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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Nov. 30
Classes resume

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Women's basketball vs. the University of Texas at Arlington
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Friday, Dec. 4
Women's basketball vs. Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
5 p.m.

"Season of Light" SFA Planetarium screening
7 p.m.

SFA Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Saturday, Dec. 5
Men's basketball vs. Texas Southern University
5 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's basketball vs. Weber State University




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Dr. Chris Barker

Department of Geology

Barker, associate professor of geology, recently received the annual Student Instructor Professor Bravo award for his outstanding support of students acquiring special instruction at SFA's Academic Assistance and Resource Center.

Kerron Joseph, director of the AARC's science program, presented the award.

News & Announcements

Presentations now being accepted for 2016 Teaching Showcase

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host the 2016 Teaching Showcase from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. The Showcase provides faculty and staff members and teaching assistants with the opportunity to share best practices and innovative teaching methods, recognize colleagues and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Faculty and staff members and teaching assistants are invited to submit presentation proposals through this form. Each five-minute presentation should address innovations used in physical or online classrooms that enhance the learning experience, such as stimulating critical thinking, learning from failure, teaching with technology, increasing cultural awareness and innovative applications of teaching and learning theory.

For additional information or to see examples of last year's presentations, visit the Teaching Showcase online.

SFA Planetarium show begins Friday

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Season of Light" program will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The show will run each Friday through Dec. 18.

The program is about the sky, special celebrations and traditions of the winter solstice season. Attendees will search for December constellations, planets and other fascinating objects using the Planetarium's star projector following each show.

Tickets cost $2 each.
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Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host fifth-annual Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display is now open at the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

Sponsors for this year's event are SFA and the SFA Center for Regional Heritage Research, the City of Nacogdoches, Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific.

All model trains will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and Dec. 11; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13. The display is free and open to the public.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs spring calendar now available

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs invites faculty and staff members and students to attend a number of exciting spring events hosted by the organization. The full calendar is available here.

Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 30: Second Annual Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference.
Registration is now open.

Thursday, Feb. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Thursday, Feb. 25: OMA Step Show

Tuesday, March 1: Vagina Monologues performance

Thursday, April 7: Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble Performance

Tuesday, April 12: OMA Peace Meal

Saturday, April 16: Why Don’t We Know Our History: Part III

Questions about any of the events should be directed to Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, by email at aireno@sfasu.edu or by calling (936) 468-1073.

Applications for residential learning community leaders due tomorrow

The SFA Department of Residence Life is looking for faculty and staff members interested in sponsoring a new community on campus. A residential learning community is a place where students with a similar major, social or cultural interest can live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member.

The department is interested in expanding the program and currently has the following learning communities.

Community Service - Lumberjack Lodge
Honors Chemistry - Wisely Hall
International - North Hall
Outdoor Experiences - Lumberjack Village
Pre-Nursing - Lumberjack Village
ROTC - Lumberjack Village
Upper-Class Honors - Wisely Hall

Freshmen Leadership Academy - Steen East
STEM - Lumberjack Landing

To propose a new learning community, complete the application or contact Shea Roll, hall director, at rollsc@sfasu.edu. The deadline for submissions is tomorrow.

SFA's Residence Hall Association to ring in holiday season tomorrow

The SFA Residence Hall Association will ring in the holiday season at its annual Holiday Extravaganza from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow on the SFA campus. This event is free and open to the public.

SFA's Pep Band and local music groups will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. on the front steps of the Austin Building. Jacob Lusk, RHA president, said the performances will be a treat, and the association always looks forward to the shows.

Following the performances, Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president, will address the community and introduce special guests from the North Pole. Attendees will be able to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus after the address.
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Service Learning Mini Grant applications now being accepted

Proposals are now being accepted for spring 2016 Service Learning Mini Grants. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

For more information about Service Learning programs and proposal guidelines, click here. Questions should be directed to Molly Moody, assistant director of leadership and service, at moodmk@sfasu.edu

Campus Recreation

Healthy for the Holidays seminar scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2

Join SFA’s Employee Wellness for the “Healthy for the Holidays” seminar, scheduled for 5: 15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Campus Recreation Meeting Room.

The course offers tips and tricks on making holiday recipes healthier, surviving holiday parties and staying active while on the road. 

Pre-register and reserve a spot for the free seminar by contacting Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.


Walkup, Charles lead SFA to victory over Appalachian State University

SFA forced 27 Appalachian State University turnovers, scored 38 points off of the Mountaineer’s throwaways and earned a combined 46 points from Thomas Walkup and Ty Charles in a 94-84 triumph Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Ladyjack basketball sinks Indiana State University to win UMKC Plaza Lights Classic

The SFA women’s basketball team built a big lead in the fourth quarter of Saturday's University of Missouri – Kansas City Plaza Lights Classic. The Ladyjacks were able to maintain the lead for a 71-62 victory over Indiana State University. The Ladyjacks won the tournament's team title with a 2-0 record.

Juniors Taylor Ross and Brentney Branch racked up a combined 39 points. Branch sparked the Ladyjacks with 12 first-half points and Ross helped secure the victory in the game’s closing minutes.
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Williams, Franklin claim all-conference honors for SFA football

SFA football’s senior offensive lineman Byron Williams and sophomore defensive end John Franklin were both named to the All-Southland Conference second team and are among six SFA players who recently earned all-conference honors.

Junior quarterback Zach Conque, junior defensive end Kedrick Harrison, senior linebacker Justin Owens and junior defensive back Patrick Martin also received awards for their performance this season.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Latin Lumberjacks to perform salsa-influenced program

SFA's Latin Lumberjacks ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Latin Lumberjacks is comprised of members of the Sound Recording Technology program within the SFA School of Music. Directed by Luigi Lazareno, music faculty member, the group will perform a variety of popular songs in salsa style.

"The purpose of the Latin Lumberjacks is for these students to be exposed to different rhythm styles that are in salsa music," Lazareno said. "All styles must be approached with the appropriate concepts and techniques to play them properly."
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Holiday concert to feature Christmas portion of 'Messiah'

The combined choirs at SFA, along with the Orchestra of the Pines, will present SFA's traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the William M. Turner Auditorium.

A highly anticipated holiday event, the concert will feature the  A Cappella, Choral Union, Women's choirs and orchestra performing Act 1 - often referred to as the "Christmas portion" - of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," according to Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music and director of the performance.

"Since the early '80s, the community has been treated to various productions of the 'Christmas portion,' or Act 1, of 'Messiah,'" King said. "Nacogdoches has come to expect it and has eagerly supported the performance as part of their family's Christmas tradition."
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Congressional Art Competition exhibition opens tomorrow

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.

This year, the artwork submitted for the competition by students living within U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert's congressional district will be displayed in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

The entries will be exhibited tomorrow through Saturday, Dec. 5. An awards ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday in the William M. Turner Auditorium followed by a reception in the Griffith Gallery. The exhibition will close following the reception. Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building and is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The exhibition will open at 10 a.m. prior to the awards ceremony.
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Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform British, American classics

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert of British and American band classics at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"The Ties that Bind" is a program that includes the music of Malcolm Arnold, Clifton Williams, W. Francis McBeth and John Barnes Chance. The program also will feature "Thanksgiving Hymn," arranged for band by SFA Director of Bands Fred J. Allen and conducted by graduate student Dwight Watson of Lavon.

The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert with Arnold's "Peterloo Overture," arranged for concert band by Charles Sayre.
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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. 2, in the Cole Concert Hall.

The Percussion Ensemble will play several holiday favorites, including "Deck the Halls," "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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SFA voice students to present 'Fall Opera Scenes'

SFA voice students will present eight staged and semi-costumed opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Fall Opera Scenes" will feature upper level and graduate students enrolled in the opera class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera, and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and opera at SFA.

"This is the largest fall opera workshop class I have ever taught," Dalton said. "There are 27 in the class. My goal is to cast each student in a scene that is appropriate to his or her voice type and stage of vocal development."
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'Inocente' documentary presents snapshot of homeless children in America

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Inocente" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Inocente" is a personal and vibrant coming-of-age documentary about a young artist's fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings, according to information at inocentedoc.com.

At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. "Inocente" is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America - children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, "Inocente" will immerse the viewer in the real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war rarely seen, the website says.
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Theatre students to present 'Bobby Gould in Hell'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Bobby Gould in Hell" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Baytown senior theatre major Stephen Davis directs David Mamet's one-act play that examines the life of the title character and his past sins after he dies and is in the waiting room of hell.

"'Bobby Gould in Hell' is a dark comedy in which we find our title character in discussion with the Devil himself about Gould's immortal soul," Davis said.
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SFA's Rockin' Axes to perform 'The Sounds of the '70s'

SFA's The Rockin' Axes will present "The Sounds of the '70s" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the music of the widely popular Stevie Wonder; the Bee Gees; Kansas; Billy Joel; the Eagles; Earth, Wind and Fire; and others.

The Rockin' Axes is comprised of students in the SFA School of Music's Sound Recording Technology program. Their course focus has been on influential and popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to Andrew Sperandeo, SRT instructor and director/arranger for the Rockin' Axes.
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Happy 180th birthday to Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. On top of a prolific writing career, Clemens had some friends in high places, including Thomas Edison, who shot some video of the author and his family in the early 1900s.

View the footage here.

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