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This Week's Calendar

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.

Friday, May 8
SFA Baseball at Lamar University
Beaumont
6:30 p.m.


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Headlines



SFA to assist with the Nepal earthquake aftermath

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of International Programs and the International Student Association encourage individuals to donate to those affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left Nepal in ruins Saturday, April 25.

Nearly 5,000 people have lost their lives and approximately 9,000 people have been injured. Millions of people lost their homes and have little or no access to basic supplies like food, water and medical needs. Search-and-rescue missions have yet to reach many of the rural areas.

Donations can be made directly to UNICEF. Your generous support will help more than 8 million Nepalese survive and recuperate from the trauma of this unimaginable tragedy. Additionally, members of the SFA community will be available to collect donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. All donations, including cash, will be given directly to UNICEF.

Faculty Senate names new senators

The following new senators were recently elected to serve on the SFA Faculty Senate for a three-year term:

Drs. Ginger Kelso and Le'Ann Solmonson, James I. Perkins College of Education; Drs. Lauren Brewer and Paul Sandul; College of Liberal and Applied Arts; and Dr. Dennis Gravatt, College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Kenneth Austin, Perkins College of Education, was elected to serve a one-year term.

News & Announcements


Floral Design Exhibit opens today

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.


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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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 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. 



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.

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.

Athletics


SFA falls at Louisiana Tech, 11-3

SFA struck first with two runs in the top of the third, but Louisiana Tech rallied to outscore the Lumberjacks 11-1 over the final six innings, defeating the 'Jacks 11-3 at J.C. Love Field.

With the loss, SFA falls to 15-30 on the season and 8-20 all-time against the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech completes the home-and-home sweep against SFA, winning 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two.
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Payne picks up fifth SLC weekly award

One day after being named a USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week for the third time this year, SFA's Demi Payne has been selected as the Southland Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. The conference weekly award is the fifth for Payne in 2015.

Payne's most recent accolade comes on the heels of a breakout week in beautiful Des Moines, Iowa, at the Drake Relays. In a three-day span, Payne broke the collegiate outdoor women's pole vault record, soared her way to a ninth individual title this year and ascended to the number two spot in the world in the 2015 outdoor season.
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SFA Bowling Fundraiser scheduled for May 3

The sixth annual SFA Bowling Fundraiser Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Texas Pro Bowl in Nacogdoches. Cost is $125 per team of five. For more information, contact head coach Amber Lemke at (262) 705-7546.

Fine Arts

SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'The Lightning Thief'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will conclude the 2014-15 CPAS season with two performances of "The Lightning Thief" on Tuesday, May 12.

"'The Lightning Thief' is a funny, action-packed musical," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "This exciting national touring production is fast-paced and imaginative and targets students in second grade and up."

Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief" is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again, but that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.
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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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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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'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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