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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
6:30 p.m.




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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature designer of Mize Azalea Garden

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Barbara Stump, research associate for development for SFA Gardens, will present "SFA Gardens - My Azalea Retrospective, the Unabridged Version."

Stump will reveal a few secrets and lessons learned during the 18-year development of the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Stump has been associated with the gardens since she began working toward her master's degree in 1997. Her master's thesis, "The Site Analysis and Design of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden," involved coordinating efforts to build the 8-acre garden and plant more than 8,000 specimens, of which 6,500 are azaleas.
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Yapp exhibition features plein air landscapes in oil

The SFA School of Art presents an exhibition of the work of artist David Yapp showing April 16 through June 13 in the Reception Gallery at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"David Yapp: California Landscapes" features plein air (painted outdoors) landscape and seascape paintings.

"This exhibition includes landscape paintings using oils, featuring sweeping views of the California coast in heavy impasto paint with fine brushwork," said John Handley, director of galleries for SFA. "I personally met this artist five years ago and have been closely watching how his paintings have developed over time."
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Dr. Lauren Brewer

Department of Psychology

Brewer, assistant professor of psychology at SFA, along with her colleagues and students, recently presented three research projects at the East Texas Psi Chi Conference held at LeTourneau University in Longview.

The research was a collaboration with faculty members Drs. Kyle Conlon, Sarah Savoy and Robert Polewan; graduate students Machael Cortez and Margaret Hance; and undergraduate students Deinisha Tryals and Bethany Krawietz.

In addition to the presentations, Brewer and Dr. Nathan Sparkman were asked to serve as judges for the poster and talk competitions.

News & Announcements

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

'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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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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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.

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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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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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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