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Friday, Dec. 1

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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 at Monroe
3:30 p.m.

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




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Dr. Karen Embry Jenlink

Professor of secondary education and educational leadership

Embry served on a panel of international teacher educators in an interactive symposium titled, "Building a global network in teacher education” at the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Embry also presented a paper titled "Preparing educators as agents of democracy in a global society."

At the opening session Embry gave a welcome from the ATE USA, which she currently serves as president.

News & Announcements

Flag at half-staff today

The SFA flag is lowered today in honor of SFA student Shelda Hutchinson, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Hutchinson was studying interdisciplinary studies and was scheduled to graduate next month.

Our entire university community is diminished by this loss.

Fire management students continue wildland fire date collection in the Netherlands

Since 2012, Dr. Brian Oswald, Joe C. Denman Distinguished Professor of fire ecology at SFA, along with students enrolled in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, have collaborated with public safety agencies in the Netherlands to collect fire fuel load data that will ultimately be used to develop a wildfire spread model that can predict wildfire behavior.

Will Kruckeberg and Jessica Pruneda, both senior fire management majors at SFA, are the latest students to contribute to this growing body of work. For 10 weeks, Kruckeberg and Pruneda scoured forested and coastal regions of the Netherlands collecting fuel load data to determine the quantity of fuel classes present.

Students will continue to play an integral role in collecting fire fuel load data and conducting related research throughout the country into the foreseeable future.

For more information on this project, contact Oswald at boswald@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2275.
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SFA, community encouraged to participate in 2018 MLK Day of Service

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs encourages the campus and Nacogdoches communities to submit community work projects for the eighth annual MLK Day of Service scheduled for Jan. 15.

The deadline to submit a project is Friday, Dec. 15. Volunteers are needed and can sign up to work now through the morning of the event.

Aloma Marquis, adjunct faculty in the SFA School of Art, will serve as the keynote speaker during the event's opening ceremonies. She will speak at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 about King’s idea of transformation and how it is important for us to transform on an individual level in order to move forward as a community and nation.

For more information, contact Beavers at (936) 468-1073, email oma@sfasu.edu, or visit sfasu.edu/oma.
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Floriculture students’ Fall Floral Design Exhibit on display next week

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. 7, in the Agriculture Building, Room 118.

The theme for the Fall Floral Design Exhibit is “Elements” (earth, fire, water and air).

All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction and will benefit the Dr. Leon Young Scholarship.

Faculty Senate to host student recruitment and retention forum today

The Faculty Senate will host a student recruitment and retention forum at 1:30 p.m. today in the Math Building, Room 101.

This is an opportunity to share ideas and successes for student recruitment. A discussion on the role faculty members play in recruitment and retention to achieve a strategic enrollment plan also will be included.

SFA Gardens to host holiday wreath-making seminar tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host a garden seminar, “Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays,” from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and make a wreath to enjoy and take home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Dawn Stover, research associate with SFA Gardens, will introduce new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest.

All materials will be provided. Register in advance by calling (936) 468-1832, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu. The cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members.
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Track and field set to compete over weekend

SFA’s track and field teams will compete at the Dunamis Sports Group Indoor Meet when they open competition at the event today.

About 70 members of the SFA program will travel to the meet under the guidance of head coach Phil Olson.
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Fine Arts

Swingin’ Axes, Aces to perform holiday album works, jazz favorites tonight

SFA’s Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces will present the program “A Jazzy Christmas” that will feature a mixture of holiday songs and jazz favorites at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

The Swingin’ Axes, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, will perform arrangements from two major jazz Christmas albums: Stan Kenton’s landmark album, “Kenton’s Christmas,” and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Christmas album, “Bah Humduck!, A Looney Tunes Christmas.”

The Swingin’ Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, will perform two pieces by East Texas arranger and composer Mike McGowan. Those works include “My Shining Hour” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, arranged by McGowan, and the world premiere of McGowan's "Mrs. Luckey's Blue Plate Special."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Friday Film Series to screen ‘Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?’ tonight

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by veteran filmmaker Harry Morgan Moses, the documentary exposes the controversy in the world of high-priced artwork. Moses paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America in this film about a long-haul truck driver who buys a painting from a thrift shop for $5 and later finds out that Pollock may have painted it.

The film runs 74 minutes and is rated PG-13 for certain language. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Exhibition explores wonder of Christmas celebrations from bygone era

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a holiday exhibition through Dec. 31 that provides a glimpse into the celebrations of Christmas past from a child’s point of view.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” featuring charming items from a bygone era, is from a local private collection. The exhibition will be displayed in small vignettes placed around the gallery on both floors. 

John Handley, director of galleries for SFA, will discuss a unique aspect of antique ornaments in a presentation at 3 p.m. tomorrow, which is the same day as the Christmas festival in downtown Nacogdoches. The annual lighted Christmas parade and fireworks display also will be that evening.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Wind Ensemble to perform music of Copland, Grantham

SFA’s Wind Ensemble will present the program “Americana” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Turner Auditorium.

The concert offers music from different parts of America, and the featured work on the program will be “Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland, who wrote both the orchestral and band versions of the piece in 1938.

The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the School of Music.

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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For plants to survive, all they need is air, water, nutrients, sunlight and an album of the swingin’ 1960s.

Dr. George Milstein, president of the New York Horticultural Society, believed that playing his album, “Music to Grow Plants,” for plants 45 minutes per day would help them flourish.

Milstein created an album that to the human ear has a fun, swingy, '60s vibe, but it is electronically embedded with high-frequency notes “which act upon plant growth patterns.”

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