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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, Dec. 8
Women's Basketball
at Louisiana-Monroe
2 p.m.
Monroe, La.

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




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SFA offers new masters degree in mass communication

A newly established master's degree offered through the Department of Mass Communication at SFA will prepare students for a career in the evolving media industry.

According to Dr. John Hendricks, SFA professor and chair of the mass communication department, obtaining a Master of Arts in mass communication will prepare students for any career in journalism; strategic communication, including advertising and public relations; and/or electronic communication.

"This degree was approved to be offered as both a face-to-face and online degree," Hendricks said. "Once the new program acquires a specific enrollment benchmark, it will be offered solely online - hopefully within the next semester or so."

The new degree comprises two different completion paths, a thesis option or media project option. Both options require completion of 30 hours of coursework and six additional credit hours.
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News & Announcements

Interdisciplinary talk with Austin Chason

SFA graduate and former Peace Corps volunteer Austin Chason will speak about his experiences and impact in Africa at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 4, in the Ferguson Building Room 376.

After Chason received his degree in theatre with a minor in French, he spent two years living in Togo, Africa, working as a Girls Education and Empowerment Volunteer with the Peace Corps.

This event is made possible through support from the Office of the Provost; the College of Liberal and Applied Arts; the School of Honors; and the departments of Theatre, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social and Cultural Analysis, and Languages, Cultures, and Communication.

East Texas Archeological Society presentation

The East Texas Archeological Society welcomes the public to hear Dr. Kenneth L. Brown of the University of Houston, presenting a talk titled "Looking Back at a Legacy of Belief: An Archaeology of African American Spirituality in Texas and across the South" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec 5, in the Ferguson Building, Room G78.

Brown is a national authority on archaeological investigations of African American spirituality. He presented at SFA in 2010 as part of the Georgiana and Max Lale Lectures presented by the East Texas Historical Association. Brown's Thursday evening talk will present revisions in his thinking about the representation of African spiritual practices in North America.

Martin Luther King Day of Service site mentors needed

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Engagement Programs–Leadership and Service invite faculty and staff members to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

We are looking for site mentors to engage with students throughout the day as they work on various projects in the community. This year's MLK Day of Service will kick off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The deadline to sign up to be a faculty or staff site mentor is Wednesday, Dec. 18.

To sign up, or for questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

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.

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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SFA Observatory public viewing session

The SFA Observatory will hold a public viewing session at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec 6, weather permitting.

Viewing sessions are intended for visitors of all ages and are free of charge. Since this is an outdoor event, poor weather conditions may force a cancellation. Check the observatory website two hours before the tour to make sure that the event has not been canceled due to poor weather.

The session will begin with a sky tour of the constellations with a green laser. SFA students will operate the telescope and show visitors stars, clusters, nebulae, double stars and perhaps a planet.
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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.

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 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.

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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Courses to be removed from D2L

All faculty members please be aware that during the winter break, all courses in the following semesters will be permanently deleted from Desire2Learn:

  • Conversions
  • Summer 2012 (including Maymester, Summer I, and Summer II)
  • Fall 2012
If you have course content from those semesters that you wish to keep, visit here for more information and step-by-step instructions. Don’t wait until January–the courses in these semesters will be gone by then. You must take action by Dec. 18, before you leave for the winter break.

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

Date changed: Wednesday, Dec. 4

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!


Ladyjacks seek road win at TCU

The SFA women’s basketball team hits the road for a mid-week nonconference game on Wednesday night looking to take down another member of a power six conference. The Ladyjacks will tangle with the TCU Horned Frogs at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth with a victory over a Big 12 Conference opponent on their minds.

The Ladyjacks (3-4) took down Arizona from the Pac-12 earlier this season on the road, marking their first win over a team from one of the power six conferences since 2007. TCU (4-3) is undefeated at home this season with victories over ULM, Texas State and Grambling State.

SFA is heading into the game following a 1-1 performance last weekend at the David Jones Memorial Classic in Houston. The Ladyjacks defeated Prairie View A&M by the score of 76-70 to open the tournament and finished with a tight loss to Kent State, 54-52.
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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.

Fine Arts

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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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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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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The SFA Lumberjack bobblehead is traveling all around campus. Can you tell where he is today?

The first person to email sfatoday@sfasu.edu with the correct location of Jack wins a free gift!

At the end of his journey, all contest responses will be put in a drawing for a grand prize.

Congratulations to yesterday's winner Brittney Goad. Jack was on the grassy hill by the track in Homer Bryce Stadium.

Click here to see Jack's journey so far. You can hover your mouse over the image for a wider view of his surroundings.

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