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Thursday, Nov. 16

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Thursday, Nov. 16
Men's basketball vs. LeTourneau University
7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17
Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian University
11 a.m.
Corpus Christi

Saturday, Nov. 18
Cross-country at NCAA National Championships
All day
Louisville, Kentucky

Football at Northwestern State University in the Battle for Chief Caddo
3 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Men's basketball vs. Howard Payne University
4 p.m.

Volleyball at two-day Southland Conference Tournament
Corpus Christi

Women's basketball vs. Howard Payne University
1:30 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Kinesiology students to offer free fitness testing

SFA’s Human Performance Lab in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is offering free health-related physical fitness testing to the university and Nacogdoches communities as a part of a service-learning project for kinesiology majors.

The fitness testing will take place between 7 and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Human Performance Lab, located in the Education Annex, Room 112. Testing will include assessments of cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and musculoskeletal fitness, and is available to healthy adults who pass a pre-participation activity screening.

For more information and to sign up for available times, contact Dr. Dustin Joubert, assistant professor, at joubertd@sfasu.edu.
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Forestry student wins title at tree-care industry exposition

Lana Welford, a senior urban forestry major at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, recently won the Women’s Collegiate Work Climb title at the 2017 Tree-Care Industry Association Expo in Columbus, Ohio.

Welford said the work climb competition is the most applicable to real-life arboriculture practices. Competitors climb to the top of a designated tree with tree-care equipment and then maneuver along branches to tap bells located throughout the tree with a saw to indicate where a cut would be made.

“You receive points for speed, safety, efficiency or flow, and style,” Welford said.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus calling for proposals for Diversity Conference

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus is calling for proposals for the OMA Diversity Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018. Faculty or staff members or students interested in presenting can find the proposal forms here or at sfasu.edu/oma. Forms are due by Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Conference attendees include students and professional staff and faculty members from various institutions across Texas. The theme for this year’s conference is Embracing Diversity: Are you really listening?

Workshop presentations should address at least one of the following areas: multicultural education, leadership, gender identity, ethnicity, race, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, social issues and/or social justice. Other diversity and multiculturalism topics may be written in the category on the workshop proposal form.

For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or oma@sfasu.edu, or contact any OMA caucus member.

Dance team to hold 2017 Kid's Clinic and performance

The SFA dance team with hold the 2017 Kid’s Clinic and performance at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Participants will perform later that day during the basketball game halftime.

The cost is $55 per dancer. Register by Dec. 1 to ensure a spot and T-shirt. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details no later than the Monday of the event.

Payment and waiver are due the day of the event. Click here to register, and click here to access the waiver.


Jacks win 89-66 in 2017-18 home opener

Eager to put on a show for its home fans for the first time in 2017-18, SFA’s men's basketball team won 89-66 against St. Edward's University in its home opener.

Sparked by a second-straight double-double performance by sophomore Kevon Harris, who finished with a team-high of 18 points and a game-high of 10 rebounds, SFA improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2013-14.
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Football ends regular season with 52nd Battle for Chief Caddo

The 2017 season will close for SFA’s football team Saturday in Natchitoches, Louisiana, as the Lumberjacks take on the Northwestern State University Demons in the 52nd Battle for Chief Caddo.
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Top-seeded Ladyjacks head to Southland Conference Tournament

On a quest to secure the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2006, SFA’s volleyball team heads to Corpus Christi as the No. 1 overall seed in the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament.

The Ladyjacks will face eighth-seeded Abilene Christian University in the leadoff match of the three-day tournament.
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Fine Arts

Clay ceramics artist talk and reception tonight

SFA’s School of Art and the SFA Galleries will host the exhibition “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

A reception and artist talk will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at The Cole Art Center. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Matthews at michelle-matthews@att.net.
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Voice students to present opera program tonight

SFA’s voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

The program includes selections from “West Side Story,” “Wonderful Town,” “Into the Woods,” “Street Scene” and “Candide.”

The opera scenes are from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “Le nozze di Figaro,” Gioachino Rossini’s “Il barbieri di Siviglia,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief,” and Mark Adamo’s “Little Women.”

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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SFA's children’s series to present holiday classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series will present two performances of Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Turner Auditorium.

The musical targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. A study guide can be accessed here.

Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. For more information, visit the CPAS website.
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Friday Film Series to screen ‘Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?’

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by veteran filmmaker Harry Morgan Moses, the documentary exposes the controversy in the world of high-priced artwork. Moses paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America in this film about a long-haul truck driver who buys a painting from a thrift shop for $5 and later finds out that Pollock may have painted it.

The film runs 74 minutes and is rated PG-13 for certain language. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Swingin’ Axes, Aces to perform holiday album works, jazz favorites

SFA’s Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces will present the program “A Jazzy Christmas” that will feature a mixture of holiday songs and jazz favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Swingin’ Axes, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, will perform arrangements from two major jazz Christmas albums: Stan Kenton’s landmark album, “Kenton’s Christmas,” and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Christmas album, “Bah Humduck!, A Looney Tunes Christmas.”

The Swingin’ Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, will perform two pieces by East Texas arranger and composer Mike McGowan. Those works include “My Shining Hour” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, arranged by McGowan, and the world premiere of McGowan's "Mrs. Luckey's Blue Plate Special."

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. Read More

Exhibition explores wonder of Christmas celebrations from bygone era

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a holiday exhibition from Dec. 1 through 31 that provides a glimpse into the celebrations of Christmas past from a child’s point of view.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” featuring charming items from a bygone era, is from a local private collection. The exhibition will be displayed in small vignettes placed around the gallery on both floors. 

“These vignettes will explore the wonder and delight of Christmas celebrations and demonstrate how delightful such things were to children 100-plus years ago,” said John Handley, director of galleries for SFA.

Handley will discuss a unique aspect of antique ornaments in a presentation at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, which is the same day as the Christmas festival in downtown Nacogdoches. The annual lighted Christmas parade and fireworks display also will be that evening.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Saara Alhopuro uses memories of coral reef diving as inspiration for her woodland art, and the results are dreamy.

With wild mushrooms, moss, berries and other objects found in the forest as her media, Alhopuro creates masterpieces full of whimsy.

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