," Selden said. "I am so honored to be part of the publication as well as the traveling exhibition."
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University Series to present The Hot Club of San Francisco

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present The Hot Club of San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2015-2016 University Series.

An evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing will hit Turner stage when The Hot Club of San Francisco presents "Cinema Vivant," a celebration of imagination and innovation. Like the wandering gypsy musicians of the 1930s, these artists play their guitars and fiddles while matching movements on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor, according to Dr. John Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

"These superb, multi-talented musicians will impress our Nacogdoches audience not only for their mastery of multiple instruments, but also for the excitement they bring to the Turner stage," Goodall said. "It's going to be an extraordinary night of music and fun."
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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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Just in time for Halloween comes the opportunity for film and monster buffs to get their hands on some industry history.

According to Atlas Obscura, the personal collection of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen, the man behind the stop-motion animation in movies like "Clash of the Titans" and "Jason and the Argonauts," is going up for auction next week.

Harryhausen passed away in 2013, but the iconic scenes he orchestrated will be remembered a long, long time. 

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