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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

'Silent Night Auction' bidding ends Friday

The "Silent Night Auction" will run until Friday. Make sure to stop by the Education Annex, Room 125, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to bid on items.

The event, held by Interior Design and Merchandising students,  will officially end at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.

Cans for Cocoa today

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.

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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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.

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.

State Employees Charitable Campaign underway

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Last year SFA employees contributed more than $20,000 to various agencies across Texas.

SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate to their favorite agency and nonprofit organizations through an annual campaign. There are two ways employees can give.  Employees can make a one-time donation via cash or check or payroll deduction.

Donations go to those agencies and nonprofit organizations that are designated by the donor. Employees can contribute to causes that are near and dear to their heart. The minimum donation is $2.

This year employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430900) will be eligible to enter a drawing for a 2014 Hyundai Accent. A minimum $17.34 per month or $208 one-time gift will receive one chance. A donation of $26 per month or $312 one time gift will receive two chances to win. All forms are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Winners will be notified by noon Monday, Nov. 11.

The SECC will continue through Friday, Nov. 21.  If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

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.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Light Years from Andromeda'

The SFA Planetarium will begin screening the film "Light Years from Andromeda" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

The film will play every Friday from Oct. 24 until Nov. 21 at the planetarium.

"Light Years From Andromeda" teaches the concepts of light speed and the light year and how astronomers use them to measure distances to some familiar celestial objects — the Moon, the Sun, the planets, nearby stars and galaxies.

The show briefly touches on the properties of light that help determine a star’s age and temperature, and gives a fascinating look at how light and distance allow us to “look back” further in time as we gaze farther into space.
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Vote for the Lumberjack!

The Southland Conference competition for the best school mascot is well underway.

Last year, the Lumberjack came out on top as the best mascot in the conference, and there's an opportunity to do it again. People are allowed to vote once a day for the duration of the contest, which runs until 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

The winning school's spirit department will receive $5,000!

Cast your vote here.

Parents' Night Out dates set

Need someone to watch the kids for a little while so you can finally get some peace and quiet? Don't worry, SFA has your back.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Friday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Nov. 21 parents can drop off kids for a fun-filled camp and enjoy Parents' Night Out.

The night will include camp activities, swim time, a meal and a movie for campers. The latest pick up is midnight, but parent’s may pick up their children at any time throughout the night.

Cost is $20 per camper, and registration will take place in the Administration Office of the Student Rec Center. Contact the SFA Recreation Center with questions at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu


Aspillaga signs Hidalgo-Smith to NLI

SFA head women’s tennis coach Roberto Aspillaga announced the signing of Lauren Hidalgo-Smith to a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday afternoon during the early signing period.

"I am very excited to have Lauren join our team next year,” Aspillaga said. “She is an extremely hard working person and loves the sport. She has already shown good results on American soil and she will continue to grow here at SFA."
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SFA puts together complete team win

Taylor Ross put up big numbers for the second straight game, Tierany Henderson and Porsha Roberts each recorded double-doubles and the SFA Ladyjack basketball team took care of Prairie View A&M 83-73 on Tuesday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum.

“I was really happy how we finished the game tonight,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “We did a lot of things much better tonight than we did in the opener. The other team was very athletic, especially Jeanette Jackson. We tried to slow her up as much as possible.

“I’m proud of the fact that we only gave up 12 offensive rebounds and were able to out rebound them by 13. We talk a lot about the rebounding battle, the free throw battle and the turnover battle. We feel like if we can win those battles we have a really valid chance to come out on top. Tonight we struggled with turnovers – we had far too many – but we did make more free throws and did out rebound them.”
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SFA's home streak ends in OT thriller

Juniors Thomas Walkup and Demetrious Floyd each recorded 20 points, but Northern Iowa was able to outlast the SFA men's basketball team in a 79-77 overtime thriller on Tuesday morning inside William R. Johnson Coliseum as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon to close the nation's second longest active home court win streak at 34 consecutive.

Trailing by two points with 12 seconds to go in overtime, the Lumberjacks (1-1) drove the floor for the final possession of the game. Floyd made a move in the paint against UNI (2-0) and had a chance to tie it with a floater with two seconds remaining, but the shot just didn't fall, hitting the back of the rim.

Floyd proved to be a catalyst off the bench for SFA, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from deep across 26 minutes. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, was one of three `Jacks to net double figures, joined by Walkup and senior Jacob Parker (15 points), all recording season-high scoring performances. Parker also finished one rebound shy of a double-double, pulling down nine boards.
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Fine Arts

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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