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Tuesday, Dec. 9
American Association of 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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Dr. Kyle Conlon

Department of Psychology

Dr. Kyle Conlon, assistant professor of psychology, recently received a $1,750 grant from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant program. The grant will partially fund his project titled “Fostering Student Learning in Psychology through Self-Assessment.” The funding will be used for travel and participant incentives.
STP advances understanding of the discipline by promoting excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology. The society provides resources and services, access to a collaborative community, and opportunities for professional development. It also strives to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning, advocate for the needs of teachers of psychology, foster partnerships across academic settings, and increase recognition of the value of the teaching profession.

News & Announcements

Angel Tree campaign runs through Dec. 19

'Tis the season for giving! Campus Rec’s annual Angel Tree campaign, benefitting the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter and local children in need, is ongoing through Friday, Dec. 19. Just stop by the center's lobby, grab a candy cane off the Angel Tree and bring back the item(s) listed on the tag attached to the candy cane.

SFA's Music Preparatory Division to host holiday open house

The Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music will host a holiday open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Music Prep House located at 3028 Raguet St.

The event will serve as a scholarship fundraiser and will feature a silent auction, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep Division director. Among the silent auction items are musical instruments, such as a full size cello and three violins, along with a Moeck Flauto Dolce Rottenburgh alto recorder, a Moeck tenor recorder, a Schrieber tenor and two Kung soprano recorders, music books, bells for bell choir, and more.

"Because our tuition was raised, students and families are finding it to be more difficult to afford the study of music," Barnett said. "Our hope is to provide financial assistance to those who seek to study music."
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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.

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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Purple Santa's 'Nice List'

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

In total, 47 departments participated in this year’s drive. Because of your generosity, we collected more than 655 toys. 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.

See which departments made the "Nice List" here.

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.


Cardenas announces 2015 schedule

SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced the release of the upcoming 2015 season schedule for the Lumberjacks on Monday afternoon.

SFA’s 56-game schedule, including 28 games at Jaycees Field, is highlighted with non-conference games against Texas A&M, Rice, LSU, Arkansas and Kansas State. K-State also highlights the home schedule, along with visits from West Virginia, Washington State, Missouri State and Louisiana Tech, among others.
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SFA, Nacogdoches Medical Center announce partnership

SFA Athletics has teamed up with Nacogdoches Medical Center to provide enhanced medical care to all of the Lumberjack and Ladyjack student-athletes.

Nacogdoches Medical Center has agreed to donate $7,500 over the next three years to help fund X2 Biosystems, a concussion software program for the SFA athletic training staff, allowing for on-site determinations of concussions as well as protocol for how to treat them.

The software system is the same that is used by the National Football League, the Department of Defense and a handful of FBS programs across the country. SFA will be the first athletic department in the Southland Conference to implement a software package as well as a deliverable on-site software program to assist with concussions in real time.

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

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