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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Dec. 16
SFA Planetarium "Season of Light"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Saturday, Dec. 17
Commencement ceremonies
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Johnson Coliseum

Women's basketball vs. University of Texas of the Permian Basin
8 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Sunday, Dec. 18
Men's basketball vs. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
2 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Dr. Charlotte Allen

Professor of marketing in SFA’s Rusche College of Business

Allen recently presented “Student Learning Styles” at the Decision Sciences Institute conference in November in Austin.

Research presented focused on whether or how an individual’s learning style impacts a person’s success in pursuing a collegiate education.

The presentation was co-authored by Dr. Robert Crocker, professor of management, and Dr. Marlene Kahla, professor of marketing, both from SFA’s Rusche College of Business. The research was made possible by a mini-grant from SFA’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Hans Williams

Interim dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Williams was recently recognized as a recipient of the Society of American Foresters Fellow Award at the 2016 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

According to the organization, this prestigious award distinguishes SAF members for long-standing service to forestry at the local, state and national level. Recipients are recognized as ambassadors for the advancement of the profession.

“Being recognized as an SAF Fellow is real meaningful for me because it is an honor bestowed by my peers,” Williams said. “Any significant contributions that I might have made to SAF and the forestry profession during my career is because I am blessed to work alongside so many dedicated professionals.”

Williams, who has been a member of SAF since 1987, received a Doctor of Philosophy focusing on forest ecophysiology and seedling quality from Auburn University, a Master of Science in forestry from Clemson University, and a Bachelor of Science in forestry from Purdue University. He joined the faculty of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 1993.

News & Announcements


Flags lowered in memory of John Glenn

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. flag to be lowered to half-staff in memory of former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn of Ohio who passed away last week.

Nac News: Enroll in Nac 101 - Spring 2017 program

The city of Nacogdoches will host NAC 101 - Spring 2017, a unique opportunity to learn about the ins-and-outs of Nacogdoches city operations. Citizens enrolled in the program will become more familiar with various city departments, volunteerism, and the city's council, manager, budget and more.

Sessions will cover how to become more involved in the city government whether through volunteerism or becoming a member of one of the city boards.

Classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. every second and fourth Monday beginning Jan. 12, 2017. Classes are free and open to all citizens over the age of 18.

Classes are limited to 20 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are currently available at the C.L. Simon Nacogdoches Recreation Center or on the City of Nacogdoches website. Applications must be emailed to Brian Bray, director of community services, at brayb@ci.nacogdoches.tx.us or turned in by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at the Nacogdoches recreation center.

Athletics

Parker nabs double-double, helps SFA defeat University of Montana, 54-46

The SFA women's basketball team faced the 2-5 University of Montana Saturday in Johnson Coliseum. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker claimed her first double-double of the season in the final minute of the game, helping SFA secure the win. She had 11 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Senior Adrienne Lewis led the Ladyjacks in the paint with 13 points and seven rebounds, while senior Taylor Ross had 12 points and seven rebounds. As a team, SFA squeaked by, out-rebounding the Lady Grizzlies 39-36, and had 15 points off their 16 forced turnovers.

“[Adrienne Lewis] and Stevi [Parker] were pretty good tonight. Stevi had the double-double, so that’s encouraging,” said Mark Kellogg, SFA's women's basketball head coach. “[Montana] was shorthanded without their three best players and returning starters. We knew they didn’t have a ton of fire power. We played at their pace. We didn’t get up and down like we should have. Now it’s back to the drawing board. We will take the win but that performance makes me a little bit nervous.”
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Lumberjacks fall short in rally against Rice University in Houston

Staring a 17-point deficit squarely in the face midway through the deciding frame, SFA’s men’s basketball team banded together and embarked on a 19-8 scoring surge to trim Rice University’s lead to just four with 1:17 left in the game. Rice, however, finished the game by scoring five of the final seven points to neutralize SFA’s comeback bid and handed the Lumberjacks a 70-63 loss Saturday in Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

The Lumberjacks did a masterful defensive job handling the nation’s ninth-leading scorer, Rice sophomore Marcus Evans. The reigning Conference USA Freshman of the Year came into Saturday night’s tilt averaging 23.1 points per game, but was held to only six points on 2-for-12 shooting.
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Fine Arts

Irish ensemble Danú to perform Celtic Christmas concert Friday

Celtic music all the way from Ireland will signal the opening of the Christmas holiday at SFA when the College of Fine Arts presents a special performance of the internationally acclaimed professional ensemble Danú at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in Turner Auditorium on campus as part of its 2016-17 University Series.

Danú will celebrate the festive season at SFA with “Féile Na Nollag” (A Christmas Gathering). Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by Danú’s virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion and percussion as well as the gorgeous voice of Nell Ní Chróinín, performing along with top-notch guest dancers, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts and the director of the University Series.

Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

For tickets or more information on the 2016-17 University Series, click here or stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium.
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