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Monday, Nov. 25
Wind Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Men's Basketball
vs. Samford
7 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Wednesday, Nov. 27
Beginning of Thanksgiving Holiday
for students and faculty
8 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Day

SAVE THE DATE
Commencment
Saturday, Dec. 14
9:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.


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Headlines


SLC announces all-time football team

The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its all-time football team. The squad features many of the finest collegiate and professional athletes to play the game, including 2010 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremy Moses, being voted as the league's all-time quarterback. MidSouth Bank, the official banking partner of the SLC, is the presenting sponsor of the all-time team.

A blue-ribbon panel of approximately 50 individuals with coaching, administrative and media expertise in the league led the balloting process, and hundreds of fans also were involved in a portion of voting through the SLC's Facebook page. The overall balloting included an illustrious group of more than 200 outstanding former and current student-athletes and 15 legendary coaches that have patrolled Southland sidelines.

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Reduced Facility Hours at the Rec

Week of Nov. 25

The Rec Center will have reduced hours on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 27. All facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving Break. To see all facility hours, please visit the Campus Rec website.

News & Announcements

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.

Research Campaign 2013

How is SFA perceived among key constituents?
What are the perceived competitive strengths and weaknesses of SFA?
What misperceptions exist about SFA?

The results of the research conducted by SimpsonScarborough will be used as the basis for upcoming internal and external marketing efforts. The data is available through mySFA in the “My Services” area, in the “faculty and staff” listing on the left-hand side of the page.

If you would like additional information about the research, please call (936) 468-2605 to reserve a seat at a session presented by University Marketing Communications. Sessions will be presented at 10 a.m. in Austin Building, Room 101, on the following dates:

Dec. 12
Dec. 19
Jan. 2
Jan. 9
Jan. 16
Jan. 23
Jan. 30

Or, if you would like to have a representative from University Marketing Communications present the research information to your department, please call (936) 468-2605 to schedule an appointment.

Fashion Merchandising course trip

The SFA Introduction to Fashion Merchandising class, accompanied by four faculty members, including Jamie Cupit, Becky Greer, Michelle Jones and Lynda Martin, participated in a course field trip to Dallas Monday, Nov. 11. During the trip, students were able to partake in a guided tour of the Dallas Market Center, led by fashion merchandising alumna Amy Harper. The group dined for lunch at the Zodiac in the Neiman Marcus department store and had a guided tour of the flagship Neiman Marcus downtown Dallas location. The group was provided the opportunity to experience a fashion retrospective of Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic fashion and influence during the 1960s. The exhibit was sponsored by El Centro Community College, which has an articulation agreement with the fashion merchandising program at SFA. 

Martin Luther King Day of Service site mentors needed

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, along with 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 Monday, Nov. 25. To sign up, or for questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

SFA art galleries announce Thanksgiving closures

The SFA School of Art has announced holiday closures for its galleries during the week of Thanksgiving.

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving and open during regular hours Friday, Nov. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

Regular hours for the art center are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Currently showing through Jan. 4 in the downstairs Ledbetter Gallery is "Día de los Muertos: Art of the Living and the Dead," which features Day of the Dead altars created by area artists and families to honor loved ones who have passed on.
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Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display

The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a third year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

Presented by the Loblolly Crew, the three-rail O gauge train layout is 12 feet by 16 feet and features two mainline loops of track, one designed to travel in a figure 8 and another in a point-to-point trolley line. Spectators can enjoy watching vintage steam and diesel engines pull passenger and freight cars around the depot's scenic display, along with the Polar Express and other unique model trains.

This year's display features buildings and attractions, all depicting a typical East Texas town. Scenery includes oil fields and industrial areas, a rail yard, a main street and much more. Amtrak and two major model railroad manufacturers have provided handouts for all attendees. Also, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss the importance of railroad safety.

All trains will be on display at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road, starting Friday, Nov. 29, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 13.
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RHA has Angry Axe flash drives

The Residence Hall Association is selling one-of-a-kind Angry Axe flash drives made exclusively for the SFA 90th Anniversary until Nov. 30! For only $8 these one-gigabyte flash drives make great and inexpensive gifts for coworkers and loved ones. Email RHA at rha@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2700 to get yours today!  

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble will host its Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Just in time for the holidays, the employee standard discount will be extended to 20 percent off SFA logo merchandise. While in the bookstore, enjoy refreshments, and register to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. No purchase is necessary. Complimentary holiday gift bags will be available with any purchase. For more information, please contact Kristen at (936) 468-1160.

Stone Fort Museum to open exhibits

The Stone Fort Museum at SFA will host an opening reception for the exhibit "Sacred Spaces: Connecting with the Land" from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

The "Sacred Spaces" photography project explores the spiritual connection to the environment and landscape within the Nacogdoches area. The exhibit utilizes descriptions of the East Texas landscape dating back to the late 1600s, as well as from contemporary journals.

This project examines the relationship between individuals and their natural, social and built environments, all of which were interpreted through their faith. According to Dr. Kelley Snowden, Center for Regional Heritage Research assistant, understanding how individuals interpret their surroundings through faith will provide a better assessment of how landscape features should be preserved to enhance public spaces for an increase in community well-being, she said.

"We reached out to the community and any interested individuals for this project," Snowden said. "We were successful in recruiting 36 volunteers from seven different churches, representing five different Christian denominations."

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SFA Arboretum to host popular wreath-making seminar

SFA's Mast Arboretum will host a garden seminar titled "Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, will show participants how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from Mother Nature. Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come.

Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and will make a wreath to enjoy at home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce new crafts using more natural items from the garden and forest.
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Campus Recreation

Chili Cook Off registration forms due

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Think your department can cook up the best chili? Put your recipe to the test! Campus Recreation is hosting a Chili Cook Off Challenge for SFA Departments as part of the Polar Bear Plunge event on Dec. 8. Students will vote on the best chili during the Polar Bear Plunge, and the winner will receive an awesome traveling trophy! Chili cook off participants also can compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest and win an award for best holiday presentation at the Polar Bear Plunge. For registration information, please contact Kati Van Dunk at vandunkkl@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Lumberjacks fall in battle for Chief Caddo

The SFA Lumberjack football team closed the 2013 season with a 40-27 loss and the retention rights to Chief Caddo against Northwestern State Saturday afternoon at Turpin Stadium.

In a game that was moved up two hours to accommodate the annual Festival of Lights event in downtown Natchitoches, La., the Demons (6-6, 3-4 SLC) forced the Lumberjacks to play from behind the entire game after NWST forced two turnovers across SFA’s first four plays from scrimmage.

Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 28-of-42 passing attempts for 315 yards and a touchdown, but was victimized for three interceptions in the game. The Whitehouse native’s lone touchdown came on a four-yard pass to fellow senior Mike Brooks.
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Ladyjacks volleyball season comes to a close

The SFA Ladyjacks volleyball team saw their season end on Friday at the Southland Conference Tournament after getting swept by regular season champion Central Arkansas. SFA lost 25-20, 25-19, 25-17 as the Sugar Bears remained undefeated against Southland Conference competition this season.

Justice Walker and Tori Bates led SFA (16-16) with nine kills each as Bates made her return after missing four matches. Walker had only two errors on the day to hit a strong .368 also while posting four blocks to help the Ladyjacks defensively at the net.

The Ladyjacks were able to use their defense to keep pace with Central Arkansas (27-3) through much of the match, but their offense could not find enough rhythm to take the extra step against the Sugar Bears. SFA posted 54 digs and was able to hold UCA under its season average for hitting percentage.
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Lumberjacks fall at ETSU

Junior Jacob Parker recorded his second consecutive double-double performance, but the SFA Lumberjack men's basketball team was unable to maintain pace with East Tennesse State in a 66-58 loss Saturday afternoon inside the Freedom Hall Civic Center as part of the First Bank and Trust Company Roundball Showcase.

The double-double is the third of the season for both Parker and SFA (3-2). The native of Bixby, Okla., finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to the Buccaneers (2-4). Parker finished 8-of-14 from the field and one-for-three beyond the arc, while making both of his free throws in 33 minutes played. The 12 rebounds is a career-high for the forward, breaking his previous mark of 11 set one game prior at Marshall (Nov. 21).
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Ladyjacks stumble against Mustangs

The SFA women's basketball team hosted the undefeated SMU Mustangs on Saturday evening and could not get over the hump in the second half after closing the lead to just three points multiple times. The Ladyjacks fell 81-69 to a Mustang team that is receiving votes in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.

After struggling from beyond the arc early in the season, SFA (2-3) got hot early in the contest against SMU (5-0) hitting 4-of-5 to grab an early lead. The Ladyjacks' hot shooting pushed the lead to as many as eight points six minutes into the game, but SMU was able to chip away and regain the lead thanks to an 18-7 run to close the half. The Mustangs took a 41-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Sinfonietta'

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present a concert titled "Sinfonietta" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in W.M. in Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Featured work is the "Sinfonietta" by composer and pianist Ingolf Dahl.

"This is one of the true masterworks for concert band," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands. "It is a three movement piece of serious music written in 1961 by a German composer who admired the compositions of Igor Stravinsky."

Two guest conductors will also be featured on the concert. Dr. David W. Campo, associate conductor of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, will conduct "Gone" by Texas composer Scott McAllister.

"This is a contemplative piece that captures feelings of grief and loss," Campo said.

Graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct the band in "Second Connecticut Regiment March" by David Reeves.

Rounding out the concert will be a fanfare for brass and percussion by French composer Florent Schmitt.
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SFA percussion students to present holiday concert

SFA's Percussion Department will present its annual holiday concert, "Percussion in the Pines," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The performance will feature both the SFA Percussion Ensemble and the SFA Steel Band, known as the Jacks of Steel, performing a collection of carols, popular tunes and contemporary holiday arrangements for percussion.

"The concert will be a great way for all ages to help celebrate the upcoming holiday season, as well as the end of a fantastic fall semester," said Dr. Brad Meyer, SFA's director of percussion studies.

Along with the holiday arrangements, the Jacks of Steel, will perform several fiery steel pan band arrangements to "help audience members warm up from the chilly, winter weather," Meyer said.
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SFA's Music Prep students earn positions in All-Region orchestras

A number of violin students in SFA's School of Music's Preparatory Division earned positions in All-Region orchestras earlier this fall in competition in Tyler.

The students are studying with Music Prep teachers Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, Brenda Josphesen and Melissa Nabb.

"Music Prep is very proud of these students for this great accomplishment," said Pat Barnett, director of the Music Prep division.

Middle school students selected as first violinists were Chloe Cook, second chair; Andria Sowell, third chair; Isaiah Bertke, fifth chair; and Alyssa Nunn, seventh chair. Students selected as second violinists included Grace DeKerlegand, first chair; Catherine Meisenheimer, fourth chair; Jake Hill, fifth chair; Megan Langford, seventh chair; Mattie Chauvin, 10th chair; and Emma DeKerlegand, 14th chair.

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