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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Dec. 22
Men's basketball vs.Arizona State University
2 p.m.
Tempe, Arizona




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Prominent donors to be honored at 27th annual SFA Gala

Three SFA donors will be honored during the 27th annual SFA Gala on Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Gala honorees include Jimmy W. Murphy, the late Marleta Chadwick and The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation.

"We are excited about plans for this year's Gala," said Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement. "We look forward to honoring the commitment of generous donors whose kindness has impacted our students and our community, as well as recognizing the accomplishments of two outstanding faculty members."
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Dr. Lauren E. Brewer

Department of Psychology

Brewer, SFA assistant professor of psychology, received the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's Early Career Travel Grant. This grant will help fund her trip to St. Pete Beach, Florida, to present research conducted with Dr. Kyle E. Conlon, SFA assistant professor of psychology, and Kylee Kudera, graduate student in psychology.

Their work, examining the effect of pre- and post-exam reflections on academic performance, will be presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in January.

News & Announcements

Charter School students donate thousands of aluminum pull tabs to Ronald McDonald House

Students in the Junior Jacks Give Back program at SFA's Charter School collected approximately 12,000 aluminum pull tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, which will be delivered to the house this week. Proceeds from the recycled pull tabs will help with the house's expenses.

Students enrolled from kindergarten through fifth grade have been participating in this project since August. Jan Wisener, who teaches fifth grade, served as the teacher/sponsor responsible for coordinating the project.

Junior Jacks Give Back offers students an opportunity for engagement in service learning. During the semester, students deliberate, plan, implement and reflect on a special community service goal, such as donating to the Ronald McDonald House.
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School of Human Sciences participates in "Dine in" Project for Family and Consumer Sciences Day

Students in SFA's School of Human Sciences participated in the "Dine In" project on Family and Consumer Sciences Day to encourage families to cook and eat together.

Dr. Mary Olle, SFA assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences, supervised the project. Olle's Management in Meal Production classes were divided into 12 "families" and assigned to create themes that encourage families to dine in.

The labs in the Human Sciences North Building on the SFA campus were bustling with chefs, as students prepared themed meals, which included "Star Wars" movie night, family heritage, camping, Italian night, football, Christmas movies and more.
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Floral display opens tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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.

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. tomorrow 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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SFA Fashion Gallery exhibit open tomorrow

The “Dressed in Holiday Style” exhibition at the SFA Fashion Gallery will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. 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.

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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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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Campus Recreation

Chili Cook Off registration closes today

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 today.


SFA football announces 2016 schedule

SFA's Department of Athletics announced the 2016 football schedule Tuesday. The 11-game schedule features five home games at Homer Bryce Stadium, as well as the renewal of the Battle of the Piney Woods at NRG Stadium in Houston and another non-conference tilt against a Big 12 foe.

The 90th season of Lumberjack football kicks off Saturday, Sept. 3, when SFA makes the trip to Lubbock to face Texas Tech University. It will be the fourth-straight season the 'Jacks will face a Big 12 opponent and fifth time in the last six seasons, as Texas A&M University was a member of the Big 12 when SFA faced them in 2010. Next season’s game will mark the third meeting between the Lumberjacks and Red Raiders.
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Lumberjack basketball wrecks Henderson State University, 87-54

Senior Demetrious Floyd's shooting, coupled with a near double-double by freshman Nathan Bain and another skilled all-around performance by senior Thomas Walkup allowed the 'Jacks to coast to an 87-54 triumph over Henderson State University at William R. Johnson Coliseum last night. SFA’s bench players, who got significant time on the court last night, amassed half of SFA’s points.

Walkup’s most recent stat-stuffing line included 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals – the last pair of which were game highs.
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Fine Arts

Latin Lumberjacks to perform salsa-influenced program tonight

SFA's Latin Lumberjacks ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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College of Fine Arts' University Series to feature The 5 Browns' holiday performance

Looking for a unique holiday gift for a friend or loved one? Tickets to see The 5 Browns when they perform in the William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus just might be the answer to filling the holiday shopping list.

The widely popular sibling pianists will bring their holiday spirit to Nacogdoches performing holiday favorites as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, on the Turner stage.

"Taking your family or a group of friends to see this exciting show would be a great way to usher in the holiday season," said Dr. John Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "This University Series event is sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit."
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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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The development of cameras and photography has done wonders for the world in terms of providing glimpses into our history that otherwise might have been lost. Then there were selfies, which pretty much ruined everything.

But thanks to archives and historians, many of those timeless images of the past are easily accessible, allowing for articles like this one, which shows what life was like in Texas in the early 1900s. It features plenty of East Texas images, too.

For historic images with more local flavor, take a moment to peruse the SFA Digital Archives and Collections online.

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