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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Men's basketball vs. Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee
6 p.m.

President's Christmas Reception for staff members
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Association Holiday Extravaganza
Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza
6 - 8 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M - Kingsville
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
President's Christmas Reception for faculty members
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5
Men's basketball vs. Long Beach State
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays
Wreath-making seminar
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building
9 a.m. - noon

Women's basketball vs. Rice
Houston, Texas
2 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Office of Multicultural Affairs Winter Clothing Drive runs until Dec. 12

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is working with Nacogdoches High School's Mentoring Program and noticed some of the students being mentored need clothes.

Some students cannot even afford a coat to stay warm, so the office started a winter clothing drive to assist them before winter break.

We will have a clothing drive box in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101, where clothes can be dropped off.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of Multicultural Affairs, at aireno@sfasu.edu
or (936) 468-1073.

Office of Multicultural Affairs spring calender now available

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to our exciting spring events, which can be found here.

Please mark your calendar and join us at our first spring event, the OMA Diversity Conference. Registration is available on the OMA website, which can be viewed here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, Director of Multicultural Affairs, at aireno@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1073.

Think your department can make the best chili? Prove it.

Campus Rex is hosting its second Chili Cook Off as part of the Polar Bear Plunge event. Sampling cups, napkins and spoons for voting will be provided.

The winning department will be presented with the engraved traveling trophy and, of course, will be entitled to all bragging rights! Each registered department will receive six entry tickets to give to friends and family.

Click here to complete the registration form.

Entry for two department representatives is included. Each table must have at least one representative from the department for the duration of the event. Please submit your registration form by noon on Friday, Dec. 5.

Forms may be emailed to KouliavtSG@sfasu.edu, faxed to (936) 468-7052 or sent via campus mail to Box 13016. For questions or more information, please contact Sarah Kouliavtsev at (936) 468-5844.

The 2013 Chili Cook Off Champion was Department of Mass Communication. Participating departments also will have the opportunity to compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest.

SFA and Family Crisis Center of East Texas to hold grand opening at outreach office

SFA and the Family Crisis Center of East Texas will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest outreach office, located on the university's campus, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9.

The outreach office will provide an array of confidential services and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including personal advocacy, safety planning, legal advocacy, sexual assault advocacy, counseling, child advocacy and self-sufficiency advocacy.

Located inside SFA's University Health Services Clinic, the outreach office will operate from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Victims seeking help also can call the office at (936) 468-SAFE (7233). Read More

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Director Dave Creech

SFA Gardens at SFA will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present "The True and Unabridged Story of This Past Year."

Creech has been at SFA since 1978 and is director and founder of the SFA Mast Arboretum, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden. He also co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Creech received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and his master's degree from Colorado State. His research efforts have focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crops and technology, crop nutrition, and evaluation of new plant materials for the South. He and his wife, Janet, both are active gardeners and love to travel. Read More

'Purple Santa' to collect toys Dec. 5

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is once again inviting all faculty and staff members at SFA 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 to have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Friday, Dec. 5. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please email Dr. 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. 8.

Donated toys will be donated to Toys for Tots 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 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 in general, call (936) 468-7249.

National Conference for Undergraduate Research proposals due Dec. 2

The National Conference for Undergraduate Research is set for April 2015, and proposals are due Dec. 2.

This is an opportunity for undergraduate students in any field of study to present their research to a national audience.

Travel funding will be available through the provost's office for up to six students and two faculty mentors to attend.

Courtney Wooten, the lower division writing program administrator, is coordinating this research initiative and is available to speak to faculty and/or students about this opportunity.

An abstract writing workshop will be held in the AARC at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 for undergraduates who plan on submitting a proposal and would like help writing a research abstract. Contact Courtney here for more information.

Residence Hall Association prepping for Holiday Extravaganza

The Residence Hall Association is getting ready for our annual Holiday Extravaganza. This event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2

Holiday Extravaganza is an event that is held for the SFA residents and Nacogdoches community. Traditionally, Dr. Baker Pattillo lights the tree to help bring in the holiday spirit.

Following the lighting of the tree, you will find a wide variety of activities, hot chocolate with cookies, choir performances and will even get a chance to take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

LiveText collecting samples for assessment

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L.

Training will be conducted at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Steen Library, Info Lab 1 on the first floor.

Please register here before your training session. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at Ext. 1267.

Contact Dr. Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu with questions about the core assessment schedule. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Stringfield at Ext. 1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens to host holiday wreath-making seminar

The SFA Gardens will host a seminar titled "Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come. Join Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, to learn how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from the garden. Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and make a wreath to enjoy at home for the holidays.

In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will be introducing new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest. All materials will be provided.

Class size is limited, so register in advance for this holiday seminar. To register or for more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu. Cost is $25 for SFA Garden members and $30 for non-members.


SFA returns home for a date with A&M-Kingsville

After playing two games in the University of New Mexico Thanksgiving Classic over the holiday break, the SFA Ladyjack basketball team returns to the friendly confines of William R. Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Kingsville. The contest is a Toys For Tots game, as fans who bring a donation of a new toy for Toys For Tots will receive a free reserved ticket.

The Ladyjacks dropped both games played in Albuquerque last Friday and Saturday to fall to 3-3 overall on the season. SFA came out flat against UC Riverside on Friday and couldn’t recover in a 90-62 defeat. Despite the outcome, three Ladyjacks scored in double figures as Porsha Roberts (14 points), Brittney Matthew (16 points) and Taylor Ross (12 points) each found some success offensively. Matthew’s total was a season high.
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SFA to close road swing at Memphis

The SFA men’s basketball team will look to continue its two-game win streak and open the month of December at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, playing at Memphis inside FedEx Forum. The game will air on ESPNews and the WatchESPN app with Marc Ketecher calling the game, while Malcolm Huckaby will serve as the color analyst.

The Lumberjacks (3-3), making their first meeting against the Tigers (2-2) on the hardwood, are playing their final contest of a five-game road swing. SFA is 2-2 through its first four games of the trek and recently closed out the month of November with a 3-3 record after 73-61 and 83-62 wins over Prairie View A&M and Austin Peay to win its bracket in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. Senior Jacob Parker was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts.
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Fine Arts

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano performing "Fiesta Navidad!" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

For more than 50 years, Los Camperos de Nati Cano has featured the finest mariachi musicians from Mexico and the United States.

"The ensemble is noted for complex musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players," said Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts. "This festive program is a great way to kick off the holiday season and should put everyone in the Christmas spirit."
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SFA to present annual holiday choral, orchestral concert

The combined choirs at SFA, along with the Orchestra of the Pines, will present "An SFA Christmas Garland" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

A highly anticipated holiday event, this concert will feature the choirs and orchestra performing Part 1 - often referred to as the "Christmas portion" - of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," according to Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music and director of the performance.

"At the end of each fall semester, the School of Music offers a special musical Christmas present to the community," King said of this popular event. "It is one of the best-attended concerts all year, especially when the program features Handel's 'Messiah' - everyone's favorite!" Read More

SFA music students' compositions are performed around the world

Three composition students in the SFA School of Music are making names for themselves in the realm of professional composing and putting SFA in the spotlight in music venues around the world.

Ian Deterling, a first-year graduate student from Poplar, Wis., and student of Dr. Stephen Lias, Frank Sartain, a Houston junior and student of Dr. Charles Halka, and Kyle Henkel, Argyle sophomore and student of Dr. Alan Scott, are enjoying having their compositions performed in prestigious competitions and locations. It's recognition that's not only important to the students, but also to the university, as well.

"There has never been a better time to be studying composition at SFA," said Lias, professor of composition. "We have the largest group of talented students and teachers that this university has ever seen, and each time something like this happens, it only further solidifies our growing reputation." Read More

School of Music to perform classic Christmas opera

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

All ages will delight in this classic Christmas opera about a poor widow and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the Three Kings as they follow a mysterious star.

Central Heights middle school student Aidan LaGraff, son of Kimberly and Scott LaGraff, and SFA Charter School student Noble Peck, son of Michele and Adam Peck, will alternate in the title role of Amahl. Read More

SFA Trombone Choir to perform music of Holst, Culver, Wagner

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir performing a program titled "Planets" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA and the choir's director, selected the theme because the choir will perform the movement "Mars: The Bringer of War" from The Planets by Gustav Holst, arranged by Randall Malmstrom.

"This arrangement of 'Mars' is bombastic and exciting, particularly with our talented bass trombonists; it is very well-scored for the trombone choir," Scott said.
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SFA to present children's touring show 'The Monster Who Ate My Peas'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will present "The Monster Who Ate My Peas" in two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

This musical, based on the book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, tells the funny story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and coordinator of the children's series.
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SFA's Friday Night Film Series to screen two documentaries in December

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present free, one-night screenings of two short documentaries Friday night, Dec. 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The night's features include "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" and "A Better Me." The screenings begin at 7 p.m.

In the Oscar-winning documentary "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Academy award-winning filmmaker Malcolm Clarke tells the story of 109-year-old Alice Herz Sommer, known as the world's oldest pianist and holocaust survivor. Discussing music, laughter and her optimistic outlook, Sommer shares her views on living a long, happy life. The film runs 39 minutes. Read More

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It may be too early to put up those holiday decorations, folks. There is a lot of time left before Christmas. In the meantime, there are at least 11 other holidays to celebrate in December.

Were you aware, for example, that today is Giving Tuesday? Does the name Jane Adams ring a bell? Well, she, too, has a special day this month. All that, and we haven't even gotten to Festivus yet.

Check out this list of off-beat December holidays:

1. Dec. 2: Giving Tuesday
2. Dec. 5: Prohibition Ends Anniversary
3. Dec. 6: National Pawnbrokers Day
4. Dec. 10: Jane Addams Day
5. Dec. 12: Official Lost and Found Day
6. Dec. 13: National Day of the Horse
7. Dec. 17: Wright Brothers Day
8. Dec. 19: Underdog Day
9. Dec. 21: Forefathers Day
10. Dec. 26: Whiners Day
11. Dec. 31: No Interruptions Day

Source: Mentalfloss.com

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