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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Women's golf at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Women's Invitational
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Friday, Nov. 6
SFA tennis Ladyjacks Invitational
Schlief Tennis Complex

Saturday, Nov. 7
SFA tennis Ladyjacks Invitational
Schlief Tennis Complex

SFA football vs. Central Arkansas State University
3 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

SFA volleyball vs. Northwestern State University
2 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Sunday, Nov. 8
SFA tennis Ladyjacks Invitational
Schlief Tennis Complex




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New Board of Regents members sworn in

Newly appointed members of the Board of Regents were sworn in Monday by the Honorable Judge Ed Klein of Nacogdoches’ 420th District Court.

Pictured from left are, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee Ken Schaefer; new regents Alton Frailey, Nelda Blair and Scott Coleman; and President Baker Pattillo.
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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens' Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens' Pineywoods Native Plant Center, recently published a short article about why he's thankful for his grandparent's old farmhouse in Shelby County as part of a feature titled “The Place I'm Most Thankful for - Notable Southerners Share Their Most Treasured Spots.”

The article appeared in the November 2015 edition of Southern Living magazine.

SFA professor to provide research update at graduate seminar

Dr. Shiyou Li, research professor and director of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will deliver a presentation regarding his groundbreaking research on endogenous biocide, or endocide, at the college’s graduate seminar at noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

The seminar is open to the public.

Researchers at the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops have developed a novel concept for addressing invasive species by utilizing compounds present in the organism. His presentation, “Endocide Theory and Its Evolutionary Implications and Applications,” will address this work.

News & Announcements

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to the Phillippines

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for a presentation on the Philippines given by SFA students from the country. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Philippine food samples will be served. An informal discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. 

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Council on Undergraduate Research poster applications due today

The Council on Undergraduate Research will host its 20th annual Undergraduate Poster Session in Washington, D.C. during the spring 2016 semester.

Applications to attend the conference are due today.

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this opportunity with students. The competitive process is intended to find students with exemplary research and presentation experience from diverse cross-sections of the U.S. Accepted students will receive training on how to secure meetings and speak with members of Congress.
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Career Services workshop scheduled for tomorrow

SFA Career Services, in collaboration with the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, will host "How to Hire a Lumberjack Intern," scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Commons Room.

Area business owners and managers will have the opportunity to learn how to hire student interns from SFA at the free, informative event.

"What we want to do with this event is to build a bridge between SFA and our local area businesses," said David Gehrels, assistant director of SFA Career Services. "Experience-based learning is an integral part of job readiness for our college students. For local business owners, this is a pipeline to an educated workforce that helps fulfill recruiting needs and provides product-marketing and brand-recognition strategies from a young consumer perspective for years to come."
For more information, contact SFA Career Services at (936) 468-3305.

University Women's Club to meet tomorrow

Take a break from your work to meet the deans and members of the SFA University Women's Club. There's no time like the present to meet women from across the college's academic unit and campus. With coffee and morning snacks, spend a bit of time talking with colleagues and meeting some new people. Information about the UWC also will be available.

The session is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Wyatt Room. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Shirley Dickerson, the library director.

State Employee Charitable Campaign now underway

The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various Texas agencies and nonprofit organizations is now underway. SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 during this past year's campaign.

Employees can participate either with a one-time cash or check donation, or with a payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2.

Employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (code 430900) are entered into a drawing for a 2015 Hyundai Accent sedan. A minimum donation of $17.34 per month or a $208 one-time gift will receive one entry into the drawing and a donation of $26 per month or a one-time gift of $312 will receive two entries. All donation forms are due by the campaign's end at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Faculty and staff members wishing to contribute should contact Amanda Horne, SFA's director of student engagement, at (936) 468-3723.

SFA Career Services hosting seminar Monday, Nov. 9

SFA Career Services is partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to conduct the “Winning Job Search Strategies” presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the opportunity.

The event is free and students will have the chance to learn how to successfully hunt for a job or internship.

Campus Recreation

Employee Wellness health seminar scheduled for today

SFA faculty and staff members are invited to join SFA Employee Wellness for the "Survival Guide: Eating Out and Grocery Shopping" seminar at 5:15 p.m. today in the Campus Recreation Meeting Room. 

Attendees will learn how to make the right choices when eating out and how to make healthy purchases at the grocery store. 

To reserve a spot for the free seminar, contact Jessica Waguespack, coordinator of promotions and sponsorship, at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Fall Wellness Fair scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12

SFA Campus Recreation’s Fall Wellness Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, will provide resources and services from campus and community organizations and businesses to support the wellness of SFA faculty and staff members and students. Services will include health screenings, fitness assessments, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways.

More than 30 local vendors will be present at the Wellness Fair. Campus Recreation also will be hosting a blood drive.

To preregister for the blood drive, call the SFA Recreation Center administration office at (936) 468-3507.

The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.


Men's basketball team picked fourth in CollegeInsider.com poll

The SFA men’s basketball squad's status as one of the nation’s top mid-major programs has solidified over the last few seasons, reflected in the 2015-16 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll.

A panel of 31 mid-major coaches, including Wichita State University’s Gregg Marshall and Texas State University's Danny Kasper, voted the Lumberjacks the fourth-best mid-major team in the nation behind Wichita State, Gonzaga University and Valparaiso University.
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Walker's new career record helps topple Lamar University, 3-1

SFA volleyball’s junior middle blocker Justice Walker led the charge with 21 kills against Lamar University last night in Shelton Gym, helping secure the Ladyjacks' second victory over the Cardinals this season with a score of 3-1.

Walker’s new career-best performance marked a .559 hitting percentage. She added four digs and four block assists on her way to being a major defensive force for SFA, holding the visitor’s attack percentage to only .104 in the four-set showdown.
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Football team looks to keep winning streak alive in Arkansas

The SFA football team will play the University of Central Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in Conway, Arkansas.

It will be the Lumberjacks' second televised match on the American Sports Network this season. David Saltzman and N.D. Kalu will call the game on air and Chris Mycoskie will report from the sideline. My KLPN in Tyler will broadcast the game on channels 47.1 and 51.2, on Suddenlink channel 133 in Nacogdoches and channels 9 and 109 in Tyler. A full list of ASN affiliates is available here.

The game will also be streamed live here and on the Southland Conference app. Rob Meyers will broadcast the game on Q107.7 FM and Q1077.com. Live stats will be available through UCASports.com and Twitter.
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Fine Arts

Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to perform first SFA concert

SFA’s new Contemporary Guitar Ensemble will present its first concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

"Led Zeppelin: Mastering Cross Genres with Bold Originality" features performances of "Kashmir," "Going to California," "When the Levy Breaks," and other Zeppelin favorites.

The Contemporary Guitar Ensemble is made up of students in the SFA School of Music's Sound Recording Technology program. The ensemble's purpose is to allow guitar students to "experience the many different functions of their instruments," according to Andrew J. Sperandeo, adjunct-faculty member and director/arranger of the ensemble.
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Meyer, Lloyd to perform solos with SFA Percussion Ensemble tonight

SFA School of Music faculty members Drs. Brad Meyer and Keith Lloyd will perform solos at the SFA Percussion Ensemble recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA and of the Percussion Ensemble, will play the steel pan on the premiere of Baljinder Singh Sekhon II's "Passageways," which utilizes the instrument in new and different ways, including playing on the side and with wooden chopsticks.

Lloyd will perform on "Shadow Chasers," an exciting piece by Michael Burritt for marimba soloist with a percussion trio that is now considered a standard of the percussion world.
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Madrigal Singers to perform music of Janequin, Rutter

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall.

The Madrigal Singers is a chamber group comprised of upper-level vocal music majors at SFA. The group is well known in the Nacogdoches area, particularly for many caroling concerts at Christmastime, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

Among the works on the program is "Song of the Birds" by the 16th century French composer Clément Janequin.
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SFA film series to screen 'Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The film, directed by Laura Archibald, is a feature-length documentary about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes, according to information at greenwichmusicdoc.com.
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East Texans are fortunate that, even within the city, views of the night sky are often clear and spectacular. But for an even better look at the cosmos, try heading out to sea.

A partnership between a cruise line and the Discovery Channel now offers stargazing and science-based cruises, according to this Space.com article.

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