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Thursday, Nov. 13
Danza Chikawa Dance performance
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
7 - 9 p.m.

SFA Gardens  Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20
Dining in the Dark
Culinary Café
6 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21
Parent's Night Out
Register at the Student Recreation Center Administration Office
6 p.m. to midnight




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News & Announcements

SFA's new culinary facility provides hands-on learning experience

Courtesy of KTRE News

Any Food Network junkie knows cooking is a science. For years, home economics has been replaced with human sciences.

And hospitality degree programs are as varied as all the available cookbooks.

The newest focus in SFA's hospitality administration program is culinary arts. With it comes a new culinary facility.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Dallas Arboretum director of horticulture

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Horticulturist Jenny Wegley will present "If I Hear Color One More Time, I'm Changing My Profession."

A lover of nature, Wegley grew up in Midlothian, a small town 25 miles south of Dallas. She was the kid playing in the flower bed while still in diapers - most likely eating dirt, as well. She had her first "garden" at the ripe old age of 3 and her first succulent trials at the age of 15. She built her first koi pond at 16. Wegley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from SFA and, after a short stint in retail, started at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in 2009. She is now director of horticulture there and still enjoys playing in the dirt.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs presents Danza Chikawa Aztec Dance Performance

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as it brings a traditional Aztec dance performance by Danza Chikawa Dance to the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Danza Chikawa Dance has performed throughout Texas and is an educational and cultural organization that promotes the knowledge and awareness of Native American roots through their Native dances and traditions.

SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during three free, action-packed open-house Saturdays at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches on Nov. 15, Feb. 28 and March 28.

Prospective students will get to visit with university faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the three SFA Showcase Saturday events.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and enjoy the Lumberjack Experience," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of the Office of Admissions.

"Guests are encouraged to visit one-on-one with our faculty to learn more about our quality, personalized academic programs, and our staff will be available to answer questions about everything from admission requirements to financial aid to residence life."
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Research funding deadlines approaching

The deadline to apply for two internal funding opportunities from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is approaching.

Saturday, Nov. 15, is the due date for both the Research Pilot Study and Research Grant Development Faculty Research Grant Opportunities.

Grant guidelines and applications can be found here.

For more information please contact the office at extension 1151 or by email at fischers@sfasu.edu..

Cello Club to present recital to promote ensemble performing

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Cello Club with Evgeni Raychev in a recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Performers will include active Cello Club members playing with Raychev, School of Music faculty member, and his students.

The objective of the program is to promote and provide opportunities for cello ensemble playing, according to Raychev.
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BOGO: Tickets to SFA vs. Abilene Christian

All SFA faculty and staff members, with a valid ID, will receive one free ticket with the purchase of a full price ticket for Saturday's football game against Abilene Christian.

International open mic session set for Nov. 17

Calling all international adventurers to join fellow adventurers for storytelling at the International Open Mic session at noon Monday, Nov. 17, at the Multimedia Room in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

International travel is an eye-opening experience that changes lives forever. Share your stories from your adventures abroad in two to five minutes. This event is open to all faculty members and students whether they have lived, traveled or studied abroad or are just interested in hearing other peoples' stories.

Global Gateway to Nigeria set for Nov. 18

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Nigerian culture given by students from Nigeria. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Room 133 in the McGee Business Building.

Authentic Nigerian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

The event is free and open to students and faculty and staff members.


Underwood inks three in early signing period

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday evening during the early signing period. The class includes two prep stars and one junior college transfer.

The signing class consists of Lasani Johnson (Dallas, Texas, Bishop Dunne High School); Nathan Bain (Freeport, Bahamas, Sunrise Christian Academy); and Coris “CJ” Williams, Jr. (Powder Springs, Georgia Hill College).

“We are elated about these three young men because they meet the needs that we have,” Underwood said. “I think that offensively, we’ve got some very talented players. Having a skill set that fits our system is vital, so we’ve earmarked these young men from, really, since we first got the job. They really meet needs that fit us and it’s a tribute to my staff and their hard work. They’ve done a great job of evaluating and recruiting these young men and finding the pieces that need to be replaced. That’s a part of college basketball. We lose seniors and you’ve got to fill in with guys that can replace those guys.
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Volleyball lands four additions to 2015 roster

Head coach Debbie Humphreys and the SFA women's volleyball team will welcome four new student-athletes to the fold at the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year. The highly touted class will be made up of two outside hitters, a middle blocker and a setter, Humphreys announced Wednesday morning.

Haley Coleman (OH, Rockwall Heath High School); McKenzie Brewer (S, Southlake Carroll High School); Makenzee Hanna (MB/OH, Grace Preparatory Academy); and Makayla Randle (OH, Cinco Ranch High School) will all continue their volleyball careers at SFA.

All four athletes are expected to play huge roles for the SFA volleyball program.
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Johnson remains in Payton Award hunt

With two weeks remaining in the 2014 regular season, Gus Johnson continues to rewrite the SFA football record book while maintaining his case for the Walter Payton Award.

Johnson is coming off his lowest output of the season in the win over sixth-ranked McNeese State Saturday, being limited to just 32 yards and no touchdowns by the highly touted Cowboy defensive unit. But with his 32 yards in Lake Charles, Johnson became just the second player in SFA history to eclipse 3,500 career yards, sitting at 3,506 for his storied career.

The senior's 3,506 yards has come off 559 carries, giving him an average of 6.3 yards per carry for his career. Sitting second all-time in career rushing yards, Johnson heads into the final two games of the regular season 266 yards shy of surpassing Larry Centers' 3,771 career yards, meaning Johnson would need to average 133 yards over the final two games to surpass Centers as SFA's all-time rushing king.
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Fine Arts

Exhibition features beautiful spinning tools

The exhibition "To Spin A Yarn, Distaffs: Folk Art and Material Culture" is showing through Jan. 10 in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

According to the guest curator, Michael T. Ricker, the exhibition features spinning tools, which represent one aspect of the weaving tradition common to virtually all cultures.

Ricker will discuss the exhibition in a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, followed by a reception. Historian Sarida Steed-Bradley will give a spinning demonstration at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Memorable Melodies'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The orchestra will present "Memorable Melodies," a program that ranges from "the extremely familiar to the nearly obscure," according to Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"Nonetheless, those who join us will leave with a number of memorable melodies to hum on the way home," Moon said.
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SFA jazz bands to perform music of Goodwin, Davis, Tomaro

The music of Los Angeles-based jazz composers as well as jazz legends like Miles Davis will be featured when the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces at SFA perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Pieces by John Clayton, Tom Kubis and multi-Grammy nominated composer Gordon Goodwin will be among the music performed by the Swingin' Axes, directed by Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA.

"Because of the influence of the Hollywood recording industry, L.A. is the home to some of the best all-around musicians in the world," Wurtz said. "With access to such a high level of talent, these gifted composers can comfortably write almost anything they want, knowing the local musicians are up to the challenge. For that reason, some of the most cutting-edge music comes to us out of the L.A. scene."
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While that's pretty cool on it's own, it's even cooler that we've already got the first images back from the historic event.

And here's an explanation of why this was such an important mission.

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