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Friday, Nov. 6
SFA tennis Ladyjacks Invitational
Schlief Tennis Complex
Nacogdoches

Saturday, Nov. 7
SFA tennis Ladyjacks Invitational
Schlief Tennis Complex
Nacogdoches

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
Nacogdoches

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


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Purple Santa toy drive scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4

Purple Santa has become a holiday tradition at SFA. Each year, generous faculty and staff members donate hundreds of toys to Nacogdoches children in need. Without these donations, many area children would have a very sad holiday.
 
SFA's Purple Santa toy drive will take place Friday, Dec. 4. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

To schedule a visit from Purple Santa and his elves to collect the items, email Dr. Adam Peck, assistant president and dean of student affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Donors will receive a gift and be placed on Santa’s nice list, which will be published in SFA Today the week of Monday, Dec. 7.

SFA Gardens to host herbal soap seminar

SFA Gardens will host "Gifts from the Garden," a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Participants will create a variety of herbal soaps while learning recipes and techniques used in the art of soap making. Workshop attendees also will leave with samples of their own luxurious soap creations.

"The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils and dried herbs," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens' education coordinator. "Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they have the skills to make soap at home on their own."

"Once you use the new soap, you'll never go back to store-bought," Rodewald added. "The workshop is fun and educational. Participants will be surrounded by wonderful fragrances, like a special gift from the garden!"

Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact the SFA Gardens' Education Office at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Web of Science training scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a hands-on demonstration of the new Thomson Reuters Web Science resource at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Infolab 1.

Web of Science provides coverage of all disciplines within the natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities. The sessions will be led by a trainer from Web of Science, who will focus on ways to maximize the research impact using this resource.

Topics will include search techniques, discovering related research, citation reporting and more. For more information, contact Erica Chapman, librarian, at ris@sfasu.edu.


Choosing the right setting for your health care

SFA employees are encouraged to read a new article from United Healthcare about what to do when choosing a primary care physician or receiving treatment away from family doctors.

Employees should receive treatment from the primary care physician whenever possible. A PCP knows their patients the best and has quick access to their medical records. However, there may be times when one's primary doctor is unavailable, or one may need to go to another facility.

Click here for more information from United Healthcare about available provider types.


State Employee Charitable Campaign ends today

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. today.

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.


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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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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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.

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.

Upperclassmen:
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:
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.

Athletics


SFA football's Walls receives Academic All-District accolades

SFA football's sophomore defensive back Marlon Walls has been named a first-team Academic All-District by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

Walls, an engineering physics major holding a 4.0 GPA, has registered 18 tackles, including 14 solo stops. He also is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. Walls made his first career pick off Texas Christian University’s Trevone Boykin, along with a 13-yard pick-six to cap the 55-21 victory over the University of the Incarnate Word last weekend.
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Ladyjack soccer to play in Southland Conference Tournament today

The SFA women’s soccer team is in a good position for the 2015 Southland Conference Tournament, hosted this weekend at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex in Conway, Arkansas. The Ladyjacks, who won their fifth-consecutive league title, is the number-one seed and received a first-round bye heading into the semifinals today.

SFA will play yesterday’s quarterfinals winner at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.
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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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Fine Arts

Moon to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will welcome guest artists when the ensemble performs "Curtain Raisers" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.


Conducted by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, and guest conductors, the Orchestra of the Pines will present three well-known works, including Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

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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. tonight, 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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Theatre students to present 'The Boor'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed play "The Boor" at 7:30 p.m. tonight, 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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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. tomorrow, 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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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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This year hasn't been stellar for viewing astronomical events. Bright moons and clouds have conspired to thwart any view of the night sky recently, but East Texas may be in luck.

Sky gazers may be able to catch some meteors from the "South Taurids" tonight and this weekend, though the shower peaked last night. The second half of the shower is expected to peak next week, and the forecast calls for clear skies Thursday, Nov. 12. More information is available in this Space.com article.  

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