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Friday, Dec. 15

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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Dec. 15
SFA Planetarium
"Season of Light"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

Saturday, Dec. 16
Men's basketball at Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University-Commerce
8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19
Men's basketball at University of Missouri
8 p.m.
Columbia, Missouri

Women's basketball vs. Central Christian College
11 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21
Men's basketball vs. Arlington Baptist College
6 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA Today to resume publishing in spring 2018

In observance of the holiday break, SFA Today will cease publication after today.

Publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16, when classes begin.

Prominent donors and faculty members honored at 29th SFA Gala

SFA honored prominent donors and other individuals whose work has positively impacted the university during the 29th annual SFA Gala held recently in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Donors honored this year include Susan and Sam Calomino, Madeline and Alfred Danheim, and ExxonMobil.

“This year’s Gala honorees have significantly impacted the lives of students and the campus community through their generous contributions,” said Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement. “We are pleased to recognize their generosity as well as faculty members whose dedication to teaching and research establishes an accomplished university community.”

Greg Williams of Nacogdoches also was recognized at the event, along with SFA faculty members Lauren Selden and Candace Hicks.
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Council on Undergraduate Research application deadlines approaching for 2018

The Council on Undergraduate Research has travel money available for students for 2018, and application deadlines are approaching.
The CUR Biology Division application deadline is Jan. 12, 2018, and the deadline for the CUR Psychology Division application is Feb. 15, 2018. Faculty mentors must nominate student candidates for both divisions.

The CUR Physics and Astronomy Division application deadline is March 16, 2018, while the CUR Social Science Division application is considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Faculty members are encouraged to inform students of these opportunities.

TexFlex claims for 2017 deadline approaching

TexFlex flexible spending accounts allow you to set aside money from your paycheck, pre-tax, to pay for eligible health and dependent care and commuting expenses, which reduces your taxable income. Those who have not signed up for TexFlex will be able to next year during the open summer enrollment.

The deadline to submit TexFlex claims for plan year 2017 is fast approaching for employees with a current TexFlex account.

To avoid losing money, submit your health and dependent care claims for plan year 2017 (Sept. 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2017) by Dec. 31. Mailed claims must be postmarked by Dec. 30.

Dependent care claims can include eligible expenses paid until Nov. 15, 2017. If you leave any funds in your dependent care FSA, you will lose that money. None of the remaining balance rolls over into a new 2018 account. However, up to $500 left in your health care FSA will transfer to a 2018 TexFlex account.

If you have TexFlex questions or need account balance information, log in to your account at TexFlexERS.com, or call TexFlex toll-free at (844) 884-2364 (TTYL711).

Representatives are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday Central Standard Time, excluding holidays.

SFA Press offering holiday special on cookbook

The SFA Press is offering a holiday special on its book, “Well Done: SFA 90+ Years and Cooking.”

While supplies last, books are $20 each with the purchase of two or more books (regular price $25 each).

Contact Kim Verhines at (936) 468-1078 to get yours.

Fine Arts

Tickets to SFA’s Chanticleer performance available

Tickets are available for the University Series performance of SFA's Chanticleer, the Grammy Award-winning a cappella choir.

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will present Chanticleer at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in Turner Auditorium on campus.

Known around the globe as “an orchestra of voices,” the a cappella choir is famous for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of songs, from Renaissance to jazz and from gospel to pop, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.
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Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, SFA’s downtown Nacogdoches art gallery, has announced its holiday hours.

With the exception of Mondays, The Cole Art Center will be open each day throughout the remainder of December. Hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Exhibitions currently showing include “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” and “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France,” both of which are showing through Dec. 31.

Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus will be closed today through Jan. 18 when an exhibition of works by Erle Loran opens.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
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National Geographic has announced the winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, and the images are captivating to say the least.

From an aerial shot of crashing waves beside a rock pool in Sydney, Australia, to the eerie beauty of fog rolling among dead trees in Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, the winning photographs remind viewers of the diverse beauty in the world.

To see more, click here.

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