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This Week's Calendar

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

Thursday, Nov. 12
SFA volleyball vs. Abilene Christian University
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym




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Putting Down Roots: SFA alumni make their home on award-winning tree farm

At Richard '70 and Pat Saunders' sprawling East Texas farm, it's a well-established fact that good things take time to grow, and Richard's ancestors began growing their farm nearly 150 years ago.

This spring - 145 years after Richard's great grandfather put down roots in the idyllic piney woods in Anderson County - generations of managing the land paid off in an unexpected way for Richard and his wife, both SFA alumni who met in Nacogdoches in the 1970s. The Texas Forestry Association, an organization of timber growers across the state, honored the Saunders with the 2015 Texas Outstanding Tree Farmer award.
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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature pollinators and pests

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Houston-based horticulturist Heath Lowery will present "Pollinator Update Plus Know What's Bugging You."

The regional sales manager for Olympic Horticultural Products, a leading supplier of pest control solutions in the production ornamentals market, received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and Master of Science in horticulture from SFA.
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Residence Life accepting applications for residential learning community leaders

The SFA Department of Residence Life is looking for faculty and staff members interested in sponsoring a new community on campus. A residential learning community is a place where students with a similar major, social or cultural interest can live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member.

The department currently has the following learning communities, and is interested in expanding the program.

Community Service - Lumberjack Lodge
Honors Chemistry - Wisely Hall
International - North Hall
Outdoor Experiences - Lumberjack Village
Pre-Nursing - Lumberjack Village
ROTC - Lumberjack Village
Upper-Class Honors - Wisely Hall

Freshmen Leadership Academy - Steen East
STEM - Lumberjack Landing

To propose a new learning community, complete the application or contact Shea Roll, hall director, at rollsc@sfasu.edu. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces faculty grant opportunities

The deadline for the Research Grant Development and Research Pilot Studies grants' spring awards is 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16.
RGD grants support faculty members developing research proposals needing off-campus funding. RPS grants assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects generating data for specific projects funded off campus.
Applications and deadlines can be found here. Questions should be directed to Shawn Fischer, research development specialist, at (936) 468-1151 or email fischers@sfasu.edu.

Career Services workshop scheduled for today

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. today 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.

State Employee Charitable Campaign ends tomorrow

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. tomorrow.

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.

Save the date: Thomson Reuters Web of Science workshop

Want to get the most out of a valuable new resource? Make plans to attend this workshop scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The hands-on session will be conducted for SFA faculty members by a Web of Science representative in the Ralph W. Steen Library.

For more information, email Erica Chapman, library liaison, at ris@sfasu.edu.

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.

SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience campus life during a free, action-packed open-house scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14, at SFA.

Prospective students can visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the SFA Showcase Saturday event.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and witness firsthand what it's like to be a Lumberjack," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of SFA's Office of Admissions.

Faculty and staff member volunteers are needed to help with event registration from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers should contact Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, at cossichm@sfasu.edu.

Additional questions can be directed to Horne at horneryan@sfasu.edu.
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Game Day Feature: Lance Skyler

Entering the 2015 season, one of the most talked about positions on the SFA roster was the Lumberjacks’ veteran defensive line.

Three SFA seniors and a junior returned as part of a unit ranked among the national leaders in 2014. They have a combined 376 tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss and 23.0 sacks during their time at SFA.
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Seven SFA cross-country athletes added to All-SLC teams

The SFA men’s and women’s cross country teams landed seven student-athletes on the 2015 All-Southland Conference teams.

Athletes placing in the top five at the 2015 SLC Cross Country Championships held Friday, Oct. 30, in Huntsville, Texas, were named to the all-conference first team. Runners coming in between 6th and 10th place were given second-team recognition.
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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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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

SFA's Music Prep students selected to all-region orchestras

All students of the SFA Music Preparatory Division who auditioned last month for the Region 4 and Region 21 middle school and high school orchestras were selected as orchestra members.

Auditions were held at the new Three Lakes Middle School in Tyler. Concerts for the middle school and high school orchestras will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, in Tyler.

High school students selected to all-region orchestra included: Catherine Meisenheimer, Isaiah Bertke and Annaleigh Andrews, Violin I; and Jake Hill, Grace DeKerlegand, Kyla Alders, Sheetal Bapu and Andria Sowell, Violin II.
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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. today 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. tomorrow, 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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Third annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta expected to draw large crowds

The Chikawa Aztec Dancers will return to Nacogdoches for the third annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at SFA's Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead observance, is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican term derived from the Roman Catholic All Saints' and All Souls' days, traditionally observed Nov. 1 and 2. An array of activities, ranging from decorating graves to creating home altars, typically highlight the celebration that can last for days.

For the past two years, hundreds of East Texas residents have attended the Nacogdoches festival, and this year's event is drawing more entertainment, booths and greater interest as the festival gains popularity, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA Art Galleries.
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Theatre students to present 'The Boor'

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

Groves junior Caitlin Parker directs Anton Chekhov's one-act drama about Mrs. Popov, a widow in deep mourning, and people around her who pretend to be more than they actually are.

After Popov has been in mourning for seven months, her footman, Luka, advises her to give up her mourning and go out. While Popov is denying Luka's advice, landowner Smirnov arrives, asking her to pay the 1,200 rubles that her husband owed him, Parker explains.
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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform audience favorites

An assortment of quartets and duos will be featured in the upcoming Stone Fort Wind Quintet concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The quintet is made up of SFA School of Music faculty members Drs. Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

This faculty recital will open with "A Comical Overture" by Austrian composer Ernst Spies. The piece "pokes fun at the melodramaticconcert overture by emphasizing the cliché musical devices that are often employed in 19th century dramatic music," according to Ayer.
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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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It's always fascinating to see how a place changes through history. Old photographs provide a window into the past, and thanks to modern technology, people can be quickly transported from one era to another.

A partnership between the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and the Norsk Folkemuseum in Norway has done just that with beautiful historic images of the nation's landscape and how it has changed over time. Check out The Atlantic magazine's feature on the project here.

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