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This Week's Calendar

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

Thursday, Nov. 26
Men's basketball vs. Western Michigan University
3:30 p.m.
Nashville, Tennessee




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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Dr. Dave Creech

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Dr. Dave Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present "Special Trees of SFA Gardens."

There are many trees at SFA Gardens that are the largest, the oldest or the only one of their kind, which is a big part of what makes the gardens special to horticulturists across the South. Creech will saunter through a lineup of special trees that are garden worthy, that have stood the test of time, are Texas tough and deserve a bigger place in the landscapes of the South.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series Fund are appreciated.
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Russian music exhibition today

SFA's Office of International Programs and the SFA student chapter of the Music Teachers National Association will host a special showcase of Russian music at 4:30 p.m. today in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building Music Recital Hall, Room 160.

Giveaways and prize drawings also will be held at the event.

SFA Barnes & Noble sale underway

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore is having a 25 percent off fleece sale today.

All SFA logo fleece will be an additional 25 percent off the ticketed price.

Research workshop today

SFA's Department of Human Services will host an informational research workshop at 7:30 p.m. today 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.

In Perspective production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company tonight

SFA's dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company pieces in the Danceworks production In Perspective at 7 p.m. tonight 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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Mr. and Miss SFA nominations due Monday

Nominations for the SFA Alumni Association’s annual Mr. and Miss SFA awards are dues 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.


Volleyball's Allen, Olson and Walker take Southland Conference awards

Three SFA volleyball players are among the 2015 All-Southland Conference award winners and team members announced this week.

Senior OJ Olson and junior Justice Walker will represent SFA on the 12-woman All-Southland Conference First Team. Senior middle blocker Jacque Allen earned an All-Southland Conference Second Team selection.
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Lumberjack football's Juhl added to placekicker watch list

SFA football's senior Mason Juhl is one of 34 kickers named to the College Football Performance Awards' Football Championship Subdivision Placekicker Award Watch List.

Juhl took the reigns as the Lumberjacks’ primary kicker this season, hitting seven of his nine field goal attempts and 33 of 34 extra points. In the past three games, he has made seven of eight attempts, including a career-long 48-yard kick against the University of the Incarnate Word. He also hit 38 and 39-yard attempts against Houston Baptist University this season.
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SFA volleyball adds final player of 2016 recruiting class

The SFA volleyball team rounded out its seven-member 2016 recruits with Corin Evans, an outside hitter who will join the Ladyjacks next season.

“Corin is an amazing two-sport athlete who has a tremendous upside in the sport of volleyball,” said head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys. “She is strong, jumps well and moves well. She also brings a power game, but also has lots of shots that will frustrate our opponents. We are looking forward to helping Corin take her game to the next level.”
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Megan Eaglehouse added to bowling team

The SFA bowling team has added Megan Eaglehouse to the Ladyjack roster. Eaglehouse signed a National Letter of Intent and will begin competing for SFA in fall 2016.

“We’re very excited to have Megan join the Ladyjack bowling program,” said head bowling coach Amber Lemke. “She has a lot of tournament experience and has been competing at the highest level for quite some time. Megan has a very bright future and has the potential to make a lasting mark on the SFA bowling program.”
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Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts' University Series to feature The 5 Browns' holiday performance

Looking for a unique holiday gift for a friend or loved one? Tickets to see The 5 Browns when they perform in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus just might be the answer to filling the holiday shopping list.

The widely popular sibling pianists will bring their holiday spirit to Nacogdoches performing holiday favorites as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, on the Turner stage.

"Taking your family or a group of friends to see this exciting show would be a great way to usher in the holiday season," said Dr. John Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "This University Series event is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit."
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Something Wicked This Way Comes: SFA School of Theatre opens ‘Macbeth’

Audience members responded with enthusiastic praise following Tuesday night’s opening of “Macbeth,” presented by the SFA School of Theatre.

This play by William Shakespeare is often produced because of the theatrical elements present: drama, betrayal, love and murder. In SFA’s production of “Macbeth,” all of these components are highlighted with exciting fight sequences, powerful dance choreography and gripping fake bloodshed.
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SFA jazz bands to perform tribute program tomorrow

The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, the jazz bands at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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Guest piano recital at SFA to feature Spanish music

Dr. Kasandra Keeling will present a guest piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Keeling, associate professor and coordinator of keyboard studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will perform a Spanish-themed concert that features the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Astor Piazzolla, Octavio Pinto and other noted composers.

She chose a theme of Spanish music because, in addition to her solo recital performance, Keeling will serve as judge for the Nacogdoches Music Teachers Association Fall Fiesta Festival Nov. 20 and 21, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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'Cello Is the New Black' performance slated at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Cello Club with Evgeni Raychev in a recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the 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, who will present the program "Cello Is the New Black."

In its second season, the Cello Club will perform works by J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, David Popper, Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann and other renowned composers.
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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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