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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

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)
7 & 10:45 p.m.
NacEdition – Local news
7:15 & 10 p.m.
Purple Pride SFA Sports
Video Department

7:30 & 10:15 p.m.
Purple Pride – Skateboard Club
7:45 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Purple Pride – Aerobics

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.

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 Thursday, Dec. 16




Former NASA astronaut Alan Bean to speak at SFA
Tickets to sports comedy make unique gift
Final exam schedule for this week
Faculty accomplishments
Academic Advising & Student Services Center relocates
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

Former NASA astronaut Alan Bean to speak at SFA

Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and an award-winning artist, will be the featured guest at the 2011 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. Reserved tickets will go on sale early next year.

"Alan Bean is a member of a most exclusive group - one of 12 people who have walked on the moon and captured the focus and imagination of the nation and the world during the apex of manned space exploration," Dr. Archie McDonald said. "Our speaker series is delighted to feature a fellow Texan who has viewed our world from a perspective few others have experienced." More


Tickets to sports comedy make unique gift

For anyone who is still looking for unique holiday gift ideas, the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts may have just the solution-tickets to "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

This fast-paced comedy, which takes the audience through the world of sports at record-breaking speed, is the newest spoof of the three-man comedy troupe, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, also known as "the Bad Boys of Abridgement." More


Final Exam Schedule

  Exam Times
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.
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.


Dr. David Howard, associate director of choral studies, was selected from a nationwide pool of singer-conductors (choral conductors that are also accomplished soloists) to perform Hector Berlioz’s (1803-1869) Grande Messe des morts, Op. 5 (or Requiem) conducted by Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall in New York under the auspices of the Weill Music Institute on Feb. 13, 2011. The Berlioz Requiem, which is epic in scale, was composed as a tribute to the men who died in the French Revolution of 1830. Howard will also have the opportunity to study with Maestro Spano, as well as, Norman Mackenzie, who for many years served as the late conductor Robert Shaw’s chorusmaster.
English associate professor Norjuan Austin's article "Come Together, Right Now, Over Me: Bridging the Gaps Between Departments of Kinships" was published in the December edition of the College English Association Forum. Read his article now.
Jerry Mathes, visiting English assistant professor, had his essay "You Have a Beautiful Daughter" accepted in the December issue of Poigod Literary Magazine. Poigod is a literary magazine open to submissions of all publishable media.

News & Announcements

We've moved! The College of Sciences & Mathematics Academic Advising & Student Services Center has relocated to its permanent location at Miller Science Building, Room 127.
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

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

3-7 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
the College of Fine Arts
December Calendar
Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

Gross, but true

After 10 years of use, 70 percent of the solid weight of your pillow is likely to be dust mite excrement.

Licking your toilet seat may be healthier than typing on your keyboard. Researchers have found that desks on average harbor 400 times more bacteria than toilet seats.

From "Are You Kidding Me?"