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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Men's basketball vs. Northern Iowa State University
7 a.m.
Cedar Falls, Iowa




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Marie Kelly

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Kelly, lecturer and internship coordinator in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, received the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants' 2015 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award.

The award honors Texans who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and distinguished themselves through active service to the accounting profession. 

Kelly strives to keep students engaged and motivated while teaching Financial Accounting Principles and Managerial Accounting at SFA. She incorporates real-world examples and news items into her lectures to help students understand how technical accounting concepts apply in a business setting. 

News & Announcements

Hungry Howie's pizza hosting SFA Alumni Association benefit tomorrow

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

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 tomorrow 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.

Showcase Saturday scheduled for tomorrow

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience campus life during a free, action-packed open-house tomorrow 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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Second annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale begins tomorrow morning

SFA will host its second annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow 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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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs grant applications due Monday

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 Monday

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.

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.

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.

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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Residence Life accepting applications for residential learning community leaders

The SFA Department of Residence Life is looking for faculty and staff members interested in sponsoring a new community on campus. A residential learning community is a place where students with a similar major, social or cultural interest can live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member.

The department currently has the following learning communities, and is interested in expanding the program.

Community Service - Lumberjack Lodge
Honors Chemistry - Wisely Hall
International - North Hall
Outdoor Experiences - Lumberjack Village
Pre-Nursing - Lumberjack Village
ROTC - Lumberjack Village
Upper-Class Honors - Wisely Hall

Freshmen Leadership Academy - Steen East
STEM - Lumberjack Landing

To propose a new learning community, complete the application or contact Shea Roll, hall director, at rollsc@sfasu.edu. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Service Learning Mini Grant applications now being accepted

Proposals are now being accepted for spring 2016 Service Learning Mini Grants. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

For more information about Service Learning programs and proposal guidelines, click here. Questions should be directed to Molly Moody, assistant director of leadership and service, at moodmk@sfasu.edu

Campus Recreation

Parents' Night Out scheduled tonight

SFA Campus Recreation's will host its final Parents’ Night Out of the semester tonight.

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.


Hanna spearheads SFA's crushing defeat of Abilene Christian University

In the past month, SFA volleyball's Makenzee Hanna has consistently delivered the kind of lethal swings the team has needed to shatter opponents.

Hanna helped lead the Ladyjacks to a 3-1 victory over Abilene Christian University last night. She may not have swung as efficiently as she would have liked against ACU, but excellence in all other aspects of her game more than made up for it.
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Ladyjack basketball season opens tonight at William R. Johnson Coliseum

The SFA women’s basketball team will open its 44th season at 7 p.m. tonight at the William R. Johnson Coliseum against the University of Texas at Tyler.

A lot has changed since the Ladyjacks last took to the hardwood. SFA brought in highly touted head coach Mark Kellogg from West Texas A&M University, welcomed five new student-athletes to the roster and revealed a brand new home court in August.
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Cross country teams chasing NCAA berths today

SFA’s cross country teams are seeking to make program history today at the NCAA South Central Regional Meet, which is hosted by Texas A&M University at the Watts Cross Country Course. Both the men and women are vying for first or second place finishes to earn berths to the 2015 NCAA Championships, which will be Saturday, Nov. 21, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The women’s team, ranked fifth out of 15 teams in the region, began competition at 10 a.m. with a 6,000-meter race. The men’s team, also ranked fifth in regional standings, will kick off competition at 11 a.m. with the 10,000-meter race.
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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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Fine Arts

Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to perform first SFA concert Saturday

SFA’s new Contemporary Guitar Ensemble will present its first concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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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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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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