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Wednesday, Dec. 7
Men's basketball vs. University of Alabama at Birmingham
7 p.m.

Women's basketball at Louisiana Tech University
11:15 a.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

Friday, Dec. 9
SFA Planetarium "Season of Light"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Saturday, Dec. 10
Men's basketball at Rice University
7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. University of Montana
5 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA flag lowered in honor of deceased student

The SFA flag on Vista Drive will be lowered to half-staff today in honor of SFA student Taylor Nichole Luther-Swiney, who passed away Sunday.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Dorman Funeral Home. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow the funeral service at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, Texas.

Additional information can be found here.

Flags lowered in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. flag to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The flag will return to full-staff tomorrow.

State Rep., alumnus Jason Isaac to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. and SFA alumnus Jason Isaac will offer the commencement address during SFA’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17.

Isaac graduated SFA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996 with a major in marketing and a minor in management. He met his wife, Carrie, in a history class at SFA, and the couple married a few years after graduation. During his time at SFA, Isaac founded the university’s lacrosse team, which is still active today, and he was president of the Association of Sports Clubs.
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Faculty Senate to host financial forum today

SFA’s Faculty Senate will host a financial forum at 2:30 p.m. today in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Dr. Danny Gallant, vice president for finance and administration, will provide a brief presentation focusing on the financial aspects of running the university, including tuition revenue, state appropriations and how these funds are managed.

Dr. Steve Bullard, provost and vice president for academic affairs, also will be present to discuss the balance between academic affairs and finance and administration. The senate hopes this forum will inform faculty members about these processes and promote a spirit of transparency.

All faculty members are invited to attend. Access to live streaming of the forum can be found here.

Culinary Café to host closing reception for artwork created by Gary Frields tomorrow

Artwork created by Gary Frields, an artist and former SFA professor of art who passed away in 2013, has been on exhibit in SFA’s Culinary Café throughout the fall semester. A closing reception will be held for the exhibit from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Culinary Café, located in the Education Annex, Room 121.

Frields’ widow, Tamara Robertson, organized the exhibit that features Frields’ paintings, drawings, sculptures and digital artwork. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sold during the exhibit will benefit the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship, which is annually awarded to an SFA art major.

The SFA and Nacogdoches communities are invited to attend the closing reception, and light refreshments will be served.
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SFA Gardens' lecture series to feature Director David Creech tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present “SFA Gardens: Is this Garden Adventure Out of Control or Is there a Well Thought Out Plan?” 

Creech’s annual year-in-review lecture will lead the audience through the highlights of the past year — plants, people and plans — and will aim to educate, entertain and enlighten. Additionally, he’s promised to make an announcement that will leave everyone smiling.

For more information, call SFA Gardens at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Fall Floral Design Exhibit to take place tomorrow

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display in the Fall Floral Design Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Agriculture Building, Room 118.

The theme for the exhibit is "Fairy Tales."

Campus Recreation

‘Healthy for the Holidays’ seminar to be offered today

Join Employee Wellness for “Healthy for the Holidays” at 5:15 p.m. today in the Student Recreation Center Meeting Room.

During this seminar, participants will learn tips about how to make healthy choices throughout the holiday season. The seminar will include tips from Jill Hamilton, SFA’s campus dietitian.

To pre-register for this free seminar, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.


Toys for Tots ticket special announced for this week's basketball games

As part of its annual holiday partnership with Toys For Tots, SFA's athletics program is offering fans an opportunity to gain free admission to the men’s and women’s home basketball games this week.

Fans who bring an unopened, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more will receive a free general admission ticket to the men's basketball game against University of Alabama at Birmingham at 7 p.m. tonight. The same offer stands for free admissions to the Ladyjacks’ game against the University of Montana, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Johnson Coliseum.
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Lumberjacks to put nation's third-longest home wining streak on the line tonight

In its first meeting with a program from the state of Alabama since 2013, SFA’s men’s basketball team (3-3) aims to protect its 31-game home-court winning streak against visiting University of Alabama at Birmingham (4-4) at 7 p.m. tonight in Johnson Coliseum.

A win for either team in a battle of first-year head coaches would give the victor a record of above .500. The game will be broadcast natiowide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Rob Meyers and Tyler DePascal will provide play-by-play and analysis. Q107.7 FM is also set to broadcast the game over the Nacogdoches airwaves and nationally via q1077.com and the TuneIn app.
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Ladyjacks travel to Ruston for match against Louisiana Tech University

Now on a four-game winning streak after taking down University of Texas-Arlington Sunday, SFA’s women’s basketball team is slated to take on Louisiana Tech University at 11:15 a.m. today in Ruston, Louisiana. 

After the trip to Ruston, the Ladyjacks will begin their four-game home series with a matchup against the University of Montana at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Johnson Coliseum. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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Fine Arts

SFA’s Rockin’ Axes to perform ‘Sounds of the ’80s’ tomorrow

SFA’s Rockin’ Axes will present the "Sounds of the ’80s” when the two student ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Andrew Sperandeo, director of the Rockin’ Axes groups, chose a theme that chronologically followed popular music through the decades because he wanted his students to experience “great music and great artists.”

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 (888) 240-ARTS or click here.
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A total of 52 images were selected, curated from almost 2,300,000 photos. Click here to see additional images that made the cut. 

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