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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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Prominent donors honored at 27th annual SFA Gala

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

Philanthropic contributors to the university are recognized by induction into one of three societies: the Fredonia Society, the Thomas J. Rusk Society and the Stephen F. Austin Society. The cumulative levels of giving range from $100,000 to $1 million or more.

This year’s Gala honorees include Jimmy W. Murphy and the late Marleta Chadwick, who were inducted into the Stephen F. Austin Society. The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation was inducted into the Fredonia Society.
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Banker Phares receives Nancy C. Speck Development Award at SFA Gala

The Nancy C. Speck Development Award was presented during the 27th SFA Gala to Banker Phares, who serves as the John and Karen Mast Professor in SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business. Phares also is a senior lecturer of finance and director of SFA's financial planning program.

Dr. Nancy C. Speck is a former SFA vice president for university advancement, as well as a Nelson Rusche College of Business faculty member. Speck has remained committed to civic service, dedicating her expertise to numerous state and national boards and committees related to education, mental health and economic development.

The award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding individuals such as volunteers, students or faculty and staff members who have advanced the university's mission through development methods.

Phares holds a degree in government from Lamar University and a juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University. He served on the board of editors of the Southwestern Law Review and is board certified in estate planning and probate. Phares has served on the SFA faculty since 2009.


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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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.

SFA Planetarium show ends tomorrow

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

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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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.

Holiday safety tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the SFA Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Department would like to remind everyone to have a happy and safe holiday. While decorations bring joy to the home and workplace, they can also be very dangerous if not used correctly. According to The U.S. Fire Administration, the holiday season claims the lives of more than 400 Americans, injures 1,650 more and causes more than $990 million in damage.

By following some simple precautionary tips, the chances of an incident may be greatly reduced.
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Athletics


Pole vault star Demi Payne heads for Bowerman Award ceremony

SFA senior pole vaulter Demi Payne hopes to put the ultimate exclamation point on one of the best years in collegiate track and field history tonight at the 2015 Bowerman Award Ceremony in San Antonio.

The Bowerman Trophy, collegiate track and field's most prestigious individual honor, will officially be presented at the main event of the annual U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention, which kicks off at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on USTFCCCA.org beginning with the Red Carpet Show at 6:20 p.m. ESPN's John Anderson will be the host for the night.
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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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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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Fine Arts

Cole Art Center announces holiday hours

SFA's Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches will be open during most of the Christmas and New Year's holiday break, gallery officials have announced.

The Cole Art Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25, and Friday, Jan. 1. Normal gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Exhibitions showing in the art center include "The Devil You Say! The Saintly, and Not So Saintly, in Folk Art," which shows in Reavley Gallery through Saturday, Jan. 16. Two other exhibitions, "The Tenderness of Egocentrism: Drawings by Manuel Miranda" in the Reception Gallery and "25 Veinticinco: Mexican-American Prints from UT San Antonio" in Ledbetter Gallery, will run through Saturday, Jan. 2.
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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. tomorrow in the 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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Though it's finally getting chilly in East Texas, it's unlikely that the piney woods will become a winter wonderland anytime soon. When the real cold settles in, though, you might want to take a second to look closely at ice and snowflakes. Really closely.

That's what physicist Ken Libbrecht has been doing for more than a decade, and the results are pretty spectacular. Libbrecht used colored lights to illuminate individual snowflakes and ice crystals and take detailed photos of them. He's even recorded video of the formation process. Check out the images and video on his website.

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