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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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News & Announcements

SFA’s visual impairment, orientation and mobility program hosts collaborative holiday celebration for area children

Santa hats, glitter and glue covered the tables inside SFA’s Human Services Building, as university students and more than 10 children from area schools attended a collaborative holiday celebration Wednesday.

SFA’s visual impairment, orientation and mobility program, SFA’s Braille and Cane Club, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services - Division for Blind Services, and the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind hosted the event.
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Chef instructor: Keep switching up holiday menus, but use reliable recipes

Courtesy of Red River Radio

SFA chef instructor Todd Barrios never cooks the same holiday meal twice. The guests at his table are always guessing what he might come up with, perhaps brisket or shrimp and corn chowder.

“I don’t think you need to be afraid of trying new things. You never know when you’re going to find that new favorite. Sometimes, the trusty dishes that you’ve done for years and years, you never know if your guests are actually still enjoying them or not,” Barrios said.
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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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Gala to honor outstanding faculty members

Two outstanding SFA faculty members will be honored during the 27th annual SFA Gala tomorrow 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. Eric Jones, associate professor of exercise physiology and human performance in the James I. Perkins College of Education, is the recipient of the 2015 Faculty Achievement for Teaching. Dr. Christopher Comer, professor of forest wildlife management in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will receive the 2015 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.
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Prominent donors to be honored at 27th annual SFA Gala

Three SFA donors will be honored during the 27th annual SFA Gala on tomorrow in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Gala honorees include Jimmy W. Murphy, the late Marleta Chadwick and The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation.

"We are excited about plans for this year's Gala," said Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement. "We look forward to honoring the commitment of generous donors whose kindness has impacted our students and our community, as well as recognizing the accomplishments of two outstanding faculty members."
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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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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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Volleyball's Olson placed on All-Academic First Team

SFA volleyball senior OJ Olson has earned a spot on the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team.

The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisers from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the squad.
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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

Tickets still available to The 5 Browns' holiday performance at SFA

Fans of The 5 Browns still have time to purchase tickets to the popular sibling pianists' holiday concert slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The 5 Browns will bring their holiday spirit to Nacogdoches with a program of festive favorites when they perform as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2015-16 University Series.

Although there are still tickets available for great seats in Turner Auditorium, sales have been swift in recent days, according to Diane J. Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office.
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Lias commissioned for new composition celebrating centennial of National Park Service

Stephen Lias, professor of composition in the SFA School of Music, has once again been commissioned to write a new orchestral work celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service as part of the National Endowment for the Arts "Imagine Your Parks" initiative.

A grant from the NEA to the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra will support the commissioning of Lias' work. The orchestra will premiere the piece at Macky Auditorium on the Colorado University - Boulder campus during its 2016-17 season and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at the inaugural SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras in March of 2017, according to press information released by the orchestra.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the NEA in 2015 and the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, both agencies have been working together to encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art relating to the work and mission of the national park system.
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Screening set for 'Christmas With the Dead'

A special free one-night screening of "Christmas With the Dead" is planned for 7 p.m. tonight, 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. tonight 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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