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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 8
SFA Alumni Association Nacogdoches Chapter
Networking Lunch

Noon at Chili’s

Ladyjack Basketball
at Oklahoma

7 p.m.
Norman, Okla.

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)
7 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Alumni Association’s
The Big Dip Ceremony

Thursday, Dec. 9

Mexico's Light of the World:
Religion and
Revolutionary Thought

4 p.m.
Liberal Arts North Building, Room 142

Friday, Dec. 10
Lumberjack Basketball vs. Grambling St.
7:15 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Handel's "Messiah"
7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Saturday, Dec. 11
Ladyjack Basketball
at Grambling St.
5 p.m.
Grambling, La.

SFA Annual Gala

Reception at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7 p.m.
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Lumberjack Basketball vs.
Chicago State

7:15 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Upcoming Events
President's Christmas Reception
Thursday, Dec. 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
BPSC Grand Ballroom

SFA Showcase Saturday Dates

Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26

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Headlines for Wednesday, Dec. 8




SFA Choirs and community chorus to present Handel's 'Messiah'
Purple Santa releases his nice list
Etech Lumberjack Classic this Friday and Saturday
Cybersecurity newsletter now posted online
Spring 2011 Service Learning Grant proposals deadline
Successful 'Promote Literacy In Any Language' literary drive
Mexico's Light of the World: Religion and Revolutionary Thought
American Association of University Women meeting
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
'Simply Sinatra Christmas' coming to SFA campus

SFA Choirs and community chorus to present Handel's 'Messiah'

The Stephen F. Austin State University combined choirs, Orchestra of the Pines and Nacogdoches Community Chorus will present George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

Handel's three-part oratorio, or unstaged opera, about the life of the messiah, was first performed in 1742. One of the most performed and popular choral works, it is appreciated by audiences all over the globe, said Tim King, SFA professor of music and the concert's director.

In keeping with the Nacogdoches tradition, the combined choirs and orchestra will perform Part I of "Messiah," popularly known as "the Christmas portion" and the famous "Hallelujah Chorus." More


Purple Santa releases his nice list

The Purple Santa Project took place last Thursday and Friday and netted 526 toys for area families in need. Thirty university offices participated.

The project was developed by the student’s of the Freshmen Leadership Academy.
This program is intended to give students hands-on experience with student leadership.

The toys were distributed to homeless children at Godtel Homeless Shelter on Sunday, Dec. 5.  Remaining toys will be delivered to the Empty Stocking Fund.

Thanks to everyone who contributed!

View photos of Purple Santa picking up toys!


The Nice List

Academic Affairs
Alumni Affairs
Campus Recreation
College of Liberal and Applied Arts Advising and Career Center
Coordinator for the Board of Regents
Counseling and Career Services
Dean’s Office, College of Fine Arts
Disability Services
Divisional Operations, University Affairs
Enrollment Management
Finance and Administration
Financial Aid
General Counsel
Health Services
Human Sciences Faculty
Multicultural Affairs
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Orientation Programs
Perkins College of Education-Student Services and Advising Center 
Physics and Astronomy
President’s Office
Ralph W. Steen Library
Student Activities
Student Affairs Programs
Student Center/Student Services
Student Publications
Tara Newman’s SFA 101 Class
University Affairs
University Police


News & Announcements

Cybersecurity Newsletter Now Posted
Topics: Online shopping during the upcoming holiday season is expected to grow from last year, with one survey indicating 69 percent of respondents will be purchasing holiday gifts online, up from 64 percent in 2009. Faster Internet access speeds,coupled with enhanced functionality and deployment of mobile devices are just a few factors that may contribute to consumers' increased use of the Internet for holiday shopping. Before going online, however, it's important to understand the potential security risks and what precautions to take. The newsletter can be viewed at www.sfasu.edu/itsecurity.

Spring 2011 Service Learning Grant proposals deadline
5 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 10

Each semester, the Office of Student Affairs Programs offers faculty and staff the opportunity to receive funding of up to $500 to implement a service learning project in the classroom. View the application at our website under the "The Student Affairs Service Learning Grant" header located at the bottom of the page. Proposals are reviewed by members of the university's Service Learning Advisory Board, and notifications will be made within one week of the deadline. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service, at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.
Thanks from Organization of Latin Americans and
Office of Multicultural Affairs

During Hispanic Heritage Month 2010, the student group, Organization of Latin Americans (OLA) with the Office of Multicultural Affairs held the OLA Book Drive Fundraiser for the Nacogdoches Public Library. Over the summer students discussed the need for Spanish language children’s books. Once the fall semester started the members implemented a plan to raise money to buy much needed books for the Nacogdoches Public Library. The students provided buttons featuring various characters from children’s book such as "The Grinch," "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to bring awareness about reading. The goal was to “Promote Literacy In Any Language” to young people. Many different students and other organizations, such as the NAACP, helped to spread the message of literacy. OLA was able to donate 31 books, including most of the Dr. Seuss’ collection, Eric Carl titles and Spanish/English books. We would like to thank everyone who helped to support our Literacy Drive.

Mexico's Light of the World:
Religion and Revolutionary Thought

4 p.m. | Thursday, Dec. 9
Liberal Arts North Building, Room 142

Jason Dormady will present "Mexico's Light of the World: Religion and Revolutionary Thought" as part of the Latin American Studies Faculty Speaker's Series. Ever wonder what that giant white "temple" is in Houston on Highway 59? What is that church that was attacked in Phoenix for building a "mosque-like" dome? Come find out about the origins of Mexico's largest Protestant church as well as what role it plays in U.S. religion.

American Association of University Women Meeting
5:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Dec. 14
at the Old University Building

Bring a gift for the Empty Stocking Fund and a cash donation for our scholarship fund.

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Upcoming Event!

"Simply Sinatra Christmas"
7:30 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 17 | W.M. Turner Auditorium

Celebrate the holidays with that great Sinatra sound as the SFA College of Fine Arts presents Steve Lippia and his 16-piece band performing Simply Sinatra Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. This family-friendly holiday concert includes favorites such as "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and "Let it Snow," as well as Sinatra standards such as "Come Fly with Me" and "New York, New York," all sung in Ol' Blue Eyes' signature style. Tickets range from $35 to $17.50, with discounts available for faculty/staff, seniors, students and youth.

"Hooked on Art"
6 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 10 | The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

Both holiday shoppers and art collectors will want to attend the closing reception for "Hooked on Art" that begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Attendees may place last-minute silent auction bids on or purchase raffle tickets for the hand-crafted and decorated Christmas ornaments created by local artists. All proceeds benefit the SFA art scholarship fund.
Nacogdoches Community Chorus presents
G.F. Handel's "Messiah"

7:30 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 10 | W.M. Turner Auditorium

The SFA combined choirs and orchestra, along with the Nacogdoches Community Chorus will present G.F. Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The always-popular event will feature student soloists and close with an audience Christmas carol sing-along. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for faculty/staff, students and youth.
Ongoing Exhibition
Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES
is currently on display in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The exhibition features “Movies for the Wall,” optical glass-tiled murals that appear to come to life, change, and move as the viewer passes by. The show runs through Saturday, March 26.
Ongoing Exhibition
A Forest Insect Alphabet
, which features 56 woodcuts and text used in the book of the same title that was printed by SFA 's LaNana Creek Press, is currently on exhibit in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Charles Jones, retired SFA professor of art, created the woodcuts of various forest insects, and Dr. David Kulhavy, SFA professor of forestry, wrote the text for each. Local musician Miki Lynn put the text to music and recorded a CD that is included with each book. The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 4. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
Ongoing Exhibition
Fabric of African Culture
a powerful exhibition that celebrates the expressive quality of the work and artistic expression inherent in the cultures of Africa, is open in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Displayed with an eye for the variety of materials and the regional influences, the items represent over 500 years of history and tribes from across the continent. Fabric of African Culture, which is part of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series, replaces the originally scheduled Storm Chasers and will run through Saturday, Jan. 15.
Ongoing Exhibition
, an exhibition of hexagonal shaped paintings made with beeswax, resin and pigment infused with heat, is open in the Upstairs Hallway of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches and will run through Friday, Dec. 10.
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