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East Texas Historical Association Fall Meeting
All Day
Baker Pattillo Student Center

Latin American Studies
Speaker’s Series
Featuring Dr. Leslie Cecil

4 to 5 p.m.
Liberal Arts North, Room 142

Georgiana and Max Lale Lectures presented by the East Texas Historical Association
to feature Dr. Kenneth Brown

7:30 p.m.
Student Center, Grand Ballroom

SFA Gardens Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature
South Carolina Horticulturist
on Crinums

7 p.m.
Agriculture Building, Room 110

SAA Movie Series Presents
7 p.m. - "Toy Story"
9:30 p.m. - "Iron Man 2"

Core Assessment Reports
for Spring 2010

Constitution Day SGA Event
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Surfin' Steve Plaza

Ladyjack Volleyball
vs. Samford
10:30 a.m.
Houston, Texas

American Democracy Project
featuring James T. Worthen
Chief Justice of the Texas 12
Circuit Court of Appeals

11 a.m.
Student Center, Grand Ballroom

Ladyjack Volleyball
vs. Arkansas State

5 p.m.
Houston, Texas

SAA Movie Series Presents
7 p.m. - "Toy Story"
9:30 p.m. - "Iron Man 2"

Ladyjack Volleyball vs. Rice
3 p.m.
Houston, Texas

Lumberjack Football
at Northern Iowa

4:05 p.m.
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cross Country Brooks
Lumberjack Invitational

Nacogdoches, Texas

SFA Cheerleading Clinic
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Shelton Gym; HPE Complex

Ladyjack Soccer
vs. Texas Southern

1 p.m. HOME

Piney Woods Camerata
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Movie Series Presents
7 p.m. - "Toy Story"
9:30 p.m. - "Iron Man 2"

Managing Classroom Behavior; Promoting Student Success:
A Guide for Faculty and Staff
Monday, Sept. 20
3 p.m., Tiered Meeting Room
BPSC 2.201
Presented by Dr. Adam Peck

'The Wall' - Watch the movie, speak with the director

Wednesday, Sept. 22
7 to 9:30 p.m.
BPSC Movie Theater

Dr. Christoph Zuschlag presents
“Art in Germany Since the 1990 Political (Re)Unification”
Thursday, Sept. 23
5 p.m.
Liberal Arts North, Room 142 The event is free of charge
and open to the public

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 Thursday, Sept. 16



Mr. and Miss SFA award nominations due Nov. 1
Saving polar bears, one light switch at a time
SFA's Cole Audiology Lab offers hearing evaluations to SFA employees
Submit ODK SEE Leadership Conference presentation proposals
Campus Recreation offers swim lessons
East Texas Historical Association to hold annual meeting this week
Latin American Studies Speaker’s Series
Annual Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture Series tomorrow
Constitution Day activities this Friday
American Democracy Project to celebrate Constitution Day
Cheerleading clinic for children of all ages this Saturday
Register today for free conference on mental health, recovery and wellness
Student Activities Association offers movie slide advertisements
Service Learning Guide now available online
SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club schedules fall picnic
Lumberjack Battalion Reunion to be held Oct. 16
'Battle of the Piney Woods' football game information
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits

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Mr. and Miss SFA award nominations due Nov. 1

The deadline to nominate SFA seniors for the Mr. and Miss SFA honors is Monday, Nov. 1. Nomination forms are available online at www.sfaalumni.com and at the SFA Alumni Association office in the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center.

Nominations may come from faculty, staff members or from an officer of a student organization of which the nominee is a member. Selections are made by a committee of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Finalists will be contacted for interviews.

To be eligible, SFA seniors must have completed 90 credit hours, with 48 of those hours completed at SFA, and must have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average. Candidates also must be within 12 months of graduating from SFA and enrolled in the 2011 spring semester. Also, candidates must not have received this type of award from SFA or any other college or university.

The Mr. and Miss SFA title is an award presented each year by the SFA Alumni Association to exemplary students who well represent and promote SFA. Recipients are selected based on their scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities, citizenship and service and loyalty to the university.

The Mr. SFA Award was established in honor of the late Stan McKewen, a 1934 SFA graduate. The Miss SFA Award was established in honor of Arnodean Covin, who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.

The awards are scheduled for presentation at an SFA basketball game during the spring semester. For more information, contact Katy Crawford with the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407.


Saving polar bears, one light switch at a time

Last year, SFA college student Holley Gaskill had an idea to help save the planet (and the polar bears) from the plight of global warming. Inspired by the Dartmouth College’s “UnPlug, Or the Polar Bear Gets It” campaign which started in 2009, Gaskill wanted to start a similar energy-saving competition for residence halls at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) where she is majoring in international business.

Since coming up with the idea just last year, she received money for her project through the Student Government Association’s “Big Idea” scholarship (which awards funding for innovative student projects which better the campus), collaborated with several campus leadership groups and began fully implementing the Polar Bears on Parade project this fall. Can they reduce energy use by 15 percent from last year? The competition is on! More

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News & Announcements

The Cole Audiology Lab offers hearing evaluations to SFA employees, their families and the general public. Services include hearing evaluations for all ages, hearing aid fitting and repairs, earplugs for noise and swimming, and auditory processing evaluations. We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicaid. We're located in the Human Services Building, Room 202. Call x1252 for an appointment.

Omicron Delta Kappa and the Office of Student Affairs Programs invite faculty and staff to submit presentation proposals for the second annual ODK SEE Leadership Conference. The conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Program proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and can be submitted online. Presentation time slots will either be 25 or 50 minutes long.

The leadership conference is open to all students and will focus on sustainable leadership - skills that students can use while attending SFA and be useful after graduation. The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Elmore, author of the "Habitudes" book series that highlights values-based leadership skills. For more information contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1088


Looking for a great place this fall to teach your child to swim? We've got it! Campus Recreation is offering swim lessons beginning on Saturday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 23. Lessons will be held on Saturdays for six weeks between 9 a.m. and noon (times depend on swim levels). Each lesson will last 30 minutes in length.

This is a great way to get your child involved in aquatics. The fee for all six lessons is $35 per child. Please register at the Campus Recreation Administrative Office by Friday, Sept. 17. Participant space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Norris at (936) 468-3507 or dmnorris@sfasu.edu. For more information on this and other Campus Recreation programs, visit www.sfasu.edu/campusrec.

The East Texas Historical Association is holding its annual Fall Meeting from Thursday, Sept. 16, through Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. SFA students, faculty and staff are free to attend any of the seminars or lectures. Download the Fall Program now.
East Texas Historical Association will present the 14th Annual Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. Kenneth L. Brown of University of Houston. Brown’s address is titled “Finding Africa Under North American Soil: Historical Archaeology and the Development of African American Culture.”

The SFA Student Government Association invites all students to come out and celebrate our freedoms and rights on the 223rd anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Surfin' Steve plaza

SGA members will be conducting the "Great American Constitution Quiz" and entering students into a drawing for tickets to go see SFA vs. Sam Houston in the Battle of the Pineywoods on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. SGA members will also be giving out information with interesting facts about the constitution, allowing students to register to vote and distributing 223 red, white and blue balloons. So come out and celebrate our democracy and our most important document. For more information, please call SGA at (936) 468-3500.


The American Democracy Project at SFA is hosting an event Friday, Sept. 17, in celebration of Constitution Day.

James T. Worthen (in photo), Chief Justice of the Texas 12 Circuit Court of Appeals, will speak on the topic of "Your Role in What the Constitution Means" at 11 a.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center in the Grand Ballroom.

The SFA Small Coed Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheerleading clinic for children of all ages and talent levels Saturday, Sept. 18. Each participant will receive four hours of extensive training in jumping, motion technique, cheer dance and much more from some of the most talented cheerleaders in the nation. In addition to this training, each participant will take home their own SFA Cheer t-shirts! PLUS, at the end of the day, participants will perfom a short routine for their families! The clinic will be held on the SFA campus in the HPE Complex Shelton Gym. Cost is $45 per person, and registration begins at 9 a.m. Please contact Trisha O'Connor at (936) 468-1604 for registration forms and more details.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites people of all ages in the East Texas region to attend a free conference about mental health, recovery and wellness. The conference will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Stephen F. Austin State University and includes a free continental breakfast and lunch. Please sign up in advance to reserve a seat at the conference and lunch. Register online or by calling toll free 1-888-404-4336. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 24. Learn more about this event!

The 2010-2011 Service Learning Guide is now available to download from the Student Affairs Programs website. This document provides an overview of local community agencies with a wide variety of needs and opportunities for partnership on a service learning project, as well as guides to implementing service learning projects in the classroom. The guide is available online or by visiting the Student Affairs website and looking under the "Service Learning" header.


The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club will have its fall picnic on from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Liberty Hall. Dinner to be served at 5:30 p.m. We're going to celebrate this fall by enjoying the food and drinks of a traditional Oktoberfest.

The price of the picnic is FREE; however, donations will be accepted. Mark your calendar, make your reservation (see below), bring a colleague or friend and join us at the Oktoberfest. New faculty and staff members are especially welcomed.

The SFA Men's Faculty and Staff Club was started over 50 years ago with the goal of providing the men at SFA an opportunity to sit down and socialize with colleagues in a casual environment away from campus. There are only two meetings a year (fall and spring). Our only agenda is having a good time getting to know colleagues across campus and eating dinner. RSVP to next month's event at mludorf@sfasu.edu.

Stephen F. Austin State University vs. Sam Houston State
October 23, 2010, at 2 p.m.
Reliant Stadium in Houston

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

Sunday, Sept. 19
The Piney Woods Camerata, a conductor-less string ensemble led by the Stephen F. Austin State University string faculty, will present its fall concert 7:30 p.m.  Sunday, September 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The program will feature Boccherini’s Stabat Mater with vocal soloists, Dr. Jamie Weaver, alumna Monica Hamilton, and Dr. Bruce Fowler, and works by Handel and Corelli. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for students.


Monday, Sept. 20
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a free concert by the Brian Allen and Hernan Hecht Duo Monday, September 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. Allen, who writes his own music, is one of the greatest trombonists in the world, according to Dr. Deb Scott, SFA associate professor of trombone. He and percussionist Hecht perform regularly in Mexico and the United States, and are currently touring Texas as they promote their new album. “This will be unlike any other trombone concert you’ve ever heard,” Scott said. For more information, please call (936) 468-6407.

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art presents Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Cox joined the SFA art faculty in 2008, and this is his first solo show in Nacogdoches. The show includes grids composed of watercolors, linocuts or photographs and three types of panoramas. The show will run through Saturday, Oct. 2. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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.

the College of Fine Arts
September Calendar
Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407
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