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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Dec. 12
Men's basketball vs. Arkansas Tech University
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Saturday, Dec. 19
Men's basketball vs. Our Lady of the Lake University
5 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Women's basketball vs. Rice University
9 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Tuesday, Dec. 22
Men's basketball vs.Arizona State University
2 p.m.
Tempe, Arizona

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Men's basketball vs.the University of Alabama - Birmingham
6 p.m.
Birmingham, Alabama


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New nutrition program surges at SFA

Courtesy of Red River Radio

New focus areas in the food and nutrition program at SFA are attracting an influx of students interested in a wide variety of careers in nutrition and health.

The SFA School of Human Sciences expanded its food, nutrition and dietetics program this year. Students now choose from several focus areas: dietetics courses with a registered dietitian focus, pre-professional courses with a registered dietitian focus, and food and nutrition coursework with a non-registered dietitian focus.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Dr. Dave Creech

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tonight in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Dr. Dave Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present "Special Trees of SFA Gardens."

There are many trees at SFA Gardens that are the largest, the oldest or the only one of their kind, which is a big part of what makes the gardens special to horticulturists across the South. Creech will saunter through a lineup of special trees that are garden worthy, that have stood the test of time, are Texas tough and deserve a bigger place in the landscapes of the South.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series Fund are appreciated.
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Floral display opens today

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Agriculture Building, Room 118.

The theme for the Fall Floral Design Exhibit is "Fairy Tales." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

SFA Fashion Gallery exhibit open today

The “Dressed in Holiday Style” exhibition at the SFA Fashion Gallery will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. The display includes dresses of luxurious velvets, satins and brocades embellished with sparkling sequins, beads or metallic trims. Assorted beaded evening bags and fur jackets also are included.

The designs feature seasonal colors of red, green, metallics and black. Each was designed to show off an individual's unique style and have everyone wondering where they got that fabulous dress.

Holiday safety tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the SFA Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Department would like to remind everyone to have a happy and safe holiday. While decorations bring joy to the home and workplace, they can also be very dangerous if not used correctly. According to The U.S. Fire Administration, the holiday season claims the lives of more than 400 Americans, injures 1,650 more and causes more than $990 million in damage.

By following some simple precautionary tips, the chances of an incident may be greatly reduced.
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Charter School students donate thousands of aluminum pull tabs to Ronald McDonald House

Students in the Junior Jacks Give Back program at SFA's Charter School collected approximately 12,000 aluminum pull tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, which will be delivered to the house this week. Proceeds from the recycled pull tabs will help with the house's expenses.

Students enrolled from kindergarten through fifth grade have been participating in this project since August. Jan Wisener, who teaches fifth grade, served as the teacher/sponsor responsible for coordinating the project.

Junior Jacks Give Back offers students an opportunity for engagement in service learning. During the semester, students deliberate, plan, implement and reflect on a special community service goal, such as donating to the Ronald McDonald House.
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School of Human Sciences participates in "Dine in" Project for Family and Consumer Sciences Day

Students in SFA's School of Human Sciences participated in the "Dine In" project on Family and Consumer Sciences Day to encourage families to cook and eat together.

Dr. Mary Olle, SFA assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences, supervised the project. Olle's Management in Meal Production classes were divided into 12 "families" and assigned to create themes that encourage families to dine in.

The labs in the Human Sciences North Building on the SFA campus were bustling with chefs, as students prepared themed meals, which included "Star Wars" movie night, family heritage, camping, Italian night, football, Christmas movies and more.
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SFA soccer's Dunnigan named Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year

SFA junior defender Brooke Dunnigan has been named the 2015 Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year.

The Ladyjacks placed a league-best six student-athletes on the all-academic teams. Junior midfielder Amanda Doyle and sophomore Carolina Orsi joined Dunnigan on the first team. Junior defender Kelly Ann Craig, sophomore goalkeeper Lillie Ehlert and senior midfielder Rachel Owens were voted to the second team.
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Ladyjacks’ strong second half not enough at Texas Christian University

Despite a strong showing in the second half, the SFA women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start last night against Texas Christian University, dropping an 88-55 decision inside the University Recreation Center in Fort Worth.

Sophomore Stevi Parker led the Ladyjacks offensively with 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night. She hit three of four free throws, grabbed six rebounds and registered two steals.
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SFA football announces 2016 schedule

SFA's Department of Athletics announced the 2016 football schedule Tuesday. The 11-game schedule features five home games at Homer Bryce Stadium, as well as the renewal of the Battle of the Piney Woods at NRG Stadium in Houston and another non-conference tilt against a Big 12 foe.

The 90th season of Lumberjack football kicks off Saturday, Sept. 3, when SFA makes the trip to Lubbock to face Texas Tech University. It will be the fourth-straight season the 'Jacks will face a Big 12 opponent and fifth time in the last six seasons, as Texas A&M University was a member of the Big 12 when SFA faced them in 2010. Next season’s game will mark the third meeting between the Lumberjacks and Red Raiders.
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Fine Arts

Screening set for 'Christmas With the Dead'

A special free one-night screening of "Christmas With the Dead" is planned for 7 p.m. tomorrow, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House, the downtown Nacogdoches art gallery owned by SFA.

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, and Marion Arscott. Nacogdoches musician and film co-star Kasey Lansdale, daughter of the author, performed much of the film's soundtrack.
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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. tomorrow 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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Beneath the ancient and historic city of Budapest, Hungary, is an even more ancient system that remained largely hidden until the 20th century.

Some 80 geothermal springs and a sprawling network of caves make up the world's largest known thermal cave system, according to Atlas Obscura. Although the springs were incorporated into some of the city's earliest bathhouses and spas, the cave system itself went undiscovered until the 1930s. Read more about the exploration and history of the system, and see photos here.

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