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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, July 30
SAA Cinema
Ratatouille (G)
6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31
SAA Cinema
Ratatouille (G)
2 p.m.

Friday, August 2
Transfer Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 6
SAA Cinema
Heavyweights (PG)
6 p.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Graduate student helps draft bill: Texas governor signs new law

Rudy Becerra may not be able to see, but the Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student has a vision for the future. Just ask Gov. Rick Perry who recently signed a bill Becerra helped draft into law.

Becerra said he has been visually impaired since birth, though he did not become blind until multiple surgeries to repair his glaucoma went awry around the age of 5.

But this 31-year-old counseling student has not let his disability get in the way of his passion to help others with visual impairment.

It all started in 2012 when Becerra asked his former professor, Michael Munro, if there were any ways he could improve the education of visually impaired students during the legislative session. The SFA professor helps prepare teachers to become specialists in visual impairment.

"He talked about the Expanded Core Curriculum," Becerra said, adding that there were a lot of disparities as far as "who gets what" education in current laws.

"Given my background and experience in public education, I just said 'well, I'll look into it.'" So he did. Read More

SFA announces its 2013-2014 University Series, ‘Live Out Loud’

Season tickets are now on sale for the nine specially selected musical and theatrical performances included in Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts’ 2013-2014 University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

“Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed touring groups and four university-produced performances,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. “Also included in the series, but at no cost to the patrons, are four outstanding art exhibitions at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.”

The season begins Thursday, Sept. 12, with celebrated pianist Christopher O’Riley and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz as they present “Shuffle.Play.Listen.” – a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres.

Vocalist, pianist and jazz legend Diane Schuur will perform Friday. Dec. 13. Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ’60s. Read More

News & Announcements

Registration, auditions scheduled for SFA's Music Preparatory Division

Students interested in private or group music lessons through the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music for the fall semester may register from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St.

Students in third through fifth grades are eligible to try out for the Children's Chorus, and students in sixth through 12th grades may audition for the Piney Woods Chorale.

Auditions for the Children's Chorus and the Piney Woods Chorale will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Music Prep House.

Both choirs will meet Mondays in Room 125 in the Wright Music Building, with the Children's Chorus meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Piney Woods Chorale meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Auditions for the Piney Woods Orchestra will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the Music Prep House. The orchestra rehearses from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Mondays in Room 170 of the Wright Music Building.

In addition to the ensemble offerings, the Music Prep Division offers private lessons for voice, piano, Suzuki violin/viola/cello, traditional violin/viola/cello and bass, classical guitar, harp, flute, oboe, trumpet, horn, saxophone, percussion and other instruments as requested. Read More

Scholarships available for Music Prep

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for music instruction through the SFA Music Preparatory Division. The partial-tuition scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and can be applied to private lessons or group instruction.

Application forms are available here, or may be picked up either at the Music Preparatory Division office, 3028 Raguet St., or in the SFA School of Music office, Room 150 of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The maximum amount awarded for any student is 50 percent of the total tuition.

All scholarship applications must be received in the Music Preparatory Division by Thursday, Aug. 1, and must be accompanied by a copy of pages one and two of the applicant's 2012 1040 Income Tax return or other proof of the previous year's income. Read More

Student Affairs develops new Common Intellectual Theme

Student Affairs has developed a Common Intellectual Theme program that provides the structure for a series of programs and events.

This year’s theme is “Truth, Justice and The SFA Way.” Students are encouraged to find their unique gifts and refine them during their time at SFA. Faculty members in many disciplines also may find this reading useful and are welcome to use it.

Additionally, to contact Dr. Adam Peck about speaking in your class, contact Joy Hammonds or call The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249. Read More

Garden Capital of Texas ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting to celebrate Nacogdoches' designation as the Garden Capital of Texas will be held at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31. Guest speakers will include State Rep. Travis Clardy, Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn and Dr. F. E. Abernathy, SFA professor emeritus. Refreshments will be provided by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Little Kickers Soccer Camp

Registration is now open for SFA's Little Kickers Soccer Camp. Players ages 3 to 5 will learn soccer skills from 5:15 to 6 p.m. each Monday Sept. 9 through Oct. 14 at the SFA Soccer Field. To register, visit here or call (936) 468-1106.

ERS Annual Enrollment happening now

Employee tobacco use status

If you have already certified whether or not you and your dependents use tobacco, you do not have to certify again. If you are unsure if you certified last year, please stop by the Human Resources Department, Room 201 of the Austin Building, to sign the certification form.

Review confirmations

Remember to review the Annual Enrollment confirmations you receive, after making any benefit changes, to verify your benefit elections are correct. ERS sends confirmations via mail to make sure employee benefits taking effect Sept. 1 are correct. If the benefit elections shown are incorrect, employees need to visit the Benefits Department to make corrections.

TRS service

If you have previously withdrawn service from TRS, you may purchase withdrawn service before Aug. 30, at a lower rate. You do not have to be vested at TRS to buy back this service time. After Sept. 1, the rate to purchase your withdrawn TRS service time will increase drastically.

Music Discovery Camp participants will ‘Have a Blast With the Past’

Parents have until July 31 to register their children for Music Discovery Camp, a summer camp offered each year by the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music.

This year’s camp is scheduled from Aug. 5 through 9 with a theme of “Have a Blast With the Past,” according to Music Preparatory Division Director Pat Barnett.

“This year, we will be discovering musical theatre and the different elements involved, including choreography, set design, costumes and music,” Barnett said. “Students will also learn about important events in history and how they relate to various musical genres.” Read More

Coach Brad Underwood Basketball Camps

Lumberjack head basketball coach Brad Underwood is offering one last camp session this summer. The dates are July 29-Aug. 1. Underwood also is pleased to be offering a 25-percent discount to all faculty/staff member children. For more information and to register, please visit here.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Summer Sizzle Personal Training Special
Rec members and non-members can take advantage of this summer training deal. For non-members, guest fees are included in the price package. Register for 12 sessions for $210 or 18 sessions for $310, which amounts to a little more than $17 per session. Save up to $140! This offer expires Aug. 2. For more information or to sign up, please contact John McElrath at (936) 468-1436.

CPR/AED/First Aid Certification Class
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Rec Meeting Room.

SFA Campus Recreation offers full certification classes for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer Certification. These courses combine lecture, demonstration, and video with hands-on training. Cost is $55 for Rec members and $100 for non-members. These classes are open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Please visit the Rec Administration Office to register and pay for classes, or call (936) 468-3507 for more information.

Fine Arts

SFA to screen ‘Last Train Home’

As part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Last Train Home” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at The Cole Art Center @The Old Opera House.

“Last Train Home” is the story of how every spring during the Chinese New Year, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as millions of migrant workers attempt to return home by train. It is an epic spectacle that describes today’s China as a country “tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future,” according to information at www.last-train.com.

The 87-minute unrated documentary is described as the “emotionally engaging and visually beautiful” debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, which draws viewers into the “fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in the movement between city and countryside, both driven and damaged by economic realities beyond their control,” the website says. Read More

SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series features science, music, comedy

Area school officials will find the new season brochure for the 2013-2014 SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series in their mailboxes when they return to school this fall.

Diane J. Flynn, manager of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Fine Arts Box Office and CPAS director, encourages school administrators to begin planning early to bring their students to any or all of the five touring shows to be featured in the coming season.

“We have an outstanding lineup of children’s shows scheduled for the 2013-2014 season,” Flynn said. “They range from the returning ‘Super Scientific Circus,’ which is always a favorite, to musicals with storylines designed to teach young theatre patrons lessons in friendship, bullying and trust as well as the importance of family bonds.”

The CPAS season opens with “Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown,” presented by ArtsPower on Friday, Oct. 25. In the play, which is based on the book by author James Preller and targets first through fourth grades, Athena Lorenzo has been slimed, and she does not appreciate the practical joke. It is up to Jigsaw and his friend Mila to investigate the sliming and track down the second-grade class clown. Audiences will laugh as they learn the secret codes that Jigsaw must decipher to solve the mystery.
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