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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 20
"Romeo and Juliet"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Women's Basketball
at Arizona
7 p.m.
Tuscon, Ariz.

Thursday, Nov. 21
Men's Basketball
at Marshall
6 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va.

"Romeo and Juliet"
10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

SAA Cinema
"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (PG-13)
7 p.m.
"You're Next" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

SFA Gardens Lecture Series
Jackie Carlisi
7 p.m.
Ag Building, Room 1120

Friday, Nov. 22
"Romeo and Juliet"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

SAA Cinema
"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (PG-13)
7 p.m.
"You're Next" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

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

Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Volleyball
Southland Conference Tournament
Corpus Christi




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News & Announcements

Bully Film Screening

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102, for a free screening of the documentary "Bully." The documentary follows five kids and their families during a school year. The film shows their bullying experiences not only in the school yard but also in homes, on the bus ride, in the principal's office, and in interactions with peers, parents, teachers, and administrators. The film is directed by Sundance and Emmy award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. For more information, go to thebullyproject.com.

Hackenson to present on bullying

Guest speaker Robert Hackenson will discuss bullying that takes place in the classroom and the workplace at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the BPSC Tiered Meeting Room 2.201.

Hackenson also will present "Hypnosis & Magic: Preventing Bullying on Campus" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Math Building, Room 102.

Students on college campuses experience many different kinds of bullying with a variety of harmful outcomes. This is why it is important to be educated on the negative effects of all types of bullying and to encourage leadership roles on campus to promote healthy and positive social involvement.

Tie-dye Turkey Chase 5K run/walk

The Alliance is sponsoring a 5k fun run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in front of Lucille Norton Physical Education Complex on Raguet Street.

Entry fees:
On or before Nov. 20, $20*
After Nov. 20, $25
*Pre-registered runners may pay entry fee on site.

For more information or to register, email sfa_alliance @yahoo.com, Kelvin Davis at daviskelvin57@yahoo.com or Erin Thompson at thompsonef@titan.sfasu.edu.

Lumberjack Marching Band to exhibit at Alamodome

The Lumberjack Marching Band has been selected as the exhibition band for the 3A State Marching Contest to be held in the Alamodome on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is great exposure for SFA and the Lumberjack Marching Band. Some of the best band students in the state will have the opportunity to see the LMB representing SFA.

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.

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.

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge

Please help the Lumberjack win the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge. Last year, we lost by only 50 votes. Help our program win $5,000. Vote daily and help us prove that SFA has the most spirit. We are currently in the lead, but the contest doesn't end until Nov. 23.

Martin Luther King Day of Service site mentors needed

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, along with Student Engagement Programs–Leadership and Service, invite faculty and staff members to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. We are looking for site mentors to engage with students throughout the day as they work on various projects in the community. This year's MLK Day of Service will kick-off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The deadline to sign up to be a faculty or staff site mentor is Monday, Nov. 25. To sign up, or for questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Chili Cook Off Competition Registration

Registration forms are due Nov. 26

Think your department can cook up the best chili? Put your recipe to the test! Campus Recreation is hosting a Chili Cook Off Challenge for SFA Departments as part of the Polar Bear Plunge event on Dec. 8. Students will vote on who has the best chili during the Polar Bear Plunge, and the department that wins will receive an awesome traveling trophy! Chili cook off participants can also compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest and win an award for best holiday presentation at the Polar Bear Plunge. For registration information, please contact Kati Van Dunk at vandunkkl@sfasu.edu.

Free Faculty Friday at the Rec

Friday, Nov. 22

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.


Ladyjacks complete comeback against Panthers

A day after making a late push and coming up short, the SFA women’s basketball team was able to hold onto the momentum and finish a come-from-behind victory over Georgia State on Saturday. The Ladyjacks played in the consolation bracket of the Preseason Women’s NIT. The Ladyjacks overcame a 13-point deficit over the final nine minutes of play to earn the win 66-60.

Porsha Roberts had another strong game inside for the Ladyjacks (1-2) putting 23 points on the board on 7 of 13 shooting. She was stellar at the free-throw line, hitting 9 of 10. Roberts also pulled down seven rebounds and swatted four blocks.

Turnovers plagued both teams with SFA committing 28 and Georgia State (0-3) surrendering possession 22 times. But it was at the free-throw line where SFA pulled away and was able to complete the comeback by hitting shots at the line in the second half.

SFA was 29 of 38 (76.3 percent) on the afternoon and hit 16 of 20 in the second half. Georgia State was also shot well at the line but did not have as many trips, hitting 16 of 20 to play a key role in the victory for SFA.
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Lumberjacks close cross country season strong

Cross country season came to an end on Friday for the SFA men’s and women’s teams, seeing the men post an impressive fourth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional Championship. The women came in 13th place to close the year.

The men’s team had three runners earn All-Region honors by finishing in the top 25 at the region race. Sophomore Cody Brown led the way for SFA finishing in 19th place with a time of 30:56.1 over the 10K course. Freshman Anthony Gallardo was next for the Lumberjacks, clocking in at 31:03.0 in 21st place. Sophomore Nick Guerra was the final All-Region finisher for SFA as he finished 25th in 31:09.3.

“They did a great job. They showed up. Colby Mehmen and Michael Barnett really stepped up to help get that fourth place finish,” said head coach Cody Clark. “This is our best men’s team finish since 2003, and in 2003 we were first so I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
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Lumberjacks fall 72-62 at Texas

Senior Deshaunt Walker recorded a career-high 24 points and the SFA Lumberjack basketball team led Texas 35-31 at the half, before falling 72-62 Friday night inside the Frank C. Erwin Center.

Tied 60-60, SFA (2-1) was outscored 12-2 by the Longhorns (3-0) over the final three minutes to suffer its first loss of the season and first under head coach Brad Underwood.

“Well, we had a lost ball opportunity that they won the battle of,” Underwood said. “There were actually two or three of those in the overall game tonight. In a close game and at the end of the game, you have to come up with that loose ball, especially on the road. We did not get the shots that we wanted. We did not execute very well in the last three minutes.

“We have to give Texas credit for that. Head coach Rick Barnes has done a great job with changing up his defenses to cause us to not give us what we wanted. Their size affected us a bit in terms of making the game difficult. We got the ball where we wanted it at the rim, and they made some great blocks and plays to stop us.”
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Cardinals clip SFA with late field goal

Lamar University’s Alex Ball kicked a game-winning 41-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, as the SFA Lumberjack football team fell 46-45 Saturday night at Provost-Umphrey Stadium.

The loss to the LU (5-6, 2-4 SLC) is the first since 1987 and ends a five-game winning streak for SFA (3-8, 1-5) against the Cardinals. The ’Jacks had won all three meetings against LU since the program was revitalized, as well as a pair of victories in 1988 and 1989.

Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 24-of-42 passes for 342 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions, the last of which coming in a desperation-drive in the closing seconds of the game. Two of Attaway’s three touchdowns were on plays 50 yards or more, including a 71-yard pass-and-catch to junior Tyler Boyd, his second of the game, in the fourth quarter. Junior Marquis Mosley added a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Boyd finished with a career-high 229 yards on nine catches. The Dangerfield native also scored on a 55-yard play in the first quarter (13:52). Boyd’s previous high was 206, set in the loss to then No. 8/9 Sam Houston State in the Battle of the Piney Woods in Reliant Stadium (Nov. 2).

Junior Gus Johnson highlighted the running game, bruising his way to 165 yards on 20 carries. The 165 yards is the second most for the native of Gilmer this season since rushing for 179 in SFA’s loss to Prairie View A&M (Sept. 28).
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Fine Arts

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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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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