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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Nov. 22
SFA football vs. Northwestern State
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.


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Home for the Holidays packets now available

Attention faculty and staff members! Stop by the Office of Admissions in the Rusk Building, Room 206 for “Take SFA Home for the Holidays” packets. 

This is a great time to encourage friends and family to consider SFA. We put prospective students on our database starting at the seventh-grade level.

Call for Council on Undergraduate Research Fellows award nominations

The nominations period for the 2016 awards is now open. The deadline for submission is Dec. 1.

The Council on Udergraduate Research fellows awards are presented at the biennial conference to two member who have influenced undergraduate research through their own research through scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates and through demonstrated leadership activities.

Each Fellow also receives a Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship to be awarded to a deserving undergraduate at his/her institution. Full details of the CUR Fellows criteria and biographies of past CUR Fellows can be found here.

Help spruce up campus for Showcase Saturday

The SFA LitterBugs, a group dedicated to keeping campus clean, will do a sweep of campus Saturday morning ahead of this month's Showcase Saturday.

The group will gather on the steps of the Rusk Building at 11 a.m. and fan out across campus to make sure SFA is litter free. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend and help clean up campus.

For more information, call (935) 468-2446 or click here.

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host fourth annual Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a fourth year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

Presented by the Loblolly Crew, the three-rail O gauge train layout is 12 feet by 16 feet and features two mainline loops of track, one designed to travel in a figure 8 and another in a point-to-point trolley line. Spectators can enjoy watching vintage steam and diesel engines pull passenger and freight cars around the depot's scenic display.

The Holiday Toy Trains display features buildings and attractions, all depicting a typical East Texas town. Scenery includes oil fields and industrial areas, a rail yard, a main street, and much more. Also, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss the importance of railroad safety.
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Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp

Campus Rec is hosting Parents' Night Out Friday, Nov. 21.

 Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m., and kids will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie.

Attendees must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper.

For more information and to register, please contact the Administration Office of the SFA Rec Center at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

SFA 'Danceworks' set for Nov. 20-22

The SFA dance program will present "Danceworks," a studio concert featuring student, faculty and guest artist choreography, Nov. 20-22.

Student works include senior choreographic projects by dance majors Brittany Barrerra and Ashley Sharp, as well as an independent choreographic project by Keith Haynes.

Guest artist choreography features "The Other One," a work by Min Kim of University of Texas-Pan American, and "Creed of Fools" choreographed by Meredith Early-Robertson of the University of Southern Mississippi. Early-Robertson served as a guest artist in October and set her three-part work to music by Brazilian composer/artist Gaetano Veloso, Burt Bacharach and the band M83 on members of the SFA Repertory Dance Company.
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SFA organizations present culture swap

The African Student Organization, NAACP and Asian Culture Club will come together to discuss and dispel stereotypes about their cultures.

This event is intended to unify people from different cultures and races and emphasize the importance of this statement: "We all have a common purpose and goal."

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

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..

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.

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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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 12 p.m. 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.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Light Years from Andromeda'

The SFA Planetarium will begin screening the film "Light Years from Andromeda" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

The film will play every Friday from Oct. 24 until Nov. 21 at the planetarium.

"Light Years From Andromeda" teaches the concepts of light speed and the light year and how astronomers use them to measure distances to some familiar celestial objects — the Moon, the Sun, the planets, nearby stars and galaxies.

The show briefly touches on the properties of light that help determine a star’s age and temperature, and gives a fascinating look at how light and distance allow us to “look back” further in time as we gaze farther into space.
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Athletics

A new season begins today for SFA basketball

The 2013-14 SFA Lumberjack basketball team will forever be remembered as the Cinderella story of the 2014 NCAA Tournament after knocking off fifth-seeded VCU 77-75 for the program's first-ever win in the big dance. Among all the highlights during the team's win streaks, both at home and on the road, that brought national acclaim to then first-year head coach Brad Underwood and SFA, it will be Desmond Haymon's four-point play to tie Shaka Smart's havoc-run VCU squad and send the game into overtime that will live on as part of the definition of what has become known as March Madness.

The 2014-15 'Jacks now enter their second campaign under Underwood, recipient of the 2014 Joe B. Hall Award, given to the nation's top first-year coach, as the two-time defending Southland Conference champions.

SFA will open its season inside William R. Johnson Coliseum, hosting Mississippi College at 7 p.m. tonight.
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SFA aims for national qualifiers at regionals

Fresh off their runner-up performances at the 2014 Southland Conference Championships, the SFA men's and women's cross country teams will now head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the NCAA South Central Regional Meet on Friday afternoon. The event will be held at Agri Park on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

The women's 6K championship race will start things off at noon with the men's 10K championship race to follow at 1 p.m. The women's field will consist of more than 200 of the region's top runners from 26 different schools, and the men's field will showcase more than 200 athletes representing 25 Division I teams in the region.
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SFA homestand begins tomorrow against Abilene Christian

SFA begins the home stretch of the 2014 season with a pair of home games, beginning with Abilene Christian Saturday. Opening kick against the Wildcats is set for 3 p.m. from Homer Bryce Stadium as 24th-ranked SFA looks to keep its Southland Conference and NCAA playoff hopes alive.

Saturday’s forecast is looking less than ideal as the polar vortex is making its way through deep East Texas. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s at kickoff with rain throughout the day. With winds hovering around 5-8 mph, it could be a chilly November slugfest Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium.
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SFA downs ACU, keeps win streak alive

The SFA women's volleyball team took care of business inside Moody Coliseum very quickly on Thursday night, sweeping Abilene Christian 3-0 to remain unbeaten in Southland Conference action this season. The Ladyjacks, who clinched the outright SLC title earlier this week, received their championship trophy in Abilene after the match.

The Ladyjacks (22-7, 15-0 SLC) are just one win away from finishing the conference regular season with a perfect 16-0 record. It would be the first time since 2006 that an SFA squad accomplished the task.
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Women's basketball signs four for 2015-16

SFA head women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider has announced the signing of four recruits to National Letters of Intent on Thursday morning during the early signing period.

The talented class will be made up of three guards and a center, all coming from the high school ranks. KJ Stastny (Guard, Celina High School), Chanell Hayes (Guard, Texas High School), Kennedy Harris (Guard, Anderson High School) and Chelsea Lott (Center, Fort Bend Hightower High School) will all join the Ladyjack basketball family next season.
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Fine Arts

Duet recital to feature violin, double bass

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the violin and double bass duet of Martha Walvoord and Jack Unzicker at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Walvoord and Unziker, both professors of music at the University of Texas, Arlington, are married, and each enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Walvoord's recent solo performances have taken her to China, Hong Kong, Spain, England, Costa Rica and across the U.S., including her performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" with the Quingdao Symphony Orchestra.
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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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Guest oboist Rockett to perform recital at SFA

The SFA of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Susetta Dunn Rockett in a guest oboe recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Rockett, who teaches at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities and has an active freelance career, will perform 19th century and 20th century works for the oboe that reflect various styles of American, British and French composers.

"These works highlight some of the most diverse composers of oboe repertoire," Rockett said. "The majority of this repertoire is underplayed, and I hope to bring some new life to these forgotten favorites." Read More

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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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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