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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, May 4
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.




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Composer captures wilderness with music

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

A professional composer and SFA music professor was one of three national artists recently accepted to a summer artist-in-residency program at Glacier National Park in Montana.

“The Glacier National Park residency program is one of the most competitive in the country,” SFA music professor Dr. Stephen Lias said. “All sorts of artists are clamoring to get selected to their artist residency program. This year, I applied and was very fortunate to be selected just a couple of weeks ago.”

News of Lias’ acceptance came weeks before the world premiere of two of his own pieces inspired by Yosemite National Park.

“The composition is titled Range of Light,” he said. “It is a phrase that the naturalist John Muir coined and he is one of the people that helped get Yosemite National Park founded. Then Ansel Adams the photographer used that phrase ‘range of light’ as the title of one of his numerous publications.”
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Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin

Nelson Rusche College of Business

An article co-authored by Franklin, the interim dean of the college, will be published in the Journal of International Education in Business. 

The piece, "AACSB International's 2013 Accreditation Standards:  Speculative Implications for Faculty and Deans," was written in conjunction with other faculty from universities in the U.S. and Australia. 

News & Announcements

Faculty, staff season football passes now on sale

SFA faculty and staff member football season tickets are now on sale. Employees can enjoy all seven home games at Homer Bryce Stadium with season tickets starting at only $38.50 for reserved seating, and $77 for chair-back seating. 

Be part of the home field advantage by ordering your season tickets today at the Ticket Office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, or by phone at (936) 468-5225. 

Check out the 'Jacks 2014 game schedule here

Ladyjack bowling hosting fundraiser

The Ladyjack bowling team its hosting their annual fundraiser at Texas Pro Bowl at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

For more information, or to register your team, contact coach Amber Lemke at (262) 705-7546.

Historic play to be performed at Oak Grove Cemetery

Five of SFA's faculty members will lead Nacogdoches residents on a historical tour of the Oak Grove Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. 

Tickets sold at the cemetery are $10, and tours start every 15 minutes. The cemetery, one of the oldest in Texas, is the final resting place of four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.   

Conference on high-impact learning today

Work from this semester's high-impact learning students, faculty and staff members will be showcased today at a special conference.  

The Conference on High-Impact Practices runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Twilight Ballroom. 

The conference focuses on three fields addressed in the high-impact program: collaborative learning focused on the internal structure of group work; mentored undergraduate scholarship, including original reserch and creative works; and field-based learning. 

Along with the presentations from each area, door prizes and finger foods will be available. 
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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.

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 to dress professionally, bring copies of their résumés for distribution, bring their student ID and 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.
Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.
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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.

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 falls to TCU 14-4

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team was tagged for three big innings by No. 13 TCU, falling 14-4 on Tuesday night at Jaycees Field.

The Horned Frogs (31-13), making their first trip to Nacogdoches since the 1992 season, scored five runs on SFA (17-27) in the opening frame. They added four in the top of the sixth, and five in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach. TCU's Jordan Kipper picked up the win to run his record to 7-2.

The 'Jacks were held to six hits in the loss, as no SFA batter recorded more than one hit. Senior Mackenzie Handel made the most of his hit, belting his Southland Conference leading 10th homerun on a solo shot to open the bottom of the fourth.
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Ladyjacks travel to Texas Southern

Riding a wave of momentum after this weekend’s sweep of conference foe Lamar University, the SFA softball team heads to Texas Southern University for its final nonconference game of the season today. The Ladyjacks face the Lady Tigers at 4 p.m. in Memorial Park in Houston.

SFA (21-24) swept Lamar over the weekend to climb up the Southland Conference standings from seventh place all the way to third. The Ladyjacks hope to keep their recent winning ways going against a Texas Southern team (27-16) that is hot as well, winning seven straight.

The Ladyjacks defeated Texas Southern earlier this season at home with a 4-0 victory. Senior Carlie Thomas threw a complete game that day and allowed only two hits while striking out 10 batters.
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Fine Arts

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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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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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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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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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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