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Friday, Sept. 29
Light Years from Andromeda
7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

Men's golf at three-day Louisville Cardinal Challenge
All day
Simpsonville, Kentucky

Soccer at McNeese State University
7 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Saturday, Sept. 30
Cross-Country at Oklahoma State University Jamboree
All day
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Football vs. McNeese State University
6 p.m.

Volleyball at Houston Baptist University
1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1
Soccer at Lamar University
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Alumni Association offering bus ride to the Battle of the Piney Woods

The Alumni Association is offering a bus ride to the Battle of the Piney Woods football game departing at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, from the parking lot outside the SFA Alumni Association office.

Cost of the ride is $20. For more information, or to register, call (936) 468-3407, or click here.

University Women’s Club to host membership kick-off

The University Women’s Club is hosting a membership kick-off event 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Old University Building.

The University Women’s Club is dedicated to service, scholarships for women and networking. Come out for a bite to eat and meet members while learning more about the organization.

Membership is open to women faculty members, non-classified staff members, exempt staff members, and spouses of faculty and staff members.

AARC hires science program director for new era of tutoring

Michael Johnson is the new AARC science program director. Johnson's expertise as a master teacher will drive the AARC toward new ideas in how to best serve students.

Johnson earned his master’s in physics from SFA and has had a long career in public schools, including Nacogdoches High School, where he was the lead teacher for science courses.

Johnson may be reached at johnsonmicha3@sfasu.edu.

Professional advisors attend Texas Academic Advising Network

SFA professional advisors and others recently attended the Texas Academic Advising Network's East Texas Region’s one-day retreat at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Social Events Team to host happy hour

SFA's Social Events Team is hosting a faculty and staff member happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Fredonia Brewery, 138 N. Mound St.

Meet up with your SFA colleagues for end-of-the-week socializing, networking and relaxing on the patio. Families are welcome.

For more about the venue, visit fredoniabrewery.com or the Fredonia Brewery Facebook page. To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Facebook page.

Alumni Association requesting auction item donations

The SFA Alumni Association is requesting unique, fun and interesting SFA-themed items to share on the Alumni Homecoming Auction. Proceeds benefit SFA Alumni programs and scholarships.

To donate, click here.

Faculty members to offer student writing teaching circle

This fall, Perry Moon, instructor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, and Courtney Wooten, assistant professor and first-year writing program administrator in the Department of English and Creative Writing, will lead a teaching circle aimed primarily at instructors outside the Department of English to support development of student writing.

The teaching circle will help participants think about their expectations for student writing, develop assignments and essay exams, and think about how to respond to students. The facilitators hope participants will be able to enhance their abilities to help students obtain written communication skills in the classes they teach, regardless of subject matter.

The circle will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on selected Tuesdays in Steen Library, Room 220A. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, log in to mySFA, select the employee tab, and choose myTraining. Select Teaching Circle, and follow the instructions to register.


Women’s golf completes day one of play at Mark Allen Oral Roberts University Shootout

SFA’s women's golf team finished day one of play at the Mark Allen Oral Roberts University Shootout with a two-round mark of 51-over 627.

The 36-hole score is tied for 15th on the team leaderboard with Missouri State University as the Ladyjacks shot a 29-over 317 in round one, before tallying a 22-over 310 in round two.
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Music faculty recital to feature works for saxophone, piano

SFA’s School of Music faculty member Dr. Nathan Nabb will present fun and exciting works for saxophone and piano in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Cole Concert Hall.

Nabb, professor of saxophone, will be joined by Hyun Ji Oh, collaborative pianist, for a program of established works for saxophone and piano that Nabb describes as “excellent chamber pieces in which the technical and musical characteristics of the saxophone and piano are both featured.”

The recital is part of the School of Music’s Calliope Concert Series. 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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‘Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs’ coming to SFA

The Children’s Performing Arts Series will open its 2017-18 season Friday, Oct. 13, with a performance of the Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.”

This musical adaptation of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale comes to life with a talented ensemble of actors and wonderful puppets, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series.

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. For more information, visit the CPAS website.
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Music faculty member Salas to present ‘Muses and Dances’ program

SFA’s School of Music will present faculty member J.D. Salas performing a program titled “Muses and Dances” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The recital is the first of several events for the 12th annual Octubafest at SFA. Other events in the series include guest artist performances by Andrew Hitz, tuba, formerly of the Boston Brass, on Oct. 9; Stephen Kunzer, tuba, professor of tuba, euphonium at Oklahoma State University, on Oct. 27; the euphonium quartet fLOW on Oct. 11; and performances by the entire SFA Tuba-Euphonium Studio and the SFA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

The recital is part of the School of Music’s Calliope Concert Series. 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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Orchestra of the Pines to present ‘Beethoven’s Seventh’ program

SFA’s Orchestra of the Pines opens its 2017-18 season with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Cole Concert Hall.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, considered to have “eclipsed” the renowned composer’s prior six symphonies, was last performed by the orchestra in March 2009, which was the inaugural year when the orchestra became an entirely student orchestra.

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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Algal blooms and breeding insects are causing a salt lake in Yuncheng, China, to turn intense shades of magenta, green and yellow.

The algae species, Dunaliella salina, can turn red if exposed to conditions of high salinity and light intensity due to the production of protective carotenoids in the cells, which are the plant pigments responsible for the lake’s brightly colored hues.

To read more about this colorful phenomenon, click here.

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