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Parent's Night Out
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SFA football vs. Northwestern State
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Accomplishments

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Selden recently delivered an invited lecture at the Metropolitan State University of Denver on his use of 3-D morphometrics to analyze archaeologically-recovered ceramics, which he is using to analyze the Turner collection that is housed at SFA.

News & Announcements

SFA tartan products available for the holidays

For holiday giving, licensed official SFA Tartan products — lanyards, men's ties, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and insulated tumblers and mugs — are available through Barnes & Noble campus bookstore. For phone orders, contact Esther at (936) 468-2108. Men's SFA Tartan bowties are available online at collegiatetartan.com.

For spring gift or promotional needs such as advisory board members, graduating seniors, donors, etc., Michael Cannon with Collegiate Tartan Apparel is open to creating special order SFA Tartan items (listed above plus custom tote bags) with name of department or college added to the product (minimum orders of 30 pieces). For further information and pricing, contact Cannon at (336) 312-3296 or michael@collegiatetartan.com.

Get creative and show your school pride with SFA Tartan! Axe 'em, Jacks in Tartan!

Residence Hall Association prepping for Holiday Extravaganza

The Residence Hall Association is getting ready for our annual Holiday Extravaganza. This event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2

Holiday Extravaganza is an event that is held for the SFA residents and Nacogdoches community. Traditionally, Dr. Baker Pattillo lights the tree to help bring in the holiday spirit.

Following the lighting of the tree, you will find a wide variety of activities, hot chocolate with cookies, choir performances and will even get a chance to take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

'Purple Santa' to collect toys Dec. 5

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all faculty and staff members at SFA to participate in “Purple Santa.” This has become a holiday tradition on campus. Participants provide new, unwrapped toys to help local children ages 5 to 12 to have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 5. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email Dr. Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu to arrange a pick-up time. Each group that donates toys to the cause will receive a special gift and will appear on Santa’s “nice list,” published in SFA Today throughout the week of Dec. 8.

Donated toys will be donated to Toys for Tots to help children in Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County. This event can provide a fun and festive treat for your office. Santa will be available to pose for pictures with individuals and groups.

Cash donations also are accepted. For more information or to drop off cash donations, visit the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. For more information about donations in general, call (936) 468-7249.

SFA mass communication chair and professor elected president of BEA

Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication at SFA, was elected president of the Broadcast Education Association at the 2014 Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C.

His term will begin in April 2015 at the annual conference in Las Vegas and conclude in April 2016. He will serve a final year on the BEA Board as immediate past president. Currently, he is the BEA vice president for academic relations.

Established in 1955, the BEA is the premier international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.
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Center for Digital Scholarship to explore SFA films collection

The Center for Digital Scholarship invites SFA to explore the SFA Films collection in ScholarWorks.

The filmmaking program at SFA has been actively generating professional filmmakers and cinematographers for more than 35 years. The program opens doors to an expansive career field in which the majority of graduates find employment in the film and video industry.

The center has archived many of the program’s short films and several of the featured films for the students and faculty to view. If you are interested in learning more about how you can submit your projects in ScholarWorks contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu.
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'Silent Night Auction' bidding ends Friday

The "Silent Night Auction" will run through 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.

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.

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.

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 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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SFA 'Danceworks' set for Nov. 20-22

The SFA dance program will present "Danceworks," a studio concert featuring student, faculty and guest artist choreography, Nov. 20-22.

Student works include senior choreographic projects by dance majors Brittany Barrerra and Ashley Sharp, as well as an independent choreographic project by Keith Haynes.

Guest artist choreography features "The Other One," a work by Min Kim of University of Texas-Pan American, and "Creed of Fools" choreographed by Meredith Early-Robertson of the University of Southern Mississippi. Early-Robertson served as a guest artist in October and set her three-part work to music by Brazilian composer/artist Gaetano Veloso, Burt Bacharach and the band M83 on members of the SFA Repertory Dance Company.
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Athletics

Battle for Chief Caddo tomorrow

Stephen F. Austin closes out the 2014 regular season by renewing its annual rivalry with border neighbor Northwestern State at Homer Bryce Stadium. Opening kick against the Demons is set for 3 p.m. as the two rivals will stage the 49th Battle for Chief Caddo.

SFA fans unable to make it to Homer Bryce Stadium for this weekend’s rivalry game against Northwestern State can still stay up to date on every Lumberjack play. Live video of the game can be seen by logging on to SFA All-Access for a free, HD stream of the game. Fans can also listen to their Lumberjacks as Rob Meyers will have the call on Q107.7 FM as well as online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available online at SFAJacks.com with in-game Twitter updates @SFA_Football.
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'Jacks hit road for Xavier

The SFA men’s basketball team will defend its share of the NCAA’s longest active true road win streak at 12 consecutive on Friday, Nov. 21, playing the road opener at Xavier in a 7 p.m. tip off on Fox Sports 2. Steve Physioc will call the game, while Jim Jackson will serve as the color analyst.

The Lumberjacks (1-1) opened defense of their home court with a 75-49 win over Mississippi College on Friday, Nov. 14, in the season opener for both teams to remain tied with No. 3/4 Duke, which defeated Presbyterian 113-44. The Blue Devils then followed with a 109-59 victory over Fairfield to take the nation’s mark by one win over SFA. The 'Jacks followed, hosting Northern Iowa as part of ESPN’s 24-Hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN2 on Tuesday, Nov. 18, falling in a 79-77 overtime thriller to end the win streak at 34 consecutive inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
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SFA heads to Natchitoches for SLC tournament

The SFA women's volleyball team, after closing the regular season undefeated in Southland Conference play, looks to improve on the nation's fifth-longest active win streak at the SLC Tournament on the Northwestern State campus this Friday. The top-seeded Ladyjacks will play eighth-seeded Nicholls State at 4:00 p.m. inside Prather Coliseum for their quarterfinal match.

The Ladyjacks picked up two more conference sweeps last week on the road against Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word to finish their conference slate with a perfect 16-0 record. The last time SFA went through a conference regular season unscathed was in 2006 when the Ladyjacks posted a 16-0 record, won the conference tournament and beat Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Championships. SFA hasn't won a tournament title or advanced to the NCAA tournament since.
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Conque named Eddie Robinson Award finalist

SFA head coach Clint Conque has been announced as one of 20 finalists for the 2014 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, announced today by The Sports Network FCS.

This is the fourth time Conque has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year as he is the only Southland Conference coach named to the list.

Conque has helped guide SFA to a 7-4 record in 2014, already a four-game improvement from 2013's 3-9 campaign. He has guided the Lumberjacks to a pair of top-10 victories, defeating eighth-ranked Southeastern Louisiana 27-17 on Oct. 25 before toppling sixth-ranked McNeese State 31-16 in Lake Charles on Nov. 8.
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Johnson makes final push for Payton Award

With one game remaining in the regular season, senior Gus Johnson gets set to make his final push for the 2014 Walter Payton Award.

Against Abilene Christian Saturday, Johnson rushed for 158 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, giving the Gilmer native his ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 20th of his SFA career.

Heading into Saturday’s game against Northwestern State, Johnson looks to set the Stephen F. Austin program record for single season rushing yards, sitting at 1,440 yards in 2014 and matching Larry Centers’ total in 1989. Johnson reached the total in four fewer games and 104 fewer attempts, hitting the 1,440 yard mark in 11 games on 211 carries while Centers needed 15 games and 315 attempts.
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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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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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