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This Week's Calendar
Friday, Oct. 11
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Hotel Transylvania (PG)
The Conjuring (R)
SFA Planetarium Show
Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces
Cole Concert Hall
vs. McNeese State
Northwestern State Invite
Saturday, Oct. 12
Dead Man's Cell Phone
and 7:30 p.m.
at Piney Woods Fair
Nacogdoches Expo Center
at Southeastern Louisiana
Northwestern State Invite
vs. McNeese State
Sunday, Oct. 13
Hotel Transylvania (PG)
The Conjuring (R)
vs. Abilene Christian
Tuesday, Oct. 15
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature expert on frogs, snakes, turtles
SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Matthew Kwiatkowski, SFA professor of biology, will present "Critters that Slither and Hop in Your Garden: The Reptiles and Amphibians of East Texas."
Kwiatkowski joined the SFA faculty seven years ago and teaches herpetology, comparative vertebrate biology, field ecology and fundamentals of zoology. His research focuses on conservation of reptiles and amphibians, as well as the signals they use in mating behavior. He is currently working with federal and state agencies and zoos around the country on the population genetics of Louisiana Pine Snakes, a candidate species for federal protection. He also is working with U.S. Forest Service biologists to investigate declines in amphibian populations. He serves on the SFA Faculty Senate and University Research Council and is acting as adviser to the university's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Learning Center. Read More
Dr. Sudeshna RoyDepartment of Languages, Cultures and Communication
Roy’s paper titled “Flexing Soft Power at the Crossroads of the Local and the Global: Investigating Human Rights Discourses in India’s Evolving Media” was presented at the peer-reviewed Communicating Soft Power: Contrasting Perspectives from India and China Conference organized by the University of Westminster in London in September. The University of Westminster hosts the highest-ranked research department in media and communication in the UK.
In addition, Roy was invited to be a guest speaker at the Florida State University Center for Global Engagement in Tallahassee, Fla., in September. Her lecture was titled “Manufacturing the Other: Culture and Conflict representation in the Media” and was delivered as the opening lecture for the Global Peacebuilding Series this fall. She was also the lead speaker at FSU’s communication graduate student colloquium on the day of the lecture.
News & Announcements
Kicking for a Cure
SFA soccer is hosting the annual "Kicking for a Cure" breast cancer awareness game when the team hosts McNeese State at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. There will be pink "Kicking for a Cure" T-shirts given to the first 100 fans. All fans will also be able to enter to win a Breast Cancer Awareness soccer ball signed by the Ladyjack team.
Dr. Vincent Tinto visit next week
All faculty and staff members are invited to a presentation from Dr. Vincent Tinto at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Kennedy Auditorium. Tinto will discuss his latest book "Completing College." An award-winning Distinguished University Professor of sociology at Syracuse University, Tinto is a noted theorist in the field of higher education, particularly concerning student retention and learning communities. He may be best known for his heavily cited book, "Leaving College."
This presentation is sponsored by The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for University Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Teaching Excellence Center.
Faculty Senate Lounge Friday
All faculty members are invited to the Faculty Lounge Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18 in the Mckibben Building, Room 252. The Senate will provide donuts, juice and coffee, and provide a space for cross-campus dialogue and collegiality.
Rusche College of Business to Host ‘Rusche Reconnect’ at Homecoming 2013
The Nelson Rusche College of Business is hosting its first “Rusche Reconnect,” an alumni tailgate, during Homecoming 2013 on Oct. 19, before the Lumberjacks take on Nicholls State University. All alumni and friends of the Rusche College are invited to attend. The tailgate tent will be located on Hayter Street near Alumni Corner and will be open from noon untill 3 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Additionally, the McGee Business Building will be open from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for an open house where alumni can tour the building and see plans for the renovation starting in summer 2014. For more information about this event, please contact Chelsea Heidbrink in the Rusche College at email@example.com.
ORSP workshop: Introduction to grant writing
Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop on from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.
The session provides a broad overview of the proposal process and is designed to help faculty and staff members understand how to develop a project concept, find external funding, and understand the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.
Register to attend this conference at myTraining. For questions, contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606.
Save a Life–Learn QPR
Have you ever been concerned about someone but unsure what to say? Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger of suicide. On completion, each participant will be certified as a "Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper."
Be ready to save a life!
Thursday, Oct. 17
Rusk Building, Room 333
Call (936) 468-2401 to register.
ODK requests Trivia Bowl questions from faculty
Omicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s National Leadership Honor Society, invites faculty members to submit specialized questions from their areas of expertise for College Bowl during Homecoming Week. College Bowl is a trivia event put on during Homecoming Week for organizations competing to get points. We would like to showcase some of SFA’s exceptional faculty members during this event by featuring some original questions from our campus.
Required information is your name, department, question and answer. You can submit directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, drop by Student Affairs office (BPSC, Room 3.302) or send via campus mail to Box 13029.
Submissions must be received by Friday, Oct. 11.
Battleship tournament and midseason flag football tournament registrations openThrough Friday, Oct. 11
Registration for these tournaments will be open from 1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby or the Intramural Office. Cost for the Battleship Tournament is $20 per team, and format will depend on entries; teams of four will compete. This tournament will take place in the HPE Indoor Pool on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. (after the Homecoming Tie Dye event). Be the last canoe floating and win! Cost for the Midseason Flag Football Tournament is $30 per team and will consist of Men’s, Women’s and CoRec Divisions. This tournament will begin on Friday, Oct. 25 on the Intramural Fields and will continue Saturday, Oct. 26. Winners of the tournament will have their entry fee to the NIRSA Region IV Flag Football Tournament waived by SFA Intramurals. For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.
Last day to pre-register for the 2013 Lumberjack Homecoming 5KFriday, Oct. 11
Be a part of SFA Homecoming tradition and participate in the 4th annual Lumberjack Homecoming 5K on Oct. 19! First 100 participants are guaranteed a T-shirt! Proceeds benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship. This event is run by Nacogdoches Endurance Training and will feature chip timing. Pre-registration (on or before Oct. 11) is $20 for students and $25 for all other entrants. Rates will increase after Oct. 11. Register online at active.com.
Free faculty friday at the RecFriday, Oct. 11
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 our guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.
Rugby Alumni GameSaturday, Oct. 12
2 p.m. on the Rugby Field
Mark your calendars for the 34th annual SFA Rugby Alumni Game! You do not want to miss this annual rugby match featuring current SFA Rugby players and former SFA rugby players. Many of our former players still compete in club teams around the state, making this match an afternoon of both intense competition and nostalgia. You’ll be able to spot the current players quickly, as they will be wearing their bright pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Football game notes: SFA at Southeastern Louisiana
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
SFA VS THE LIONS: The Lumberjacks are 9-6-1 (.594) all-time against Southeastern Louisiana. SFA is 4-2 against the Lions under head coach J.C. Harper. The ’Jacks return to Hammond, La., looking to rebound from a 42-27 loss at SELU in 2012.
COVERAGE: Saturday's contest will be streamed on ESPN 3.
NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION: The SFA football team possess the most prolific FCS offense in the country. SFA currently ranks atop the nation in passing offense, while also sitting second in total offense and ninth in scoring offense.
SFA IN SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE OPENERS: The Lumberjacks are 16-10 (.615) all-time in Southland Conference opening games. SFA defeated No. 14 Central Arkansas 42-37 to open league play last season. The ’Jacks have won four of their last five conference openers. J.C. Harper is 4-2 (.667) in conference-opening games.
SFA's Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces performing concert on Oct. 11
The SFA School of Music will present its jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and the Swingin' Aces, in concert at 7:30 p.m Friday, Oct. 11, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
Under the direction of Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes will play "a number of terrific selections, both classic and modern," Wurtz said. Among them will be Duke Ellington's famous "In a Mellow Tone," Chick Corea's "Spain" and Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," as arranged by Gordon Goodwin.
"The writing of Sammy Nestico, known for his work with Count Basie and the Airmen of Note, will be showcased through the tunes 'Out of the Night' and 'Put it Right Here,'" Wurtz said.
The Swingin' Aces, under the direction of Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, will perform "Get Out of Town" by Cole Porter, arranged by Art Dedrick; "Here's That Rainy Day" by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen, arranged by Bob Lowden; "Pink Squirrel" by Shorty Rogers featuring Lufkin junior P.J. DeJesus on trumpet, Fort Worth freshman Jonathan Bowers on trombone, and San Antonio senior Angel Duran on tenor sax; and "Two Seconds to Midnight" by Alan Baylock featuring Chance Moore, a junior from San Augustine, on guitar and Bowers on trombone.
SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Faculty Showcase'
The SFA Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred J. Allen, will present "Faculty Showcase" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Featured performers will be Debbie Berry and Gary Wurtz, both members of the faculty in the SFA School of Music.
Wurtz, professor of trumpet, will perform David Gillingham's "When Speaks the Signal-Trumpet Tone."
"This is dedicated to those who fought and died in World War II," said Allen, who is director of bands at SFA. "The trumpet represents the soldier, through battle, grief and patriotism in this stirring work."
Soprano Berry will sing "Three Gospel Songs," arranged by Luigi Zaninelli.
"Audiences will recognize these tunes," Allen said. "Besides 'Amazing Grace' and 'Old Time Religion,' this set also includes the beautiful 'His Eye is on the Sparrow.'"
Noted flautist McCuiston to perform recital, conduct seminar at SFA
The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present Angela McCuiston performing a guest flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
McCuiston will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla and Ian Clarke, among others.
Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Masterclass and an avid performer, McCuiston is assistant principal/piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin and a member of the 129th Army Band in Nashville, Tenn., and she just completed her final season as principal flute/piccolo with the Panama City Pops Orchestra in Panama City, Fla.
A certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she has studied Alexander Technique, Barbara Conable's "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body" Body Mapping Class and Eva Amsler's classes in Dynamic Integration. As a trainer, and in addition to providing personal strength training with clients, she also teaches classes in foam rolling and a beginner's boot camp. Residing in Nashville, McCuiston travels actively to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting recently at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, Nev., and Charlotte, N.C.
Denison, Texas, is the birthplace of president Dwight D. Eisenhower. To commemorate this fact, Denison has erected a 17-foot concrete bust of the former president at the entrance to Loy Lake Park.
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