If this message is not displaying properly, please view the online version.

Announcements | Fine Arts Calendar
This & That | Desktop Wallpaper
Submit a News Item | Archives

Today's Weather

78° High
Partly Cloudy

56° Overnight Low

This Week's Calendar

Counseling Services' Licensed Professional Counselors Cookies with the Counselors
2 to 4 p.m.
Rusk Building, Room 333

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)

6:30 & 10:30 p.m.
NacEdition – Local news
7:30 & 10 p.m.
Lumberjack Weekly

Ladyjack Volleyball
at UT-Arlington
7 p.m.
Arlington, Texas

SAA Movie Series Presents

7 p.m. - "Despicable Me"
9 p.m. - "Dinner for Schmucks"

SFA professor of piano Andrew Parr to present Miniature Masterpieces
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Ladyjack Tennis
Apache Invitational
All Day
Tyler, Texas

Grant Writing Seminar

2 to 3:30 p.m.
Steen Library, Wyatt Room
Please RSVP to x6606 or smcdaniel@sfasu.edu

Leadership Expert
Dr. Tim Elmore

3 p.m.
BPSC Tiered Classroom

Ladyjack Soccer
at Nicholls State
4 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

SAA Movie Series Presents

7 p.m. - "Despicable Me"
9 p.m. - "Dinner for Schmucks"

SFA Planetarium’s
new star show “Magellan: Report from Venus”

7 p.m.
Mathematics Building

SFA’s jazz bands, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces

7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

National Boss Day

Lumberjack Battalion Reunion

All Day

Ladyjack Tennis
Apache Invitational
All Day
Tyler, Texas

Lumberjack Football vs.
Central Arkansas

2 p.m. HOME

Ladyjack Volleyball
at Texas State

2 p.m.
San Marcos, Texas

Lumberjack Golf
Lone Star Invitational
All Day
San Antonio, Texas

Ladyjack Bowling
All Day
Arlington, Texas

Ladyjack Soccer at Southeastern Louisiana
1 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

SAA Movie Series Presents

7 p.m. - "Despicable Me"
9 p.m. - "Dinner for Schmucks"

“What Revolution Feels Like:
A Personal Account of Events Leading to the Fall
of the Berlin Wall”
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19
BPSC Movie Theater

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

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

Standard Wallpaper
News Item
for SFA Today

"SFA Today" is published by the Office of Public Affairs Monday through Friday (except for holidays). Items must be received by noon prior to the day of desired inclusion.

To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or e-mail sfatoday@sfasu.edu. The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas
Office of Public Affairs | ©2010



Headlines for Wednesday, Oct. 13



Author, leadership expert to speak Friday
Office decorating contest for Homecoming
Annual State Employee Charitable Campaign

Faculty, staff and department accomplishments
October CyberSecurity Newsletter now posted
Peer review article with at least one student last six months?
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, vote for Coach Harper
'SANS vLive! Future Trends in Network Security' webcast
'Cyber Security is Our Shared Responsibility' webcast
Phi Psi Phast this weekend
"France: Inside Out:" includes viewing of five French films
TEC Book Circle: McKeachie's Teaching Tips
'Battle of the Piney Woods' game information - Buy tickets online!
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
Download the October Fine Arts calendar

Author, leadership expert to speak Friday

Join the Teaching Excellence Center and Office of Student Affairs for an afternoon of fun and high energy with leadership expert Dr. Tim Elmore at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct.15, in the BPSC Tiered Classroom.

Elmore is president of Growing Leaders (GrowingLeaders.com) and has consulted with faculty and staff at universities nationwide on the topic of engaging students in the classroom in the age of Facebook. His work includes guidance in implementing classroom strategies to work with generational differences including Millennials, Gen X and Gen Y students.

Elmore is also the author of “Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes.” His message of self-leadership are the basis of the SFA Leadership Program including the Lumberjack Leadership Academy and Freshman Leadership.

The event will introduce attendees to the unique aspects of a wireless generation in our classrooms. The first 50 attendees to RSVP to Michael Preston, director of Student Affairs at mpreston@sfasu.edu will also receive his new book, “Generation iY.”

For more information call the Office of Student Affairs at (936) 468-1018 or e-mail Preston at mpreston@sfasu.edu.

Office decorating contest for Homecoming

Homecoming 2010 is around the corner, and we are excited to announce our office decorating contest is back and bigger than ever! We hope that you will help us make the theme "Lights, Camera, Axe 'em" come alive across SFA's campus.

Sign up to participate in one of the following three categories:
Small Office: 0-10 employees
Medium Office: 11-20 employees
Department: 21+ employees

Each category winner will be awarded a treat thanks of Aramark and of course, a bragging trophy. The judging criteria will be based on how well the theme is represented with bonus points for creativity and thinking outside the box!

To access an Office Decorating Registration form, please go to the SFA Homecoming website at www.sfasu.edu/studentaffairs/94.asp and click on Office Decorating Registration Form. Mail your completed form to the SFA Involvement Center, SFA Box 13021. For questions regarding office decorating, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.


Annual State Employee Charitable Campaign

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations. Last year SFA employees contributed more than $15,000 to various agencies across Texas. This year our goal is to raise $20,000.

SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff to donate to their favorite agency and nonprofit organizations through an annual campaign. There are two ways employees can give. You can make a one-time donation via cash, check or payroll deduction.

Your donations go to those agencies and nonprofit organizations that you designate.  You can contribute to causes that are near and dear to your heart. The minimum donation is $2.

The SECC will continue through Monday, Nov. 1. If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Gloria Montes at (936) 468-2188 or Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.


Residence Life student staff members Joshua Stewart, Amber Gibson, Wesley Kephart and Russell Cannon were awarded a "Top 5" program award at the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers RA Conference for student staff. The SFA Delegation presented "Lumberjack Wack" which allowed students to break through their fears, doubts and personal barriers that could hinder from fulfilling their highest potential. Over 40 programs were presented at the conference.

ITS Assistant Project Director Melinda Colby (pictured in red) received the D. Mark Barton Award for Leadership, which was presented by SunGard Education Technology Association and SunGard Higher Education. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and vision in SETA and SunGard Higher Education. The presentation of the award was made by Michelle Reed, senior vice president of marketing with SunGard Higher Education.
University staff from various departments across campus recently attended the SunGard Education Technology Association Conference in San Antonio. This conference provides attendees the opportunity to collaborate with other users of the Banner software and to attend sessions and presentations from these users on functionalities in Banner.

In addition to attending, presenting at the conference were Danny Duplechian, Jackie Vose, Kyley Houck, Rich Barnhart, Tristan Adams and Shawn Hardy (pictured). Presentations were based on the functional and technical aspects of Banner that have either been learned or enhanced over the past year of being on the software.

Information Technology Services
Sandy Turner, Melinda Colby, Ann Kendall, Rich Barnhart, Tristan Adams, Jackie Vose, Danny Duplechian, Shawn Hardy, Tracey Foster, Earl Forney and Paul Davis

Beth Smith, Denise Douglas, Sherri Bradford, and Deanna Martin

Registrar’s Office
Lynda Langham, Sabrina Delaney, Donna Burkett, and Teneka McMiller

Kyley Houck and Dalyce Franks

Human Resources
John Wyatt, Billie Baggett, Pam Peebles, and Beverly Kurys

Budget Office
Wini Turner and Debbie Sellman

Auditor's Office
David McFarland
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


October CyberSecurity Newsletter is now posted and can be accessed at www.sfasu.edu/itsecurity. This month's newsletter covers rogue/fake anti-virus malware. It answers the following questions:
• How can my system get infected?
• What is the impact from rogue anti-virus software?
• What can I do to protect my system?


If you have co-published a peer-reviewed article with at least one student in the last six months and you’d like to submit it, please contact Director of the School of Honors Michael Tkacik at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.

  Voting is now open for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year! Vote for SFA Coach J. C. Harper every day between now and Saturday, Dec. 4. The winning coach receives $50,000 for charity and $20,000 will be given the SFA Alumni Association. http://www.coachoftheyear.com

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Telecommunications & Networking Department will webcast "SANS vLive! Future Trends in Network Security"

Noon to 1 p.m. | Wednesday, Oct. 13
Human Services Building, Room 318

Malicious code and other attacks are increasing in intensity and the damage that they cause. With little time to react, organizations have to become more proactive in their security stance. Reactive security will no longer work. Therefore, organizations need to better understand what the future trends, risks and threats are so that they can be better prepared to make their organizations as secure as possible. This presentation covers security issues that are relevant to IT managers and administrators alike.


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Cyber Security is Our Shared Responsibility

1 to 2:30 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 14
Human Services Building, Room 318

The MS-ISAC is coordinating a joint webcast with DHS and NCSA, along with several other sector-specific ISACs to discuss strategies on how to promote cyber security awareness at all levels, including government, businesses and academia, with specific advice about how individuals and entities can be actively involved to help facilitate a safe Internet experience. The goal is to help raise cyber security awareness nationwide and empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness and help promote a safe Internet experience. This webcast is a must-attend for anyone who wants to know how they can protect themselves, their information and their organization from cyber threats.

  Phi Psi Phast
Begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15
Ends at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17
Across from Griffith Hall in Free Speech Area

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity will be fasting for 48 hours to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. T-shirts will be sold and donations will be taken during the event. All proceeds will be given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Brothers will be playing games and watching movies while camping out at the demonstration. Come out and see us!

Download event poster!

SFA and The French American Cultural Exchange Tournées Festival Present "France: Inside Out," which includes the viewing of five films showcasing the icons and marginalized of France. Admission is free! All films are spoken in French with English subtitles will be shown at 7 p.m. in the BPSC Movie Theater in the BPSC.

Schedule of Films

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Barbe bleue/ Bluebeard

TEC Book Circle
4 to 5 p.m. | Thursdays
Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2

Join us from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Teaching Excellence Center (TEC) Conference Room, second floor Steen Library, to discuss chapters in McKeachie's Teaching Tips (12th ed.). Its short chapters address topics such as class preparation, testing, cultural diversity, critical thinking and engaging students. Prior reading is recommended, but you can still benefit from our discussion without it. One faculty member is already implementing ideas from the first readings! Future circles are scheduled for Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2. Teaching circle leaders are William Forbes, geography, and Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, public administration. We hope to see you there!

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!


College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Season-Opening Concert
The Legacy of Howard Hanson

7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 12
W.M. Turner Auditorium

The program, which celebrates the legacy of one of America’s most influential composers, includes the music of Hanson as well as music by his star pupils Clifton Williams and Francis McBeth. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for SFA faculty/staff and $2 for students.


SFA professor of piano Andrew Parr to present Miniature Masterpieces
7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 14
Cole Concert Hall

He will perform Bela Bartok’s “Out of Doors Suite” and the 24 preludes of Frédéric Chopin. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for SFA faculty/staff and $2 for students.

College of Fine Arts and School of Music present a joint concert of
SFA’s jazz bands, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces

7:30 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 15
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Tickets for the always-popular concert are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for SFA faculty/staff and $2 for students.
Ron Raines and SFA's Orchestra of the Pines:
"Broadway, Movies and Classics"

7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 22
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Ron Raines, one of America’s leading Broadway artists and Nacogdoches native, will share the stage with SFA’s Orchestra of the Pines to present “Broadway, Movies and Classics” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert, which is a joint presentation of the SFA School of Music and Friends of Music, serves as a fund-raiser for the SFA Strings Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $50 each.
eighth blackbird "The Only Moving Thing"
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 26
W.M. Turner Auditorium

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present the Grammy Award-winning eighth blackbird in The Only Moving Thing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the 2010-2011 University Series. The kinetic program crackles with vivid theatricality as the musical sextet drives full-tilt into the agile and muscular world of five of today’s most prominent names in music and dance. Tickets range from $35 to $17.50, with discounts available for seniors, faculty/staff, students and youth. Visit www.eighthblackbird.com to learn more about the group and to hear their music.

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


When the gray exterior of the Presidential Mansion was painted white to cover the fire damage caused by British Forces in the War of 1812, the change in color brough along a change in name: the White House.

Excerpt from "Who Knew?"