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This Week's Calendar
Wednesday, April 9
vs. New Mexico
SFA Trombone Choir concert
Cole Concert Hall
Thursday, April 10
Mix 'n Matches Faculty Recital
Cole Concert Hall
Mix 'n Matches Faculty Recital
Cole Concert Hall
Friday, April 11
vs. Oral Roberts
at NCAA Championships
SFA Planetarium Show
Math Building Planetarium
SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
Saturday, April 12
vs. Oral Roberts
at NCAA Championships
vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
at McNeese State
Lake Charles, La.
SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
Texas National 2014 Art Competition and Exhibition
Cole Art Center
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SFA's William W. Gibson Entomarium to host open house, dedication ceremony
The Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Biology will host the official opening of the William W. Gibson Entomarium at 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Miller Science Building, Room 209.
In 1962, Dr. William Gibson began teaching in SFA's Department of Biology. He designed the invertebrate natural history collection space for the new E. L. Miller Science Building, which was constructed in 1964. Following this achievement, Gibson, his colleagues and students combined their efforts to build a major natural history collection. This collection has grown into one of the largest collections of invertebrates in Texas and contributes significantly to the research and educational mission of SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics.
The collection includes a variety of specialized sections and highlights Gibson's contributions to the understanding of the beetle family Scarabaeidae, a group of large, economic significance. Gibson is one of the few nationally-recognized specialists who can identify specimens of this family, and he has bestowed a large, invaluable collection of these beetles to the university. Read More
News & Announcements
BP engineer to speak at research symposium
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting a research symposium in conjunction with its annual awards dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Room 101 of the Math Building.
Senior chemistry and biochemistry students will present their research as a part of the department’s capstone experience. Underclassmen will present their work in a poster session. Several alumni will be returning to campus to serve as evaluators for the presentations and will provide feedback to the students. These alumni also will be available to provide career advice to the chemistry and biochemistry students.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. James Garrett, principle engineer in bioprocess development for British Petroleum. Garrett received his B.S. in chemistry from SFA in 1990. He continued his education at Texas A&M University where he earned his doctorate in chemistry, and he did post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. The title of his talk will be "The Solution is Chemistry" which will include information about his career path and how chemistry and other science courses at SFA provided a good foundation for his career.
Marketing Campaign Update
The SFA marketing campaign has launched! SFA messages featuring our traditional spirit logo are now being delivered on billboards and mall signage, on Internet banner ads and the Pandora music app, and on the home page of the university website and its social media accounts.
All 26 SFA billboards are in place in Dallas, Houston and East Texas (Nacogdoches, Athens, Huntington, Kilgore, Lufkin, Marshall and Tyler). In order to highlight each profession being advertised in a variety of locations, in one month the vinyl will be removed from each billboard and shipped to a new location. This rotation will occur again in early June, which is the final month of the campaign.
Mall advertising has been placed in Willowbend Mall in Dallas, Willowbrook Mall in Houston, Broadway Square Mall in Tyler and in Lufkin Mall. In Willowbend and Willowbrook, signage includes 8-feet by 14-feet banners that hang from the ceiling, and in Willowbrook, SFA advertising will be featured as a wrap on the interior and exterior of the elevator. Read More
Teaching Excellence Awards 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, SFA will honor some of its top educators.
The 2014 Teaching Excellence Awards recognize university professors for their knowledge of subject matter, the quality of their lectures and enthusiasm for teaching, among other things.
This year's recipients are:
Dr. Keith Hubbard, College of Sciences and Mathematics
Keith R. New, Nelson Rusche College of Business (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
Dr. Stephen Kosovich, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Dr. Jannah Nerren, James I. Perkins College of Education
Dr. Matthew McBroom, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Angela Bacarisse, College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre
Dr. Jeff Roth, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
SFA opens Center for Digital Scholarship in Steen Library
SFA's Ralph W. Steen Library has opened the Center for Digital Scholarship, which will assist with digital research projects, education and learning programs, scientific data, and digital humanities.
Located on the second floor of Steen Library, the CDS is a service center that offers support and assistance to faculty members, students and community members in the development and creation of digital information.
Services include digitization of documents, photos and maps; multimedia conversion for a variety of analog formats, including audio cassettes, VHS and MiniDV; and collaboration in planning, designing and developing projects.
"I have done more with digital preservation while working with the CDS than anywhere else," said Mark Musquiz, Department of History graduate student. "It let me apply what I learned in class while gaining experience."
The CDS is currently completing projects under the direction of the center's digital archivist, Dillon Wackerman. Several of the completed digital collections are collaborations between the East Texas Research Center and the CDS. Read More
Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle LovettExtra-credit opportunities available for students
The legendary Lyle Lovett will be this year's featured guest at SFA's Archie McDonald Speaker Series.
Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career spanning 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.
Lovett has won four Grammy Awards: Best Country Album in 1996; Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal in 1994; Best Pop Vocal Collaboration in 1994; and Best Country Male Vocal in 1989. He received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and he was named the 2011 Texas State Musician.
Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 E. Main St.
Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lovett is scheduled to appear in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. Read More
Global Gateway to Brazil: Presentation sponsored by Office of International Programs
Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Brazilian culture given by students from Brazil. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., April 9, in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.
Authentic Brazilian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!
Free screenings offered Thursday
The SFA Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation/Counseling Programs will offer free anonymous alcohol use screenings in recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day. Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.
The counseling/rehabilitation graduate and undergraduate student body are pleased to offer this screening to the community as part of this year's event. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.
NASD Mental Health Screening, held in April as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health Inc. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.
For more information, call the SFA Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.
Early Childhood Lab marks National Week of the Young Child
The Early Childhood Lab at SFA and the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start Program asks Nacogdoches to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, April 6 - 12. As part of the National Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, the city is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
The 10th Annual Family Fun Day will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, downtown in Festival Park for the entire community.
This activity will be a free event with many fun-filled activities for children and families to do together. Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn will be there to make a Proclamation for Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.
For more information, contact the SFA Early Childhood Lab at (936) 468-4006.
SFA Planetarium show: Mars Quest
The SFA Planetarium will be running a new show titled “Mars Quest” at 7 p.m. Fridays through April 11.
For a synopsis of the show, click here.
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Yoga session scheduled for Wednesday
Take a break from your day to find your inner peace. "108 Sun Salutations" will be done collectively as a group and will be led by three certified yoga instructors. Come for one or all 108 sun salutations, or just sit on your mat and reflect. Mats and instruction will be provided, and there will be modifications available for all fitness levels.
No previous yoga experience is necessary. This is a Week of Reflection Event and is free and open to all SFA students and faculty and staff members.
For more information, please contact Kate Houlik, fitness and wellness coordinator for Campus Recreation, at (936) 468-5835 or email@example.com
Family event scheduled for April 12
SFA Athletics will host a kid-friendly activity event from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center's parking lot leading up to the SFA Spring Football Game at 6:30 p.m. in Homer Bryce Stadium.
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a day of family fun and Lumberjack athletics!
SFA finishes four under par at Jim West
SFA made its move over the final 18 holes of the Jim West Intercollegiate, posting a one-over 289 and jumping two spots to finish sixth out of a competitive 14-team field. The Lumberjacks closed out the 54-hole event with a four under 860, finishing two strokes out of its fourth top-five finish of the season.
Sophomore Luke Sheehan posted the low round of the day for SFA, firing a two-under 70 to finish tied for 20th overall with a one-under 215. He ended the tournament tied with red-shirt freshman teammate Baxter Ward, who carded an even-par 72 over the final round to finish with the one under 215 (73-70-72). It marks the seventh top-20 finish of the season for Sheehan and the fourth for Ward.
Juniors Blake Pugh and Bradley Phelps tied for 39th overall as the duo both shot a five-over 221. Pugh notched a five-over 77 on the day (74-70-77) while Phelps recovered from a rough second round to notch a two-over 74 (69-78-74). Read More
SFA falls 9-6 to New Mexico
The SFA Lumberjack baseball team hit four homeruns on the night but fell 9-6 to New Mexico in the series opener on Tuesday at Jaycees Field.
Senior Zach Marberry recorded the second multi-homerun game for SFA (15-16) in its last three games, belting his second and third homers of the season in a 2-for-3 performance against the Lobos (23-11-1). Marberry, a native of Lufkin, collected four RBI and two runs scored with the two long balls. He joined junior Kyle Thornell, who launched two in the second game of the series at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi last weekend.
Marberry was one of three 'Jacks to take UNM deep, joined by brothers Kyle and Brett Thornell. Kyle Thornell picked up his lone hit of the night with a solo shot to right field to open the bottom of the third, and Brett Thornell hit a one-run homer of his own one inning later, coming with one out in the bottom of the fourth, the first of his career. Read More
SFA volleyball to host Mudbugs & Mudballs
Crawfish season is here, and SFA volleyball will host the 14th Annual Mudbugs & Mudballs event this year to give the Nacogdoches community an opportunity to eat some crawfish and play volleyball in the mud on April 12, prior to the SFA Spring Football Game.
The Ladyjacks will host Mudbugs & Mudballs in the commuter parking lot beginning with a captains meeting at 8 a.m. and play beginning in the mud volleyball tournament at 8:30 a.m. The tournament will feature teams of six and is open to all at a cost of $60 per team when registering before April 9. Cost for registering after April 9 is $72 per team. Teams may be any combination of males and females.
Registration forms can be found at the front desk of the SFA Campus Recreation Center, the SFA Volleyball office or the SFA Women’s Basketball office, both located on the concourse of the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Online registration also is available at championshipvolleyballcamps.com
. Click on the Mudbugs & Mudballs tab, located on the left side of the page.
SFA, TJR develop fine arts partnership
The results of a newly formed partnership between the SFA School of Theatre and the Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts will be showcased in a Fine Arts Gala at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the movie theatre in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
Developed last fall, the artistic partnership between the Nacogdoches ISD arts school and SFA School of Theatre was the idea of Dr. Fred Hayes, NISD superintendent, who wanted the district's magnet schools to "reach out into the community and create a partnership of some form to start building relationships that could prosper and continue to grow with these campuses in the future," according to TJR theatre teacher Heidi Rouse, who is also a graduate of SFA.
Rouse organized a meeting that included Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, lecturer in the School of Theatre, Dr. Sandra Stewart, NISD assistant superintendent, and Roxanne Lathan, TJR principal. Read More
SFA's Symphonic, University bands to present spring concert
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual spring concert of SFA's Symphonic Band and University Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Led by graduate conductor Stephen Morman of Athens, the University Band will present a variety of works influenced by Irish music, including Frank Ticheli's moving setting of "Loch Lomond," commissioned by Nigel Durno, for the Stewarton Academy Senior Wind Ensemble of East Ayrshire, Scotland. Influencing the original song is the Celtic legend of the Battle of Culloden Moor and the imprisonment of two Scottish soldiers, one of whom was to be executed and the other to be set free. According to Celtic legend if someone dies in a foreign land, his spirit will travel to his homeland by "the low road," or the route for the souls of the dead. In the song, the spirit of the dead soldier shall arrive first, while the living soldier will take the "high road" over the mountains, to arrive afterwards, explained David W. Campo, associate director of bands. Read More
SFA Trombone Choir to celebrate International Trombone Week
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
"The Trombone Choir will perform a festive concert with a selection of popular and jazz songs that will commemorate International Trombone Week," said Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone at SFA and the director of the Trombone Choir.
"Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday," arranged by Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance in America. Other popular songs on the program will include "Mr. Sandman," "The Ente Read More
Mix'n Matches to perform concert at SFA
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Mix'n Matches jazz trio in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
Mix'n Matches is the professional local group comprised of SFA School of Music faculty members Larry Greer on guitar, Brad Meyer on drums and J.D. Salas on bass. Special guest for this performance will be Eric Chin on keyboards.
The first half of "Mix'n Matches Live" will feature the core group performing some of the all-time jazz standards and some original compositions, according to Salas. The second half of the concert will include Gary Wurtz, trumpet, Deb Scott, trombone, and Bolingbrook, Ill., graduate student Kyle Glavanovits, saxophone. This portion of the program will include selections arranged by the late Darrell Holt, a noted jazz musician and former associate professor at SFA. Read More
Danceworks recital set for April 10, 11 and 12
The SFA dance program will present Danceworks, a concert featuring faculty, student and guest-artist choreography at 7 p.m., April 10-11 and at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12 in the Dance Studio, Norton H.P.E. Complex Room 201.
Tickets will be sold at the door in the lobby before each show.
General admission is $10. SFA faculty and staff members and seniors are $8, and students are $5. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SFA festival features new works by top playwrights
East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during the SFA School of Theatre’s 2014 Festival of New American Plays Tuesday through Saturday, April 8 through 12, on the SFA campus.
This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.
“From 1998 until now, we have brought playwrights to our campus to see their new works,” Heifner said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to view ‘theatre in the making.’” Read More