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Monday, Nov. 4
Men's Golf
Red Wolves Fall Beach Classic
Gulf Shores, Ala.

Trombone Choir Concert
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Golf
South Alabama Invitational
Loxley, Ala.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Men's Golf
Red Wolves Fall Beach Classic
Gulf Shores, Ala.

Undefined Expecations: 1970s-Era Prints by British Artists
Griffith Fine Arts Gallery

Wind quintet with J.D. Salas
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Golf
South Alabama Invitational
Loxley, Ala.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Percussion Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Soccer
Southland Conference Tournament
Lake Charles, La.

Women's Volleyball
at Southeastern Louisiana
Hammond, La.
7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 8
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Andrew Slack speaking
1:30 p.m.
BPSC Twilight Ballroom

Men's Basketball
vs. UT Tyler
7 p.m.

SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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News & Announcements

Forestry faculty hosts meeting for ‘Science and the Public Interface’ project

The SFA forestry faculty hosted a professional gathering Oct. 31-Nov. 1 to develop courses related to communicating with the public about controversial science topics.

As part of its three-year, $247,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the “Science and the Public Interface” project, the Author Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture invited 25 participants from across the country to the meeting. Attendees from Alaska, California, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia met with 14 SFA colleagues.

The meeting represented a collaborative effort of museum, state and federal agency, and academic partners working together to develop graduate-level online courses for informal science educators working at museums, science centers, parks, botanical gardens, zoos, planetariums, aquariums, environmental learning centers, refuges and visitor centers.

SFA is leading this project, and investigators include forestry faculty members Dr. Theresa Coble, Dr. Matthew McBroom and Dr. Pat Stephens Williams. Additional SFA participants include: Dr. Ray Darville (sociology), Dr. William Dwyer (secondary education), Elyce Rodewald and Kerry Lemon (SFA Gardens), Janet Kamps (instructional technology), Erica Renee Chapman (Ralph W. Steen Library) and several undergraduate and graduate students.

Purple Santa is coming to town again

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all SFA faculty and staff members 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) in need have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 6. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email 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. 9.

The toys will be donated to Love, INC 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 being 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, call (936) 468-7249.

Research Pilot Studies Grant offered by ORSP

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is now offering Research Pilot Studies grants through the Research Enhancement Program. RPS grants provide support of up to $3,000 to assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding. Allowable costs include travel to collect data, supplies and materials, minor equipment, and hourly student assistant wages. The deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 20. For more information and the application visit here. For questions, please call ORSP at (936) 468-6606.

2014 Bright Ideas Conference – Call for Submissions

Mark your calendar! SFA’s Bright Ideas Conference is May 1, 2014. The Bright Ideas Conference is designed to showcase the research, creative and performance accomplishments of faculty and their graduate students to the campus and local community. Event information, including the call for submissions, conference schedule and time line, can be found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website. Faculty members are encouraged to participate and involve their students in this event. For questions, please call at (936) 468-6606.

Jeff Davis Farewell Reception


Andrew Slack to speak at SFA

The faculty and staff are invited to a special event with Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the Teaching Excellence Center, Service Learning Advisory Board and Student Engagement Programs – Leadership and Service. Refreshments will be provided.
Slack will speak with faculty and staff members about his experience founding his nonprofit, the work they do and how we can engage our students in meaningful ways in the classroom and on campus. He will also be speaking on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Conference.

Humanities Texas and Texas Commission on the Arts Workshop

Humanities Texas and Texas Commission on the Arts will be hosting a Grant and Exhibition Workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road. Come learn about funding opportunities, traveling exhibitions and other resources provided by these organizations.

Visit the Humanities Texas website for more information. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Humanities Texas at (512) 440-1991 or rsvp_workshop@humanitiestexas.org

Campus Recreation

Registration is open for the 7th Annual Jacks On Belay Climbing Competition

Nov. 4-16

Put your climbing skills to the test and represent SFA at the annual Jacks On Belay on Saturday, Nov. 16! Compete against climbers from all over the state in three divisions: beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Register before Nov. 16 and receive $5 off registration.  Registration fee includes a T-shirt, grab bags, door prizes, and lunch!  For more information or to register, please visit Jacks On Belay.

Chili Cook Off Competition Registration

Nov. 4-26

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

Friday, Nov. 1

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 outright SLC Champions with tie to UIW

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team came from behind and tied Incarnate Word 1-1 to win its third consecutive Southland Conference title in the regular season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

With the double-overtime draw to the Cardinals (10-6-3, 4-5-3 SLC), SFA (15-3-2, 10-1-1 SLC) captures its eighth SLC crown in program history and first under head coach Wally Crittenden. The championship marks the first time in program history the Ladyjacks have won back-to-back-to-back titles. SFA won consecutive titles in 1997-98 and 2004-05 before the recent three-year run.

The Ladyjacks also finished the regular season undefeated (8-0-2) on the road for the first time in program history.

“A fantastic end to our regular season," Crittended said. "Incarnate Word is a great team, and they played really hard today on their home field. I thought we did a great job imposing ourselves on the game from the end of the first half throughout the overtime periods. That was in response to going down a goal late in the first half as well. Whether it is injuries, opponent style or other factors, this team keeps responding to any adversity it faces. This is a special quality and is a testament to the high character and leadership on this team.
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SFA takes tournament title at FDU Jamboree

The No. 9 SFA Ladyjacks bowling team secured the program's second tournament title Sunday at the FDU Jamboree. The win was the second in as many tournaments this season.

The Ladyjacks (19-5) made quick work of No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson in their first match of the day, sweeping the Knights 4-0 to reach the championship match.

The Ladyjacks opened the five-game championship match verse No. 8 Wisconsin Whitewater with a 163-160 win over the Warhawks. SFA dropped the following game 187-224 before bouncing back in game three 246-146.

SFA would go on to win the next two games 235-233 and 180-162 to take the title. The win was the second of the season for the Ladyjacks and second in program history.

The Ladyjacks return to action next week at the Crusader Classic Nov. 8-10, in Valparaiso, Ind.

Lumberjacks win in Underwood's debut

The SFA men’s basketball team placed three Lumberjacks in double-figures in Brad Underwood’s debut as head coach in an 87-54 exhibition victory over Arkansas Tech Friday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum.

SFA improved to 7-1 in their last eight exhibition openers and 1-0 under the new regime.

The ’Jacks outscored the ATU 30-4 in second-chance points in what nearly proved to be the margin of difference in the game.

Junior Jacob Parker led the SFA with 17 points, hitting six of 12 shots of the field and all five from the charity stripe. Sophomore Thomas Walkup finished one off of Parker with 16 points, and freshman Dallas Cameron added 11.

The ’Jacks led in nearly every statistical category, and, even though it was a exhibition, put up their most points offensively since scoring 84 in the 2012-13 season opener.
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SFA falls short in Piney Woods Shootout

The SFA Lumberjack football team was unable to pull off a come-from-behind win in front of a 26,213 record-breaking crowd for the annual Battle of the Piney Woods in a 56-49 loss to No. 8/9 Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.

SFA (3-6, 1-3 SLC), tied 28-28 through three quarters, surrendered 28 points to the Bearkats (7-2, 3-1 SLC) in 2:26 to open the fourth quarter. The ’Jacks turned the ball over four times in the final quarter and were unable to make up for the mistakes, despite recording 742 yards of total offense, their second most this season.

Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 26 of 46 passes for 505 yards five touchdowns, but had a pair of costly interceptions in the fourth quarter. Three of Attaway’s five targets were fellow senior Mike Brooks, who recorded 123 yards on seven receptions.

Ladyjacks knock off ACU 3-1

Freshman Kaitlyn Granger recorded the first double-double of her career, and the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team won 3-1 in the program’s first-ever meeting with Abilene Christian Saturday afternoon at Moody Coliseum.

Granger recorded 14 digs and 10 kills for SFA (14-13, 6-8) across four sets. The native of Arlington, Texas, was one of three players to finish in double-figure kills. The outside hitter was joined by sophomore Tori Bates and Justice Walker, who recorded 14 and 10 kills versus the Wildcats (6-15, 2-11 SLC), respectively.

Junior Paige Holland finished with 40 assists, while defensively sophomore OJ Olson recorded 21 digs.
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Fine Arts

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 Trombone Choir to perform works by Palestrina, Prescott and Strauss

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Trombone Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The choir, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone, will perform a variety of music.

The ensemble will be divided into two parts to perform "Ecce veniet dies illa" by Giovanni Palestrina. Scott described it as "a beautiful sacred piece from the 16th century."

The 20th century "Isorhythmic Toccata" - an exciting rhythmically driven piece by John Prescott - will feature three SFA percussion students, including Nick Kelley, Lufkin senior; Sammy Hernandez, Athens senior; and Aaron McCommas, Kingwood freshman. Read More

Stone Fort Wind Quintet featured ensemble in Cole Series

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature repertoire for the woodwind quintet as performed by the faculty artists/teachers of the SFA School of Music. Members are Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA, will join the group as a guest soloist. Salas will be featured on Suite Concertante for Tuba and Wind Quintet, by composer Armand Russell.

The performance will also feature a rendition of "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev, arranged for wind quintet by Trevor Cramer. Read More

SFA to stage student-directed 'Wit' in Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed full-length play "Wit" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by American playwright Margaret Edson, "Wit" will be directed by Emory senior theatre major Vanessa Hendricks.

"'Wit' is an intellectually challenging, emotionally charged play about Dr. Vivian Bearing, a stern professor of literature, recently diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer," Hendricks explained. "During the course of her illness and treatment, Vivian reassess her work, her life and, ultimately, her death."

Wit" won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the "Best New Play" award the same year from the New York Drama Critics' Circle.
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