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This Week's Calendar

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 Friday, Dec. 10




SFA faculty and staff: Join the 'Purple Posse!'
SFA Gala to honor outstanding donors
SFA grads announce Nacogdoches County Relay For Life fundraiser
SFA Gardens lecture series to feature director Dave Creech
Tickets still available for 'Simply Sinatra Christmas' at SFA
SFA basketball raises more than $1,600 for Harvest House Food Pantry
Etech Lumberjack Classic this Friday and Saturday
Ralph W. Steen Library holiday hours
Cybersecurity newsletter now posted online
Spring 2011 Service Learning Grant proposals deadline today
American Association of University Women meeting
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
'Simply Sinatra Christmas' coming to SFA campus

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!


SFA Gala to honor outstanding donors

Several Nacogdoches residents will be honored during the annual Gala presented by Stephen F. Austin State University on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Bill and Barbara Gandy, Joe Max and Jane Green, and Ray and the late Gayla Mize are among those to be honored, along with the Beaumont Foundation of America. More


SFA grads announce
Nacogdoches County Relay For Life fundraiser

For anyone looking for a locally produced product to give as a Christmas gift that also equates to funding for a good cause, Nacogdoches County Relay For Life has the answer.

Visit website for order form.

Relay For Life participants are selling AcScents Aromatics candles and fragrances in a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. Sales are under way and will continue into next year, leading up to the Relay For Life event on March 4 and 5 at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center. 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.

Creech, SFA Professor Emeritus of agriculture and a Regent's Professor, joined the SFA faculty in 1978. He is director of the SFA Mast Arboretum and Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, and he co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center with Dr. James Kroll. Creech received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in horticulture from Texas A&M University and his master's degree from Colorado State University. More


Tickets still available for 'Simply Sinatra Christmas' at SFA

Tickets are still available to "Simply Sinatra Christmas," a concert by pop sensation Steve Lippia and his 16-piece orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert is a part of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts' University Series.

Lippia, who is renowned for his interpretations of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the nation. His shows appeal to long-time listeners and introduce a new generation to the timeless music, said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts. More


SFA basketball raises more than $1,600
for Harvest House Food Pantry

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball team took time out this week to raise money for a local charity. The Lumberjacks spent Wednesday and Thursday mornings soliciting donations on campus for the Harvest House Food Pantry, a local charity that provides food to the needy in Nacogdoches and the surrounding areas.

Lumberjack players and coaches took up position in high-traffic areas in front of the Ralph W. Steen Library and the Baker Pattillo Student Center at periodic intervals between classes both days to collect funding for Harvest House's Christmas food drive. More


News & Announcements

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.

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.
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.
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

The world’s largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy’s Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the ‘tree’ is a modern marvel for an ancient city. Read more at snopes.com.