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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Association of American University Women meeting
Old University Building
5:30 p.m.

SFA, Family Crisis Center of East Texas outreach center grand opening
University Health Services
11:30 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 11
Reeves Lecture Series
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building
7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13
Graduation ceremonies
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SFA Gala
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner




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News & Announcements

SFA Human Sciences class hosts formal tea

Dr. Janice Pattillo recently opened the Juanita Curry Boynton House to students in a Field Experiences in Human Sciences class. The students planned the execution, marketing and culinary aspects of a formal tea. They worked with University Marketing Communications to develop an invitation, planned the menu and produced the entire event. They also spent time researching tea traditions.

Pictured enjoying the event are, from left, Pattillo, Dr. Lisa Mize and Leisha Bridwell. Harpist De Luna Mateo is shown in the background. The SFA Hospitality Administration  Program features hands-on experiential learning and an industry-driven curriculum to prepare students for careers in meeting and event planning, tourism, restaurant management, lodging, and culinary arts.
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Outstanding donors to be honored at 26th annual SFA Gala

Outstanding SFA donors will be honored during the 26th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Gala honorees include Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Elliott Electric Supply and the late Nelson Rusche.

"Support from donors and special friends like the ones being honored at this year's Gala is crucial to the success of SFA and its students, and we look forward to honoring their commitment to the university at the upcoming Gala," said Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement.

The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by In10City, featuring eight of Dallas' most accomplished musicians. Known for its versatile repertoire, the group performs everything from dance music to rock, jazz, country and hip-hop.
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AAUW to meet Dec. 9

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Old University Building.  Bring an unwrapped toy gift and scholarship donations.

Purple Santa's 'Nice List'

This year’s Purple Santa Toy Drive was the largest ever!

In total, 47 departments participated in this year’s drive. Because of your generosity, more than 655 toys were collected. The toys have been donated to Toys for Tots to help children in Nacogdoches have a very happy holiday.
If Santa’s sleigh passed you by and you’d still like to participate, feel free to drop off a toy in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Room 3.105 of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Toys will be accepted until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

SFA baseball offering special holiday deal

Got an SFA fan on your Christmas list? How about the SFA Baseball Stocking Stuffer?

Make sure to order yours at the SFA Ticket Office, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or by phone at (936) 468-5225.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Director Dave Creech

SFA Gardens at SFA will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present "The True and Unabridged Story of This Past Year."

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. He also co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. Creech received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and his master's degree from Colorado State. 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. He and his wife, Janet, both are active gardeners and love to travel. Read More

Office of Multicultural Affairs Winter Clothing Drive runs until Dec. 12

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is working with Nacogdoches High School's Mentoring Program and noticed some of the students being mentored need clothes.

Some students cannot even afford a coat to stay warm, so the office started a winter clothing drive to assist them before winter break.

We will have a clothing drive box in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101, where clothes can be dropped off.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of Multicultural Affairs, at aireno@sfasu.edu
or (936) 468-1073.

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.


'Jacks down OBU to win fifth straight

Senior Jacob Parker recorded a season-high 23 points and added eight rebounds, as the SFA men’s basketball team picked up its fifth-straight victory in a 84-60 win over Ouachita Baptist on Sunday afternoon inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Parker paced the Lumberjacks (6-3), who placed four in double figures, shooting 4-of-5 from the floor with a made 3-pointer. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma, did the majority of his damage against the Tigers (5-3) from the charity stripe, netting a career-high 14 free throws on 16 attempts. His eight boards also led all, pulling down six on the defensive end.
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Big second half propels SFA past Rice

The SFA women’s basketball team trailed by as many as 12 in the first half but got better looks offensively and used tough defense in the second half to come away with the 70-59 victory over Rice in Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Taylor Ross led the Ladyjacks (5-3) with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting for her fourth 20-point game of the season. She also dished out three assists and swiped three steals on the other end of the court while playing tremendous defense.
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SFA rolls Long Beach State, 74-45

Junior Thomas Walkup recorded 16 points and nine rebounds and junior Jared Johnson added 16 points of his own to fuel the SFA men's basketball team's 74-45 win over Long Beach State on Friday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The Lumberjacks (5-3) picked up their fourth consecutive win in the first of a five-game homestand.

Walkup, who finished one rebound shy of a double-double against the 49ers (5-5), finished an efficient 5-of-6 from the floor, with one 3-pointer and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. The native of Pasadena, Texas, also pulled down six boards on the defensive end of the glass.
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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 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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School of Music to perform classic Christmas opera

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

All ages will delight in this classic Christmas opera about a poor widow and her crippled son, Amahl, who give shelter to the Three Kings as they follow a mysterious star.

Central Heights middle school student Aidan LaGraff, son of Kimberly and Scott LaGraff, and SFA Charter School student Noble Peck, son of Michele and Adam Peck, will alternate in the title role of Amahl. Read More

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano performing "Fiesta Navidad!" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

For more than 50 years, Los Camperos de Nati Cano has featured the finest mariachi musicians from Mexico and the United States.

"The ensemble is noted for complex musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players," said Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts. "This festive program is a great way to kick off the holiday season and should put everyone in the Christmas spirit."
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While East Texas will begin trending toward wintry weather again through the week, everyone can be thankful it won't be nearly as cold as it is on the caps of the planet where photographer Camille Seaman has spent the last decade or so.

Seaman has spent a lot of time in the Arctic and Antarctic photographing the poles, their people and wildlife. You can read about her experiences, written about by the Smithsonian Institute, here, and view some of the photographs being included in her book here.

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