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This Week's Calendar

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

Friday, Nov. 15
Men's Basketball
at Texas
7 p.m.
Austin

Cross Country
NCAA South Central Regional
Waco


Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

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

SFA Planetarium Show
Comet: From Ice to Fire
7 p.m.
$2 admission

SAVE THE DATE
Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16


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Accomplishments

Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden has published "Radiocarbon Trends and the East Texas Caddo Tradition" in the fall 2013 edition of Southeastern Archaeology. The article highlights the temporal and spatial character of Caddo archaeological sites throughout East Texas through the employment of radiocarbon dates as data.

News & Announcements

ORSP Workshop: Budget Development and Management

Join ORSP from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Wyatt Room of Steen Library for our Budget Development and Management Workshop. This session will teach faculty and staff members how to develop and manage a grant budget that meets both sponsor and university requirements. The session also covers salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation. Please register to attend at myTraining.

Faculty Senate Lounge Friday

Faculty Senate will host "Coffee and Donuts" from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the McKibben Building, Room 252. We hope to see you there!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

'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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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.

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.

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

Lumberjacks to face former head coach

The SFA men's basketball team will open its 2013-14 road schedule and face former head coach Danny Kaspar when the Lumberjacks take on Texas State Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. inside Strahan Coliseum.

SFA (1-0) will face a former Southland Conference foe in the Bobcats’ (0-1) home opener and debut for Kaspar. In his 13 years in Nacogdoches, he posted a 246-141 (.636) overall record and guided the ’Jacks to seven 20-win seasons, three Southland Conference regular-season titles, two NIT appearances and a berth in the 2009 NCAA Championship tournament.

Last season, SFA went 27-5 (.844) en route to a school record in wins and third SLC title. The ’Jacks posted a 16-2 (.889) conference mark. Along the way, SFA picked up tough road wins at Florida International, Tulsa and Oklahoma, before closing out the season by dropping a heartbreaking one-point loss at Stanford in the NIT. Kaspar was honored by the league following the season, being named SLC Coach of the Year. It was the second time in his career that he has received the honor.
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SFA to host preseason WNIT consolation rounds

SFA was selected as one of two universities to host the consolation rounds of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament announced by the WNIT committee.

SFA (0-1) and Loyola were announced as host sites following the completion of the opening round. The Ladyjacks will host Georgia State, North Carolina A&T and Stetson, while the Greyhounds will accommodate Idaho, Mount St. Mary's and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Nov. 15-16.

"We are extremely excited to host three talented, well-coached teams this weekend," head women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider said. "Two are NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, and all three teams are expected to compete for their respective league titles this season. We are hopeful both the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community will strongly support this event, as this is an opportunity to gain national exposure for both the university and Ladyjack basketball." Read More

Fine Arts

Taiwanese musicians to perform at SFA

"When East Meets West: An Evening of Taiwanese and Western Music" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The music group from Tunghai University (Taiwan) will perform works by various Taiwanese composers. With three voice professors, one cello professor and four piano professors from Tunghai University, the ensemble will perform different types of solo and duet presentations. Works will range from Taiwanese folk songs to contemporary music pieces.

Officials with Tunghai University are interested in forming partnerships with American universities, according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA.
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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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