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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Oct. 29
Ladyjack Bowling at
Greater Ozark Invitational
All Day
Springfield, Miss.


SFA Children’s
Performing Arts Series
presents "Cinderella"

9:30 a.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

HOMECOMING EVENT
Sylvans Forestry Club
Lumberjack Day

Noon at Ag Pond

SFA Children’s
Performing Arts Series
presents "Cinderella"

12:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

HOMECOMING EVENT

Lumberjack Bash

6 to 7:30 p.m.
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Ladyjack Soccer
vs. Texas State

7 p.m. HOME

This weekend on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for
Suddenlink customers)

Friday 7 p.m & 10:30 p.m.  
Global Vision with
Oresta Felts Coordinator of International Programs
Topic – Sierra Leone with
guest Ricka  Mammah

7:30 & 10 p.m
Texas County Line
with Brad Maule

Saturday & Sunday
6 a.m. & 9 p.m.
Texas Parks and Wildlife


HOMECOMING EVENT
Torchlight Parade
Celebration

8:30 p.m.
Surfin' Steve

HOMECOMING EVENT
Torchlight Parade
9 p.m.
Surfin' Steve

HOMECOMING EVENT
Homecoming Bonfire
and Pep Rally

9:30 p.m.
Intramural Fields


Saturday, Oct. 30
Ladyjack Bowling at
Greater Ozark Invitational
All Day
Springfield, Miss.

HOMECOMING EVENT
Homecoming Parade
10 a.m.
Downtown Nacogdoches

HOMECOMING EVENT
Alumni Picnic
11:30 a.m.
Lumberjack Alley

HOMECOMING EVENT
Duck Dash
Noon
Lumberjack Alley

HOMECOMING EVENT
Lumberjack Football
vs. Texas State

2 p.m.

Ladyjack Volleyball
vs. Texas State

6 p.m. HOME


Sunday, Oct. 31
Ladyjack Bowling at
Greater Ozark Invitational
All Day
Springfield, Miss.

Ladyjack Soccer
vs. UT San Antonio

1 p.m. HOME

Scott Roeder
guest tuba recital

6 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Upcoming Events
"France: Inside Out"
Film Festival showing of
"Barbe bleue/ Bluebeard"

7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
BPSC Movie Theater

TEC Book Circle Dates
4 to 5 p.m. | Thursdays
Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2 in the Teaching Excellence Center
(TEC) Conference Room,
second floor Steen Library

Art Day at SFA
Friday, Nov. 5
Contact School of Art office
for more information

Lecture by best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza
7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
BPSC Grand Ballroom

SFA Showcase Saturday Dates
Saturday, Nov. 13
Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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Ladyjacks win Southland Championships
For Platt and Watkins, fishing is all in the family
Group prepares to unveil program
AARC: 'We're #2!'
Faculty accomplishments

Homecoming T-shirts $10
State Employee Charitable Campaign ends Monday
Faculty, staff picnic slated for Tuesday
SFA Early Childhood Lab to host book fair next week
Faith and Trauma: Light in Darkness Conference Nov. 5
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer celebration
Best-selling author to visit SFA campus
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits


Ladyjacks win Southland Championships

The Stephen F. Austin State University Ladyjack cross country team made history Thursday with a dominant performance at the Southland Conference Championships. SFA put four runners in the top seven of the race to win the team championship with a score of 34 points. The next-best point total was UT Arlington's 78. With the win, the Ladyjacks now have more Southland Conference titles - six - than any other league program. More

 

For Platt and Watkins, fishing is all in the family

When the sun rises on Lake Sam Rayburn this morning, two members of the Stephen F. Austin State University Bass Fishing Team will be on the water competing for one of the Top 5 spots in the Texas Division Regional Championship.

Blaze Platt, sophomore, and Ryan Watkins, senior, were selected to compete in the regional championship after placing in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Division event on Toledo Bend in June. Fishing has been part of both young men's lives since before each can remember, and the decision to attend SFA was an easy one, they said. More

 

Group prepares to unveil program

Children and families who attend Scare on the Square this weekend will receive more than just tricks or treats. Employees from the Nacogdoches County United Way and Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Early Childhood Services have banded together to bring the Born Learning program to Nacogdoches, and it will be unveiled Saturday night at Scare on the Square. More

 

AARC: 'We're #2!'

At the Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC), we like to tout “We’re #2!”  We know that the professor is the #1 resource for students. We champion the interaction between professor and student outside of class in three ways:

1) Training for students in appropriate behavior with a professor. We call this training the “How to Tick-Off Your Professor Workshop” which is based on a survey with SFA professors. If you teach an SFA 101 class, please schedule this workshop for your students (Choose "Stupid Studying" from drop down).

2) Space for professors to hold office hours with multiple students. Many math faculty are conducting some of their office hours at the Math Walk-in Table. If you would like to use one of our tables or rooms for conferencing with students, please e-mail M.E. McWilliams.

3) SI Groups that develop a mentoring relationship between professor and SI Leader. SI serves many purposes, one of which is the professor’s development of the scholarship and leadership of his or her SI Leader. If you think your class would benefit from an SI Group, e-mail Annette James.

We appreciate all feedback from professors!



Accomplishments

John Dahmus, history, presented "Preaching the Gospel in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century German Sermons" at the International Seminar on Pre-Reformation Theology, which was held at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. The research shows that, contrary to charges made in the early Reformation, the Gospel was indeed preached in fifteenth-century Germany. In fact, in at least one convent in Reformation Germany, the nuns argued vociferously that they already followed the Word of God, and they adamantly refused to join the Lutheran movement. Luther argued that fifteenth-century Germans had not heard the Word of God in part because they did not have his understanding  of justification by faith. But he also put a heightened emphasis on the lay state in contrast to the state of monks and nuns.

News & Announcements

Homecoming T-shirts $10
Purchase your 2010 SFA Homecoming Shirts for $10 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Ticket Office, SFA's Barnes and Noble Bookstore or Jack Backers College Bookstore located on North Street.
   
 

Just a reminder the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations deadline is at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. Last year SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 to various agencies across Texas. This year our goal is to raise $20,000. If you need assistance or additional forms, please contact Gloria Montes at (936) 468-2188 or Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723. Thank you for your interest in our SECC campaign.

   

Come Kick up Your Heels
at the
Faculty/Staff Picnic


4 to 6 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 2
Juanita Curry Boynton House | 505 East Starr

BPSC Twilight Ballroom if inclement weather.

   

The Early Childhood Lab will be hosting a book fair beginning Monday, Nov. 1, until Friday, Nov. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 pm. PTO night is Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Come join the fun and help promote the most powerful skill of all, READING!!

   
  Faith and Trauma: Light in Darkness Conference
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 5
Baker Pattillo Student Center | Cost: $30 before Oct. 25

A conference to bring together health, education, social scientists, social service professionals, pastors, public officials and researchers in the Nacogdoches area to explore the relationship among issues of faith, the victim’s concept of God and one’s ability to deal with the long-term effects of trauma. Learn more!

   
  Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer celebration
Lectures by Dr. Ben Shoulders
Noon | Friday, Nov. 5 | Math Building, Room 126
3:30 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 5 | Chemistry Building, Room 106

The Department of Chemistry will be celebrating the acquisition of its new JEOL 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer by hosting two lectures by Dr. Ben Shoulders, Director of the University of Texas NMR Laboratory. The noon lecture will be a technical presentation on “Using NMR Relaxation Time as an Alternative to X-Ray Crystallography." The second lecture will be for a more general audience. Its topic is “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): How does it work and what can you see?” Light refreshments will be served prior to the general presentation at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Anthony Duben at (936) 468-1568 or dubenaj@sfasu.edu.
   
Office of International Programs to host a lecture by
Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza

7 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 10
Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center

The topic of D'Souza's speech is "Islam and Christianity Amidst International Turmoil: Is Religion to Blame?" D'Souza recently was named president of King's College in New York City and continues to write best-selling books, tour the lecture circuit and participate in debates. More

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series
presents "Cinderella"

9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 29
W.M. Turner Auditorium

This crowd-pleasing original musical retells the classic story of the mistreated serving girl who gets her prince—in spite of her step-mother and step-sisters—with the help of her Fairy Godmother and a perfectly fitting glass slipper. Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more.
 
Scott Roeder, guest tuba recital
6 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 31
Cole Concert Hall

The recital is a part of the SFA School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. Professor of tuba at the University of Texas-Pan American Roeder, who has won or placed in several regional and international tuba competitions, will perform works that illustrate the technical, lyrical and melodic possibilities of the tuba. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 

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.
 
Ongoing Exhibition
Message from Siberia
, which includes 25 works on paper by four nationally and internationally known Siberian artists, is currently being exhibited in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. 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 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.
   
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Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
website
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

Sept. 18, 1923, Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College opens on the Nacogdoches High School campus on Washington Square including the Old University Building.

Registering on the first day were 270 students paying $12 tuition for the semester. Historian Lois Foster Fitzhugh (later Blount) was the first of 24 faculty members hired.

The office of Dr. A.W. Birdwell, the university’s first president, was located in a temporary building known as “The Shack” built by Nacogdoches citizens. The Shack also houses the administration, the library, the registrar’s office and even the sports equipment.

On the evening of SFA’s opening day, faculty and staff celebrate Birdwell’s 50th birthday with cake.