SFA Homecoming 2015 celebration begins Oct. 30

Stephen F. Austin State University’s annual Homecoming celebration will be Friday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 1, in Nacogdoches.

The “Haunted Homecoming” weekend festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, with the SFA Alumni Association Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club, followed by the Back in Nac Social from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Liberty Bell Restaurant and Bar in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Homecoming Torchlight Parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the SFA “Surfin Steve” statue and end at the Intramural Fields for the bonfire, pep rally, fireworks show and Bart Crow Band concert.

Homecoming will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, with the Flap“Jack” Breakfast at Nacogdoches’ City Hall. The fifth annual Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K will be held in conjunction with the breakfast, also beginning at 8 a.m. in the parking lot behind SFA’s Schlief Tennis Complex.

This year’s Homecoming Parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Nacogdoches. Following the conclusion of the parade, all Homecoming festivities will move to Alumni Corner, located on the corner of Raguet and Hayter Streets, in front of the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center. Tailgating will begin at noon, and attendees also can partake in the 24th annual Duck Dash at the SFA Ag Pond. The race will begin at noon, and Ducks may be sponsored until Thursday, Oct. 29.

A special event at Homecoming this year will be the family-friendly Jack-O-Ween fall festival from noon to 2:30 p.m. also at the corner of Raguet and Hayter Streets. The Halloween-inspired event will include bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, magic, games, giveaways, and much more. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

Homecoming also will feature the fourth annual Homecoming Online Auction that will run through Sunday, Nov. 1, as well as the annual football game. The SFA Lumberjacks are scheduled to play the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Homer Bryce Stadium.

To purchase event tickets, benefit tickets and/or Duck Dash sponsorships, visit www.sfaalumni.com or the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center on SFA’s campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about Homecoming events, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com.

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October 26, 2015: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

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October 26, 2015: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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October 26, 2015: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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CONTACT: Greg Sowell
Police Department P.I.O.

With Halloween approaching this Saturday, parents and children who plan to trick-or-treat should be careful and safety-conscious.

Sgt. Greg Sowell, NPD Public Information Officer, offers the following safety suggestions that can help keep Halloween safe and fun for all.

⦁ Costumes should be flame retardant, and be decorated with reflective tape. If out after dark, a flashlight and cell phone should be carried.
⦁ Costumes should fit well, to prevent tripping. Masks should fit properly and not obstruct visibility.
⦁ Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of flexible plastic or other soft material.
⦁ An adult should always accompany young children. Children should WALK, never run, from house to house. Use sidewalks where possible.
⦁ Avoid crossing the street in the middle of the block, and walk facing oncoming traffic. Be careful going between parked cars.
⦁ Trick or Treaters should only go to homes of people they know, and who have porch lights on.
⦁ All treats should be inspected by an adult prior to consuming.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution, especially in residential areas Saturday evening.
The Nacogdoches Police Department will heavily patrol neighborhoods this weekend to monitor traffic and deter vandalism.

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New degree plan, minor expand SFA’s School of Human Sciences’ food, nutrition and dietetics program

During the past year, Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences’ food, nutrition and dietetics program has expanded its degree and minor options to meet the needs of the growing interest in nutrition and health.

Students can now choose from three focus areas within the food, nutrition and dietetics degree plan: dietetics courses with a registered dietitian focus, pre-professional courses with a registered dietitian focus, and food and nutrition courses with a non-registered dietitian focus. The dietetics and pre-professional focus areas are suited for students seeking to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. In addition, the pre-professional focus area helps prepare students who want to pursue a pre-professional degree and advance to medical, pharmacy, dental and other schools.

The food and nutrition courses with a non-registered dietitian focus area is the newest addition to the degree plan. This degree option allows students to choose courses specific to their career goals while developing skills in areas such as communication, marketing, management and health sciences.

Dr. Lynda Martin, director of the SFA School of Human Sciences, said this focus area is directed toward community-based professions.

“Students can take their passion, match it with nutrition and move forward to a fabulous career,” Martin said. “This degree allows students to do what they love.”

Dr. Darla O’Dwyer, dietetic internship director and associate professor, said this degree option is a great opportunity for students who love nutrition. She collects data on graduate employment and said that SFA students, who have recently graduated with this degree, have secured outstanding careers in the field.

SFA alumni have obtained jobs as a nutrition surveyor at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, an assistant food service director for Houston Independent School District, a representative for nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sales, and nutritionists for the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, to name a few. With this degree, students also can acquire careers in journalism, marketing, home health and more.

In addition to the new focus area, the program has implemented a new minor: nutrition in healthcare.

“With this new minor, we hope to attract students who might be majoring in biology, chemistry, or other sciences and also are interested in the field of nutrition,” O’Dwyer said. “What is unique about this minor is that students will learn how to practice effective communication skills, look at real-life scenarios from case-study applications, gain experience through participation in community outreach, and apply their biochemistry knowledge to health and disease.”

For more information, contact O’Dwyer at dodwyer@sfasu.edu or Martin at martinlj@sfasu.edu.

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SFA theatre students to present ‘The Boor’

Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed “The Boor” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Groves junior Caitlin Parker directs Anton Chekhov’s one-act drama about a widow in deep mourning and people around her who pretend to be more than they actually are.

After Mrs. Popov has been in mourning for seven months, her footman, Luka, advises her to give up her mourning and go out. While Mrs. Popov is denying Luka’s advice, landowner Smirnov arrives, asking her to pay the 1,200 rubles that her husband owed him, Parker explains.

“She refuses, leading to his rude behavior and an argument that leads to Smirnov proposing a duel,” Parker said. “In the midst of this, however, Smirnov has a change of heart, and, impressed by her boldness and beauty, he professes his love for the widow.”

The cast includes Groves junior Ashley Mouton as Mrs. Popov; Queens, New York, junior Elham Safi as Luka; and Lufkin sophomore Jacob Carr as Smirnov.

The production staff includes William Odom, Brownsboro junior, stage manager; Andy Bauerle, Conroe junior, scenic designer; Cloey Hammonds, Nacogdoches junior, costume designer; Brian Steele, Houston sophomore, lighting designer; Lane Davidson, Denton sophomore, sound designer; and TJ Davis, Beaumont junior, properties manager.

Faculty production advisor is Inga Meier.

Parker is a theatre major pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. “The Boor” is her first directing credit, but she has worked as a scenic designer, choreographer, projections designer and paint charge on various SFA productions. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in directing.

The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

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SFA film series to screen ‘Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation’

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation,” directed by Laura Archibald, is a feature-length documentary about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes, according to information at greenwichmusicdoc.com.

For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village reflect on how they collectively became the voice of a generation. Through poignant interviews, rare archival footage and new live performances, “Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation” tells a story about community, courage and most importantly, music, the website said.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly First Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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Madrigal Singers to perform music of Janequin, Rutter

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Madrigal Singers is a chamber group comprised of upper lever vocal music majors at SFA. The group is well known in the Nacogdoches area, particularly for many caroling concerts at Christmastime, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

Among the works on the program is “Le Chant des Oyseaux” (Song of the Birds) by the 16th century French composer Clément Janequin.

“This is from a unique category of songs called program chansons (French for songs),” King explained. “The driving force behind the program chanson was to depict actual life sounds, such as the sounds of war or street sounds. In this, arguably the most famous chanson, Janequin recalls the various bird calls.”

The Madrigal Singers will also perform “Birthday Madrigals” by modern English composer John Rutter.

“Rutter wrote a set of vocal jazz pieces entitled ‘Birthday Madrigals,’ which were based on texts by Shakespeare,” King said. “This set of songs was written to honor the great jazz pianist George Shearing.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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Meyer, Lloyd to perform solos with SFA Percussion Ensemble

Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty members Dr. Brad Meyer and Keith Lloyd will perform solos when the SFA Percussion Ensemble presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA and of the Percussion Ensemble, will play the steel pan on the premiere of Baljinder Singh Sekhon II’s “Passageways,” which utilizes the steel pan in new and different ways, including playing on the side and with wooden chopsticks.

Lloyd will perform on “Shadow Chasers,” an exciting piece by Michael Burritt for marimba soloist with percussion trio that is now considered a standard of the percussion world.

In “Passageways,” each section is a process-oriented progression of rhythm, pitch and timbre, according to its composer. The segments of this work can be heard as a string of transitions where each section serves as a passageway leading to the next.

In describing his piece “Shadow Chasers,” Burritt wrote of C.S. Lewis and the English author’s referencing one’s time on earth as the “Shadow Lands.”

“Many implications can be drawn from this metaphor,” Burritt wrote. “I have always considered myself, and most people, to be someone who chases after the thing of the Shadow Lands (a ‘Shadow Chaser’) rather than those of a higher calling. I too often look for rewards here instead of in my relationship with God. This is a battle I will constantly fight.”

Other pieces on the program are “Cyclone” by Jim Casella, “Catching Shadows” by Ivan Trevino, “Escape Velocity” by Dave Hall and “From In Contact” by David Skidmore.

Tickets for the recital are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

To learn more about the SFA Percussion Studio, visit/subscribe/”like” their online presence at:

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/SFAPS

• Website: www.Brad-Meyer.com/sfa

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