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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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Students win top honors at American Advertising Federation-Houston Student Conference

The federation comprises professionals from advertising, marketing and communications disciplines. Students from SFA’s School of Art, Department of Management and Marketing, and Department of Mass Communication competed during the conference.

SFA students Victor Henson, Houston junior, and Kourtney Williams, San Antonio senior, placed first. Joshua Robertson, Austin junior, placed second. Third-place finishers were seniors Amanda Campbell from Frisco and Jocelyn Paz from Houston, and junior Deon Egenti from Houston.

Dozens of students from 13 universities competed and were divided into 12 teams. Each team was allotted eight hours to create a campaign, which included creative aspects, research, marketing and media plans, and a presentation.
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SFA associate professor presents at Yale University

Dr. Heather Olson Beal, associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, was invited to present research at Yale University.

Olson Beal’s presentation, “A Case Study of Rural School Choice: A View from the Back Roads,” details school choice in rural areas with a focus on how teachers perceive school choice as an education reform policy option.

Dr. Mira Debs, executive director of Yale’s education studies program, invited Olson Beal to present after reading some of her scholarly articles and research.

“I know it might be silly because in many ways Yale is a university like many others. Yale students go to class, and Yale professors teach students just like we do here at SFA, but still, it felt special,” Olson Beal said. “There’s so much history there. It’s one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the U.S. and one of only a few institutions that was chartered before the American Revolution.”

Students teach nutrition through Cooking Matters program

For several SFA students and faculty and staff members, cooking matters.

During the past six weeks, Justin Pelham, food, nutrition and dietetics clinical instructor at SFA, and students in his community nutrition courses have educated university faculty and staff members on nutrition and cooking healthy food on a budget through the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program.

“As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals,” according to cookingmatters.org.
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Walk Across Texas winners announced

Faculty and staff members participated as a team or an individual in Walk Across Texas, a four-week program to encourage people of all ages to establish a habit of regular physical activity. 

Winners in the team category are first place: Platinum Plus Gurls from the Physical Plant Department — Shandria Hardeman, Willie J. Lewis, A. Colette Johnson and Kendralyn Brown. Second place: Walking Our Axes Off from the Admissions Office — Ahley Engle, Jerri Cates, Susan Litteer and Jessica Shull. Third place: Purple People Eaters from the Kinesiology and Health Science Department — Sharon Rice, Patty Berthot, DawnElla Rust and Deborah Buswell.

In the individual category, first place went to Pamela Temple from the Physical Plant Department; second place Nannette Fausett, a Human Services retiree; and third place April Smith from the Office of Development.


Basketball moves to 3-0 by beating LeTourneau University 91-68

SFA’s men's basketball team beat NCAA Division III member LeTourneau University last night 91-68 with a shooting percentage of .581 (36-of-62).
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Fine Arts

Cole Art Center Thanksgiving hours

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches will be open during a portion of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Cole Art Center will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 21 through 23. The gallery will be open during regular hours on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25.

The downtown gallery will continue its new Sunday afternoon schedule and will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Exhibitions currently showing include “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” and “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France,” both of which are showing through Dec. 30.
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