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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 12
SFA volleyball vs. Abilene Christian University
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Friday, Nov. 13
Men's basketball vs. Baylor University
7 p.m.

Men's cross country at the NCAA South Central Regional
College Station

Women's basketball vs. the University of Texas - Tyler
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's cross country at the NCAA South Central Regional
College Station

Saturday, Nov. 14
SFA football vs. Houston Baptist University
3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA volleyball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
Shelton Gym

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016




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News & Announcements

SFA Veterans Resource Center hosting Veterans Day social

SFA faculty and staff members and students are invited to meet Lumberjack student veterans at a social from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Veterans Resource Center, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 1.102. SFA's VRC is hosting the event, which is free and open to the public.

Cake and refreshments will be provided.

Web of Science training scheduled today

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a hands-on demonstration of the new Thomson Reuters Web Science resource at 2 p.m. today in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Infolab 1.

Web of Science provides coverage of all disciplines within the natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities. The sessions will be led by a trainer from Web of Science, who will focus on ways to maximize the research impact using this resource.

Topics will include search techniques, discovering related research, citation reporting and more. For more information, contact Erica Chapman, librarian, at ris@sfasu.edu.

Choosing the right setting for your health care

You should go to your primary care doctor (PCP) for care whenever you can.  Your PCP knows you the best and has quick access to your medical records. However, there may be times when your PCP is
not available or you may need to go to a facility other than your PCP’s office.

For more information from United HealthCare about provider types available to you, click here.

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge ends Thursday

The SFA Lumberjacks are the two-time defending champions of the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge! This year's competition will run until Thursday, Nov. 12.

Be sure to show your love for our Lumberjack by voting daily here.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to the Phillippines

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for a presentation on the Philippines given by SFA students from the country. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Philippine food samples will be served. An informal discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. 

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature pollinators and pests

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Houston-based horticulturist Heath Lowery will present "Pollinator Update Plus Know What's Bugging You."

The regional sales manager for Olympic Horticultural Products, a leading supplier of pest control solutions in the production ornamentals market, received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and Master of Science in horticulture from SFA.
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SFA Gardens to host herbal soap seminar

SFA Gardens will host "Gifts from the Garden," a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Participants will create a variety of herbal soaps while learning recipes and techniques used in the art of soap making. Workshop attendees also will leave with samples of their own luxurious soap creations.

"The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils and dried herbs," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens' education coordinator. "Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they have the skills to make soap at home on their own."

"Once you use the new soap, you'll never go back to store-bought," Rodewald added. "The workshop is fun and educational. Participants will be surrounded by wonderful fragrances, like a special gift from the garden!"

Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact the SFA Gardens' Education Office at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Center for Teaching and Learning High-Impact Practice panels begin Thursday

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty and staff members to participate in panels on High-Impact Practices. The panels will discuss the three platforms of SFA’s Quality Enhancement Plan: collaborative learning, mentored undergraduate scholarship and field-based learning.

Each panel, featuring faculty members who have participated in a High-Impact Practice Faculty Learning Community, will address best practices for implementing these platforms in classrooms.

The panels will take place in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Thursday, Nov. 12: Collaborative Learning
Dr. Matt McBroom, assistant professor of forestry
Dr. Kevin Langford, assistant professor of biology

Thursday, Nov. 19: Field-Based Learning
Dr. Elizabeth Spradley, instructor of languages, cultures and communication
CC Conn, associate professor of theatre.

Thursday, Dec. 3: Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship
Dr. Daniel Scognamillo, assistant professor of spatial science
Dr. Jennifer Gumm, assistant professor of biology.

Campus Recreation

Fall Wellness Fair scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12

SFA Campus Recreation’s Fall Wellness Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, will provide resources and services from campus and community organizations and businesses to support the wellness of SFA faculty and staff members and students. Services will include health screenings, fitness assessments, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways.

More than 30 local vendors will be present at the Wellness Fair. Campus Recreation also will be hosting a blood drive.

To preregister for the blood drive, call the SFA Recreation Center administration office at (936) 468-3507.

The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.

Parents' Night Out scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13

Registration is now underway for SFA Campus Recreation's final Parents’ Night Out of the semester, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13.

Parents can drop off attendees as early as 6 p.m. Camp activities, a meal and a movie will be provided. Children must be picked up no later than midnight, but may be picked up at any time that evening. Cost is $20 per camper.

For more information and to register, please contact the SFA Recreation Center Administration Office at (936) 468-3507 or CampusRec@sfasu.edu.


Three seniors set to lead SFA women’s basketball team in 2015-16

Each of the three SFA women’s basketball team senior players bring something different to the table this year. Though the team boasts a strong group of underclassmen, the seasoned players’ leadership will be essential for success.

“Our senior class is made up of some veterans who understand what Ladyjack basketball and the tradition here is all about,” said head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg. “It’s a great class and they’re all great kids on and off the court. They each have some different strengths that will help us this season.”
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Walkup receives Lou Henson Preseason All-America honor

For the second time, an SFA men’s basketball player has been added to the Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team. The Lou Henson Player of the Year Award committee unveiled a team roster Monday that included SFA senior Thomas Walkup. 

The Lou Henson Award has been presented to the top mid-major player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball annually since 2010.
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Lumberjack football hosts Houston Baptist University for home finale

The SFA football team will play its final home game of 2015 at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, against Houston Baptist University. The game is HBU’s first in Nacogdoches, and also serves as Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day.

Fans at home can watch live on ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app. Rob Meyers will call the game for Q107.7 FM and Q1077.com. Live stats will be available on SFAJacks.com and Twitter.
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Walker named Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week

SFA junior middle blocker Justice Walker was named the Southland Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week Monday following an outstanding two-match stretch last week.

Walker claimed 33 of the 100 kills notched during last week's two victories, helping secure the number-three seed for SFA in next weeks' SLC volleyball tournament. During last week’s match against Lamar University, she racked up a career-best 21 terminations with an attack percentage of .559, leading SFA in a 3-1 win.
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Fine Arts

In Perspective production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company

SFA's dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company pieces in the Danceworks production, In Perspective, which premieres 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, on campus in the dance studio in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201.

A second showing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, with the final show planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for faculty and staff members and $10 for general admission.
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SFA jazz bands to perform tribute program

The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, the jazz bands at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes will perform a program in tribute to the Boss Brass, the premiere Canadian big band.

"Founded by valve trombonist Rob McConnell in the 1970s, the Boss Brass is an assemblage of the best studio jazz musicians in Toronto, Ontario," Wurtz said. "The band recorded numerous records over the decades and has earned 17 Grammy nominations."
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Guest piano recital at SFA to feature Spanish music

Dr. Kasandra Keeling will present a guest piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Keeling, associate professor and coordinator of keyboard studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will perform a Spanish-themed concert that features the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Astor Piazzolla, Octavio Pinto and other noted composers.

She chose a theme of Spanish music because, in addition to her solo recital performance, Keeling will serve as judge for the Nacogdoches Music Teachers Association Fall Fiesta Festival Nov. 20 and 21, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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'Cello Is the New Black' performance slated at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Cello Club with Evgeni Raychev in a recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Performers will include active Cello Club members playing with Raychev, School of Music faculty member, and his students, who will present the program "Cello Is the New Black."

In its second season, the Cello Club will perform works by J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, David Popper, Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann and other renowned composers.
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The International Space Station marked its 15th birthday this month. We may be a little late to the celebration, as the station's original residents moved in officially on Nov. 2, 2000, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some interesting facts about the celestial apartment complex.

Check out this CBC News article on 15 facts about the station. If you want some of the experience of being there without having to play cowboy on a giant fuel tank to get to orbit, check out the live ISS stream available here. If you're interested in catching sight of the station from the ground, visit NASA's Spot the Station website to check when and for how long it will be visible in the sky in your area.

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