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This Week's Calendar
Wednesday, April 23
SFA Men's Golf
Thursday, April 24
SFA Track and Field
Friday, April 25
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Saturday, April 26
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SFA marching band to march in New York City
For more than 90 years, the words "Let's Have a Parade" have signaled the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to revelers along the streets of New York City and tuned in around the world.
In November 2015, those watching the event will hear the boldest sound from the oldest town - the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band.
The band will take SFA's purple and white to the streets of the Big Apple for the parade on Nov. 26, 2015, the event's organizers announced Tuesday.
The 'Jacks are one of four university bands chosen from more than 175 bands considered to march the 2.5-mile route, said Wesley Whatley, creative director for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"My job is to identify programs and institutions that are among the finest in the country, said Whatley, who shared the news with band members in Cole Concert Hall Tuesday afternoon. "Students here are among the finest in the country."
SFA Band Director Dr. David Campo said the opportunity for the band to march in the parade is an "incredible honor."
SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo said the Lumberjack Marching Band's history of pride, talent and excellence is sure to impress those watching the annual celebration.
News & Announcements
Higher education degree discussion set for Thursday
On Thursday, faculty members from the Department of Human Services will host an information session on the graduate degree in higher education and student affairs.
Anyone considering the program is welcome to attend an informational session at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Multimedia Room, near Starbucks in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
If you have questions about the event, feel free to contact Dr. Adam Peck at email@example.com
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Students present service learning projects Thursday
Students from the School of Honors will present "Confessions from the Locker Room" on in Dugas Language Arts North, Room 102, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.
This is the second of two presentations that students in Dr. Dusty Jenkins' human sexuality class have prepared as part of their service learning experience.
The project is supported by a grant received from the Office of Student Engagement - Leadership and Service. During the presentation, attendees will learn about how to identify and handle instances of peer sexual harassment, suspected sexual abuse, and questions about sexual identity.
The program is designed for future coaches and physical education teachers; however, all are invited to attend.
Final movie screenings of spring semester in April
As the semester winds down, the SFA Student Activities Association has anounced its last movie screenings until the new school year.
On April 24, 25 and 27, the association will screen double features of "The Lego Movie," rated PG, at 7 p.m. and "That Awkward Moment," rated R, at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $2 for students, $3 for faculty and staff members, and $4 for community members.
There will also be the town's cheapest concessions, with the $2 combo pack featuring a drink, popcorn and candy, with free refills on your drink and popcorn.
Bright Ideas Conference to highlight SFA faculty research, scholarship and artistry
The 2014 Bright Ideas Conference highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry at Stephen F. Austin State University will be held Thursday, May 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The public is invited, and admission is free.
More than 90 research posters and scholarly exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Spotlight exhibits will be featured in the Twilight Ballroom along with refreshments. An invitation-only awards ceremony and luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The biennial Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Teaching Excellence Center and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Read More
SFA chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma to honor distinguished alumna
SFA alumna Lou Ann Richardson, an executive vice president and regional head of U.S. sales for Wells Fargo Global Financial Institutions, will be recognized as the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree during an on-campus ceremony Wednesday, April 23.
The annual induction ceremony provides an opportunity for the chapter to honor an individual who has achieved distinction in business and administration and who possesses the qualities fostered by Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Richardson will present the keynote address before she is inducted as a member of the organization along with 33 students and two faculty members. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition one can receive in a business program accredited by AACB International.
Based in Dallas, Richardson manages four business development officers, who cover the entire United States, and also is responsible for managing cross-sell for GFI-U.S. GFI is a relationship-focused business that provides products and services to financial institutions that use credit, trade, international payments, foreign exchange, financial risk management, corporate trust, and treasury and investment management services. Read More
Series on stress begins Thursday
Come join Employee Wellness for the Stress and You two-part series. This series will take place in the Tiered Classroom on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
The series runs from 12:15 until 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and May 1.
April 24: How Stressed Are You?
May 1: Managing Stress
Attendance at both sessions is not required, but it is encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or email@example.com
Rice University's Baker Institute calling for undergraduate policy research
Please encourage your undergraduate students to consider attending Rice University's Baker Institute Student Forum conference and submit their own policy proposals addressing the world's energy issues.
From the proposals submitted to the conference, 12 finalists will be selected to present their papers to a panel of experts with the Baker Institute. Cash prizes of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,500 are offered for the top three papers. The top three will also be published in Rice University's undergraduate public policy journal, The Rice Cultivator.
The competition is open to all full or part-time students currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at an accredited university and are due June 1.
The conference will be Sept. 19-20. The Baker Institute Student Forum will cover all or part of students' travel expenses.
Spring Festival set for April 25
The Student Activities Association's annual Spring Fest event is set for April 25 in the circle drive area between Kennedy Auditorium and the Student Center Parking Garage.
This event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m.
The festival will include inflatables, a zip line, music, food and other activities.
Admission is free to students.
Discussion about nonverbal communication set for April 28
The Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication will host "Greetings, Gestures, Gifts and Time: Nonverbal communication across cultures," a discussion with department transnational faculty members and students about how nonverbal behavior communicates beliefs, attitudes, and worldview to others.
The event will be held in the Ferguson Building, Room 375, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28. The event is open anyone interested in attending..
SFA Beef Center to hold family-friendly Farm and Forestry Day
Join the SFA Beef Center and SFA's Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventure Program for "Farm and Forestry Day" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center located 5.5 miles north of Nacogdoches on State Highway 259.
The free barnyard event is a chance for children and their families to be exposed to the farm animals at the SFA Beef Center and gain awareness of the many educational experiences available from SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
"This is a way for the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to give back to the community that supports it and provide community members and their families a memorable experience," said Kerry Lemon, project director of Nacogdoches Naturally. Read More
Deep East Texas Region celebrates fourth annual GenTX Day
The Deep East Texas P-16 Council is encouraging communities, businesses and schools in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties to join the state of Texas in celebrating GenTX Day by wearing a college T-shirt on Friday, May 2. GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on building a college-going, career-ready culture across the state.
The 15 independent school districts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties have been encouraged to promote the wearing of college T-shirts on GenTX Day. Some area schools are hosting GenTX Day events to help students envision their futures such as AVID classroom discussions at Hudson High School, College T-shirt day at Central Heights where the students will get an extended lunch for wearing their favorite college T-shirt, and a Career Center unveiling in the library of Zavalla High School. Other schools such as Lufkin Middle School and Burley Primary are hosting Career Day/ Week around GenTX Day.
Many East Texas nonprofit organizations and businesses are actively supporting GenTX Day across the region and encouraging broad participation by asking their employees wear college T-shirts for the day.
For more information about participating, call Megan Kelley at (936) 468-1292.
SFA falls to DBU in extras
The SFA Lumberjack baseball team led 6-0 after three innings, but was unable to scratch across any more in a 7-6 loss to Dallas Baptist University in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark.
The loss to Patriots (27-13) completes a two-game sweep of SFA (16-24) to close a home-and-home series between the two teams.
Freshman Conner Fikes was the only 'Jack to record a multi-hit game against the DBU pitching staff. Fikes finished 2-for-4 with a RBI, walk and two runs scored. Senior Mackenzie Handel and junior Dan O’Neill each collected a double in the loss, as SFA was out hit 11-6 by the Patriots.
Senior Justin Hunsaker (0-1) took the loss, his first decision of the season, allowing the game-winning run on a single up the middle in the bottom of the tenth inning. Juniors Halden Maynard and Tyler Wiedenfeld and senior Kyle Cross, combined for seven scoreless innings pitched for the ‘Jacks, each allowing just one hit. Cross (2) and Wiedenfeld (1) recorded the only strikeouts for SFA while toeing the rubber. DBU fanned 11, as Brandon Koch inproved to 4-0, logging the final one and two-third innings. Read More
Crittenden announces 2014 soccer schedule
Wally Crittenden, the SFA women's soccer head coach and 2013 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, announced the 2014 schedule for the Ladyjacks on Tuesday morning, a schedule that features some of the nation's top programs in non-conference play.
SFA will play an 18-game regular season schedule, with 10 matches on the road and eight at the SFA Soccer Field. The Ladyjacks will also play a Purple versus White scrimmage and an exhibition with Rice in Nacogdoches, before kicking off non-conference play.
"When piecing together the 2014 schedule, it was important that we continue to push our competitive experience forward and create chances to enhance our post-season resume in case we need an at-large bid come November," Crittenden said. "When I look back at 2013, we had a team that should have played in the NCAA Tournament. We performed well enough over the course of an entire season to be considered for a bid. At the end of the day though, it wasn't quite enough, and that still stings everyone associated with our program, especially our players and staff. Read More
'Jacks vault to second at SLC Championships
Behind a 5-over 293 in round two, SFA took advantage of Moving Day at the 2014 Southland Conference Championships. The 'Jacks vaulted from a fourth-place tie after round one to second overall, sitting at 16-over 592 with 18 holes to play at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.
Junior Bradley Phelps highlighted the day for SFA, firing a 2-under 70 thanks to birdies on 10, 12 and 13. Phelps now sits at 2-over 146 (76-70) through the opening two rounds, tied for seventh in the individual standings. He is joined in the tie by a familiar face as junior Blake Pugh posted his second-straight 1-over 73 round, including a 2-under 34 through the front nine, and is also sitting with a 2-over 146 after 36 holes.
Two other 'Jacks are among the tournament’s top-15 as redshirt freshman Baxter Ward and sophomore Major Monzingo are tied for 15th at 6-over 150. The two flipped scores from round one as Ward carded a 4-over 76 in round two (74-76) while Monzingo shaved two shots off his opening round 76 (74-76). Sophomore Luke Sheehan improved by six shots from day one and is at 14-over 158 (82-76). Read More
SFA Wind Symphony to perform commissioned piece honoring director of bands
The SFA State University Wind Symphony, under the direction of David W. Campo, will present “Stars and Dreams – Music of the Spheres” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and will feature the world premiere a selection commissioned to honor Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA.
“About a year ago, I approached composer L. Mark Lewis with the idea of a commission in honor of Mr. Allen,” Campo said. “Considering Mr. Allen’s significant contribution to Texas music education, coupled with the fact that he has just celebrated his 20th year at Stephen F. Austin State University, I thought it was important to mark this occasion with a work that celebrates this contribution.” Read More
Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform program of challenging music
The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will present music never before performed by the School of Music faculty ensemble in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The quintet includes Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.
The concert will feature "a great variety of music that is challenging and enjoyable to perform," said Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.
A highlight of the concert will be the performance of "Rhapsody for Nine Instruments" by Texas native Kerry Turner, which will feature other music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Melissa Nabb, viola; Evgeni Rachev, cello; and Carlos Gavaria, bass; with Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, as guest conductor. A native of Kingsville, Turner is principal horn with the Luxembourg Symphony. Read More
Trumpet great Bergeron to perform with SFA's Swingin' Axes
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present acclaimed jazz great Wayne Bergeron performing with SFA's Swingin' Axes jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.
The performance is a feature of the College of Fine Arts' 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."
A much sought-after trumpeter, Bergeron is one of the most active musicians in the world with studio dates, international touring, jazz concerts and guest solo appearances, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.
"As a sideman, Bergeron's list of CD credits reads like a who's who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day," Goodall said. "It's going to be exciting to see him perform with our jazz band students, and it will be a memorable experience for them."
Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band in 1986 and can be heard on such recordings as "Body & Soul," "Big Bop Nouveau," "Brass Attitude" and "The One & Only Maynard Ferguson," according to his website
SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed 'No Exit'
The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "No Exit" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit" will be directed by Weatherford senior theatre major Austin Holt. It is the story of three people - Garcin, Estelle and Inez - who are "stuck in hell with each other," Holt said.
"As the three characters try to determine why they are in hell and how they are to be tormented," she said, "they soon come to the conclusion that they will act as torturers for each other."
The cast features Nnamdi Nwankwo, Pearland junior, as Garcin; Pedro Dominguez, Pharr freshman, as the valet; Jennifer Bush, Edgewood senior, as Inez; and Marley Graham, Port Neches sophomore, as Estelle.
SFA Bands' 'Concert in the Park' planned for April 27
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Bands performing the annual "Concert in the Park" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building.
All SFA concert bands will perform, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands. Opening the concert will be the University Band under the direction of graduate assistant Stephen Morman of Athens who will conduct "Spirals of Light" by Sean O'Loughlin. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will perform the march "Circus Days" by Karl L. King, among other pieces. The Wind Symphony, directed by David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform three selections, including "Stars and Bars," a march by Robert Jager. Under the direction of Allen, the Wind Ensemble will play music by Gershwin and Sousa. In addition, graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct Alfred Reed's "Festival Prelude."
SFA's Director of Bands Emeritus Melvin B. Montgomery created the idea for the "Concert in the Park" setting. Admission is free. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating is limited. Read More
SFA faculty recital to feature original compositions
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Stephen Lias, Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. James Pitts performing "Outside In - Inside Out," a faculty recital, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The recital will be comprised of three large works, two of which are world premieres, composed by Lias, who is professor of composition at SFA. Staff pianist Pitts will accompany on two of the program pieces.
"The common thread that runs through the music on this recital is the inspiration drawn from other disciplines in the fine arts," Lias said.
Lias explains that his music reaches into literature, theatre and photography to find universal themes that can be translated into music.
"This process of taking external ideas, internalizing them, and then allowing them to reemerge in a different form is common to both the composer and performer in this case," he said. Read More
School of Art hosts exhibit on handmade books
The SFA School of Art will host an exhibition of handmade books next week in the Ralph W. Steen Library.
"Sketchbook: an exhibition of handmande books" runs from April 22 to 25, with a reception planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.
The display was the idea of SFA printmaking students, who wished to show off their work.
SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Broadway, Movies and Music III'
SFA will present the university's flagship orchestral ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, performing its final concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
"Broadway, Movies and Music III" will feature famous movie soundtracks and Broadway tunes, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.
"The pops concert has always been a highly anticipated event for the students and community," Moon said. "The music of Broadway and motion pictures has become an important facet of our musical culture. While audiences enjoy hearing classical music, a dash of popular music always adds a special zing of flavor to our musical experience."
Special guest performers will be Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Ron Anderson, vocals. Dalmas will join the orchestra in a popular piece, "Por una cabeza" by Carlos Gardel, a work made famous in the movies "Scent of a Woman," "True Lies" and "Titanic." Anderson will sing a personal favorite of his, "How to Handle a Woman," from the musical "Camelot." Read More
Spring recitals to feature SFA Music Preparatory Division students
Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present their spring recitals beginning April 29 and continuing through May 18.
"The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends," said Pat Barnett, division director.
Harp students of Emily Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall. On Sunday, May 4, is the SFA student teachers' students recital and a performance of the piano students of Mario Ajero at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Cole Concert Hall with Dr. Evgeni Raychev, director, and Pavel Baez, assistant director.
Raychev's cello students and the violin/viola students of Dr. Jenifer Dalmas will present their spring recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall. Read More