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Friday, Nov. 10
Bowling at Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Classic
Three-day event
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Cross-country at NCAA South Central Regional Tournament
All day
College Station

Women's basketball at Kansas State University
5:30 p.m.
Manhattan, Kansas

Saturday, Nov. 11
Football vs. Nicholls State University
3 p.m.

Men's basketball at Longwood University
2 p.m.
Farmville, Virginia

Volleyball vs. Lamar University




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News & Announcements

Dr. Baker Pattillo receives Silver Bucket award

SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo received the 2017 Silver Bucket award yesterday during the Texas Forest Country Partnership's annual economic summit in Lufkin.

The award was presented by President and CEO of First Bank & Trust East Texas Jay Shands.

The Silver Bucket award is annually presented to a person who has given of themselves and "toted a lot of water" for the betterment of East Texas.

"He has worked tirelessly to establish an environment that ensures students have access to college, which has created economic growth in our 12-county region," Shands said of Pattillo. "To say he bleeds purple would be an understatement."

Fruit and vegetable production class hosting annual Edible Evening tonight

Students enrolled in SFA's fruit and vegetable production class are hosting the second annual Edible Evening from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. tonight in the Sprout Garden.

Students will share how to cultivate many favorite fall crops like carrots, lettuce and peas. Visitors will learn about small-scale techniques for cultivating crops and see how produce is grown for the Sprout Garden market.

Entry to this event is free. For general information, contact Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture and Sprout Garden steward, at barnesj@sfasu.edu.

Reeves Lecture Series to feature assistant director of Chicago Botanic Garden tonight

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tonight in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Andrew Bunting, assistant director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, will present “Magnolias: Queen of the Garden.”

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated. Parking is available at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and at Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Rusche College of Business renovates boardroom, expands experiential learning

SFA students in the Rusche College of Business have another avenue to engage in experiential learning.

In order to further its efforts in creating a corporate-like atmosphere, the Rusche College of Business renovated a boardroom in the McGee Business Building, Room 443, to provide students a meeting area typical of those used in the business industry. Students in upper-level business courses and in the Master of Business Administration program utilize the room.

The room also functions as a meeting space for the college’s Executive Advisory Board.
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ROTC competes in Ranger Challenge

Two teams from SFA’s Army ROTC program had impressive showings during the annual Ranger Challenge competition held during October in Fort Hood.

The regional competition pitted members from 13 Army ROTC programs in events aimed at testing their endurance and skill levels in varied activities. Cadets showcased their talents in an Army physical fitness test, a communications lane, weapons disassembly and reassembly, 10-mile march and other activities. SFA’s cadets trained six days a week for eight weeks to prepare for the competition.

The teams’ fitness levels had to be assessed before they could begin their training schedule.
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Dance team to hold 2017 Kid's Clinic and performance

The SFA dance team with hold the 2017 Kid’s Clinic and performance at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Participants will perform later that day during the basketball game halftime.

The cost is $55 per dancer. Register by Dec. 1 to ensure a spot and T-shirt. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details no later than the Monday of the event.

Payment and waiver are due the day of the event. Click here to register, and click here to access the waiver.

Social Events team hosting faculty and staff member happy hour

The next SFA faculty and staff member happy hour is set from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Naca Valley Vineyard, located at 9897 FM 1878 just outside Nacogdoches.

Cost is $6 for four wine tastings or $9 for six tastings. Wine by the glass or bottle also will be available for purchase. Guests may bring their own snacks or dinner.

This will be an adults-only event with limited seating. RSVP at aroquemore@sfasu.edu. SFA faculty and staff members may bring only one non-SFA guest. 

For more information about Naca Valley Vineyard, visit its website or Facebook page.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, please “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.


Women’s basketball opens 50th season

Two Division I women's basketball teams will square off when SFA plays Kansas State University tomorrow at Bramlage Coliseum.

Both programs are kicking off their 50th season of competition, and both have a longstanding tradition of success.
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Softball starts 2018 early signings with seven additions

SFA’s softball program signed seven newcomers for its 2018 class Wednesday on opening day of the early signing period.

The Ladyjacks welcome Kaelyn Roberts, Mackenzie Bennett, Cassidy Tucker, Alex Hedspeth, Kaitlyn Boudreaux, Darryan Welborn and Kassidy Wilbur to the SFA softball family.
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Fine Arts

Trombone Choir to perform program of various musical styles tonight

SFA’s Trombone Choir will present a program that features a mix of musical styles when it performs at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone, and Dr. Daniel Chapa, adjunct professor of trombone and euphonium, the Trombone Choir will present a variety of musical styles ranging from 16th century Renaissance to current compositions.

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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‘Mr. Burns’ connects ‘The Simpsons,’ pop-culture, post-apocalyptic future

“Mr. Burns, a post-electric play” uses the TV series “The Simpsons” as a vehicle – a shield or distraction – to avoid dealing with the hard truth of the world as it has become in a post-apocalyptic era. The dark comedy will be presented by SFA’s School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. every night through Saturday, Nov. 11, in Turner Auditorium.

The play follows six people (and later seven) who have survived a nationwide nuclear power disaster. Society has collapsed, and there is no electricity.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.
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Vintage French WWI posters featured in exhibition

SFA’s School of Art and the SFA Galleries will host the exhibition “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France” through Dec. 30, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition features French World War I posters from the extensive collection of Dr. Jere Jackson, director of the Center for East Texas Studies and former SFA Regents Professor. Topics of the lithographed posters made during WWI address issues concerning the war, including posters that focus on children during the war.

Jackson will speak at a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day.

Admission is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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SFA voice students to present opera program

SFA’s voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Cole Concert Hall.

The program includes selections from “West Side Story,” “Wonderful Town,” “Into the Woods,” “Street Scene” and “Candide.”

The opera scenes are from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “Le nozze di Figaro,” Gioachino Rossini’s “Il barbieri di Siviglia,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief” and Mark Adamo’s “Little Women.”

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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Do you ever tire of seeing your friend’s dinner on social media? Turns out, restaurants try to entice customers to photograph their “works of art” and help them advertise for free.

Restaurateurs select fixtures to put dishes in their best light. White dishware allows creative and colorful food to pop. The use of slate, brick, whitewashed wood and other natural elements make a nice background. Adding a logo to the plate or paper placemat/tray liner furthers name recognition.

Restaurants are not the only ones to get in this social media game. Public spaces and museums are using these tricks, too. To read more, click here.

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