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This Week's Calendar

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
SFA, Family Crisis Center of East Texas outreach center grand opening
University Health Services
11:30 a.m.




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News & Announcements

Center for Teaching and Learning survey ends this week

As part of its continual efforts to support the faculty and academic programs at SFA, the Center for Teaching and Learning builds professional development programs based on input from SFA faculty members.

If you have not already completed CTL's three-minute Faculty Professional Development Survey, please do so here.

The survey will be available until Dec. 7.

State representative to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. Trent Ashby will offer the commencement address during SFA's fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13.

A native of Rusk County, Ashby represents District 57 in the Texas House of Representatives, which includes Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine and Trinity counties. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1996.

During his freshman term, Ashby was appointed to the House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committees and was selected by his colleagues as Freshman of the Year. Additionally, he serves on the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives.
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SFA Charter School applications available next month

SFA Charter School applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available in the Charter School Office beginning Jan. 12.

Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed by Friday, Feb. 6. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.

There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, please call (936) 468-5899 or come by room 101 in the Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St.

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.

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.


SFA releases 2015 football schedule

On the heels of one of the most memorable seasons in recent history, SFA has released its 2015 football schedule. The 2015 slate consists of 11 games, including five at Homer Bryce Stadium, with nine Southland Conference matchups.

“We’re very excited about the 2015 schedule,” said head coach Clint Conque. “It’s extremely challenging, but great opportunities lie within that schedule. We have a lot of momentum in our football program because of the successes of this year’s team, and we have a lot of work to do between now and Sept. 5, but we’re ready to get going.”
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Baxter Ward named SLC Golfer of the Month

SFA sophomore Baxter Ward has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Golfer of the Month for November, as announced today by the league office. It is the first conference accolade of Ward’s SFA career.

Ward captured the honor after recording the first individual tournament title of his career at the ASU Fall Beach Classic on Nov. 4. Ward posted an even-par 216, including a 3-under 69 in round two, tying teammate Luke Sheehan for the individual crown. Ward then bested his teammate in a playoff hole, sinking a 10-foot birdie putt to seal the victory.
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Three Ladyjacks named All-Central Region

The SFA Ladyjack trio of seniors Zuri Prince, Chelsea Raymond and Megan Dunnigan have been named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Central Region teams, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Coaches in the NSCAA’s Central Region (consisting of the Big 12, Conference USA, Southland and SWAC schools) voted one SFA player to each of the three teams. Prince was a first team midfield, Raymond was a second team forward and Dunnigan was a third team defender. The all-region honor is the third of Raymond’s career, second for Dunnigan and first for Prince.
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Parker, Matthew nominated for Good Works team

SFA men’s and women’s basketball seniors Jacob Parker and Brittney Matthew have been selected as nominees for the 2015 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WABC) Good Works Team, as announced Wednesday by the respective coaches associations.

Both Parker and Matthew, active in the SFA and Nacogdoches communities, are making their first appearances on the nominee list for this prestigious community service award, which recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities. Read More

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 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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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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There is something to be said for repetitive tasks. Whether it's mowing the lawn, washing dishes or some other routine action, each can offer the chance to turn your brain off for just a little while.

But photographer Stephen Orlando had to keep his brain on while recording the repetitive paddling of kayakers and canoers with LED lights. It's a good thing he did because the photos are really cool. Check them out here.

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