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Tuesday, Nov. 30
Holiday Extravaganza
5:30 p.m.
In Front of Austin Building

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)

6 p.m.
RHA’s Holiday Extravaganza!
7 & 10:30 p.m.
SFA Sports Weekly

Travelogues

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


Wednesday, Dec. 1
Hooked on Art
Fund-raiser Opening

The Cole Art Center

Ladyjack Basketball vs.
Texas-Pan American

7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Global Gateway to China
Noon
Wyatt Room, Steen Library


Thursday, Dec. 2
TEC Book Circle
4 to 5 p.m.
Teaching Excellence Center
(TEC) Conference Room,
2nd floor Steen Library

Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES Opening Reception
6 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House

Lumberjack Basketball
at Texas A&M

7 p.m.
College Station, Texas

SAA Movie Series
Student Center Movie Theater
7 p.m. "Going the Distance"
9 p.m. "The American"


Friday, Dec. 3
Mentor Ring Big Dip Ceremony
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Final day for bulletin to be sent to Bill Cox for changes

SAA Movie Series

Student Center Movie Theater
7 p.m. "Going the Distance"
9 p.m. "The American"

SFA’s jazz bands, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces
joint concert

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

A Nacogdoches Pioneer Christmas musical
song collection

7:30 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House


Saturday, Dec. 4

A Nacogdoches Pioneer Christmas musical
song collection

2 and 9 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House

2nd Round NCAA FCS
Football Playoffs
Lumberjack Football
vs. Villanova

2:30 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Ladyjack Basketball
at Texas Southern

4:30 p.m.
Houston, Texas


Sunday, Dec. 5
A Nacogdoches Pioneer Christmas musical
song collection

2 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House

SAA Movie Series
Student Center Movie Theater
7 p.m. "Going the Distance"
9 p.m. "The American"


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


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Headlines for Tuesday, Nov. 30

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Holiday Extravaganza set for tonight
SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members
Stone Fort Museum to host Central Heights handbell choir
Join us for the second QEP Focus Forum
Buy your tickets for the playoff football game Saturday
Faculty and student accomplishments
Global Gateway to China
'Christmas Around the World' concert features SFA alumnus
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
'Simply Sinatra Christmas' coming to SFA campus
Download December Fine Arts calendar


Holiday Extravaganza set for tonight

SFA Residence Hall Association’s Holiday Extravaganza begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in front of the Austin Building. The festivities include the annual tree lighting ceremony and appearances by SFA Provost Dr. Richard Berry and Santa Claus.

The annual event will feature perfomances from the Raguet Elementary School Choir, SFA Roaring Buzzsaws Pep Band, Madrigal Singers and RHA Chorus. The event is followed by a reception and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as craft activities for children. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members

The annual Gala presented by Stephen F. Austin State University will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFA Foundation to honor faculty achievement.

The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Tom Houston Combo and by Dallas-based entertainers TOP, playing a variety of smooth jazz, Motown, disco, oldies and today's hits. More

 

Stone Fort Museum to host Central Heights handbell choir

The Central Heights Elementary handbell choir will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Stone Fort Museum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University
The choir, led by director Gary Goss, will perform traditional Christmas carols. The museum will be open to patrons, and refreshments will be served.

The presentation coincides with the SFA Residence Hall Association’s Holiday Extravaganza, which begins at 6 p.m. The campus will host a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and holiday activities for all ages.


Join us for the second QEP Focus Forum

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Design Team has been at work since mid-October refining the student learning strategies for Make an Impact @ SFA!

The second QEP Focus Forum at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in LAN 102 will be an opportunity to communicate the Design Team’s progress with the QEP development in an atmosphere intended for discussion and comments.

Among the items to be presented in the forum will be a proposed pilot effort involving freshmen with high-impact practices in spring 2011, an implementation schedule for the QEP, plans for faculty and student participation, assessment of student learning, and professional development for participating faculty.

Please come to the Forum if you can. We want to share our progress and take your questions and comments about SFA’s Quality Enhancement Plan.


Accomplishments

College of Liberal & Applied Arts Moot Court team participated in their Regional tournament held in Little Rock, Ark. SFA students Ryan McGrew (left) and Demarcus Tave (right) finished third overall in the tournament by being knocked out by the eventual tournament champions from the University of Texas at Dallas. McGrew also received an orator’s award. SFA student Christian Pena was seeded 11th at the end of the day, out of 32 teams. These three have worked very hard on the 14th amendment, commerce clause and public policy dynamics of same sex marriage and mandated health care. McGrew and Tave will be competing in the National Tournament at Tulane in January.  
 

News & Announcements

Global Gateway to China
Noon | Wednesday, Dec. 1
Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library

The 30-minute presentation on Chinese culture will be given by one of the international students at SFA. Drinks and Chinese food will be served. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion and question and answer period. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!
   
"Christmas Around the World" Concert
7:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Dec. 15
First United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary
201 East Hospital Street, Nacogdoches

"Christmas Around the World" concert features acclaimed tenor and SFA distinguished alumnus, Paul Hartfield, singing Christmas songs from America, England, Germany and France. Hartfield is a graduate of SFA and has earned a worldwide reputation as one of America's most notable tenors. A reception will follow in the church parlor. Sponsored by the Chancel Choir, First United Methodist Church. This is a free recital and the public is invited.

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.

 
Travelogues
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 30 | W.M. Turner Auditorium

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform a variety of works inspired by specific locales during their joint concert, Travelogues, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Included on the program are Robert Sheldon’s Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan, Martin Ellerby’s Paris Sketches, and Michael Daugherty’s Niagara Falls. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
Hooked on Art scholarship fund-raiser display
Wednesday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 10 | The Cole Art Center

Glass ornaments hand decorated by area artists for the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts' Hooked on Art scholarship fund-raiser will be on display at The Cole Art Center from Wednesday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 10. Some of the ornaments will be part of a silent auction, and others will be sold through a raffle. Winners of all of the ornaments will be announced at the event's closing reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10.
 

Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES Opening Reception
6 p.m. | Thursday, Dec. 2 | The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

The SFA School of Art will open Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Seder will be present at the opening of the exhibition that features his “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. Admission is free.

 

A Nacogdoches Pioneer Christmas musical song collection
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 | 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4
2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 | The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

The SFA School of Theatre’s musical comedy cabaret troupe, the Original Cast, will present A Nacogdoches Pioneer Christmas, a musical collection of songs from the various cultures that settled Texas, as part of Nacogdoches’ Nine Flags Festival. The four performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3; 2 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5.  All performances are in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Tickets, which are $8 for adults and $5 for students, are available at the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, 200 E. Main St. For more information, please call (936) 564-7351.

 
SFA’s jazz bands, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces joint concert
7:30 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 3 | W.M. Turner Auditorium

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a joint concert of SFA’s jazz bands, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The program features guest artists from Lufkin’s Lords of Denman band performing on tunes by the rock band Chicago and several of Michale Bublé’s hits. The jazz bands will also present works by Maynard Ferguson and Thad Jones.  Tickets for the always-popular concert are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
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
Hive
, 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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There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples; the type that is said to have struck Sir Isaac Newton (and consequently inspired the theory of gravity) is a large green Flower of Kent.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"