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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Dec. 1
Purple Santa toy collection
Donations collected at Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Men's basketball vs. Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee
6 p.m.

President's Christmas Reception for staff members
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Association Holiday Extravaganza
Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza
6 - 8 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M - Kingsville
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
President's Christmas Reception for faculty members
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5
Men's basketball vs. Long Beach State
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.




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News & Announcements

LiveText collectiong samples for assesment

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L.

Training will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Steen Library, Info Lab 1 on the first floor.

Please register here before your training session. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at Ext. 1267.

Contact Dr. Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu with questions about the core assessment schedule. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Stringfield at Ext. 1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

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

National Conference for Undergraduate Research proposals due Dec. 2

The National Conference for Undergraduate Research is set for April 2015, and proposals are due Dec. 2.

This is an opportunity for undergraduate students in any field of study to present their research to a national audience.

Travel funding will be available through the provost's office for up to six students and two faculty mentors to attend.

Courtney Wooten, the lower division writing program administrator, is coordinating this research initiative and is available to speak to faculty and/or students about this opportunity.

An abstract writing workshop will be held in the AARC at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 for undergraduates who plan on submitting a proposal and would like help writing a research abstract. Contact Courtney here for more information.

'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.

Residence Hall Association prepping for Holiday Extravaganza

The Residence Hall Association is getting ready for our annual Holiday Extravaganza. This event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2

Holiday Extravaganza is an event that is held for the SFA residents and Nacogdoches community. Traditionally, Dr. Baker Pattillo lights the tree to help bring in the holiday spirit.

Following the lighting of the tree, you will find a wide variety of activities, hot chocolate with cookies, choir performances and will even get a chance to take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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.


Season closes in FCS first round

SFA dug itself an huge first-quarter hole and never recovered, falling to 10th-ranked Northern Iowa 44-10 in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs at the UNI Dome. The Lumberjacks end their season at 8-5 after making their first postseason appearance since 2010.

UNI's vaunted defense lived up to the hype, holding SFA to just 223 total yards on the night, including just 90 on the ground and 133 through the air. It was SFA's lowest offensive output of the season, marking the first time all year the 'Jacks were held to fewer than 14 points on the season.

Senior running back Gus Johnson rushed for 82 yards on 20 carries, adding another record to his impressive résumé. Johnson became the Southland Conference's single-season rushing leader on his 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He surpassed SHSU's Timothy Flanders' 16,444 yards in 2011, doing it in four fewer games than Flanders needed to set the mark.
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Late SFA rally falls short against Boston

Despite a strong surge in the closing minutes, the SFA Ladyjack basketball team fell just short against Boston University, 62-57, in the final game of the University of New Mexico Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday night inside "The Pit."

Trailing by eight points with 4:25 left in the game, the Ladyjacks (3-3) scratched and clawed their way back into the fight. The squad put together a 9-2 run over the next 3:22 with clutch jumpers by seniors Tierany Henderson and Brittney Matthew and two floaters off the fingertips of sophomore Taylor Ross. Matthew’s pull-up shot in the lane with 1:03 remaining capped the run and put SFA within one at 58-57.

On the ensuing Terrier possession, Ross forced a turnover, but the Ladyjacks couldn’t capitalize. BU knocked down a pair of free throws to go up 60-57 with 23 seconds on the clock.
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SFA throttles Governors, wins bracket

Senior Jacob Parker recorded 19 points and six rebounds to lead the SFA men’s basketball team to an 83-62 win over Austin Peay on Friday afternoon inside Orleans Arena as part of the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

The Lumberjacks (3-3) closed their time in Las Vegas, posting a 2-0 record to win their respective bracket. Parker, who finished 8-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from behind the arc against the Governors (2-5), was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts.

Parker was one of three SFA players to finish in double figures, as junior Thomas Walkup and senior Tanner Clayton joined the native of Bixby, Oklahoma. Walkup recorded 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Clayton finished with 12 points, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the floor. Both Walkup and Clayton were 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Clayton also pulled down six boards.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present 'A Holiday Concert'

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present "A Holiday Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will begin the concert with Leroy Anderson's "The Minstrel Boy," which is the second movement of his Irish Suite from 1947. The band will also perform the Alfred Reed arrangement of "Greensleeves."

"The melody from 'Greensleeves' is the second oldest piece of secular music in our Western culture, its origins having been traced back to about 1360," Anglley explained. "This tune has been adapted as the basis for at least one Christmas carol - 'What Child Is This?'"
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SFA Trombone Choir to perform music of Holst, Culver, Wagner

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir performing a program titled "Planets" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA and the choir's director, selected the theme because the choir will perform the movement "Mars: The Bringer of War" from The Planets by Gustav Holst, arranged by Randall Malmstrom.

"This arrangement of 'Mars' is bombastic and exciting, particularly with our talented bass trombonists; it is very well-scored for the trombone choir," Scott said.
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