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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Jan. 23
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium
Each Friday from Jan. 23 to March 6.
7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24
SFA Men's Basketball at Sam Houston State University
4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26
SFA Men's Basketball at Lamar University
7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Updated syllabi for spring 2015 due.




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Dr. Vicki DePountis

Department of Human Services

DePountis, assistant professor in the visual impairment program, will be published in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
This international peer-reviewed journal is a professional resource for information about visual impairment and blindness.  Practitioners and researchers, policymakers and administrators, counselors and advocates rely on Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness for its delivery of cutting-edge research and the most up-to-date practices in the field of visual impairment and blindness.

News & Announcements

Support SFA's Relay For Life team with a purchase of T-shirt

TeamSFA T-shirts are on sale as a fundraiser for the SFA faculty and staff member Relay For Life team.

All proceeds will go toward the team total, which will then go directly to the American Cancer Society.

Please help support TeamSFA by purchasing a shirt for $15 or $20 for sizes 3XL and above. Individuals may contact Melinda Colby at mcolby@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-6046.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'The Planets'

"The Planets," a film produced by the Southeast Planetarium Association, provides an in-depth look at each planet. The 37-minute show is narrated by actress Kate Mulgrew, best known for her role in "Star Trek: Voyager," and is geared toward middle and high school students.

The show is enhanced, updated and specifically designed to immerse the audience in current images from NASA missions, including the Hubble Telescope, and bring them along for the exploration as though they are traveling through space. Visit some of the fantastic objects that make up our Solar System—from the blazing hot surface of our star the Sun, to the frozen crusts of tiny comets.

The show will run at 7 p.m. each Friday from Jan. 23 to March 6 .
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SFA Baseball season tickets now on sale

The 2015 Lumberjack Baseball season has arrived!

SFA needs you at Jaycees Field to cheer on our Lumberjacks as they compete for the 2015 Southland Conference title.

SFA faculty and staff members can purchase season tickets in person at the SFA Ticket Office, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, or by phone at 936-468-5225.

International Friendship Program now accepting applications

The Office of International Programs is now accepting applications from those who like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world by participating in the International Friendship Program.

Students, faculty and staff members or community members are matched with one or two international students. Participants 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 being part of the program, please fill out an application here.

The deadline is Monday, Jan. 26. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

SFA Charter School applications available now

SFA Charter School applications for the 2015-16 school year are now available in the Charter School Office.

Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed by Friday, Feb. 6. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.

There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 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.

Registration for Live Text and D2L training ongoing

LiveText is being used to collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum. 

Please register to attend a session or if you have attended for the fall 2014 semester and need a refresher course.

The training session is titled "LiveText and D2L Come Together."

Training for faculty teaching core curriculum courses in spring 2015 will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, and at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. February sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. All sessions will be held in Steen Library, Room 107A, Info Lab 1.

Please  register for one of the training sessions here. You will receive an email with information on how to register your account. Please do so before your session. If you do not receive the email, contact Jennifer Stringfield at Ext. 1267. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Stringfield jstringfield@sfasu.edu..

If you have questions about the core assessment process, please contact Dr. Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu.

Three days left to vote for Underwood in Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and he is rallying Lumberjack fans for their support to help him win $100,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Underwood is one of 48 top college basketball coaches in the nation participating in the fan-vote challenge. The program, sponsored by luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA and ESPN, benefits the coaches' favorite charity. Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each participating coach, and will award $100,000 to the coach who receives the most fan votes during a 10-week period that ends on March 15.

"I think it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be a part of this unbelievable event," Underwood said. "The Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge allows us to be able to reach out and help families and those less fortunate in the Nacogdoches community and region, and that is very important to both my wife, Susan, and I. It is important to give back, and this platform allows for that. I am extremely thrilled to be one of the 48 coaches selected. This event brings notoriety to the community, SFA and the Lumberjack basketball program."

To vote, click here.
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Payne, Brown-Stewart named SLC Athletes of the Week

SFA’s Demi Payne and Cass Brown-Stewart have been named Southland Conference Athletes of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon. Payne picks up her first SLC women’s field athlete of the week award while Brown-Stewart earns his second SLC men’s track athlete of the week after two indoor meets this year.

Payne, who also was named the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week on Tuesday morning, broke the NCAA women’s pole vault record with a jump of 4.63 meters (15 feet, 2.25 inches) on Saturday, JAn. 17 at the Texas A&M Team Invitational. Her impressive achievement came just one day after Arkansas’ Sandi Morris set a national mark of 4.61 meters. Payne, who blew by the field in College Station, nearly added to her NCAA record-setting flight, narrowly missing at 4.65 meters (15 feet, 3 inches) on her three allotted attempts.

A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Payne is the first college woman to ever clear 4.63 meters (15 feet, 2.25 inches) under any conditions – indoor or outdoor.
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Fine Arts

Iktus Duo to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Iktus Duo in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The duo will also give a masterclass that is free and open to the public at 2 p.m. that same day in Room 124 of the Wright Music Building on campus.

The duo features Hristina Blagoeva, flute, and Chris Graham, percussion, who will perform the program "Adventurous Works for Flute and Percussion."

First Concerto for Flute and Percussion by Lou Harrison, "Echi Dromo," a duet for flute and dumbek by Joseph Pereira, and Duo for Flute and Percussion by Mark Engebretson will be performed. Read More

Duo Karudan to perform program of contemporary music

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Duo Karudan performing a program of contemporary music for clarinet and piano at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Duo Karudan features the husband-and-wife team of SFA clarinetist Christopher Ayer and Baylor University pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer.

The recital will include the music of many contemporary composers, including a piece by Dr. Maria Grenfell, who is professor of composition at the Hobart Conservatorium in Tasmania. Grenfell spent a semester teaching composition and theory at SFA in the spring of 2013 as part of the SFA School of Music-Hobart Conservatorium musical exchange. One of Ayer's clarinet students, Garrett Nichols, just returned from Tasmania after studying a semester there.
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Guest trombonist to perform music of Rousseau, Clarke, Von Weber

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Charles Hurt in a guest trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Hurt, who is professor of trombone at Texas State University and principal trombonist of the Austin Symphony for 30 years, will be the guest artist of the SFA Trombone Studio and will teach and perform on campus for three days.

Hurt will work with the SFA Trombone Choir on Monday and perform a solo trombone recital, accompanied by pianist Ron Petti, SFA director of accompanying, on Tuesday. Hurt will teach students in private lessons throughout the three days and also will teach a master class for all trombone students at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall.
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Exhibition features photography of poet Dickinson's bedroom

"Billie Mandle: Circumference," showing Jan. 27 through March 13 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus, is an exhibition featuring the artist's most recent project - photographs of American poet Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

For the past year, photographer Mandle, using a large format camera and available light, has photographed Dickinson's bedroom, focusing primarily on the southwest corner into which her desk faced. The photographic project, which Mandle calls "Circumference," explores the light as it changes throughout the day and across the seasons.

"The surface of the walls have changed since Dickinson lived there, but the quality of light is the same that infused her poetry," Mandle writes of her project. "As I photograph this potent corner, focusing on both the physical structure of the walls and the ephemeral space in between, I search for what might be learned about imagination, attention and observation."
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'Outsider art' subject of upcoming exhibition in Cole Art Center

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present the exhibition "Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider and Expressionist Art" showing Wednesday, Jan. 22 through March 28 in Ledbetter Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider and Expressionist Art" presents the works of several contemporary Texan artists whose art can be loosely defined as outsider or naïve in style, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

"Artwork of this genre is not new, having roots in late 19th and 20th century European and American art," he said.

The exhibition will open with a reception with the artists at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in Cole Art Center. Local artist Wally Knight, who is co-curating the exhibition with Handley, will also have pieces in the exhibition.
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Turtle Island Quartet to perform at SFA with singer, songwriter McKay

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a bold performance of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The concert, which features the program "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect," and is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

The night's performance will feature a kaleidoscope of music, ranging from the jazz standards of Billie Holliday and Billy Strayhorn to the sounds of the Weimar cabaret era of the 1920s to the songs of Doris Day.
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