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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Dec. 13
Final Exams End

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

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

SFA Gala
Cocktail reception
6 p.m.
Candlelight dinner
7 p.m.

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 19
Women's Basketball
vs. Henderson State
7 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Headlines


South African SFA professor reflects on Mandela's legacy

Story courtesy of KTRE

In Nacogdoches, an SFA professor of social work is participating in the 10-day mourning period for Nelson Mandela.

The South African citizen met and worked with her country's great leader, and today she is carrying on his legacy. The humanitarian influenced the woman's desire to help people, whether they live in South Africa or here in East Texas.

One could see the sadness in Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant's eyes. She wanted people to understand why the loss of Nelson Mandela is like losing a family member.

"When he was released from prison, our country was at a war. And I feel that he came out and he said we will make peace and we will not make war," Oliphant said. "And it's because of him that I am here today, my son is here today, and that so many South Africans are here today. He did not choose violence."
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SFA Today schedule

Today marks the last edition of SFA Today for fall 2013. Publication will resume in January 2014.

Have a great winter break!

News & Announcements

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.

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.

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.

Athletics

SFA Bowling ranked fifth in latest NTCA poll

The SFA Ladyjack bowling program achieved their highest ranking in program history with a No. 5 national ranking in the National Tenpin Coaches Association December poll.

"We had a lot of firsts this semester and ending the semester with our highest ranking in school history is very exciting," head bowling coach Amber Lemke said. "The ladies have been working really hard and they understand that they have to work harder every year as the field continues to get stronger. Our plan is to carry over our success from the first part of the year into the second part of the year and keep moving up in the rankings."

SFA (28-11) enjoyed a semester of firsts this fall. The Ladyjacks' fall season was highlighted by their first tournament win in program history at the Tulane Invite (Oct. 20). SFA then followed up by taking home another first place trophy at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Jamboree.
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Champion named director of Media Relations

SFA Athletics has announced the hiring of Rand Champion as the Director of Athletic Media Relations. Champion will be the primary media contact for football, men’s and women’s golf and bowling while overseeing the operations of the media relations department in promoting the Lumberjacks’ 17 intercollegiate athletic programs.

Champion comes to SFA from Texas A&M University-Commerce where he served as the Director of Media Relations since March 2011. During his time in Commerce, Champion oversaw the media efforts for all 12 Lion athletic programs, including serving as the primary contact for the A&M-Commerce football, men’s basketball, volleyball, golf and softball programs.

During his time at A&M-Commerce, Champion spearheaded a number of occurrences that generated both local and national headlines, including the Lions’ newly installed football field with arguably the world’s largest on-field logo. Champion also oversaw a pair of complete website redesigns for LionAthletics.com while expanding A&M-Commerce’s social media efforts and instituting online video broadcasts for Lion Athletic events. He has also assisted with media efforts for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl for the past two years.
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Thanks for playing our lumberjack bobblehead game!

Congratulations to yesterday's winner Bonnie Walker. Jack was in front of the Steen Library, by the SFA shaped hedges.

Congratulations also to the grand prize winner, drawn at random from all participants, Sandra Menscer.

Click here to see Jack's journey. You can hover your mouse over the image for a wider view of his surroundings.

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