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This Week's Calendar

Friday, April 24
SFA Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 25
SFA Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

Sunday, April 26
SFA Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28
SFA Baseball at Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana
6 p.m.




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Dr. Nathan Fleshner

School of Music

Fleshner's paper discusses terminological and structural connections between the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and the music theories of Heinrich Schenker.

Such connections include similar unconscious constructs controlling conscious-level processes involved in the creation of dreams and music alike. In doing so, Fleshner revealed that Schenker's model of musical structure is quite like Freud's model of the psyche.

Fleshner, assistant professor of music theory at SFA, presented his research at the Second International Conference on Music and Consciousness at the University of Oxford in England earlier this month.

News & Announcements

Fall 2015 Service Learning Grant applications available online

It's that time of year again! It is time to submit proposals to the Service Learning Advisory Board for the Service Learning Mini Grants for fall 2015. Please visit the Service Learning webpage for proposal guidelines and information about integrating a service learning project into your course.

Proposals are accepted via this online form only.

The deadline for fall 2015 grant proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. For questions or more information, please contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu.

SFA to host UIL competition this weekend

High school students hoping to advance to the state University Interscholastic League competition will arrive at SFA Friday afternoon for a regional two-day tournament.
SFA Admissions staff members will be available at an information tent located in front of the Rusk Building beginning at 1 p.m. Friday and will lead hourly tours throughout the day specifically for the competitors and their family members. On Saturday, the Admissions Office will be open from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m., and tours will be available at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
All faculty and staff members are encouraged to welcome these guests to campus and help showcase everything that makes SFA great.

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications for FLC X

Do you teach a junior or senior-level course that could be enhanced by introducing students to rigorous academic research? Have you ever wanted to mentor students as they review literature, research and compose a substantive academic work?

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications for FLC X: Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship.
The Faculty Learning Community experience will help give you the tools needed to mentor undergraduate students as they conduct their own research. For more information and to complete an application, please click here.
Please email any questions to makeanimpact@sfasu.edu.

SFA Repertory to present 'Danceworks'

The SFA Dance Program will present Danceworks, a studio concert featuring student, faculty member and guest artist choreography, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

Senior choreographic projects by dance majors Caitlin Cano, Elena Conde, Stephanie Laranjeira and Rachel Smith will be presented, as well as an independent choreographic project by Ivoryanna McDonald. Student collaborative choreography by members of the SFA Repertory Dance Company, directed by Elizabeth Rhodes, will be performed, along with excerpts from a score composed by School of Music major Josh Coe.

This will be the final performance of "Creed of Fools" choreographed by guest artist Meredith Robertson-Early of the University of Southern Mississippi. The Repertory Dance Company performed Robertson-Early's work in an adjudicated concert held in March at the annual conference of the American College Dance Association in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
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SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host Farm and Forestry Day

The SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host its annual Farm and Forestry Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.

The family friendly event aims to expose the community to the outdoors and agriculture by providing free, exploratory opportunities, including hayrides, face painting, outdoor cooking and nature-based activities through Nacogdoches Naturally, an outdoor adventure program of SFA Gardens.

"We just want to give the community an opportunity to see farm animals and also expose them to what goes on at the farm," said Dr. Erin Brown, SFA associate professor of animal science.

SFA's Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center is located on County Road 123, off U.S. Highway 259 North in Nacogdoches.

For more information, contact Brown at (936) 468-3705.

Campus Recreation

Summer pool memberships now available at the Rec Center

The SFA Department of Campus Recreation is pleased to announce a “pool-only” membership is now available for those who wish to use the outdoor pool and courtyard this summer, but do not wish to purchase a full membership to the entire facility.
Memberships may be purchased at the Campus Recreation administrative offices from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday,  8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Payments can be made with cash, check or credit card.  Membership cards will be provided upon purchase of your pool-only memberships.

For more information, call (936) 468-3507 or visit sfasu.edu/campusrec.


SFA tennis sets sights on 2015 SLC Tournament

SFA will make a run at a conference tournament title this weekend as the Ladyjacks head to Beaumont for the 2015 Southland Conference Tennis Championships.

The Ladyjacks enter the tournament as the number two overall seed after tying Nicholls State University for the regular season conference championship, earning the second SLC title in program history. Both schools posted a 10-1 record on the season. Nicholls State earned the number one seed due to the Colonels' 4-3 win over the Ladyjacks on April 11.
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White, Lautensack earn All-SLC honors

SFA sophomore golfer Jessica White has been named a first team All-Southland Conference selection, the league office announced this week. White becomes the first All-SLC first team selection in program history, coming on the heels of the program's first individual SLC champion.

In addition to White's honor, freshman Erica Lautensack was named an All-SLC honorable mention selection, giving the Ladyjacks a pair of all-conference performers for the first time in program history.
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2015 Alumni Soccer Game moved to Homer Bryce

Due to the threat of rainfall in the area over the weekend, SFA's 2015 Alumni Soccer Game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Homer Bryce Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at SFA Soccer Field. With the threat of the natural grass surface becoming unplayable due to rain, the Ladyjacks will seek the artificial turf of the football field.

The Ladyjacks went 3-1 during their spring exhibition season, earning wins against Navarro College, Southern Methodist University and Tyler Junior College. Saturday's event will conclude the Ladyjacks' competitive spring slate, featuring players from the past, present and future.

Admission into Homer Bryce Stadium on Saturday will be free of charge.

Fine Arts

'Finding Vivian Maier' to show at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Finding Vivian Maier" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Finding Vivian Maier" is the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary about a mysterious nanny who secretly took more than 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later. Maier is now considered to be among the 20th century's greatest photographers, according to information at findingvivianmaier.com. Her strange, riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her in this film directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.
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SFA bands to present annual 'Concert in the Park'

SFA bands will present the annual "Concert in the Park" at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building.

Performing will be the University Band, directed by graduate students Lucas Halley and Dwight Watson; the Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA; and the Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. David W. Campo, associate director of bands. The Wind Ensemble, directed by Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, will perform later that day at 5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
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Rockin' Axes to present 'The Fathers of Rock and Roll'

The Rockin' Axes at SFA will present "The Fathers of Rock and Roll" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Rockin' Axes, a product of the Sound Recording Technology program at SFA, will perform the music of rock and roll legends Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Ritchie Valens, among others.

"The Fathers of Rock and Roll" was selected as this semester's concert theme so that students could learn about the origins of rock, specifically in terms of stylistic traits, forms and arranging ideas typically used in the 1950s and '60s, according to Andrew Sperandeo, SRT instructor and director of the Rockin' Axes.
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'August: Osage County' - Veteran actors share knowledge with, learn lessons from younger colleagues

It's not surprising that SFA student actors are learning from their veteran counterparts performing in the upcoming play "August: Osage County." But what has been refreshing for Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons is what they are learning from the theatre students.

The SFA School of Theatre will present Tracy Letts' rollicking tale at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 28 through May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee also is scheduled.

"I truly enjoy working with the students," said Maule, who is probably best known for his role as Dr. Tony Jones on "General Hospital." "In fact, they tease me because I always show up early to rehearsal, but I'm learning, or remembering I guess, a lot about the incredible discipline it takes to get a show up and running. These students have the same high standards as I've witnessed in many professional theatre companies."
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SFA Wind Symphony to perform Boysen's powerful composition

SFA's Wind Symphony will perform Andrew Boysen's monumental Symphony No. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Commissioned by Andrew Mast, director of bands at Lawrence University, the 2010 composition "is indeed grand in scale and scope," said Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the symphony's conductor.

Boysen and Mast are long-time close acquaintances, and when Mast asked his friend to write a piece for the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Boysen said he knew he was trusted to "write whatever I wanted without expectation or pressure."
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SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Awards recognizes recipients' potential

The SFA College of Fine Arts will recognize four students during the presentation of the annual Dean's Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Megan Eve Henderson, Round Rock junior art major; Amanda J. Sheriff, Houston junior music education major; Kaylea A. Fleming, Kingwood junior music education major; and Shelby K. Gilliland, Frisco junior theatre major, were selected by the faculty members of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, according to Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

The Dean's Awards not only recognize the recipients for what they have already accomplished, but the awards are also designed to inspire them to reach deep from within to aspire to a higher level of excellence, Himes explained. The awards were established by the Dean's Circle, an external support organization of community members founded in 2008 and "dedicated, in part, to nurturing potential young artists within the College of Fine Arts," Himes said.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Musical Portraits'

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines will present "Musical Portraits" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Cole Concert Hall of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Among the highlights of the concert is a performance of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," arranged by Maurice Ravel. Other program features include a solo performance by Dr. Chris Ayer, SFA professor of clarinet, and the orchestra performing "Gates of the Arctic," written by Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA's composer-in-residence.

Lias composed "Gates of the Arctic" while serving as artist-in-residence at Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska in 2012, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.
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Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

The Beta Phi cast of SFA's Alpha Psi Omega national theater honors society will host a playwriting workshop with SFA's playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Room 303 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students attending any college or university.

Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.

Seating is limited to 30, and payment will be taken at the door in cash or check form. To reserve a seat, RSVP to apobetaphi@gmail.com.

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