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This Week's Calendar

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.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Men's Basketball
at Texas State
7 p.m.
San Marcos

Women's Volleyball
vs. Oral Roberts
6:30 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Interim executive director of SFA Alumni Association named

Houston native Dale Green, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, has been named interim executive director of the SFA Alumni Association, effective today.

Green joined the Alumni Association staff as director of marketing and membership in January 2011. He previously served as vice president/director of training for a private professional development/corporate training firm in the North San Francisco Bay Area. He received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from SFA in 1999 and a Master of Business Administration from California State University-Sonoma in 2011.

"Dale is intimately familiar with the day-to-day operations of the SFA Alumni Association, so he is uniquely qualified to lead that office during this period of transition," said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president. "I am grateful that Dale has agreed to serve the Alumni Association and the university in this important role for the near future, and I am confident he will do so effectively and with distinction."

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School of Accountancy gains scholarship and grant

Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston has rewarded the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy a $1,000 scholarship to a student in oil and gas accounting and also a $1,000 grant for the professor. The society has previously provided grants for both SFA accounting student organizations, Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi.

Dr. Violet Rogers and Dr. Jack Ethridge

School of Accountancy

Rogers and Ethridge presented their paper "Keystone XL Pipeline" at the International Academic conference in October in Las Vegas, Nev. The paper discusses controversies regarding the local and international pipeline and related accounting implications.

Rogers and Ethridge also published the article "Enterprise Risk Management in the Oil and Gas Industry: An Analysis of Selected Fortune 500 Oil and Gas Companies' Reaction in 2009 and 2010" in the November 2013 edition of the American Journal of Business Education. The article's analysis revealed a sophisticated understanding and reporting by companies of many types of risks, including those associated with increasing production capacity. Specific risks included start-up timing, operational outages, weather events, regulatory changes, geo-political and cyber security, among others. The study was of Fortune 500 Companies.

News & Announcements

SFA Athletics Toys for Tots drive

In the spirit of the holiday season, the SFA Athletic Department is hoping to spread some holiday cheer to those in need by conducting the annual Toys for Tots toy drive at various athletic events. All local Toys For Tots initiatives help provide Christmas presents to less fortunate children in the Nacogdoches area.

SFA Athletics encourages fans to bring an unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10 in exchange for free admission to select events (limit one admission per person).

The first Toys for Tots event will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Homer Bryce Stadium as the Lumberjack football team takes on McNeese State. William R. Johnson Coliseum will host the next Toys for Tots event for the Ladyjacks home opener against SMU at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23. The last opportunities to participate in the Toys for Tots drive will be during the Etech Lumberjack Classic vs. Towson at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 or vs. James Madison at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 7.
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AAUW meeting featuring Dr. Kavita Vyas

The American Association of University Women will meet at at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Regions Bank in Nacogdoches. Guest speaker Dr. Kavita Vyas will discuss the transition from India to Texas. The meeting will be preceded by a light meal. Women interested in joining AAUW are invited to attend.

'Meet the Creepy Crawlers' at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Nacogdoches Naturally will sponsor a Family Outdoor Adventure from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

This is the fourth year "Meet the Creepy Crawlers" has provided families an opportunity to learn about forest animals that slither, creep and crawl. This exciting event will feature live animals, "creepy crawler" crafts and a guided safari hike.

"Families will get to experience a close-up view of worms, bees, snakes and insects," according to Kerry Lemon, Nacogdoches Naturally project director. "We hope to cultivate a greater appreciation for these animals by introducing them in safe and non-threatening ways.

"There is so much fun, fascinating information to be learned about these woodland creatures, and educational family events like this can help families feel more comfortable in their outdoor experiences."

Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures is a project sponsored by SFA Gardens and is partially funded through a More Kids in the Woods grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-U.S. Forest Service. Activities are designed to cultivate outdoor skills and an awareness of forest ecology with the goal of families developing lifetime enjoyment of the natural world. Programs are family friendly and appropriate for all ages.
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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.

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.

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 sweeps Lady Lions on the road

Junior Jill Ivy and freshman Justice Walker each recorded 12 kills and the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team completed the season sweep of Southeastern Louisiana with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-15) victory Thursday night inside the University Center.

The three-set victory for SFA (15-13, 7-8 SLC) caps off a six-set, 2-0 mark against the Lady Lions (11-17, 4-11 SLC) in 2013 and avenges a pair of losses to SLU a season ago. The Ladyjacks had a 13-game win streak over the Lady Lions before suffering two, five-set losses in 2012.

Ivy and Walker highlighted an SFA attack that swung a .290 clip, its highest attacking percentage since hosting the SLU back on Sept. 21 (14 matches). Allen finished two off from joining Ivy and Walker in double-figure kills, recording eight. Allen also finished with three blocks, as SFA finished with four as a team.
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Ladyjacks set for preseason WNIT

The SFA Ladyjack basketball team will open their 2013-14 schedule participating in the Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament at No. 15 LSU in Baton Rouge.

SFA will take on the nationally ranked Lady Tigers in the first round or the three-game guaranteed tournament. The second and third round matchups and host sites will be based on the results of the prior rounds.

The Ladyjacks are 8-7 all-time against LSU since first meeting in 1976. Last time these two schools met was in the second round of the 1999-2000 NCAA Tournament, when the then No. 12 Lady Tigers eliminated SFA from the field of 32 in a 57-45 outcome in Baton Rouge (March 19).

The Ladyjacks last participated in the Preseason WNIT in the 2001-02 season, falling 74-57 to Florida International in the season opener, Nov. 9, in Miami.

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Lumberjacks open regular season at home

The SFA men's basketball team will open the 2013-14 regular season Friday, Nov. 8, against UT-Tyler at 7 p.m. inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The defending 2012-13 Southland Conference regular season champion Lumberjacks will be looking for their fourth consecutive season-opening win. Last season, SFA kicked off its conference title-run with an 84-30 blasting of Howard Payne under former head coach Danny Kaspar.

SFA is 2-0 all-time against the Patriots, having last played UT-Tyler in the 2011-12 season. The ’Jacks have cruised to easy victories over the Patriots, with a 93-57 win their last time out and a 63-47 victory in the 2007-08 season. The 2011 matchup was a benchmark game, as SFA put five players in double figures en route to a season-high 93 points.
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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.

Fine Arts

Father-son piano duo to perform in SFA's Cole Series

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present "One-and-a-Half Pianists" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano at SFA, will be joined by his son, 9-year-old Antonio "Nio" Ajero, in a unique program that will showcase accompaniment by a computer-generated virtual orchestra.

The biggest piece on the program will be the Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn, according to Ajero.

"Traditionally, this piece is performed by a piano soloist accompanied by a symphony orchestra," Ajero explained. "However, we will use a technology-equipped Yamaha Disklavier piano connected to a smart-accompaniment program controlling a computer-generated virtual orchestra."
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SFA School of Theatre to present 'Romeo and Juliet'

One of literature's greatest love stories will be set in a post-apocalyptic world when the SFA School of Theatre presents William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" Nov. 19 through 23 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

For more than six months, Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and the play's director, and Richard Ellis, visiting assistant professor of scenic design, have been actively working on the production and the set.

"Romeo and Juliet" has many scenes that take place in many different locales, which presents its own set of challenges, Ellis explained.

"In an effort to help keep the flow of the show moving, we made the decision of using a turntable, or revolve, as the major method of changing the scenery," Ellis said. "I have designed a sculptural unit set that will turn, giving a different view and location for many of the scenes.

"This will be supplemented by additional scenery that will fly in," he said. "While not unusual, this is something not often seen on a university level - at least not to this extent."

The student production crew has been constructing the set under the direction of SFA School of Theatre Technical Director Mark Porter, who has had many years of mechanized scenery experience and has engineered, planned and managed the construction of the massive set.
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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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Crystal City, Texas, is the location of this fine Popeye the Sailor statue. The town, known as the spinach capital of the world, erected the statue in 1937 as a tribute to the cartoon character who had made spinach so popular.

photo from flickr user courthouselover

Nearby is the site of the Crystal City Alien Enemy Detention Facility, one of the largest internment camps in the country until 1946. Americans of Japanese, German and Italian descent were confined here during World War II. There are several markers on the site.

photo from lindasorchard.com

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