This Week's Calendar
Friday, June 30
"The Little Star That Could"
Math Planetarium Building
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News & Announcements
Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building on schedule to be completed by fall 2018
Structural steel beams are being placed and foundational concrete poured as construction of the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building remains on schedule to be completed by fall 2018 on the SFA campus.
“The project began with the demolition of Todd and Gibbs Halls. The site then had selective tree clearing and grading to prepare for foundation construction,” said Ron Watson, associate director of SFA’s physical plant department. “First-floor concrete placement and the related under-slab plumbing and electrical rough-in continue.”
In response to a national call for reform in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, SFA began years ago to implement activities, courses and public outreach initiatives that would enrich STEM-related interests. That same push for STEM reform was later incorporated into the SFA 2020 campus master plan.
Help evaluate OMA’s Consciousness Speaker Series
During the fall and spring semesters, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Consciousness Speaker Series, which aims to connect with SFA faculty and staff members by opening discussions regarding progressive issues in diversity, multicultural education and social justice.
Currently, OMA is working on evaluating its program for the 2017-18 year and would like your input. Help OMA better serve the SFA community by filling out this survey.
Freedom Fest 2017 to include family friendly fun, fireworks July 1
Freedom Fest 2017, a free Independence Day celebration hosted by the Nacogdoches Jaycees, will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, in Festival Plaza in downtown Nacogdoches.
Event attractions will include a bounce house, water slide, a DJ playing hits from multiple genres and generations, food and toy vendors, and more.
Fireworks will begin after dark and will be synced to music on KICKS 105.1. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free pair of 3-D fireworks glasses.
SFA’s Lil’ STEM Jacks camp offered for children ages 6 to 9
Enrollment for children ages 6 through 9 is still available in Stephen F. Austin State University’s STEM Research and Learning Center’s Lil’ STEM Jacks, which runs July 25 and 26 on the SFA campus.
Lil’ STEM Jacks captures children’s attention in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing opportunities to learn and play in hands-on activities related to STEM disciplines.
The 2017 Lil’ Jacks two-day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $30 per child and includes materials, snacks, prizes and a T-shirt. Visit here to register.
Benefits summer enrollment information sessions available
Attend an on-campus information session to learn more about changes coming in Plan Year 2018 and how to make benefit election changes online.
The next on-campus session is 2:30 p.m. today in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. Click here to view additional dates for on-campus sessions.
If you can’t attend an on-campus session, ERS is offering a number of webinars, which can be accessed here.
Benefits summer enrollment guides and more information are now available here. Get a head start on reviewing your benefit election options. Expect to receive your Personal Benefits Enrollment Statement from ERS soon, which will be mailed to your home address.
Nominations open for 2017 Cum Concilio Heritage Preservation Award
Nominations are being accepted for the SFA Stone Fort Museum's Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award, which honors those dedicated to preserving Nacogdoches and its history.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Click here to download a nomination form with instructions, or contact Carolyn Spears, museum director, at (936) 468-2408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The museum's award is different because it recognizes achievements across the spectrum of heritage preservation, including art, archives, architecture, natural history, historic objects and the built environment," Spears said. "In 2015, the first award was presented posthumously to Dr. F. E. Abernethy for his vision and perseverance in the development of the Lanana Creek Trail, now part of Nacogoches' cultural landscape."
Summer Music Series continues Friday with Jonathan Webster
The second installment of SFA’s Summer Music Series will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday, June 30, at the Student Recreation Center pool with a performance by Jonathan Webster.
Marshall Hance will perform in the third series installment July 21.
This Summer Music Series is free for Rec Center and pool members and children under 4. The event costs $10 for non-members.
For more information, call (936) 468-3507.
Morgan Spearman hired to SFA softball coaching staff
SFA’s head softball coach Nicole Dickson announced the hiring of Morgan Spearman as the new assistant coach to the Ladyjack softball team for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Spearman just completed a successful 2016 campaign as assistant coach at Eastern New Mexico University, Dickson's alma mater. At ENMU, Spearman helped the Greyhounds post 20 overall wins in a season, along with 10 Lone Star Conference victories, a first since 2007.
“We are excited to add Spearman to our staff and program,” said Dickson. “She comes from a winning tradition and culture at Angelo State, showing success both athletically and academically as a student-athlete. She has a high-energy coaching philosophy and competitive mindset that she instills in her players. Morgan will be a positive role model and has high character.”
SFA athletics fans invited to share opinion via survey
SFA athletics fans are invited to provide feedback about their SFA sporting event experiences through a short five-to-seven minute long survey. Their responses will help SFA improve and offer the best possible fan experiences at SFA sporting events.
Fans who complete the survey will be entered to win a basketball signed by Lumberjack men's basketball great Thomas Walkup.
The survey can be accessed here. All feedback is greatly appreciated.
Popular family favorites highlight SummerStage season
The SummerStage Festival at SFA will present a fun and funny children's musical and an emotionally powerful American classic play in its 2017 summer theatre season.
This year's SummerStage Festival began Tuesday and will run through July 15 with performances in Turner Auditorium and the Downstage Theatre. Both venues are in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus. This year's plays are "Ivy + Bean the Musical" and "The Miracle Worker." The festival is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford Lincoln.
For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
SFA to screen Academy Award-winning 'Inside Out'
The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the Academy Award-winning Disney Pixar film “Inside Out” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, "Inside Out" is an inventive animated film that takes the audience on a journey to discover the "emotional roller coaster ride inside your head," according to information at movies.disney.com. This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series.
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
‘The Miracle Worker’ calls attention to relationship that ‘changed the world’
Most people are familiar with the story of blind and deaf Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan.
William Gibson’s play “The Miracle Worker” provides an intimate look at the student and instructor before they became historical figures and advocates for people with disabilities. It also reminds audiences of the miraculous achievements Keller and Sullivan made in changing the world of the disabled at a time when little had been discovered in the field of deaf-blind education.
“The Miracle Worker” is featured in this year’s SummerStage Festival at SFA. The festival, presented by the School of Theatre, began Tuesday and will run through July 15 with performances in Turner Auditorium and the Downstage Theatre.
Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp
Registration is continuing for SFA’s Junior Jacks Theatre Camp. The popular two-week School of Theatre camp is designed for children entering third through ninth grades. This year’s camp is scheduled for Monday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Registration deadline is July 28.
Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the highly successful High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA, according to Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre at SFA and the camp’s director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly, and Conn suggested parents register their children early.
Registration cost is $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available. More information and a registration form can be found here, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or email@example.com.
Few things exist that are more delicate than a feather — a fact that makes artist Chris Maynard’s feather-based artwork that much more breathtaking.
With a background in biology and ecology, Maynard has worked with feathers since he was 12 years old. See a few of his masterful cut feather pieces here.