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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 11
Reeves Lecture Series
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building
7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13
Graduation ceremonies
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SFA Gala
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner




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Dr. Vicki Depountis

Deparment of Human Services

Depountis, assistant professor in the visual impairment program, has been elected as the director of the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Visual Impairments and Deaf-blindness for 2015-16. She begins Jan. 1.

The primary purpose of this national-level organization is to advance the education of individuals with visual impairments and to promote related educational, scientific and charitable purposes.

Dr. Daniel McCleary

Department of Human Services

McCleary, assistant professor in the school psychology program, earned the status of licensed specialist in school psychology in Texas. McCleary previously was a licensed specialist in school psychology in Tennessee.

The program now has three fully licensed LSSPs: Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, Dr. Lisa McCleary, and Dr. Daniel McCleary.  

Beginning in the spring, an additional LSSP, Dr. Terry Overton, will begin as program director.

Michael Munro

Department of Human Services

Before Michael Munro's visual impairment program faculty can finish basking in the success of the "Dining in the Dark" event that resulted from cross-departmental collaboration with the hospitality program, another collaboration warrants special attention.

The Braille and Cane Club and the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind worked together with area teachers to develop a time for acknowledgement and appreciation of the accomplishments of students with visual impairments.

Deena Petersen

Department of Human Services

Petersen and students Lindsey Hall, Marla Williams and Raigen Garrison — affiliates of our ever-growing, nationally accredited, communication sciences and disorders/speech and language pathology programs — had their paper “The Efficacy of a Tier 1 Supplemental Multisensory Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Program” accepted for presentation at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association Conference in March 2015. 

This accomplishment is most noteworthy for two reasons:  First, it is the result of Petersen's supervision of research team activity with graduate students, who are novice researchers; and secondly, this is the first time in the program that work of a faculty research team will be presented at a professional conference.

News & Announcements

SFA and crisis center host grand opening ceremony

SFA and the Family Crisis Center of East Texas hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new outreach office located in the University Health Services Clinic. The office will provide an array of confidential services and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Pictured (front row, from left) are Dr. Michael Walker, Peggy Muckelroy, Tony Brown, Paige Pattillo Brown, Amanda Ellsworth, Heather Kartye and Susan Robertson. Also pictured are Christyne Stewart, Kim Herman, Maria Raley, Whitney Burran, Trish Agnew, Jean East, Amanda Kennedy, Lissy Turner, Jaime West, Cyndra Krogen-Morton, Jose Castaneda, Nathan Collier, Monique Nunn, Harriet Tamminga, Jim McReynolds, DawnElla Rust, Glenna Harkness, Becky Brown, Jill Milem, Janice Ledet and Penny Jeffery.

SFA professor to be featured in upcoming documentary

Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history at SFA, was interviewed for a three-part documentary series scheduled for broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel in January.

"Million Dollar Princesses" explores a period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when many American heiresses married into the British aristocracy. The series will debut on Jan. 4, 2015, and subsequent episodes will air Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.

Cooper, author of the recently published book "Informal Ambassadors: American Women, Transatlantic Marriages and Anglo-American Relations, 1865-1945," was interviewed for the documentary by series director Michael Burke in June in New York.
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Last week of "SFA Today" before the holiday

"SFA Today" will not be published during the holiday break.

The last edition of the year will be on Friday, Dec. 12, so be sure to send any announcements or pertinent information to sfatoday@sfasu.edu before then.

Thanks, and enjoy your break!

SFA Human Sciences class hosts formal tea

Dr. Janice Pattillo recently opened the Juanita Curry Boynton House to students in a Field Experiences in Human Sciences class. The students planned the execution, marketing and culinary aspects of a formal tea. They worked with University Marketing Communications to develop an invitation, planned the menu and produced the entire event. They also spent time researching tea traditions.

Pictured enjoying the event are, from left, Pattillo, Dr. Lisa Mize and Leisha Bridwell. Harpist De Luna Mateo is shown in the background. The SFA Hospitality Administration  Program features hands-on experiential learning and an industry-driven curriculum to prepare students for careers in meeting and event planning, tourism, restaurant management, lodging, and culinary arts.
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Purple Santa's 'Nice List'

This year’s Purple Santa Toy Drive was our largest ever!

In total, 47 departments participated in this year’s drive. Because of your generosity, we collected more than 655 toys. The toys have been donated to Toys for Tots to help children in Nacogdoches have a very happy holiday.
If Santa’s sleigh passed you by and you’d still like to participate, feel free to drop off a toy in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Room 3.105 of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Toys will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

See which departments made the "Nice List" here.

SFA baseball offering special holiday deal

Got an SFA fan on your Christmas list? How about the SFA Baseball Stocking Stuffer?

Make sure to order yours at the SFA Ticket Office, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or by phone at (936) 468-5225.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Director Dave Creech

SFA Gardens at SFA will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present "The True and Unabridged Story of This Past Year."

Creech has been at SFA since 1978 and is director and founder of the SFA Mast Arboretum, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden. He also co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Creech received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and his master's degree from Colorado State. His research efforts have focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crops and technology, crop nutrition, and evaluation of new plant materials for the South. He and his wife, Janet, both are active gardeners and love to travel. Read More

Help yourself stay healthy, and help prevent flu on campus

If you have not gotten a flu shot yet this fall, please try to do so before the holiday break. We have seen an increase in influenza cases this week.  Typically, students and faculty and staff members bring the flu back with them after semester break, causing an outbreak on campus in late January. 

Help yourself stay healthy, and help us prevent the flu on campus!

Any faculty and staff members  or student may present to the Student Health Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a flu vaccine, which will be free to those who have SFA-contracted insurance (United, Humana, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, Multiplan or Student Assurance). Otherwise, the cost is $25 cash or check.

There is a limited supply of free flu shots for students without insurance, so send your student workers for flu shots at no cost to them. No appointments are needed for flu shots.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Winter Clothing Drive runs until Dec. 12

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is working with Nacogdoches High School's Mentoring Program and noticed some of the students being mentored need clothes.

Some students cannot even afford a coat to stay warm, so the office started a winter clothing drive to assist them before winter break.

We will have a clothing drive box in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101, where clothes can be dropped off.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of Multicultural Affairs, at aireno@sfasu.edu
or (936) 468-1073.

SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members

Two outstanding SFA faculty members will be honored during the 26th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The faculty awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Matthew McBroom, associate professor of forest hydrology in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Kefa Onchoke, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, has earned the Faculty Achievement Award for Research. Read More

State representative to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. Trent Ashby will offer the commencement address during SFA's fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13.

A native of Rusk County, Ashby represents District 57 in the Texas House of Representatives, which includes Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine and Trinity counties. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1996.

During his freshman term, Ashby was appointed to the House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committees and was selected by his colleagues as Freshman of the Year. Additionally, he serves on the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives.
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Outstanding donors to be honored at 26th annual SFA Gala

Outstanding SFA donors will be honored during the 26th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Gala honorees include Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Elliott Electric Supply and the late Nelson Rusche.

"Support from donors and special friends like the ones being honored at this year's Gala is crucial to the success of SFA and its students, and we look forward to honoring their commitment to the university at the upcoming Gala," said Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement.

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 In10City, featuring eight of Dallas' most accomplished musicians. Known for its versatile repertoire, the group performs everything from dance music to rock, jazz, country and hip-hop.
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Ivy receives All-Region honors

SFA senior volleyball player Jill Ivy has been named Honorable Mention All-Southwest Region, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Tuesday afternoon. The honor comes on the heels of a standout year for Ivy, who also was named to the All-Southland Conference First Team on Nov. 19.

Ivy led the Ladyjacks with 395 kills on .265 hitting while averaging 3.56 kills per set over the 2014 season. She helped power the most efficient attack in the conference as SFA ranked first in hitting percentage (.278) and kills per set (14.33) in SLC action.
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Bowling climbs to eighth in NTCA Coaches Poll

SFA climbed one spot in the latest NTCA Coaches Poll, checking in at eighth following the first month of the season. The Ladyjacks moved up one spot after ranking ninth leading into the 2014-15 season.

SFA received 395 points in the latest poll after posting a 37-17 record through the first four tournaments of the 2014-15 campaign. The Ladyjacks have finished in the top six in each, highlighted by a second-place showing at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational.
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Fine Arts

SFA to present children's touring show 'The Monster Who Ate My Peas'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will present "The Monster Who Ate My Peas" in two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

This musical, based on the book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, tells the funny story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and coordinator of the children's series.
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School of Music to perform classic Christmas opera

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

All ages will delight in this classic Christmas opera about a poor widow and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the Three Kings as they follow a mysterious star.

Central Heights middle school student Aidan LaGraff, son of Kimberly and Scott LaGraff, and SFA Charter School student Noble Peck, son of Michele and Adam Peck, will alternate in the title role of Amahl. Read More

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano performing "Fiesta Navidad!" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

For more than 50 years, Los Camperos de Nati Cano has featured the finest mariachi musicians from Mexico and the United States.

"The ensemble is noted for complex musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players," said Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts. "This festive program is a great way to kick off the holiday season and should put everyone in the Christmas spirit."
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