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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Nov. 22
SFA football vs. Northwestern State
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.




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Respect: 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 fourth root principle is described.

News & Announcements

Geography awareness week kicks off

Among the events taking place this week as part of Geography Awareness Week 2014, Dr. Paul Nagel will present lessons from his new workbook "Thinking Adventures in Geography: an educator's guide to teaching through children's literature."

The lecture will be held at the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of the text, courtesy of the primary workshop sponsor, the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. The workbook is geared toward students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Nagel teaches at North American University in Houston. He is a former middle-school teacher who conducted his doctoral research at Texas State University. For more information, contact William Forbes at forbesw@sfasu.edu.

Floral design exhibit set for Thursday

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in Room 118 of the Agricultural Building on Wilson Drive.

The theme for the Fall Floral Design Exhibit is "Monsters." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

SFA partners with Family Crisis Center of East Texas to open outreach office on campus

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas has partnered with SFA to open an outreach office on the university's campus.

The partnership will not only provide services to SFA students and staff but also will expand education and prevention programs on campus related to the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence. The outreach office will provide an array of confidential services and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including personal advocacy, safety planning, legal advocacy, sexual assault advocacy, counseling, child advocacy and self-sufficiency advocacy.

Located inside SFA's University Health Services Clinic, the outreach office will operate from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Victims seeking help also may call the office at (936) 468-SAFE (7233).
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SFA to host Brian O'Nuanain Nov. 19

SFA will host guest speaker Brian O'Nuanain at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North Building, Room 142, during Geography Awareness Week and International Education Week.

O'Nuanain, a geographer by education and teacher by profession, will give a public presentation titled "Ireland: Land of Saints, Scholars and Sinners." Additionally, he plans to visit cultural geography and world regional geography classes while on campus.

"This event allows emphasis on SFA's interest in globalizing students' experiences through curriculum and activities to help better prepare graduates for a world of careers," said Dr. Darrel McDonald, professor of geography in the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology at SFA.
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Pine Log to produce special basketball marathon bulletin today

The Pine Log is distributing on campus Monday a special bulletin with information for faculty and staff members and students about Tuesday morning's ESPN Tip-off Marathon game in William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The Pine Log staff is encouraging all SFA faculty and staff members who have contact with students Monday to grab a handful of the bulletins from a Pine Log rack in their building and make them available to students in their class or office throughout the day.

Extra shuttle available for game-day transportation

SFA students and faculty and staff members planning to attend the Lumberjacks' game against Northern Iowa Tuesday morning are encouraged to park in their usual parking areas and take a shuttle to William R. Johnson Coliseum for the 8 a.m. tipoff.

The SFA transportation department will run an additional shuttle from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, and all shuttle buses will stop at the coliseum, as well as the six regular stops on the route. The game will be televised on ESPN2, part of ESPN's 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

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 12 p.m. 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.

SFA organizations present culture swap

The African Student Organization, NAACP and Asian Culture Club will come together to discuss and dispel stereotypes about their cultures.

This event is intended to unify people from different cultures and races and emphasize the importance of this statement: "We all have a common purpose and goal."

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Home for the Holidays packets now available

Attention faculty and staff members! Stop by the Office of Admissions in the Rusk Building, Room 206 for “Take SFA Home for the Holidays” packets. 

This is a great time to encourage friends and family to consider SFA. We put prospective students on our database starting at the seventh-grade level.

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.


Lumberjacks drop 37-35 heartbreaker to ACU

SFA had its chances late in the fourth quarter, but timely errors proved costly as the Lumberjacks dropped a heartbreaking 37-35 decision to Abilene Christian at Homer Bryce Stadium.

SFA falls to 7-4 on the season and 4-3 in Southland Conference play. ACU finished its first official season in the Southland season 6-6 overall and 4-4 in conference action.

Trailing 34-28 heading into the fourth quarter, SFA reclaimed the lead off a 31-yard rush by Gus Johnson with 14:52 remaining, taking a 35-34 advantage.
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Bowling drops to ninth at UMES Hawk Classic

SFA posted a 2-4 record over the second day of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawk Classic. The Ladyjacks fell to ninth-place in the overall standings, sitting at 5-7 with 11,153 total pins.

SFA opened up the event with a tough 1,043-924 loss to fifth-ranked UMES before dropping an 802-772 decision to Norfolk State.

After a 1,017-940 loss to Sacred Heart, the Ladyjacks rebounded for a pair of victories, toppling Monmouth 993-909 and defeating St. Francis-Brooklyn 922-893. SFA then closed out the day with a 1,037-925 loss to top-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson.
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Volleyball caps undefeated SLC regular season

For the first time since 2006, the SFA women’s volleyball team has finished the Southland Conference regular season with a perfect 16-0 record. The Ladyjacks defeated Incarnate Word 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) to cap one of the best regular seasons in program history.

The Ladyjacks (23-7, 16-0 SLC) clinched the outright SLC title earlier in the week and own the number one seed heading into the conference tournament on Nov. 21. They will play Nicholls State Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The sweep of UIW (10-20, 6-10 SLC) is the team’s 13th of the SLC season, which ties the SFA record for most straight-set victories in a conference slate. The Ladyjacks dropped just four sets played in league action overall for a mark of 48-4 – the best efficiency in program history.
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SFA edged by LA Tech in season opener

Sophomore Taylor Ross had a breakout night and senior Porsha Roberts was solid on the blocks but the SFA women’s basketball team couldn’t finish off Louisiana Tech on Saturday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum, falling 76-69. The Ladyjacks drop to 26-17 all-time in season openers.

Ross started red hot from the floor for the Ladyjacks (0-1), connecting on her first seven shots in the game. She helped her team jump out to an early 10-5 lead with two layups in the early going and finished the half with 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting. The 5-foot-6-inch guard poured in a career-high 26 points overall on the night, connecting on 12 of 16 field goal attempts. Ross also chipped in a team-high five assists and four rebounds to pace the offensive attack.
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Men's basketball cruises past Mississippi College, extends home streak

Junior Thomas Walkup recorded a double-double and senior Jacob Parker scored a game-high 14 points, as the SFA men’s basketball team extended their share of the nation’s longest active home win streak to 34 straight in a 75-49 victory over Mississippi College to open the 2014-15 season on Friday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The 'Jacks (1-0) improved to 2-0 in season and home openers under head coach Brad Underwood, as SFA remains tied with No. 3/4 Duke for the nation’s top home court mark.
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Fine Arts

Faculty jazz combo to perform with SFA Wind Ensemble

A jazz combo comprised of SFA music faculty member will perform with the SFA Wind Ensemble in a concert titled "New Directions" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in Turner Auditorium on the university campus.

The faculty combo includes Deb Scott, trombone; Larry Greer, guitar; J.D. Salas, bass; Brad Meyer, percussion; and James Pitts, piano. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will guest conduct the piece the combo will perform with the Wind Ensemble - "Electric Vortex" by Jennifer Bellor.

"Jennifer Bellor composed the piece to simulate the idea of an electric vortex where the jazz combo is the center of the vortex from where all electricity emerges," Anglley said.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Memorable Melodies'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The orchestra will present "Memorable Melodies," a program that ranges from "the extremely familiar to the nearly obscure," according to Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"Nonetheless, those who join us will leave with a number of memorable melodies to hum on the way home," Moon said.
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It just so happens that SFA's Geography Awareness Week and International Education Week coincides with an awesome gallery from National Geographic showing some of the world's coolest natural wonders in pictures taken by readers.

From the Giants Causeway in Ireland, to Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming and the deserts of Egypt, you can see some excellent photography of incredible places here.

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