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This Week's Calendar

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

Women's Basketball
at LSU
7 p.m.
Baton Rouge, La.

Saturday, Nov. 9
2 and 7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Day of the Dead Fiesta
7:30 p.m.
Cole Art Center

John August Swanson Serigraphs
6 p.m.
Cole Art Center

SFA Football
vs. McNeese State
3 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
at New Orleans
New Orleans, La.
2:00 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Dr. Treba Marsh

School of Accountancy

Marsh's article "Performance Discussion and Analysis," coauthored with Mary Fischer of the University of Texas at Tyler, has been accepted for publication in  the Journal of Accounting and Finance.

News & Announcements

Corinne Jones book release

Please join SFA Press to celebrate and honor Corinne Jones and the release of her newest publication, "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Hotel Fredonia parlor.

SECC donations

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations. This year, our goal is to raise more than $21,923 in honor of SFA's founding year of 1923.

There are two ways employees can give, either by making a one-time donation via cash or check or a recurring payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2 either way. Your donations go to the agencies and nonprofit organizations that you designate.

Employees who make a minimum $17.34/month or $208 one-time contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430900) will be entered into a drawing for a 2014 Hyundai Accent, courtesy of Rex Perry Autoplex. A donation of $26/month or $312 one-time gift will receive two entries to win. To be eligible for this opportunity, all forms are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

In addition, any employee who contributes $5 or more per month or a one-time gift of $60 or more to any state agency will be entered into a drawing to win one of many prizes, such as SFA sports tickets, movie passes, photo sessions and SFA memorabilia.

There is a one-entry limit per name. Winners will be notified by noon on Friday, Nov. 22. The SECC will continue through Thursday, Nov. 21. If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

ASO and NAACP event

The African Student Organization in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People host "50 Shades" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Twilight Ballroom. This event will highlight issues and question the customs of African, African-American, Black-American and other minority group communities. This is an educational event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Student Affairs. Please email Jonathan Tyler for more information.

Silent Night Auction

The Silent Night Auction, an event hosted by SFA's American Society of Interior Designers and Interior Merchandising Association, supports student organizations through auctioning uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths, stockings, ornaments, baskets and other items.

The auction will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Human Sciences South building at the corner of Starr Avenue and Raguet Street. The items up for auction may be viewed daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Nov. 11 to 14 prior to the auction event.

Cash, checks and cards will be accepted for all winning bids. An additional 10 percent will be charged for card usage. For more information, contact Danielle Zajic at (972) 921-2909 or danielle.zajic@gmail.com

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge

Please help the Lumberjack win the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge. Last year, we lost by only 50 votes. Help our program win $5,000. Vote daily and help us prove that SFA has the most spirit. We are currently in the lead, but the contest doesn't end until Nov. 23.

Jeff Davis Farewell Reception


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

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

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.

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.

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 open Steelwood Preview in Sixth

The SFA women’s golf team carded an opening round 328 at the Steelwood Preview Monday morning in Loxley, Ala.

Sophomore Mackenzie Steiner fired the team’s low round of the day to finish alone in 25th, carding a nine-over 81. Freshmen Jessica White and Piper Kyle carded identical scored of 82 to finish 10-over, tied for 26th.

Freshman Ann Holcomb finished day one tied for 30th, carding an opening round 83. Senior Aliece Anderson finished just one shot off Holcomb’s pace, firing an opening round 84 to finish tied for 35th.

The Ladyjacks had two players compete as individuals in sophomore Sydney Reed and senior Rosie Henderson. Reed was a bright spot for the ’Jacks, firing an opening round 78 to finish tied for ninth. Henderson carded an opening round 85 to finish tied for 37th.

SFA, currently in 6th place, will look to improve upon Monday's finish in today's final round.

’Jacks eighth in Alabama

The SFA men’s golf team fired an opening round 301 in the ASU Fall Beach Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Lumberjacks closed the day with a second round 295 to finish in 8th place at 596.

Sophomore Luke Sheehan and junior Blake Pugh fired identical scores on Monday, finishing tied for 22nd at 148. Sheehan carded back-to-back 74s on the day, continuing upon a consistent fall campaign. Pugh opened with a seven-over 79 before climbing to a three-under 69 in the second round.

Freshman Cory Brown fired a two-over 74 in his debut as a Lumberjack. Brown closed the day with a second round 77, to finish tied for 37th at 151. Junior Cody Wing finished the day tied for 41st, carding rounds of 77 and 75 on the day.

Junior Austin DeWitt fired rounds of 76 and 79 to finish tied for 52nd at 155.

SFA’s Sheehan and Pugh finished the day amongst the top of the tournament in par-5 scoring. Pugh carded two eagles, while Sheehan played the scoring holes at three-under for the day.

The Lumberjacks return to action Tuesday morning, and will look to continue their climb up the leaderboard.

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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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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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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It's giant armadillo time.

This one is outside the Bussey Flea Market in Schertz.

This one can be found at Fall Creek Farms in Granbury and is certified by Guinness as the word's largest.

This armadillo/longhorn hybrid greets guests of Goode's Barbecue in Houston.

Finally, this rust red armadillo hangs out on the Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap.

photos from flickr users worldslargestthings, Fall Creek Farms, Deep Fried Kudzu and Chuck Wilson

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