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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


Friday, Nov. 27
Men's basketball vs. Tulane University
7 p.m.
Nashville, Tennessee


Women's basketball vs. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
3:30 p.m.
Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday, Nov. 28
Women's basketball vs. Indiana State University
1 p.m.
Kansas City, Missouri


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Lumberjack Marching Band Macy's parade schedule

The Lumberjack Marching Band will hit the streets in New York City at 10:06 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gets underway.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. in all time zones, and the band is scheduled to appear early on during the show. The parade will be broadcast on NBC affiliates across the country.


SFA's Jacks Council on Family Relations serves community with Thanksgiving Homebound project

SFA's Jacks Council on Family Relations is serving more than 100 families through its annual Thanksgiving Homebound project.

During the past few weeks, the group asked community and SFA members, organizations and departments to donate Thanksgiving meals to families in its adopted organizations, which includes Solid Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, GETCAP Head Start, and The Family Crisis Center of East Texas. Jacks Council on Family Relations faculty adviser Dr. Jennifer Newquist explained how students collect and distribute the food.

"Students and faculty advisers send out interest letters to organizations on campus, academic departments and individuals asking them to adopt a family," Newquist said. "Once the organization has adopted a family it is given a grocery list. The organization then takes this list and purchases everything needed for a Thanksgiving meal, including a $25 gift card to purchase perishable items such as a turkey."
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Mr. and Miss SFA nominations today

Nominations for the SFA Alumni Association’s annual Mr. and Miss SFA awards are due today at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Office, 300 E. Vista Drive.

More information about the requirements and the application is available here.

SFA tartan scarf now available

Wool and cashmere scarves, the newest official SFA tartan product, are now available at the SFA Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore or online at collegiatetartan.com. The bookstore can ship to any customers outside of Nacogdoches.

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.

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


Salvation Army Angel Tree donations due tomorrow

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 tomorrow. For more information, contact odk@sfasu.edu.

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host fifth-annual Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a fifth year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot.

Sponsors for this year's event are SFA and the SFA Center for Regional Heritage Research, the City of Nacogdoches, Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific.

All model trains will be on display at 101 Old Tyler Road, starting Friday, Nov. 27, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The display is free and open to the public.
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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.

Residence Life accepting applications for residential learning community leaders

The SFA Department of Residence Life is looking for faculty and staff members interested in sponsoring a new community on campus. A residential learning community is a place where students with a similar major, social or cultural interest can live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member.

The department currently has the following learning communities, and is interested in expanding the program.

Upperclassmen:
Community Service - Lumberjack Lodge
Honors Chemistry - Wisely Hall
International - North Hall
Outdoor Experiences - Lumberjack Village
Pre-Nursing - Lumberjack Village
ROTC - Lumberjack Village
Upper-Class Honors - Wisely Hall

Freshmen:
Freshmen Leadership Academy - Steen East
STEM - Lumberjack Landing

To propose a new learning community, complete the application or contact Shea Roll, hall director, at rollsc@sfasu.edu. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Athletics


Men's basketball team topples Louisiana State University - Shreveport, 88-64

The SFA men’s basketball team began building confidence again this weekend after opening the season with two consecutive losses. An 88-64 victory over Louisiana State University – Shreveport at William R. Johnson Coliseum Saturday reassured the team that much of the early-season rust has been disposed of.

Senior Demetrious Floyd brought 56 points to the board for SFA while sinking 19 of his career-high 21 points in the second half. Senior Thomas Walkup added 20 points and finished one rebound short of a double-double.
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Lumberjack football defeated at 50th Chief Caddo Battle, 33-17

SFA struck first in the 50th Battle for Chief Caddo, but 17 unanswered points in the second quarter gave Northwestern State University the momentum needed to hand the Lumberjacks a 33-17 loss at Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

SFA closed out the 2015 season with a 4-7 overall record and a 4-5 record in the Southland Conference.
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Ladyjack basketball falls to Louisiana Tech University

Despite a hotly contested first half, the SFA women’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with Louisiana Tech University Saturday night, falling 76-44 in the Ladyjacks’ first road game of the year inside Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, Louisiana.

SFA kept the Lady Techsters to a one-point difference during the first half, but a 32-4 third quarter sealed the victory for Louisiana.
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Mathenge caps 2015 season at nationals

SFA cross country runner Charles Mathenge ended his season this weekend with a 189th-place finish at the NCAA National Championships at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky. He recorded a time of 31:53.6.
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Fine Arts

'Kids For President' children's show coming to SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Kids For President" in two performances Friday, Dec. 4, in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Just in time for the 2016 presidential election year, "Kids for President" is comprised of several short plays and songs adapted from children's writings, capturing their curiosity and excitement about the election process.

The production by Child's Play Touring Theatre combines whimsy and political thought, backed up by live music, colorful costumes and backdrops based on children's artwork, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.
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SFA voice students to present 'Fall Opera Scenes'

SFA voice students will present eight staged and semi-costumed opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Fall Opera Scenes" will feature upper level and graduate students enrolled in the opera class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera, and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and opera at SFA.

"This is the largest fall opera workshop class I have ever taught," Dalton said. "There are 27 in the class. My goal is to cast each student in a scene that is appropriate to his or her voice type and stage of vocal development."
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Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform British, American classics

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert of British and American band classics at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"The Ties that Bind" is a program that includes the music of Malcolm Arnold, Clifton Williams, W. Francis McBeth and John Barnes Chance. The program also will feature "Thanksgiving Hymn," arranged for band by SFA Director of Bands Fred J. Allen and conducted by graduate student Dwight Watson of Lavon.

The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert with Arnold's "Peterloo Overture," arranged for concert band by Charles Sayre.
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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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A 72-year-old man is making his way across Texas on foot this year.

David Roberts began his trek across the Lone Star State from New Orleans, Louisiana, and plans to be in Silver City, New Mexico, by spring, according to his website. Along the way, Roberts is staying in Texas State Parks and writing about the experience. You can follow his journey through his blog.

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