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Wednesday, Sept. 27

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Friday, Sept. 29
Men's golf at three-day Louisville Cardinal Challenge
All day
Simpsonville, Kentucky

SFA Planetarium
"Light Years from Andromeda"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

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

SFA reports enrollment numbers for fall semester

While SFA is reporting a fall enrollment of 12,614 students, a 1-percent decrease from fall 2016, there are bright spots to be found in the enrollment numbers.

The highest first-time undergraduate retention rate for fall 2017 is 71.6 percent, representing a 4.3-percent increase during the past five years.

SFA has recorded a five-year increase in the number of first-time undergraduates of 6.6 percent. In 2013, there were 2,016 SFA students who were first-time undergraduates; in 2017, there are 2,150 first-time undergraduates.

SFA also awarded more degrees in 2017 than in 2016, when 2,703 degrees were distributed. During the 2017 academic year, the university awarded 2,767 degrees, a 2.4-percent increase over the prior year.
While SFA recorded increased graduate enrollment in half of its colleges for fall 2017, overall enrollment in SFA’s Graduate School was down 3.3 percent.
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Dr. Ken Collier named athletic representative

Dr. Ken Collier, SFA associate professor of political science, has been named faculty athletic representative by SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo.

Collier, expert on Texas politics and U.S. presidential elections, will provide oversight for the academic integrity of SFA's athletic programs. The National Collegiate Athletic Association requires each of its member institutions to appoint a faculty athletics representative who must be on the faculty or administrative staff and may not hold a position in the athletics department.

Community nutrition students to lead Cooking Matters program on campus

SFA students in the School of Human Sciences recently met with Christina Balduf and Kinsey Jeffers, representatives from the East Texas Food Bank, to kick off a six-week Cooking Matters program.

Classes begin Oct. 9 and continue each Monday through Nov. 13. Classes begin at 4 p.m. with a 30-minute nutrition education portion in the Human Sciences Building North, Room 204, followed by a cooking segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Human Sciences Building North, Room 211.

The program is open to SFA faculty and staff members and can count toward their wellness hours.

To sign up, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.
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Professor volunteers at Pan-American Cadet and Junior Championships in Costa Rica

Dr. Linda Bobo, professor and director of the athletic training program at SFA, served as a volunteer medical staff member during the three-day Pan-American Cadet and Junior Championships in Costa Rica.

During the event, Bobo worked as an athletic trainer alongside three other medical staff members. Together, they were responsible for the care of 42 athletes ranging from ages 12 to 17.

Bobo has volunteered with this organization since 2007 and has had the opportunity to work with Olympic-hopeful athletes.
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Music faculty members star in Lamp-Lite’s ‘Nunsense’

Two faculty members in SFA’s School of Music have leading roles in the upcoming Lamp-Lite Theatre presentation of the lighthearted musical comedy “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin.

Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and opera, plays the role of Sister Hubert, and Nita Hudson, lecturer of voice and opera, plays the role of Sister Mary Amnesia.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30, and Oct. 6-7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. Purchase tickets at Glass Castles, Kline’s Wrap-It-Up, the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor’s Bureau or by calling (936) 653-3788.

Upcoming community events

The Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation is throwing the second annual Beefsteak Dinner to support the restoration of Zion Hill Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mast Hall. Tickets are available at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library, and from any Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation board member.

The City of Nacogdoches Main Street is hosting a self-guided tour of homes and lofts from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in downtown Nacogdoches. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Tickets are $25 and are available online at Eventbrite and in person at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center and Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. 
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The Nacogdoches Public Library is beginning its month-long series of events with the One Book, One City initiative throughout October. In addition to conventional book discussions, there will be exhibits, demonstrations, film screenings and parties for all ages and interests. For more information, call (936) 559-2970.

University Women’s Club to host membership kick-off

The University Women’s Club is hosting a membership kick-off event from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow 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.


Women’s golf finishes 15th at Oral Roberts University Shootout

The par-72 course at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, proved to be challenging for the SFA women's golf team, which shot a 25-over 313 in the final round of the Oral Roberts University Shootout.

Finishing two strokes behind fellow Southland Conference member McNeese State University and two strokes ahead of the University of Texas at Arlington, SFA was paced by a top-20 finish from redshirt junior Jamee Jorgensen.
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Fine Arts

Music faculty recital to feature works for saxophone, piano tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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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Humberto Vargas to perform tonight as part of International Arts Series

The International Arts Series will kick off with a concert from Costa Rican musician Humberto Vargas at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

The series will feature three performing artists, two visiting scholars and an International Poetry night, where SFA students and professors will read international poetry this semester.

Along with Vargas, other artists include Nicaraguan folk musician Luís Enrique Mejía Godoy, performing a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Dugas Liberal Arts North 142, and Los Llaneros performing at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142. Los Llaneros will perform again at the Day of the Dead Festival on the square in downtown Nacogdoches the evening of Nov. 4.

International Poetry Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cole Arts Center Nov. 8. International scholars include Rogério de Souza Sergio Ferreira from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Clara Ramos from Salvador Bahia, Brazil.

The series is free to the public. For more information, email jpaulurena@sfasu.edu.
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Omojo Percussion Duo to perform guest recital at SFA

The Omojo Percussion Duo will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the SFA School of Music’s Calliope Concert Series.

Oliver Molina and Joe W. Moore III will perform duo works by living composers. Their goal is to highlight living composers that are composing exciting and interesting works for the percussion duo idiom.

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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Professional Houston bassist Whittaker to perform at SFA

Houston bassist Dennis Whittaker will present a guest artist recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building.

His performance is a feature of the SFA School of Music’s Calliope Concert Series and will highlight works by Francois Rabbath, J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck and other composers.

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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Award-winning film ‘Landfill Harmonic’ to be screened at Cole Art Center

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Landfill Harmonic” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

“Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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You can now enjoy your morning Joe with companionship of the feline kind. Crumbs & Whiskers, a cat café, is serving coffee while saving cat’s lives.

Kanchan Singh, owner of Crumbs & Whiskers, and her team has a tally of over 1,000 cats they’ve saved from euthanasia and who have been adopted.

Activities held at the kitty café include cat yoga and cat co-worker day. The Valentine’s Day fundraiser allows patrons to write an ex-flame’s name in a litter box. You know what happens next.

To read more, click here.

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