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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 30
Men's Basketball
vs. Abilene Christian
8 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Abilene Christian
6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31
Children's Performing Arts Series
"Wizard of Oz"
9:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational

Saturday, Feb. 1
Men's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
6 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational

Women's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 2
SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational




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SFA Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The SFA Board of Regents approved faculty and staff changes during its quarterly meeting Monday.

Staff appointments within two academic colleges were approved, including Kathleen Snyder, certification officer and post baccalaureate initial certification program manager in the James I. Perkins College of Education, and Robert Selden, research associate for the Center for Regional Heritage Research in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

Appointments within the Department of Athletics include the following: Rand Champion, director of athletic media relations; Clint Conque, head football coach; and William Best, Adam Federle, Jeremy Hammock, Matthew Kubik, Demo Odems III, Terry Mills, Jeremy Moses, Michael Walton and Matt Williamson, assistant football coaches.

Other staff appointments approved Monday include: John Calahan, space coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs; Jessica Varlack, coordinator of aquatics and safety, and Jessica Waguespack, coordinator of employee wellness, both in Campus Recreation; Johann Cox, director of public safety technology; Lindsey Chronister, assistant director of student engagement; John Fontenot, coordinator of the Veteran Resource Center; and Andrei Bucur, supervisor of the Graphics Shop.
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Dr. Brad Meyer

Meyer, director of percussion studies, was invited to Graz, Austria, to perform at the annual "Night of Percussion," directed by Günter Meinhart on Jan. 24. While in Graz, Meyer presented three days of masterclasses and clinics at the the musikschule-leibnitz, hosted by Berny Richter, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz - kurz Kunstuniversität, hosted by Günter Meinhart and Ulrike Stadler. Clinics and masterclasses covered numerous topics, including: concert snare drum, timpani, electroacoustic music, Joropo maracas, marimba and chamber-music performance.

Picture: Meyer (far right) with students of the musikschule-leibnitz, along with percussion instructors Meinhart and Richter.

News & Announcements

Buy lunch to support Alternative Spring Break

Support the students taking part in this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip by buying some delicious chicken spaghetti.

Tickets for either dine-in or take-out lunches can be found here. Completed tickets and a check made out to SFA should be sent via campus mail to Jamie Bouldin at Box 13029 or brought to Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.302. Ticket and payment must arrive in our office before 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

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.

Peter Raven lecture canceled

The "Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World" lecture scheduled for Feb. 4 at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center has been canceled. SFA Gardens expects to reschedule the lecture by conservationist Peter Raven at a later date. For information about upcoming programs at SFA Gardens, call (936) 468-1832, email erodewald@sfasu.edu or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Global Gateway to Tunisia presentation

The Global Gateway to Tunisia Presentation, sponsored by Office of International Programs, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Please join us for a 30-minute presentation on Tunisian culture given by a Tunisian student. Authentic Tunisian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA

The Undergraduate Research Conference 2014 will showcase student projects completed across SFA’s six colleges during the previous calendar year. The URC celebrates academic achievements and scholarly excellence at SFA will be held this April.

The conference will be a high-profile event in which students can present research or creative works. A prize of $250 will be given to the the student or group selected as a Top Scholar in each college. The deadline for submissions to the sponsoring faculty is Jan. 31. For more details, visit our website.

ODK Parents Night Out

Omicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s leadership honor society, invites all faculty and staff members who have children (potty trained and age 10 or younger) to take a night off! ODK’s Little Leaders program offers a parents night out with an evening of leadership activities for the kids.

This year’s event will take place from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at First Baptist Church at 411 North St. The event is free – parents are asked to bring donations of clothing, food items or household goods that will be given to the East Texas Family Crisis Center.

Parents can register for the event here.

For more information contact ODK at sfa.odk@gmail.com.

Essence of Design: Interior Design Showcase

SFA's School of Human Sciences and Ralph W. Steen Library cordially invite you to Essence of Design: Interior Design Senior Showcase 2014.

The opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, on the second floor of the Steen Library. The exhibit will run through March 1.

Live Well panel discussion

As part of its "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 floresa6@sfasu.edu.

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 Teaching Excellence Center 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 olsonbehk@sfasu.edu

Faculty Senate to Host Shared Governance Webinar

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a webinar on shared governance in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Tiered Classroom 2.201, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. As this is a topic central to higher education, all faculty and staff members are warmly invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Texas Job Fair 2014

Please remind students and alumni that the Texas Job Fair 2014 will be held from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center of Rice University at 6100 Main St., Houston.

With over 120 employers hiring for internships and full-time opportunities, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

SFA's Career Services will be providing FREE transportation to the Job Fair departing at 8 a.m. from Alumni Drive between the Baker Pattillo Student Center and the Rusk Building the morning of Feb. 6. A refundable $10 (cash or check) deposit is required and must be turned into Career Services on the third floor of the Rusk Building to reserve your seat. Deposits will be returned the morning of departure.

For more information or to reserve your seat on the van to the 2014 Texas Job Fair, call Career Services at (936) 468-3305, or sign up here. View the complete employer list 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.

Valentine's Day Parent's Night Out

The Freshman Leadership Academy is sponsoring a Parent's Night Out on Valentine’s Day to raise money for their upcoming trip to Romania. Kids can be dropped off and picked up anytime between 6 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The location is Westminster Presbyterian Church at 903 North St. in Nacogdoches. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including crafts, snacks, movies and games. Dinner will be served.
The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for any additional children. Spots are limited. To reserve yours, email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu or RSVP here.

Steen Library LibQUAL+ survey

The Ralph W. Steen Library is conducting the LibQUAL+ survey, to obtain feedback from the university community regarding the quality of its services. The survey will be conducted from Jan. 27 through Feb. 15. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to express their opinions and thoughts regarding Steen Library services. Results of the survey will help the library to identify best practices, analyze deficits and effectively allocate resources to develop services that better meet users’ expectations.

To encourage student participation, prizes from campus vendors and departments will be given away in random drawings. Students may enter their email address at the conclusion of the survey to be automatically entered in the drawing. 

The LibQUAL+ survey instrument was developed collaboratively by the Association of Research Libraries and the Texas A&M Libraries and was launched in 2000.

Take the survey here.

ORSP workshops

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.

Internal Funding
Feb. 6
Learn about the revisions to our two internal funding programs (faculty research grant and mini grant) that allow more options for faculty and decrease the wait time between applications and awards. Eligibility requirements, application instructions and competition deadlines will be covered.

Steps to Submitting a Grant at SFA
Feb. 13
All grants submitted on behalf of the university must receive institutional approval prior to submission. This session details the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Feb. 20
Learn how to develop your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract and reviewer's pet peeves.

Budget Development and Management
Feb. 27
This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

Campus Recreation

4 on 4 Axes Up flag football tournament registration

Monday, Jan. 13 through Thursday, March 20

1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office

Format will feature pool play, then a single-elimination bracket. A fee of $20 per team is due at registration. (All proceeds for the tournament will go toward the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for Campus Recreation.) Pool play will begin at the Intramural Fields from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 21. Single-elimination bracket play will be on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. This event is open, so there are no restrictions on male or female participants. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.

Parents' Night Out

Feb. 14, March 28, April 11

SFA Campus Recreation is hosting three sessions of Parents’ Night Out programs during the spring semester for children ages 5-12. The cost per child is $20 and will include dinner and activities. Parents will drop their children off at 6 p.m. and are free to pick them up any time until midnight that night. For more information, contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051, lankfordtc@sfasu.edu, or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775, kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.

Massage Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 11

6 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. It helps reduce stress and produces deep relaxation. Learn proper massage techniques from our certified massage therapist Therese Hostetter. Be sure to bring a friend or significant other! Pre-register in the Rec Administration Office to save your spot, but walk-ins are also welcome!

LadyJack Barbellas registration deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Cost: $25 for Rec Members and $35 for Non-Members

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is a 6-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Ladyjack BarBellas is structured to provide a concept and practice-based understanding of implementing resistance training into your exercise program. 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. Ignite your fitness fire!

Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. You must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins Wednesday, Jan. 29. and will run two days a week, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact John McElrath at (936) 468-1436.

Last day to register for Learn to Swim Group Session I

Friday, Jan. 31

Let us teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water. We offer an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.

The cost for group swim is $45 per level for Rec members and $55 for non-members. This fee is non-refundable. Please visit the Administrative Office located in the lobby of the Student Recreation Center to register. Classes may fill quickly, so please sign up early or join the waiting list for the next available slot. Class will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27. For more information, please contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.


SFA Basketball Alzheimer's Awareness Game

SFA Basketball is hosting a "We Back Pat" Alzheimer's Awareness Game when both teams play Abilene Christian on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Ladyjacks play at 6 p.m., and the Lumberjacks play at 8 p.m. at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. There will be a purple rally towel giveaway at each game for the first fans that arrive. Fans are encouraged to wear purple, the awareness color of Alzheimer's Disease.

Fine Arts

SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of notable composers

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform their first concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The theme of the concert is "Tribute," and it will feature the music of notable American and British composers, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA.

The Symphonic Band will open the first half of the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs." Originally intended to be the final movement of Williams' Folk Song Suite, "Sea Songs" is a march medley of three well-known sea shanties: "Princess Royal," "Admiral Benbow" and "Portsmouth."

Next, the Symphonic Band will perform "Rhosymedre" by Vaughan Williams. Written in 1920, "Rhosymedre" began as a prelude for organ based on a Welsh hymn. The setting for band was arranged in 1972 and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands and the Symphonic Band's director.

The Symphonic Band will end its half of the concert with "Blue Bells of Scotland" by Arthur Pryor, featuring faculty member soloist Dr. Debra Scott on trombone.
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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.

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."
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The King's Singers to perform at SFA

The King's Singers, one of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The group's appearance in Nacogdoches is a feature of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series, "Live Out Loud."

It's been more than four decades since six choral scholars at King's College Cambridge formed an all-male a cappella group, little knowing they would one day redefine the genre. The group has a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media appearances and education work spanning the globe. The group is instantly recognized for spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"During their 2013-2014 concert season, The King's Singers will perform throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia in some of the world's most famous venues," Goodall said. "It is a privilege to bring to them to Nacogdoches and SFA as part of our University Series."
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Student-directed "The Valiant" slated for SFA's Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "The Valiant" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass, "The Valiant" will be directed by Fort Worth senior Darius Michael Moore. The plot concerns a man waiting in prison for execution, according to Moore.

"Nothing is known about him except that he killed a man," Moore wrote in his synopsis of the play. "The warden and the chaplain of the prison are determined to discover this man's true identity before they chance executing an innocent man. On execution day, a girl comes to see him, thinking he may be her long-lost brother. The play ends with the discovery of the man's true identity."

The cast features Jalen Clark, Arlington sophomore, as Warden Holt; Eric Gibson, Fairfield senior, as Father Daly; Tanner O'Neal. Longview freshman, as Dan, a jailer; Michael Dizon, Dallas sophomore, as prisoner James Dyke; and Andrea Nelson, Lake Dallas freshman, as Josephine Paris.
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SFA School of Art to present Monica Maestrelli one-day exhibition

The SFA School of Art will present "Monica Maestrelli, Jewelry by Design," a one-day exhibition and event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Ledbetter Gallery at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

A designer of jewelry and luxury accessories for the home, Maestrelli was born and raised in Florence, Italy. She began her design career at the Superstudio, a design studio famous for its avant-garde architecture and design work. Working with a group of five architects, who experimented with radical concepts of new architecture, she quickly developed an interest in minimalist and organic form and later synthesized these interests in creating her own designs for jewelry and luxury home accessories, according to Dr. David Lewis, professor of art history at SFA.

In 1983, Maestrelli began working as a gift designer for Gucci and was responsible both for original designs and overseeing the development of new prototypes. From 1994 through 2004, she worked with the art director Tom Ford as senior designer for the new Gucci Home & Jewelry Collection. In 2005, she began working with Gucci's new art director, Frida Giannini. During the following three years, Maestrelli continued working with Gucci as a freelance designer before deciding to design and produce her own jewelry collection. Her work is characterized by "a sophisticated, minimalist approach to organic form," Lewis said.
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