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This Week's Calendar

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.
1 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

Monday, Nov. 25
Wind Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

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




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Flags at half-staff in remembrance of President John F. Kennedy

The President of the United States has issued an order lowering the flags to half-staff, as a day of remembrance for President John F. Kennedy. Today, America honors his memory and celebrates his enduring imprint on our history. All state agencies should display the U.S. and Texas flags at half-staff through sunset Friday, Nov. 22. Other agencies, businesses and individuals are encouraged to do the same. Flags should return to full-staff Saturday, Nov. 23.

SFA Gala to honor outstanding donors

Outstanding SFA donors and faculty members will be honored during the 25th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

"We are very excited about plans for the Gala, which promises to be especially memorable this year as we continue to celebrate SFA's 90th anniversary," said Jill Still, vice president for university advancement. "We look forward to paying special tribute to some of the university's most generous donors and recognizing the accomplishments of two outstanding SFA faculty members."

The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin's most accomplished musicians. Known for its versatile repertoire, the group performs everything from dance music to rock, jazz, country and hip-hop.

Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith at (936) 468-5406.

Research Campaign 2013

How is SFA perceived among key constituents?
What are the perceived competitive strengths and weaknesses of SFA?
What misperceptions exist about SFA?

The results of the research conducted by SimpsonScarborough will be used as the basis for upcoming internal and external marketing efforts. The data is available through mySFA in the “My Services” area, in the “faculty and staff” listing on the left-hand side of the page.

If you would like additional information about the research, please call (936) 468-2605 to reserve a seat at a session presented by University Marketing Communications. Sessions will be presented at 10 a.m. in Austin Building, Room 101, on the following dates:

Dec. 12
Dec. 19
Jan. 2
Jan. 9
Jan. 16
Jan. 23
Jan. 30

Or, if you would like to have a representative from University Marketing Communications present the research information to your department, please call (936) 468-2605 to schedule an appointment.


Dr. Deb Scott

School of Music

Scott recently was the conductor and clinician for the Texas Region XVII All-Region Jazz Band in Lake Jackson.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden's reviews of Timothy K. Perttula and Chester P. Walker's "The Archaeology of the Caddo," and Perttula, Bo Nelson and Robert L. Gonzalez's "The Clements Site (41CS25): A Late 17th- to 18th-Century Nasoni Caddo Settlement and Cemetery" were recently published in the fall 2013 volume of Southeastern Archaeology.

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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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.

Holiday safety tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the SFA Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Department would like to remind everyone to have a happy and safe holiday. While decorations bring joy to the home and workplace, they can also be very dangerous if not used correctly.  According to The U.S. Fire Administration, the holiday season claims the lives of more than 400 Americans, injures 1,650 more and causes more than $990 million in damage.

By following some simple precautionary tips, the chances of an incident may be greatly reduced.
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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.

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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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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Campus Recreation

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.

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.


GAME NOTES: at Northwestern State

SFA vs. THE DEMONS: The Lumberjacks trail the all-time series 24-42-3 (.370) to Northwestern State, but the Lumberjacks have found a great deal of success in the series lately. The Lumberjacks have won four straight, and five of the past seven meetings, including a 34-17 victory last season in Nacogdoches. A win Saturday for the Lumberjacks would be the longest streak of consecutive wins against Northwestern State in program history.

COVERAGE: Saturday's contest will be broadcast on KTBQ (107.7 FM).

NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION: The SFA football team possess one of the most prolific FCS offenses in the country. SFA currently ranks atop the nation in passing offense (395.7 YPG) and second in total offense (581.3 YPG). The Lumberjack running game currently ranks 40th (185.5 YPG) in the nation. Individually, quarterback Brady Attaway ranks second in passing yards per game (359.4) and fourth in total offense (354.5 YPG). Running back Gus Johnson ranks 18th with 105.7 yards per game, while SFA receivers Tyler Boyd (12) and Mike Brooks (40) both rank in the top 50 in receiving yards per game.
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SFA Golf improves across fall season

The SFA men and women's golf teams made big strides in the fall of 2013. The teams combined to shave 8.65 strokes from their spring 2012 team averages.

The Lumberjacks lowered their scoring average (295.40) four strokes from the spring semester. Improvement was largely on the shoulders of junior Blake Pugh and sophomore Luke Sheehan. The duo solidified the top positions on the team for the entire fall season, capturing four top-ten finishes combined.

Pugh, a second-team all-conference selection in 2012, led the 'Jacks in scoring. He carded two top 10 finishes, and a top 20 in four of five tournaments. The junior finished with a career-best 73.07 season-scoring average, with a career-best fifth-place finish at the HBU Woodforest Invitational.
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Ladyjacks to face Sugar Bears in conference tournament

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team heads into the 2013 Southland Conference Tournament ready to face conference champion Central Arkansas. The two teams are set to tangle at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, from the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi.

SFA (16-15, 8-10) lost in straight sets to UCA (26-3, 18-0) in both matches this season and is 3-8 all-time against the Sugar Bears. The Ladyjacks are coming off a 3-1 loss to Northwestern State to close the regular season that saw two of the top defensive performances of the season. Ladyjack libero O.J. Olson tallied 43 digs in the 4-set match to break the school record for a 4-set match. Olson also is tied for 18th in NCAA history for such a match. Northwestern State’s libero kept pace and posted 42 digs as they each averaged nearly 11 digs per set for the match. The two teams combined for 242 digs.
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Fine Arts

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform concert to remember JFK

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present "JFK: In Memoriam" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

A joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will open the concert with "An American Fanfare" by Rick Kirby.

"This fast and hard-driving fanfare is based on the melody from 'My Country, 'Tis of Thee,'" Anglley said.

The band will next perform Bruce Houseknecht's arrangement of "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokoff.

"Originally composed for choir, this piece has become a staple in the wind band literature," Anglley explained.
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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 School of Theatre to present Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

An upcoming SFA State University School of Theatre production of "Romeo and Juliet" may be especially inviting for area high school students who are engaged in a classroom study of this classic written by William Shakespeare.

One of literature's greatest love stories will come to life on the stage of W.M. Turner Auditorium Nov. 19 through 23 as part of the School of Theatre's Mainstage Series. Not only will the play attract Shakespeare lovers of all ages, this live production of "Romeo and Juliet" is the perfect accompaniment to a student's reading of the timeless story of star-crossed lovers penned by the English poet and playwright, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and the play's director.

"We hoped that it would be helpful to local teachers and students to see a live production of such a widely studied play, and we've been gratified by the response so far," he said.

In fact, a 10 a.m. Nov. 21 performance is nearly sold out, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager.

"We have a number of large groups from schools throughout East Texas attending that performance," she said.
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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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