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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Dec. 2
Classes resume
8 a.m.

Last day to withdraw from university

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Women's Basketball
at TCU
7 p.m.
Fort Worth

Friday, Dec. 6
Men's Basketball
vs. Towson
8 p.m.

Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

SFA Planetarium Show
"Season of Light"
7 p.m.
$2 admission

The Big Dip Ring Ceremony
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Saturday, Dec. 7
Men's Basketball
vs. James Madison
8:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA Planetarium show: Season of Light

The SFA Planetarium will begin showing "Season of Light" at 7 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 6-20.

This is a delightful holiday program about the starry sky and the many special celebrations and traditions of the winter solstice season. Why are the days in December so short? What was the Christmas star? Why do we decorate Christmas trees and kiss under the mistletoe? Come see the SFA Planetarium's December show about this most luminous time of the year. After the show, we'll search for December constellations, planets and many other fascinating objects you can spot overhead using the Planetarium's star projector.

The Big Dip

The Big Dip Ring Ceremony will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 6, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 5.

RSVP and get more information here.

Holiday Extravaganza

The holiday season is in the air, and this year's Holiday Extravaganza will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. This event is held for the Nacogdoches community and university. Traditionally, SFA president Dr. Baker Pattillo and Mr. and Mrs. Claus light the campus tree to help ring in the holiday season. Following the lighting of the tree, there will be a variety of activities, including cocoa and cookies, choir performances, and an opportunity to take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

President's Christmas Reception

Drs. Baker and Janice Pattillo cordially invite all faculty and staff members to attend the 2013 President's Christmas Reception. The staff reception is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and the faculty reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. Both receptions will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble will host its Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Just in time for the holidays, the employee standard discount will be extended to 20 percent off SFA logo merchandise. While in the bookstore, enjoy refreshments, and register to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. No purchase is necessary. Complimentary holiday gift bags will be available with any purchase. For more information, please contact Kristen at (936) 468-1160.

Floral design exhibit

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Room 118 of the Agricultural Building on Wilson Drive. The theme for this fall's exhibit is "movies." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

Purple Santa is coming to town again

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all SFA faculty and staff members to participate in "Purple Santa." This has become a holiday tradition on campus. Participants provide new, unwrapped toys to help local children (ages 5 to 12) in need have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 6. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu to arrange a pick-up time.  Each group that donates toys to the cause will receive a special gift and will appear on Santa’s “nice list,” published in SFA Today throughout the week of Dec. 9.

The toys will be donated to Love, INC to help children in Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County. This event can provide a fun and festive treat for your office. Santa will be available to pose for pictures with individuals and groups.

Cash donations also are being accepted. For more information or to drop off cash donations, visit the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. For more information about donations, call (936) 468-7249.

SFA Arboretum to host popular wreath-making seminar

SFA's Mast Arboretum will host a garden seminar titled "Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, will show participants how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from Mother Nature. Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come.

Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and will make a wreath to enjoy at home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce new crafts using more natural items from the garden and forest.
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SFA Gala to honor outstanding donors

Outstanding SFA donors and faculty members will be honored during the 25th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

"We are very excited about plans for the Gala, which promises to be especially memorable this year as we continue to celebrate SFA's 90th anniversary," said Jill Still, vice president for university advancement. "We look forward to paying special tribute to some of the university's most generous donors and recognizing the accomplishments of two outstanding SFA faculty members."

The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin's most accomplished musicians. Known for its versatile repertoire, the group performs everything from dance music to rock, jazz, country and hip-hop.

Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith at (936) 468-5406.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation Angel Tree

Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 20

Get in the holiday giving spirit and participate in our Angel Tree program! We will be collecting donated items for the following organizations: Nacogdoches Animal Services and Adoption Center, Memorial Hospital, and SFA's Purple Santa. Stop by the Rec Center lobby and take a candy cane off the Christmas tree. Please bring back the items listed on the tag attached to the candy cane by Friday, Dec. 20. For more information call Kati Van Dunk at (936) 468-5844.

Puppy Palooza

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Noon to 4 p.m. in the Rec Center Courtyard

Stressed out for finals? Need some love from cute and furry friends? Join Campus Rec for the Puppy Palooza! The Nacogdoches Animal Services and Adoption Center will be bringing puppies of all ages for you to play with and pet! Note: If you live in a residence hall, you cannot have pets, but there will be adoption information for those who can have pets and are interested. Call (936) 468-1775 for more information.

Free Faculty Friday at the Rec

Friday, Dec. 6

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign the guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.

Last Day of Fall Group Axe Schedule

Friday, Dec. 6

After this day, group exercise classes will not be offered until we return for the spring semester Jan. 13, 2014. Please plan your workouts accordingly.

Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Cookoff

Sunday Dec. 8

6-8 p.m. in the Rec Outdoor Pool and Deck

Join us for a chilly dip at the Outdoor Pool! Brave the cold and jump into the diving well for prizes! Don't worry, you can warm back by taste testing the best chili SFA faculty and staff members have to offer. Whose chili is the best? You're the judge! We will also have a campfire and s’mores cooking in the courtyard for extra warmth!


Lumberjacks hold off High Point

Senior Deshaunt Walker scored a team-high 14 points off the bench, and the SFA men’s basketball team closed on a 9-7 run to edge High Point 71-68 Sunday afternoon inside the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.

Tied 62-62 with 2:36 remaining, senior Nikola Gajic hit a layup and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line, with senior Desmond Haymon adding four points from the charity stripe down the stretch, as SFA (6-2) kept the Panthers (3-3) at bay.

Walker’s 14 points came on a 5-of-9 shooting performance from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in 22 minutes played. The native of Silver Springs, Md., was one of three Lumberjacks to score in double figures, joined by Gajic (12) and junior Jacob Parker (10). Junior Connor Brooks recorded a career-high nine points in 18 minutes as a reserve, while Haymon finished with eight points.

SFA shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field, including a season-high 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the three-point line.

Ladyjacks fall to Golden Flashes

The SFA Ladyjacks have posted two wins this season after trailing with five minutes remaining in play. A third comeback was almost completed on Sunday against Kent State, but the go-ahead bucket would not fall in the closing minutes for the Ladyjacks, as they fell 54-52.

SFA had a chance to tie and take the lead in the closing minutes, but a shot by Daylyn Harris would not fall with SFA down 52-51. From there, the Golden Flashes would make free throws, and SFA would miss a Kali Jerrell 3-pointer to win the game following a free throw by Harris.

SFA (3-4) dropped the game after leading 30-28 at halftime, thanks to a strong 11-0 run to close the half and claim the lead.

Kent State (2-5) jumped to a 7-point lead late in the second half, but the Ladyjacks were able to quickly erase that deficit, as well, with another run. SFA tied the game at 48-48 and could not take the extra step to reclaim the lead late in the game. Instead, Kent State used free throws to pull ahead and hold off the Ladyjacks.

Fine Arts

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform concert to remember JFK

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present "JFK: In Memoriam" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

A joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will open the concert with "An American Fanfare" by Rick Kirby.

"This fast and hard-driving fanfare is based on the melody from 'My Country, 'Tis of Thee,'" Anglley said.

The band will next perform Bruce Houseknecht's arrangement of "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokoff.

"Originally composed for choir, this piece has become a staple in the wind band literature," Anglley explained.
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SFA percussion students to present holiday concert

SFA's Percussion Department will present its annual holiday concert, "Percussion in the Pines," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The performance will feature both the SFA Percussion Ensemble and the SFA Steel Band, known as the Jacks of Steel, performing a collection of carols, popular tunes and contemporary holiday arrangements for percussion.

"The concert will be a great way for all ages to help celebrate the upcoming holiday season, as well as the end of a fantastic fall semester," said Dr. Brad Meyer, SFA's director of percussion studies.

Along with the holiday arrangements, the Jacks of Steel, will perform several fiery steel pan band arrangements to "help audience members warm up from the chilly, winter weather," Meyer said.
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Fredonia Players to present 'A Classic Christmas'

The SFA School of Theatre along with the Nine Flags Festival will present "A Classic Christmas" by the Fredonia Players at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, and at 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The musical theatre group will perform classic Christmas tunes that will delight and entertain, such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow," according to Shari Ellsworth, theatre appreciation instructor at SFA and the new director of the Fredonia Players.

Founded as "The Original Cast" more than 20 years ago by Dr. Alan Nielson, the musical theatre group changed its name to the Fredonia Players a few years ago to reflect a move toward an improvisational program. Ellsworth was assistant director for Nielson, who is now professor emeritus in SFA's School of Theatre, and she has brought the group back to its original form as a musical performance troupe.

"The Christmas show is very family oriented and will be enjoyed by all ages," Ellsworth said. "We also have included a few modern pieces, such as 'Mr. Grinch' and 'The Gift' by Jim Brickman."

The Fredonia Players also includes five featured dancers who will perform a waltz and a polka, according to Ellsworth.
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SFA School of Music to present annual Christmas concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual choral and orchestral Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Performing will be the A Cappella Choir, directed by Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA; Choral Union and Women's Choir, directed by Dr. Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor; and the Orchestra of the Pines, directed by Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras.

The ensembles will present "Evermore and Evermore," a holiday concert that mirrors a work of the same title, according to King.

"This work was composed by Norman Nelson, father of SFA music faculty's own Dr. Kirsten Nelson (assistant professor of bassoon and theory)," King said. "For many years, Norman was head of the theory department at West Texas A&M in Canyon. This multi-movement work for choir and orchestra is based on familiar carols that are arranged in different dance meters. Between each carol, different performing groups will be featured, adding a great deal of variety to the program."
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Stone Fort Museum to open exhibits

The Stone Fort Museum at SFA will host an opening reception for the exhibit "Sacred Spaces: Connecting with the Land" from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

The "Sacred Spaces" photography project explores the spiritual connection to the environment and landscape within the Nacogdoches area. The exhibit utilizes descriptions of the East Texas landscape dating back to the late 1600s, as well as from contemporary journals.

This project examines the relationship between individuals and their natural, social and built environments, all of which were interpreted through their faith. According to Dr. Kelley Snowden, Center for Regional Heritage Research assistant, understanding how individuals interpret their surroundings through faith will provide a better assessment of how landscape features should be preserved to enhance public spaces for an increase in community well-being, she said.

"We reached out to the community and any interested individuals for this project," Snowden said. "We were successful in recruiting 36 volunteers from seven different churches, representing five different Christian denominations."

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