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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 5
TEC book study
"Lean In"
11:30 a.m.
Steen Library

Thursday, Feb. 6
Live Well panel discussion
7 p.m.
BPSC Tiered Classroom

Men's Basketball
vs. Nicholls State
8 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Nichols State
6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7
Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Men's Basketball
vs. McNeese State
6 p.m.

BPSC Theater

Women's Basketball
vs. McNeese State
4 p.m.




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SFA Football ready for National Signing Day 2014

Wednesday, Feb. 5, marks the 2014 National Signing Day, the first day football seniors can submit their National Letters of Intent, and head coach Clint Conque is ready to welcome his inaugural Lumberjack signing class.

Conque and his staff have hit the ground running since his hiring on Dec. 19, scouring the area for some of the best high school talent available. The fruits of those labors will be announced Wednesday when the 2014 Lumberjack football signing class will be announced.

"It was awesome to get out across the state and the region and see how well Stephen F. Austin was received by our recruits," Conque said. "This is a place that is so well thought of as an institution and an athletic program, and both the high school coaches and the families of these young men that we met with were incrediby excited to be a part of this program."
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Lone Star Legislative Summit set for Feb. 19 and 20

The fifth biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit presented by Norbord Texas Nacogdoches Inc. is set for Feb. 19 and 20. The event is co-hosted by State Sen. Robert Nichols and State Rep. Travis Clardy and produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.
The event will kick off with the Lone Star Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Piney Woods Country Club. Summit events begin at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with a breakfast meeting on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center and continue throughout the afternoon. Session topics include health care, higher education, transportation and natural resources.  At least a dozen legislators from East, West and Central Texas are expected to participate.

Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus will preview the 84th Legislature’s budget and important issues at the kick-off breakfast. Nichols will provide an update on Texas transportation. Nichols is a past commissioner of the Texas Department of Transportation and chairs the Senate’s transportation committee, as well as a select committee on transportation funding. Business economist Jesse Thompson will give an overview of the Texas economy and energy industry at the event’s luncheon. He is on staff with the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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News & Announcements

Faculty Senate to host spring coffee mornings

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a series of coffee and donut mornings through the spring semester. The series will run from 9 to 11 a.m. in McKibben Education Building, Room 252, on the following dates: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1.

This Thursday's event will feature Drs. Leslie Cecil and Cindy Pressley. They will continue the ongoing discussions regarding bullying on university campuses. All faculty members are invited and warmly encouraged to attend.

Global Gateway to France

Global Gateway to France is a presentation on life and culture in France given by SFA international students and sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

Join us at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. Refreshments and authentic French food will be served.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

SFA Gardens lecture series to feature garden writer

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Garden writer Jay White will present "Weed Free-Organically."

White is a gardener from Brenham. His love for growing things led him to pursue a master's degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University at the age of 48. While at A&M, he started "The Masters of Horticulture" blog (masterofhort.com). This blog provides organic gardening tips for growing in Texas' incredibly variable and unpredictable climate. White also is a staff writer for Texas Gardener magazine. His "potager" (kitchen garden) has been featured on Central Texas Gardener, and his work on locally grown, sustainable, fresh-cut flowers led to his inclusion in Debra Prinzing's latest book "The 50 Mile Bouquet." Read More

Accepting T-shirt sponsors for The BIG Event

The BIG Event is currently accepting sponsors for The BIG Event T-shirt. This year’s event is shaping up to be the largest one-day service project ever at SFA, with more than 1,000 students participating in projects all across Nacogdoches County on March 22! This is a great opportunity to associate your department’s name with a fast-growing philanthropic event on our campus.

Sponsorships on the back of the shirt are $250. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu no later than Feb. 21.

Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

The SFA Graduate School is now accepting nominations for outstanding graduate students and outstanding thesis awards.

The SFA Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2013-14 with the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School by Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2014 commencement program, and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Tuesday, Feb. 25.

For more information, click here.

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!

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.

SFA Gardens offering 'Vegetable Gardening 101' for the whole family

Now is the time to get a jump start on springtime vegetable gardening and create a garden experience for the whole family to enjoy together.

SFA Gardens will host a beginning gardening class called "Vegetable Gardening 101" for families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. SFA Gardens Research Associate Dawn Stover will meet with parents to discuss site selection, soil preparation and amendments, compost, and raised-bed and container options. Research Associate Greg Grant will review planting schedules and best vegetable varieties for East Texas.

While the adults are learning gardening basics, younger family members (children ages 4 and older) will meet with the SFA Nacogdoches Naturally staff to learn about compost, plant parts and seeds through hands-on activities and games. Children will create art to add color to their home gardens. During the second part of the morning, families will come together for a garden taste sampler and plant a seed starter to take home. Read More

TEDxSFA event

SFA and Red River Radio’s Kate Archer Kent will host an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, Design event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. Inspired by “curiosity,” TEDxSFA will be an exciting day of deep conversations and connections among the more than 15 speakers and all attendees. Recently, a red “X” has been placed around campus to raise awareness about TEDxSFA. The event is open to everyone interested, and registration can be found at www.sfasu.edu/TEDxSFA. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Turner at (936) 468-4051 or meturner@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Employee wellness winners announced!

Campus Recreation would like to thank the individuals who completed the Employee Wellness survey. The feedback will guide our decisions regarding future programming and services. Please view the current program offerings here.

The winners of an iPod shuffle were Jennifer Hanlon and Julie Sandifer.

Other winners of prizes, including personal training, a 30-minute massage and much more, were Ken Langham, Raquel Skidmore, Peggy Moss, Volha Minich and Steve Marsden.

Thanks again for your feedback!

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 also are welcome!

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 or lankfordtc@sfasu.edu or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775 or kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.


Lumberjack Football Signing Day 2014

Be sure to join the SFA Athletics Department on Wednesday, Feb. 5, for National Signing Day 2014! Help welcome the newest members of the Lumberjack football family!

You are invited to attend the luncheon at noon. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the SFA Athletics Department. Following the luncheon, head coach Clint Conque will introduce his inaugural Lumberjack signing class at a 1 p.m. press conference in the SFA field house. The official countdown toward the 2014 season has begun! Contact the SFA Athletics Department at (936) 468-3502 to secure your spot.

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Lumberjack Baseball is back!

Lumberjack Baseball has arrived! The 2014 season includes an exciting home schedule. The 'Jacks will host non-conference opponents TCU, Texas Tech, Dallas Baptist and New Mexico. Come out and support SFA Lumberjack Baseball.

Fine Arts

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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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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SFA School of Art to screen "The Rape of Europa"

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Rape of Europa" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Rape of Europa" tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War, according to information at www.rapeofeuropa.com/.

In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures, the website said.

"The Rape of Europa" begins and ends with the story of artist Gustav Klimt's famed Gold Portrait, stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and now the most expensive painting ever sold.
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Concert will benefit Saslav string scholarship

Proceeds from an upcoming concert slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA will benefit the Isidor Saslav String Scholarship at SFA.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of collaborative chamber music faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's invaluable patrons, Ed and Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a gesture of gratitude to the music patrons in our area," Raychev said.

The concert, titled "Mozart … & all that jazz …" will feature compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and will premiere jazz arrangements by Mike McGowan for voice and string quartet, Raychev said.

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