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Friday, October 31, 2014

What the Battle of the Piney Woods Means to a Lumberjack

When you Google, "Battle of the Piney Woods 2014", this is this first thing you will see...

To a Lumberjack, that description doesn't even scratch the surface.

For current SFA students, "Battle of the Piney Woods" begins on Friday!
After waiting for your friends to get out of their Friday morning class, you pack your bag for the three day mini road trip with your friends. You're sure to cram one-too-many people in the backseat, mostly because you are all splitting the gas money.

But although you're sitting crooked the entire two and half hours, the car ride will be some of the most memorable hours of your life!
When you get to Houston on Friday night, you have two options: to explore Houston with your posse or to gather your strength for the next day. Both options are respectable!

Before you know it, its game day! You wake up with the same feeling you used to get on Christmas morning. After deciding on the best purple piece in your closet, you get to tailgate as fast as you can!
The best part about tailgate is that it is like someone picked up all the friends you'd normally see at the AG Pond at SFA and moved them to the parking lot of Reliant Stadium.
You'll also do your best to make really good friends with some SFA Alumni, because you know they have plenty of food and drinks to share!

Photo by: SFA Alumni Association

It goes unsaid that the Battle of the Piney Woods game is awesome in every way. There is nothing like watching your beloved team rush a football field that the pros play on, and when you win (like we will) the feeling is oh so sweet.

You spend your entire Sunday sharing stories, recapping the game, and looking at your phone full of pictures from the weekend you will never forget!

For SFA Alumni, "The Battle of the Piney Woods" begins (after 5pm) on Friday! It is one of the most anticipated weekends of your year, because Battle of the Piney Woods immediately reminds you just how amazing it was to be a college student at the best university in Texas!

Just like the students, Lumberjack Alumni will wake up with the same butterfly feeling in their stomach (debatably even more intense)! Many get to reunite with fellow Lumberjacks they haven't seen in years! "Who's married?" "Who has kids?" "Remember than one time at SFA when we (insert awesome story)!?"
Photo by: SFA Alumni Association

As an alumni, you'll bring out your biggest tent and enough tailgating food to feed a small army. Your really fun alumni friends will bring their RVs and you'll feel like a saint, now that you're able to give back to the young Lumberjacks.

The game is undeniably awesome because you're sitting in comfortable seats with a fantastic view and no matter the final score, you will always be a tried-and-true fan. You'll probably even find yourself getting so emotionally invested in the game, that you have to mentally talk yourself down. It happens to the best of them.

As Monday rolls around, your sleep schedule will be a little off, being that you found yourself up late with old friends... similar to how you did in college! But no matter how tired you are, every moment of the weekend was worth it!

So, Moral of the story? Google wasn't necessarily wrong, but they definitely weren't right!

For more information about The Battle of the Piney Woods and how you can get tickets to the big game, visit www.sfajacks.com!

Axe Em Jacks!
Erika Bazaldua
Senior Mass Communication

Monday, October 27, 2014

Homecoming 2014: "SFAirytale"

It was a big Homecoming weekend here at SFA and we have the pictures and videos to prove it!
After a full week of Homecoming fun, Friday night kicked off with an always gorgeous bonfire. Country Singer Bart Crow performed for our Lumberjacks just as the bonfire fireworks show came to a close. The entire night had every Lumberjack excited for a huge Saturday!
Saturday morning in downtown began with a delicious "Flap Jack Breakfast" and a Homecoming parade the whole Nacogdoches community celebrates! Students and community organizations walked proudly alongside huge trucks and decorated floats.
When the parade concluded, the spirited crowd moved from the downtown brick roads to Homer Bryce stadium for one of the biggest Football games of the season! Alumni and students filled the tailgating areas as they prepped for the favored Homecoming game and our boys didn't disappoint! The SFA Lumberjacks won 27-17 against Southeastern Louisiana (ranked 8th in the FCS).
It was a great weekend to be a Lumberjack!
Next week, the Lumberjacks take on our rivals at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Tx, Sam Houston State University.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Schedule a Saturday Tour with the SFA Jack Walkers

Houston Seniors (left to right) Madeline and Hollan posing at Surfin' Steve after their SFA campus tour. (Photo by: Erika Bazaldua) 
Houston Seniors, Madeline and Hollan, visited campus this past Saturday for a tour before the big SFA football game. The two ladies were just a couple of the many prospective students and parents on campus for a tour! Just like during weekly tours, visiting students are able to see inside campus buildings, visit the library, recreation center, see inside a real freshmen residence hall, and even speak one-on-one with an SFA Admissions counselor!

These two girls got a special peak inside several of the classrooms at SFA's Early Childhood Lab and were blown away by what that amazing part of our school has to offer. Madeline plans on studying elementary education at SFA and left the building excited for a possible future in elementary studies.
Hollan expressed, "Where was all of this cool stuff whenever I was in elementary school!?"

If you are student with a limited number of "college visit days"or it's difficult for mom and dad to get off work during the work week... that's okay! Saturday Tours at SFA is our way to get you on campus at a convenient time for your schedule. Be sure to call our office to sign up for a spot on either our 10:30am or 12pm tours. Slots are filling up fast, so pencil us into your calendar as soon as possible! You won't regret it!

Axe Em Jacks!
Erika Bazaldua 
Senior Mass Communication

Thursday, October 2, 2014

23 Reasons Why We Love October at SFA

Spring 2014 SFA Jack Walkers (Photo By: Erika Bazaldua)
As we roll into the month of October, our excitement is spilling over! SFA features a number of traditions, festivals, and activities for the students and community members during the month of October and you definitely don't want to miss out. Below are 23 reasons why the Jack Walkers love October at SFA. Think about how amazing it would be if you lived here year round!?

  1. Mid-Semester - When Lumberjacks axe their mid-terms!
  2. Home Games - Football, Volleyball, and any SFA team that plays at home! 
  3. Lots of Tours On Campus  - Be sure to call ahead! Our tour slots fill up fast! 
    Jack Walkers Jermaine Merritt and Nick Terrell 
  4. SFA Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale - Even if you don't have a garden, this is an event people all over the state attend!
  5. Chris Young & (SFA Alumni) Big Joe Walker Concert - We are packing the coliseum for a night of country music you'd see playing in a "big" city! 
  6. No more humidity! - Goodbye summer! See ya next year! 
  7. 5Ks Galore! - If you're an athlete, you'll love Saturday mornings in Nac. Every weekend in October there are plenty of 5Ks to choose from. You'll be running through gorgeous piney wood trails and helping out some amazing charities. 
  8. Piney Woods Fair - State Fair of Texas and the Houston Rodeo doesn't compare to the good ol' Piney Woods Fair in Nacogdoches. Bring your best friends out for a night of small town fun, perfect for a college budget . 
  9. Trees Turning Colors On Campus - It is safe to say we have the most beautiful campus in the nation. 
  10. Fall clothing! - Time to bring out our favorite SFA sweatshirts and jackets that have been patiently waiting in our closets!
  11. Live Music in Downtown Nac -  Sing and dance your boots off at downtown locations like Liberty Bell and Banita Creek Hall, during musical performances by local and famous artists.  
  12. Homecoming Bonfire - You may have "bonfired" before, but you have never done it like this. Join the entire school as we light the biggest bonfire you'll ever see at the intramural fields, all while enjoying the sounds of country music and the sight of gorgeous fireworks! We know how to prep for Homecoming at SFA!
  13. Downtown Homecoming Parade - The morning of Homecoming all the students of the university join with the community of Nacogdoches for the biggest parade of the year! Many of our Jack Walkers are featured in it every year! 
    Jack Walkers who stood on floats during Homecoming Parade 2013.
  14. Homecoming Football Game - Have we mentioned we love Homecoming? 
  15. One Month Away from the Battle of the Piney Woods - After Homecoming wraps up, our Lumberjacks start to get mentally prepared for our rival game against Sam Houston State University at Reliant Stadium in Houston. 
  16. Getting Closer to Showcase Saturday - This year's Showcase Saturday is on November 15th! This will be our only open-house event this fall, so make sure you're here for it! 
  17. SFA's Cole Performing Arts Series - For our music and arts appreciation students, check out our School of Music and their incredible list of shows they have during the month of October. 
  18. Scary Movies at the SAA Movie Theatre - Have you heard about our $2 Movie Theatre? Watch all your favorite scary movies during the month of October at a not-so-scary price!
  19. Local Haunted Houses - We are not short of Haunted Houses in East Texas! In fact, we think they are the scariest! 
  20. Ghost Tours of Nacogdoches - Ghost enthusiasts unite! Ghost tours of Nac will have your mind blown!
  21. Halloween - Remember: When in doubt, go for the Lumberjack or Ladyjack costume. You can never go wrong. 
  22. J-Walker Applications Out For Students To Apply - Ever wanted to change lives like the Jack Walkers? Pick up an application today in the Admissions office and you just might be the next addition to our amazing team! 
  23. And last but not least... October is another month we are Lumberjacks at the best university you could possibly choose! 

Axe Em Jacks!
SFA Senior Mass Communication