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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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A Legacy Retiring

Courtesy of The Pine Log

Pat Spence. There aren’t enough perfectly kerned words to describe how much this woman means to so many. For 28 years, Pat has not only been the adviser of The Pine Log and a professor at SFA, but she has been a shoulder to cry on, a confidant to pour out your worries to and a mentor to help guide you through change. At times, she has been the voice of reason; other times she’s been the wise-crack, making a joke to lighten the mood.

With a background in journalism, Pat graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and worked various media-related jobs throughout her career. She was a police beat reporter in California, a job she describes as the most fun.

Pat found her home at The Pine Log in 1986. However, with her never-failing humor, Pat has helped mold the future of the media one crazy Pine Log staff at a time.

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Dr. Dale Spradling

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Spradling, an assistant professor of accounting in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, recently delivered a presentation titled "Just Do It! A Proof of Concept Case Study" to the Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

The presentation was designed to explain that because most startups fail, using the Proof of Concept idea instead of a business plan can minimize the mean time to failure.

News & Announcements

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Only 39 days left until the semester begins!

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.

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.

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 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 cds@sfasu.edu

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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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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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.


Holland named SLC Student-Athlete of the Year

SFA setter Paige Holland has been named the 2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Thursday afternoon in conjunction with the release of the all-academic teams.

The Ladyjacks were represented by two student-athletes on the All-Conference Academic First Team as both Holland and outside hitter Jill Ivy were recognized for excelling on the court and in the classroom during their senior seasons.
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Holland named Academic All-American

SFA senior setter Paige Holland has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Second Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday morning.

Holland's first academic All-America honor is also the first for SFA since Sabrina Burns was selected to the third team in 2012. Prior to Burns, the Ladyjacks hadn't been represented since 1996 when Brooke Newbury and Susie Schumann made the first and second teams, respectfully. Holland becomes the seventh Ladyjack to earn the prestigious award overall.
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Fine Arts

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."
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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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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."
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