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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, May 9
SFA Baseball at Lamar University
Beaumont
2 p.m.

Sunday, May 10
SFA Baseball at Lamar University
Beaumont
1 p.m.

Saturday, May 16
Commencement
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.



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Accomplishments

Dr. Kyle Conlon

Department of Psychology

Conlon, assistant professor of psychology, recently published research titled "Affiliation-Seeking Among the Powerless: Lacking Power Increases Social Affiliative Motivation" in the April edition of the European Journal of Social Psychology.

In two experiments, researchers tested the hypothesis that the psychological experience of lacking power influences people's desire to affiliate with others. The study found individuals with low power displayed relatively higher interest in joining a university social networking service and sought greater physical proximity to a social partner. When lacking power or feeling powerless, people may be especially inclined to get by with a little help from their friends.

News & Announcements


Hoops for Scholars

SFA students Taylor Raglin and Jason Trevino, recipients of academic scholarships through the Hoops for Scholars program, recently presented a card to members of the Ladyjack Boosters to express appreciation for the support the group provides to SFA students. The Hoops for Scholars endowment was initiated by the Ladyjack Boosters to assist the team in raising funds for academic scholarships awarded through SFA's School of Honors to highly qualified students. Pictured are, from left, Jill Still, vice president for university advancement; Trevino, a freshman theatre major from Houston; Dr. Jane Robertson, Ladyjack Booster; Raglin, a junior journalism major from Frisco; and Dr. Michael Tkacik, director of the School of Honors. For more information about the School of Honors, visit www.sfasu.edu/honors.

Early Childhood Lab parent-teacher organization offering cookbooks

The SFA Early Childhood Laboratory's parent-teacher organization has created cookbooks to sell as their spring fundraiser. 

The cookbooks make great gifts and have wonderful ideas for feeding your family. They are on sale now in the ECRC for only $15. 

Please stop by and get your copy while supplies last.

SFA Faculty Senate to meet Wednesday

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, Room 2.201.

Melinda Colby, director of project management, information technology services, will provide a brief overview of the new mySFA redesign and the rollout of Microsoft Office 365 for student emails. Dr. Leslie Cecil, chair of the ethics committee, will present the Ombuds proposal. Outgoing and incoming Senators also will be recognized.

This is the last Faculty Senate meeting of the 2014-15 academic year and all faculty members are invited to attend.


Virtual museum exhibition highlights SFA students' experiences in Germany

A group of SFA students will present an exhibition highlighting their travels and experiences during a spring break study abroad program titled "Modern Germany Memory," a virtual museum exhibition, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Students who study German with Dr. Louise E. Stoehr in the Languages, Culture and Communications Department in the SFA College of Liberal and Applied Arts traveled to Germany in March where they experienced first-hand accounts of life in both East and West Germany.

"The students witnessed the installation of a memorial to a Jewish family who had been murdered during the Nazi reign of terror, and they met with the former pastor of the Reformed Protestant Church in the city of Leipzig in the former East Germany," Stoehr said. "Leipzig is the city where on Oct. 9, 1989, demonstrators first overwhelmed the regime with their sheer mass and their peaceful marching. One month later, so many people had joined the movement that the East German government was compelled to open their borders to the West."
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SFA's Pining for Birds Arcadian Adventure set for May 9

Join Greg Grant, SFA research associate at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, and Cliff Shackelford, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ornithologist, on a bird and nature walk from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, in rural Shelby County.

Through annual prescribed burns, regular thinning and standing snags, Grant maintains this 22-year-old, eight acre stand of loblolly pines as a habitat for cavity-dwelling birds and pine savanna wildlife. The sanctuary, "Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary," is named for his outdoor-loving grandfather, who formerly owned the property.

During the hike, attendees can see brown-headed nuthatches, pine warblers, Eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, Eastern phoebes and an assortment of woodpeckers. Participants should prepare to explore approximately one mile on dirt trails and should wear comfortable shoes.

Transportation is provided and will depart from the SFA Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Center at the university's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Group size is limited. Cost of the tour is $30 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

For reservations or more information, contact sfagardens@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1832.


Portraits of Freedom exhibit opens June 13

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibit of runaway slaves drawn from the newspaper advertisements aggregated by the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

The exhibition opens Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot for the 26th annual Texas Blueberry Festival. It consists of drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen-prints from students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University, along with interpretative panels contextualizing what's on display. Admission is free.

There is an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Nacogdoches Court House Annex, featuring commentary by Kyle Ainsworth, Texas Runaway Slave Project manager, as well as two lectures placing slavery and freedom in Texas in larger social and geographical contexts. Dr. Douglas Chambers, from the University of Southern Mississippi, will speak about runaway slaves in the Atlantic World and Dr. Daina Berry, from the University of Texas at Austin, will lecture on Juneteenth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For information on the reception, click here. More information about the Texas Runaway Slave Project is located on Facebook and Twitter.

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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Athletics


SFA pole vaulters sweep weekly SLC awards

SFA pole vaulters Demi Payne and Daven Murphree have each been named Southland Conference Field Athletes of the Week, league officials announced Monday afternoon. Payne earns the award for the second straight week and sixth time overall in 2015, while it is the first weekly honor of Murphree's young career.

Payne won her 10th individual pole vault title of 2015 on Saturday afternoon at the Longhorn Invitational. She cleared a top height of 14 feet, 9.5 inches to take first place out of the jam-packed 28-woman field. Payne won in convincing fashion, beating the second closest competitor by six inches. That height is tied for the 11th-best mark all-time in collegiate outdoor history.
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Fine Arts


Choral Masterworks Concert to feature Brahms' Requiem

SFA College of Fine Arts and the School of Music will present the final performance of the 2014-2015 University Series, featuring the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral studies at SFA, the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Women's Chorus and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform "Ein deutsches Requiem" (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms. Guest soloists will be School of Music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano, and Chris Turner, baritone.

According to King, The Brahms' Requiem, as it is affectionately called, stands firmly as one of the true masterworks in music's entire repertoire.
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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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SFA's A Cappella Choir invited to perform at Vatican, St. Mark's Basilica

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music have announced the SFA A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May for an 11-day performance tour that includes special invitations to sing at the Vatican and St. Mark's Basilica.

"SFA has grand tradition in choral singing and vocal pedagogy, and our talented singers deserve a place on the world's stage," said Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music. "This performance tour will highlight to European audiences our students' artistry and SFA's musical excellence."

Family, friends and music patrons are invited to accompany the 52-member A Cappella Choir and support faculty on the trip from May 22 through June 2, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.
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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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