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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 7
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

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
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
Crusader Classic
Valparaiso, Ind.

SFA Football
vs. McNeese State
3 p.m.

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

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

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA chef instructor participates in Wisconsin cheese immersion

Todd Barrios, chef instructor in SFA’s culinary arts program within the School of Human Sciences, recently attended a five-day Wisconsin cheese immersion experience sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Emmi Roth USA, a leading provider of specialty cheeses and premium fresh dairy products.
He was selected along with five other post-secondary education culinary instructors from across the nation to attend the event held in Monroe and Madison, Wis. Participants learned about every aspect of the cheese-making process, including acidification, curdling, cutting, separation of curds and whey, forming, brining, rind development, and aging.
“We had extensive hands-on experience throughout the process, as well as several hours of cheese tasting and product pairings with wine, beer, fruit and even chocolate,” Barrios said. “We also participated in a culinary challenge to help Emmi Roth come up with new ways of using and marketing flavored raclette cheese.”
Barrios’ group created a nouvelle Mediterranean paella (rice dish) using the Mediterranean raclette, which was well received by a visiting tour group. Participants also volunteered time to help prepare and present cheese varieties at the Festival of Cheese Tasting at the American Cheese Society’s annual conference and competition. In all, there were more than 1,700 different artisan cheeses presented at the festival.

AARC celebrated 30th Anniversary

The Academic Assistance and Resource Center at SFA celebrated its 30th Anniversary Oct. 31. The AARC, located in the Ralph W. Steen Library, held a birthday event for past and current directors, students, and supporters. M.E. McWilliams, AARC director, honored six individuals for their dedication to SFA and the center. Honored guests, pictured from left, are: Dr. Roy Alston, Al Cage, Melissa Darlington, Marleen Meads, Joe Gaut and Dr. Troy Davis.

News & Announcements

International Education Week

SFA will be celebrating International Education Week from Nov. 11-16.
International Programs will be hosting a series of events throughout the week, including a Coffee Hour Kick-off, a Cultural Presentation on Russia, an International Food Tasting, a Study Abroad Fair, and a World Cup Soccer Tournament. Locations and times of events can be found on the International Programs website.
This worldwide celebration offers a unique opportunity to reach out to people in every nation, to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages, and to reiterate the conviction that enduring friendships and partnerships created through international education and exchange are important for a secure future for all countries.

All events are free and open to the public. To sign up your team for the soccer tournament, email Ken Felts at feltskr1@sfasu.edu

Global Gateway to Russia Presentation

Please join us for a 30-minute presentation on Russian culture given by a student from Russia. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12, in the Wyatt Room of Steen Library. Authentic Russian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question and answer period will follow the presentation. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Free flu immuniations from School of Nursing

The DeWitt School of Nursing is administering FREE Flu Immunizations at Nacogodoches Medical Center Surgery Center from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Priority will be given to those who present a voucher given at the Pineywoods Fair. Ages 12 and up will be served.

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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. 

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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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.

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

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.


SFA Basketball Faith and Family Night

The SFA men's basketball team will be hosting "Faith and Family Night" when they play UT Tyler at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. The team's season opener will by followed by a post-game presentation by Desmond Haymon. Tickets for the game are only $1. For more information, please visit sfajacks.com.

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.

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. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 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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