NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University interior design students will host their fifth annual “Silent Night Auction” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau downtown.
SFA’s American Society of Interior Design and International Interior Design Association student chapters joined forces to orchestrate the fundraiser, which is open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.
SFA design students and faculty members created the auction items, which include holiday-themed home décor, high-quality wreaths, signage, gift baskets, art and ornaments. Some items are not holiday-themed.
Funds raised will help send SFA students to the ASID and IIDA Career Days, as well as on an educational trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, to meet with designers and go behind-the-scenes at a casino. During career days, professionals give lectures on the industry, communication techniques and what to expect on the job. Students also have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews and have their portfolios reviewed.
“The field trip and career days give students an opportunity to network and gain exposure in real time. All of the career days have tours to interior design and architectural firms and to construction sites,” said Sally Ann Swearingen, associate professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences.