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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 16
Gian Carlo Menotti's
classic Christmas opera
"Amahl and the Night Visitors"

1 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

President's Christmas Reception
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
BPSC Grand Ballroom

"Tales from SFA Gardens and Beyond" presented by
Dr. David Creech

7 p.m.
Agriculture Building
Room 110


Friday, Dec. 17
All undergraduate &
graduate changes due to Provost office (14 copies)

"Simply Sinatra Christmas"

7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium



Saturday, Dec. 18
Commencement Ceremony
9:30 a.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Lumberjack Basketball
vs. Jarvis Christian
7 p.m.
HOME GAME

Gian Carlo Menotti's
classic Christmas opera
"Amahl and the Night Visitors"

7 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Sunday, Dec. 19
United Cheer and SFA Cheerleading Competition


Upcoming Events
SFA Showcase Saturday Dates
Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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Headlines for Wednesday, Dec. 15


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Final exam schedule for this week
SFA to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'
SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature director Dave Creech
SFA faculty and staff: Join the 'Purple Posse!'
Pro ticket discounts for SFA alumni, students, faculty/staff
Stone Fort Museum scheduled to have roof replaced this week
SFA Today holiday distribution schedule
Ralph W. Steen Library holiday hours
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
'Simply Sinatra Christmas' coming to SFA campus


Final Exam Schedule

  Exam Times
WEDNESDAY
8 a.m. MWF 8 to 10 a.m.
10 a.m. MWF 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Noon MWF 1 to 3 p.m.
4 p.m. W 4 to 6 p.m.
6:45 p.m. W 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY
8 a.m. TR 8 to 10 a.m.
11 a.m. TR 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2 p.m. TR 1 to 3 p.m.
4 p.m. R 4 to 6 p.m.
6:45 p.m. R 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY
2 p.m. MWF 8 to 10 a.m.
2:30 p.m. MW or
3 p.m. MWF
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Conflicts 1 to 3 p.m.
4 p.m. F 4 to 6 p.m.
6:45 p.m. F 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
 

SFA to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The opera, written in English, tells the story of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy, and his mother who are visited by the Three Kings during their journey to the Christ Child. Since it was first produced for television in 1951, the opera has become a Christmas classic that is produced in communities throughout the United States.

Cameron LaGraff, seventh grader at Central Heights Middle School, will sing the role of Amahl. SFA vocal students make up the rest of the cast. More

 

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature director Dave Creech

The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building at 1924 Wilson Dr. A year-end review titled "Tales from SFA Gardens and Beyond" will be presented by Dr. David Creech. More

 

Join the 'Purple Posse!'
Membership for faculty and staff

Keep the SFA spirit alive each and every Friday by participating in “SFA Spirit Fridays!” Fridays are the largest tour day with many visitors on campus, and we want them to see purple! Come by the Office of Admissions, 2nd floor of Rusk Building, to join the “Purple Posse.”

Members agree to do 3 things: 1) Promise to respect “SFA Spirit Fridays” by wearing SFA insignia and/or purple every Friday; 2) Promise to encourage others to respect “SFA Spirit Fridays;” and 3) Promise to live "The SFA Way” and encourage others to do the same. Membership includes a free gift – swag everyone will want! Come visit starting today!


News & Announcements

Ticket discounts for SFA alumni, students, faculty/staff
Lumberjacks can purchase discounted tickets for Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars and Houston Rockets games.  Ordering information can be found here. More discounts will be posted as they become available, so please be sure to check back frequently. You may also contact the SFA Alumni Association for questions about services and discounts at (936) 468-3407.
   
  The Stone Fort Museum is scheduled to have roof replaced. Construction will begin this week replacing the wood shakes and should be completed in a few days time. The Museum is planning to close during the construction period but will be open the weekend of graduation, Dec. 18-19, barring any unforeseen problems.
   
  SFA Today holiday distribution changes
SFA Today realizes everyone is going to miss "This&That;" however, SFA Today will distribute it's last 2010 edition Monday, Dec. 17, and resume Monday, Jan. 17. If you have any questions, please contact Robin Johnson at (936) 468-2406.
   
Ralph W. Steen Library hours
Holiday break and fall semester intersession

December
17 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
18-19 CLOSED
20-23 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
24-31 CLOSED

January
1-2 CLOSED
3-7 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8-9 CLOSED
10-14 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
15-16 CLOSED
17-18 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

 
Gian Carlo Menotti's classic Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti's classic Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. All performances are in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The 45-minute opera, written in English, tells the touching story of a crippled boy and his mother who are visited by the Three Kings during their journey to find the Christ Child. Tickets to the Thursday performance are $6 for individuals and $5 each for groups of 20 or more. Tickets for the Saturday performance are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
 
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.
 
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Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
website
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

This display was the work of Carson Williams from Ohio, electrical engineer who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights in his annual holiday lighting spectacular (from Christmas 2004). His 2005 display includes over 25,000 lights that he spent nearly two months and $10,000 to hook up. So that the Williams' neighbors aren't disturbed by constant noise, viewers driving by the house are informed by signs to tune in to a signal broadcast over a low-power FM radio station to hear the musical accompaniment. See video for yourself.