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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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SFA Today to resume publishing in spring 2017

In observance of the holiday break, SFA Today will cease publication after today. Publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 17, when classes begin.

Prominent donors, faculty members recognized during 28th annual SFA Gala

Four SFA donors were honored during the SFA Gala held recently at the university.

This year's honorees include the Bone Hill Foundation and Kathy and Robert Lehmann, who were inducted into the Stephen F. Austin Society. Mattress Firm and Elvin “Buddy” and Tommie Jan Lowery were inducted into the Fredonia Society.

Two faculty awards also were presented in recognition of innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant, professor in SFA’s School of Social Work and director of the Master of Social Work program, was the recipient of the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award for Research. Dr. Kevin Langford, SFA associate professor of biology and director of the university’s pre-health professions program, was the recipient of the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching.
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SFA's online master's degree in early childhood education program ranked as one of the most affordable in nation

SFA’s online master's degree in early childhood education program has been ranked as one of the most affordable in the nation by affordablecolleges.com, a website dedicated to helping students find a path to a rewarding, quality education.

"SFA has a reputation for an academically strong early childhood education program," said Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, chair of SFA's Department of Elementary Education. "To also be recognized for affordability is an indicator of the value our students receive."
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State Rep., alumnus Jason Isaac to offer SFA commencement address tomorrow

State Rep. and SFA alumnus Jason Isaac will offer the commencement address during SFA’s fall graduation ceremonies tomorrow.

Isaac graduated SFA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996 with a major in marketing and a minor in management. He met his wife, Carrie, in a history class at SFA, and the couple married a few years after graduation. During his time at SFA, Isaac founded the university’s lacrosse team, which is still active today, and he was president of the Association of Sports Clubs.
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Athletics


Keller selected to participate in 2017 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge

SFA’s head men’s basketball coach Kyle Keller has been chosen to participate in the 2017 Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. In his first year as head coach, Keller aims to capture the Challenge’s $100,000 grand prize for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

The competition, which begins Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, will be determined by fan voting. Once the Charity Challenge officially commences, all fans are encouraged to vote once per day by accessing voteforcoachk.com. Participants will be directed to the official webpage for the 2017 Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge where they can cast their vote for Keller. In order to help facilitate the daily voting process, fans also will have the option to sign up for daily voting reminders on their mobile device by texting VoteForCoachK to 48421.
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Fine Arts

Irish ensemble Danú to perform Celtic Christmas concert tonight

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. tonight 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 the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 211, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium.
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Do you recognize Surfin' Steve’s location?

The first faculty or staff member to email the correct, specific answer to sfatoday@sfasu.edu will win a Surfin' Steve bobblehead.

Yesterday's winner was Ann Hall, office manager for SFA's Office of Student Financial Assistance. She was the first to reply that Surfin' Steve was located on the seal in the Baker Pattillo Student Center rotunda.

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