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Saturday, Nov. 21
Men's cross county at the NCAA National Championships
TBA
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
TBA
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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Lumberjack Marching Band readies for Macy's parade performance

While many SFA students will spend a relaxing Thanksgiving Day at home celebrating the holiday with family and friends, the members of the Lumberjack Marching Band will be far from home representing SFA in a big way.

In less than a week, the Lumberjack Marching Band will take the "Boldest Sound from the Oldest Town" to New York City where members will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and show their university pride in the band's signature spirited style.

The LMB leaves Tuesday to make another appearance on a worldwide stage as one of four bands selected from more than 175 applicants in the 2.5-mile parade route. More than 300 Lumberjack musicians and their directors will travel in two chartered flights from Longview to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and then travel by bus to their hotel in Newark, New Jersey. On Thursday morning, the LMB will take its place as the second band in the full parade line-up behind Macy's All-American Marching Band.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs spring calendar now available

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs invites faculty and staff members and students to attend a number of exciting spring events hosted by the organization. The full calendar is available here.

Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 30: Second Annual Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference.
Registration is now open.

Thursday, Feb. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Thursday, Feb. 25: OMA Step Show

Tuesday, March 1: Vagina Monologues performance

Thursday, April 7: Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble Performance

Tuesday, April 12: OMA Peace Meal

Saturday, April 16: Why Don’t We Know Our History: Part III

Questions about any of the events should be directed to Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, by email at aireno@sfasu.edu or by calling (936) 468-1073.

SFA tartan scarf now available

Wool and cashmere scarves, the newest official SFA tartan product, arrived on campus this week. The first scarf was presented to Dr. Janice Pattillo by Dr. Rebecca Greer, SFA professor of fashion merchandising, whose students developed the tartan.

The scarf measures 12 inches by 72 inches, is 95 percent Merino wool, five percent cashmere and retails for $79.95.

Scarves are for sale at the SFA Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore or online at collegiatetartan.com. The bookstore can ship to any customers outside of Nacogdoches. 

Call the bookstore at (936) 468-2108 to place an order.

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.

Athletics


Ladyjack volleyball begins Southland Conference Tournament with Quarterfinal bout against Houston Baptist University

The third-seeded SFA volleyball team will begin its fight for a spot at the 2015 National Collegiate Athletics Association Division I Volleyball Tournament at 4 p.m. today in a quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Houston Baptist University in Conway, Arkansas.

In the 28 years head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys has been at the helm, SFA has never failed to appear in the Southland Conference Tournament. This season, the Ladyjacks posted an all-time record of 27-24. No team in the 13-squad conference has more first-place or runner-up finishes than SFA’s four titles and eight runner-up finishes.
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Five commit to SFA baseball for 2016-17

Five Texas student-athletes have been selected by SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas to make up the ‘Jacks’ 2016-17 early signees.

Joining the team for the 2016-17 school year are: Aaron Cardona, of Corpus Christi, Texas; Josh Campbell of Angleton, Texas; Cash Cleaver of Jacksonville, Texas; Ivan Garcia of Rockwall, Texas, and Jackson Gore of Kirbyville, Texas.
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Ladyjack bowling team ranked eighth in November poll

The SFA bowling team remains among the nation’s top-10 squads according to the National Tenpin Coaches Association's November poll. The Ladyjacks, now ranked eighth, dropped five spots from their third-place rank in the October poll.

SFA notched a pair of top-10 showings last month, to open the year with a fifth-place victory at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational in Kenner, Louisiana. The Ladyjacks then placed eighth at the extremely competitive Fairleigh Dickinson New Jersey jamboree in North Brunswick, New Jersey, posting a 16-10 record through the two events.
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Mathenge ready for championships

SFA junior Charles Mathenge is set to compete in the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s Cross Country Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mathenge will represent the Lumberjacks in the national field for the second straight year after claiming eighth place at the NCAA South Central Regional tournament last week in College Station, Texas. The Ol Kalou, Kenya, native is the first student-athlete from the men’s program to qualify for the NCAAs in back-to-back years.
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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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Fine Arts

SFA jazz bands to perform tribute program tonight

The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, the jazz bands at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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.

The final show is scheduled 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 School of Theatre's ‘Macbeth’ closes Saturday

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. The show's final two performances are tonight and Saturday, Nov. 21.
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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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Annual 'Percussion in the Pines' concert to usher in holiday festivities

The SFA Percussion Ensemble and SFA Steel Band, both directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, will perform their annual "Percussion in the Pines" holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Cole Concert Hall.

The Percussion Ensemble will play several holiday favorites, including "Deck the Halls," "Carol of the Bells," "Sleigh Ride," "Oh Holy Night" and "Silent Night," according to Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music.

The ensemble's performance of "The 12 Days of Christmas" is always a "hilarious and exciting way to end the first half of the concert," Meyer said.
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NASA recently used satellite imagery to produce a pretty neat video of a year of life on Earth.

More accurately, scientists recorded density of plant growth from December to February around the planet, resulting in an undulating picture of life on the continents and seas. Check it out and learn more about the project here.

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