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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Robert Young
Guest saxophone recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

BPSC Theater

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

Monday, Feb. 10
Dr. Krassimira Jordan
guest piano recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Jason Flowers
Sound artist show
Art Building Gallery

Jason Flowers
sound art exhibit opening
3 p.m.
Student Galleries

Krassimira Jordan
Guest piano
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 11
Faculty chamber recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall




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SFA announces spring enrollment figures

SFA has recorded a spring enrollment of 11,623 students.

This figure represents a slight decrease from the enrollment of 11,812 recorded in spring 2013. University officials attributed the 1.6-percent decrease to various factors, including higher SFA admission standards and graduation of the largest class in school history last May.

"A strategic decision was made several years ago to increase the admission standards for the university beginning in fall 2012, and we knew one result of that decision would be a few years of smaller incoming freshman classes," explained Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management. "We have, in fact, experienced those reductions, and that is one reason for the slight decreases in enrollment we are experiencing."

Fall 2013 enrollment was 12,772, down 1.7 percent from fall 2012. The absence of the largest graduating class in SFA history - 1,285 diplomas were awarded in May 2013 - also has contributed to the slight reduction in enrollment at SFA, according to Cossich.
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News & Announcements

Nacogdoches Naturally sponsoring Great Backyard Bird Count

Celebrate our fine, feathered friends and learn bird-identification skills at the Great Backyard Bird Count at SFA from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

This family outdoor event is sponsored by SFA Gardens and Nacogdoches Naturally and is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds and birding. A variety of fun, family-friendly activities will be available, including "Bird Olympics" and bird-related crafts.

As part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, participants will count birds on walks guided by experts from the Pineywoods Audubon Society. Winter is the ideal time for bird watching, and the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center is a haven for local birds.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, along with Bird Studies Canada and many international partners. The Great Backyard Bird Count is powered by eBird. The count is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

Light snacks will be served. Families may come and go throughout the morning. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Cost for the event is $10 per family. For more information, call (936) 468-5586 or email lemonkb@sfasu.edu.

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.

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

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.

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! 

AAUW meeting

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at  Regions Bank downtown Nacogdoches.

The association will have political candidates for informal discussions. Additionally, Dr. Shari Ellsworth will present "To Nacogdoches from New York."

SFA Gardens Lecture in New Conservation Education Building

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. 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. While at A&M, he started "The Masters of Horticulture" blog to provide organic gardening tips for growing in Texas' incredibly variable and unpredictable climate. White is also a staff writer for Texas Gardener magazine. His potager 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."

Although traditionally held on the third Thursdays, the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series will now be held the second Thursday of each month. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the nearby Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Min Kim to teach classes, choreograph for SFA Dance

The SFA Dance Program and Department of Kinesiology and Health Science will host Min Kim Feb. 13-15.  She will teach master classes in traditional Korean dance, ballet and modern dance. In addition, she will set a work of choreography, "The Other One," for dance program majors and minors. The work will be featured in performance in the dance program's spring concert "Danceworks" in April.

Kim is on the dance faculty at the University of Texas-Pan American where she teaches choreography, dance performance and technique. Working in a variety of dance forms and interdisciplinary performance, she has presented her work in various venues in Brazil, Spain, Korea and throughout the U.S.  In 2013, her choreography was selected by nationally renowned adjudicators for the Gala performance at the South Central Region's annual conference of the American College Dance Festival Association. She has been a guest artist at numerous institutions and companies including Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Arizona State University, Paradise Valley College, Desert Dance Theatre, Lynn Dance Company, Happendance Company and Georgia Ballet, and she has served as a guest teacher at the Beijing Dance Festival in China and the Samsung Culture Center in Korea. Kim received her Master of Fine Arts in dance from Arizona State University.

Campus Recreation

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.

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!


SFA dominates Nicholls in 93-64 rout

The SFA men's basketball team gained control early and never let up, leading by as many as 41, in a 93-64 routing of Nicholls State Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

SFA (21-2, 10-0 SLC) extended its 28-game home winning streak to 29 games to pull back into a tie with No. 11 Duke for the longest active streak in the nation and one game better than No. 3/4 Florida's 28-game streak. The ’Jacks also notched their 18th consecutive victory on the season, which ties No. 5 San Diego for the third-longest active mark in the country.

Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 21st win on the season, continuing to add the most wins for a coach in his first season at SFA.

Five ’Jacks finished in double figures against NSU (10-9, 7-3 SLC), led by 17 points from sophomore Thomas Walkup. The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished seven-of-10 from the field, with one three-pointer and two-of-three from the line, while grabbing five rebounds. Senior Nikola Gajic finished with 14 points and tied his career-high with four steals, while senior Desmond Haymon added 12 points and a team-best four assists.
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Nicholls Outlasts SFA in double OT, 75-74

SFA rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie the game late in regulation against Nicholls State. The Ladyjacks and Colonels then battled through a pair of overtime periods before Nicholls outlasted SFA 75-74 at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

SFA sees its three-game winning streak halted, falling to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in Southland Conference play. Nicholls improves to 12-9 and 7-3 in conference action.

Leading 60-57 in the waning seconds of overtime, SFA kept Nicholls State from getting a clean look at the basket. But the Colonels’ Emani White hit a desperation three-pointer with 0.7 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.

SFA had a chance to win it at the end of the first overtime period with the score tied at 68-68. Tierany Henderson put up a three pointer from the corner, but the attempt bounced away, sending the game to a second overtime period. Trailing 75-74, the Ladyjacks had one last attempt for the win, but a three-pointer by Kali Jerrell was blocked as Nicholls escaped with the victory.
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’Jacks head east for competition

SFA track and field hits the road again this weekend for another two-day meet. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks are headed to the Samford Mutli and Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.

Sprinters will open the meet for SFA on Friday night in the 200 meters. The ’Jacks will not compete in the multi-events, weight throw or distance events slated for Friday. Saturday will be a full day for SFA, except throwing events, with athletes up against a number of teams from the South and a handful of teams from the Southland Conference.

The meet will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex, a fairly new facility that features one of the few indoor tracks in the nation with a Mondo surface. Head Coach Phil Olson and his staff are looking forward to the meet at the CrossPlex because the Southland Conference is hosting its Indoor Track and Field Championships there later this month.

Getting familiar with the surface and the facility will help the athletes be comfortable and know what to expect come time for the conference championship in three weeks.
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Ladyjacks open softball season Saturday

Softball season starts this weekend as the Ladyjacks head to the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State. Weather has altered the original schedule for this weekend’s tournament, and the Ladyjacks will now play two games on Saturday and Sunday rather than opening the season on Friday.

The Ladyjacks will take on Texas State at 10 a.m. Saturday to start their 2014 campaign and face Southern Illinois later that day at 4:45 p.m. Sunday’s action will be against Ball State at 11 a.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 3 p.m.

Head Coach Gay McNutt said she and her staff are excited to get the season underway and see where this year’s group of freshmen will make an impact.

“We are very excited, and the team is excited,” McNutt said. “We have a lot of young kids in the lineup, and we’re excited to see how they play under this kind of pressure for the first time.”
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Fine Arts

Guest saxophonist to perform at SFA

 The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Robert Young, guest saxophonist, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

An award-winning musician, Young is on the faculty of SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music and has performed with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and Charleston Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

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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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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