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Wednesday, Nov. 20
"Romeo and Juliet"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Women's Basketball
at Arizona
7 p.m.
Tuscon, Ariz.

Thursday, Nov. 21
Men's Basketball
at Marshall
6 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va.

"Romeo and Juliet"
10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

SAA Cinema
"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (PG-13)
7 p.m.
"You're Next" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

SFA Gardens Lecture Series
Jackie Carlisi
7 p.m.
Ag Building, Room 110

Friday, Nov. 22
"Romeo and Juliet"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

SAA Cinema
"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (PG-13)
7 p.m.
"You're Next" (R)
9:30 p.m.
BPSC movie theater

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

Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Volleyball
Southland Conference Tournament
Corpus Christi

Saturday, Nov. 23
Men's Basketball
vs. East Tennessee State University
3 p.m.
Johnson City, Tenn.

"Romeo and Juliet"
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Cross Country
NCAA National Championships
Terre Haute, Ind.


SFA Football
vs. Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
3 p.m.


Tie-dye Turkey Chase 5k
8:30 a.m.
Lucille Norton P.E. Complex

Women's Basketball
vs. SMU
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Women's Volleyball
Southland Conference Tournament
Corpus Christi
Time TBA

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Accomplishments

Dr. Della Connor

School of Nursing

Connor has published "Spirit Warriors: The Concealing," book one of a young adult fantasy romance series, through Booktrope Publishing of Seattle, Wash.

Sixteen-year-old Emme Belrose has it all: four best friends, a horse of her own, a hidden teepee hangout, and a blossoming romance with tall and handsome Charlie. These friends also have a secret. They can move their spirits into animal bodies: an osprey, a mustang, a grizzly, a mountain lion and a coyote. But when Charlie, who has a gift for seeing the future, has a vision of Emme drowning in the icy Yellowstone River, the Spirit Warriors must train their animal bodies to kill an enemy they know is coming, but know nothing about. Suspenseful, romantic and awash in Native American magic "Spirit Warriors" captures the tragic enchantment of the American West–and confirms the power of friendship.

News & Announcements

Holiday safety tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the SFA Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Department would like to remind everyone to have a happy and safe holiday. While decorations bring joy to the home and workplace, they can also be very dangerous if not used correctly.  According to The U.S. Fire Administration, the holiday season claims the lives of more than 400 Americans, injures 1,650 more and causes more than $990 million in damage.

By following some simple precautionary tips, the chances of an incident may be greatly reduced.
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Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.

The drum circle will take place  at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.

Faculty perceptions of Service Learning survey

The annual Faculty Perceptions of Service Learning survey is now available here.

This important assessment assists the Service Learning Advisory Board in planning future trainings and areas of focus for the upcoming year, as well as providing information on which areas are already implementing service learning in the classroom. It also provides data for the university to use when completing the application for inclusion on the annual President’s Higher Education Service Honor Roll.

Bully Film Screening

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102, for a free screening of the documentary "Bully." The documentary follows five kids and their families during a school year. The film shows their bullying experiences not only in the school yard but also in homes, on the bus ride, in the principal's office, and in interactions with peers, parents, teachers, and administrators. The film is directed by Sundance and Emmy award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. For more information, go to thebullyproject.com.

National GIS Day presentations

The College of Forestry and Agriculture together with the College of Liberal and Applied Arts will host a series of presentations by professionals in the fields of surveying and geospatial sciences for National Geographic Information System Day Wednesday, Nov. 20, as a part of National Geography Week.

John Chapman, programmer for Hydrex Environmental, will present "Marketing yourself as a GIS Professional" at 9 a.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

John Streeb, GIS and 911 Addressing Coordinator for Nacogdoches County, will present "The Building of a Local Government GIS Program" at 10 a.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

Robert Young, registered professional land surveyor for Trans Texas Surveying and Mapping, will present "Education and Applying for Jobs" at 1 p.m. in the Ferguson Building, Room 482, and "Trends and Opportunities in Surveying/Geospatial Careers," at 5:30 p.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.

For more information, email dmcdonald@sfasu.edu.

Research Pilot Studies Grant offered by ORSP

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is now offering Research Pilot Studies grants through the Research Enhancement Program. RPS grants provide support of up to $3,000 to assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding. Allowable costs include travel to collect data, supplies and materials, minor equipment, and hourly student assistant wages. The deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 20. For more information and the application visit here. For questions, please call ORSP at (936) 468-6606.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building.  Jackie Carlisi, plant manager from The Grass and Rock Shoppe in Lafayette, La., will present "Making Organic Gardening Easy."

Carlisi has a Bachelor and Master of Science in horticulture and taught horticulture for 20 years at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. In addition to teaching organic vegetable gardening, biotechnology in plants, weed science and horticultural therapy, she also managed hydroponic greenhouses for producing pesticide-free tomatoes, cucumbers, culinary herbs and cut flowers, along with overseeing the university's 20 acre horticulture farm.

Carlisi's presentation will cover the definition of organic gardening, organic matter management, organic fertilizers, weed control and organic pest control.

A plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.

SECC donations

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations. This year, our goal is to raise more than $21,923 in honor of SFA's founding year of 1923.

There are two ways employees can give, either by making a one-time donation via cash or check or a recurring payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2 either way. Your donations go to the agencies and nonprofit organizations that you designate.

Any employee who contributes $5 or more per month or a one-time gift of $60 or more to any state agency will be entered into a drawing to win one of many prizes, such as SFA sports tickets, movie passes, photo sessions and SFA memorabilia.

There is a one-entry limit per name. Winners will be notified by noon on Friday, Nov. 22. The SECC will continue through Thursday, Nov. 21. If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights: CUR Quarterly

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Spring 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Dec. 15. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or publications in scholarly journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.

Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form available here.

Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your highlight, please email Highlights Editor Marie Graf.

Hackenson to present on bullying

Guest speaker Robert Hackenson will discuss bullying that takes place in the classroom and the workplace at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the BPSC Tiered Meeting Room 2.201.

Hackenson also will present "Hypnosis & Magic: Preventing Bullying on Campus" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Math Building, Room 102.

Students on college campuses experience many different kinds of bullying with a variety of harmful outcomes. This is why it is important to be educated on the negative effects of all types of bullying and to encourage leadership roles on campus to promote healthy and positive social involvement.

Tie-dye Turkey Chase 5K run/walk

The Alliance is sponsoring a 5k fun run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in front of Lucille Norton Physical Education Complex on Raguet Street.

Entry fees:
On or before Nov. 20, $20*
After Nov. 20, $25
*Pre-registered runners may pay entry fee on site.

For more information or to register, email sfa_alliance @yahoo.com, Kelvin Davis at daviskelvin57@yahoo.com or Erin Thompson at thompsonef@titan.sfasu.edu.

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.

Campus Recreation

Free Faculty Friday at the Rec

Friday, Nov. 22

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.

Chili Cook Off Competition Registration

Registration forms are due Nov. 26

Think your department can cook up the best chili? Put your recipe to the test! Campus Recreation is hosting a Chili Cook Off Challenge for SFA Departments as part of the Polar Bear Plunge event on Dec. 8. Students will vote on who has the best chili during the Polar Bear Plunge, and the department that wins will receive an awesome traveling trophy! Chili cook off participants can also compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest and win an award for best holiday presentation at the Polar Bear Plunge. For registration information, please contact Kati Van Dunk at vandunkkl@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

SLC recognizes 13 former Ladyjacks, Humphreys

As part of its yearlong 50th Anniversary commemoration, the Southland Conference has announced its All-Time Volleyball Honor Roll. The announcement comes prior to the Southland’s 32nd Volleyball Tournament, to be held Friday through Sunday in Corpus Christi.

The honor roll includes 83 volleyball student-athletes who have impacted the sport since the league began sponsorship of the sport in 1982. The team includes all former players who earned multiple All-Southland first-team honors, as well as a number of other standouts with 13 former Ladyjacks honored. Additionally, seven coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to the sport, including long-time SFA coach Debbie Humphreys.

“Volleyball has been a fantastic sport in the Southland for more than three decades, and we’ve seen our teams participate at the highest levels, including the NCAA national championship,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said. “We’ve had a great combination of coaching legends and standout student-athletes, and we expect that to continue for a very long time.”
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Ladyjacks complete comeback against Panthers

A day after making a late push and coming up short, the SFA women’s basketball team was able to hold onto the momentum and finish a come-from-behind victory over Georgia State on Saturday. The Ladyjacks played in the consolation bracket of the Preseason Women’s NIT. The Ladyjacks overcame a 13-point deficit over the final nine minutes of play to earn the win 66-60.

Porsha Roberts had another strong game inside for the Ladyjacks (1-2) putting 23 points on the board on 7 of 13 shooting. She was stellar at the free-throw line, hitting 9 of 10. Roberts also pulled down seven rebounds and swatted four blocks.

Turnovers plagued both teams with SFA committing 28 and Georgia State (0-3) surrendering possession 22 times. But it was at the free-throw line where SFA pulled away and was able to complete the comeback by hitting shots at the line in the second half.

SFA was 29 of 38 (76.3 percent) on the afternoon and hit 16 of 20 in the second half. Georgia State was also shot well at the line but did not have as many trips, hitting 16 of 20 to play a key role in the victory for SFA.
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Lumberjacks close cross country season strong

Cross country season came to an end on Friday for the SFA men’s and women’s teams, seeing the men post an impressive fourth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional Championship. The women came in 13th place to close the year.

The men’s team had three runners earn All-Region honors by finishing in the top 25 at the region race. Sophomore Cody Brown led the way for SFA finishing in 19th place with a time of 30:56.1 over the 10K course. Freshman Anthony Gallardo was next for the Lumberjacks, clocking in at 31:03.0 in 21st place. Sophomore Nick Guerra was the final All-Region finisher for SFA as he finished 25th in 31:09.3.

“They did a great job. They showed up. Colby Mehmen and Michael Barnett really stepped up to help get that fourth place finish,” said head coach Cody Clark. “This is our best men’s team finish since 2003, and in 2003 we were first so I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
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Fine Arts

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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SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Sinfonietta'

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present a concert titled "Sinfonietta" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in W.M. in Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Featured work is the "Sinfonietta" by composer and pianist Ingolf Dahl.

"This is one of the true masterworks for concert band," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands. "It is a three movement piece of serious music written in 1961 by a German composer who admired the compositions of Igor Stravinsky."

Two guest conductors will also be featured on the concert. Dr. David W. Campo, associate conductor of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, will conduct "Gone" by Texas composer Scott McAllister.

"This is a contemplative piece that captures feelings of grief and loss," Campo said.

Graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct the band in "Second Connecticut Regiment March" by David Reeves.

Rounding out the concert will be a fanfare for brass and percussion by French composer Florent Schmitt.
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SFA's student jazz ensembles prepare for final fall performance

The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, SFA's two student jazz ensembles, will perform their final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Ed and Gwen Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes, SFA's premiere jazz band under the direction of Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies, will perform a slate of exciting compositions that will "represent jazz dating back to Count Basie as well as some of the most cutting edge modern styles," according to Wurtz.

The Swingin' Axes will open its portion of the concert with Billy Byers' arrangement of "All of Me," as performed by Basie's band, and will close with a modern arrangement of Radiohead's "Bodysnatchers." Among the other works to be performed will be an arrangement of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream" and two movements of Mike Tomaro's "Nightowl Suite."

To open the concert, Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, will lead the Swingin' Aces with Bill Liston's "Blues to Begin With." Two Swingin' Aces students will be featured in the program. P.J. DeJesus, Lufkin junior, will perform Sammy Nestico's composition "Katy" on flugelhorn. Freshman Jonathan Bowers of Fort Worth will perform Nestico's arrangement of "God Bless The Child" on trombone.
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