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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Nov. 16
GloNac 5k Run
4 p.m.
Intramural Fields

Meet the Creepy Crawlers
9 a.m. to noon
Native Plant Center

SFA Football
at Lamar
Beaumont
6 p.m.


Women's Volleyball
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SAVE THE DATE
Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16


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Accomplishments

Dr. David Creech

Department of Agriculture

Creech is in China as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientific exchange team who are connecting with Chinese professors and graduate students studying drought and stress tolerance issues in ornamental plants. During the assignment, the team will be presenting seminars and engaging in discussions with their counterparts on the topic of genetic improvement of plant materials for landscapes. The impact of climate change is putting renewed interest worldwide on understanding and deriving solutions for dealing with heat, drought, cold, and salinity stress tolerance mechanisms in woody ornamentals. During the trip, the team will be hosted by their academic counterparts in Beijing, Kunming, and Nanjing, China. The trip is part of a USDA/China Ministry of Agriculture collaboration and Chinese scientists will be visiting the USA with the same mission in 2014.
 
Image: On the campus of Beijing Forestry University, Left to right, Dr. Dave Creech, SFA; Dr. Ya Chen, LSU; Dr. MengMeng Gu, Texas A&M University; and Dr. Gary Knox, University of Florida

News & Announcements

Reception for John Garner

A reception for John Garner, honoring his 23 years of service to SFA, will be held from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the first floor foyer of the Human Services Building.

Martin Luther King Day of Service site mentors needed

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, along with Student Engagement Programs–Leadership and Service, invite faculty and staff members to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. We are looking for site mentors to engage with students throughout the day as they work on various projects in the community. This year's MLK Day of Service will kick-off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The deadline to sign up to be a faculty or staff site mentor is Monday, Nov. 25. To sign up, or for questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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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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.

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.

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

Baseball concludes fall with annual World Series

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will bring an end to its fall practice this week with the annual Fall World Series at Jaycees Field.

The Lumberjacks will divide up into two teams in a best-of-three format. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15., and noon at Saturday, Nov. 16.

Starting pitchers for Thursday's contest will be senior Kyle Cross verse junior Cameron Gann. The right-handers were mainstays in the Lumberjack rotation last season, and will look to make game one an exciting affair.

Thursday's game will be played under the lights of Jaycees Field, a new feature added just a season ago. The games are open to the public and free of admission.

Ladyjacks fall to Oral Roberts

Junior Jill Ivy recorded 14 kills, but the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team fell 3-1 (28-26, 14-25, 15-25, 12-25) to Oral Roberts Tuesday night inside Shelton Gym.

SFA (16-14, 8-9 SLC) dropped its second and final match against the Golden Eagles (20-6, 12-4 SLC) of the season to even the all-time series 2-2. The Ladyjacks took both meetings in 2012.

Ivy was the only representative of SFA to finish in double-figure kills, as the Ladyjacks were held to a .079 attack percentage across four sets. Freshman Justice Walker narrowly missed joining Ivy, finishing with nine.

Junior setter Paige Holland recorded 29 assists, while libero OJ Olson led the back line with 20 digs. Olson was one of two SFA players to record double-digit digs, joined by junior Madison Martin (10).
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Lumberjacks down Kaspar 64-57 in road opener

Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 14 points and junior Jacob Parker recorded the first double-double of his career, as the SFA men's basketball team knocked off Texas State 64-57 to spoil the debut of former head coach Danny Kaspar, Tuesday night inside Strahan Coliseum.

SFA (2-0) picked up its first win over the Bobcats (0-2) since the two schools last met as conference opponents in the 2011-12 season, as well as its first over Kaspar, who departed for the university in April. With the win, the ’Jacks also remain undefeated under new head coach Brad Underwood.

In all, SFA placed four ’Jacks in double-figures, as Walkup's 14 points paced SFA's corps and Parker netted 10 points while hauling in 10 rebounds. Walkup finished 6-of-12 from the field and added a pair of buckets from the free throw line, while Parker was 3-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Joining the big men were seniors Deshaunt Walker and Desmond Haymon, who recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Parker’s presence under the basket reflected in the stat line, with five boards on either side of the ball. Walker finished two off of Parker, with eight rebounds (three offensive, five defensive), as the ’Jacks led Texas State in nearly every offensive category.
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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

Practical Elegance art show

Emily Yeats, Bachelor of Fine Arts student in art at SFA, will host the opening reception for her capstone exhibition Practical Elegance from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the front gallery of the Lower Art Building, located off Wilson Drive. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will feature handcrafted jewelry displayed on one-of-a-kind ceramic forms. Yeats describes her work as “jewelry that incorporates formal qualities of line and texture to yield forms that can be worn on all occasions.”

In her artist statement, the Mansfield, Texas, native asserts, “I relish discovering and perfecting the practice of creating functional jewelry.”

Exhibition opening will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov.16. The exhibition also can be seen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 through 20. For more information or a private viewing, please contact Yeats at emilyyeatseardley@gmail.com or (817) 808-8110.

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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Cuttlefish, a cousin of the squid and octopus, can change color and shape to resemble nearby objects. They are masters of matching camouflage based on visual cues in color rich environments, despite testing revealing that they are colorblind.


Source: "Color blindness and contrast perception in cuttlefish," by Mathger, Barbosa, Miner, and Hanlon

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