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This Week's Calendar

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

Wednesday, Jan. 28
SFA Men's Basketball at Houston Baptist
7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

Men's track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
10 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Men's track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
10 a.m.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference: Hidden Faces
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Little Kickers Soccer Program begins in spring

SFA Soccer is excited to announce that it is again hosting the successful Little Kickers Soccer Program this spring.

The Little Kickers Program is a fun introduction to soccer for boys and girls ages 3 to 5, with coaching from the SFA coaches and players. Little Kickers will begin Monday, March 23, and run on Monday nights for six weeks until May 4.

To register, please visit www.soccercampsfa.com or email tarrantkd@sfasu.edu with questions.

Portz Fellowship Committee is now accepting applications

The National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship Committee is now accepting applications from undergraduate honors students for Portz Fellowships. The Portz Fellowships support original and extended interdisciplinary projects for up to 18 months.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 16. To apply, complete all sections of the Portz Fellowship application, available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats, and submit both the application and letters of recommendation by the deadline.

If you would like more information about the Portz Fellowship, please contact Dr. Patrice Berger at pberger1@unl.edu, or (402) 472-5425. 
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Mr. and Miss SFA Announced

Chad Huckaby of Nacogdoches and Sabrina Wallace of Deer Park have been chosen for the 2015 Mr. and Miss SFA award. The students will be honored during halftime of the Stephen F. Austin State University men's basketball game against Houston Baptist University beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Mr. SFA Award was established in honor of the late Stan McKewen, a 1934 SFA graduate. The Arnodean Covin Miss SFA Award honors the SFA alumna who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.

Huckaby, recipient of the Stan McKewen Mr. SFA Award, is a senior mathematics major. A 2011 graduate of Martinsville High School, he is the son of Tim and Monaca Huckaby of Nacogdoches.

Huckaby is president of the SFA Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and serves on ODK's national membership committee and the inaugural national Student Advisory Board.
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SFA Gardens to prepare volunteers for Garden Guides

SFA Gardens will host an orientation and training for volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

The training will prepare volunteers to present environmental education programs to area school children throughout the year. The programs introduce students to the natural world through hands-on activities.

"Area residents are invited to join some great people and gorgeous plants in the garden for the spring 2015 Garden Guide training class," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator.

During the school programs at the SFA Gardens, students might explore the inside of a flower or learn about honeybee communication. They also may take a closer look at soil, investigate forest habitats or measure trees. Volunteers are not required to have advanced horticulture knowledge, but do need a love and appreciation for energetic, curious kids.

To register for the class or for more information, contact Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.
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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.

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.

Campus Recreation

"Kick Axe Wellness Challenge" registration now open

Registration for the first SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” is now open through Friday, Jan. 30. This five-week challenge runs from Monday, Feb. 2, to Sunday, March 8, and is focused on the seven dimensions of wellness to promote a healthier lifestyle. Teams of four will participate in a friendly competition and earn points by completing weekly activities.
Prizes will be awarded weekly, and an overall winner will be announced at the end of the challenge. Best of all, a big party for all competitors is planned for when it's over. 

Whether you are physically active, wear your seat belt, attend SFA athletic events, pay your bills on time, or even recycle, this competition is for you.
For more information on the "Kick Axe Wellness Challenge," visit the challenge’s page, where you can find the registration form, the Getting Started Guide and anything else pertaining to the challenge. 

For any questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at 936-468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programing within Employee Wellness please visit www.sfasu.edu/employeewellness.


'Jacks turnover Lamar early, 82-65

Senior Jacob Parker recorded his second double-double of the season and sophomore Dallas Cameron netted a career-high 13 points as the SFA men’s basketball team rolled over Lamar 82-65 on Monday night inside Montagne Center.

Parker finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the 'Jacks (17-3, 7-0 SLC) improved to 7-0 in Southland Conference play. With the win over the Cardinals (10-10, 4-4 SLC), SFA also extended its nation-leading conference streak to 29 consecutive victories, also picking up its 16th straight overall triumph on the season, which ranks third amongst all Division I teams.

Parker amassed 16 second-half points in finishing 7-of-13 from the floor with a made 3-pointer and 5-of-7 from the foul line. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma, crashed the boards for six pull-downs on both ends of the court to tie his season high.
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Fine Arts

SFA to screen 'Tim's Vermeer'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Tim's Vermeer" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A Sony Pictures Classic release, this 2013 Penn & Teller film is the story of Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography?

According to information at sonyclassics.com, "The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers."
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Ajero piano recital features father-son performance

"Piano Reflections," a faculty recital with Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy in SFA's School of Music, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Ajero selected the theme "Piano Reflections" because "the majority of the works on the program are pieces that I had learned when I was younger. I discovered that the process of re-visiting them when I'm older gave me a different perspective on these piano compositions."

The recital in a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is included in this year's Cole Performing Arts Series.
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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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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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'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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