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Friday, Dec. 8

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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 senior receives Olds Family Outstanding Student Teacher Award

SFA senior Brianna Evans of Center received the Olds Family Outstanding Student Teacher Award, which honors an exemplary student teacher from SFA’s Department of Elementary Education each semester.

University field supervisor MaryAnn Bentley nominated Evans for this honor, and a committee of six SFA elementary education faculty members, who reviewed teaching videos and additional materials, selected her to receive the award.

Evans will graduate from SFA this month with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
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Outstanding faculty members to be honored at 29th SFA Gala

Two outstanding faculty members will be honored during the 29th annual SFA Gala Saturday in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Faculty member awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

Lauren Selden, associate professor of art, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Candace Hicks, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Art, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.

The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will begin about 8:30 p.m. and will be provided by Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin’s most accomplished musicians whose repertoire ranges from dance music to jazz, rock, country and hip hop.

Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty member achievement.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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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.

Purple Pride Raffle tickets make great stocking stuffers

The Alumni Association is selling tickets for the Purple Pride Raffle, which will begin Jan. 2, 2018.

There will be 52 chances to win Purple Pride prizes ranging in value from $300 to $1,200. A prize will be awarded every week, and each ticket could win multiple times throughout the year.

An SFA golf bag, an Apple watch with purple strap and an SFA class ring are some of the amazing prizes being raffled. For a list of prizes and to purchase tickets, click here.

Busy weekend ahead at SFA

The campus will likely see increased traffic this weekend as three events will bring visitors to campus.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight Carthage and Henderson High Schools will compete in a playoff game in Homer Bryce Stadium.

Beginning at 2 p.m. tomorrow Lufkin and Longview High Schools also will compete in a playoff game at the stadium, and SFA’s Lumberjack men’s basketball team will play Rice University at 2 p.m. in Johnson Coliseum.

If you plan to travel on campus, traffic and parking could be impacted.


Ladyjacks suffer loss to Lady Griz on road, 60-52

SFA’s women's basketball lost 60-52 against the University of Montana last night.

The loss drops SFA to 6-2 on the season ahead of a matchup with Montana State on Saturday in Bozeman.
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Fine Arts

School of Music to present Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ in annual holiday concert tonight

The choirs at SFA, along with the Festival Orchestra, will present SFA’s traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Turner Auditorium.

The highly anticipated “Christmas Celebration” concert will feature “Magnificat in D” by Johann Sebastian Bach and other seasonal favorites, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

SFA’s A Cappella Choir, Women’s Choir and Choral Union, with Murphy and Dr. Tod Fish conducting, will be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra.

Graduate guest conductors will be Emily Bulling and Evelyn Shaffer. The program also features Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and a Christmas carol audience sing-a-long.

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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Screening set for ‘Christmas With the Dead’ tonight

A special, free one-night screening of “Christmas With the Dead” is planned for 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

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.

Much of the film’s soundtrack was composed and performed by students of SFA's School of Music. Original songs were performed by Kasey Lansdale, daughter of the author.

Those attending the screening are encouraged to dress as zombies. Some of the filmmakers and performers will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A session following the screening.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Percussion Studio to coordinate ‘Unsilent Night’ interactive event tomorrow

SFA’s Percussion Studio and its director, Dr. Brad Meyer, will coordinate an interactive community performance of Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night” starting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow outside the Wright Music Building.

Participants will enjoy a 45-minute walk through the picturesque SFA campus while listening to a recording of “Unsilent Night” that has been downloaded to play on a smart device connected to portable speakers or to a CD played on a boom box. Meyer encouraged community members to participate in the performance by following one of two methods, which are listed on the website.

If inclement weather occurs, the performance will be canceled. To participate, arrive at the music building before 7:30 p.m. and have a device to play the ‘Unsilent Night’ music. Music players are not supplied by the host, so plan on bringing your own.

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here, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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Usher in the holiday season with ‘Christmas with the Annie Moses Band’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and its 2017-18 University Series will present “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Turner Auditorium.

The Nashville-based Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean in the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for non-SFA students and youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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This time of year, Christmas sweaters are donned at parties near and far, but for Sam Barsky, sweaters are a fashion statement year-round.

Barsky, nursing student turned professional knitter, uses landmarks, characters and holidays to inspire his creations. Then, he models them for the world to enjoy. What does he wear in the summer, you ask? He wears a short-sleeved sweater.

To “needle” your way through more pictures, click here.

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