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Wednesday, Dec. 6
Men's basketball at Louisiana Tech University
6:30 p.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

Thursday, Dec. 7
Women's basketball at University of Montana
7 p.m.
Missoula, Montana

Friday, Dec. 8
SFA Planetarium
"Season of Light"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

Saturday, Dec. 9
Men's basketball vs. Rice University
2 p.m.

Women's basketball at Montana State University
4:30 p.m.
Bozeman, Montana




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News & Announcements

SFA receives national, state rankings for online education, affordability

SFA has received rankings on the national and state levels for its online education and affordable programs.

Nationally, Best Colleges Online ranked SFA fourth for the most affordable online master’s degree in educational leadership. Best Colleges Online “provides expert insights into the best-accredited online universities across the United States,” according to bestcollegesonline.org.

SFA's nationally accredited program within the James I. Perkins College of Education offers a 30-hour master's degree in educational leadership and an 18-hour principal certification. The program is administered entirely online through Desire to Learn, the university's online course-delivery system. The program utilizes a scholar-practitioner approach incorporating theory and practice-based learning that focuses on research-based practices, curriculum and instructional leadership.
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School psychology associate professor, video blogger inspires in the classroom and online

It’s a simple necklace, nothing too fancy. The triangular shape and blue stone may go unnoticed by most, but for Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, director of SFA’s School Psychology Assessment Center and associate professor, it’s a reminder of what she stands for: strength, confidence and power.

While she admits she doesn’t wear the necklace every day, Ellis-Hervey always tries to include blue in her wardrobe.

“Blue is a color often associated with males, but for me, it’s a symbol of confidence and power,” Ellis-Hervey said.

As an associate professor and center director, Ellis-Hervey has the power to change student lives every day, and she also doubles as a video blogger who inspires millions of viewers worldwide.
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Faculty and staff breakfast tomorrow

The SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. tomorrow in the East College Dining Hall. Help spread the word about this event, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

For a special price of $3, SFA faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

This event is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social networking events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge facebook page.

Purple Santa Project results in very long "nice" list

The Purple Santa Project took place Friday, Dec. 1, and netted 1,433 toys for area families in need.

Fifty-four university offices participated — the most ever!

Volunteers from Student Government Association and the Freshmen Leadership Academy helped make the program a success.

The toys were provided to Toys for Tots, which will distribute them to children in need throughout Nacogdoches County.

Thank you to everyone who contributed! To view Purple Santa's "Nice" list, click here.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus calling for proposals for Diversity Conference

The Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus is calling for proposals for the OMA Diversity Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018. Faculty or staff members or students interested in presenting can find the proposal forms here or at sfasu.edu/oma. Forms are due by Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Conference attendees include students and professional staff and faculty members from various institutions across Texas. The theme for this year’s conference is Embracing Diversity: Are you really listening?

Workshop presentations should address at least one of the following areas: multicultural education, leadership, gender identity, ethnicity, race, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, social issues and/or social justice. Other diversity and multiculturalism topics may be written in the category on the workshop proposal form.

For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or oma@sfasu.edu, or contact any OMA Caucus member.

SFA, community encouraged to participate in 2018 MLK Day of Service

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs encourages the campus and Nacogdoches communities to submit community work projects for the eighth annual MLK Day of Service scheduled for Jan. 15.

The deadline to submit a project is Friday, Dec. 15. Volunteers are needed and can sign up to work now through the morning of the event.

Aloma Marquis, adjunct faculty in the SFA School of Art, will serve as the keynote speaker during the event's opening ceremonies. She will speak at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 about Martin Luther King’s idea of transformation and how it is important for us to transform on an individual level in order to move forward as a community and nation.

For more information, contact Veronica Beavers at (936) 468-1073, email oma@sfasu.edu, or visit sfasu.edu/oma.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation annual Angel Tree program accepting gifts

Campus Recreation is collecting new, unwrapped items for the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter and the Salvation Army for its annual Angel Tree.

Stop by the Campus Recreation lobby, grab a candy cane off the Angel Tree, and bring back the items listed on the tag by Dec. 15.

For more information or to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email campusrec@sfasu.edu.

Fine Arts

Music faculty to perform collection of German art songs tonight

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present “A Night of Song,” featuring music faculty members Kayla Roth, Dr. Danny Chapa and Dr. J.D. Salas, at 6 p.m. tonight in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The concert, which is part of the School of Music’s Calliope Series, will include German art songs, or lieder, from the Romantic era, or the mid to late 1800s.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA’s Music Prep recital tonight

Guitar students of Andrew Sperandeo, cello students of Kate Hite and a voice student of Charlotte Davis will perform at 6 p.m. tonight in the performance hall in the Music Prep Building.

The recital is open to the public. 
For a complete listing of classes and types of instruction available, visit music.sfasu.edu/prep, or contact Pat Barnett, director of music prep, at (936) 468-1291.
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Have you ever been told, “You look exactly like someone I know?” Although you may not have bumped into your look-alike, there’s a high likelihood your doppelgänger is out there somewhere.

Michael Sheehan, assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, believes this is due to the limited number of genes that influence facial features.

To view a slideshow of uncanny celebrity look-alikes, which might make you think time travel is possible, click here.

Would you like to see your celebrity look-alike? Click here.

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