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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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Former SFA alumni director applies down-home charm to Salvation Army bell ringing

Courtesy of KTRE news

The name Bob Sitton may not ring a bell in the minds of all SFA students and alumni, but the former SFA alumni director successfully rings a bell for the Salvation Army in Nacogdoches.

Sitton is one of those guys who never meets a stranger. The trait came in handy when Sitton raised scholarship funds at SFA. It also helps when one is ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.

“Thank you buddy,” Sitton said as he was ringing the bell. “Appreciate you. Yes, sir."
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Help yourself stay healthy, and help prevent flu on campus

If you have not gotten a flu shot yet this fall, please try to do so before the holiday break. We have seen an increase in influenza cases this week.  Typically, students and faculty and staff members bring the flu back with them after semester break, causing an outbreak on campus in late January. 

Help yourself stay healthy, and help us prevent the flu on campus!

Any faculty and staff members  or student may present to the Student Health Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a flu vaccine, which will be free to those who have SFA-contracted insurance (United, Humana, BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, Multiplan or Student Assurance). Otherwise, the cost is $25 cash or check.

There is a limited supply of free flu shots for students without insurance, so send your student workers for flu shots at no cost to them. No appointments are needed for flu shots.

Chili Cook Off registration due today

The deadline to register for Campus Rec’s second annual Faculty and Staff Chili Cook Off is noon today.

Click here for more information and to complete the registration form. Forms may be emailed to KouliavtSG@sfasu.edu or faxed to (936) 468-7052.

For questions or more information, please contact Sarah Kouliavtsev at (936) 468-5844.

The 2013 Chili Cook Off Champion was the 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.

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 plays Long Beach State to open homestand

The SFA men's basketball team will look to continue its three-game win streak and open a five-game homestand at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, against Long Beach State inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game will be streamed on SFA All Access and broadcast on Q107.7 FM with Rob Meyers on the call. The game also will serve as a Toys For Tots game, and fans who bring a donation of a new toy for Toys For Tots will receive a free reserved ticket.

The Lumberjacks (4-3) return to Nacogdoches after a five-game road swing that included trips to Xavier (L, 81-63), Baylor (L, 67-51), Las Vegas (Prairie View A&M-W, 73-61; Austin Peay-W, 83-62) and Memphis (W, 64-52). SFA posted a 2-0 record in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational in Orleans Arena to win its respective bracket, before downing Memphis inside FedExForum on Tuesday night.
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Fine Arts

SFA's harpist Mitchell releases second holiday CD

Albany Records has recently released "A Harp for Christmas, Vol. II," the newest CD of Emily Mitchell, harp instructor in the SFA School of Music.

The holiday CD features 21 carols arranged for solo harp by American flutist and composer Gary Schocker. Among the works are "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime," "Coventry Carol," "Sleep of the Infant Jesus," "Il est né, le dvin Enfant," "Wexford Carol," "Tuscendi dalle stelle," "A la nanita nana," "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "Carol of the Birds." The CD can be ordered through Amazon.com.

An acknowledged concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Mitchell has performed around the globe, including in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and Canada. She has toured 48 states of the United States under the auspices of Community Concerts for Columbia Artists Management. Mitchell has been profiled on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," CNN, CNBC, Arts & Entertainment, the BBC, DRS-Swiss TV, the New York Times' WQXR, Radio France, National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and in People Magazine.
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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

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 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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If you missed it on Facebook, yesterday SFA published a set of images for the "Lumberjacks make great" campaign designed for people to print or use on social media.There are 69 banners featuring a pretty wide sampling of careers and professions.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to take a look at the photos and use them if they wish. Check them out here.

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