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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day

Tuesday, Nov. 12
AAUW Meeting
feat. Dr. Kavita Vyas
5:30 p.m.
Regions Bank

Global Gateway to Russia Presentation
3:30 p.m.
Wyatt Room, Steen Library

Men's Basketball
at Texas State
7 p.m.
San Marcos

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


Wednesday, Nov. 13
50 Shades
ASO and NAACP event
7 p.m.
Twilight Ballroom

Thursday, Nov. 14
One-and-a-half Pianists
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Cinema
"We're the Millers" (R)
7 p.m.
"Kick Ass 2" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

Undefined Expectations
Reception
5:30 p.m.
Griffith Fine Arts Gallery

SAVE THE DATE
Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16


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Accomplishments

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens

Grant has published "Crape Myrtle Manifesto," a feature article standing firm on the beauty and form of a true heirloom, in the November/December edition of Neil Sperry's Gardens.

Grant also has presented "Lessons from Grandmother's Garden,"  slide presentation on the top ten life lessons learned from his grandmother in rural Shelby County, at the Antique Rose Emporium's 25th Annual Fall Celebration of Roses in Independence, Texas, in November.

News & Announcements

News about your ERS Benefits

TexFlex: use it or lose it
If there are funds left in your TexFlex account from 2013 (Sept. 1, 2012-Aug. 31, 2013), you have until Nov. 15, to use it on eligible expenses. Read more.

Improving ERS website
Soon, the redesigned ERS website will help you find what you're looking for faster. It will also have revised tools and calculators. Read more.

Almost 65? Prepared for Medicare?
If you are about to turn 65, you are invited to attend free Medicare Preparation presentations during Fall Annual Enrollment fairs around the State. Read more.

Protect your medical identity
The Federal Trade Commission provides tips on safeguarding your personal information. Read more.

ERS Discount Program
Gear up for the holidays with deals from your employee discount program.

Be sure to sign up to receive “News About Your Benefits” directly to your email.

Career Services celebrates National Career Development Week

Career Services joins the National Career Development Association to promote career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Week from Nov. 11-15.

We encourage you to take an active role in promoting the career development of our students:

  • Share your knowledge on what it takes to be successful in the career world.
  • Highlight essential skills you had to develop to be the professional you are today.
  • Refer them to their friendly neighborhood Career Services Center on the third floor of the Rusk Building.

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

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.

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.

ASO and NAACP event

The African Student Organization in collaboration with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People host "50 Shades" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Twilight Ballroom. This event will highlight issues and question the customs of African, African-American, Black-American and other minority group communities. This is an educational event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Student Affairs. Please email Jonathan Tyler for more information.

Service learning grant proposals due

Proposals for spring 2014 service learning grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Faculty and staff members can apply for a limited number of $500 grants in order to implement a service learning project in their classroom that directly connects to the academic curriculum and experience. Service learning grants can help to pay for expenses related to project development and delivery, such as travel, supplies, printing and resource materials.

This semester, submissions are being accepted via an online form. The form and more information about the grants can be found here. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

Conference on High-Impact Practices

Is your course "high-impact?" If so, come showcase your work at the 3rd Annual Conference on High-Impact Practices. The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting proposals for poster and digital presentations.

Share how you "Make an Impact @ SFA."

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Visit our website or call Ashley Schmitt at (936) 468-7689 to learn more about the conference strands, high-impact practices and how to submit your proposal.

'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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Silent Night Auction

The Silent Night Auction, an event hosted by SFA's American Society of Interior Designers and Interior Merchandising Association, supports student organizations through auctioning uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths, stockings, ornaments, baskets and other items.

The auction will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Human Sciences South building at the corner of Starr Avenue and Raguet Street. The items up for auction may be viewed daily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Nov. 11 to 14 prior to the auction event.

Cash, checks and cards will be accepted for all winning bids. An additional 10 percent will be charged for card usage. For more information, contact Danielle Zajic at (972) 921-2909 or danielle.zajic@gmail.com

Glow run on campus

Each year, the Freshman Leadership Academy puts on a collaborative project to allow the students to put their leadership skills into practice. Last year, the group put on the very successful “Survival of the Fittest Zombie Run.”  This year, students are putting on a Glow Run called “GloNac 5K.” Similar to a color run, this race will take place at dusk and feature glow-in-the-dark paints (safe for use on skin) and lots of glow bracelets and black lights. The event will have features like 30-second dance breaks, glowing drinks and fun obstacles. 
 
The event will take place on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Check-in will take place in the Intramural Fields on Wilson Drive.
 
Register online here. The first 150 people will get a free t-shirt for the event.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the group New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children. 

Email questions to Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu.
 
Like on Facebook at Glonac 5K or follow on Twitter at @GloNAc5K.

RHA has Angry Axe flash drives

The Residence Hall Association is selling one-of-a-kind Angry Axe flash drives made exclusively for the SFA 90th Anniversary until Nov. 30! For only $8 these one-gigabyte flash drives make great and inexpensive gifts for coworkers and loved ones. Email RHA at rha@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2700 to get yours today!  

Purple Santa is coming to town again

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all SFA faculty and staff members to participate in "Purple Santa." This has become a holiday tradition on campus. Participants provide new, unwrapped toys to help local children (ages 5 to 12) in need have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 6. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu to arrange a pick-up time.  Each group that donates toys to the cause will receive a special gift and will appear on Santa’s “nice list,” published in SFA Today throughout the week of Dec. 9.

The toys will be donated to Love, INC to help children in Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County. This event can provide a fun and festive treat for your office. Santa will be available to pose for pictures with individuals and groups.

Cash donations also are being accepted. For more information or to drop off cash donations, visit the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. For more information about donations, call (936) 468-7249.

Residential Learning Communities applications being accepted

The Residence Life Department is now accepting applications for 2014-15 Residential Learning Communities. Applications due Dec. 20.

A Residential Learning Community is a place where students can select to live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member. With assistance from Residence Life, students set learning goals for their group and track these goals as the year progresses. Those who meet their goals are eligible to renew their learning community in future years.

For faculty members who want to provide an immersive environment in which students can learn, an RLC can be a tremendous asset. For example, a professor in modern languages could propose a community in which students agree to speak only Spanish; film students could propose that their RLC work together on a movie; or a student organization could plan a community that works toward the group’s mission.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Waters, assistant director of residence life, at watersj@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1127.

Campus Recreation

5-on-5 Basketball Tournament registration

Monday, Nov. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 14

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby/Intramural Office

Register your team for the 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament! There will be a men’s and a women’s division. Cost is $30 per team, and the tournament will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.  For more information, please call (936) 468-1775.

Campus Recreation Job Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 12

3-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Meeting Room

Want to work for Campus Rec? We are looking for excited students looking to gain work experience and enhance important life skills! Positions hiring for spring 2014 are Service Assistant, IMS Game Supervisor, Sport Club Supervisor, Fitness Assistant, Lifeguard, and Swim Instructor. Be sure to dress professionally and bring resumes, as on-site interviews will be conducted. For more information on working at Campus Rec, please visit the website.

Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 13

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BPSC Twilight Ballroom

SFA observes seven dimensions of wellness: intellectual, environmental, socio-cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional, and career-financial. Learn how you can embody total wellness by visiting with over 30 vendors from the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Offerings include cholesterol and blood screenings, fitness assessments, free chair massages, nutrition consultations and much more! For more information, please contact Kate at (936) 468-5835. See a list of participating vendors here.

Free Faculty Friday at the Rec

Friday, Nov. 15

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.

Seventh Annual Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition

Saturday, Nov. 16

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rock Wall

Join us for our seventh annual day of climbing at SFA. Register in one of three divisions: beginner, intermediate, or advanced (men’s and women’s). Pre-registration is $25, and on-site registration is $30; entry fee includes grab bags, lunch, door prizes, and a t-shirt). Schools from around the state will be competing, so represent SFA and help us have a strong showing at this year’s competition! For more information or to register, click here.

Athletics

Ladyjacks down UNO on the road

Sophomore Jacque Allen recorded 11 kills and the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team concluded their road schedule with a 3-1 victory over New Orleans Saturday afternoon at the Human Performance Center.

SFA (16-13, 8-8) improved to .500 in conference play and completed the sweep of the Privateers (3-26, 0-16 SLC) with a pair of wins in the home-and-home series. The Ladyjacks went 7-1 across the two meetings.

Allen highlighted an SFA attack that swung a .242 clip across four sets. The native of Mansfield, Texas, was the only Ladyjack to record double-figure kills, as junior Jill Ivy and freshman Justice Walker recorded eight each.

Junior Paige Holland finished with 31 assists, having eclipsed the 30 mark in each of her last four matches.
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Ladyjacks drop heartbreaker in shootout

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team had their hopes of repeating as Southland Conference Tournament Champions dashed, falling 3-1 in a penalty shootout to No. 3 seed Southeastern Louisiana, in the title game Sunday afternoon at host McNeese State's Cowgirl Field.

SFA (16-3-3), despite the penalty-kick decision, recorded their record-breaking 14th shutout on the season. The Ladyjacks, who tied the old record of 13 in their 5-0 win over Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (Nov. 1), held SLU (14-3-5) scoreless across the 110 minutes of play. SFA recorded 13 shutouts in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

It was just the second time in SLC history where the tournament championship went into a shootout and fourth postseason decision for the Ladyjacks in the last six years. SFA also suffered shootout verdicts in the semifinals of the tournament in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. The Lady Lions have been involved in three of the four decisions (2008; 2009; 2013).

The Ladyjacks blistered SLU with 29 shots, holding a 9-4 advantage in shots on goals and 9-3 mark in corner kicks.

In the shootout, both teams exchanged goals in the first round, before SLU took a 2-1 edge in the third round. The Lady Lions added one more goal in the fourth round, as 2013 freshman of the year, Hope Sabadash, made a pair of saves to secure the tournament title for SLU.
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Lumberjacks win season opener over UT-Tyler

Junior forward Jacob Parker and senior forward Nikola Gajic both recorded career-highs and the SFA men's basketball team placed three Lumberjacks in double-figures, as head coach Brad Underwood picked up his first win at the helm in a 90-64 victory over UT-Tyler Friday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Parker recorded 19 points to surpass his old mark of 16, set last season, while Gajic's 14 points mark his first double-digit scoring performance of his career at SFA (1-0). Senior Desmond Haymon joined Parker and Gajic, recording 17 points respectively. Gajic finished one rebound off his first double-double of his career, hauling in nine boards.

The ’Jacks hit better than 50 percent of its shots from the field, as SFA improved to 3-0 all-time against the Patriots (0-1) and 10-4 in its last 14 season openers.

The ’Jacks outscored UT-Tyler 32-18 in the paint, while holding a 24-7 advantage in points off turnovers. SFA also recorded 16 more points than the opponent (20-4) in second-chance opportunities.
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SFA falls on Senior Day

The SFA football team could not keep pace with No. 11 of 13, McNeese State, as the Lumberjacks closed their 2013 home slate with a 69-38 decision on Senior Day, Saturday afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium.

Special teams proved to be the catalyst in the game for the Cowboys (8-2, 4-1 SLC), with the senior Diontae Spencer recording 365 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns (two kickoff returns and one punt return). Spencer recorded five touchdowns in all, as senior quarterback Cody Stroud completed 17-of-33 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns. The three special-teams touchdowns tied a NCAA recorded, as he was the fourth player to ever do so.

SFA (3-7, 1-4 SLC) senior quarterback Brady Attaway moved into second place all-time in Southland Conference’s career passing yards, with a 62-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Tyler Boyd with 9:37 in the first quarter. Attaway passed Central Arkansas’ Nathan Brown and now only trails 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses. Attaway completed 18-of-38 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the final home game of his career. Both of Attaway’s touchdowns went to Boyd (four receptions, 142 yards), as the wide receiver passed for one of his own on a 51-yard pass to junior Marquis Mosley, his third of the season. Backup quarterback Joe Minden also recorded a touchdown on two-of-three passing.
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Ladyjacks close 2013 season at Crusader Classic

The No. 9 SFA bowling team went 2-1 during the final day of the Valparaiso Crusader Classic.

The Ladyjacks bowled Tulane to a seven game thriller during match one. SFA rallied late, winning games six and seven to take the match 4-3.

Match two needed seven games to decide a winner, as well. The Ladyjacks took the match 4-3 from No. 6 Sam Houston to move to 2-0 on the day.

SFA fell in their final match of the day to No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater 4-1 to close the tournament.

The Crusader Classic was the final tournament for the Ladyjacks in 2013. The team will look to 2014 in hopes to build upon a solid fall campaign where they won their first two tournaments in program history.

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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