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Ladyjack Golf
ORU Shootout
All Day
Tulsa, Okla.

Lumberjack Golf
Wolfpack Classic
All Day
Tahoe, Nevada

SFA Design Center

Integra Showcase
1 to 3 p.m.
Human Sciences South
Room 104

Study abroad to Germany and Belgium interest meeting
4 p.m.
Liberal Arts North, Room 102

Global Gateway: Mexican Culture Presentation
BPSC, Tiered Meeting Room

Fall Career Fair
1 until 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Baker Pattillo Student Center

Ladyjack Volleyball at
Sam Houston State
7 p.m.
Huntsville, Texas

Ladyjack Softball vs.
Angelina College
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches, Texas

National Depression
Screening Day

2 to 6 p.m.
Human Services Telecommunications
Building Lobby

SFA Men's Faculty and
Staff Club fall picnic

3 to 8 p.m. at Liberty Hall
RSVP mludorf@sfasu.edu

SAA Movie Series Presents

7 p.m. - "The Last Airbender"
9:15 p.m. - "Twilight: Eclipse"

Cross Country
Florida State Invitational
Tallahassee, Florida

Grant Writing Seminar

2 to 3:30 p.m.
Steen Library, Wyatt Room

Ladyjack Soccer vs. Lamar
7 p.m.
SFA Soccer Complex

SAA Movie Series Presents

7 p.m. - "The Last Airbender"
9:15 p.m. - "Twilight: Eclipse"

SFA University Women’s Club presents
Southern Impressions

9:30 a.m.
Shelly’s Bakery
112 N. Church Street

Ladyjack Softball

1 p.m.
Nacogdoches, Texas

Ladyjack Volleyball vs Southeastern Louisiana
2 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Lumberjack Football at
McNeese State

7 p.m.
Lake Charles, La.

Ladyjack Soccer vs.
McNeese State
1 p.m.
SFA Soccer Complex

Ladyjack Softball
Paris JC DH

1 p.m.
Nacogdoches, Texas

SAA Movie Series Presents

7 p.m. - "The Last Airbender"
9:15 p.m. - "Twilight: Eclipse"

Lumberjack Battalion Reunion
Saturday, Oct. 16
All Day

SFA vs. Sam Houston State
Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.
Reliant Stadium in Houston

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Headlines for Tuesday, Oct. 5




SFA's 'Almost, Maine' a 'perfect date show'
Stone Fort Museum receives funding for demonstration garden, workshops
Author to speak about travels to Mexico, discoveries about herself
Career Week begins today
Eleven Faculty Research Grants awarded
Katharine Brooks' Thursday lecture canceled
National Depression Screening Day Oct. 7
Grant writing seminars offered during October
'Battle of the Piney Woods' football game information - Buy tickets online!
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
Download the October Fine Arts calendar

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SFA's 'Almost, Maine' a 'perfect date show'

Character development is an integral part of any actor's preparation for a production, but each of the six SFA theatre students cast in John Cariani's "Almost, Maine" has spent the past five weeks developing three or four characters.

SFA Professor of Theatre Allen Oster said the multiple roles pose particular challenges, but the cast is doing a good job of creating distinctions between their portrayals of the citizens of a small mythical town in Northern Maine.

Cariani's romantic comedy, which the SFA School of Theatre will open on Tuesday, Oct. 5, consists of nine vignettes that show all sorts of couples falling in and out of love, explained Dallas senior Margaret Lewis, who portrays an ex-girlfriend, a wife and a girlfriend. More


SFA Stone Fort Museum receives funding
for demonstration garden, workshops

The Stone Fort Museum at Stephen F. Austin State University has received funding for two upcoming projects: the Camino Real de los Tejas Demonstration Garden and Wayside Exhibit, and the Camino Real Education Workshop Series.

The projects will support education and interpretation of the National Historic Trail and are funded by the National Trails Intermountain Region of the National Park Service. These grants are funded through the Challenge Cost Share Program.

The Camino Real Demonstration Garden and Wayside Exhibit will interpret the native and introduced vegetation utilized by travelers along the Camino Real and incorporated into their communities in the Northern Borderlands of East Texas, according to Carolyn Spears, Stone Fort Museum curator. More


Author to speak about travels to Mexico,
discoveries about herself

Join book author Stephanie Griest while she speaks about the content of her book titled, "Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the BPSC, Regents Suite A, B. The event is free. Book copies will be available for purchase and Griest will be signing her book afterward.

Growing up in a half-white, half-brown town and family in South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest struggled with her cultural identity. Upon turning 30, she ventured to her mother’s native Mexico to do a little root-searching and improve her “Tarzan Lite” Spanish.

She stumbled upon a burgeoning social movement that shook the nation to its core. "MEXICAN ENOUGH" chronicles her journey, from the narco-infested border town of Nuevo Laredo to the highlands of Chiapas. She investigates the murder of a prominent gay activist, sneaks into prison to meet with resistance fighters, rallies with rebels in Oaxaca and interviews scores of migrant workers and the families they were forced to leave behind.

Travel companions include a Polish thief, a border patrol agent and a dominatrix. Part memoir, part journalistic reportage, "MEXICAN ENOUGH" illuminates how we cast off our identity in our youth, only to strive to find it again as adults—and the lessons to be learned along the way.

This event is hosted by Organization of Latin Americans (OLA), The SFA English Department & The Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.


Career Week events

All faculty and staff are welcome to join Career Services for Career Week October 4-8! We hope you will encourage your students to attend all career-related events, especially the 2010 Fall Career Fair as it is a great opportunity for those students seeking internships or full-time employment! See below for a list of Career Week events or click here for even more information!

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Workshop: How to Successfully Navigate a Career Fair
Presented by Dustin Laroux of Enterprise-Rent-A-Car

BPSC 2.202
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 6


BPSC Grand Ballroom
1 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8

T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness I Followed-up)
Assistance in writing thank you notes to employers and free thank you cards while supplies last.

Rusk Building
Third Floor Lobby
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Eleven Faculty Research Grants were awarded for academic year 2010-2011 through the university's Research Enhancement Program. Click here to see a list of the recipients.
Conference presentation? Book published? Attended a conference? Received an award? We want to know about your accomplishments, so fill out SFA Today's online form!

News & Announcements

  To be rescheduled. Katharine Brooks' Thursday lecture "Making the Transition from College to Career for Liberal Arts Majors" and Friday adviser workshop have been postponed. Personal matters prevent Brooks from coming to SFA at this time. Both events will be rescheduled for the spring semester.

National Depression Screening Day (NDSD)
2 to 6 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 7
Human Services Telecommunications Building lobby

The Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation & Counseling Programs will offer free anonymous depression screenings in recognition of National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). Screenings will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the lobby of the Human Services Telecommunications Building. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services. For more information, please call the SFA Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.


Grant Writing Seminars
2 to 3:30 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 15
Steen Library, Wyatt Room

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be offering Grant Writing Seminars. Oct. 8 Seminar: Overview - SFA proposal submission procedures and searching for funding, proposal components and tips. Oct. 15 Seminar: Budgets - Overview of the elements of a proposal budget. Please RSVP to x6606 or smcdaniel@sfasu.edu.

Stephen F. Austin State University
vs. Sam Houston State
j2 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 23
Reliant Stadium in Houston
Purchase tickets online!

Tickets for the game remain on sale through the SFA Ticket Office. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased by calling (936) 468-JACK or toll free (800) 775-3358. Read more about this event!
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College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

SFA School of Theatre to present
John Cariani’s Almost, Maine

7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Saturday, Oct.9
W. M. Turner Auditorium

Set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, this 2004 comedy has broken box office records and made “Ten Best” lists all across the country. It explores the mysteries of the human heart through a series of vignettes in which the town’s residents fall in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways, explained SFA professor Allen Oster, the play’s director. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and SFA faculty/staff.


Guest artist recital with Ellen Johnson
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 5
Cole Concert Hall

Ellen Johnson is an adjunct professor of flute at Concordia University in Austin. The recital is a part of the SFA School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. Johnson will perform on a Baroque flute, called a traverso, as well as the modern flute. Joining her on stage will be SFA Assistant Professor of flute Christina Guenther and SFA accompanist Geneva Fung on piano and harpsichord. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for SFA faculty/staff and $2 for students.


SFA School of Music to present cellist Evgeni Raychev and
pianist Ron Petti in “Celliloquy” in a faculty recital

7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 7
Cole Concert Hall

The recital will feature works by Robert Schumann, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth, as well as pieces from the standard cello repertoire. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for SFA faculty/staff and $2 for students.


SFA School of Art to open
Message From Siberia with Reception

6 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 8
The Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches

The exhibition includes 25 works on paper by four nationally and internationally known Siberian artists. The show, which is one half of an art exchange between the SFA School of Art and the current director of the Moscow Bienale, will run through Tuesday, Nov. 23. Admission to the opening and gallery is free. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call (936) 468 1131.


“A Piney Woods Home Companion: The Sequel”
6 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 9
Grand Ballroom, BPSC

Celebrities, barbecue, a variety show and silent auction are all part of the scholarship fund-raiser, “A Piney Woods Home Companion: The Sequel,” presented by the SFA Music Preparatory Division at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the SFA Grand Ballroom. Patterned after Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” the event will be emceed by former daytime television star Brad Maule, and the hilarious script that spoofs East Texas will feature music by Hollywood composer and lyricist John Dickson. Cost is $50. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 6.


Ongoing Exhibition

Recent works of art in a variety of media are on display in the SFA Faculty Exhibition in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The always-popular annual exhibition, which includes works by the SFA studio art faculty, enables East Texans to see the vast pool of talent within the school. The show runs through Saturday, Oct. 30.  Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

Ongoing Exhibition

Fired Up: Three Regional Artists Take a Contemporary Look at Clay
is being exhibited in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus through Friday, Nov. 12. The exhibition brings together new works by some of the best clay sculptors in Texas and Louisiana: Ken Baskin of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., Barbara Frey of Texas A&M Commerce, and Janet Kastner of the University of Texas at Austin. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
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