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Wednesday, Sept. 21
SFA volleyball vs. Baylor University
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, Sept. 23
SFA soccer vs. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
7 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Saturday, Sept. 24
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA volleyball vs. Sam Houston State University
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Monday, Sept. 26
Twentieth Class Day


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SFA reports increased enrollment for fall 2016

SFA is reporting an increase in enrollment for the fall semester, as well as several other indicators of positive performance at the institution.

Enrollment increased from 12,606 in the fall of 2015 to 12,742 this fall. The largest growth was among freshman students, whose numbers increased 3.5 percent, from 3,251 in the fall of 2015 to 3,364 this fall.

“A strategic decision was made several years ago to increase the admission standards beginning in fall 2012,” explained Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management. “We knew the result of that decision would be a few years of smaller incoming freshman classes, but we also expected that the increased standards would pay dividends in the form of a higher retention rate for the university, with more students persisting to graduation.”
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Five speakers scheduled for SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Consciousness Speaker Series

Five presentations by SFA faculty and staff members will take place during the fall and early spring semesters as part of SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs' ongoing Consciousness Speaker Series.

Olegario Madera, outreach coordinator for SFA's Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, will kick off the series at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room, Room 2.101, with a discussion regarding the transition to higher education for students of color.

The series' goal is to connect students and the Nacogdoches community to SFA's faculty and staff members while also exposing them to progressive issues in diversity, multicultural education and social justice. The OMA also hopes the series will help make campus and local communities more aware of the extraordinary scholarship and advocacy SFA's faculty and staff members have to offer and facilitate relationship-building across campus.
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Mentor a Nacogdoches ISD student

Faculty and staff members are invited to join SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs in giving back to the Nacogdoches community by mentoring elementary and middle school students in Nacogdoches Independent School District.

Two fall training sessions are available for those interested in mentoring or volunteering. Training will provide information about various opportunities available within NISD, as well as the OMA’s mentoring program with the district.

Training sessions will be from 3 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.100.

For more information, call the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

2016 Accounting Fair to take place this week

The Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2016 Accounting Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to secure an accounting internship or a full-time accounting position.

Students will need to bring their student IDs for check-in, as well as copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.

For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, at derouenb@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

Athletics


Lumberjacks rally to topple 13th-ranked Cowboys, 31-28, in Southland Conference opener

SFA’s football team rallied together to beat McNeese State University, 31-28, Saturday night in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Red shirt freshman Alize Ward made a key interception at midfield, which was followed by the eventual game-winning touchdown pass from senior quarterback Hunter Taylor to freshman wide receiver Tamrick Pace with 3:35 remaining. A final stand for the Lumberjack defensive unit then helped seal the victory for SFA, marking the fourth-straight year with a win over a nationally ranked opponent.

The victory for SFA snaps McNeese’s nine-game conference winning streak and marks the second time in the last three years the Lumberjacks have beaten a ranked Cowboy team on its home turf.
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Two Ladyjacks claim top-four singles finishes at Warhawk Fall Tournament

Four members of SFA's tennis team competed this weekend at the Warhawk Fall Tennis Tournament on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus.

Senior Denise Maxl opened her competition in the No. 1 singles bracket by taking down McNeese State University’s Hannah Brett 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 and went on to earn a fourth-place finish in the final flight one standings. In doubles action, Maxl teamed up with sophomore Vanesa Pardo and the pair secured a 6-4 triumph over Alexandra Way and Abby Johnson.
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SFA wins Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational title

Heading into their final match of the Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational Saturday, the Ladyjacks competed against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans.

By relying primarily on SFA senior middle blocker Justice Walker and freshman middle blocker Danae Daron to help them finish with a 12-3 advantage in blocks through the match, the Ladyjacks shut down Little Rock, 3-0, to claim the title of Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational champions.
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Ladyjack soccer wins conference opener against Northwestern State University, 1-0

SFA soccer traveled east for its conference opener against Northwestern State University Friday evening. Despite the rainy weather, the Ladyjacks beat the Demons, 1-0.

“What a game in the road,” said head coach Wally Crittenden. “Two good teams competing with great intensity. Throw in the heavy rain and rivalry implications and you have a tremendous setting for a match.”

Sophomore Breanna Moore had her first goal of the season late in the second half, and the Ladyjacks totaled 20 shots on the night with eight of them on goal. Seniors Hailey Hunt and Amanda Doyle lead the Ladyjacks with four shots each, followed by Moore, who had three shots.
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Fine Arts

SFA Faculty Chamber Winds to present concert tomorrow

Several SFA music faculty members will join for a concert of music written for wind instruments at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall.

The group, conducted by Fred J. Allen, director of bands, will feature Christina Guenther, flute; Chris Ayer, clarinet; and Charles Gavin, horn. Two new faculty members also will make their SFA debuts playing with the group. Kerry Hughes will perform on oboe and Lee Goodhew on bassoon.

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 finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA music faculty members present annual scholarship concert

SFA School of Music faculty members will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

"This concert is a showcase featuring the talents of our diverse performing faculty," said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.
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