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

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)
5:30 p.m.
Replay of August 2010 Graduation
7:15 & 10:30 p.m.
NacEdition – Local news
7:30 & 10 p.m.
Texas County Line
with Brad Maule

"Simply Sinatra Christmas"

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

Saturday, Dec. 18
Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)
8:30 a.m.
The Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. LIVE
December 2010 Graduation

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 Today's Birthday!
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

SFA Showcase Saturday Dates

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011

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Headlines for Friday, Dec. 17




Nursing is popular in Nichols household
SFA art galleries closed for portion of break
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

Nursing is popular in Nichols household

A high school football injury played a major role in Kellen Nichols’s decision to pursue a degree in nursing from SFA. But according to his younger brother and sister, who are also nursing students at SFA, it had nothing to do with the career choices they have made.

“During my senior year in high school, I tore ligaments in my knee playing football,” said Kellen, who will receive his degree during Saturday’s commencement ceremony in William R. Johnson coliseum.

“I had to have two surgeries in Houston, and that really helped me make my decision,” Kellen said. “I had already been considering it, because my aunt is a registered nurse and my dad had always encouraged us to go into nursing, but when I was a patient, I realized how important nurses really are.” More


SFA art galleries closed for portion of break

The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's art gallery located in downtown Nacogdoches, will be closed for a portion of the university's semester break.

The Art Center will be open as usual from Tuesday, Dec. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 23, but then close until Tuesday, Jan. 4, except by appointment. Normal hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 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
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.


Secondary Education and Education Leadership associate professor Dr. Pauline Sampson co-authored "The Current Women Superintendents in Texas: Still in the Minority," which is set to publish this summer in the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. The article describes the study that examined possible reasons for the low numbers of women school superintendents in Texas.
A four-page article titled "Pineywoods Native Plant Center" appeared in the November/December issue of Texas Gardener magazine. It was written by contributing writer Suzanne Labry and featured color photography by PNPC research associate Trey Anderson and co-director David Creech. The article details the past, present and future history of the 40-acre green space on the SFA campus.

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. 20, 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"
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

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