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Tuesday, Nov. 18

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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

SFA Athletics hosting Toys for Tots drive

In the spirit of the holiday season, the SFA Athletic Department is hoping to spread some holiday cheer to those in need by conducting its annual Toys for Tots toy drive at various athletic events. All local Toys For Tots initiatives help provide Christmas presents to less fortunate children in the Nacogdoches area.

The first Toys for Tots event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Homer Bryce Stadium as the Lumberjack football team hosts rival Northwestern State in the Battle for Chief Caddo at 3 p.m.

SFA Athletics asks all fans to please show Lumberjack pride on the dates listed, to think of others during the holiday season and donate a toy to the program.

Cans for Cocoa set for Wednesday

SFA’s The Environmental Awareness Movement announces November Recycle Day with Cans for Cocoa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. Bring your clean recyclables to the booth between the Ferguson and McKibben Buildings at the end of Raguet Street. Free hot cocoa will be offered in exchange for aluminum cans!
People can drop of the following recyclables at the event: aluminum cans, plastics #1 and #2, cardboard, toner cartridges, tin, paper, and batteries.
If you have questions, please contact Audrey Dugas at teamnac.sfa@gmail.com. You can also contact the group at www.facebook.com/teamnac.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 hospitality administration and visual impairment programs teaming up for 'Dining in the Dark' event

The SFA hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are teaming up to raise awareness for visual impairment at the unique upcoming "Dining in the Dark" event on campus.

The event is meant to raise awareness of those with visual impairments "by taking your taste buds on an unforgettable journey," according to Dr. Chay Runnels, associate professor of human sciences and coordinator of the hospitality administration program. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in SFA's Culinary Café, located in the James I. Perkins College of Education Annex near the intersection of Raguet Street and Starr Avenue on the SFA campus.

"We hope many in the community will join us as our students guide guests through a unique blindfolded dining experience to heighten your senses and help you enjoy great food without sight," she said. Read More

Guest artist to conduct residency

Guest artist Meredith Robertson-Early will conduct a residency for the dance program from Thursday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 18. She will offer two master-level classes in modern dance and set her work Creed of Fools on the SFA Repertory Dance Company.

The work will be performed in the Danceworks Concert Nov. 20-22.

Meredith Robertson-Early is an assistant professor in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Finer Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi  and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. 

In addition, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University. She also has performed the works of Robert Battle and Ulysses Dove at nationally-recognized venues, including the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob's Pillow, The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and The Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Robertson-Early also is a founding member of the MUDHONEY Dance Collective, a company dedicated to presenting works in New Orleans' alternative spaces and venues.

Her choreography has been selected twice by nationally renowned adjudicators for the gala presentations at the American College Dance Festival Association's regional conferences, and in 2014, her work was selected for national presentation at the Kennedy Center.


Cardenas inks eight in early signing class

SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced the signing of eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Monday morning during the early signing period.

The class is made up of eight prep stars, consisting of Henry Sanchez (San Antonio, Texas; St. Anthony Catholic High School), Mitchell Johnson (Humble, Texas, Atascocita High School); Brent Patane (Montgomery, Texas, Montgomery High School); Austin Hearn (Crosby, Texas, Crosby High School); Clayton Rasbeary (Heath, Texas, Rockwall-Heath High School); Tyler Starks (Mesquite, Texas, North Mesquite High School); Tyler Pinkston (Rockwall, Texas, Rockwall-Heath High School); and Brendan Venter (Flower Mound, Texas, Marcus High School).

Fine Arts

'Spamalot' opens today

“Spamalot,” the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the classic film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, and runs nightly through Saturday, Nov. 22, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in W.M. Turner Auditorium at SFA.

Rehearsing a scene from the musical, produced by the SFA Schools of Theatre and Music, are, from left, Thomas Elam, Rosharon senior, as Patsy; Matthew Kelley, exchange student, as King Arthur; and Austin Davis, Keller junior, as Sir Galahad. Tickets range from $7.50 to $20, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty and staff members, students, and youth. For tickets or more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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 jazz bands to perform music of Goodwin, Davis, Tomaro

The music of Los Angeles-based jazz composers as well as jazz legends like Miles Davis will be featured when the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces at SFA perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Pieces by John Clayton, Tom Kubis and multi-Grammy nominated composer Gordon Goodwin will be among the music performed by the Swingin' Axes, directed by Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA.

"Because of the influence of the Hollywood recording industry, L.A. is the home to some of the best all-around musicians in the world," Wurtz said. "With access to such a high level of talent, these gifted composers can comfortably write almost anything they want, knowing the local musicians are up to the challenge. For that reason, some of the most cutting-edge music comes to us out of the L.A. scene."
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Duet recital to feature violin, double bass

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the violin and double bass duet of Martha Walvoord and Jack Unzicker at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Walvoord and Unziker, both professors of music at the University of Texas, Arlington, are married, and each enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Walvoord's recent solo performances have taken her to China, Hong Kong, Spain, England, Costa Rica and across the U.S., including her performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" with the Quingdao Symphony Orchestra.
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