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This Week's Calendar
Friday, Jan. 17
SFA Track and Field
Texas A&M Invitational
Saturday, Jan. 18
Sunday, Jan. 19
Monday, Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Day
Student and Faculty Holiday
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News & Announcements
SFA Planetarium show: Oceans in Space
The SFA Planetarium will be showing "Oceans in Space" at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.
Oceans In Space is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extrasolar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program—an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration—this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.
SFA Charter School applications
Applications for the SFA Charter School are available in the Charter School Office until Jan. 29. Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed on Feb. 7. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.
There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. at the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center. For more information, please call (936) 468-5899 or come by room 101 in the Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. or click here.
Find the TEDxSFA red X on campus
The second TEDxSFA event is happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets can be purchased in the BPSC or online.
Until then look for the red X on the SFA campus. If you find it and send a photo of your group with the X to TEDxSFA@gmail.com, your group could be the TEDxSFA Facebook page cover. Congratulations to the SFA Football team who recently found the TEDxSFA big red X on campus.
TEC book study: Lean In
Please join us at the Teaching Excellence Center for a "Lean In" book study this semester. "Lean In," a book written by Sheryl Sandberg, discusses the internal and external obstacles women face in succeeding at the highest professional levels of their careers and offers suggestions for how men and women might work together to overcome them.
The first meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the TEC in the second floor of the Steen Library. We will be discussing the introduction and chapter one of the book.
For more information, email Heather Olson Beal at email@example.com
Live Well panel discussion
As part of their "What are you doing with your life?" Campaign, the Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes all students and faculty and staff members to a panel discussion on how to "Live well."
The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the BPSC Tiered Classroom.
Join guests panelists Kate Bridges (fitness and wellness coordinator for Campus Rec), Dr. Penny Jeffrey (director for the Health Center), and Sarah Drake (campus dietitian) on a conversation facilitated by faculty member Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey. This program is open to anyone. For more information, contact assistant director Amanda Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Friendship Program
If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program. A student, faculty, staff or community member is matched with one or two international students. You are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, to celebrate American holidays or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.
The program opens interaction between the local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in “hosting” an international student, please fill out an application form.
The deadline is Monday, Jan. 20. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email email@example.com.
Stacey Bess to speak
Join us from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212, to hear educator and author Stacey Bess from Salt Lake City, Utah. Bess penned the memoir "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," which was adapted into the April 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Beyond the Blackboard" starring Emily VanCamp.
For more information, contact Jannah Nerren at (936) 468-2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA
Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.
The drum circle will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.
To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at email@example.com. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.
Admission: $5 for faculty/staff/community members; $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the BPSC Information Desk or here.
For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Continues for LadyJack Barbellas
Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Walk into any gym with confidence. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. The program will run two days a week, Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m. Contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835 for more information.
Employee Wellness Updates
Now is the time to join the Employee Wellness Program! All classes and programs will begin on Monday, Jan. 13 and are FREE to university faculty and staff and retired faculty and staff members. Program offerings include open gym use, resistance training, yoga, water aerobics, open swimming, noon basketball, nutrition counseling, Lighten Up East Texas Weight Loss Challenge and more! For registration information and program schedules, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.
Bowling opens 2014 at mid-winter invitational
Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19.
Hosted by Arkansas State
SFA heads to the lanes for the first time in 2014, traveling to the 2014 Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. Hosted by top-ranked Arkansas State, the tournament gets underway Friday, Jan. 17, before wrapping up Sunday, Jan. 19.
SFA is one of 14 teams competing in the three-day event, which gets underway at noon Friday with five total five-game baker matches. Saturday morning the teams get underway at around 9:30 a.m. with five team games, leading up to three matches in a best-of-seven bracket format Sunday morning.
Ladyjacks winning streak ends on road
The Ladyjacks seven-game winning streak came to an end Thursday night as the Northwestern State Lady Demons handed SFA its first loss in Southland Conference play. SFA fell 66-54 as the Demons shot 44.9 percent on the night and got hot during a key stretch in the second half.
The Ladyjacks (10-7, 4-1 SLC) took control of the game early going on a 10-2 run and grabbing a 12-4 lead. Then, Porsha Roberts was called for her second foul and spent the last 10 minutes of the half on the bench, and Northwestern State capitalized.
The Lady Demons (10-7, 3-2) hit shots and found open shots beyond the arc to go on a 24-9 run to close the half and take a 28-21 lead. With the Ladyjacks down seven points at the half it marked the first time since Dec. 8, at UL-Monroe that SFA trailed at the half.
SFA surges in second half, beat Demons 74-58
Senior Deshaunt Walker finished with 22 points off the bench and junior Jacob Parker recorded his sixth double-double of the season to fuel the SFA men's basketball team to their 13th-straight victory in a 74-58 showing over Northwestern State Thursday night inside Prather Coliseum.
With the win, the ’Jacks (16-2 and 5-0 SLC) tie their longest win streak since the turn of the century, also claiming 13-straight during the 2002-03 season, which sits as the fifth longest active win streak in the nation. SFA's longest win streak in one season is 29 games set during the 1969-70 campaign.
The 16th win for head coach Brad Underwood is the most in program history for a coach in their first season, passing Glen Rose (1948) and John O. Stephens (1952), who each had 15.
Walker paced the ’Jacks in 25 minutes off the bench. The native of Silver Springs, Md., finished 7-of-13 from the field, 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the line.
NCAA grants waiver, UIW game will be played
The Southland Conference has learned the NCAA Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief has granted a blanket waiver of Bylaw 188.8.131.52, allowing the league to play what had presumed to be forfeited men’s and women’s basketball games. The NCAA reached out to the Southland and other affected conferences late last week regarding the Bylaw, offering a waiver opportunity that temporarily sets aside the rule’s limits on the number of allowable contests in a season against non-Division I teams.
The SLR, part of the Division I Legislative Council, met Thursday morning at the NCAA Convention in San Diego, reviewed the request and issued the waiver. The subcommittee has the authority to review rules issues that come from extenuating circumstances and have a reasonably demonstrated widespread impact.
Track and field heads to College Station
After opening the indoor track and field season in Houston last weekend, SFA is headed to College Station for the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational on Friday. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will take on a number of teams from the area, including a handful of fellow Southland Conference members.
The meet will be a team scored meet with points attributed similar to championship meets. Action is set to start at noon, with field events and running events. SFA will be up against Houston Baptist, Lamar, Northwestern State, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern, UL-Lafayette, UT-Pan American and UL-Monroe. Texas A&M will not be competing in the meet, only serving as host, as the Aggies are scheduled to compete in another home meet on Saturday.
Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Wizard of Oz'
The SFA College of the Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Wizard of Oz" in two performances on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Presented by American Family Theater, this classic tale of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow targets children in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.
"Students can join in Dorothy's adventures with Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and, of course, the Wizard himself," Peterson said. "This is a fun-filled, original musical adaptation based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'"
Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.cpas.sfasu.edu.
Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.
Internationally celebrated pianist to perform at SFA
Acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.
Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, Jordan's performance will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
"I invited Dr. Jordan to come to SFA to play, having met her on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, last summer," said Parr, who also served on the Vienna Piano Academy faculty during the summer of 2013.
Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, Jordan has performed with much acclaim as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Tonkunstler Orchester in Vienna.
'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' to open Jan. 24 in Cole Art Center
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined VIII: Maker's Choice" exhibition Jan. 24 through March 29 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.
"Each exhibition comes with a theme, and 'Maker's Choice' seemed a good idea as it denotes that these artists are makers of fine art," Handley said. "'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme."
All work must be original and completed within the last two years, and submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.
Parr piano recital to feature retrospective of past works
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano, in a faculty recital performing "A Retrospective, Past and Present" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
"This recital is a new look at works learned over three decades ago, but were either never performed or not performed since that time," Parr said. "It has been an interesting process to revisit these 'old friends' and reconnect with the past."
Featured major works on the program are the relatively unfamiliar Theme and Variations, Op. 73 by Gabriel Fauré and the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.
"The Fauré Variations were composed in 1910 for a piano competition at the Paris Conservatory and have long been considered by the French as a masterpiece of the variation form," Parr said. "The Chopin sonata was written toward the end of the composer's life, and it embodies the culmination of his musical language, from the nocturne-like slow movement to the virtuosic finale."
Other works on the program are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and American composer Charles T. Griffes.
SFA's Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition shifts focus
The Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA has undergone significant changes since last year. The focus is now on gaining the attention of a younger generation of musicians who are beginning to plan their future careers and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. And, hopefully SFA will be that institution.
This year's competition is slated for Feb. 1 in Cole Concert Hall and is open to high school violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists ages 15 to 18. The semi-finals begin at 1 p.m., followed by the final round at 7:30 p.m.
By focusing solely on this younger age group, officials within the SFA School of Music hope to use the competition as a valuable recruiting tool.
"The Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for these young musicians with prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives and performance opportunities with orchestras," said Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition. "Concerto performances with orchestras are very rare for any musician, let alone a budding high school student. Our hope is that eager young students will be attracted to such lucrative opportunities."