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This Week's Calendar

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.

Purple Santa toy collection
Donations collected at Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105

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.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Campus Rec Chili Cook off
Rec Center Courtyard
5 p.m.
Registration due by Dec 5

Men's basketball vs. Ouachita Baptist
William R. Johnson Coliseum
3 p.m.




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New program dedicated to first-generation students

Courtesy of The Pine Log

A new campus program is dedicated to optimizing the success of first-generation college students.

Generation Jacks, or GenJacks, was introduced on campus at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.

Dr. Michael Walker, assistant dean of student affairs—support services and a member of the faculty who helped create the program, is a first-generation college student himself and has studied the college retention rates of this population.
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News & Announcements

SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members

Two outstanding SFA faculty members will be honored during the 26th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The faculty awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Matthew McBroom, associate professor of forest hydrology in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Kefa Onchoke, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, has earned the Faculty Achievement Award for Research. Read More

SFA's Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition seeks participants

The application process for the prestigious George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA has begun, and among the first contestants accepted for the 2015 event is a talented cellist from New York studying in the pre-college division at Juilliard.

Celebrating its eighth 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.
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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 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

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

Campus Rec 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 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.

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.


Ladyjacks rout Javelinas, 90-50

The SFA Ladyjack basketball team used 31 points from senior center Porsha Roberts and shot at a season-high clip to storm past Texas A&M-Kingsville 90-50 on Tuesday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks improve to 4-3 on the year with the victory.

“After coming off of a really disappointing Thanksgiving tournament, it was nice to get back to playing better basketball,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “We were really uncharacteristic of ourselves in Albuquerque and were very disappointed with how we played there, especially in terms of effort. I didn’t feel like we made any effort mistakes tonight. We made a few mental errors but tonight for 40 minutes I was really pleased with how hard we played.”
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SFA's strong second half thumps Memphis 64-52

After entering the break tied 27-27, a strong showing in the second half surged the SFA men’s basketball team 64-52 over Memphis on Tuesday night inside FedExForum.

With the win, the Lumberjacks (4-3) improved to one game above .500 for the first time since winning their season opener 75-49 over Mississippi College (Nov. 14).

Junior Clide Geffrard paced SFA against the Tigers (2-3), recording a season-high 14 points across 17 minutes off the bench. The native of Pompano Beach, Florida, was 5-of-8 from the floor, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and completing a 2-of-2 showing from the free throw line.
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2015 softball schedule announced

SFA head softball coach Gay McNutt has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2015 season. The Ladyjacks will face some of the best programs in the country during the course of the year as the schedule features games against seven teams that went to the 2014 NCAA Regionals, including a Baylor team that reached the Women’s College World Series.

“I think we had a good fall,” said McNutt. “It wasn’t a great fall, but it was a good fall. I feel good about where we’re at. Of course it’s about where we finish, not where we start. I don’t want the team to be completely peaked by the time February rolls around, but we’re in a good place at the moment and I feel good about it.”
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Fine Arts

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

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

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 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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Most of you are probably aware that there's another installment in the "Jurassic Park" film franchise coming in the near future, and if you've seen the trailer for it, you may have thought it was a little on the absurd side. Then again, what movie about genetically engineered dinosaurs in a theme park isn't a little far off center, right?

But who knew that all the way back in 1993, Steven Spielberg was taking advice from a Montana-based paleontologist on whom the character Allan Grant in the first movie is partly based. Jack Horner actually worked on the whole series, including the upcoming film, and while he says to take the movies with a big tablespoon of salt, he says there is a little bit of truth in the films.

Check out the interview he did with Smithsonian magazine here.

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