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This Week's Calendar

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 110

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

Saturday, Nov. 23
Men's Basketball
vs. East Tennessee State University
3 p.m.
Johnson City, Tenn.

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

Cross Country
NCAA National Championships
Terre Haute, Ind.

SFA Football
vs. Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
3 p.m.

Tie-dye Turkey Chase 5K
8:30 a.m.
Lucille Norton P.E. Complex

Women's Basketball
vs. SMU
6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
Southland Conference Tournament
Corpus Christi

Sunday, Nov. 24
Piney Woods Camerata
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

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

Women's Volleyball
Southland Conference Tournament
Corpus Christi

Saturday, Dec. 14
9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.




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Underwood inks five in signing class

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning during the early signing period. The class consists of three junior college transfers and two prep stars.

The signing class includes: Ty Charles, Kennedale, Kennedale High School; Demetrious Floyd, St. Louis, Mo., Chipolla College; Clide Geffard, Pompano, Fla., Northwest Florida State College; Jared Johnson, Columbia, S.C., Hill College; and Jaxon Holden, Highland, Marcus High School.

"I am very, very pleased with this group, as we met our recruiting needs," Underwood said. "We signed some premier perimeter guys, while also adding athleticism and shooting. We built a very solid base with the signing a couple of high school kids, in Ty and Jaxon, who will help solidify the program for the future. With this class, we feel like we have filled the void left by our senior departures."
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Fred J. Allen

School of Music

Allen recently served as a consultant to band programs in Chapel Hill, Carthage, Huntsville and Central (Pollok).

News & Announcements

SFA Arboretum to host popular wreath-making seminar

SFA's Mast Arboretum will host a garden seminar titled "Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, will show participants how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from Mother Nature. Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come.

Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and will make a wreath to enjoy at home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce new crafts using more natural items from the garden and forest.
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SFA art galleries announce Thanksgiving closures

The SFA School of Art has announced holiday closures for its galleries during the week of Thanksgiving.

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving and open during regular hours Friday, Nov. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

Regular hours for the art center are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Currently showing through Jan. 4 in the downstairs Ledbetter Gallery is "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead," which features Day of the Dead altars created by area artists and families to honor loved ones who have passed on.
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Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble will host its Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Just in time for the holidays, the employee standard discount will be extended to 20 percent off SFA logo merchandise. While in the bookstore, enjoy refreshments, and register to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. No purchase is necessary. Complimentary holiday gift bags will be available with any purchase. For more information, please contact Kristen at (936) 468-1160.

'Chasing Ice' film showing as part of Geography Awareness Week

The award-winning film "Chasing Ice" will be shown in Ferguson G78 (ground floor, just past the elevators) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. The film chronicles one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. For more information on the event or geography as a major or minor, please contact forbesw@sfasu.edu.

Habitat for Humanity work day

Last weekend, several students and faculty members came together for a Habitat for Humanity work day. The event was organized by Lydia Elseth. Elseth, an officer with the Economics Reading Group, decided that is was time for the group to give back. She worked in coordination with Mikhail Kouliavtsev to schedule the event. Kouliavtsev is a faculty member in the Department of Economics and Finance and a member of the board of directors at Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches.

SECC donations

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations. This year, our goal is to raise more than $21,923 in honor of SFA's founding year of 1923.

There are two ways employees can give, either by making a one-time donation via cash or check or a recurring payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2 either way. Your donations go to the agencies and nonprofit organizations that you designate.

Any employee who contributes $5 or more per month or a one-time gift of $60 or more to any state agency will be entered into a drawing to win one of many prizes, such as SFA sports tickets, movie passes, photo sessions and SFA memorabilia.

There is a one-entry limit per name. Winners will be notified by noon on Friday, Nov. 22. The SECC will continue through Thursday, Nov. 21. If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights: CUR Quarterly

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Spring 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Dec. 15. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or publications in scholarly journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.

Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form available here.

Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your highlight, please email Highlights Editor Marie Graf.

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a third year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

Presented by the Loblolly Crew, the three-rail O gauge train layout is 12 feet by 16 feet and features two mainline loops of track, one designed to travel in a figure 8 and another in a point-to-point trolley line. Spectators can enjoy watching vintage steam and diesel engines pull passenger and freight cars around the depot's scenic display, along with the Polar Express and other unique model trains.

This year's display features buildings and attractions, all depicting a typical East Texas town. Scenery includes oil fields and industrial areas, a rail yard, a main street and much more. Amtrak and two major model railroad manufacturers have provided handouts for all attendees. Also, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss the importance of railroad safety.

All trains will be on display at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road, starting Friday, Nov. 29, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 13.
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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."

Carlisi has a Bachelor and Master of Science 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.

Carlisi'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.

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.

RHA has Angry Axe flash drives

The Residence Hall Association is selling one-of-a-kind Angry Axe flash drives made exclusively for the SFA 90th Anniversary until Nov. 30! For only $8 these one-gigabyte flash drives make great and inexpensive gifts for coworkers and loved ones. Email RHA at rha@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2700 to get yours today!  

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 raise bar In 2013

The 2013 SFA Ladyjack soccer season would be a year of unknowns and questions. The team would experience significant change with the departure of a head coach and the graduation of a strong senior class.

There was concern as to the expectations and the potential transition year a new coach would need to keep the program heading in the right direction. What no one knew was that there would be no transition season. Any past expectations would be shattered, and any questions would be emphatically answered with dominating performances that would either break or match 13 records in the program.  There would be hardware won, players recognized, and a Coach of the Year awarded along the way. This is the story of one of the greatest seasons in Ladyjack soccer history...
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SLC recognizes 13 former Ladyjacks, Humphreys

As part of its yearlong 50th Anniversary commemoration, the Southland Conference has announced its All-Time Volleyball Honor Roll. The announcement comes prior to the Southland’s 32nd Volleyball Tournament, to be held Friday through Sunday in Corpus Christi.

The honor roll includes 83 volleyball student-athletes who have impacted the sport since the league began sponsorship of the sport in 1982. The team includes all former players who earned multiple All-Southland first-team honors, as well as a number of other standouts with 13 former Ladyjacks honored. Additionally, seven coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to the sport, including long-time SFA coach Debbie Humphreys.

“Volleyball has been a fantastic sport in the Southland for more than three decades, and we’ve seen our teams participate at the highest levels, including the NCAA national championship,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said. “We’ve had a great combination of coaching legends and standout student-athletes, and we expect that to continue for a very long time.”
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Lumberjacks to meet Marshall Thursday

The SFA Lumberjack basketball team will be looking to bounce back from a hard-fought 72-62 loss at Texas, with a game against Marshall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Cam Henderson Center.

SFA (2-1) will take on the Thundering Herd (2-1) in its third of a four-game stretch on the road. The Thursday night game marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Marshall is coming off of a 102-94 loss to Morehead State in overtime. The meeting was the 95th between the two schools, as there was a combined 76 personal fouls and 108 free-throw attempts in the game. There were 44 fouls called against MU, the most for a team in the NCAA this season.
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Ladyjacks rally for another win

The SFA women’s basketball team traveled to take on the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday night looking for a quality non-conference win over a team from a major conference. After trailing by 11 points at the half, the Ladyjacks came out of the break to post another come-from-behind victory in the second half, beating Arizona 60-56.

Junior point guard Brittney Matthew was strong in the first half with 12 points to tie her career-high, and her teammates took over in the second half. Antionette Carter tallied 15 points on the game as she shot 4-of-8 from the field and was 6-of-8 at the free-throw line. Daylyn Harris also came up big for the Ladyjacks, scoring 10 points and hitting clutch free throws down the stretch. Harris also was 6-of-9 at the line. Carter was strong on the glass for SFA pulling down seven rebounds on the night.

Junior center Porsha Roberts was limited offensively as she only had five shot attempts, making one and hitting 3-of-4 free throws to tally five points. But the all-conference performer still made an impact on the game. Roberts was effective on defense as she swatted five blocks and diverted a number of other drives to the basket with her presence in the paint.
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Fine Arts

SFA to present Danceworks

The SFA Dance Program will present "Danceworks," a concert featuring the SFA Repertory Dance Company and senior choreographic projects, Nov. 21-23, in the Lucille Norton HPE Complex Dance Studio, Room 201, on the SFA campus.

Directed by professor Stan Bobo and assisted by adjunct faculty member Heather Samuelson of the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, the concert will feature original works by faculty members, guest artist choreography and six senior dance majors' choreographic projects.

The SFA Repertory Dance Company will perform the historic tap dance "Leon Collins' #53" and Linda Phenix's percussive "Cross Talk," in addition to a theatrical jazz dance inspired by the style of Bob Fosse and a whimsical, light-hearted dance that will awaken the child within.
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Piney Woods Camerata to perform music written for popular children's books

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Piney Woods Camerata performing "The World of Eric Carle" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Cole Concert Hall.

An American designer, illustrator and author of children's books, Eric Carle is most famous for the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," which has been translated into more than 50 languages.

The recital will feature songs written by British composer Julian Nott, who wrote the sound tracks for five of Carle's children's stories, which were released as an animated film in 2006.

Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello at SFA and founder of the Piney Woods Camerata, has been communicating with the composer for about two years exploring the idea of performing the sound tracks for the DVD that include "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me," "The Mixed-Up Chameleon," "The Very Quiet Cricket" and "I See a Song."

"The music, which he sent to me this summer, is not published," Raychev said. "It is my understanding this performance will be a live world premiere, and I consider this opportunity an honor of the highest degree."
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SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Sinfonietta'

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present a concert titled "Sinfonietta" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in W.M. in Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Featured work is the "Sinfonietta" by composer and pianist Ingolf Dahl.

"This is one of the true masterworks for concert band," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands. "It is a three movement piece of serious music written in 1961 by a German composer who admired the compositions of Igor Stravinsky."

Two guest conductors will also be featured on the concert. Dr. David W. Campo, associate conductor of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, will conduct "Gone" by Texas composer Scott McAllister.

"This is a contemplative piece that captures feelings of grief and loss," Campo said.

Graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct the band in "Second Connecticut Regiment March" by David Reeves.

Rounding out the concert will be a fanfare for brass and percussion by French composer Florent Schmitt.
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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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