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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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News & Announcements

LiveText and D2L training sessions begin next week

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum beginning with the collection of student work for written communication skills and written and visual communication skills in fall 2014. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L, and a sample will be assessed by a faculty assessment team in spring 2015.

Training will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 12 in Info Lab 1 at Steen Library. A second session will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday Nov. 13 in the same room.

Please register here for one of the training sessions. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. Please register your account before your training session. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

Contact Dr. Larry King at ext. 1260 with questions about the core assessment schedule at lking@sfasu.edu. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Stringfield.

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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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.

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.

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.

Madrigal Singers to perform fall concert

The Madrigal Singers is a select group of upperclassmen and graduate music majors, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"The music they sing is both entertaining and highly challenging," King said.

The concert will open with "Dance Clarion" by Michael Tippett.

"This is a festive opening to the concert," King said. "The piece was composed for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation and is a highly technical piece of rhythm and harmony."
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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.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Light Years from Andromeda'

The SFA Planetarium will begin screening the film "Light Years from Andromeda" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

The film will play every Friday from Oct. 24 until Nov. 21 at the planetarium.

"Light Years From Andromeda" teaches the concepts of light speed and the light year and how astronomers use them to measure distances to some familiar celestial objects — the Moon, the Sun, the planets, nearby stars and galaxies.

The show briefly touches on the properties of light that help determine a star’s age and temperature, and gives a fascinating look at how light and distance allow us to “look back” further in time as we gaze farther into space.
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Ladyjacks Beaumont bound for SLC tourney

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team, after closing the regular season undefeated in both Southland Conference play and at the SFA Soccer Field, look to continue the nation’s longest active win streak at the SLC Tournament on the Lamar University campus this Friday.

SFA picked up two 1-0 wins over both Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and Incarnate Word over the weekend to extend the current win streak to 13 straight and take over the nation’s lead. The win streak ties the longest in program history established by the 2011 SFA squad, as they also tied their regular season record of 15 wins for a third-straight season. The Ladyjacks closed out the regular season with a 15-2-1 overall record and 11-0 and 8-0 records in conference play and at the SFA Soccer Field, respectfully.
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Holland, Ivy named Academic All-District

Seniors Paige Holland and Jill Ivy were each named to the Capital One Academic All-District Seven teams, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday afternoon. Holland was named to the first team, while Ivy picked up second-team recognition.

Although the pair has picked up a plethora of academic awards during their time at SFA, the academic all-district honor is the first for both Holland and Ivy.

Holland, who has a 3.97 GPA as an early childhood education major, has been an integral part in the Ladyjacks’ 13-0 start to conference play this season. The setter from Magnolia, Texas, has compiled 901 assists in 2014 while appearing in all 94 sets and making 25 starts. She currently ranks fifth all-time in SFA history with 4,292 assists over her four years in the program and ranks second in the SLC with 11.60 assists per set in conference matches this year. Holland was named to the 2013 Southland Conference All-Academic Team and is also a three-time SLC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll member.
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Mathenge named SLC Newcomer of the Year

SFA men’s cross country runner Charles Mathenge was named the 2014 Southland Conference Male Newcomer of the Year, announced by the league office in conjunction with the all-conference teams Thursday afternoon.

The honor for Mathenge comes on the heels of a breakout performance last Monday at the 2014 SLC Cross Country Championships. The sophomore shattered the SFA school record in the 8,000-meter race, crossing the finish line in 23:42 to claim runner-up in the individual men’s competition. He is the only SFA runner ever to run under 24 minutes in an 8k race, averaging 4:46 per mile, en route to First Team All-SLC recognition.
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Fine Arts

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

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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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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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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