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Friday, Dec. 4
Women's basketball vs. Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
5 p.m.
Denton

"Season of Light" SFA Planetarium screening
7 p.m.

SFA Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Saturday, Dec. 5
Men's basketball vs. Texas Southern University
4 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's basketball vs. Weber State University
Noon
Denton

Tuesday, Dec. 8
Men's basketball vs. Henderson State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Wednesday, Dec. 9
Women's basketball vs. Texas Christian University
TBA
Fort Worth


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Flags to fly at half-staff until Monday

From the office of Gov. Greg Abbott

President Barack Obama has issued an order that lowers all flags to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attack in San Bernardino, California.  Flags should return to full-staff at the end of the display day on Monday, Dec. 7.

SFA Office of Academic Affairs searching for provost, vice president

SFA's Office of Academic Affairs is currently seeking candidates for the provost/vice president position.

A website designed to keep ths SFA community informed about the search is now live. Click here for the latest news.

Campus Barnes & Noble bookstore sale today

The SFA campus Barnes & Noble bookstore is hosting an End of the Semester sale today.

All SFA logo merchandise, including clearance items, will be an additional 25 percent off the ticketed price.

Screening set for 'Christmas With the Dead'

A special free one-night screening of "Christmas With the Dead" is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House, the downtown Nacogdoches art gallery owned by SFA.

Directed by T.L. Lankford, "Christmas With the Dead" is a zombie apocalypse film based on a short story by the same name written by Nacogdoches author Joe R. Lansdale. Lansdale's son, Keith, wrote the screenplay.

It stars SFA filmmaking instructor Brad Maule, who co-produced the film with William Arscott, professor of filmmaking at SFA, and Marion Arscott. Nacogdoches musician and film co-star Kasey Lansdale, daughter of the author, performed much of the film's soundtrack.
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SFA Planetarium show begins tonight

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Season of Light" program will begin at 7 p.m. tonight. The show will run each Friday through Dec. 18.

The program is about the sky, special celebrations and traditions of the winter solstice season. Attendees will search for December constellations, planets and other fascinating objects using the Planetarium's star projector following each show.

Tickets cost $2 each.
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Purple Santa toy drive ends today

Purple Santa has become a holiday tradition at SFA. Each year, generous faculty and staff members donate hundreds of toys to Nacogdoches children in need. Without these donations, many area children would have a very sad holiday.
 
SFA's Purple Santa toy drive will take place today. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children between the ages of 5 and 12.

To schedule a visit from Purple Santa and his elves to collect the items, email Dr. Adam Peck, assistant president and dean of student affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Donors will receive a gift and be placed on Santa’s nice list, which will be published in SFA Today the week of Monday, Dec. 7.

Wreath-making seminar scheduled for tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the “Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays” wreath-making seminar from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
 
Join Dawn Stover, research associate at SFA's 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. In addition to traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest. All materials will be provided.
 
To register in advance, or for more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Class size is limited and the cost is $25 for SFA Garden members and $30 for non-members.

SFA Faculty Senate to host new-faculty forum

New SFA faculty members are invited to join the Senate Strategic Planning Committee for the New Faculty Forum, scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the McGee Business Building, Room 483. Coffee and donuts will be served at the event.

All new and recently hired faculty members are invited to discuss their semester, how the senate can help them succeed at SFA and voice their concerns to the committee.

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a series of faculty forums throughout the spring semester. The series will focus on topics including assessment, faculty development, policy concerns and more. Committee members include: Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of music; Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink, professor of secondary education; Dr. Kimberly Welsh, associate professor of elementary education; Dr. Joey Bray, assistant professor of agriculture; Dr. Janice Hensarling, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history.

Athletics


SFA bowlers return to action at Sam Houston State University Track Kat Klash

After a month-long hiatus, the SFA bowling team returned to the lanes this morning at the 2015 Sam Houston State University Track Kat Klash. The tournament will conclude with a championship bracket Sunday at Emerald Lanes in Houston.

Today’s competition consists of six five-game baker matches, which began at 9:30 a.m. A day one champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the round. Saturday and Sunday will then be a two-day team scoring event with the total pins from Saturday being used to determine seeding for Sunday’s match play. Saturday’s action begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. start Sunday.
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Ladyjack basketball headed to University of North Texas Hospitality Hill Tournament

The SFA women’s basketball team is traveling to Denton this weekend for the University of North Texas Hospitality Hill Tournament. The Ladyjacks will face Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis at 5 p.m. today and Weber State University at noon tomorrow. SFA’s two opponents currently own a combined record of 9-2.

“This weekend we will be trying to place the focus back on us,” said head coach Mark Kellogg. “We need to re-establish our identity both offensively and defensively. Both opponents that we are going to face are off to good starts, and we’re going to need to play our best basketball of the season to come away with the results we want.”
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Track and field athletes volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Though workouts are in full swing and final exams are drawing near, the SFA track and field teams still found some time to give back to the Nacogdoches community recently by spending a day working with Habitat for Humanity.

More than 100 student-athletes and coaches helped fix up a house near the SFA campus and at the Habitat ReStore in town.
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Fine Arts

SFA Music Preparatory recitals scheduled throughout December

The fall recitals for students enrolled in the SFA School of Music's Music Preparatory Division begin this weekend.

Music major instructors' piano students and students of Dr. Mario Ajero will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Music Recital Hall of the Wright Music Building. Also that day, music major instructors' string students will perform at 4 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Violin students of Dr. Jennifer Dalmas and cello students of Dr. Evgeni Raychev will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Music Recital Hall.
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'Inocente' documentary presents snapshot of homeless children in America

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Inocente" at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Inocente" is a personal and vibrant coming-of-age documentary about a young artist's fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings, according to information at inocentedoc.com.

At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. "Inocente" is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America - children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, "Inocente" will immerse the viewer in the real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war rarely seen, the website says.
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'Kids For President' children's show opens tomorrow

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Kids For President" in two performances today, in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Just in time for the 2016 presidential election year, "Kids for President" is comprised of several short plays and songs adapted from children's writings, capturing their curiosity and excitement about the election process.

The production by Child's Play Touring Theatre combines whimsy and political thought, backed up by live music, colorful costumes and backdrops based on children's artwork, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.
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SFA's Rockin' Axes to perform 'The Sounds of the '70s'

SFA's The Rockin' Axes will present "The Sounds of the '70s" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the music of the widely popular Stevie Wonder; the Bee Gees; Kansas; Billy Joel; the Eagles; Earth, Wind and Fire; and others.

The Rockin' Axes is comprised of students in the SFA School of Music's Sound Recording Technology program. Their course focus has been on influential and popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to Andrew Sperandeo, SRT instructor and director/arranger for the Rockin' Axes.
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Theatre students to present 'Bobby Gould in Hell'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Bobby Gould in Hell" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Baytown senior theatre major Stephen Davis directs David Mamet's one-act play that examines the life of the title character and his past sins after he dies and is in the waiting room of hell.

"'Bobby Gould in Hell' is a dark comedy in which we find our title character in discussion with the Devil himself about Gould's immortal soul," Davis said.
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