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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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News & Announcements

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau available to assist with meetings

The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is available to assist with association meetings that bring out-of-town guests to the Oldest Town in Texas.

“We hope that SFA faculty and staff members who are part of regional or national organizations will encourage their groups to host meetings in Nacogdoches. We are happy to assist with coordinating special discounted rates for lodging, and also may be able to assist with other amenities and offers,” said Carl Watson, executive director of the CVB.

For more information, contact JoAnna Temple at (936) 564-7351 or sales@visitnacogdoches.org.

Man donates estimated 160-year-old ambrotype to Stone Fort Museum

A donor recently gave an ambrotype image estimated to be about 160 years old of the stone house to the Stone Fort Museum on the SFA campus.

The image will be on display in 2016 as part of the tricentennial celebration at the museum, according to museum director Carolyn Spears.

"I'm very excited about the acquisition of this ambrotype for the Stone Fort Museum's collection," Spears said. "The object is not only an early document depicting the stone house on the square, but also an example of early photographic processes. It's just a beautiful thing."

Michael Rugeley Moore, who donated the photographic image to the museum, said it has been in his family since it was created, and he estimates it was taken in the 1850s.

Ambrotypes were popular in the 1850-60s, and tintypes and other photographic processes later replaced the medium.

Cannes Film Festival opportunities available to SFA students

SFA faculty and staff members in the filmmaking, business and hospitality programs are encouraged to inform their students about an opportunity to work at the Cannes International Film Festival this coming summer.

Students who enroll in the HMS 426 class will work in the American Pavillion during the film festival in Cannes, France, from Sunday, May 8, to Monday, May 23, 2016.

Additional information is available online or by contacting Dr. Gina Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at (936) 468-1411 or causingf@sfasu.edu.

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.

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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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.

SFA Planetarium show ends Friday

The final screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Season of Light" program will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Dec. 18.

The program is about the sky, special celebrations and traditions of the winter solstice season. Attendees will search for December constellations, planets and other fascinating objects using the Planetarium's star projector following each show.

Tickets cost $2 each.
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Spectator information for men's basketball Shelton Gym game released

Lumberjack basketball fans have the opportunity to relive a part of SFA history at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, when the men’s basketball team takes on Our Lady of the Lake University inside the historic Shelton Gym. The game is the first intercollegiate match in more than 40 years inside the gym, which was home to the Lumberjacks from 1951 to 1974.

Doors will open for season ticket holders at 3:30 p.m. and general admission spectators will be admitted beginning at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the door. The game will be streamed live online on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN. Links to those services will be available on SFAJacks.com.
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2016 track and field schedule unveiled

SFA track and field's 2016 schedule was released this week.

"Last year was a terrific year for our program and we'll be trying to build on that when the indoor season gets going in January," said Phil Olson, head coach for track, field and cross country. "In many ways our team is going to be vastly different from a year ago. We have a lot of older athletes, combined with large freshman and sophomore classes. We're really excited about our young kids and look forward to finding out who is going to step up and help us.
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Fine Arts

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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With just a little more than two weeks left in 2015, website administrators and content creators are all getting nostalgic about the past year. You'll soon be flooded online with slideshows and recaps of the year (stay tuned to SFA's Facebook page for our look back!), so allow SFA Today to kick things off.

Here is a gallery of National Geographic's favorite photos from the year, and some perspective from Lone Star State photographer Mike Mezeul II. Enjoy the views.

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