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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Nov. 15
Men's Basketball
at Texas
7 p.m.

Cross Country
NCAA South Central Regional

Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

SAA Cinema
"We're the Millers" (R)
7 p.m.
"Kick Ass 2" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Silent Night Auction
6 p.m.
Human Sciences South

Saturday, Nov. 16
GloNac 5k Run
4 p.m.
Intramural Fields

Meet the Creepy Crawlers
9 a.m. to noon
Native Plant Center

SFA Football
at Lamar
6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17
SAA Cinema
"We're the Millers" (R)
7 p.m.
"Kick Ass 2" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Romeo and Juliet
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Orchestra of the Pines
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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News & Announcements

National GIS Day presentations

The College of Forestry and Agriculture together with the College of Liberal and Applied Arts will host a series of presentations by professionals in the fields of surveying and geospatial sciences for National Geographic Information System Day Wednesday, Nov. 20, as a part of National Geography Week.

John Chapman, programmer for Hydrex Environmental, will present "Marketing yourself as a GIS Professional" at 9 a.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

John Streeb, GIS and 911 Addressing Coordinator for Nacogdoches County, will present "The Building of a Local Government GIS Program" at 10 a.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

Robert Young, registered professional land surveyor for Trans Texas Surveying and Mapping, will present "Education and Applying for Jobs" at 1 p.m. in the Ferguson Building, Room 482, and "Trends and Opportunities in Surveying/Geospatial Careers," at 5:30 p.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

For more information, email dmcdonald@sfasu.edu.

Arboretum to host wreath-making seminar

The SFA Mast Arboretum will host a garden seminar “Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays” from 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 7, in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building.

Join Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, to learn how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from Mother Nature. Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland, and centerpiece construction and make a wreath to enjoy at home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will be introducing new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest.
Class size is limited, so please register in advance for this wonderful holiday seminar. To register or for more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu. Cost is $25 for members of the SFA Garden Friends and $30 for non-members.

Service learning grant proposals due

Proposals for spring 2014 service learning grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Faculty and staff members can apply for a limited number of $500 grants in order to implement a service learning project in their classroom that directly connects to the academic curriculum and experience. Service learning grants can help to pay for expenses related to project development and delivery, such as travel, supplies, printing and resource materials.

This semester, submissions are being accepted via an online form. The form and more information about the grants can be found here. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

Silent Night Auction

The Silent Night Auction, an event hosted by SFA's American Society of Interior Designers and Interior Merchandising Association, supports student organizations through auctioning uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths, stockings, ornaments, baskets and other items.

The auction will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Human Sciences South building at the corner of Starr Avenue and Raguet Street. The items up for auction may be viewed daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Nov. 11 to 14 prior to the auction event.

Cash, checks and cards will be accepted for all winning bids. An additional 10 percent will be charged for card usage. For more information, contact Danielle Zajic at (972) 921-2909 or danielle.zajic@gmail.com

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

Faculty Senate Lounge Friday

Faculty Senate will host "Coffee and Donuts" from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the McKibben Building, Room 252. We hope to see you there!

Glow run on campus

Each year, the Freshman Leadership Academy puts on a collaborative project to allow the students to put their leadership skills into practice. Last year, the group put on the very successful “Survival of the Fittest Zombie Run.”  This year, students are putting on a Glow Run called “GloNac 5K.” Similar to a color run, this race will take place at dusk and feature glow-in-the-dark paints (safe for use on skin) and lots of glow bracelets and black lights. The event will have features like 30-second dance breaks, glowing drinks and fun obstacles. 
The event will take place on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Check-in will take place in the Intramural Fields on Wilson Drive.
Register online here. The first 150 people will get a free t-shirt for the event.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the group New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children. 

Email questions to Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu.
Like on Facebook at Glonac 5K or follow on Twitter at @GloNAc5K.

'Meet the Creepy Crawlers' at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Nacogdoches Naturally will sponsor a Family Outdoor Adventure from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

This is the fourth year "Meet the Creepy Crawlers" has provided families an opportunity to learn about forest animals that slither, creep and crawl. This exciting event will feature live animals, "creepy crawler" crafts and a guided safari hike.

"Families will get to experience a close-up view of worms, bees, snakes and insects," according to Kerry Lemon, Nacogdoches Naturally project director. "We hope to cultivate a greater appreciation for these animals by introducing them in safe and non-threatening ways.

"There is so much fun, fascinating information to be learned about these woodland creatures, and educational family events like this can help families feel more comfortable in their outdoor experiences."

Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures is a project sponsored by SFA Gardens and is partially funded through a More Kids in the Woods grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-U.S. Forest Service. Activities are designed to cultivate outdoor skills and an awareness of forest ecology with the goal of families developing lifetime enjoyment of the natural world. Programs are family friendly and appropriate for all ages.
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Research Pilot Studies Grant offered by ORSP

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is now offering Research Pilot Studies grants through the Research Enhancement Program. RPS grants provide support of up to $3,000 to assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding. Allowable costs include travel to collect data, supplies and materials, minor equipment, and hourly student assistant wages. The deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 20. For more information and the application visit here. For questions, please call ORSP at (936) 468-6606.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building.  Jackie Carlisi, plant manager, from The Grass and Rock Shoppe in Lafayette, La. will present "Making Organic Gardening Easy."

Jackie has both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in horticulture and taught horticulture for 20 years at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. In addition to teaching organic vegetable gardening, biotechnology in plants, weed science, and horticultural therapy, she also managed hydroponic greenhouses for producing pesticide-free tomatoes, cucumbers, culinary herbs, and cut flowers along with overseeing the university's 20 acre horticulture farm.

Jackie's presentation will cover the definition of organic gardening, organic matter management, organic fertilizers, weed control, and organic pest control.

A plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.

Campus Recreation

Free Faculty Friday at the Rec

Friday, Nov. 15

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign the guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.

Seventh Annual Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition

Saturday, Nov. 16

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rock Wall

Join us for our seventh annual day of climbing at SFA. Register in one of three divisions: beginner, intermediate, or advanced (men’s and women’s). Pre-registration is $25, and on-site registration is $30; entry fee includes grab bags, lunch, door prizes, and a t-shirt). Schools from around the state will be competing, so represent SFA and help us have a strong showing at this year’s competition! For more information or to register, click here.


Football game notes: Lamar

6 p.m. Saturday, Nov 3., at Provost-Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont

The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 11-18-2 to Lamar, but are in the midst of their most successful run in series’ history. SFA has won five consecutive meetings, with the last three coming since the Cardinals revitalized their program. The ’Jacks won 40-26 over Lamar last season in Nacogdoches.

Saturday's contest will be broadcasted on KTBQ (107.7 FM).

The SFA football team possess one of the most prolific FCS offenses in the country. SFA currently ranks atop the nation in passing offense (401.1 YPG) and second in total offense (583.2 YPG). The Lumberjack running game currently ranks 44th (182.1 YPG) in the nation. Individually, quarterback Brady Attaway ranks second in passing yards per game (361.1) and fourth in total offense (355.3 YPG). Running back Gus Johnson ranks 29th with 99.1 yards per game, while SFA recievers Tyler Boyd (28), Mike Brooks (31) and Aaron Thomas (47), all rank in the top 50 in receiving yards per game.
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Baseball concludes fall with annual World Series

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will bring an end to its fall practice this week with the annual Fall World Series at Jaycees Field.

The Lumberjacks will divide up into two teams in a best-of-three format. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15., and noon at Saturday, Nov. 16.

Starting pitchers for Thursday's contest will be senior Kyle Cross verse junior Cameron Gann. The right-handers were mainstays in the Lumberjack rotation last season, and will look to make game one an exciting affair.

Thursday's game will be played under the lights of Jaycees Field, a new feature added just a season ago. The games are open to the public and free of admission.

Fine Arts

SFA's student jazz ensembles prepare for final fall performance

The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, SFA's two student jazz ensembles, will perform their final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Ed and Gwen Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes, SFA's premiere jazz band under the direction of Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies, will perform a slate of exciting compositions that will "represent jazz dating back to Count Basie as well as some of the most cutting edge modern styles," according to Wurtz.

The Swingin' Axes will open its portion of the concert with Billy Byers' arrangement of "All of Me," as performed by Basie's band, and will close with a modern arrangement of Radiohead's "Bodysnatchers." Among the other works to be performed will be an arrangement of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream" and two movements of Mike Tomaro's "Nightowl Suite."

To open the concert, Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, will lead the Swingin' Aces with Bill Liston's "Blues to Begin With." Two Swingin' Aces students will be featured in the program. P.J. DeJesus, Lufkin junior, will perform Sammy Nestico's composition "Katy" on flugelhorn. Freshman Jonathan Bowers of Fort Worth will perform Nestico's arrangement of "God Bless The Child" on trombone.
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Practical Elegance art show

Emily Yeats, Bachelor of Fine Arts student in art at SFA, will host the opening reception for her capstone exhibition Practical Elegance from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the front gallery of the Lower Art Building, located off Wilson Drive. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will feature handcrafted jewelry displayed on one-of-a-kind ceramic forms. Yeats describes her work as “jewelry that incorporates formal qualities of line and texture to yield forms that can be worn on all occasions.”

In her artist statement, the Mansfield, Texas, native asserts, “I relish discovering and perfecting the practice of creating functional jewelry.”

Exhibition opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov.16. The exhibition also can be seen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 through 20. For more information or a private viewing, please contact Yeats at emilyyeatseardley@gmail.com or (817) 808-8110.

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to perform popular classical music

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will present "A Few of My Favorite Things" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The November concert program is one that the Orchestra of the Pines normally takes on tour, playing for thousands of high school and middle school students in an effort to recruit students to attend SFA, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras.

"For this year, I decided to program popular works that would be familiar to not only high school age students but also everyone who enjoys classical music," Moon said.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, and it will feature Dr. Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute, as guest performer and Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands, as guest conductor.

Guenther will join the orchestra in a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Second Orchestral Suite. The multi-movement work includes a popular last movement called the Badinerie, which is "a work that many young musicians perform in their careers," Moon explained. Read More

SFA School of Theatre to present 'Romeo and Juliet'

One of literature's greatest love stories will be set in a post-apocalyptic world when the SFA School of Theatre presents William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" Nov. 19 through 23 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

For more than six months, Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and the play's director, and Richard Ellis, visiting assistant professor of scenic design, have been actively working on the production and the set.

"Romeo and Juliet" has many scenes that take place in many different locales, which presents its own set of challenges, Ellis explained.

"In an effort to help keep the flow of the show moving, we made the decision of using a turntable, or revolve, as the major method of changing the scenery," Ellis said. "I have designed a sculptural unit set that will turn, giving a different view and location for many of the scenes.

"This will be supplemented by additional scenery that will fly in," he said. "While not unusual, this is something not often seen on a university level - at least not to this extent."

The student production crew has been constructing the set under the direction of SFA School of Theatre Technical Director Mark Porter, who has had many years of mechanized scenery experience and has engineered, planned and managed the construction of the massive set.
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