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This Week's Calendar

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 Bowling
at Crusader Classic
Valparaiso, Ind.

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 Bowling
at Crusader Classic
Valparaiso, Ind.

SFA Football
vs. McNeese State
3 p.m.

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

Sunday, Nov. 10
SFA Bowling
at Crusader Classic
Valparaiso, Ind.

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Crittenden named SLC Coach of the Year

SFA head soccer coach Wally Crittenden was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year in conjunction with the release of the all-conference soccer teams by league officials Tuesday.

"This award means a lot for several reasons," Crittenden said. "First and foremost, this is a program award. The athletic department and support staff I am fortunate to work alongside are incredible. Both Kelly Tarrant and Dan Bassett have done a tremendous job and have made a great impact on the culture of the program. Josh Lammert and his training staff have done wonders this year to keep our kids healthy, and that is so special.  Andy Collins, Korbin Pate and their staff have done an amazing job creating an atmosphere that is exciting for our athletes as they understand how precious few home games that our kids really have. Kyle Rogers has done a really good job stepping in, and putting our program in the public's eye as often as possible. It is also special to me as there are so many great coaches in this conference, and many of them I view as mentors and great friends. This conference is coming off one of the most successful years for many of its programs, and I am so proud that I can represent the Southland every chance I get.
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News & Announcements

RHA has Angry Axe flash drives

The Residence Hall Association is selling one-of-a-kind Angry Axe flash drives made exclusively for the SFA 90th Anniversary until Nov. 30! For only $8 these one-gigabyte flash drives make great and inexpensive gifts for coworkers and loved ones. Email RHA at rha@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2700 to get yours today!  

ORSP workshop: Introduction to grant writing

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 10-11 a.m. in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.

The session provides a broad overview of the proposal process and is designed to help faculty and staff members understand how to develop a project concept, find external funding, and understand the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

Register to attend this conference at myTraining. For more information, contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606.

Mr. and Miss SFA award nominations due Nov. 8

The deadline to nominate SFA seniors for Mr. and Miss SFA honors is Nov. 8. Nomination forms are available online at www.sfaalumni.com and at the SFA Alumni Association office in the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center.

Nominations may come from faculty and staff members or from an officer of any student organization of which the nominee is a member. Selections are made by a committee consisting of faculty and staff members, students, and alumni. Finalists will be contacted for interviews.

To be eligible, seniors must have completed 90 credit hours, with 48 of those hours completed at SFA, and must have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average. Candidates also must be within 12 months of graduating from SFA and also enrolled for the spring 2014 semester. Candidates must not have received this type of award from SFA or any other college or university in the past.

The Mr. and Miss SFA awards are presented each year by the SFA Alumni Association to exemplary students who well represent and promote SFA. Recipients are selected based on their scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities, citizenship, service, and loyalty to the university.
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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

Third Faith and Loss Conference featuring Dr. Kenneth Doka

Dr. Kenneth Doka, professor of gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America, will be the keynote speaker for the Faith and Loss Conference to be held, Friday, Nov 8, at SFA.

Doka is the author of "Ethics and End-of-Life Care, Beyond Kubler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying and Grief;" "Spirituality and End-of-Life Care;" "Grieving beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn;" and "Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges and Strategies for Practice." Doka has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and received the national Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education. He has been a keynote speaker at conferences throughout the world and has appeared on CNN and Nightline.

In addition to the keynote address, there will be a lunch with Doka's personal comments, and a panel of faith leaders discussing perspectives on loss.

Continuing education credits are available for social workers and counselors. Register for the conference here. 

Service learning grant proposals due

Proposals for spring 2014 service learning grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Faculty and staff members can apply for a limited number of $500 grants in order to implement a service learning project in their classroom that directly connects to the academic curriculum and experience. Service learning grants can help to pay for expenses related to project development and delivery, such as travel, supplies, printing and resource materials.

This semester, submissions are being accepted via an online form. The form and more information about the grants can be found here. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

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


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.


Lumberjacks close fall season at Fall Beach Classic

The SFA men’s golf team carded a final round 301 Tuesday at the Fall Beach Classic. The Lumberjacks finished with scores of 301-295-301 – 897 to finish in ninth place.

Junior Blake Pugh was SFA’s top finisher, firing a final round 74 to finish tied for 18th at 222. Sophomore Luke Sheehan carded a final round 78 to finish at 226, tied for 33rd.

Freshman Cory Brown capped his Lumberjack debut with a final round 76 to finish tied for 36th at 227. Junior Austin DeWitt bounced back Tuesday to card his low round of the tournament with a one-over 73. DeWitt’s final round was good enough to move 13 places to finish tied for 39th at 228.

Junior Cody Wing closed with a final round 86 to finish tied for 61st at 228.

The Fall Beach Classic was the final tournament of 2013 for the Lumberjacks. SFA will look to improve upon a successful fall campaign when their spring season opens in 2014.

Ladyjacks close fall season in Alabama

The SFA women's golf team carded a final round 315 Tuesday to finish sixth (328-315) at the Steelwood Collegiate. The Ladyjacks bounced back to improve upon their first-round score by 13 shots.

Sophomore Mackenzie Steiner improved upon her first-round score, carding a final round 78 to finish tied for 21st at 159. Freshman Piper Kyle fired a final round 79 to tie for 23rd at 160.

Sophomore Sydney Reed, competing as an individual, finished T-10 with a final round 77 (155). The top-10 was her best finish of the season and first of her career as a Ladyjack.

Senior Aliece Anderson and freshman Ann Holcomb finished tied for 28th at 163. Anderson carded a final round 79 while Holcomb closed with an eight-over 80.

Also competing as an individual, senior Rosie Henderson closed with a final round 81 to finish tied for 35th at 166. Freshman Jessica White carded a final round 86 to finish tied for 38th.

The Steelwood Collegiate was the final tournament of the fall for the Ladyjacks. SFA will kick off the spring 2014 season in February.

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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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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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.

Fine Arts

SFA's Percussion Ensemble to perform recently composed works

The SFA Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present a concert of recently composed works for chamber ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

Two world premieres will be presented at this concert: "Tri-Takt" and "Coniferous Contemplation." "Tri-Takt," created by Tasmanian composer Matt Chilmaid, is for three percussionists performing on similar instruments of differing pitches, and "Coniferous Contemplation," composed by Meyer, is for two groups performing on bodhrans, which are Celtic frame drums played with either the hand or a wooden stick called a "tipper," Meyer explained.

Senior Juwan Blanton, music education major from Lufkin, will be the featured soloist on James Campbell's "Garage Drummer," a composition inspired by the composer's experience in and around rock band jam sessions.
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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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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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