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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Women's basketball vs. St. Edward's
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27
Men's basketball vs. Prairie View A&M
Las Vegas, Nevada
8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28
Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display
Nacogdoches Railroad Depot
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Men's basketball vs. Brown/Austin Peay
Las Vegas, Nevada
TBA

Women's basketball vs. U.C. Riverside
Albuquerque, New Mexico
6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Women's basketball vs. Boston University/New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
TBA


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Headlines



Integrity: The SFA Way

The SFA Way is not an honor code, but the way things are done. It is a path to happiness, success and, for students, graduation.

An oak tree illustration represents The SFA Way. The oak’s root system anchors the mighty tree and allows for impressive above ground growth. The five root principles of The SFA Way create an atmosphere in which Lumberjacks can accomplish great things.

As faculty and staff members, we should model The SFA Way in our behavior, as we influence the students we serve. A helpful acronym to remember The SFA Way's five root principles is CURRI – Caring, Unity, Responsibility, Respect and Integrity.

Above, the fifth root principle is described.

Accomplishments

Deb Scott

School of Music

Scott, the director of SFA's Swingin' Aces, recently returned from guest conducting two different high school all-region jazz bands, Region 3 in Quinlan, Texas, and Region 13 in Palacios, Texas.

News & Announcements


SFA Today to resume publishing after holiday

This is the last edition of SFA Today that will be published this week.

You can still submit your accomplishments and articles for publication after Dec. 1.

Have a happy holiday!


Barnes & Noble plans faculty event

Please save the date for our faculty and staff member appreciation event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Refreshments and raffles will be on hand, as well as an extra discount on any SFA merchandise and accessories purchased during our event.

Center for Teaching and Learning requests survey participants

As part of its continual efforts to support faculty and academic programs at SFA, the Center for Teaching and Learning builds professional development programs based on input from SFA faculty members.

If you have not already completed CTL's three-minute Faculty Professional Development Survey, please do so by clicking here.

The survey will be available until Dec. 7.

SFA tartan products available for the holidays

For holiday giving, licensed official SFA Tartan products — lanyards, men's ties, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and insulated tumblers and mugs — are available through Barnes & Noble campus bookstore. For phone orders, contact Esther at (936) 468-2108. Men's SFA Tartan bowties are available online at collegiatetartan.com.

For spring gift or promotional needs such as advisory board members, graduating seniors, donors, etc., Michael Cannon with Collegiate Tartan Apparel is open to creating special order SFA Tartan items (listed above plus custom tote bags) with name of department or college added to the product (minimum orders of 30 pieces). For further information and pricing, contact Cannon at (336) 312-3296 or michael@collegiatetartan.com.

Get creative and show your school pride with SFA Tartan! Axe 'em, Jacks in Tartan!

Center for Digital Scholarship to explore SFA films collection

The Center for Digital Scholarship invites SFA to explore the SFA Films collection in ScholarWorks.

The filmmaking program at SFA has been actively generating professional filmmakers and cinematographers for more than 35 years. The program opens doors to an expansive career field in which the majority of graduates find employment in the film and video industry.

The center has archived many of the program’s short films and several of the featured films for the students and faculty to view. If you are interested in learning more about how you can submit your projects in ScholarWorks contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu.
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Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host fourth annual Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a fourth year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

Presented by the Loblolly Crew, the three-rail O gauge train layout is 12 feet by 16 feet and features two mainline loops of track, one designed to travel in a figure 8 and another in a point-to-point trolley line. Spectators can enjoy watching vintage steam and diesel engines pull passenger and freight cars around the depot's scenic display.

The Holiday Toy Trains display features buildings and attractions, all depicting a typical East Texas town. Scenery includes oil fields and industrial areas, a rail yard, a main street, and much more. Also, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss the importance of railroad safety.
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Fellows awards nominations now being accepted for 2016 Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research requests nominations for the 2016 CUR Fellows awards.  The CUR Fellows awards are presented at the biennial National Conference to two CUR members who have influenced undergraduate research through their own research, scholarly or creative projects with undergraduates, and demonstrated leadership activities.  Each CUR Fellow also receives a Brian Andreen-CUR Student Research Fellowship to be awarded to a deserving undergraduate at his/her respective institution.

Full details of the CUR Fellow criteria and biographies of past CUR Fellows can be found here.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1. Questions may be addressed to cur@cur.org. Read More

'Purple Santa' to collect toys Dec. 5

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all faculty and staff members at SFA to participate in “Purple Santa.” This has become a holiday tradition on campus. Participants provide new, unwrapped toys to help local children ages 5 to 12 to have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 5. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email Dr. Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu to arrange a pick-up time. Each group that donates toys to the cause will receive a special gift and will appear on Santa’s “nice list,” published in SFA Today throughout the week of Dec. 8.

Donated toys will be donated to Toys for Tots to help children in Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County. This event can provide a fun and festive treat for your office. Santa will be available to pose for pictures with individuals and groups.

Cash donations also are accepted. For more information or to drop off cash donations, visit the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. For more information about donations in general, call (936) 468-7249.

SFA Gardens to host holiday wreath-making seminar

The SFA Gardens will host a seminar titled "Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come. Join Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, 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 at home for the holidays.

In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will be introducing new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest. All materials will be provided.

Class size is limited, so register in advance for this holiday seminar. To register or for more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu. Cost is $25 for SFA Garden members and $30 for non-members.

Athletics

SFA falls 67-51 at Baylor

Junior Jared Johnson recorded a season-high 16 points off the bench, but the SFA men’s basketball team was unable to topple Baylor in a 67-51 loss on Monday night inside Ferrell Center.

Baylor (4-0) limited the Lumberjacks (1-3) to a season-low 33.3 mark (18-for-54) from the field and 19.2 percentage (5-for-26) from 3-point land.

The loss moves SFA to 1-3 on the season, the program’s worst start since the 1998-99 season when the team opened up 0-4.
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SFA prepares for fourth straight home game

The SFA Ladyjack basketball team will play game four of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against St. Edward's inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks come into the game at 2-1 while the Hilltoppers have won the first three games they've played this year. It is the final contest of a four-game home stand to begin the season for the Ladyjacks.

SFA routed ULM last Friday night by a score of 82-54 to improve to 2-1 on the year. For the second straight game, four Ladyjacks scored in double figures, including sophomore Taylor Ross, senior Porsha Roberts, sophomore Brentney Branch and senior Brittney Matthew. Roberts had a monster double-double, also hauling in 15 rebounds, nine of which came off the offensive glass.
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Ross named Southland Player of the Week

SFA sophomore guard Taylor Ross has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. It is the first such honor in her young career as a Ladyjack.

Ross continued her hot start to the 2014-15 season with two more 20-point performances to lead SFA to victories over Prairie View A&M and the University of Louisiana at Monroe last week. Ross, who has scored at least 23 points in all three games for the Ladyjacks this year, began the week by pouring in 24 points against PVAMU on 8-for-15 shooting to help her team come away with an 83-73 win on Tuesday, Nov. 18. She followed that effort up with 23-point showing on Friday, Nov. 21, as SFA cruised to an 82-54 victory over ULM. The Pflugerville, Texas, native set career-highs in free throws made (12) and assists (8) in that contest.
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Wiggs garners SLC, National POW accolades

SFA senior kicker Jordan Wiggs has been named the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, announced today by the league office. He then notched an impressive résumé booster, being named The Sports Network FCS Co-Special Teams National Player of the Week later in the day.

Wiggs was instrumental in helping SFA reclaim Chief Caddo Saturday night as the Lumberjacks downed border rival Northwestern State 27-24. The senior opened up the night by hitting a 20-yard field goal for the Lumberjacks, then recorded three extra points on SFA’s three touchdown strikes.
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Fine Arts

SFA art galleries announce Thanksgiving closures

The SFA School of Art has announced holiday closures for its galleries during the week of Thanksgiving.

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will be open during regular hours Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 25 and 26. The art center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and will remain closed throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. The center will reopen during regular hours beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Regular hours for the art center are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
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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. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Percussion Ensemble will play several holiday favorites, including "Deck the Halls," "Away in a Manger," "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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