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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

Hospitality administration students volunteer more than 780 hours

More than 130 students in SFA's hospitality administration program participated in a service-learning pilot project this semester that generated 786 volunteer hours.

Faculty members for each course within the program included a six-hour service-learning component to their syllabi.

"Each semester, our program gets multiple requests to help with events from community organizations," said Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator. "This semester, we decided to formalize the process and implement a six-hour service-learning component in all hospitality courses. We believe students enrolled in these courses should have real-world experience if they plan on working with the public in this industry."
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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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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.

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 Planetarium show ends tonight

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

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.

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.

State Rep. John Zerwas to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D., will offer the commencement address during SFA's fall graduation ceremonies tomorrow.

Serving his fifth legislative term, Zerwas represents the Texas House of Representatives' District 28, which includes northwestern Fort Bend County, one of the fastest-growing regions in Texas. He serves as chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education and is an advocate for increasing access to higher education and growing opportunities for graduate medical education.

Zerwas earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and his doctoral degree in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been a physician for more than 30 years and is one of four medical doctors in the Texas House of Representatives. Two of Zerwas' sons, Brandon and John Jr., graduated from SFA.
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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.

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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Lumberjack football announces five junior college transfers

SFA head football coach Clint Conque announced the signing of five junior college transfers who will join the team in 2016.

Four of the signees come to Nacogdoches from the Southwest Football Junior College Football Conference, including running back Kijana Amous and cornerback Aaron Foy from Navarro College, kicker/punter Troy Duran from Kilgore College and offensive lineman Josh Keith from Blinn College. The fifth newcomer is cornerback Trenton Perriman, joining the 'Jacks after playing at Golden West College in California.
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Underwood selected to participate in Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge

For the second year, SFA head men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood has been chosen to participate in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Underwood aims to capture the ultimate prize of $100,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

The competition is fueled entirely by fan voting. Fans are encouraged to vote once per day after the competition begins on Monday, Jan. 4. More information about voting will be available on SFAJacks.com and on the 'Jacks social media channels.
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Payne ends historic year at Bowerman Ceremony

SFA senior pole vaulter Demi Payne was celebrated for her fantastic 2015 season last night at the Bowerman Award Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, where she took the stage as one of three women’s finalists for collegiate track and field’s top individual honor.

Payne, Oregon sprinter Jenna Prandini and Kentucky hurdler Kendra Harrison were the women featured at the main event of the annual U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention.
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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. tomorrow 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. tonight 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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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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The legend of St. Nicholas' malevolent counterpart Krampus is no secret, particularly since Hollywood recently has been pushing a new movie featuring the character. But Krampus, who deals out punishment instead of presents, isn't the only sinister holiday entity. Cultures around the world have a counterbalance who is intended to be ho-ho-horrible.

Whether it's the Icelandic cat that eats people or a cannibalistic French butcher, there are plenty of alternative folk traditions out there. Check out this Mental Floss article explaining the history and legend behind several of the villains. 

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