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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
Dallas

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

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


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Dr. George Franks

Associate professor of government

Franks presented his paper “Career Impact of Having Applied Writing Exercises Incorporated into Academic Courses” during the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation held in Seville, Spain.

There were more than 700 academic participants representing institutions from approximately 80 countries. The conference's focus was on building modern higher-education learning systems and introducing new ideas in education promoting positive life outcomes for graduates.

News & Announcements

Faculty Senate to host student recruitment and retention forum

The Faculty Senate will host a student recruitment and retention forum at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Math Building, Room 101.

This is an opportunity to share ideas and successes for student recruitment. A discussion on the roll faculty members play in recruitment and retention to achieve a strategic enrollment plan also will be included.

State Sen. Bryan Hughes to offer SFA commencement address

State Sen. Bryan Hughes will offer SFA’s commencement address during the fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16, in Johnson Coliseum.

Hughes is serving his first term in the Texas Senate, representing the 16 counties of Senate District One in Northeast Texas. Previously, he represented District Five in the Texas House of Representatives for seven terms.

He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity.
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Office of International Programs to host presentation about South Korea, Pakistan tomorrow

The Office of International Programs invites faculty and staff members, students and community members to a cultural presentation about South Korea and Pakistan at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Ferguson Building, Room 479.

The event will include a presentation led by SFA international students from South Korea and Pakistan who will speak about their countries' traditions and lifestyle, and authentic food samples will be served. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

The Office of International Programs offers monthly Global Gateway Presentations to learn about different countries followed by an informal Q&A period. The presentations are given by SFA international students who share their culture and traditions, talk about everyday lives of the people, and speak from their own experiences.

For more information, contact Tetyana Kucher, international programs coordinator, at (936) 468-1779 or kucherta@sfasu.edu.

Kinesiology students to offer free fitness testing

As part of a service-learning project for kinesiology majors, SFA’s Human Performance Lab in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science is offering free health-related physical fitness testing from 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Human Performance lab located in the Education Annex, Room 112.

Testing will include assessments of cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and musculoskeletal fitness, and is available to healthy adults who pass a pre-participation activity screening.

For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Dustin Joubert, assistant professor, at joubertd@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation annual Angel Tree program accepting gifts

Campus Recreation is collecting new, unwrapped items for the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter and the Salvation Army for its annual Angel Tree.

Stop by the Campus Recreation lobby, grab a candy cane off the Angel Tree, and bring back the items listed on the tag by Dec. 15.

For more information or to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email campusrec@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Ladyjacks beat Central Baptist College 97-34

During last night’s women’s basketball game, the Ladyjack's solid defense overpowered the Mustangs, leading to a 97-34 victory.
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Jacks beat North Dakota State University 54-50

The highlight of last night’s men’s basketball game was the Jacks' defense against North Dakota State University.
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Volleyball team to play University of Mississippi

SFA’s volleyball team will play the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. tonight in the opening round of the 32-team National Invitational Volleyball Championship in Oxford. Mississippi.

SFA is one of seven teams from Texas that make up the 32-team field in the invitational.
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Fine Arts

Contemporary Ensemble to perform music of Metheny, Plini, Chon tonight

SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble will present a contemporary jazz/rock fusion concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

The program will feature the music of John Scofield and Pat Metheny, Plini, Suda, Tribal Tech and others, according to Andrew Sperandeo, adjunct faculty in Sound Recording Technology and guitar instructor in the School of Music. Sperandeo said he chose a program that would focus on “some challenging, higher-level music.” The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and 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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Popular ‘Percussion in the Pines’ concert to usher in holiday festivities

SFA’s Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band, both directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, will perform their annual “Percussion in the Pines” holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Percussion Ensemble will play holiday favorites, including the ensemble’s performance of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” 

The Steel Band, also known as the “Jacks of Steel,” will perform traditional and contemporary steel band tunes culminating in “Pan Christmas.”

The concert will be streamed live here.

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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Music faculty to perform collection of German art songs

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present “A Night of Song,” featuring music faculty members Kayla Roth, Dr. Danny Chapa and Dr. J.D. Salas, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The concert, which is part of the School of Music’s Calliope Series, will include German art songs, or lieder, from the Romantic era, or the mid to late 1800s.

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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With the holiday season in full swing, the pressure to find children (or children at heart) the perfect gift may seem daunting. However, giving something fun and educational may produce the gleeful reaction you are aiming to receive.

Monica Cardella and Elizabeth Gajdzik of Purdue Univeristy’s INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering have put together a list of toys aiming to inspire an interest in engineering-related disciplines.

At the top of the STEM list of toys is COZMO, a robot that incorporates a fun personality teaching coding principles and problem-solving.

To see more items on their top 10 engineering gift guide, click here.

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