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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Men's basketball vs. Northern Iowa State University
7 a.m.
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Saturday, Nov. 21
Men's Cross County at the NCAA National Championships
Louisville, Kentucky

SFA football vs. Northwestern State University
3 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Louisiana Tech University
7 p.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

Women's cross country at the NCAA National Championships
Louisville, Kentucky

Sunday, Nov. 22
Men's basketball vs. Louisiana State University - Shreveport
2 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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Flags to fly at half-staff this week

From the office of Gov. Greg Abbott

The recent despicable attacks in France are an assault on all of humanity, and the world must unite to condemn acts of terrorism on every front. As a mark of unity and as a sign of respect for those in France touched by this needless assault on human dignity, it seems fitting that flags in Texas should be lowered to half-staff in memory of those who were lost in these attacks.
Therefore, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code and 4 U.S.C. § 7, Gov. Greg Abbott directed that the Texas and United States flags shall be immediately lowered statewide on Monday, Nov. 16. Flags should return to full-staff after sunset on Thursday, Nov. 19.

News & Announcements

Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication to host poetry reading

SFA's Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication will host an International Poetry Reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Cole Art Center.

The event celebrates language, poetry and culture. Poems in Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Ancient Greek, Indonesian and Catalan will be presented.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Geographical Information Systems Day speaker series scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18

The SFA Student Association of Spatial Scientists will celebrate Geographical Information Systems Day beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Forestry Building, Room 117, with a series of speakers to help raise awareness and celebrate the contributions of spatial science to modern life.

Travis Jowell, SFA alumni and current GIS team lead for Landmark Solutions, will present “Promoting GIS Technology in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Workflow.”

At 5 p.m., Logan Hope, association president, will speak about the organization and give away door prizes.

Dr. Noel M. Estwick, information specialist for Prairie View A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, will speak at 5:30 p.m. on how to engage youth in spatial technologies. Estwick has more than 10 years of experience in using GIS to support national and international projects. He also conducts training workshops for students and educators.
GIS Day was founded in 1999 by Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond and is annually celebrated by thousands of spatial science enthusiasts and professionals around the world. For more information, contact Logan Hope at loganhope95@gmail.com, or Dr. I-Kuai Hung, faculty adviser, at hungi@sfasu.edu.

Official SFA tartan scarf to be available this week

The official SFA tartan ladies' scarf, which is 95 percent wool and 5 percent cashmere, will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore in the Baker Pattillo Student Center and online.

This is a limited-edition product and may be pre-ordered by calling Esther Campbell, Barnes & Noble campus bookstore manager, at (936) 468-2108. Scarves cost $79.95.

A portion of the sales benefits SFA and the fashion merchandising program. "The funds are used to enhance instruction for the program or for student scholarships," said Dr. Rebecca Greer, SFA fashion merchandising professor.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs grant applications due by 5 p.m.

The deadline for the Research Grant Development and Research Pilot Studies grants' spring awards is 5 p.m. today.
RGD grants support faculty members developing research proposals needing off-campus funding. RPS grants assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects generating data for specific projects funded off campus.
Applications and deadlines can be found here. Questions should be directed to Shawn Fischer, research development specialist, at (936) 468-1151 or email fischers@sfasu.edu.

Texas intellectual property legal chief to discuss patents today

Stephen Koch, chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Intellectual Property Law Section, will speak at the STEM Innovation - Tying Creativity to Success lecture series at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today in the Math Building, Room 101.

Koch's lecture addresses the basics of intellectual property and patents.

The event is free and open to all faculty and staff members and students, and the topics apply to innovators in all fields.

Koch’s career includes numerous engineering and legal positions focusing on research, innovation and intellectual property. He has extensive experience in national and international patents. He retired in July as the General Counsel of Univation Technologies, which is a joint venture of ExxonMobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co.

Click here for information about the lecture series.

International Education week begins today

SFA will offer a number of events to celebrate International Education Week beginning today and continuing through Friday, Nov. 20. The events offer opportunities to sample international music, food, poetry, film and sports.
The celebration is a chance to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages, and to build international friendships and partnerships through education and exchange.
All events are free and open to the public. More information is available on the International Programs website.

To register a team for the soccer tournament on Friday, Nov. 20, email Ken Felts, international admissions and primary designated school official, at feltskr1@sfasu.edu.
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Ladyjack volleyball falls to the University of the Incarnate Word

Despite an early 2-1 lead, the SFA volleyball team suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the University of the Incarnate Word during Saturday's game at Shelton Gym.

Seniors Jacque Allen, Tori Bates, Jordan McArdle and OJ Olson were all playing the final home match of their careers, but a 14-0 Cardinals run in the fourth set doused the Ladyjacks’ spirits. The Cardinals took four of the last five points in the fifth set to secure the victory.
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SFA track's Mathenge earns NCAA bid

SFA distance runner Charles Mathenge will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for a second straight year. The junior earned his nationals bid with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional tournament at Texas A&M University.

Mathenge, a native of Ol Kalou, Kenya, was in seventh position at the 2k split and improved to fourth by the 7,700-meter mark before ending the race in eighth. Last year, Mathenge advanced to nationals and broke SFA's 10k school record with a time of 29:58 at the regional race in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Lumberjacks roar past Huskies on Senior Day, 55-20

Thanks to a 28-point third quarter and almost 700 yards of total offensive moves, the SFA Lumberjack football team rolled over Houston Baptist University with a 55-20 victory Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA improved to 4-6 this season and 4-4 in Southland Conference play with the win.

“I thought we did a lot of things well tonight and I’m certainly pleased with the effort,” said head football coach Clint Conque. “Any time you can put up nearly 700 yards of total offense, and then have your defense make the type of plays that they did, you’ll put yourself in a good position to win. I’m happy for these seniors as it is special to be able to win in your final home game, and we’ve got a little bit of momentum going now as we finish out the season.”
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Men's basketball team falls to Baylor University, 97-55

The Lumberjacks fell 97-55 to the Baylor University Bears Friday at Ferrell Center in Waco.

SFA seniors Demetrious Floyd and Thomas Walkup each netted 12 points for the Lumberjacks, but Baylor's 64.3 percent shooting success rate and at least 11 points from six players were hard to match.
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Women's basketball team defeats the University of Texas - Tyler, 91-69

A new era of SFA women's basketball began Friday at William R. Johnson Coliseum with a 91-69 victory over the University of Texas - Tyler. It was the first win for newly appointed head coach Mark Kellogg.

The score is the highest for the program since the team recorded 92 points against Southeastern Louisiana University in March 2014.
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Fine Arts

Moon to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will welcome guest artists when the ensemble performs "Curtain Raisers" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Conducted by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, and guest conductors, the Orchestra of the Pines will present three well-known works, including Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

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Saxophonist Nabb to perform collaborative recital

Dr. Nathan Nabb, SFA professor of saxophone, will perform a recital with guest pianist Chialing Hsieh when the artists present "Sonata" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Nabb selected two of his favorite pieces to perform - the Sonata in A major (originally for violin) by César Franck and Sonata by William Albright.

"I chose these pieces because they are two of my all-time favorite works," Nabb said, "but also because I have the privilege of performing with my long-time friend and collaborator, Chialing Hsieh, who brings such a depth of understanding and nuance to this music."
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Hurtling through space is a monument to humanity intended to last a long time and maybe even let someone know we're here.

Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft each carry a copy of the "Golden Record," a copper LP engraved with images, sounds and messages from our little slice of the cosmos. Check out this vox.com article, which has links to the data included on the records and information on how scientists hope the data will be decoded.

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