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Friday, Dec. 9
SFA Planetarium "Season of Light"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Saturday, Dec. 10
Men's basketball at Rice University
7 p.m.
Houston

Women's basketball vs. University of Montana
5 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members tomorrow night

Two outstanding SFA faculty members will be honored during the 28th annual SFA Gala tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Faculty member awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant, professor in SFA’s School of Social Work and director of the Master of Social Work program, is the recipient of the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award for Research. Dr. Kevin Langford, SFA associate professor of biology and the director for the university’s pre-health professions program, is the recipient of the 2016 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching.
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Prominent donors to be honored at Gala tomorrow

Four SFA donors will be honored during the 28th annual SFA Gala tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

This year's Gala honorees include Elvin "Buddy" and Tommie Jan Lowery, Mattress Firm, the Bone Hill Foundation, and Kathy and Robert Lehmann.

"We are looking forward to this year's Gala," said Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement. "We are excited to again recognize the commitment and kindness of donors who support SFA's programs and students, as well as faculty members who give so much of their time to the university community."
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Student organization creates cookbook to benefit local food bank

Members of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics at SFA have created a cookbook, "The Lumberjack's Guide to Whole Food Cooking," and are offering it for sale to help benefit a local food bank.

SAND is an SFA student organization comprising about 30 members who are aspiring food, nutrition and dietetics professionals devoted to changing people’s health through eating wholesome, unprocessed meals.

SFA students printed 200 books and a percentage of the sales will be donated to Nacogdoches HOPE (Helping Other People Eat).

Students have been selling the cookbooks since October. The group will take the cookbooks to the Nacogdoches Farmers Market tomorrow and Saturday, Dec. 17, where they can be purchased for $15. The cookbooks also can be shipped for an additional $3. They also may be ordered by emailing sfasand@gmail.com.
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Fall Teacher Job Fair to take place today

SFA's Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2016 Fall Teacher Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon today in the Norton H.P.E. Complex gym.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to work in the field of education.

Students will need to bring their student ID for check-in, and it is recommended that they bring copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.

For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, at (936) 468-3305 or derouenb@sfasu.edu.

MLK Day of Service project deadline today

The deadline for SFA and Nacogdoches communities to submit community work projects for the seventh annual MLK Day of Service, organized by SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, is 5 p.m. today.

Each year, hundreds of SFA students volunteer to give back to the local community and commemorate the life and work of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer work projects include painting benches, creating art projects, revitalizing landscaping and assisting at nursing homes. Project request forms can be accessed here.
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SFA 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 at The Liberty Bell, located at 422 E. Main St. downtown.

Participants will enjoy a 45-minute walk through picturesque Nacogdoches while listening to a recording of “Unsilent Night” that has been downloaded to play over a smart device connected to portable speakers or to a CD played through a boom box.

The event is part of SFA's School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. For more information, click here, visit the fine arts website, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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School of Music to present Williams’ ‘This Day’ in annual holiday concert tonight

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

The highly anticipated annual celebration will feature “Hodie,” or “This Day,” a Christmas cantata by the great English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for SFA's School of Music.

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 click here.
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In an effort to spread a little holiday cheer, SFA Today is bringing back the bobblehead photo challenge for a faculty and staff member competition beginning next week.

Starting Monday, Dec. 12, make sure to look at SFA Today's This & That section. The week’s editions will include photographs of a Surfin’ Steve bobblehead placed at various campus locations. The first faculty or staff member to email the correct location of the bobblehead to sfatoday@sfasu.edu will win a prize. Winners will be announced the following day. Let the games begin! Happy holidays from University Marketing Communications.

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