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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 to host second annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale

SFA will host its second annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.

The sale is planned and executed by students enrolled in Dr. Erin Brown's Advanced Beef Science class. According to Brown, associate professor of animal science in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, students are instrumental in all aspects of the sale, from obtaining cattle consignments to sale marketing and setup.
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International Education week begins Monday, Nov. 16

SFA will offer a number of events to celebrate International Education Week, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20. The events offer opportunities to sample international music, food, poetry, film and sports.
The celebration is a chance to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages, and to build international friendships and partnerships through education and exchange.
All events are free and open to the public. More information is available on the International Programs website.

To register a team for the soccer tournament on Friday, Nov. 20, email Ken Felts, international admissions and primary designated school official, at feltskr1@sfasu.edu.
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Two research workshops scheduled for next week

SFA's Department of Human Services will host two informational research workshops next week.

The first session is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Human Services Building, Room 320. The second session is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Human Services Building, Room 322. Both sessions will cover the research process and how to make finding research easier.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this information with students.

Hungry Howie's pizza hosting SFA Alumni Association benefit

A portion of the proceeds from all orders placed at Nacogdoches' Hungry Howie's restaurant, 3205 University Drive, on Saturday, Nov. 14, will benefit the SFA Alumni Association.

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host fifth-annual Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a fifth year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot.

Sponsors for this year's event are SFA and the SFA Center for Regional Heritage Research, the City of Nacogdoches, Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific.

All model trains will be on display at 101 Old Tyler Road, starting Friday, Nov. 27, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The display is free and open to the public.
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Global Gateway to the Phillippines scheduled for today

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. today 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.

Study abroad information meeting scheduled for today

SFA's Office of International Programs will host an information session on an upcoming study-abroad trip to Spain.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this information with students.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. today in the Ferguson Liberal Arts Building, Room 174.

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. tomorrow 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 to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience campus life during a free, action-packed open-house scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, at SFA.

Prospective students can visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the SFA Showcase Saturday event.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and witness firsthand what it's like to be a Lumberjack," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of SFA's Office of Admissions.

Faculty and staff member volunteers are needed to help with event registration from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers should contact Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, at cossichm@sfasu.edu.

Additional questions can be directed to Horne at horneryan@sfasu.edu.
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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.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces faculty grant opportunities

The deadline for the Research Grant Development and Research Pilot Studies grants' spring awards is 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16.
RGD grants support faculty members developing research proposals needing off-campus funding. RPS grants assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects generating data for specific projects funded off campus.
Applications and deadlines can be found here. Questions should be directed to Shawn Fischer, research development specialist, at (936) 468-1151 or email fischers@sfasu.edu.

Texas intellectual property legal chief to discuss patents at SFA

Stephen Koch, chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Intellectual Property Law Section, will speak at the STEM Innovation - Tying Creativity to Success lecture series at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Math Building, Room 101.

Koch's lecture addresses the basics of intellectual property and patents.

The event is free and open to all faculty and staff members and students, and the topics apply to innovators in all fields.

Koch’s career includes numerous engineering and legal positions focusing on research, innovation and intellectual property. He has extensive experience in national and international patents. He retired in July as the General Counsel of Univation Technologies, which is a joint venture of ExxonMobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co.

Click here for information about the lecture series.

Nominations for Mr. and Miss SFA now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the SFA Alumni Association’s annual Mr. and Miss SFA awards.
Applications should be turned in by Monday, Nov. 23, at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Office, 300 E. Vista Drive. More information about the requirements and the application is available here.

Salvation Army Angel Tree drive now underway

The SFA Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa has set up its annual Angel Tree drive in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Involvement Center.

The project provides gifts for children of incarcerated people. Participants can "adopt" a child to provide presents for. 

Participants are encouraged to spend about $50 on gifts, which should be returned to the Involvement Center by noon Tuesday, Nov. 24. For more information, contact odk@sfasu.edu.

Purple Santa toy drive scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4

Purple Santa has become a holiday tradition at SFA. Each year, generous faculty and staff members donate hundreds of toys to Nacogdoches children in need. Without these donations, many area children would have a very sad holiday.
SFA's Purple Santa toy drive will take place Friday, Dec. 4. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

To schedule a visit from Purple Santa and his elves to collect the items, email Dr. Adam Peck, assistant president and dean of student affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Donors will receive a gift and be placed on Santa’s nice list, which will be published in SFA Today the week of Monday, Dec. 7.

SFA's Residence Hall Association to ring in the holiday season with annual extravaganza

The SFA Residence Hall Association will ring in the holiday season at its annual Holiday Extravaganza from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, on the SFA campus. This event is free and open to the public.

From 6 to 7 p.m. SFA's Pep Band and local music groups will perform on the front steps of the Austin Building. Jacob Lusk, RHA president, said the performances will be a treat, and the association always looks forward to the shows.

Following the performances, Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president, will address the community and introduce special guests from the North Pole. Attendees will be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus after the address.
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Campus Recreation

Fall Wellness Fair today

SFA Campus Recreation’s Fall Wellness Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today 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 tomorrow

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

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.


Easly named to College Football Performance Awards watch list

SFA football running back Loren Easly has been named to the 2015 College Football Performance Awards Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List. Easly is one of 32 freshmen on the list.

Easly made an impression in his first season as a Lumberjack, appearing in eight games with 100 carries for 616 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He currently ranks sixth in the Southland Conference in yards per game and is eighth in total rushing yards.
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Volleyball team sets sights on Abilene Christian University today

The SFA volleyball team will take on Abilene Christian University at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Shelton Gym.

Four Southland Conference games at the beginning of the season were settled late in fifth sets. Lately, the team’s steady rhythm has locked down six of the seven most recent matches – a level of play the Ladyjacks plan on maintaining tonight.
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Two added to women's basketball roster in early signing

SFA head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg announced two recruits have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.

The 2016 recruiting class includes Riley Harvey, a guard and forward from Howe, Texas, and Alaysia Ready, a guard from Jacksonville, Arkansas. The two new players will join the team as freshmen for the fall 2016 season.
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Six players commit to SFA volleyball for 2016

Six student-athletes, including two middle blockers, two outside hitters, a setter and a defensive specialist, make up the SFA volleyball team’s 2016 recruits.

Head coach Debbie Humphreys selected the incoming freshmen from around Texas.
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Fine Arts

Saxophonist Nabb to perform collaborative recital

Dr. Nathan Nabb, SFA professor of saxophone, will perform a recital with guest pianist Chialing Hsieh when the artists present "Sonata" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Nabb selected two of his favorite pieces to perform - the Sonata in A major (originally for violin) by César Franck and Sonata by William Albright.

"I chose these pieces because they are two of my all-time favorite works," Nabb said, "but also because I have the privilege of performing with my long-time friend and collaborator, Chialing Hsieh, who brings such a depth of understanding and nuance to this music."
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Trombone Choir to perform works by Gabrieli, Mendelssohn

The SFA Trombone Choir will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, SFA professor of trombone, the 22-member choir will perform "Canzona XIII," composed by Giovanni Gabrieli in the 16th century for St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice.

"This piece will feature three choirs of all trombones, including the contra bass trombone, which plays in the range of the tuba," Scott said.
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Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to perform first SFA concert

SFA’s new Contemporary Guitar Ensemble will present its first concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

"Led Zeppelin: Mastering Cross Genres with Bold Originality" features performances of "Kashmir," "Going to California," "When the Levy Breaks," and other Zeppelin favorites.

The Contemporary Guitar Ensemble is made up of students in the SFA School of Music's Sound Recording Technology program. The ensemble's purpose is to allow guitar students to "experience the many different functions of their instruments," according to Andrew J. Sperandeo, adjunct-faculty member and director/arranger of the ensemble.
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Moon to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will welcome guest artists when the ensemble performs "Curtain Raisers" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Conducted by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, and guest conductors, the Orchestra of the Pines will present three well-known works, including Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

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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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'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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