SFA’s Homecoming Nov. 4 through 6
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Oct. 25, 2016


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The annual Stephen F. Austin State University Homecoming celebration begins Friday, Nov. 4, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 6. This year’s theme is “Life, Liberty and Lumberjacks.” 


The weekend festivities start at 11 a.m. Friday with the SFA Alumni Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club. The entry fee is $150 and includes tournament play, golf cart, refreshments, box lunch and post-tournament hors d’oeuvres.


The fifth annual Homecoming online auction runs through Nov. 6. Visit www.biddingforgood.com/sfahomecoming to view and bid on your favorite items. Some items up for bids include Clint Dempsey signed sports memorabilia, a chair from the 2016 NCAA tournament, a custom SFA Yeti cooler, destination getaways and travel packages, artwork, jewelry, gift cards, unique SFA items, sports tickets, autographed sports memorabilia and more.


The Homecoming Friday evening festivities begin with a Lumberjack basketball exhibition game at 6:30 p.m. against Huston-Tillotson University in Johnson Coliseum. The Torchlight Parade follows at 8:30 p.m. beginning at the SFA statue, “Surfing Steve,” and concludes at the intramural fields where the bonfire, pep rally, fireworks and David Nail concert will be held. Representatives from the SFA Alumni Association will be in attendance distributing free 3-D fireworks glasses from the alumni tent.


The fun resumes Saturday morning with the Flap “Jack” Breakfast prepared by members of the Nacogdoches Kiwanis Club from 8 to 10 a.m. in the lobby of Commercial Bank in downtown Nacogdoches. 


Children can decorate their flapjacks with special toppings, receive coloring books and have their photo taken with the SFA Lumberjack and Ladyjack mascots and other members of the SFA spirit teams. Flapjacks are free to participants in the Homecoming 5K. The cost is $6 per person for those not participating in the run. 


The seventh annual Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K begins at 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center. Pre-registration is available online at www.active.com


The Homecoming Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. in downtown Nacogdoches where onlookers will line the streets to watch colorful-themed floats and pageantry, and listen to music.


After the parade, the action moves to Alumni Corner (junction of Hayter and Raguet Streets) beginning at noon for pre-game tailgating. Admission to Alumni Corner is free for Alumni Association members and $15 for non-members. Entry for children ages 10 and under accompanied by an adult is $5 and for children 5 years old and younger is free. 


Alumni Corner will again feature the Suddenlink “Bundle U” Viewing Lounge, live entertainment sponsored by Premier Kia, Lumberjack-themed tailgate food, games and the second annual Fall Fest where children can enjoy a bounce house, face stickers, hair painting and other fun festivities for free. The first 100 children to attend the Fall Fest will receive a “Future SFA Alumni” T-shirt. The Fall Fest is sponsored by Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry.


Benefit drawing tickets will be sold at Alumni Corner until 2 p.m. for $100. The winner of the benefit ticket drawing will receive $5,000 to apply toward the scholarship of his/her choice. Ticket purchases are tax deductible; however, tickets other than the winning ticket cannot be designated to a specific scholarship.


Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will race at the Ag Pond at 1 p.m. for more than $1,750 in prizes during the 26th annual Duck Dash. Proceeds from the Duck Dash benefit the SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund administered by the SFA Alumni Association. Ducks may be sponsored for $5 each or six ducks for $25. Ducks may be sponsored until Nov. 4. 


The highlight of Homecoming weekend is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium when the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Bears of the University of Central Arkansas. General admission tickets are $12 and available by calling (936) 468-JACK, online at www.sfajacks.com or at the gate on game day. 


For more information about Homecoming events, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com/events. Event and benefit tickets and Duck Dash sponsorships may be purchased online at www.sfaalumni.com/events or in person Mondaythrough Friday at the Pearman Alumni Center on the SFA campus.


The SFA Alumni Association would like to thank the following Homecoming event sponsors: Liberty Mutual, Premier Kia, KTRE, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, University Rental, Suddenlink, Party ’N Things, First Bank & Trust East Texas, XETX Business Solutions, Lettermen’s Association, Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry, Simpson Real Estate, Olivia King-Realtor; Nacogdoches CVB, Nacogdoches Kiwanis Club and Heritage Texas Properties, Natalee Kelaher.


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JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce



A Former Golddigger Who Toured Vietnam with Bob Hope, Michelle Dellafave Performs for Veterans
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The young entertainer looked out from the helicopter at the endless expanse of green.


“My gosh, we’re going out to the jungle.  All of a sudden, we’d see all of those soldiers crowded into one space, waiting for us.  It was hotter than hell.  A giant rush of emotions and excitement.  Wanting to do a good job.  We opened up the world to them.  The injured who could attend were in the front,” Michelle DellaFave, who still performs for veterans as a volunteer with the United War Veterans Council, was recalling her first trip to Vietnam with Bob Hope in December, 1969,


“I realized these boys are my age, my brothers, my boyfriends.  They loved us just for being there.  I changed.  I learned a lot about patriotism.  These boys were sacrificing so much.


“I remember hugging a young man as he boarded a helicopter, thinking he may never come home.” 


A native New Yorker, Michelle learned her patriotism from her parents.  Her father served in the Navy in WWII and played in a Navy band, where he met Michelle’s mother, Mae Blondell, a dancer with a USO show.  Mae was injured during a Japanese bombing raid on Guam. 


Michelle got her break as a Golddigger on the Dean Martin Show and went on to do two of the legendary Christmas tours with Bob Hope, performing on makeshift stages in the Vietnamese jungle in 1969 and ’70.


She continued her career back home and then took time off to raise her son.  She was performing in Florida when the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) asked her to perform at their national convention in 2007.


That led her back to New York and to involvement with the United War Veterans Council, producer of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, the largest celebration of service in America.  She frequently sings the Star Spangled Banner at UWVC events with veterans of WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.


“Today’s veterans are true warriors – young men and women – that our country needs.  I’ve performed at Walter Reed and VA hospitals around the country.  They’re my sons, my boys.   And the Vietnam veterans are taking such good care of them,” she says.


“You can serve the country in many ways, and I learned from Bob Hope that this was how I could serve.”


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The Honorable Lauren Parish - Political Announcement
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Judge Lauren Parish of the 115th District of Texas announces her intention to leave the republican party.

"It is with a heavy heart that I have watched as the Republican nominee for President has made a mockery of our country and our citizenry. I have watched in horror as he has disavowed our military heroes, made fun of the disabled, divided our country along racial, religious and gender lines, mocked the Judicial branch of government, expounded untruth after untruth, promoted violence and disrespect, boasted of sexual assaults against women, and made vitriol the platform of his campaign. In short, my Christian and family values and my core beliefs have been disenfranchised by my Party's nominee for President. Therefore, after much thought and deliberation I have come to the decision that it would violate my conscience to continue to be a member of the Republican party.

Sadly, I have watched as this same level of incivility and acrimony has filtered into even our local politics. Quite frankly, I can no longer be affiliated with a party that could tolerate such antagonism and hatred. I can no longer sit idly by while this abhorrent disease continues to infect what was once a respectable and honorable political party of the past. The Grand Old Party of Lincoln no longer exists today.

I was brought up to respect my fellow man and to respect authority, to love my neighbor, to help those who cannot help themselves, and to help build people up not tear people down.

While the office of "Judge" is not a partisan office and politics do not enter into a Judge's decision in any case, it is still an elected office. As a result a judicial candidate must file with a political party in order to be placed on the ballot. I announce today that the current national Republican party has abandoned all the principles instilled in me by my parents, my church, and my community. As a result, I can no longer tolerate being affiliated with the current Republican party. I see no way of reconciling my Christian beliefs with the manner in which the national Republican party is conducting itself. As of today, I am resigning my affiliation with the Republican party.

I know that there will be some who will attack me for standing up for what I believe. To you, I can only say that the principles that have been taught to me by my parents and my faith are more important than any political party loyalty. I had rather stand on my Christian faith and beliefs than take the low ground just to "go along and get along". My values and beliefs are more important to me than popularity. I will not sacrifice what I know to be right just to avoid criticism and attacks.

I will continue to work hard for the citizens of Upshur and Marion Counties and do my job independent of any political persuasion, just as I always have".

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Thankful Citizen
October 24, 2016
Thanks, Judge, for reminding us that there are public servants who don't get so mired in politics they forget what is right.

Wouldn't mind seeing you on the federal bench. Hope that happens some day.
Batter Up! Live Views of World Series Cities Cleveland & Chicago
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