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This Week's Calendar

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.

Thursday, Nov. 13
Danza Chikawa Dance performance
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
7 - 9 p.m.

SFA Gardens  Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 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

New OMA assistant director plans to enhance student involvment

Courtesy of The Pine Log

The Office of Multicultural Affairs recently hired a new assistant director of multicultural affairs.

Dr. Griselda Flores started the position Monday, Nov. 3. Flores recently graduated from the University of Florida with her Ph.D. in higher education and administration. She also worked with OMA at the University of Florida as a graduate assistant before coming to SFA.

Flores is fond of SFA and looks forward to what she can accomplish as a Lumberjack.
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Mr. and Miss SFA nominations close Friday

This Friday is the last day for Mr. and Miss SFA nominations.

If you know of an exemplary student who deserves this exciting award, please visit our website for additional information and the nomination form. Recipients are selected based on their scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities, citizenship, and service and loyalty to the university.

All forms must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.

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)

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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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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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.

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. 

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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State Employees Charitable Campaign underway

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Last year SFA employees contributed more than $20,000 to various agencies across Texas.

SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate to their favorite agency and nonprofit organizations through an annual campaign. There are two ways employees can give.  Employees can make a one-time donation via cash or check or payroll deduction.

Donations go to those agencies and nonprofit organizations that are designated by the donor. Employees can contribute to causes that are near and dear to their heart. The minimum donation is $2.

This year employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430900) will be eligible to enter a drawing for a 2014 Hyundai Accent. A minimum $17.34 per month or $208 one-time gift will receive one chance. A donation of $26 per month or $312 one time gift will receive two chances to win. All forms are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Winners will be notified by noon Monday, Nov. 11.

The SECC will continue through Friday, Nov. 21.  If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

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


SFA sweeps Lamar, improves to 13-0 in SLC

The SFA women’s volleyball team set the tone early and held off a late Lamar push to earn a straight set victory (25-13, 25-23, 26-24) in McDonald Gym on Tuesday night. The win is the 13th consecutive victory for the Ladyjacks – the seventh longest active streak in NCAA Division I.

“It was a situation where we weren’t too sharp tonight in anything we were doing,” said head coach Debbie Humphreys. “Everything was kind of difficult. You always wonder about that coming off our big win against Central Arkansas on Saturday and the quick turnaround on Tuesday. It was the first day trip for us this year as well. There were a lot of unknowns and new territory for us tonight. The one thing I will say is those final two sets were super close, super tight, and we executed at key times and that was important for us. The timely execution was great to see especially because we were a little flat overall this evening.”
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SFA faces tough challenge at no. 6 McNeese State

SFA heads on the road for the final time this season, making the trek to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a showdown with sixth-ranked McNeese State. Opening kick against the Cowboys is set for 6 p.m. at Cowboy Stadium as SFA will be facing its second top-10 opponent in the last three weeks.

SFA fans unable to make it to Lake Charles for this weekend’s game against McNeese State can still stay up to date on every Lumberjack play. Live video of the game can be seen by logging on to Cowboys Insider at McNeeseSports.com. Fans can also listen to their Lumberjacks as Rob Meyers will have the call on Q107.7 FM as well as online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available online at McNeeseSports.com with in-game Twitter updates @SFA_Football.
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Ladyjacks sweep SLC individual honors

The SFA women’s soccer team became the first program in Southland Conference history to sweep all four individual honors, claiming Coach of the Year, Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon in conjunction with the release of the all-conference teams.

Ladyjacks Zuri Prince, Hanna Barker and Christa Robinson took home the league’s player, freshman and newcomer of the year awards, respectfully, while head coach Wally Crittenden picked up coach of the year honors for a second consecutive season.
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Fine Arts

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

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