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This Week's Calendar

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

Wednesday, Dec. 30
Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Commerce
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum


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SFA Strategic Planning Committee to hold town hall in January

The SFA Envisioned Strategic Planning Committee will host a town hall for the campus community at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater.

The event is an opportunity for faculty and staff members to ask questions and provide input on the SFA Envisioned strategic plan. More information about the plan is available on this website.


Tartan scarves, tumblers and mugs available at SFA Barnes & Noble bookstore

Official SFA tartan cashmere scarves and insulated tumblers and coffee mugs are now for sale at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

The products incorporate the design created by SFA alumna Kelcie Brown, who is currently a merchandise coordinator for Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The number of threads in each color of the tartan pattern symbolizes many facts related to SFA history and culture.

New tartan products are introduced periodically. SFA tartan key fobs will be the next product available at Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of tartan products contributes to the university's general fund and the SFA fashion merchandising program.


Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes to attract organizations

The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to help plan and host your organization's next meeting.

The CVB invites SFA faculty and staff members who are part of national or international organizations to encourage their groups to host meetings in the city. Special discounted rates and amenities may be available. For more information, contact the bureau here

National Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter now available

The National Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter is now available online.

The publication offers funding opportunities and information on undergraduate research projects, and is free to access. View the most recent edition here.

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’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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State Rep. John Zerwas to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D., will offer the commencement address during SFA's fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 19.

Serving his fifth legislative term, Zerwas represents the Texas House of Representatives' District 28, which includes northwestern Fort Bend County, one of the fastest-growing regions in Texas. He serves as chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education and is an advocate for increasing access to higher education and growing opportunities for graduate medical education.

Zerwas earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and his doctoral degree in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been a physician for more than 30 years and is one of four medical doctors in the Texas House of Representatives. Two of Zerwas' sons, Brandon and John Jr., graduated from SFA.
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Athletics


Men's baskeball team topples Arkansas Tech University, 86-48

Riding the wave of a 47-15 second-half scoring surge and using double-doubles from seniors Clide Geffrard and Thomas Walkup, the 'Jacks throttled Arkansas Tech University 86-48 Saturday in William R. Johnson Coliseum. 

A multitude of one-sided second-half numbers helped tip the balance of the game in SFA's favor during the non-conference skirmish.
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Women's golf adds three players to 2016 roster

The SFA women’s golf team recently announced three freshmen signees. Alexandra Batista, Paola Cortes and Haleigh Jordan have all signed National Letters of Intent and will begin competing for SFA in fall 2016.

Batista is a two-time district champion, competing for Byron Nelson High School High School in Trophy Club, Texas. A member of the 4A state championship team as a freshman in 2012, Batista placed 15th individually and has qualified for the state tournament three times.
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Fine Arts

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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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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It takes a special set of skills to explore ice caves, but thanks to Brent McGregor and Eddy Cartaya, even armchair adventurers can enjoy the wonder of these remote formations.

The pair have mapped more than 7,000 feet of passages and caves in Oregon on expeditions to study how and way the caverns form, and luckily for the rest of us, they document their work with photos and videos. Learn more about their work and check out photos and a video in this Smithsonian article.

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