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Tuesday, July 15

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens, Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant recently told the story of restoring his grandparents' old house, farm and garden in Shelby County to some 375 members of the Dallas Women's Club. 

He was invited to speak to the club by former SFA Board of Regents member Susan Roberds. 

News & Announcements

Information on dependent and service credit benefits

Good Morning SFA Employees! This week we are providing information about your dependents and buying back certain service credit.

Click on the following link to be directed to your helpful human resources website to read the article: Dependents and Service Credit.

Medical Center Hospital Update:
By now you have received a notice from UnitedHealthCare referring to a “Notice of Potential Termination” for Nacogdoches Medical Center.

Please disregard that notice.

Nacogdoches Medical Center representatives have assured SFA that they are in the process of signing new contracts with UnitedHealthCare for the new year and will continue to be a network provider for all our health care needs.

Next week we will be providing information about the TexFlex – Health and Dependent Child Care accounts.

iMAS Academy students get hands-on experience

Nearly 100 middle school students from more than a dozen area school districts attended the iMAS (Investigations in Math and Science) Academy last week at SFA. SFA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) faculty members guided students in the discovery of academic skills necessary for future STEM careers. 

Students worked collaboratively to solve real-world problems as they worked through modules such as Crime Solvers (CSI), ER, Magic Cone (conics) and What’s in Your Water. 

Pictured, from left, are SFA nursing student Hanna Hudson, Huntington Middle School student Cason Young, Lufkin Middle School student Sam Ellisor, Harlingen Middle School student Jimi Abbott and SFA nursing student Katy Trotty. The middle school students were learning how to start an IV on patient simulators in SFA’s  Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing.

SFA Dining launches sustainability initiative

On Tuesday, July 8, SFA Dining eliminated the use of disposable, Polystyrene to-go containers from the SFA dining halls. Dining options now include: dining in, the RFoC Express cooler and reusable, Eco To-Go containers. Historically, the dining halls have offered the option to dine in, get RFoC Express and hot meals to-go in disposable, polystyrene containers. The SFA Dining Eco To-Go program will annually eliminate the use of more than 230,000 disposable, Polystyrene to-go containers.
The reusable, Eco To-Go container program works like to checking a library book into and out of a library. Each SFA ID-card holder gets one Eco To-Go container for free. Using the customer's ID-card, SFA Dining tracks which customers have an Eco To-Go container "checked in" or "checked out" of the dining halls. Once the Eco To-Go container has left the dining hall, it belongs to the customer. 

To get a second container (second meal in an Eco To-Go), the customer must return the first container, or they can choose to purchase a second container for a $5 replacement fee. Customers can always get a complete meal from our RFoC Express coolers if they forget or lose their Eco To-Go container and are too busy to sit in the dining hall.

Planetarium showing 'Black Holes'

The allure of black holes is more than just gravitational. These mysterious voids of extinct stars have fascinated generations. 

Narrated by noted actor John de Lancie (“Q” in the Star Trek TV series), this program incorporates several of the latest theories regarding black holes. Where do they come from? Will the Earth ever be sucked into one? Do “worm holes” really exist? Designed for general audiences, this full-length animated production features 3-D simulations of black holes and the strange physical effects they can create. 

You will witness first-hand the bending of light, the skewing of perception. With a host of advisers from around the country, this is the most up-to-date and visually stunning show about black holes ever produced! 

The show is 35 minutes long. 


Ladyjacks participate in Chillin 4 Charity

A new fundraising effort has hit the women’s basketball community this summer. Coaches across the nation are cooling off from the heat by participating in Chillin 4 Charity while raising money for breast cancer research and awareness for the Kay Yow Foundation.

SFA head coach Brandon Schneider and members of his staff recently joined the Chillin 4 Charity movement and were doused with buckets of ice cold water to raise money for the cause last week.

“Our players and staff are very honored to have participated in Chillin 4 Charity,” Schneider said. “Coach Niya Butts and her program at Arizona is to be commended for starting what has been a tremendous campaign for all involved.”
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Ladyjacks earn ITA all-academic recognition

The SFA women’s tennis team was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) 2014 All-Academic team and had three Ladyjacks named scholar-athletes, the association announced last Thursday.

"I am very proud of the girls for achieving this important academic award together,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “This shows we run a serious program both on and off the court. I would like to thank our academic adviser, Casey Finnell, for all her professionalism and support that made this classroom success possible."

In addition to the team honor, SFA had three Ladyjacks named ITA scholar-athletes: Laura Servise (3.72 GPA – kinesiology major/health science minor), Valeria Terentyeva (4.00 GPA – physics and astronomy major/math minor) and Andrea Ternera (3.85 GPA – international business major).
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Conque adds Howe to SFA coaching staff

SFA head football coach Clint Conque announced the addition of Tom Howe to the Lumberjack coaching staff. Howe began his new position on July 6, overseeing the SFA defensive ends.

"Tom is a high-energy coach with a great pedigree behind him," said Conque. "He has experience across all levels, having won a national championship at the Division II level as well as working at the FBS level under former SFA head coach Robert McFarland at Iowa State. Plus he played at the FCS level and had a solid career at Drake. He is a players' coach and will bring some stability to the defensive end position."

Howe comes to Nacogdoches having spent the last two seasons on the staff at Central Oklahoma. While in Edmond, Howe was the Bronchos linebackers coach while also serving as UCO's special teams coordinator.
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Fine Arts

SFA's 12X12 art fundraiser to feature work by the late Gary Frields

Local art lovers have a special treat to look forward to in this year's 12X12 fundraiser of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, compliments of the late - and great - Gary Frields.

The silent auction bidding began last week for this year's 12X12 event benefitting the SFA School of Art, and a separate special auction will feature the last artwork of Frields, beloved SFA art professor who died last year.

The 12-by-12-inch panels of artwork created by approximately 70 artist from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas went on display July 2 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, and the bidding will continue until and conclude with the party and sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the downtown art center.
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Pre-show entertainment, refreshments featured at SFA SummerStage Festival

The lineup of summer shows by the SFA School of Theatre not only has a new name, there are also new pre-show activities for audiences designed to add to the excitement of the all-new SummerStage Festival.

Formerly called Summer Repertory Theatre, the 2014 SFA SummerStage Festival will feature Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel. The festival runs June 27 through July 18.

The School of Theatre has teamed up with SFA Student Services and Aramark to provide pre-show snacks for festival-goers and summer theatre patrons, according to Scott Shattuck, School of Theatre director.

"We want to invite everyone in the community to this fun and casual festival," Shattuck said. "Feel free to drop in for the ice cream and free live music outside, then come on inside for the play if it suits your fancy."
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SFA's Music Preparatory Division to present 'Music Mind Games' class

The SFA School of Music and the Music Preparatory Division will present "Music Mind Games," an innovative music theory class for children taught July 14 through 18 in the Prep Performance Hall in the Music Prep House, at 3028 Raguet St.

Brenda Josephsen, Music Prep Suzuki violin teacher, will offer the classes from 3 to 4 p.m. for ages 4 to 6 years and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 11. Tuition is $100 per student.

"Music Mind Games" is an innovative teaching sequence of music theory that has a nurturing philosophy, friendly, colorful materials and a large variety of creative games," said Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division. "Students will learn to read music and develop skills necessary for understanding music theory and for becoming a well-rounded musician."
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SFA SummerStage Festival to bring popular classics to life

From late May through the end of June each year, SFA theater students rehearse seven afternoons and evenings a week in addition to preparing scenery, lights, costumes, makeup, sound, props and more in the mornings and afternoons Monday through Friday.

That fast-pace immersion in all that is theater can only mean that it's time for the SFA School of Theatre's SummerStage Festival. And this year's selections are sure to please audiences of all ages: Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel. The festival runs June 27 through July 18.

The new name for the program, formerly called Summer Repertory Theatre, is part of the school's effort to better inform new audiences about a casual and entertaining way of spending time in the summer with family and friends, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.
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If you stepped outside Saturday night and thought the moon was particularly big and bright in the sky, then you were right. This weekend marked the first of three so-called "supermoons" of 2014. 

Supermoons - called perigee moons by astronomers -happen when our celestial neighbor reaches a full moon at the same time it reaches perigee, or the shortest distance from earth on it's elliptical orbit. The moon will appear a little brighter and closer. 

The best view of the event is to watch the moon rise over a distant horizon. Scientists haven't yet determined why, but the moon is generally thought to appear bigger on a distant horizon than other times. It's referred to as the moon illusion. 

The next supermoons are Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. 

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