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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Dec. 9
Final Exams Begin

Friday, Dec. 13
Final Exams End

SFA Planetarium Show
Season of Light
7 p.m.
$2 admission

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

Sunday, Dec. 15
Men's Basketball
at North Texas
1 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Grambling State
2 p.m.




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SFA Gardens to host conservationist at Native Plant Center

SFA Gardens will host Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of the St. Louis Botanical Garden and renowned conservationist, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Raven will be speaking on “Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World.” The event will be the inaugural lecture in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. For four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research, education and horticultural display. He retired as president in 2010 and assumed the role of president emeritus and consultant through 2014.

Described by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment.

The Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building is located at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. The event will be free and open to the public. To ensure seating and for more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

News & Announcements

Purple Santa's 'Nice List'

This year’s Purple Santa Toy Drive was our largest ever, eclipsing last year’s toy total by more than 150 toys! In total, 49 departments participated in this year’s drive. Because of your generosity, we collected more than 650 toys. The toys have been donated to the Love, INC Toy Drive, which includes Empty Stocking Fund and 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. 11.

Courses to be removed from D2L

All faculty members please be aware that during the winter break, all courses in the following semesters will be permanently deleted from Desire2Learn:

  • Conversions
  • Summer 2012 (including Maymester, Summer I, and Summer II)
  • Fall 2012
If you have course content from those semesters that you wish to keep, visit here for more information and step-by-step instructions. Don’t wait until January–the courses in these semesters will be gone by then. You must take action by Dec. 18, before you leave for the winter break.

SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members

Two outstanding SFA faculty members will be honored during the 25th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 14, 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. Dan Bruton, professor of physics and astronomy and associate dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2013 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Brian Oswald, Denman Professor of Fire Ecology, Silviculture and Agroforestry in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, has earned the Faculty Achievement Award for Research. Read More

SFA Gala to honor outstanding donors

Outstanding SFA donors and faculty members will be honored during the 25th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

"We are very excited about plans for the Gala, which promises to be especially memorable this year as we continue to celebrate SFA's 90th anniversary," said Jill Still, vice president for university advancement. "We look forward to paying special tribute to some of the university's most generous donors and recognizing the accomplishments of two outstanding SFA faculty members."

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 Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin's most accomplished musicians. Known for its versatile repertoire, the group performs everything from dance music to rock, jazz, 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 achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith at (936) 468-5406.

Martin Luther King Day of Service site mentors needed

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Engagement Programs–Leadership and Service invite faculty and staff members to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

We are looking for site mentors to engage with students throughout the day as they work on various projects in the community. This year's MLK Day of Service will kick off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The deadline to sign up to be a faculty or staff site mentor is Wednesday, Dec. 18.

To sign up, or for questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

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.

Residential Learning Communities applications being accepted

The Residence Life Department is now accepting applications for 2014-15 Residential Learning Communities. Applications due Dec. 20.

A Residential Learning Community is a place where students can select to live together and learn about a particular subject under the guidance of a faculty or staff member. With assistance from Residence Life, students set learning goals for their group and track these goals as the year progresses. Those who meet their goals are eligible to renew their learning community in future years.

For faculty members who want to provide an immersive environment in which students can learn, an RLC can be a tremendous asset. For example, a professor in modern languages could propose a community in which students agree to speak only Spanish; film students could propose that their RLC work together on a movie; or a student organization could plan a community that works toward the group’s mission.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Waters, assistant director of residence life, at watersj@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1127.

Campus Recreation

Employee Wellness Updates

All scheduled Employee Wellness Programs will end for the semester on Friday Dec. 13 and resume on Monday Jan. 13. The HPE will be closed Dec. 16 through Jan. 12 and will not be available for use. In light of this closure, Campus Recreation is going to open the Student Recreation Center to all Employee Wellness Participants for free for drop-in recreation Monday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 20 and Jan. 2-10. To use the Rec Center during this time, you will need to bring your SFA Employee ID card and let the student staff working the Welcome Desk know you are a member of the Employee Wellness Program, and they will check your name on a master list. For more information, please contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835.

Employee Wellness Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out our Employee Wellness survey. You will help us determine what programs and services need to be offered. You will also be entered into a drawing for one of two IPod shuffles as well as other Campus Rec prizes. Thank you for helping us make more informed decisions regarding your Employee Wellness program.

Last day to register for Skiing at Wolf Creek Resort in Colorado

Monday, Dec. 9

Looking to see what snow really looks like? Jump "a-board" as we head to the slopes of Wolf Creek! We'll spend Jan. 3-9 in a winter wonderland skiing/snowboarding the slopes, sledding the hillsides, and enjoying downtown Pagosa Springs. Cost of $810 includes round-trip transportation, rental of skis and safety gear, meals, lift tickets, and trip guides. For more information or to register, please visit the Outdoor Center or call (936) 468-6234.

Campus Recreation Angel Tree continues

Until 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. 13

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.

Student Recreation Center reduced hours begin

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Rec will have reduced facility hours Dec. 14-20 and Jan. 2-12. All facilities will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. To see all facility hours, please visit the Rec website at www.sfasu.edu/campusrec.


Walkup nets career-high in Etech win

The SFA men's basketball team got 20 points from junior guard Thomas Walkup and 18 apiece from seniors Nikola Gajic and Desmond Haymon, as the Lumberjacks extended their current home winning streak to 21 games with a 79-69 victory over Towson on the first day of the Etech Classic inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Tied 60-60 with 5:43 remaining, SFA (7-2) got 12 points from Haymon and closed on a 19-9 run to hold off the Tigers (6-3) and remain unblemished at home since the 2011-12 season. The ’Jacks have not lost in Nacogdoches since Feb. 15, 2012, against Texas-Arlington.
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Haymon surges ’Jacks over JMU

Etech Lumberjack Classic MVP Desmond Haymon scored a game-high 21 points and the SFA men's basketball team never trailed in a 70-57 victory over James Madison Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum

SFA (8-2), which won its fifth game in a row, picked up a pair of wins across the two-day tournament. With the win over JMU (2-8), the ’Jacks extended their current home winning streak to 22 games, which is tied with Duke for second-best in the nation.

Haymon finished 6-of-9 from the field, with two buckets beyond the arc, and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe in 30 minutes played. The native of Pickens, Miss., was one of three SFA players to finish in double figures, joined by junior Jacob Parker (15) and sophomore Thomas Walkup (12). Parker made five shots from both the field and the charity stripe, while Walkup, who joined Haymon on the all-tournament team, was 6-of-8 from the floor.
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Ladyjacks edged at ULM

The SFA women’s basketball team could not hold onto the lead on the road on Sunday afternoon, falling to Louisiana-Monroe. SFA held its largest lead of six points with 8:00 left to play, but the Warhawks would go on a 14-2 run to go up 77-71 before holding off a late charge by the Ladyjacks.

SFA (3-6) tried to make a comeback, pulling within three points with 2:07 left, but ULM (3-3) was able to hit its free throws down the stretch. The Ladyjacks went 0-for-4 from the field over the closing moments.

Junior point guard Brittney Matthew led the Ladyjacks with a career-high 22 points. Matthew was 6-of-12 from the field and hit 9-of-11 free throws. She also added four assists and two steals.
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Fine Arts

Tickets still available for Diane Schuur performance

Tickets are still available for the upcoming performance of Grammy award-winning jazz legend Diane Schuur at SFA.

The show, slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."

Nicknamed Deedles, Schuur has collaborated with such greats as the Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles, B.B. King and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, and she has performed with José Feliciano at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. She has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions and continues to tour and perform at major concert halls and venues around the world.

Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artist and her music presented by Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, in Griffith Gallery, which is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the event's corporate sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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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 Friday's winner Walter de la Cruz. Jack was on the deck at the ag pond.

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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