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Friday, Nov. 1
Cross Country
SLC Conference Championships
Lake Charles, La.

Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

First Friday Film Series
"Calling Home the Dead"
7 p.m.
Cole Art Center

SFA Planetarium Show
"Comet: From Ice to Fire"
7 p.m.
$2 admission

The Art of the Living and the Dead
6 p.m.
Cole Art Center

Women's Soccer
at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
3:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis
University of Houston Invite

Saturday, Nov. 2
SFA Football
Battle of the Piney Woods

vs. Sam Houston State
3 p.m.

Women's Tennis
University of Houston Invite

Women's Volleyball
at Abilene Christian
2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3
Women's Soccer
at Incarnate Word
San Antonio
1 p.m.

Women's Tennis
University of Houston Invite

Monday, Nov. 4
Men's Golf
Red Wolves Fall Beach Classic
Gulf Shores, Ala.

Trombone Choir Concert
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Golf
South Alabama Invitational
Loxley, Ala.

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during a free, action-packed open-house event at SFA in Nacogdoches on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Prospective students will get to visit with university faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the first of three SFA Showcase Saturday events set for this academic year.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and enjoy the Lumberjack Experience," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of the Office of Admissions.

"Guests are encouraged to visit one-on-one with our faculty to learn more about our quality, personalized academic programs, and our staff will be available to answer questions about everything from admission requirements to financial aid to residence life."
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SFA continues fostering artistic relationship with northern Mexico university

The influence SFA and its School of Art have had on the ceramics program at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico, is obviously profound. Simply put, it likely would not exist today without the contributions of SFA Professor of Ceramics Piero Fenci.

Fenci was the driving force in founding the first program of contemporary ceramic art in northern Mexico. And the ceramics program at the university located just south of El Paso is now thriving. It has a new building and new state-of-the-art walk-in kilns, and an SFA graduate is the professor in charge.

But as much as Fenci influenced the positive direction the ceramics program would take, the students he worked with, the people he met and the culture he came to appreciate and embrace over the past decade continue to make a lasting impression on him today.

With the help of a grant, Fenci will return in November to the state university of Chihuahua to present a week-long workshop with Maki Hajikano, SFA professor of sculpture. Hajikano will focus on glass casting, and Fenci will continue the lecture series he began years ago on clay and glaze technology.

"I can't wait to return to Chihuahua in November," Fenci said. "I look forward to seeing the recent improvements to the area."
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Newly released 'A Harp for Christmas' CD features SFA faculty member

Albany Records has recently released "A Harp for Christmas," the newest CD of Emily Mitchell, harp instructor in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.

The new holiday CD, available on Amazon.com, contains 21 carols arranged for solo harp by American flutist and composer Gary Schocker. Mitchell will return to New York in November to begin recording a second volume of another CD by the same name.

Vol. 1 includes Christmas standards "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," "What Child is This?" and "Deck the Halls." It also includes "Still, Still, Still," "Infant So Gentle" and "Cind Isus sa Nascut."

"There is a bonus track of J.S. Bach's 'Bist du bei mir,'" Mitchell said.

The CD was recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City with Andre Gauthier as producer and Robert Friedrick as engineer in September 2012. Albany Records will release Vol. 2 for the holiday season of 2014.

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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens to host herbal soap seminar

Join SFA Gardens education coordinator Elyce Rodewald for "Gifts from the Garden," a soap-making workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Participants will create a variety of herbal soaps, learn recipes and techniques of soap making, and take home samples of luxurious soap they make themselves. The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils, and dried herbs.

"Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they will have the skills to make soap at home on their own," Rodewald said. "This is great soap. Once you use it, you'll never go back to store-bought. This is a fun workshop - don't picture yourself stirring over a hot iron kettle. Join us for wonderful fragrances and special gifts from the garden."

Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Garden Members and $30 for non-members. To register or get more information, contact the education office at (936) 468-1832 or erodewald@sfasu.edu.

Jeff Davis Farewell Reception


Andrew Slack to speak at SFA

The faculty and staff are invited to a special event with Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the Teaching Excellence Center, Service Learning Advisory Board and Student Engagement Programs – Leadership and Service. Refreshments will be provided.
Slack will speak with faculty and staff members about his experience founding his nonprofit, the work they do and how we can engage our students in meaningful ways in the classroom and on campus. He will also be speaking on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Conference.

Humanities Texas and Texas Commission on the Arts Workshop

Humanities Texas and Texas Commission on the Arts will be hosting a Grant and Exhibition Workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road. Come learn about funding opportunities, traveling exhibitions and other resources provided by these organizations.

Visit the Humanities Texas website for more information. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Humanities Texas at (512) 440-1991 or rsvp_workshop@humanitiestexas.org

Faculty Senate Lounge Friday

Faculty Senate will host "Coffee and Donuts" from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the McKibben Building, Room 252. We hope to see you there!

JackFacts has fall 2013 data

The Headcount and Credit Hours tabs of JackFacts, the electronic, interactive system designed to efficiently report and share SFA data, have been updated through fall 2013.

A variety of data elements and reporting formats are available through JackFacts. The Degrees tab has been updated through academic year 2012-13. The Faculty tab reflects data through fall 2012, and the fall 2013 update will occur at the end of the fall semester in coordination with state reporting guidelines. The JackFacts Welcome and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tabs contain additional reference and report orientation detail.

Click here to access JackFacts

Campus Recreation

Free Faculty Friday

Friday, Nov. 1

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 the guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.


Football game notes: Battle of the Piney Woods

SFA vs. THE BEARKATS: Saturday's contest marks the 88th meeting between SFA and Sam Houston State in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods. The series is the third oldest FCS rivalry in Texas, dating back to 1923. The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series, 50-35-2 (.414), to their rivals, and have dropped two of the last three meetings. The Bearkats won last year, 51-43, in the third of what was originally scheduled to be a four-game series to be played at Reliant. The three games have averaged 25,318 fans. Reliant extended the contract another three years prior to the 2012 game, keeping the Battle of the Piney Woods at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans, through the 2017 season.

COVERAGE: Saturday's contest will be televised on the Southland Conference Television Network or local affiliate KCEB (local cable channel 8).
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Soccer game notes:TAMUCC and UIW

Friday, Nov. 1
SFA at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (2-14, 1-9 SLC)
Dugan Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3
SFA at Incarnate Word (9-6-2, 3-5-2 SLC)
Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium, 1 p.m.

This Week: The SFA Ladyjack soccer team will look to continue its winning ways this weekend as the women conclude their conference schedule and regular season with two matches on the road. SFA will play at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Nov. 1, before traveling to Incarnate Word Nov. 3. The weekend will mark a pair of firsts for the Ladyjacks, as they play TAMUCC and UIW for the first time in program history.

Game 19: at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (scouting report): The Ladyjacks are 0-0-0 all-time against the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. SFA will look to hand the Islanders their first loss from SFA in their inaugural meeting. TAMUCC is 1-9 in the SLC, picking up a lone victory over McNeese State.

Game 20: at Incarnate Word (scouting report): SFA is 0-0-0 all-time against the Cardinals and will take on UIW for the first time in program history Sunday. The Cardinals are coming off back-to-back ties on the road, moving UIW back to 3-5-2 on the season in SLC play.
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SLC announces all-time cross country honor roll

The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its All-Time Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Honor Roll. The announcement comes prior to the Southland’s 50th Men’s and 29th Women’s Cross Country Championships, to be held Friday, Nov. 1, in Lake Charles, La.

The honor roll includes 65 elite student-athletes, 45 men and 20 women, who have impacted the sport since the league began sponsorship of the sports in 1964 (men) and 1985 (women). All Southland meet champions are recognized on the honor roll. Additionally, eight men’s and women’s coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to the sport.

“The Southland Conference has a rich tradition in cross country throughout our history, and we’re pleased to recognize such an illustrious honor roll of great student-athletes and coaches,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said.

Each of the SLC men’s and women’s meet champions is included on the Honor Roll. In all, SFA had seven athletes and one coach recognized on the all-time list. The Women’s champions included Renee Rowell (1990) Ana Rodriguez (2002, 2003), Ashley Monteau (2004, 2005) and Lauren Smith (2011, 2012). Men’s champions included Cody Clark (2005) Michael Thompson (2003) and Nathan Flores (2002). Clark now coaches Cross Country at SFA.
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Fine Arts

SFA to screen 'Calling Home the Dead'

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free one-night screening of "Calling Home the Dead" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This documentary, directed and edited by Jim Hill, tells the story of the villagers of Lake Pátzcuaro, Mexico, who lovingly clean and decorate the graves of loved ones with handmade gifts, marigolds and special foods as they prepare for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The showing of this film coincides with the opening of the exhibition "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead." The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in Cole Art Center's Ledbetter Gallery through Jan. 11.

The First Friday Film Series is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA's Trombone Choir to perform works by Palestrina, Prescott and Strauss

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Trombone Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The choir, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone, will perform a variety of music.

The ensemble will be divided into two parts to perform "Ecce veniet dies illa" by Giovanni Palestrina. Scott described it as "a beautiful sacred piece from the 16th century."

The 20th century "Isorhythmic Toccata" - an exciting rhythmically driven piece by John Prescott - will feature three SFA percussion students, including Nick Kelley, Lufkin senior; Sammy Hernandez, Athens senior; and Aaron McCommas, Kingwood freshman. Read More

Stone Fort Wind Quintet featured ensemble in Cole Series

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature repertoire for the woodwind quintet as performed by the faculty artists/teachers of the SFA School of Music. Members are Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA, will join the group as a guest soloist. Salas will be featured on Suite Concertante for Tuba and Wind Quintet, by composer Armand Russell.

The performance will also feature a rendition of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev, arranged for wind quintet by Trevor Cramer. Read More

SFA to stage student-directed 'Wit' in Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed full-length play "Wit" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by American playwright Margaret Edson, "Wit" will be directed by Emory senior theatre major Vanessa Hendricks.

"'Wit' is an intellectually challenging, emotionally charged play about Dr. Vivian Bearing, a stern professor of literature, recently diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer," Hendricks explained. "During the course of her illness and treatment, Vivian reassess her work, her life and, ultimately, her death."

Wit" won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the "Best New Play" award the same year from the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
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Stephen Fuller Austin's birthday is Sunday, Nov. 3. Austin would be 220 years old if he were still living.

Austin's sculpture at the state capitol

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