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Dr. Paul R. Shockley

Lecturer in the Department of Multidisciplinary Programs

Shockley’s book, “Worship as Experience: An Inquiry into John Dewey's Aesthetics, the Community, and the Local Church,” spent time as the No. 1 ranked book on Amazon's new release leases list of philosophy aesthetics. 

Shockley’s publication serves as an exploration into how aesthetics affects a church and its community. Using the aesthetic principles of John Dewey, Shockley gives insight into what aesthetic deficiencies churches face and how these churches can engage with people to provide a richer, deeper and more fulfilling worship experience.

Dr. Mario Ajero

Professor of piano pedagogy

Ajero recently spoke at the 2018 Texas Music Teachers Association State Convention.

The presentation, "Making Meaningful Connections between Eyes, Ears and Hands with Technology," explored how technology such as musical instrument digital interface-capable pianos and digital scores with enhanced audio features can guide students to make more meaningful connections between the visual, gestural and aural representations of the music.

Marc Guidry

Associate Provost of Academic Affairs

Guidry’s essay, “The Sense of Measured Compatibility in Contemporary Nebraska Poetry,” will be reprinted in “Poetry Criticism: Ted Kooser,” which will be published in 2019 by Gale-Cengage Learning.

The essay was included in “The Weight of the Weather: Regarding the Poetry of Ted Kooser,” published by SFA Press in 2017.

News & Announcements

Barrio Writers literature program to visit SFA

Literature was the name of the game last week as students from the Nacogdoches Independent School District participated in the fourth Barrio Writers summer program at SFA.

Barrio Writers is tailored for students ages 13 through 21 with an interest in reading and writing. Through this program, participants engage in workshops led by SFA students, faculty and staff.

Participants read books, poems and song lyrics before discussing them as a group and free writing.

Each student had a piece published in the 10th edition of the Barrio Writers anthology, which has been published by the SFA Press for the past few years.

The 8th edition is available for $20 at the Bosslight in downtown Nacogdoches. The 9th and 10th editions are forthcoming.

To learn more about this program, email sfabarriowrtiers@gmail.com, or visit barriowriters.org.
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Stone Fort yearbook nationally recognized

While its purpose may be to preserve history, SFA’s 2016-17 Stone Fort yearbook has made history by being honored with a national award.

Balfour Yearbooks, the premier national provider of school spirit and recognition productions, acknowledged SFA’s 2016-17 Stone Fort yearbook staff members for their outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism, making them one of only 4 percent of yearbook staffs nationwide to receive this recognition.

As part of this distinction, the 2016-17 Stone Fort yearbook will be featured in Balfour’s 2018 Yearbook Yearbook, a collection showcasing the best in yearbook theme development, layout, photo content, secondary packages and cover design.

This yearbook is the 92nd volume in the university’s history. The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association also recognized the yearbook for Overall Excellence in Division II Yearbook.
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Poetry book published by SFA Press named finalist for High Plains Book Award

A poetry book written by prolific poet Greg Kuzma and published by SFA Press, has been named a finalist for the 2018 High Plains Book Award for Poetry.

“Hose and Iron: Selected Poems” was published in 2017 through SFA Press. Kuzma, who has published more than 1,500 poems during a 50-year timespan, lives in Nebraska, but chose SFA Press to publish his latest collection of poems.

For Kim Verhines, SFA Press director, this nomination confirms the quality of books being published through the press. “SFA Press produces beautiful books,” Verhines said.

“This award is even more special because two of SFA’s graduate students, Jerri Bourrous and Jonathan Grant, edited and designed the book; both were graduate interns at the press and had the opportunity to work in book publishing as part of SFA’s transformative experience.”

Visit the SFA Press website at sfasu.edu/sfapress. For more information, contact Verhines by email at verhinesk@sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-1078.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation to host annual scholarship bass fishing tournament

The Campus Recreation Department will host the sixth annual Worsham Bass Tournament this Saturday at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

All proceeds will benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to Campus Recreation student workers.

Worsham served as the intramural department director at SFA for 43 years. The scholarship was created to honor Worsham’s dedication to SFA and recognize his lasting impact.

Participants can register for the tournament online, mail a registration form to the SFA Alumni Association, or register beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday at the Jackson Hill Park boat ramp.

There will be a 60-percent payout for first, second and third place, and a prize package for the “Big Bass.” The entry fee is $150 per boat.

For more information, contact Katie Blevins, Campus Recreation promotions and sponsorships coordinator, at kblevins@sfasu.edu, or call the alumni association at (936) 468-3407.

Fine Arts

Art scholarship fundraiser: 12x12 silent bidding starts soon

Silent bidding for artwork in the annual 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for SFA’s Friends of the Visual Arts begins tomorrow at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch pieces of art created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas.

Anyone may silently bid on the unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Silent bidding begins tomorrow at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House and will continue up to the day of the art party, which is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. July 14 at the art center.

Minimum bid is $250 through 4 p.m. July 14. Beginning at 6 p.m. on the night of the party, the starting bid for art pieces without previous bids will be lowered to $100. The auction closes at 7:15 p.m., and winners for all pieces will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Pieces without bids at 7:15 p.m. will be awarded in the raffle.

The purpose of 12x12 is to raise funds for the FVA scholarships and grants that are awarded to SFA art students. Between $12,000 and $15,000 is awarded annually in scholarships to deserving students in the School of Art.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call (936) 468-6557.
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SummerStage Festival to open Friday, June 29

SFA’s SummerStage Festival will open for its three-week run featuring two plays — the family friendly “Pinkalicious the Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Crimes of the Heart.”

“Pinkalicious the Musical” is the story of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.

“Crimes of the Heart” is about three sisters with very different personalities and lives who reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions.

“Pinkalicious the Musical” will be presented in Turner Auditorium at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, July 10 and 19; at 2 p.m. July 7, 10 and 18; and at 6:30 p.m. June 30 and July 14. General admission tickets are $8. A pay-what-you-can performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 10.

“Crimes of the Heart” will be presented in the Downstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. July 14. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and youth. A-pay-what-you-can performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 14.

For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Friday Film Series to screen two films in July

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of two documentaries, “Cavedigger” and “The 100 Years Show,” starting at 7 p.m. July 6 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Both films are shorter than usual Friday Film Series documentary runtimes, so the Friends of the Visual Arts film committee members elected to combine the two screenings.

"Cavedigger" is about artist Ra Paulette using nothing but hand tools to obsessively dig cathedral-like "eighth-wonder-of-the-world" art caves in the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Paulette has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive 10-year project — his magnum opus.

"The 100 Years Show" is the story of Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, who, at 100-plus years, sketched by the window of her New York City apartment every morning. She produced disciplined, radiant works in straight lines and shapes in just two colors, but the art world ignored her for decades. Her story is just one example of many great artists whose accomplishments were overlooked because of their gender, ethnicity or nationality.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Russian graphic design artist Kseniya Zmanovskaya grew her Instagram followers to more than 83,000 by combining her two favorite things — cats and food.

To see her clever designs, visit cats_in_food on Instagram.

Warning: The images might leave you feline a little hungry.

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