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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Dec. 2
Bowling at Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational
All Day
Kenner, Louisiana

SFA Planetarium "Season of Light"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Saturday, Dec. 3
Bowling at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Invitational
All Day
Kenner, Louisiana

Men's basketball vs. Centenary College of Louisiana
2 p.m.

Women's basketball at University of Texas-Arlington
2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4
Bowling at Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational
All Day
Kenner, Louisiana




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News & Announcements

Texas Department of Transportation to host open house meeting next week

The Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house meeting regarding the proposed bridge replacement project on E. Starr Avenue at Lanana Creek from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Nacogdoches Independent School District boardroom, located at 420 S. Shawnee St.

The meeting is being held to show proposed improvements, explain where TxDOT is in the project development process, answer questions and gather input.

Visit the project page for more information, or experience the open house online by clicking here here if unable to attend.

Nine Flags Lighted Christmas Parade to take place tomorrow

The 2016 Nacogdoches Nine Flags Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow downtown.

This year the parade is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Nacogdoches with a “Happy Birthday, Nacogdoches!” theme for parade floats.

Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president, will serve as grand marshal for the parade.

For more information, call (936) 564-5869.

Culinary Café to host closing reception for artwork created by Gary Frields

Artwork created by Gary Frields, an artist and former SFA professor of art who passed away in 2013, has been on exhibit in SFA’s Culinary Café throughout the fall semester. A closing reception will be held for the exhibit from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Culinary Café, located in the Education Annex, Room 121.

Frields’ widow, Tamara Robertson, organized the exhibit that features Frields’ paintings, drawings, sculptures and digital artwork. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sold during the exhibit will benefit the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship, which is annually awarded to an SFA art major.

The SFA and Nacogdoches communities are invited to attend the closing reception, and light refreshments will be served.
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Fall Teacher Job Fair to take place Dec. 9

SFA's Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2016 Fall Teacher Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 9, in the Norton H.P.E. Complex gym.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to work in the field of education. If a faculty member would like to record their students' attendance, they must email a class roster or sign-in sheet to the CCPD by Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Students will need to bring their student ID for check-in, and it is recommended that they bring copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.

For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, at (936) 468-3305 or derouenb@sfasu.edu.

Proposals for service learning mini grants due today

Proposals to leadership and service programs for the service learning mini grants for the spring 2017 semester are due by 5 p.m. today.

Click here for proposal guidelines and information about integrating a service learning project into a course. To submit a proposal, click here.

For questions or more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, at moodymk@sfasu.edu.

Nac News: Jingle Bell Run to take place tomorrow

The 20th annual 5K and 3K Jingle Bell Run will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 200 E. Main St. downtown.

Top male and female prizes will be awarded in each age group.

To view fee information or to register, click here.

For more information, contact Amy Mehaffey, Nacogdoches Main Street manager, at (936) 559-2573.

SFA Gardens to host holiday wreath-making seminar tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host a garden seminar, “Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays,” from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 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 SFA Gardens, to learn how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from the garden. 

Class size is limited, so register in advance by calling (936) 468-1832 or emailing sfagardens@sfasu.edu. The cost is $25 for SFA Garden members and $30 for non-members.
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Lumberjacks victim to big second-half run by University of Arkansas, fall 78-62

Playing their second Southeastern Conference opponent during the 2016-17 campaign, SFA’s men’s basketball team battled hard against the University of Arkansas through the first 20 minutes of the game before the Razorbacks staggered the Lumberjacks with a 20-8 run to begin the second half. It was a blow SFA never fully recovered from and resulted in a 78-62 loss Thursday night inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Fresh off a 28-point outing Monday night, SFA junior guard Ivan Canete put in a team-high 14 points while freshman Kevon Harris added 11. Those offensive performances, however, were overshadowed by ill-timed turnovers.
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Bowling to close out 2016 at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate this weekend

SFA’s bowling team will close out 2016 with its fifth tournament of the season this weekend at the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational in Kenner, Louisiana, hosted by Tulane University.

The event begins today with five baker-style qualifying matches beginning at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying will continue tomorrow with teams competing in six traditional team matches. Results will determine seeding for the best-of-seven baker-style bracket matches beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.
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Fine Arts

Music Prep announces December recital schedule, opens spring registration

The Music Preparatory Division in SFA’s School of Music has announced its fall recital schedule.

A number of performances will take place beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the performance hall of the Music Prep House, located at 3028 Raguet St. The afternoon concerts will feature guitar students of Chance Moore, cello students of Kate Hire, harp student of Emily Mitchell, voice students of Charlotte Davis and violin/fiddle students of Emily Williams.

Registrations for spring classes offered through the Music Preparatory Division also are being accepted. Music Prep offers musical training on any level of proficiency.

For a complete list of classes and types of instruction available, click here or contact Pat Barnett, Music Prep director, at (936) 468-1291.
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Children’s series to present musical celebration of America today

The Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA will present two performances of “Celebration USA! America Sings!” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today in Turner Auditorium on campus.

Presented by Stars Within Reach Productions, “Celebration USA! America Sings!” features a variety of musical styles – from soulful gospel to sultry swing, heartfelt country to rock-n-roll – to track the cultural and historical moments that helped shape the nation, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and coordinator of the series.

“Celebration USA! America Sings!” targets children in first through eighth grades. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website for additional information.
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SFA to screen family favorite ‘Rango’ tonight

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Rango” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

This Academy Award-winning animated film directed by Gore Verbinski stars Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango, an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff and town hero.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Photographer Zak van Biljon recently captured a series of landscape photographs featuring British Columbia’s Kennedy Lake. The photographs contain typical landscape settings but emit a range of colors not normally seen in the natural outdoors. Biljon achieved this by using infrared film.

The infrared film allowed him to capture wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation that fall between what we see as red and longer wavelengths used for thermal imaging. Therefore, leaves and plants that normally appear green instead show up as electric pink and vibrant red. Click here to view more of Biljon’s work.

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