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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Nov. 15
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.




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Dr. Phillip Madison and Jordan Moss

SFA mass communication senior Jordan Moss and public relations professor Dr. Phillip Madison presented their research titled "Harrison County Libertarian Party: A Multi-Method Case Study" at the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication Regional Symposium in Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 25. The paper documents the start-up of the Libertarian Party chapter in Marshall, Texas, and explores the ideology, political mobilization and public relations challenges the party is currently facing.

Moss, a community relations intern at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and lead author of the case study, conducted the initial background research and interviews in Madison's public relations case studies course last summer. In the process, he interviewed Harrison County Libertarian Party chapter founder Michelle Swint, collecting data on her public relations efforts supporting the party, as well as her efforts to educate people about libertarianism.

Madison found the quality of Moss' work impressive and conducted a content analysis of the chapter's social media activities to supplement Moss' interviews and other research. The two authors then tied their research findings to theories in political science and mass communication, and made recommendations for enhancing the party's existing media and PR efforts.

The authors will submit the work for publication in the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.

Dr. Luis El Aguerrevere

Aguerrevere, assistant professor in school psychology and speech and language pathology and director of the neuroscience laboratory, has a peer-reviewed journal publication to appear in "The Clinical Neuropsychologist," the official journal of The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. 

The piece is titled "Accuracy of the modified somatic perception questionnaire and pain disability index in the detection of malingered pain-related disability in chronic pain."

This research was considered so exceptional by the author's peers that it also will be added to a pool of manuscripts considered for Continuing Education credit, which is a reader benefit offered on select published papers.

The Clinical Neuropsychologist is the official journal of The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and  serves as the premier forum for state-of-the-art clinically relevant scientific research, in-depth professional discussions of matters germane to evidence-based practice and clinical case studies in neuropsychology.

News & Announcements

Wellness Fair and blood drive set for Nov. 12

SFA's Campus Rec department will host a Wellness Fair and blood drive on campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Learn how you can embody total wellness! Collect resources from SFA campus partners and local businesses in the Nacogdoches community. 

Free flu shots for SFA students, faculty, and staff members with their insurance, blood glucose screening, blood pressure testing, fitness assessments, chair massage, giveaways and a blood drive will all be happening at the event.

For more information, please contact Kate Houlik at houlikka@sfasu.edu.

Benefits news now listed online

The Human Resource Department now has several “News about your Benefits” announcements listed on the HR Website.
Please take a few minutes to review the information, as it is beneficial to all SFA employees.

One item of importance: If you have TexFlex, the deadline is coming up fast for spending your contributions for this fiscal year.
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Research funding deadlines approaching

The deadline to apply for two internal funding opportunities from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is approaching.

Saturday, Nov. 15, is the due date for both the Research Pilot Study and Research Grant Development Faculty Research Grant Opportunities.

Grant guidelines and applications can be found here.

For more information please contact the office at extension 1151 or by email at fischers@sfasu.edu..

Barnes and Noble hosting sale

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore located on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center will be having a one-day Flash Sale on Thursday, Nov. 6.

All clearance clothing merchandise will be an additional 50-percent off the ticketed price!

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.

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.

Panamanian musician to deliver guest concert, lecture

Please plan to attend a bilingual concert and presentation featuring Rómulo Castro García, a well-known musician from Panama. 

He will combine his music with a lecture on Panama and the canal, which marks its 100th birthday this year.

The event, set for 7p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142, is free and open to the public.

American Association of University Women meeting Nov. 11

The AAUW will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the ninth grade building of the Nacogdoches High School.

The speaker will be Sheree Stevens.

Give poverty the axe!

The Freshman Leadership Academy is “Giving Poverty the Axe” and you can help. The high-impact project this year is designing and selling custom axe handles.

You can choose what you want on your axe. If you are an SFA alumus, you also can add your graduation year or years!
These custom axe handles are only $25. The proceeds are being used to support the children at Zamani High School, Swaziland and to support the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Monte Christi, Dominican Republic.
You can order your axe handle here. They will be delivered the week of Nov. 10. Payment is due upon completion.
If you have any questions, contact Adam Peck in Student Affairs at peckae@sfasu.edu or by phone at (936) 468-7249.


Johnson receives NFLPA Collegiate Bowl invite

With three games remaining in the 2014 season, senior Gus Johnson continues to garner national attention for his explosive senior season, including an invitation to play in one of the most prestigious senior all-star games.

Johnson has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Founded in 2012, the annual game gives prospective NFL players an opportunity to showcase their talents. Last season, ESPN Networks aired the game-week practices and game nationally as more than 140 scouts, general managers and head coaches representing all 32 NFL teams were in attendance.
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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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Fine Arts

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. 

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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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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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

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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