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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Women's basketball vs. Louisiana State University - Shreveport
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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News & Announcements

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.

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. tomorrow 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.

Official SFA tartan scarf to be available tomorrow

The official SFA tartan ladies' scarf, which is 95 percent wool and 5 percent cashmere, will be available for purchase tomorrow 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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Geographical Information Systems Day speaker series scheduled for tomorrow

The SFA Student Association of Spatial Scientists will celebrate Geographical Information Systems Day beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow 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.

Research workshop scheduled for Thursday

SFA's Department of Human Services will host an informational research workshop at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Human Services Building, Room 322. The session will cover the research process and how to make finding research easier.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this information with students.

Nominations for Mr. and Miss SFA now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the SFA Alumni Association’s annual Mr. and Miss SFA awards.
Applications should be turned in by Monday, Nov. 23, at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Office, 300 E. Vista Drive. More information about the requirements and the application is available here.

Salvation Army Angel Tree drive now underway

The SFA Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa has set up its annual Angel Tree drive in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Involvement Center.

The project provides gifts for children of incarcerated people. Participants can "adopt" a child to provide presents for. 

Participants are encouraged to spend about $50 on gifts, which should be returned to the Involvement Center by noon Tuesday, Nov. 24. For more information, contact odk@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Registration now open for SFA's annual Chili Cook Off

Think your department has the best chili recipe? Prove it!

SFA Campus Recreation will provide the sampling cups, napkins and tasting spoons at this year's annual Chili Cook Off, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

The winning department will be presented with the engraved traveling trophy and will be entitled to all bragging rights. Participating departments are encouraged to compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest, as well.

Click here to register. Registration forms are due by noon Wednesday, Dec. 9.


SFA football's Zach Conque named SLC Offensive Player of the Week

Junior quarterback Zach Conque was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday. It is Conque’s second weekly SLC honor and the team’s first in 2015.

Conque guided a balanced and efficient SFA offense in the 55-20 win over Houston Baptist University Saturday, accounting for 323 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Conque completed 20 of 30 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing four times for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
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Lumberjacks, Demons square off in annual Chief Caddo battle

The SFA football team will close its 2015 schedule with the annual Battle for Chief Caddo against Northwestern State University at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches, Louisiana. 

For a fee, fans can tune into the game online on DemonTV. Rob Meyers will call the game on Q107.7 FM and Q1077.com. Live stats will be available at NSUDemons.com and in-game updates will be posted to Twitter.
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Construction begins on new video scoreboard

Construction is now underway on a new video scoreboard at SFA’s Homer Bryce Stadium.

Crews began demolishing the south scoreboard Monday afternoon to make way for the video scoreboard, expected to be completed in time for spring football practices. The new board will be a high-definition display measuring 80 feet, 8 inches long and 36 feet, 10 inches high.
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Three added to 2016-17 basketball roster in early signing

Three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the SFA men’s basketball team during early signing, head men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood announced this week.

High school player Brandon Averette, of Richardson, Texas, junior-college transfer Ivan Canete, of Lake Worth, Florida, and Samuli Nieminen, of Helsinki, Finland, are the most recent individuals to commit to SFA.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Wind Ensemble to present 'British Masters' program

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the program "British Masters" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"All the pieces are rooted in the English musical tradition," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands and of the ensemble.

Two featured works are "Crown Imperial" by William Walton and "Four Scottish Dances" by Malcolm Arnold.
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Moon to perform with Orchestra of the Pines tonight

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will welcome guest artists when the ensemble performs "Curtain Raisers" at 7:30 p.m. 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. tomorrow 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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In Perspective production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company

SFA's dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company pieces in the Danceworks production, In Perspective, which premieres 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, on campus in the dance studio in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201.

A second showing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, with the final show planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for faculty and staff members and $10 for general admission.
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SFA jazz bands to perform tribute program

The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, the jazz bands at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes will perform a program in tribute to the Boss Brass, the premiere Canadian big band.

"Founded by valve trombonist Rob McConnell in the 1970s, the Boss Brass is an assemblage of the best studio jazz musicians in Toronto, Ontario," Wurtz said. "The band recorded numerous records over the decades and has earned 17 Grammy nominations."
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Architecture, nature and music aren't three fields often considered complementary, but Croatian architect Nikola Bašic took on the challenge of merging all three.

On the coast of the Adriatic sea, Bašic built a 230-foot long organ powered by the ocean. The instrument's 35 pipes channel crashing waves into various cords, and while you probably won't hear one of these performances on the radio anytime soon, it's still an interesting concept. Check out Popular Mechanics' article on the project here.

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