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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Office of Multicultural Affairs "Tunnel of Oppression"
Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater
7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Office of Multicultural Affairs "Tunnel of Oppression"
Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater
7-9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 7
"Holes in My Shoes" screening
Cole Art Center @The Old Opera House
7 p.m.

"Light Years from Andromeda"
Each Friday through Nov. 21
SFA Planetarium
7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 8
SFA football vs. McNeese State
Lake Charles, Louisiana
6 p.m.

Cole Art Center book signing during Downtown Nacogdoches Artwalk
Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House
4 - 6 p.m.

Downtown Nacogdoches Art Walk
Downtown Nacogdoches
4 - 8 p.m.




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Unity: 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 second root principle is described.

News & Announcements

Rep. Clardy invites state and regional leaders to learn about ongoing SFA WET Center research

Researchers at SFA’s Waters of East Texas Center provided state and regional leaders with an overview of select research projects related to East Texas’ water resources at a recent gathering organized by State Rep. Travis Clardy.

The Oct. 29 WET Center event at Lake Naconiche Park was followed by a luncheon that featured guest speaker Kathleen Jackson, a member of the Texas Water Development Board, and focused on Texas’ current and future water resource issues.

“Not only do we have an abundance of water in East Texas, but we have people who have the expertise and the knowledge needed for the entirety of the state,” Clardy said.
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American Association of University Women meeting Nov. 11

The AAUW will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the ninth grade building of the Nacogdoches High School.

The speaker will be Sheree Stevens.

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

Panamanian musician to deliver guest concert, lecture

Please plan to attend a bilingual concert and presentation featuring Rómulo Castro García, a well-known musician from Panama. 

He will combine his music with a lecture on Panama and the canal, which marks its 100th birthday this year.

The event, set for 7p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142, is free and open to the public.

Council on Undergraduate Research calling for research highlights for spring publication

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Spring 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until Dec. 3. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals from the past six months, book 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 here.

Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of a submission, contact Marie Graf at annennis@georgiasouthern.edu.

For a sample highlight submission, click here.

 Questions regarding the submissions process may be directed to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org or 202-783-4810. 

SFA faculty and staff encouraged to consider Nacogdoches as host city for events

SFA faculty and staff members belonging to academic, professional or other organizations are encouraged to consider Nacogdoches as the site of future conventions, conferences or annual meetings.

The staff of the award-winning Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown Nacogdoches can help plan events of all types and sizes – from state and regional conventions to business retreats and family reunions.

Call the CVB at 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN  or go to www.visitnacogdoches.org to start planning next year’s event in Nacogdoches.

OMA Presents The Tunnel of Oppression

The Lumberjack Cultural Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs present the Tunnel of Oppression.

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive museum, which spotlights different types of oppression through interactive theater and multimedia presentations.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a very enlightening and eye-opening experience that should not be missed.

The exhibit will be open at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater at the following times:

6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 - (For SFA 101 Classes Only)

7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov, 4 - (Open to the Entire SFA Campus)

7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov, 5 - (Open to the Entire SFA Campus)

KSAU to be temporarily off the air

KSAU, the radio station of SFA, will be off the air for the next couple of months while its transmitter site is being updated.

The SFA Board of Regents recently approved the replacement of the 25-year-old transmitter, antenna and transmitter building.

"This will allow us to bring a clearer and more far-reaching signal to the surrounding area," said Dr. John Hendricks, chair of the SFA Department of Mass Communication. "You will still be able to hear KSAU via online streaming at ksauradio.com or through SFA's smartphone app.

KSAU plays alternative rock music and is operated by the students of the SFA Department of Mass Communication.
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Ward, SFA lead after day one in Alabama

SFA continued its solid play at the back end of the fall season as the Lumberjacks lead the Arkansas State Fall Beach Classic after 36 holes. SFA posted a 16-over 592 on the day, leading the host Red Wolves by three shots heading into Tuesday’s final round.

The ‘Jacks notched extended their sub-300 rounds to eight-straight, opening the day with a 7-over 295. SFA was the only team to finish below 300 in the opening round, leading Arkansas-Little Rock by six shots after round one. The Lumberjacks then posted a 9-over 297 in round two, but a 6-over 294 by the Trojans cut SFA’s gap to three heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Sophomore Baxter Ward currently sits in first place among the individual leaders thanks to his 2-under 142 on Monday. Ward opened up the day with a 1-over 73, then posted a 3-under 69 in round two, the low round of the tournament thus far, as he holds a 2-shot lead over a pair of players tied for second.
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SFA sweeps second at the SLC Championships

The SFA men’s and women’s cross country teams both ran to second-place finishes in the 2014 Southland Conference Championships on Monday morning at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex on the campus of Northwestern State.

Sophomore Charles Mathenge shattered the SFA school record in the 8,000 meter race, crossing the finish line in 23:42 to claim runner-up in the individual men’s competition. He is the only SFA runner ever to run under 24 minutes in an 8k race and was named First Team All-SLC for his efforts.
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Ladyjacks return to the road for Lamar rematch

After finishing their longest home stand of the season with a perfect 6-0 mark, the SFA women's volleyball team hits the road for their final four matches of the regular season. The Ladyjacks will start the final stretch in Beaumont for a rematch with the Lamar Lady Cardinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. SFA swept Lamar in Shelton Gym on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Ladyjacks are coming off a huge win on Saturday, sweeping conference power Central Arkansas in convincing fashion on Senior Day in Shelton Gym. The win over the reigning conference champions and preseason favorites snapped an 11-match losing streak for SFA against the Sugar Bears dating back to 2007.
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Fine Arts

SFA music faculty member Gaviria to present 'Bass and Co.'

The SFA of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Carlos Gaviria in a chamber recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Gaviria will present "Bass & Co." and will be joined by colleagues Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; Melissa Nabb, viola; Christina Gunether, flute; and Geneva Fung, piano.

"'Bass & Co.' is a play on words to describe chamber music with the double bass, an instrument that is not commonly associated with chamber music," Gaviria said. "The only piece that comes to mind when thinking of the double bass and chamber music is (Franz) Schubert's 'The Trout' quintet. However, composers have experimented with the low register of the bass and produced a significant output. Read More

Guest oboist Rockett to perform recital at SFA

The SFA of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Susetta Dunn Rockett in a guest oboe recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Rockett, who teaches at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities and has an active freelance career, will perform 19th century and 20th century works for the oboe that reflect various styles of American, British and French composers.

"These works highlight some of the most diverse composers of oboe repertoire," Rockett said. "The majority of this repertoire is underplayed, and I hope to bring some new life to these forgotten favorites." Read More

Stone Fort Wind Quintet to present fall concert

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series. The quintet includes SFA music faculty members Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The recital will feature a variety of repertoire, including a classic Franz Danzi quintet, a recently rediscovered quintet by Malcolm Arnold, dance- and rhythm-inspired music by Henrique de Curitiba and Valerie Coleman, and a piece by Raymond Premru featuring trombone.
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Screening of "Holes In My Shoes" planned at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Holes In My Shoes" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Holes In My Shoes" is an award-winning documentary feature film directed by David Wachs that chronicles the life of Jack Beers, known as "New York City's Strongest Boy," from his birth in 1910 up to age 94.

Beers grew up in extreme poverty in New York's Lower East Side where he and his siblings took jobs as children to help support their family. Known as a trained strongman and self-taught structural engineer working on many well-known New York City buildings, Beers is credited with building Radio City Music Hall, putting the spire on the Empire State Building, training show boxers and acting in more than 200 films, according to information at holesinmyshoes.com. Beers died of natural causes just before his 99th birthday.
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SFA Percussion Ensemble's fall concert to feature fun, exciting music

The SFA Percussion Ensemble will perform its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Directed by Brad Meyer, the ensemble's performance will feature the entire gamut of percussion studio instruments. The most intense piece is Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet" played on two marimbas and two vibraphones, according to Meyer.

"Reich is known for using fast rhythms and large musical structures to create monumental works for percussion," Meyer said.
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Student-directed 'Blood Relations' retells story of Lizzie Borden

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

Senior Austin Holt of Weatherford directs Sharon Pollock's full-length play that retells the story of Lizzie Borden, the American woman known for being tried and acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Mass., in 1892.

"Lizzie and her friend, the Actress, act out the events that led up to the death of Lizzie's stepmother and father," Holt said in describing the play. "The Actress tries to figure out the answer to whether or not Lizzie Borden killed her parents." Read More

Book signing part of 29th annual Downtown Nacogdoches Artwalk

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House has been a long-time participant in the annual Downtown Nacogdoches Artwalk, which is scheduled this year from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, along the historic streets of downtown Nacogdoches.

This year, The Cole Art Center plans to highlight select SFA artists/authors during a book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. at the art center the day of the event. They include Corinne Jones, retired SFA art instructor; John Handley, director of SFA art galleries; Richard Orton, Friends of the Visual Arts member; and Christopher Talbot, director of the SFA School of Art.

"We would like to shine a light on our talented authors and give the public a chance to buy books for holiday gift giving," said Alisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries.
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