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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Dec. 6
Men's Basketball
vs. Towson
8 p.m.

Faculty Lounge Friday
9-11 a.m.
Faculty Senate office
McKibben 252

Observatory public viewing session
7 p.m. (weather permitting)
SFA Observatory

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.

Wreath-making seminar
9 a.m. to noon
Agriculture Building, Room 118

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

Monday, Dec. 9
Final Exams Begin

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




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State representative to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. Travis Clardy will offer the commencement address during SFA's fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 14, in William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Clardy, a Nacogdoches small business owner and attorney, recently finished his first term representing House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Rusk counties. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University and graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he assisted with the Pepperdine Law Review from 1986 to 1988.

Clardy is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Nacogdoches Rotary Club and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he has served on the executive board of the East Texas Boy Scouts. He also is an active member of the North Street Church of Christ and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for Abilene Christian University.

Clardy currently serves on the state Higher Education, Local and Consent Calendars, Special Purpose Districts, and Redistricting committees. As a freshman legislator during the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, he authored and guided the passage of 10 bills.
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SFA communication studies professor receives mentoring professorship

Dr. R. Tyler Spradley, assistant professor of communication studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who are excellent teachers and serve as mentors to their students.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, longtime professor of communication studies, and it is the only SFA professorship for which faculty members in all six academic colleges are eligible.

Spradley joined the faculty of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts in 2002. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes, including organizational communication, leadership, issues management and crisis response, emergency communication, communication theory, mass media and society, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and listening behavior.

His primary research areas include organizational communication, highly reliable management practices, the communicative constitution of organizing processes in high-risk environments and sociomateriality.
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News & Announcements

US flag to be at half-staff

The President of the United States has released a proclamation regarding flying the U.S. flag. In honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the flag is to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7. Additionally, as a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, the flag is to be flown at half-staff until sunset Dec. 9.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to Feature Director Dave Creech

The SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Drive.

Dr. David Creech, professor emeritus in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Why Raising a Garden and Raising Kiddos is About the Same Thing; It's All About Breaking Rules."

Creech has been at SFA since 1978 and is director and founder of the SFA Mast Arboretum, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden and co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. His research efforts have focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crops and technology, crop nutrition and evaluation of new plant materials for the south.

Although traditionally held the third Thursday of each month, beginning in 2014, the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series will be held the second Thursday of each month. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series fund always are appreciated. For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

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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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.

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.

Etech Lumberjack Classic

The SFA men's basketball team is hosting the Etech Lumberjack Classic on Dec. 6 and 7 at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. On Friday, Sam Houston State will play James Madison at 6 p.m., and SFA will play Towson at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Sam Houston State will play Towson at 5:30 p.m., and the Lumberjacks will play James Madison at 8 p.m. SFA Athletics is partnering with Toys for Tots for the tournament to offer free admission to the Lumberjack Classic with a toy donation. For more information, visit www.sfajacks.com.

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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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.

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!


2014 football schedule released

The SFA Lumberjack football team will play seven games in Homer Bryce Stadium during the 2014 campaign, SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill announced Wednesday morning.

"I think this might be one of the best schedules we have had in a number of seasons, primarily because of the seven home games," Hill said.  "It gives us a chance to be a factor in the conference race."

The 2014 schedule is highlighted by the season-opener at Kansas State on Aug. 30 in Manhattan, Kan. The game against the Wildcats will be the first NCAA FBS opponent for SFA outside the state of Texas since the ’Jacks travelled to Tulsa in 2006. The game will also represent the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Following the game at K-State, the ’Jacks will play four consecutive games at home, beginning with Incarnate Word (Sept. 6). The game against UIW will represent the second of three first-ever meetings on the docket for 2014. SFA will follow up with Texas A&M-Commerce (Sept. 13) and Weber State (Sept. 20). The ’Jacks will face TAMUC for the first time since 2000, while the game against WSU concludes a home-and-home series. SFA will look to exact revenge on the Wildcats before entering the bye week, after suffering a season-opening 50-40 loss in Ogden, Utah, in 2013.
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Olson announces 2014 track schedule

SFA track and field has long been a force in the Southland Conference, and in 2014 the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will be traveling across the country to show what they can do.

Head coach Phil Olson has announced his team’s 2014 schedule with SFA looking to continue its dominance on the women’s side and repeat as men’s champions. The 2013 season saw the Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks win both the indoor and outdoor team titles. It marked the fifth straight year the women have swept the Southland Conference Track and Field Championships for 10 straight titles overall.

“We are constantly working hard as a team to elevate our program to be as competitive as possible in order to reach the highest levels possible,” Olson said. “Our goal as a program is to consistently vie for a conference title and be among the nation’s best as a team. This schedule reflects our commitment to challenge our athletes to compete against the best teams in the nation. We love head-to-head competition.”

This season, SFA track and field will open its indoor season at the Akron Pole Vault Convention on Jan. 4. The specialty meet is a three-day event that brings together some of the top pole vaulters in the nation and top coaches for the event for competition and clinics in pole vault.
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Fine Arts

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 Eric Ashworth. Jack was at the locomotive in front of the Temple Forestry Building.

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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