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This Week's Calendar
Monday, Sept. 23
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Grant Peters Guest Trumpet
Cole Concert Hall
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Global Gateway to Ukraine Presentation
Wyatt Room, Steen Library
at North Texas
Thursday, Sept. 26
Despicable Me 2 (PG)
The Lone Ranger (PG-13)
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Rosie didn't get mad when she was three months pregnant and doctors diagnosed her husband, Ted, with leukemia. Six months later, when their son, Joseph, was born, Rosie brought him home from the hospital and began to care for him and his older sister, while at the same time helping her husband deal with the effects of chemotherapy. She changed her baby's diapers and her husband's IV bags and did not question her faith in God.
When Ted died the day before their son's first birthday, she did not lose heart. The next day, with relatives gathered near to assist with funeral arrangements, they served Joe's birthday cake, opened his presents and were thankful for the gift of family.
But there was anger three months later, when a doctor told Rosie that Joe had a tumor, that it was an aggressive form of cancer related to the leukemia that had taken her husband. There was fury when the doctor said she should prepare herself because, in all likelihood, her baby would die.
"I stood up and said to him, 'How dare you say that? You are not God, and you can't know that for sure. Don't you dare take my hope.'"
Lumberjack football player Joe Minden knows his mother faced two of the worst nightmares of every wife and mother.
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The Boldest Sound from the Oldest Town
When Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College opened its doors in 1923, the emphasis was in establishing an instructional program that would produce qualified teachers.
In addition to the academic and elective courses offered at the new college, athletics also was immediately incorporated into campus life with students choosing the Lumberjack as the SFA mascot.
But something was missing in those early years. It was music. SFA needed a band.
In the fall of 1925, The Pine Log published an article that told of the college purchasing new brass and percussion instruments for students who qualified for musical organizations, meaning a band and an orchestra. Some rehearsals had begun, and other students were encouraged to try out. The college band made its debut later that fall, and a search began to find a director.
J.T. Cox became the first director of the Lumberjack Band in the summer of 1926. With Cox accompanying the 14 members of the group, the band played at watermelon parties and for chapel exercises. When the fall semester began, the now 19-member band played at football games and area public school events.
Friends of Theatre awards scholarship, shifts focus to audience growth
The Friends of Theatre, the community organization that supports the work of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre, has achieved its goal of endowing a scholarship for a theatre major with financial need. Now that the first annual Friends of Theatre Scholarship has been awarded, the organization will concentrate on developing larger local audiences for School of Theatre productions, Friends of Theatre President Rhonda Williams said.
"Thanks to the efforts of everyone who has been involved in the Friends of Theatre over the past five years and the generosity of our many donors, we have established an endowment that will provide a very helpful scholarship to a deserving SFA student every year," Williams said. "It's especially gratifying to know that this will continue in perpetuity."
Senior theatre major Vanessa Hendricks of Emory was selected by the School of Theatre faculty to receive the first Friends of Theatre Scholarship. Hendricks, who is also the president of SFA's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, is in the theatre teacher certification program and currently interning at Lufkin High School. She will direct the production of the full-length play "Wit" scheduled for Nov. 8 and 9 in the Downstage Theatre. She appeared in last year's Mainstage Series production of "Stage Door," among other shows.
SFA announces fall enrollment figures
SFA has recorded a fall enrollment of 12,772 students.
This figure represents a slight decrease from the all-time high SFA enrollment of 12,999 recorded in fall 2012. University officials attributed the 1.7-percent decrease to various factors, including higher SFA admission standards and graduation of the largest class in school history in May.
“A strategic decision was made several years ago to increase the admission standards beginning in fall 2012, and we knew one result of that decision would be a few years of smaller incoming freshman classes,” explained Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management.
SFA administrators also expected the increased standards would pay dividends in the form of a higher retention rate for the university with more students persisting to graduation, she said. According to SFA census data released this week, the first-time, full-time undergraduate retention rate increased from 63.4 percent in fall 2012 to 65.4 percent this year.
“This is particularly good news for SFA because we know that if students are retained after that critical first year, they are very likely to continue with their education and complete a degree,” Cossich said. The absence of the largest graduating class in SFA history – 1,285 diplomas were awarded in May – also contributed to the slight reduction in enrollment.
90th Anniversary Celebration
SFA students, faculty and staff members, alumni, and friends celebrated the university’s 90th anniversary Wednesday with cake and purple ice cream on the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. Among the special guests in attendance were the youngest and oldest members of the SFA Alumni Association. Pictured, from left, are President Baker Pattillo; his daughter Paige Pattillo Brown; youngest association member Jackson Baker Brown, three months old; oldest association member Era Billingsley, 105 years old and a member of the 1930 graduating class; and association Executive Director Jeff Davis.
News & Announcements
ORSP Grant Spotlight:
W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program
This grant promotes distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering and the liberal arts at four-year undergraduate colleges. Program priorities include:
- Foster new levels of student engagement and understanding, especially through active learning and collaborative curriculum development;
- Expand interdisciplinary activities in balance with needs of each discipline;
- Incorporate research activities into the curriculum and raise the bar of expectations regarding publications and presentations by undergraduates;
- Enhance science and technology literacy for students in all disciplines; and
- Develop new ways to stimulate critical thinking and other core competencies of a liberal arts education.
Award amount: $250,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013
Read full solicitation here. If interested in applying for this grant, please contact Jenny Davis at (936) 468-1151.
Parents Day 2013
Parents Day at SFA will be held Saturday Sept. 28. The theme for 2013 is "90 Before, 90 More. SFA's Past, Our Present, Your Future." Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in Coffee with the Administration, the Welcome Ceremony and the Academic Department Fair. For more information or to RSVP to any of these events, contact RHA online at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (936) 48-2700
SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale
SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.
A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive introductions by horticulturist Greg Grant and SFA Gardens. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.
This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and various educational programs hosted at the gardens. These educational programs reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.
The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.
Global Citizenship Series: A foreign policy conference
SFA will host a conference on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Chase Tower in downtown Houston to explore how a successful partnership between North America and Latin America can become a priority.
The relationship between Latin America and North America has taken a back seat in the public's mind as countries like China and India seem to loom as the dominant economic and political forces that will shape the future. This shift in focus is regrettable and potentially harmful to the nation’s long-term prosperity and security.
The event is free and open to the public. Speakers include Ambassador Ambler Moss, Ambassador Mark Langdale and John Weekes, principal negotiator of NAFTA for Canada. More information and registration can be found here.
Pink Out Your Office 2013
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at SFA wants your office to think pink during the month of October. Beginning Monday, Sept. 30, decorate your office with breast cancer related items, and your office could win a lunch for 10 people from Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. All participating offices will receive a certificate of recognition, and we'll hand out some special merit awards. One to 10 points will be awarded in each category, which includes creativity, use of breast cancer facts and information, visibility of display to the general public and honoring survivorship. One point will be added to your total score for every pink Yoplait lid used in your display. We will come back during the following week after judging to get your lids and add them to our collection. Judging will take place after 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. If your office would like to participate, please email Caitlin Coulter at email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Complete rules and details will be given with your office's confirmation of entry.
SFA Way posters available
Show your support for The SFA Way by displaying an SFA Way poster in your office. They are available FREE in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. Simply stop by between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to receive your free copy. The posters are designed to fit into a standard 34 x 36 frame, so there is no need to pay for custom framing. If you have any questions, please call the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468.7249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global gateway to Ukraine presentation
Please join us for a 30-minute presentation on Ukrainian culture given by one of the international students at SFA.
The event will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. Authentic Ukrainian food samples will be served. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion and a question and answer period. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!
Flag Football Officiating Clinics BeginMonday, Sept. 23
6-9 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room
Want to be paid to officiate Intramural Flag Football? Then you definitely don’t want to miss these clinics! No experience is necessary; we will teach you everything you need to know. There will be three clinics over three nights, and you must attend all clinics.
Last day to register for the Neches River AdventureMonday, Sept. 23
The Neches is one of the many hidden outdoor gems of East Texas. Part of our Nature Near You series, you and a small group of other adventurous souls will spend Sept. 27-29 learning basic river canoeing and backcountry camping skills while exploring one of the great treasures that our region of Texas has to offer. Cost of $60.00 includes everything you will need for the weekend. For more information or to register, please visit the Outdoor Center or call (936) 468-6055. Space is limited, so sign up today!
Intramural Registrations Open: Flag Football, Racquetball SinglesMonday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 26
Are you ready for some football? Care to take a swing? Registration for Flag Football and Racquetball Singles will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby. Cost is $30 per team for Flag Football; Racquetball is FREE to play. Flag Football will feature the following divisions: men’s, women’s, co-rec, Greek or residence hall. Racquetball will feature a men's and women's division. Sign ups are first come, first pay for flag football dates/times. Don't have a team? Register as a Free Agent on IMLeagues.com, so teams can see you are available! Games begin on Sunday, Oct. 6. Participants in racquetball will be responsible for scheduling one match to play each week and reporting scores to the Intramural Office. For more information, please contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.
Last week to register for the Back to School Personal Training SpecialMonday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27
Get two sessions for $30 or five sessions for $85 when you sign up for personal training at the Rec! Offer expires Friday. Limited to one special per person. Register at the Rec Administration Office. Call John McElrath at (936) 468-1436 for more information.
4v4 sand volleyball tournament registrationMonday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Oct. 3
Register your team to play 4v4 Sand Volleyball from 1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby. Format and divisions will be determined by entries. Cost is $20 per team. Tournament will begin Friday, Oct. 4, with a Captain’s Meeting at 2 p.m. in the Rec Lumberjack Lounge. Games begin at 2:30 p.m. on the sand volleyball courts.
CPM Training ClassThursday, Sept. 26
10 a.m. at the Rec
Campus Rec will be holding a Campus Programming for Minors Training (CPM Training) on Thursday, Sept. 26. For more information, please contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051.
Men’s and Women’s Club Soccer MatchesSaturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29
Men’s and Women’s Club Soccer Teams are both in action this weekend! The Men’s Club Team will compete against Texas A&M at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the Women’s Club Team will take on Sam Houston State University at 1 p.m. Sunday. Come out and support your Lumberjacks!
Parents Weekend Events Saturday, Sept. 28
Sport Club Info Fair
Noon-3 p.m. in the Rec Lobby
Want to learn more about SFA’s Sport Clubs? Talk to representatives from each club and learn how you can get involved! Don’t see a club you like? Learn how to start one!
Parents Weekend Fitness Fiesta
2-3 p.m. in the Rec Courtyard
Students, grab your parents and dancing shoes and join Campus Recreation for a Zumba-Yoga Fitness Party! Beginning with Zumba, you will move and shake through 30 minutes of Latin-inspired music with easy-to-follow dance combinations. Then transition into 30 minutes of relaxing yoga poses. No dance or yoga experience is necessary! Our trained instructors will break down the movements for all fitness levels to enjoy. You’ll get a great workout and have a blast! For more information, please contact Miranda Minor at (936) 468-6052 or email@example.com.
SFA stuns no. 2/3 Montana State, 52-38
The SFA Lumberjacks football team stunned the No. 2/3 nationally ranked Montana State Bobcats 52-38 Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000 to even their season record at 2-2.
SFA junior running back Gus Johnson scored one of his three rushing touchdowns with 5:01 remaining to give the ’Jacks the lead for good at 45-38. Senior linebacker Ortavious Hypolite added the finishing touch on a monumental ’Jacks victory with an interception returned for a touchdown with just 26 seconds remaining, making the final score of 52-38.
The ’Jacks' offense gained a season-high 567 total yards, which included a 392-yard performance from senior quarterback Brady Attaway. The Whitehouse native completed 34 of 56 pass attempts and threw two touchdowns, surpassing Texas State’s Bradley George for second all-time in Southland Conference history with 772 completions to date.
Johnson posted the eighth 100-yard plus performance of his career, and third this season, with 157 yards on 26 carries along with the three scores.
The victory was a bit of redemption for SFA, who fell last season at Montana State 43-35 in a heartbreaker. The ’Jacks improved to 2-4 all-time against the Bobcats and have now won nine consecutive games at home.
Ladyjacks blank Lady Demons 2-0
Just one day after a tough overtime loss to Oral Roberts, the SFA Ladyjacks soccer team bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Northwestern State for their first Southland Conference win of the season.
"After a challenging and demanding non-conference schedule, it was great to get conference play started here at home," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "We were unfortunate and dropped a tough game against a very good ORU team, but we regrouped and represented ourselves really well today. I thought we really moved the ball around and executed our schemes at several levels against a good Northwestern squad."
SFA (6-2-1, 1-1-0) got a goal from junior forward Chelsea Raymond in the 12th minute, which proved to be the game-winner, and added an insurance goal in the 49th minute by freshman Hailey Hunt. The Ladyjacks dominated possession, outshooting the Lady Demons (2-6-1, 0-1-0) 23-6 and 13-3 shots on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Lacey Lee improved to 5-1-0 at keeper, playing a scoreless first half with one save before Morgan Glick came in to complete the shutout in the second half.
Volleyball extends winning streak, beats SLU
Jacque Allen recorded 11 kills and the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team remained undefeated in Southland Conference play, knocking off Southeastern Louisiana 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-16) Saturday afternoon in Shelton Gym.
Allen led an SFA (10-4, 2-0 SLC) attack that swung a .392 clip across three sets. Tori Bates finished close behind Allen, recording 10 kills, as she made her return to the court. Bates last played Aug. 31 against Southern Miss, missing the last 10 matches due to injury. Paige Holland recorded 30 assists, and OJ Olson amassed 15 digs.
The win over SLU (6-8, 0-2 SLC) extends the Ladyjacks’ current winning streak to four games and matches a season-high in consecutive victories. SFA beat Troy (8/30), Jackson State (8/31), Southern Miss (8/31) and Louisiana-Monroe (9/2) to start the 2013 season.
Pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa to be featured in Cole Performing Arts Series
The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present pianist Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa in a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
Tamagawa, who is professor of piano at Southwestern University in Georgetown, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries.
His collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in more than 30 recitals and a CD of violin and piano music, "Witches' Brew." Their performances took them across the United States and also included concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York, and Wigmore Hall in London. The Texas Music Teachers Association named Tamagawa the 2013 Collegiate Teacher of the Year.
His program at SFA will feature Schubert's D Major Sonata, Op 53, John Adam's "China Gates" and Samuel Barber's Piano Sonata, Op. 26, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
SFA School of Theatre to stage student-directed 'Lone Star'
The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "Lone Star" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.
The play, written by James McLure and directed by The Woodlands senior theater major Nick Pinelli, takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, the high school hero, has returned from serving in the Vietnam War and tries to re-establish his life in the community. When he is joined by his younger brother, Ray, and his brother's friend, Cletus, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as the night continues, according to Pinelli.
"But, despite everything, it all ends as breezily and happily as it began," he said.
The cast features Lewis Newman, exchange student from Sheffield, England, as Roy; Brandon Hood, Mesquite junior, as Ray; and Keenan Chiasson, Richmond freshman, as Cletus.
Guest trumpet recital reunites noted musician and former students
The SFA School of Music will present Dr. Grant Peters, professor of trumpet at Missouri State University, in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
Part of the 2013-2014 Cole Performing Arts Series, the recital will feature Peters performing Paul Hindemith's Sonate for Trumpet and Piano, "Four Miniatures" by Joseph Turrin, and "Night Sun Journey" by Meg Bowles. Peters will be joined by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet at SFA, on Francesco Manfredini's Concerto for Two Trumpets.
As a special treat, a third performer will be added to form a trio to perform music by Rafael Mendez. Dr. Leonard Candelaria, former Regents Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas, and teacher to both Peters and Wurtz, will share the stage with his two former students to end the evening.
Denton, Texas, is home to the World's Largest Ball of Barbed Wire. It was rolled by J.C. Payne, who also rolled the World's Largest Ball of Plastic Twine. Payne had his plastic twine ball certified by Guinness Book of World Records in 1993 and then sold it to Ripley's Beleive It or Not.
Payne died before he was able to complete his barbed wire ball, but even incomplete, the ball weighs almost 12 tons, stands 12 feet high and would stretch more than 600 miles if unrolled. It can still be seen sitting in the back yard of his former home, with two significantly smaller balls to keep it company.