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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 20
Dining in the Dark
Culinary Café
6 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21
Parent's Night Out
Register at the Student Recreation Center Administration Office
6 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, Nov. 22
SFA football vs. Northwestern State
Homer Bryce Stadium
3 p.m.




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News & Announcements

'Silent Night Auction' bidding ends Friday

The "Silent Night Auction" will run through Friday. Make sure to stop by the Education Annex, Room 125, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to bid on items.

The event, held by interior design and merchandising students,  will officially end at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.

SFA hospitality administration and visual impairment programs teaming up for 'Dining in the Dark' event

The SFA hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are teaming up to raise awareness for visual impairment at the unique upcoming "Dining in the Dark" event on campus.

The event is meant to raise awareness of those with visual impairments "by taking your taste buds on an unforgettable journey," according to Dr. Chay Runnels, associate professor of human sciences and coordinator of the hospitality administration program. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in SFA's Culinary Café, located in the James I. Perkins College of Education Annex near the intersection of Raguet Street and Starr Avenue on the SFA campus.

"We hope many in the community will join us as our students guide guests through a unique blindfolded dining experience to heighten your senses and help you enjoy great food without sight," she said. Read More

Guest artist to conduct residency

Guest artist Meredith Robertson-Early will conduct a residency for the dance program from Thursday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 18. She will offer two master-level classes in modern dance and set her work Creed of Fools on the SFA Repertory Dance Company.

The work will be performed in the Danceworks Concert Nov. 20-22.

Meredith Robertson-Early is an assistant professor in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Finer Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi  and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. 

In addition, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University. She also has performed the works of Robert Battle and Ulysses Dove at nationally-recognized venues, including the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob's Pillow, The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and The Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Robertson-Early also is a founding member of the MUDHONEY Dance Collective, a company dedicated to presenting works in New Orleans' alternative spaces and venues.

Her choreography has been selected twice by nationally renowned adjudicators for the gala presentations at the American College Dance Festival Association's regional conferences, and in 2014, her work was selected for national presentation at the Kennedy Center.

Floral design exhibit set for Thursday

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in Room 118 of the Agricultural Building on Wilson Drive.

The theme for the Fall Floral Design Exhibit is "Monsters." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

Parents' Night Out dates set

Need someone to watch the kids for a little while so you can finally get some peace and quiet? Don't worry, SFA has your back.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Friday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Nov. 21 parents can drop off kids for a fun-filled camp and enjoy Parents' Night Out.

The night will include camp activities, swim time, a meal and a movie for campers. The latest pick up is midnight, but parent’s may pick up their children at any time throughout the night.

Cost is $20 per camper, and registration will take place in the Administration Office of the Student Rec Center. Contact the SFA Recreation Center with questions at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu

State Employees Charitable Campaign underway

It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations.  Last year SFA employees contributed more than $20,000 to various agencies across Texas.

SECC has made it simple for faculty and staff members to donate to their favorite agency and nonprofit organizations through an annual campaign. There are two ways employees can give.  Employees can make a one-time donation via cash or check or payroll deduction.

Donations go to those agencies and nonprofit organizations that are designated by the donor. Employees can contribute to causes that are near and dear to their heart. The minimum donation is $2.

This year employees who make a contribution to Nacogdoches County United Way (Code 430900) will be eligible to enter a drawing for a 2014 Hyundai Accent. A minimum $17.34 per month or $208 one-time gift will receive one chance. A donation of $26 per month or $312 one time gift will receive two chances to win. All forms are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Winners will be notified by noon Monday, Nov. 11.

The SECC will continue through Friday, Nov. 21.  If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.

SFA Athletics hosting Toys for Tots drive

In the spirit of the holiday season, the SFA Athletic Department is hoping to spread some holiday cheer to those in need by conducting its annual Toys for Tots toy drive at various athletic events. All local Toys For Tots initiatives help provide Christmas presents to less fortunate children in the Nacogdoches area.

The first Toys for Tots event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Homer Bryce Stadium as the Lumberjack football team hosts rival Northwestern State in the Battle for Chief Caddo at 3 p.m.

SFA Athletics asks all fans to please show Lumberjack pride on the dates listed, to think of others during the holiday season and donate a toy to the program.

Holiday pictures support charity organization

Have your family holiday pictures taken with Purple Santa from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Gayla Mize Garden.

This is a great way to show your Christmas Spirit and your Lumberjack Spirit all in one place. For just $20 you receive two poses and the high resolution photos. Make your own Christmas cards, share them with family or print and frame them.
People can choose from four poses:

Traditional Pose: Pose with Santa in front of a holiday backdrop of Christmas lights and tinsel in the beautiful Gayla Mize Garden.

Milk Mustache Pictures: Pose with Purple Santa holding a giant cookie and sporting a milk mustache.

Trimming the Tree: Pose with Santa and someone in a Christmas tree suit with a fake axe.

Reindeer Pictures: Pose in reindeer antlers pulling Santa’s sleigh.

All proceeds go to New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children, a student organization working to sponsor a Romanian student who will study at SFA next year.
You can sign up and pick your time using Signup Genius.
If you can’t attend, but want to support our cause, make a donation here.


SFA seeks to win back Chief Caddo Saturday

SFA closes out the 2014 regular season by renewing its annual rivalry with border neighbor Northwestern State at Homer Bryce Stadium. Opening kick against the Demons is set for 3 p.m. as the two rivals will stage the 49th Battle for Chief Caddo.

Saturday’s forecast is looking to be warm but wet for the annual Battle for Chief Caddo. Temperatures are supposed to be significantly higher than last week, sitting in the low 70s, but rain chances remain high as the forecast is calling for rain and thunderstorms. Winds could also be a factor, hovering around 10 mph with gusts up to 15-20 mph.
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SFA dominates All-Southland Conference awards

SFA senior Paige Holland was named the 2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Setter of the Year and head coach Debbie Humphreys was named the Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday in conjunction with the all-conference teams.

SFA landed five student-athletes on the all-conference teams with Holland (Senior, S), Jill Ivy (Senior, OH), Jacque Allen (Junior, MB) and Justice Walker (Sophomore, MB) being selected to the first team and OJ Olson (Junior, L) receiving second-team honors.
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Fine Arts

Duet recital to feature violin, double bass

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the violin and double bass duet of Martha Walvoord and Jack Unzicker at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Walvoord and Unziker, both professors of music at the University of Texas, Arlington, are married, and each enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Walvoord's recent solo performances have taken her to China, Hong Kong, Spain, England, Costa Rica and across the U.S., including her performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" with the Quingdao Symphony Orchestra.
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SFA 'Danceworks' set for Nov. 20-22

The SFA dance program will present "Danceworks," a studio concert featuring student, faculty and guest artist choreography, Nov. 20-22.

Student works include senior choreographic projects by dance majors Brittany Barrerra and Ashley Sharp, as well as an independent choreographic project by Keith Haynes.

Guest artist choreography features "The Other One," a work by Min Kim of University of Texas-Pan American, and "Creed of Fools" choreographed by Meredith Early-Robertson of the University of Southern Mississippi. Early-Robertson served as a guest artist in October and set her three-part work to music by Brazilian composer/artist Gaetano Veloso, Burt Bacharach and the band M83 on members of the SFA Repertory Dance Company.
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SFA to present Tony Award-winning musical "Spamalot"

A cast of dozens of absurdly charming characters. A revolving castle. A bombastic pit orchestra playing a tongue-in-cheek score. French soldiers and killer rabbits.

All of this can add up to only one thing - Monty Python's "Spamalot."

SFA's Schools of Theatre and Music will present "Spamalot" by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 18 through 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee performance is also scheduled.

"Spamalot" is the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the 1975 classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA, is director and choreographer, and Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA professor of composition, serves as musical director.
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SFA jazz bands to perform music of Goodwin, Davis, Tomaro

The music of Los Angeles-based jazz composers as well as jazz legends like Miles Davis will be featured when the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces at SFA perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Pieces by John Clayton, Tom Kubis and multi-Grammy nominated composer Gordon Goodwin will be among the music performed by the Swingin' Axes, directed by Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA.

"Because of the influence of the Hollywood recording industry, L.A. is the home to some of the best all-around musicians in the world," Wurtz said. "With access to such a high level of talent, these gifted composers can comfortably write almost anything they want, knowing the local musicians are up to the challenge. For that reason, some of the most cutting-edge music comes to us out of the L.A. scene."
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Faculty jazz combo to perform with SFA Wind Ensemble

A jazz combo comprised of SFA music faculty member will perform with the SFA Wind Ensemble in a concert titled "New Directions" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in Turner Auditorium on the university campus.

The faculty combo includes Deb Scott, trombone; Larry Greer, guitar; J.D. Salas, bass; Brad Meyer, percussion; and James Pitts, piano. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will guest conduct the piece the combo will perform with the Wind Ensemble - "Electric Vortex" by Jennifer Bellor.

"Jennifer Bellor composed the piece to simulate the idea of an electric vortex where the jazz combo is the center of the vortex from where all electricity emerges," Anglley said.
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