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Tuesday, Nov. 11

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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 13
Danza Chikawa Dance performance
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
7 - 9 p.m.

SFA Gardens  Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20
Dining in the Dark
Culinary Café
6 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21
Parent's Night Out
Register at the Student Recreation Center Administration Office
6 p.m. to midnight


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Headlines



Responsibility: The SFA Way

The SFA Way is not an honor code, but the way things are done. It is a path to happiness, success and, for students, graduation.

An oak tree illustration represents The SFA Way. The oak’s root system anchors the mighty tree and allows for impressive above ground growth. The five root principles of The SFA Way create an atmosphere in which Lumberjacks can accomplish great things.

As faculty and staff members, we should model The SFA Way in our behavior, as we influence the students we serve. A helpful acronym to remember The SFA Way's five root principles is CURRI – Caring, Unity, Responsibility, Respect and Integrity.

Above, the third root principle is described.

News & Announcements

Office of Multicultural Affairs to hold Town Hall Meeting

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has organized an OMA Town Hall Meeting, which will occur at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. Several topics will be discussed, including racism and discrimination in our community. The meeting also will address how we, as a community, can come together to promote unity and not hate. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

BOGO: Tickets to SFA vs. Abilene Christian

All SFA faculty and staff members, with a valid ID, will receive one free ticket with the purchase of a full price ticket for Saturday's football game against Abilene Christian.

The Center for Digital Scholarship presents Folklórico

The Center for Digital Scholarship invites SFA to explore Project Folklórico, a new research project in SFA ScholarWorks. Project Folklorico provides a video archive of the research performed by Professor Elizabeth Rhodes about Latin American dance. This project includes articles, videos and other materials that document and interpret Latin American dance in Bolivia and Panama. If you are interested in learning more about how you can submit your projects in ScholarWorks, contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu.


November is Career Development month

Career Services joins the National Career Development Association to promote career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month.

We encourage staff and faculty members to take an active role in promoting the career development of our students by:

  • Sharing your knowledge on what it takes to be successful in the career world,
  • Highlighting essential skills you had to develop to be the professional you are today,
  • Encouraging students to acquire and practice skills employers desire,
  • Help students demonstrate their value to potential employers,
  • Coach student to make personal and professional networks, and
  • Encouraging them to visit and utilize the Career Services Center!

American Association of University Women meeting Nov. 11

The AAUW will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the ninth grade building of the Nacogdoches High School.

The speaker will be Sheree Stevens.


Panamanian musician to deliver guest concert, lecture

Please plan to attend a bilingual concert and presentation featuring Rómulo Castro García, a well-known musician from Panama. 

He will combine his music with a lecture on Panama and the canal, which marks its 100th birthday this year.

The event, set for 7p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142, is free and open to the public.

LiveText and D2L training sessions begin this week

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum beginning with the collection of student work for written communication skills and written and visual communication skills in fall 2014. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L, and a sample will be assessed by a faculty assessment team in spring 2015.

Training will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Info Lab 1 at Steen Library. A second session will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the same room.

Please register here for one of the training sessions. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. Please register your account before your training session. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

Contact Dr. Larry King at ext. 1260 with questions about the core assessment schedule at lking@sfasu.edu. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Stringfield.

Wellness Fair and blood drive set for Nov. 12

SFA's Campus Rec department will host a Wellness Fair and blood drive on campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Learn how you can embody total wellness! Collect resources from SFA campus partners and local businesses in the Nacogdoches community. 

Free flu shots for SFA students, faculty, and staff members with their insurance, blood glucose screening, blood pressure testing, fitness assessments, chair massage, giveaways and a blood drive will all be happening at the event.

For more information, please contact Kate Houlik at houlikka@sfasu.edu.

Office of Multicultural Affairs presents Danza Chikawa Aztec Dance Performance

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as it brings a traditional Aztec dance performance by Danza Chikawa Dance to the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Danza Chikawa Dance has performed throughout Texas and is an educational and cultural organization that promotes the knowledge and awareness of Native American roots through their Native dances and traditions.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Dallas Arboretum director of horticulture

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Horticulturist Jenny Wegley will present "If I Hear Color One More Time, I'm Changing My Profession."

A lover of nature, Wegley grew up in Midlothian, a small town 25 miles south of Dallas. She was the kid playing in the flower bed while still in diapers - most likely eating dirt, as well. She had her first "garden" at the ripe old age of 3 and her first succulent trials at the age of 15. She built her first koi pond at 16. Wegley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from SFA and, after a short stint in retail, started at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in 2009. She is now director of horticulture there and still enjoys playing in the dirt.
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Benefits news now listed online

The Human Resource Department now has several “News about your Benefits” announcements listed on the HR Website.
 
Please take a few minutes to review the information, as it is beneficial to all SFA employees.

One item of importance: If you have TexFlex, the deadline is coming up fast for spending your contributions for this fiscal year.
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Give poverty the axe!

The Freshman Leadership Academy is “Giving Poverty the Axe,” and you can help. The high-impact project this year is designing and selling custom axe handles.

You can choose what you want on your axe. If you are an SFA alumus, you also can add your graduation year or years!
 
These custom axe handles are only $25. The proceeds are being used to support the children at Zamani High School, Swaziland, and to support the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Monte Christi, Dominican Republic.
 
You can order your axe handle here. They will be delivered the week of Nov. 10. Payment is due upon completion.
 
If you have any questions, contact Adam Peck in Student Affairs at peckae@sfasu.edu or by phone at (936) 468-7249.

SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during three free, action-packed open-house Saturdays at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches on Nov. 15, Feb. 28 and March 28.

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

"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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Research funding deadlines approaching

The deadline to apply for two internal funding opportunities from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is approaching.

Saturday, Nov. 15, is the due date for both the Research Pilot Study and Research Grant Development Faculty Research Grant Opportunities.

Grant guidelines and applications can be found here.

For more information please contact the office at extension 1151 or by email at fischers@sfasu.edu..

Athletics

Olson named Defensive Player of the Week

SFA women’s volleyball junior OJ Olson was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 3-9, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

The honor is the third of the season for Olson, who also was recognized for her tremendous defensive play on Sept. 15 and Sept. 29. She is the only student-athlete in the conference to win the defensive award three times in 2014.
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Conque, Skyler named SLC Players of the Week

Coming off its victory over sixth-ranked McNeese State Saturday, SFA had a pair of players named Southland Conference Players of the Week, announced by the league office. Quarterback Zach Conque was named the Offensive Player of the Week, with defensive tackle Lance Skyler picking up the defensive nod.

Conque led an efficient Lumberjack offensive attack Saturday evening, completing 21 of his 23 passes (91.3 percent) for 201 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns. He threw touchdown strikes of 26, 11 and one yard, while also catching a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Boyd in the second quarter. On the ground, Conque rushed 10 times for 31 yards, giving him 239 yards of offense on the night while playing a part in all four of SFA's touchdowns.

Skyler anchored the Lumberjack defensive unit, which held the vaunted McNeese State rushing attack to just 140 yards on the night. He led the team with six tackles, including five solo, with 3.5 sacks on the night, setting a new career-best. His second sack came on third down, thwarting a possible Cowboy scoring drive in the third quarter, and then he recorded back-to-back sacks on third and fourth down on McNeese's final drive, sealing the victory for the Lumberjacks.
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Fine Arts

Madrigal Singers to perform fall concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Madrigal Singers is a select group of upperclassmen and graduate music majors, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"The music they sing is both entertaining and highly challenging," King said.

The concert will open with "Dance Clarion" by Michael Tippett.

"This is a festive opening to the concert," King said. "The piece was composed for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation and is a highly technical piece of rhythm and harmony."
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SFA music faculty member Gaviria to present 'Bass and Co.'

The SFA of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Carlos Gaviria in a chamber recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Gaviria will present "Bass & Co." and will be joined by colleagues Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; Melissa Nabb, viola; Christina Gunether, flute; and Geneva Fung, piano.

"'Bass & Co.' is a play on words to describe chamber music with the double bass, an instrument that is not commonly associated with chamber music," Gaviria said. "The only piece that comes to mind when thinking of the double bass and chamber music is (Franz) Schubert's 'The Trout' quintet. However, composers have experimented with the low register of the bass and produced a significant output. Read More

'Spamalot' features fun, challenging score for directors, cast, orchestra

Are there enough orchestra lights for everyone in the pit? When will the piano be tuned? Can the cast sing that note while jumping? How will the offstage singers see the conductor? How many timpani will fit in the pit? How long does it take for the feet of God to lift off?

These are some of the questions spinning around in the mind of Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composing at SFA and the music director of Monty Python's "Spamalot" to be presented by the SFA Schools of Theatre and Music.

"Spamalot," the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the 1975 classic movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," takes the stage in W.M. Turner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 18 through 22, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee performance. Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA, is director and choreographer for the musical by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes.
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Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

There are approximately 150 U.S. military veterans enrolled at SFA this semester. The university community thanks them for their service to our country.

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