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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Dec. 8
Men's basketball vs. Henderson State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Wednesday, Dec. 9
Women's basketball vs. Texas Christian University
Fort Worth

Saturday, Dec. 12
Men's basketball vs. Arkansas Tech University
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Saturday, Dec. 19
Men's basketball vs. Our Lady of the Lake University
5 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Women's basketball vs. Rice University
9 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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News & Announcements

SFA Fashion Gallery exhibit now open

The “Dressed in Holiday Style” exhibition at the SFA Fashion Gallery opens from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the Education Annex Building, Room 125.

The exhibit also is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. The display includes dresses of luxurious velvets, satins and brocades embellished with sparkling sequins, beads or metallic trims. Assorted beaded evening bags and fur jackets also are included.

The designs feature seasonal colors of red, green, metallics and black. Each was designed to show off an individual's unique style and have everyone wondering where they got that fabulous dress.

Hungry Howie's pizza hosting SFA Athletics benefit

Hungry Howie's pizza, 3205 University Drive, is hosting a fundraiser benefiting summer scholarships for SFA Athletics.

Ten percent of any purchase at the restaurant today will be donated to fund scholarships and programs for student-athletes. 

Purple Santa releases 'Nice' list

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

In total, 63 departments participated, which is 16 more than last year. Because of the generosity of SFA faculty and staff members, more than 778 toys, 123 more toys than last year, 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 but you’d still like to participate, feel free to drop off a toy by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105.
See which departments made the "Nice List" here.

Holiday safety tips

As the holiday season fast approaches, the SFA Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Department would like to remind everyone to have a happy and safe holiday. While decorations bring joy to the home and workplace, they can also be very dangerous if not used correctly. According to The U.S. Fire Administration, the holiday season claims the lives of more than 400 Americans, injures 1,650 more and causes more than $990 million in damage.

By following some simple precautionary tips, the chances of an incident may be greatly reduced.
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Office of Academic Affairs searching for provost, vice president

SFA's Office of Academic Affairs is currently seeking candidates for the provost/vice president position.

A website designed to keep ths SFA community informed about the search is now live. Click here for the latest news.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Dr. Dave Creech

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Dr. Dave Creech, SFA Gardens director, will present "Special Trees of SFA Gardens."

There are many trees at SFA Gardens that are the largest, the oldest or the only one of their kind, which is a big part of what makes the gardens special to horticulturists across the South. Creech will saunter through a lineup of special trees that are garden worthy, that have stood the test of time, are Texas tough and deserve a bigger place in the landscapes of the South.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. 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 are appreciated.
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Floral display opens this week

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Agriculture Building, Room 118.

The theme for the Fall Floral Design Exhibit is "Fairy Tales." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

Gala to honor outstanding faculty members

Two outstanding SFA faculty members will be honored during the 27th annual SFA Gala Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The faculty awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Eric Jones, associate professor of exercise physiology and human performance in the James I. Perkins College of Education, is the recipient of the 2015 Faculty Achievement for Teaching. Dr. Christopher Comer, professor of forest wildlife management in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will receive the 2015 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.
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Campus Recreation

Registration underway for SFA's annual Chili Cook Off

Think your department has the best chili recipe? Prove it!

SFA Campus Recreation will provide the sampling cups, napkins and tasting spoons from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at this year's annual Chili Cook Off.

The winning department will be presented with the engraved traveling trophy and will be entitled to all bragging rights. Participating departments also are encouraged to compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest, as well.

Click here to register. Registration forms are due by noon Wednesday, Dec. 9.


Men's basketball faces Henderson State University for first time in more than 30 years

The SFA men's basketball team will hit the floor of William R. Johnson Coliseum for the third time this season and reopen their series with NCAA Division II opponent Henderson State University.

The Reddies, who are opposing SFA for the first time in more than 30 years, are fresh off their first win of 2015-16 and will be eager to put together their first winning streak of the season.
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Fine Arts

Latin Lumberjacks to perform salsa-influenced program

SFA's Latin Lumberjacks ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Latin Lumberjacks is comprised of members of the Sound Recording Technology program within the SFA School of Music. Directed by Luigi Lazareno, music faculty member, the group will perform a variety of popular songs in salsa style.

"The purpose of the Latin Lumberjacks is for these students to be exposed to different rhythm styles that are in salsa music," Lazareno said. "All styles must be approached with the appropriate concepts and techniques to play them properly."
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Screening set for 'Christmas With the Dead'

A special free one-night screening of "Christmas With the Dead" is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House, the downtown Nacogdoches art gallery owned by SFA.

Directed by T.L. Lankford, "Christmas With the Dead" is a zombie apocalypse film based on a short story by the same name written by Nacogdoches author Joe R. Lansdale. Lansdale's son, Keith, wrote the screenplay.

It stars SFA filmmaking instructor Brad Maule, who co-produced the film with William Arscott, professor of filmmaking at SFA, and Marion Arscott. Nacogdoches musician and film co-star Kasey Lansdale, daughter of the author, performed much of the film's soundtrack.
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Holiday concert to feature Christmas portion of 'Messiah'

The combined choirs at SFA, along with the Orchestra of the Pines, will present SFA's traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the William M. Turner Auditorium.

A highly anticipated holiday event, the concert will feature the  A Cappella, Choral Union, Women's choirs and orchestra performing Act 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.

"Since the early '80s, the community has been treated to various productions of the 'Christmas portion,' or Act 1, of 'Messiah,'" King said. "Nacogdoches has come to expect it and has eagerly supported the performance as part of their family's Christmas tradition."
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Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition seeks participants

The application process for the prestigious 2016 George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA has begun.

Celebrating its ninth 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.

This year's strings and piano competition is slated for Jan. 30 in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus and is open to any high school violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists and pianists. Applications are accepted worldwide. Past competitions have brought young musicians from South Korea, Russia, Finland and locations across the United States to Nacogdoches to compete.
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Friends of the Visual Arts hosts First Friday Film Series

Opportunities to attend fine arts events are plentiful on the SFA campus. From concerts and recitals to plays and art exhibitions, there is truly something for every taste and interest in art, music and theatre.

Among the more popular offerings are the free one-night film screenings on the first Friday night of each month, which are presented by the SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House.

Kicking off the spring semester's list of films is Errol Morris' "The Fog of War" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. Described as the story of America as seen through the eyes of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, one of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, "The Fog of War" shows an insider's view of the seminal events of the 20th century, according to information at errolmorris.com.
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If you were up before the sun this morning, you may have noticed the sliver of moon accompanied by another bright object - Venus.

Both were visible in the early morning sky, but the pair's real show was put on Monday when Venus passed in front of the moon. Luckily, if you missed it, plenty of photographers didn't. Check out this gallery of photos from EarthSky.com

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