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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

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

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




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News & Announcements

Faculty and staff breakfast scheduled for Dec. 6

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast is set for 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the East College Dining Hall. Help spread the word about this event, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

For a special price of $3, SFA faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

This event is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

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

Public history graduate students help create NIBCO exhibit

A pair of public history graduate students have joined with NIBCO, a 111-year-old valve, fittings and flow control products company with 10 manufacturing plants throughout the U.S., Mexico and Poland, to research, design and create an exhibit to celebrate the 75th anniversary of NIBCO’s Nacogdoches plant.

Graduate students Laura Turner and Amanda Saylor, both from Nacogdoches, built the exhibit in the plant with help from Sheri Howard, NIBCO’s Nacogdoches plant manager.

Howard reached out to Carolyn Spears, Stone Fort museum curator, and Dr. Perky Beisel, SFA associate professor of history, and asked for their assistance in creating an exhibit to highlight NIBCO’s accomplishments during the past 75 years. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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Elementary education, hospitality administration students join to host ‘Book Bites’

Local teachers took a bite out of education recently as they participated in “Book Bites,” a collaborative event organized by SFA’s elementary education and hospitality administration students.

For two nights, a range of children’s books focused on diversity were brought to life with food as students in courses taught by Dr. Lauren Burrow, SFA assistant professor in elementary education, and Jill Pruett, adjunct instructor in the School of Human Sciences, joined to produce the first “Book Bites” event. Burrow invited local kindergarten, first, second and third grade teachers to attend.

Elementary education students researched and selected children’s books focused on diversity and worked in groups to create video book reports. They created lesson plans to accompany each book, and had examples for event attendees to review and take home.

Hospitality administration students in a management of meal production course selected and cooked meals based on the various book themes, which included Hispanic heritage, special education, religion, race and more.
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School psychology mini conference scheduled

The Department of Human Services is hosting a school psychology mini conference from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, in the human services and technology lobby.

School psychology master’s and doctoral students will use their research to discuss current trends in school psychology. Faculty members also will be in attendance to discuss their research and clinical interests.

2017 Fall Teacher Job Fair slated for Dec. 8

The Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2017 Fall Teacher Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 8, in the HPE Complex gym.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to find a full-time position and network with professionals. Click here for a list of participating employers.

If a faculty member would like record of attendance for his/her students, a class roster or a sign-in sheet must be provided by the faculty member to the CCPD by Thursday, Dec. 7.

Students will need to bring their student ID for check-in, as well as copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event.

Information about these resources may be found on the center's website. For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, at (936) 468-3305 or derouenb@sfasu.edu.


Volleyball team's season comes to an end

SFA’s volleyball team had an amazing season and was able to participate in its first postseason match in more than a decade.

However, the season came to an end at the National Invitational Volleyball Championship with a loss against the University of Mississippi yesterday in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Fine Arts

Graduate student vocalist explores Italian culture, music

Joshua Chavira, Houston graduate vocal performance student, traveled extensively this past summer to study Baroque singing at a prestigious and historic early-music program in Urbino, Italy.

The program, Musica Antica, included more than 400 participants. Chavira was one of only four Americans to participate. 

To hear one of his performances, attend SFA’s annual choral holiday concert, “Christmas Celebration,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Turner Auditorium.

For ticket information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For more information on Chavira, contact him at joshuachavira@mail.com or (832) 492-6932.
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Rockin’ Axes to perform works of Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Muse

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Rockin’ Axes performing “The ’90s and Early, New Millennium Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Cole Concert Hall.

Among the concert selections are “Satellite” by The Dave Matthews Band, “This Love” by Maroon 5 and “Uprising” by Muse.

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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Screening set for ‘Christmas With the Dead’

A special, free one-night screening of “Christmas With the Dead” is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

Directed by T.L. Lankford, “Christmas With the Dead” is a zombie apocalypse film based on a short story by the same name written by Nacogdoches author Joe R. Lansdale. Lansdale’s son, Keith, wrote the screenplay.

It stars SFA filmmaking instructor Brad Maule, who co-produced the film with William Arscott, professor of filmmaking at SFA.

Much of the film’s soundtrack was composed and performed by students of SFA's School of Music. Original songs were performed by Kasey Lansdale, daughter of the author.

Those attending the screening are encouraged to dress as zombies. Some of the filmmakers and performers will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A session following the screening.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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School of Music to present Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ in annual holiday concert

The choirs at SFA, along with the Festival Orchestra, will present SFA’s traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Turner Auditorium.

The highly anticipated “Christmas Celebration” concert will feature “Magnificat in D” by Johann Sebastian Bach and other seasonal favorites, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

SFA’s A Cappella Choir, Women’s Choir and Choral Union, with Murphy and Dr. Tod Fish conducting, will be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.

Graduate guest conductors will be Emily Bulling and Evelyn Shaffer. The program also features Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and a Christmas carol audience sing-a-long.

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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Percussion Studio to coordinate ‘Unsilent Night’ interactive event

SFA’s Percussion Studio and its director, Dr. Brad Meyer, will coordinate an interactive community performance of Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night” starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, outside the Wright Music Building.

Participants will enjoy a 45-minute walk through the picturesque SFA campus while listening to a recording of “Unsilent Night” that has been downloaded to play on a smart device connected to portable speakers or to a CD played on a boom box. Meyer encouraged community members to participate in the performance by following one of two steps, which are listed on the website.

If inclement weather occurs, the performance will be canceled. To participate, arrive at the music building before 7:30 p.m. and have a device to play the ‘Unsilent Night’ music. Music players are not supplied by the host, so plan on bringing your own.

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here, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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