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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, May 3
SFA Baseball at McNeese State University
Lake Charles, Louisiana
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Redesigned mySFA launches in May

A redesigned mySFA will launch Tuesday, May 5. The new layout will boast a clean, intuitive interface and a mobile-friendly layout.
Student email will transition away from the Titan email system (@titan.sfasu.edu) and into Microsoft Office 365 (@jacks.sfasu.edu). The Office 365 platform provides a robust suite of applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and OneNote.
Information for navigating the redesigned mySFA will be sent via email to students prior to release on May 5.

SFA to host newly integrated Bright Ideas Conference today

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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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.

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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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. 

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.

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!

UNT professor to discuss tenure dossiers, professional portfolios

Dr. Cynthia Mohr, associate professor and chair of the Design Department at the University of North Texas' College of Visual Arts and Design, will present a lecture on how to put together professional portfolios and tenure dossiers from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Human Sciences North, Room 102.

The entire campus community is welcome to attend.

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.


Payne named National Athlete of the Week

SFA women's pole vaulter Demi Payne has been named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week, the organization announced Tuesday. The association's weekly award is the third for Payne in 2015 and the fourth national weekly honor overall.

Payne experienced a wealth of success in Des Moines, Iowa, last week, competing against some of the best athletes in the world at the 106th annual Drake Relays. On Friday evening, she broke the collegiate outdoor record in the Beijing World Championship Preview Pole Vault competition with a jump of 15 feet, 3.5 inches (4.66m).
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Lady Techsters slip by Ladyjacks, 8-4

Despite holding two separate leads over the course of the game, the SFA softball team couldn't close out the win, falling to Louisiana Tech University 8-4 at LA Tech Softball Complex Tuesday. The loss drops the Ladyjacks to 18-30 on the year.

SFA led 4-2 in the fifth inning, but LA Tech (30-15) scored six runs over the final two frames to rally for the 8-4 victory.
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Fine Arts

Now playing: 'August: Osage County'

SFA theatre and filmmaking lecturer, radio personality and TV/stage actor Brad Maule plays the role of Beverly Weston in “August: Osage County” to be presented by the SFA School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 28 through May 2, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Tracy Letts’ rollicking tale focuses on what happens to the Weston family when their patriarch, Beverly, disappears and they hurriedly assemble at the rural Oklahoma home of his hilariously caustic, pill-popping wife, Violet, played by Rhonda Plymate Simmons. 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.

All performances are in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

Piney Woods Camerata to perform beloved music from Baroque period

SFA's Piney Woods Camerata will present "La Follia," a recital featuring some of the most beloved orchestral works from the Baroque period, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Among the composers to be included in the concert are Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Henry Purcell and Francesco Geminiani, according to Dr. Evgeni Raychev, SFA cello instructor and director of the ensemble.

"It is difficult to pick a featured composition from the program as each one falls into the standard repertoire and is considered a masterpiece from that period," Raychev said. "We are excited about this concert and are certainly looking forward to sharing our collaboration with our students with Nacogdoches' loyal music patrons."
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'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 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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Spring in the Park slated for May 3

SFA's Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega national theatre honor society will host Spring in the Park, a community-wide afternoon of family fun, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Pioneer Park.

The annual fundraiser will feature face painting, carnival games, a kickball tournament, field day events and a pie-in-the-face booth. Individual event tickets are $1, or a $15 unlimited games wristband will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for incoming freshmen in SFA's School of Theatre.

Pioneer Park is located at 501 Lenwood St. For more information email apobetaphi@gmail.com.

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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