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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 29
SFA Baseball
vs. TCU
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30
SFA Softball
at Texas Southern
4 p.m.

Friday, May 2
SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 3
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
2 p.m.




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A king of choir: Regents professor discusses career at SFA

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

Dr. Tim King has had a lot of highlights in his career as director of choral activities at SFA.

From taking students on tours through Europe, watching his students sing in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, to being named this year’s Regents Professor.

“There are so many qualified teachers on the campus that to be even considered for a position is really an honor — to be selected, for me, is overwhelming,” he said during a meeting in his office Friday.

The title of Regents Professor is the highest honor that the university may bestow upon a member of the faculty, according to SFA’s website.

The honor is reserved for faculty members who are exemplary role models to the university community.
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Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr. and Timothy K. Perttula

Center for Regional Heritage Research

During the last two decades, archaeologists working in the ancestral Caddo area have amassed a sizable instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) dataset of 1,308  pieces of broken ceramics. A recent publication by SFA's Center for Regional Heritage Research examines a subset of 88 sherds of "shell-tempered Caddo ceramics" to examine the issue of ceramic provenance determinations from INAA in the Caddo area. 

Current analyses of INAA data from Caddo area shell-tempered ceramics mistakenly suggest that very distinctive shell-tempered ceramics were manufactured throughout East Texas, and not traded and/or exchanged from one sub-region to another. 

Through the protocol of removing calcium-related geochemicals from statistical calculations of elemental values, shell-tempered sherds have lost their distinctive chemical signature. The methodological approach employed herein illustrates the potential for significant gains in exploring the provenance of Caddo ceramics using INAA, through the use of geochemicals found to correlate with the inclusion of shell temper.

Dr. George L. Hunt

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Hunt, the interim director and an associate professor in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, recently published "A Descriptive Comparison of Two Data Sources of Occupational Fraud Data" in the Journal of Business and Economics Research.

This paper compares fraud data from two independent sources: the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' "Report to the Nations" and the Internal Auditor magazine's "Fraud Findings" and "Roundtable" articles.  

The analysis shows the two sources are very similar, despite differences in time periods covered and sources of data.

News & Announcements

SFA students to host town hall meeting

SFA communication students will host a discussion regarding a proposed community peace and conflict resolution center from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theater on campus. Interested residents of Nacogdoches and surrounding communities are invited to attend.

The students' vision for the center is to provide conflict-resolution alternatives such as mediation for community members; offer awareness training on key issues impacting the community and its citizens; educate citizens on strategies to resolve conflict and seek reconciliation; and function as an outreach for bridging divergent groups in the city.

The town hall meeting will include a presentation by faculty members and students and a time for public dialogue. Organizational representatives from local social justice organizations, churches, synagogues and community assistance organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend, along with governmental officials, local business leaders, faculty members from area schools and colleges, and students.

For more information, contact Dr. R. Ty Spradley at rspradley@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1381.

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.
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SFA to offer new engineering degree in fall 2014

A new four-year engineering degree program to be offered by SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Thursday.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering physics with an emphasis in mechanical or electrical engineering at SFA. Graduates will be prepared to enter such diverse areas as mechanical controls, digital and analog electronics, instrumentation, robotics, and manufacturing process control.

"With opportunities for a student to major in any of the sciences, technology (computer science) and/or mathematics, the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics now adds to that list the opportunity for a student to major in engineering. Thus, SFA now offers degree opportunities in all of the STEM disciplines," said Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
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SFA to screen award-winning 'Chasing Ice' documentary

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Chasing Ice" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski with photography by James Balog, "Chasing Ice" is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of the Earth's changing planet.

According to information at www.chasingice.com, environmental photographer Balog was given a National Geographic assignment in 2005 to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. He eventually began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
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Teacher Job Fair set for May

The Spring Teacher Job fair is quickly approaching. Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend, and hopes you will encourage your students and alumni seeking teacher positions to attend, as well. 

Please advise students that professional dress is required, to bring copies of their resume for distribution, to bring their student ID and to prepare for the event by viewing the online workshop: How to Work a Teacher Job Fair. 

The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2, at the Norton H.P.E Complex.
Click here to view a current list of participating school districts. Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

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.

Fund your research and professional development in Australia

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships comprise the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides funds for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to $253,043 for eligible non-Australians, including Americans and Canadians, to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a master's or doctorate level, either by coursework or research, in any field in Australia for up to four years.
Endeavour Research Fellowships provides up to $22,750 for American and Canadian post-graduate research students and post-doctoral researchers to undertake four to six months of research in Australia.
Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides up to $17,179 for professional development opportunities of one to four months for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.
Applications close June 30..
For more information or to apply, visit http://orau.org/endeavourscholarships.


SFA closes homestand with nationally ranked TCU

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will close its four-game homestand hosting No. 13 TCU in a first pitch at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29,  at Jaycees Field. The midweek tilt will mark the first time the Horned Frogs have come to Nacogdoches since the 1992 season.

The 'Jacks enter the week at 17-26 overall and 8-13 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped three-of-four, falling 7-6 to Dallas Baptist on April 22 in 10 innings after holding a 6-0 lead after three innings. The 'Jacks then got a complete-game effort from junior Dillon Mangham in 10-2 series-opening victory over Lamar, before falling 7-3 and 5-4 over the final two games. TCU enters the midweek tilt at 30-13 overall and 10-5 in Big 12 action.

SFA will start junior Halden Maynard against TCU's Jordan Kipper. Maynard enters Tuesday 0-2 on the season through nine appearances and five starts, all in the midweek, while Kipper carries a 6-2 record through 11 appearances and nine starts on the season.
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Three 'Jacks Earn All-SLC Honors

Three SFA men’s golfers were recognized as All-Southland Conference performers, announced today by the league office. Junior Blake Pugh was named a third-team, All-SLC selection, while  junior Bradley Phelps and sophomore Luke Sheehan were tabbed honorable mention selections.

"I'm very proud of all three of them as they each are very deserving," said head coach Trey Schroeder. "Those three were the steady workhorses of the team this year. They were our consistent 1-2-3 guys and their leadership led to our strong production, and gave us a chance at a conference championship. The exciting thing is all of them are back next year, so I'm expecting more great things from them."

Pugh notches the second All-SLC honor of his career after being named to the second team in 2013. One of just two Lumberjack golfers to compete in all 12 events, Pugh led the team with a 73.97 scoring average with 15 rounds of par or better, including a career-low 67. The Southlake native posted three top-10 finishes on the year, including his first collegiate tournament win at the UIW James Litz Memorial, and finished among the top-20 eight times on the year.
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Fine Arts

SFA galleries director co-author of book on Picasso's religious art

John Handley, director of art galleries for SFA, is co-author of "The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso," a book that examines the use of religious imagery in the works of one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

Handley will travel to Berkeley, Calif., in May to join co-author Jane Daggett Dillenberger at a May 6 reception and book signing designed to celebrate the book's publication by the University of California Press.

Dillenberger, who is a Harvard graduate, is the founder of the doctoral program in art and religion in the Graduate Theological Union at UC-Berkeley. She has authored many books over the years, including "Style and Content in Christian Art," "Secular Art with Sacred Themes," and "The Religious Art of Andy Warhol."
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Heifner selected new member of Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame

Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre's playwright-in-residence, has been selected as a new member of the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame.

It is an honor that reflects the caliber of the SFA theatre faculty, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

"Jack's latest accolade is another reminder of the tremendous asset he has always been to SFA," said Shattuck. "The School of Theatre is a center of excellence because we have teacher-artists of this stature on our faculty."

Best known for his play "Vanities," which ran for five years in New York to become one of the longest running plays in off-Broadway history, Heifner is also author of "Patio/Porch" (which was produced on Broadway), "Natural Disasters," "Running on Empty," "Bargains," "Boys' Play," "Home Fires," "Heartbreak," "Comfort and Joy," "The Lemon Cookie," "Dwarf Tossing" and more than 30 other plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and theatres around the world.
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Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Laura Ingalls Wilder'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Laura Ingalls Wilder" in two performances on Thursday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by ArtsPower, this beloved story of Laura and her family as they travel across America in search of a place to call home targets children in second through sixth grades, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.
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SFA choirs to present annual Choral Masterworks Concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union and Women's Choir performing their annual end-of-the-year celebration in the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The performance will showcase the brass section of the SFA Wind Ensemble with Jeremy Bruns on organ. The concert will feature only two works - both for brass choir and organ - including "Apparebit Repentia Dies" by Paul Hindemith and "Missa Octava" by György Orbán.

"The program is quite diverse with a wide variety," said Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA. "On the one hand you have Hindemith, a naturalized (1940) U.S. citizen born in Germany, who used a complex musical system of both extremely consonant and dissonant music. On the other hand, you have Orbán, a Hungarian composer of Romanian birth whose choral compositions mix traditional renaissance and baroque counterpoint with jazz harmonies."
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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.
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SFA Percussion Ensemble to perform high-intensity program

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, performing its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert - "Pieces for a Crowded Stage" - is so titled because all the compositions being performed are either for small chamber ensembles (five performers or less) or use multiple performers playing on one instrument, according to Meyer.

"'Trio per Uno' by Nebojša Zivkovic is an exciting and raucous trio that has all three performers surrounding a single concert bass drum played horizontally," Meyer explained. "Each player performs interlocking rhythms between the shared bass drum and the metal instruments located between the players."

John Tadlock, sophomore music education major, will be the featured, marimba soloist on Andy Harnsberger's "Palmetto Moon." Harnsberger describes the piece by saying, "imagine yourself on a beach with your favorite person in the world. The moon is out, the stars are bright and you can hear the water rolling into the shore."
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