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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Men's Basketball
vs. Samford
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27
Beginning of Thanksgiving Holiday
for students and faculty
8 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Day

Friday, Nov. 29
Men's Basketball
at UNC-Wilmington
6 p.m.
Wilmington, N.C.

Saturday, Dec. 14
9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.




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Harper will not return for 2014 football season

SFA director of athletics Robert Hill announced on Monday, Nov. 25, that head football coach J.C. Harper has been relieved of his duties effective immediately.

“Coach Harper and I met this morning at which time I shared with him my decision to make a change in our football leadership,” Hill said. “I want to thank him for his service to SFA and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Harper recently completed his seventh season as head football coach at SFA with a career record of 37-45. He joined the SFA coaching staff as defensive coordinator in 2005. Harper took over as the head coach prior to the 2007 season.

The Athletic Department will immediately begin a national search for a replacement.

President's Christmas Reception

Drs. Baker and Janice Pattillo cordially invite all faculty and staff members to attend the 2013 President's Christmas Reception. The staff reception is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and the faculty reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, both in the Grand Ballroom at the BPSC.

News & Announcements

SFA Gala to honor outstanding donors

Outstanding SFA donors and faculty members will be honored during the 25th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

"We are very excited about plans for the Gala, which promises to be especially memorable this year as we continue to celebrate SFA's 90th anniversary," said Jill Still, vice president for university advancement. "We look forward to paying special tribute to some of the university's most generous donors and recognizing the accomplishments of two outstanding SFA faculty members."

The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin's most accomplished musicians. Known for its versatile repertoire, the group performs everything from dance music to rock, jazz, 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 achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith at (936) 468-5406.

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 closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving and open during regular hours Friday, Nov. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

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.

Currently showing through Jan. 4 in the downstairs Ledbetter Gallery is "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead," which features Day of the Dead altars created by area artists and families to honor loved ones who have passed on.
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RHA has Angry Axe flash drives

The Residence Hall Association is selling one-of-a-kind Angry Axe flash drives made exclusively for the SFA 90th Anniversary until Nov. 30! For only $8 these one-gigabyte flash drives make great and inexpensive gifts for coworkers and loved ones. Email RHA at rha@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2700 to get yours today!  

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a third year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

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, along with the Polar Express and other unique model trains.

This year's 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. Amtrak and two major model railroad manufacturers have provided handouts for all attendees. Also, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss the importance of railroad safety.

All trains will be on display at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road, starting Friday, Nov. 29, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 13.
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Holiday Extravaganza

The holiday season is in the air and this year's Holiday Extravaganza will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. This event is held for the Nacogdoches community and university. Traditionally, SFA president Dr. Baker Pattillo, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus light the campus tree to help ring in the holiday season. Following the lighting of the tree, there will be a variety of activities, including cocoa and cookies, choir performances, and even an opportunity to take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Floral design exhibit

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in Room 118 of the Agricultural Building on Wilson Drive. The theme for this fall's exhibit is "movies." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

Stone Fort Museum to open exhibits

The Stone Fort Museum at SFA will host an opening reception for the exhibit "Sacred Spaces: Connecting with the Land" from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

The "Sacred Spaces" photography project explores the spiritual connection to the environment and landscape within the Nacogdoches area. The exhibit utilizes descriptions of the East Texas landscape dating back to the late 1600s, as well as from contemporary journals.

This project examines the relationship between individuals and their natural, social and built environments, all of which were interpreted through their faith. According to Dr. Kelley Snowden, Center for Regional Heritage Research assistant, understanding how individuals interpret their surroundings through faith will provide a better assessment of how landscape features should be preserved to enhance public spaces for an increase in community well-being, she said.

"We reached out to the community and any interested individuals for this project," Snowden said. "We were successful in recruiting 36 volunteers from seven different churches, representing five different Christian denominations."

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Purple Santa is coming to town again

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all SFA faculty and staff members 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) in need have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 6. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email 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. 9.

The toys will be donated to Love, INC 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 being 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, call (936) 468-7249.

Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.

The drum circle will take place  at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.

Admission: $8 for faculty/staff/community member; $5 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress code is business casual. Tickets may be purchased beginning Dec. 3 at the BPSC Information Desk or here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Reduced Facility Hours at the Rec

Week of Nov. 25

The Rec Center will have reduced hours on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 27. All facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving Break. To see all facility hours, please visit the Campus Rec website.

Chili Cook Off registration forms due

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Think your department can cook up the best chili? Put your recipe to the test! Campus Recreation is hosting a Chili Cook Off Challenge for SFA Departments as part of the Polar Bear Plunge event on Dec. 8. Students will vote on the best chili during the Polar Bear Plunge, and the winner will receive an awesome traveling trophy! Chili cook off participants also can compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest and win an award for best holiday presentation at the Polar Bear Plunge. For registration information, please contact Kati Van Dunk at vandunkkl@sfasu.edu.


Lumberjacks to host Samford today

SFA (3-2), coming off a 66-58 loss at East Tennessee State, will host Samford in its final game of the Roundball Showcase at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. Tuesday night's matchup is the first home game for the Lumberjacks since their season opener against UT-Tyler (Nov. 8) and also will represent the first meeting between the opposing schools.

Samford (1-5) will complete its longest road stretch in over 26 years Tuesday as the Bulldogs square off against SFA. SU enters the contest in the midst of a six-game road stretch. Since defeating Martin Methodist on Nov. 8, the Bulldogs have dropped consecutive road games at UT-Arlington, then No. 23 Indiana, ULM, ETSU and WKU. Samford's current road trip is the longest in school history since a similar six-game stretch from Jan. 28 - Feb. 8, 1988.
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Fine Arts

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform concert to remember JFK

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present "JFK: In Memoriam" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

A joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will open the concert with "An American Fanfare" by Rick Kirby.

"This fast and hard-driving fanfare is based on the melody from 'My Country, 'Tis of Thee,'" Anglley said.

The band will next perform Bruce Houseknecht's arrangement of "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokoff.

"Originally composed for choir, this piece has become a staple in the wind band literature," Anglley explained.
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SFA percussion students to present holiday concert

SFA's Percussion Department will present its annual holiday concert, "Percussion in the Pines," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The performance will feature both the SFA Percussion Ensemble and the SFA Steel Band, known as the Jacks of Steel, performing a collection of carols, popular tunes and contemporary holiday arrangements for percussion.

"The concert will be a great way for all ages to help celebrate the upcoming holiday season, as well as the end of a fantastic fall semester," said Dr. Brad Meyer, SFA's director of percussion studies.

Along with the holiday arrangements, the Jacks of Steel, will perform several fiery steel pan band arrangements to "help audience members warm up from the chilly, winter weather," Meyer said.
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Fredonia Players to present 'A Classic Christmas'

The SFA School of Theatre along with the Nine Flags Festival will present "A Classic Christmas" by the Fredonia Players at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, and at 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The musical theatre group will perform classic Christmas tunes that will delight and entertain, such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow," according to Shari Ellsworth, theatre appreciation instructor at SFA and the new director of the Fredonia Players.

Founded as "The Original Cast" more than 20 years ago by Dr. Alan Nielson, the musical theatre group changed its name to the Fredonia Players a few years ago to reflect a move toward an improvisational program. Ellsworth was assistant director for Nielson, who is now professor emeritus in SFA's School of Theatre, and she has brought the group back to its original form as a musical performance troupe.

"The Christmas show is very family oriented and will be enjoyed by all ages," Ellsworth said. "We also have included a few modern pieces, such as 'Mr. Grinch' and 'The Gift' by Jim Brickman."

The Fredonia Players also includes five featured dancers who will perform a waltz and a polka, according to Ellsworth.
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SFA School of Music to present annual Christmas concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual choral and orchestral Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Performing will be the A Cappella Choir, directed by Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA; Choral Union and Women's Choir, directed by Dr. Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor; and the Orchestra of the Pines, directed by Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras.

The ensembles will present "Evermore and Evermore," a holiday concert that mirrors a work of the same title, according to King.

"This work was composed by Norman Nelson, father of SFA music faculty's own Dr. Kirsten Nelson (assistant professor of bassoon and theory)," King said. "For many years, Norman was head of the theory department at West Texas A&M in Canyon. This multi-movement work for choir and orchestra is based on familiar carols that are arranged in different dance meters. Between each carol, different performing groups will be featured, adding a great deal of variety to the program."
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SFA Today will not run from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 29, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The publication will resume on Monday, Dec. 2. Have a wonderful break.

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