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This Week's Calendar

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

Wednesday, April 29
Bright Ideas Conference
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand and Twilight Ballrooms

Friday, May 1
SFA Baseball at McNeese State University
Lake Charles, Louisiana
6:30 p.m.

SFA Big Dip Ring Ceremonies
9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 2
SFA Baseball at McNeese State University
Lake Charles, Louisiana
2 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA to host newly integrated Bright Ideas Conference tomorrow

The 2015 SFA Bright Ideas Conference, highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

More than 100 research posters and scholarly exhibits, including seven individual spotlight exhibits, will be on display from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. An Authors and Artists Reception at 1:30 p.m. and a High-Impact Practices and Certified Online Instructor recognition ceremony at 2:30 p.m. will culminate the conference in the Twilight Ballroom.

The annual Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Office of High-Impact Practices.
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Fifth annual GenTX Day Celebration set for May 1

GenTX Day, set for Friday, May 1, will celebrate and congratulate the participating students of Generation TX, including area graduating high school seniors. As students take the next steps toward their futures, communities across Texas are applauding their successes and supporting them as they continue on to college and begin their career training.

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate. The SFA James I. Perkins College of Education is encouraging everyone to wear their favorite college T-shirt and post pictures on social media using the hashtag #GenTXDay!

East Texas Garage Sale set for May 2

The SFA Student Activities Association's annual East Texas Garage Sale is set to kick off this weekend in the commuter lot on campus.

The sale will be from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2.

For more information, contact the SAA office at (936) 468-1222.

Floral Design Exhibit opens Thursday

A variety of floral designs created by SFA floriculture students in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Room 118 of the Agricultural Building on Wilson Drive.

The theme for the spring Floral Design Exhibit is "Holidays." All designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

Interior design capstone projects at ScholarWorks

The SFA Center for Digital Scholarship invites people to explore the 2015 Interior Design Senior Capstone Projects in ScholarWorks. 

As part of the Interior Design program, senior students participated in the “Essence of Design” exhibit. This exhibit showed innovative structures and backdrops that were designed, created and installed by the students.

The CDS has archived images, slideshows and personal design statements by the students, which are now available for faculty and staff members, students and family members to view.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can include your projects in SFA ScholarWorks contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu.

Women's self-defense class to be offered April 28

SFA's Campus Rec and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.  The class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students.  

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex. The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.

SFA School of Social Work partners with UTMB to present lecture

The SFA School of Social Work in partnership with the University of Texas Medical Branch East Texas Geriatric Education Consortium will present Susan Chandler from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the School of Social Work, Room 201.

Chandler will present "Exercising Your Brain: An Informative Session and Brain Work-Out for Healthy Aging." There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. Register before Thursday, April 30, by calling (936) 468-5105. 

SFA Fashion Gallery to hold grand opening

The SFA School of Human Sciences fashion merchandising program invites university alumni and friends to Fashion Icons: A Legacy of Style Fashion Gallery Opening and Costume Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Education Annex, 1620 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Featured speaker will be Houston fashion industry insider, Roz Pactor, who will give a video message to guests at 6 p.m. in the Culinary Café followed by a ribbon cutting to officially open the Fashion Gallery and viewing of the new exhibition.

Pactor, a fashion/marketing consultant and fashion lifestyle blogger based in Houston, has more than three decades experience in fashion retailing with Foley's Department Stores, Bloomingdales NYC and Neiman Marcus. She was most recently employed as the vice president/fashion director at Foley's before starting her own company, The Pactor Group. She currently serves as chair of the advisory board at the University of Houston for Retail Merchandising Careers.
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Pugh, Sheehan earn All-SLC honors

SFA golfers senior Blake Pugh and junior Luke Sheehan have been named All-Southland Conference third team selections, the league office announced Monday. This is Pugh's third All-SLC honor and Sheehan's first all-conference recognition.

Pugh culminated his Lumberjack career with a career-low scoring average of 73.53 in 30 rounds, recording four top-10 finishes. He also captured the second individual title of his career at the Jim West Intercollegiate, shooting a 9-under 207, which is tied for the third-best 54-hole score in program history.
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Chiaroscuro'

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present "Chiaroscuro" at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The concert title, "Chiaroscuro," is a term used in drawing and painting, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA and conductor of the ensemble.

"It refers to the contrast between light and shadow," he said.
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Choral Masterworks Concert to feature Brahms' Requiem

SFA College of Fine Arts and the School of Music will present the final performance of the 2014-2015 University Series, featuring the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral studies at SFA, the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Women's Chorus and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform "Ein deutsches Requiem" (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms. Guest soloists will be School of Music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano, and Chris Turner, baritone.

According to King, The Brahms' Requiem, as it is affectionately called, stands firmly as one of the true masterworks in music's entire repertoire.
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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 School of Theatre production of 'August: Osage County' to feature stage veterans Simmons, Maule

When the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre present "August: Osage County," some familiar professional actors will be seen on stage appearing alongside SFA's talented student performers.

Directed by Scott Shattuck and featuring Nacogdoches residents Rhonda Plymate Simmons and Brad Maule, "August: Osage County" focuses on what happens to the Weston family when their patriarch disappears and they hurriedly assemble at the rural Oklahoma home of his hilariously caustic, pill-popping wife. Their outrageous conflicts and lies collide to launch the corrosive comedy that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and became the basis for the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

"August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts will be presented 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 is also scheduled.
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