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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 meeting in January

The SFA Envisioned Strategic Planning Working Teams will host a town hall meeting for the campus community at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Math Building, Room 101. The event is an opportunity for faculty and staff members to ask questions and provide input on the strategic plan.

Following the approval of the Vision Statement by the Board of Regents in July 2015, the vice presidents assembled working teams to begin discussing how best to advance the four operational goals of the Strategic Plan (attracting and supporting high-quality faculty and staff members, fostering academic and co-curricular innovation, redefining university culture and increasing connections).

During the town hall meeting, the working teams will report on progress based on their first semester of activity and invite input from the campus community. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

Learn more about the Strategic Plan at www.sfasu.edu/strategicplan.

News & Announcements

Nelson Rusche College of Business to offer international sports marketing course in spring 2016

Decked out from head-to-toe in their favorite sports team's regalia, crowds from around the world gather in the stadium to watch as the game unfolds.

Whether it is the Olympics, Super Bowl or World Cup, hosting and marketing mega sporting events requires a certain skill set.

In the spring 2016 semester, SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business will offer a new international sports marketing course for students studying sports business.
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Times changing for libraries

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

The director of SFA's Ralph W. Steen Library at SFA has seen and embraced the many changes necessitated by technological advances and academic demands.

“Research libraries have changed tremendously, largely impacted by technology, and that goes without saying,” Dr. Shirley Dickerson, director of the Steen Library, said. “Many academic librarians — such as baby boomers like me — considered technology to be disruptive. But, we soon realized it facilitates what we do as a profession, and that is deliver information to our users.”
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Student Success Passport Program senior scholarship recipients announced

SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business announced the Student Success Passport Program senior scholarship recipients.

Ana Romero, international business major from Nacogdoches, received $2,500 as a top scholar. Ten students also received $1,000 each as runner-ups. The Student Success Passport Program aims to help students hone their professional skills while competing for scholarships.

Pictured from left are Dr. Timothy Bisping, dean of SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business; Mackenzie Hannah, accounting major from Fort Worth; Maria Garcia, management major from Nacogdoches; Briana Eaglin, management major from Houston; Matthew Rohloff, finance major from League City; Henry Wilson, international business major from Fort Worth; Eric Nambo, general business major from Houston; and Camden Rieder, general business major from Richmond. Not pictured are Ana Romero, international business major from Nacogdoches; Corey Belcher, finance major from Lufkin; Alejandro Galaviz, finance major from Lufkin; Kelly Gomez, international business major from Cleburne.


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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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 Bookstore.

The products incorporate the design created by SFA alumna Kelcie Brown, who is 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 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.

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.

Athletics


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 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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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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Fine Arts

Lias commissioned for new composition celebrating centennial of National Park Service

Dr. 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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Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition seeks participants

The application process for the prestigious 2016 George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA has begun.

Celebrating its ninth year, the Schmidbauer Competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance. It is designed to attract young high school musicians ages 15 to 18 who are beginning to plan their future careers and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. It is SFA's goal to be that institution, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition.

This year's strings and piano competition is slated for Jan. 30 in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus and is open to any high school violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists and pianists. Applications are accepted worldwide. Past competitions have brought young musicians from South Korea, Russia, Finland and locations across the United States to Nacogdoches to compete.
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Friends of the Visual Arts hosts First Friday Film Series

Opportunities to attend fine arts events are plentiful on the SFA campus. From concerts and recitals to plays and art exhibitions, there is truly something for every taste and interest in art, music and theatre.

Among the more popular offerings are the free one-night film screenings on the first Friday night of each month, which are presented by the SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House.

Kicking off the spring semester's list of films is Errol Morris' "The Fog of War" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. Described as the story of America as seen through the eyes of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, one of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, "The Fog of War" shows an insider's view of the seminal events of the 20th century, according to information at errolmorris.com.
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The peak of the 2015 Geminid meteor shower this weekend may have been obscured by heavy clouds over East Texas, but photographers working in places where the sky was clear managed to capture some really incredible shots.

Check out this collection of photos from EarthSky news.

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