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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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Writing professor awarded $25K fellowship

Daily Sentinel article

Andrew Brininstool had been waiting for the phone to ring, and when it did, the voice on the other end told him he had won $25,000, more than paying for the spring break trip he had been planning. Rather than a sandy beach somewhere, Brininstool’s destination is a deserted maximum security penitentiary in sunny New Mexico.

The call was from Amy Stolls of the National Endowment for the Arts, a government-funded agency dedicated to supporting artistic excellence, creativity and innovation, according to the agency’s website. Several months ago, Brininstool submitted an application to NEA’s Literature Fellowship program with a three-sentence proposal for a novel.

“The program offers $25,000 grants ... to published creative writers that enable the recipient to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement,” according to the website.

Brininstool is a professor at SFA teaching creative writing.

With the money from the NEA fellowship he will travel to Santa Fe County, N.M., in the summer to begin research on a novel in which he will write about the 1980 New Mexico Penitentiary riot, a nightmarish incident that took the lives of 34 inmates and injured 200 more.
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SFA to have strong presence at TMEA's state convention

The SFA School of Music will showcase the talent and expertise of its students and faculty in a number of ways at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in mid-February in San Antonio.

When the SFA Wind Ensemble performs at TMEA, it will be for the 10th time, with five of those appearances under the direction of Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA for the past two decades.

"It is an honor to perform at TMEA," Allen said. "This concert gives us exposure to band directors throughout Texas and gives us a chance to show the rest of the state what we are doing musically at SFA."

It also gives former Lumberjacks who have gone on to pursue careers in music education a chance to hear a performance by one of the premier ensembles from their alma mater.

"Many of our alumni teach far enough away that they do not get to come hear the band on campus," Allen said, "so TMEA is one of the only opportunities they have to hear the band perform."
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Phillip Madison

Mass Communication

Madison's paper "Heisenberg, Tony Soprano and Me: Characteristics of Parasocial Relationships," was awarded First Place Paper in Research Division Open Competition at the Broadcast Education Association Research Division's annual paper competition.

One reviewer commented, "Above all, an interesting idea, and it seems overdue for someone to bring this literature together. Hopefully, this will spark its elaboration into more studies of media effects, and perhaps external outcomes in personal relationships, political behavior and beyond."

As the reviewer noted, this paper is novel because it bridges the studies of media effects and intrapersonal communication. It focuses on media roles in our imaginations; imagined interactions often form the basis of our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, and our media consumption influences this basis in many ways.

News & Announcements

Culinary Café now open for spring reservations

The reservation system is now open for the spring Culinary Café. The student-run restaurant is open from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are $10 and must be reserved in advance here. Seating is extremely limited, and dates sell out quickly, so get yours today. The Culinary Café is completely operated by the hospitality program at SFA, under the direction of Chef Todd Barrios and Dr. Chay Runnels. Additional faculty support is provided by Ms. Leisha Bridwell. For more information, visit the website or email Chay Runnels at runnelsc@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

Little Kickers soccer camp

Little Kickers is back! We offer a 6 week training program, running from March 3 to April 14, for your young soccer players aged 3 to 5 this spring. We will introduce them to the basic skills and techniques of the game in a super fun environment. We hope you can join us this spring! Register online at www.soccercampsfa.com or call (936) 468-1106.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.


SFA Basketball Military Appreciation Night

The SFA Basketball teams will be hosting Military Appreciation Night Thursday, Feb. 6. Veterans and those currently serving will receive four free tickets to the double header against Nicholls State. There also will be a military appreciation t-shirt giveaway. "Show For Dough" will continue on Thursday when the largest student group to attend the games will win $100. The Ladyjacks play at 6 p.m., and the Lumberjacks play at 8 p.m. at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

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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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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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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Fine Arts

Tickets to King's Singers' SFA performance selling quickly

The King's Singers will continue the North American tour of "Great American Songbook" when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium at SFA.

Tickets are selling at a fast pace, but there are still excellent seats available for the group's Nacogdoches performance, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager.

"School and college choirs are attending the performance in groups, so we have blocked off those seats in large areas," Peterson said. "There really are no bad seats in Turner Auditorium, but preferred seating is going quickly."

The "Great American Songbook" program offers up sunny, sophisticated versions of the performers' favorite tunes by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, arranged by the fast-rising British jazz composer and bassist Alexander L'Estrange. Derived from their brand new record of the same name, the tunes evoke nostalgia for a golden age of American musical culture.

The group features David Hurley, countertenor; Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor; Paul Phoenix, tenor; Christopher Bruerton, baritone; Christopher Gabbitas, baritone; and Jonathan Howard, bass.
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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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Jordan guest piano recital rescheduled at SFA

A performance by acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

Jordan was originally scheduled to perform on Jan. 24, but the closure of the SFA campus due to inclement weather resulted in the cancellation of her recital that night.

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.

Jordan is currently an artist-in-residence and professor of piano at Baylor University and is regularly invited to present master classes for piano students at universities around the world. Highly regarded as a teacher, her students have won top prizes at numerous international piano competitions in the USA, Europe and Asia. Read More

Installation in SFA's Student Galleries will feature sound art

Sound artist Jason Flowers, a candidate for graduation from Texas A&M University - Commerce's master of fine arts program, will exhibit an installation of work beginning Monday, Feb. 10, in the Student Galleries of the Art Building on the SFA campus.

Although sound art is not new, it has recently gained legitimacy and attention in the art world through such shows as "Soundings," the Museum of Modern Art's first major exhibition of sound art, according to John Handley, director of SFA Galleries.

"Flowers' work contains many similar themes as those in that exhibition," Handley said. "His work was selected, in part, to explore this current trend." Some of the installations from the "Soundings" exhibition at MoMA can be seen on Youtube.

Sound has traditionally been the territory of live musicians. However since the advent of mechanical reproduction of sound and, more recently, the proliferation of mechanical/digital creation of sound, there has been an innate interest in bringing sound experience and creation of sound back into the physical tactile world, Handley explained. Flowers' accomplishes this by making sound the central element of interactive theatrical installations, he said.
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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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