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Tuesday, Nov. 28
Men's basketball vs. North Dakota State University
7:30 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Central Baptist College
5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Volleyball at University of Mississippi
6 p.m.
Oxford, Mississippi

Friday, Dec. 1
SFA Planetarium
"Season of Light"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

Track and field at two-day Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Meet

Saturday, Dec. 2
Men's basketball vs. University of Louisiana Monroe
3:30 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. University of South Dakota
1 p.m.




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Outstanding faculty members to be honored at 29th SFA Gala

Two outstanding faculty members will be honored during the 29th annual SFA Gala Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Faculty member awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

Lauren Selden, associate professor of art, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Candace Hicks, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Art, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.

The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will begin about 8:30 p.m. and will be provided by Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin’s most accomplished musicians whose repertoire ranges from dance music to jazz, rock, country and hip hop.

Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty member achievement.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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SFA Gardens to host holiday wreath-making seminar

SFA Gardens will host a garden seminar, “Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come. Join Dawn Stover, research associate with SFA Gardens, to learn how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from the garden.

Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and make a wreath to enjoy and take home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest.

All materials will be provided. Class size is limited, so register in advance by calling (936) 468-1832, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu. The cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members.


Second-half surge lifts Jacks past Florida A&M University

SFA’s men's basketball team was slow-going in the first half, but turned it around to beat Florida A&M University 79-63 yesterday in Johnson Coliseum.
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Ladyjacks win overtime thriller at the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic

During the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic, SFA’s women's basketball team beat Alcorn State University 83-79 in overtime Saturday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

SFA won with successful free throws, strong defensive play and key baskets down the stretch.
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Volleyball to face University of Mississippi

SFA’s volleyball team has been chosen to participate in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

The Ladyjacks' first-round match is against the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Gillom Athletic Performance Center in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Fine Arts

Guest artist King to present double bass recital tonight

SFA’s School of Music will present guest artist Sidney A. King performing a double bass recital at 6 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

King, an associate professor of double bass and music education in the University of Louisville School of Music, will present a recital that he describes as “a model of a personal statement about what an artist has to offer, much like an exhibition by a visual artist or painter.”

“It includes one of my compositions, one of my transcriptions, a work I commissioned, a work by a close friend and works especially chosen for collaboration with faculty artists at SFA,” King said.

Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Friends of the Visual Arts fosters artistic exchange through scholarships

SFA's Friends of the Visual Arts continues to make dreams come true for young Mexican artists who want to attend SFA but have limited economic resources.

For several years, the FVA has awarded scholarships to students from Mexico who would like to enroll in the School of Art’s ceramics program but could not afford to do so. These opportunities exist in part due to the influence of SFA Professor of Ceramics Piero Fenci and his collaboration with the ceramics program at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico.

Fenci was the driving force in founding the first program of contemporary ceramic art in northern Mexico, and the ceramics program at the Chihuahua university located just south of El Paso is now thriving. In particular, two former students who were products of the program – Kira Enriquez and Adan Saenz – came to SFA a few years ago to study ceramics.

Today, Saenz is the professor in charge of the ceramics program at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, and Enriquez heads up the ceramics program at Indiana State University.
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Congressional Art Competition exhibition to show in Griffith Gallery

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.

The artwork submitted for the competition by students living within U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert’s congressional district will be displayed in Griffith Gallery.

The entries will be exhibited tomorrow through Saturday, Dec. 2, when an awards ceremony will be held and an open house and reception will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will close following the reception.
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Wind Ensemble to perform music of Copland, Grantham

SFA’s Wind Ensemble will present the program “Americana” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Turner Auditorium.

The concert offers music from different parts of America, and the featured work on the program will be “Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland, who wrote both the orchestral and band versions of the piece in 1938.

The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the School of Music.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Many family photos were taken last Thursday, but only a small percentage probably resulted in shots as clever as these.

Photographer Guy Vainer and his wife want to document the life of their twins in the most fun way possible. From flying trapeze performers to kitchen rockstars, the photos of these twins are sure to make you laugh.

To view more funny family photos, click here.

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