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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 broadcast 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 throughout the country.


Salvation Army Angel Tree donations due today

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 with presents. 

Participants are encouraged to spend about $50 on gifts, which should be returned to the Involvement Center by noon today. For more information, contact odk@sfasu.edu.

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.

Dr. Rebecca Greer, SFA professor of fashion merchandising, whose students developed the tartan, presented the first scarf to Dr. Janice Pattillo.

The scarf measures 12 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.


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 the SFA and Nacogdoches communities, 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.
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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 is interested in expanding the program and currently has the following learning communities.

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.

SFA's Residence Hall Association to ring in the holiday season with annual extravaganza

The SFA Residence Hall Association will ring in the holiday season at its annual Holiday Extravaganza from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, on the SFA campus. This event is free and open to the public.

SFA's Pep Band and local music groups will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. on the front steps of the Austin Building. Jacob Lusk, RHA president, said the performances will be a treat, and the association always looks forward to the shows.

Following the performances, Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president, will address the community and introduce special guests from the North Pole. Attendees will be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus after the address.
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Service Learning Mini Grant applications now being accepted

Proposals are now being accepted for spring 2016 Service Learning Mini Grants. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

For more information about Service Learning programs and proposal guidelines, click here. Questions should be directed to Molly Moody, assistant director of leadership and service, at moodmk@sfasu.edu

Campus Recreation


Registration now open for SFA's annual Chili Cook Off

Think your department has the best chili recipe? Prove it!

SFA Campus Recreation will provide the sampling cups, napkins and tasting spoons from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at this year's annual Chili Cook Off.

The winning department will be presented with the engraved traveling trophy and will be entitled to all bragging rights. Participating departments also are encouraged to compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest, as well.

Click here to register. Registration forms are due by noon Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Athletics


Southland Conference chooses Walkup as Player of the Week

Fresh off his latest pair of spectacular performances, SFA men’s basketball senior Thomas Walkup was selected as the Southland Conference Player of the Week according to a press release issued by the SLC Monday.

The Pasadena, Texas, native now boasts four conference player-of-the-week awards in his career.
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Ladyjack basketball plays Louisiana State University - Shreveport at home tonight

The SFA women’s basketball looks to rebound from a tough road loss at Louisiana Tech University when the team takes on Louisiana State University – Shreveport at 7 p.m. tonight in SFA’s William R. Johnson Coliseum. LSU-Shreveport is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics team currently ranked 25th in the nation.

“LSU-Shreveport has done some good things already this year,” said head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg. “They’ve picked up a couple quality wins against some other ranked NAIA teams and competed well against a Division I program in an exhibition game. They’re really athletic and have some talented post players. They’ll challenge us in different ways for sure.”
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Men's basketball team to face three in Music City

The SFA men's basketball team will face three opponents in the 2015 American Sports Network Challenge in Music City, to be held Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Nashville Municipal Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

SFA will open the tournament against the Western Michigan University Broncos at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26. The 'Jacks then face Tulane University at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, before closing out the tournament against Appalachian State University at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.
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Fine Arts

Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

SFA's Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches will be open during a portion of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, gallery officials have announced.

The center will be open today and Wednesday, Nov. 25, closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, and open Saturday, Nov. 28, for the downtown Wassail Fest and Main Street's holiday lighting contest.

The theme of the art center's window display is based on the 1913 stop-action film "The Insects' Christmas" by Wladyslaw Starewicz, with a few modern twists thrown in. Starewicz is recognized as the father of Russian animation, pioneering his fanciful stop-motion films. "The Insects' Christmas" is a six-and-a-half-minute silent, animated and captioned film, emphasizing the joy of the holiday season.
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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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