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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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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

Men's basketball offers Instagram contest

SFA Athletics is offering a unique Instagram contest for men's basketball fans running through Friday, Nov. 28.

A cutout of head coach Brad Underwood has been placed at eight locations on the SFA campus and throughout Nacogdoches. Fans are encouraged to take a picture with the cutout and post it to their Instagram account using the official men's basketball hashtag #DreamBigger in the caption.
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LiveText and D2L come together

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. A third session has been added  for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 also in  Info Lab 1, Steen Library.

Please register here 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 Jennifer Stringfield.

International open mic session set for Nov. 17

Calling all international adventurers to join fellow adventurers for storytelling at the International Open Mic session at noon Monday, Nov. 17, at the Multimedia Room in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

International travel is an eye-opening experience that changes lives forever. Share your stories from your adventures abroad in two to five minutes. This event is open to all faculty members and students whether they have lived, traveled or studied abroad or are just interested in hearing other peoples' stories.

Global Gateway to Nigeria set for Nov. 18

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Nigerian culture given by students from Nigeria. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Room 133 in the McGee Business Building.

Authentic Nigerian 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.

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

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.

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!

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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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.

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.

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..


Key homestand begins with Abilene Christian

SFA begins the home stretch of the 2014 season with a pair of home games, beginning with Abilene Christian Saturday. Opening kick against the Wildcats is set for 3 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium as 24th-ranked Stephen F. Austin looks to keep its Southland Conference and NCAA playoff hopes alive.

Saturday’s forecast is looking less than ideal as the polar vortex is making its way through deep East Texas. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s at kickoff with rain throughout the day. With winds hovering around 5-8 mph, it could be a chilly November slugfest Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium.
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Olson announces 2015 track and field schedule

The SFA men’s and women’s track and field teams are in the thick of their fall training as they prepare for the fast-approaching competitive seasons. The track and field program at SFA has been a powerhouse in the Southland Conference and the 2015 schedule, as announced by head coach Phil Olson on Tuesday, gives the teams plenty of chances to showcase their talents.

“The schedule this year is a little bit different,” said Olson. “What the schedule does is reflect our attempts to be successful at both the conference level and at a national level. We have an elite group of athletes on this team, and we want to take care of those athletes by making sure they’re getting the best quality competition and performances to set them up for a national caliber championship both in the indoor season and in the outdoor season. The upcoming season’s schedule really reflects that.
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Zach Conque Reels in national accolades

SFA quarterback Zach Conque's performance against sixth-ranked McNeese State Saturday night continues to draw in accolades from a handful of organizations.

Conque has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week by two different outlets - College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) and College Sports Madness, while being named the Weekly All-Star at quarterback by College Sporting News. The awards come on the heels of being named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
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Fine Arts

'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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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

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It's finally starting to feel a bit like winter outside, which, with any luck, means we'll see a little bit of snow some day. Unfortunately, it probably won't be enough to attract the attention of Simon Beck.

Beck is a snow artist, meaning he hoofs it up into the mountains and runs around, using his feet to scribble designs in the power that are best viewed from the air.

The folks at Mental Floss sat down with him and even provided a video of one piece being made and photos of several more.

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