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This Week's Calendar
Thursday, Dec. 11
Reeves Lecture Series
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building
Saturday, Dec. 13
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner
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News & Announcements
SFA forestry ebooks now available
Books published by faculty members in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture have now been scanned and reproduced as electronic books by the Center for Digital Scholarship. These are now showcased in ScholarWorks in our eBook collection.
These include: Wilderness and Natural Areas in the Eastern United States, Wood Products Industries in the Texas Economy, and the Southern Pine Beetle Handbook.
The CDS is working with faculty and students to digitize existing works or to produce born-digital works. If you are interested in learning more about submitting publications into ScholarWorks contact the CDS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Envision SFA entering new phase
Thanks to everyone who participated in a face-to-face engagement session or responded to a survey during our recent “engagement and data-gathering” phase of the Envision SFA planning process. We had hoped to reach more than 1,000 stakeholders during this 11-week effort. When all was done, we exceeded our expectations more than two-fold. Input was received from 2,104 faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders!
The strategic planning team spent a full day during late November in a workshop, facilitated by Dr. Pat Sanaghan, where each partner team reported their findings from the engagement sessions they had conducted. The team then systematically organized these results into predominate themes for further development.
Members of the team are now working in writing groups to develop concept papers focusing on each of the six themes identified. These papers will be written in user-friendly language that a layperson can easily understand in order inform and educate readers who may have little knowledge or expertise about a particular subject. They will attempt to convey essential strategic information with little fluff. Once developed, these papers will be posted on the Envision SFA website and will inform our work as we prepare for the Vision Conference phase of our process.
SFA conducting phone switch upgrade Monday
SFA will conduct a phone switch upgrade Monday, Dec. 15, causing all voice calling on campus to be interrupted.
The work will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the outage is expected to last five to six hours. During this time, the University Police Department may be contacted for emergency needs at (936) 552-1981 or (936) 552-1982.
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.
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 email@example.com before then.
Thanks, and enjoy your break!
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.
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.
Angel Tree campaign runs through Dec. 19
'Tis the season for giving! Campus Rec’s annual Angel Tree campaign, benefitting the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter and local children in need, is ongoing through Friday, Dec. 19. Just stop by the center's lobby, grab a candy cane off the Angel Tree and bring back the item(s) listed on the tag attached to the candy cane.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 468-1073.
Glick named SLC Student-Athlete of the Year
Senior goalkeeper Morgan Glick was named the Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with the release of the all-academic teams.
Additionally, Glick, senior Megan Dunnigan and sophomore Brooke Dunnigan were named first team academic All-SLC, while sophomore Amanda Doyle was named to the second team. Glick and the Dunnigan sisters were automatic selections for the Ladyjacks.
SFA's 'Spamalot' earns regional awards, nominations
The recent production of Monty Python's "Spamalot" presented by SFA's schools of Theatre and Music has garnered a number of awards and nominations from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
KCACTF is a national organization that celebrates the educational and creative process of university and college theatre. It promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA who served as director and choreographer for "Spamalot."
"This brings regional and national attention to the school and the students," Bacarisse said of the honors. "The students will be seen at regional auditions, and they could possibly advance on to national auditions. Just being nominated will be a great line on their resume. For all of us, myself included, it is an acknowledgement of excellence in our area."
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."
SFA's Music Preparatory Division to host holiday open house
The Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music will host a holiday open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Music Prep House located at 3028 Raguet St.
The event will serve as a scholarship fundraiser and will feature a silent auction, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep Division director. Among the silent auction items are musical instruments, such as a full size cello and three violins, along with a Moeck Flauto Dolce Rottenburgh alto recorder, a Moeck tenor recorder, a Schrieber tenor and two Kung soprano recorders, music books, bells for bell choir, and more.
"Because our tuition was raised, students and families are finding it to be more difficult to afford the study of music," Barnett said. "Our hope is to provide financial assistance to those who seek to study music."
It won't be the best conditions, but stargazers could get a show this weekend as the Geminid meteor shower skips over the planet. Unfortunately, the forecast calls for rain until Saturday, when the sky will clear up for a little while, so it will be soggy. After the sun goes down, it will be partly cloudy.
Check out EarthSky's Geminid meteor shower forecast here.