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SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast to be held July 12

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast will be 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, in the East College Dining Hall.

For a special price of $3, SFA faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Please help spread the word about these events, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

The monthly Faculty and Staff Breakfast is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, please “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulturist Greg Grant

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Greg Grant will present “A Bright Spot in the Heart of Texas: The Idea Garden.”

Grant is horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Smith County. He also is an award-winning writer, conservationist and seventh-generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas.
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Alvidrez named women's basketball assistant head coach

Rebecca Alvidrez has been named assistant head coach for SFA’s women’s basketball team. Alvidrez will begin her duties at SFA immediately and joins the Ladyjacks following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Colorado State University.

“We're extremely thrilled to get someone of Rebecca's caliber here," said SFA's head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg. "Not only is this a chance for her to gain more responsibility, but she also brings great international recruiting ties, new ideas, new perspectives and a wealth of basketball knowledge to our program."
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Annual 12x12 event raises funds for SFA art scholarships

Silent bidding in this year’s 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA is underway 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 pieces, according to Crystal Hicks, event committee chairwoman.

Initial bidding ($250 minimum) will continue until the fundraiser’s concluding party and reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
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Discussion tomorrow to highlight historical significance of ‘The Miracle Worker’

Audience members who attend tomorrow's performance of William Gibson’s play “The Miracle Worker” presented by SFA’s School of Theatre will experience a unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss the play with student actors, the play’s director and professionals within the disabilities training field.

Instructors in SFA’s visual impairment/orientation and mobility program, including Michael Munro, program director, and Dr. Scott Whitney, assistant professor of human services, will join SFA theatre students in the Downstage Theatre following tomorrow's performance to present their views on the play and its importance in advancing disability awareness. Dr. Inga Meier, SFA assistant professor of theatre and the play’s director, will serve as the discussion moderator.

Final performances of “The Miracle Worker” are at 7:30 p.m. July 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13; and at 2 p.m. July 15 in the Downstage Theatre, located in Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus.

For tickets or more information, click here, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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SFA’s summer children’s show promotes joys of reading

When Angela Bacarisse, professor in the School of Theatre, begins to consider children’s shows she may want to direct for SFA’s annual SummerStage Festival, a desire to promote and encourage reading is at the heart of the decision.

This year’s SummerStage children’s show “Ivy + Bean the Musical” ties in perfectly with the Nacogdoches Public Library’s summer reading campaign “Build at Better World” in that the show encourages making the world better by making new friends, according to Bacarisse.

“Ivy + Bean the Musical” will be presented at 10 a.m. July 6; 2 p.m. July 5, 8 and 13; and 6:30 p.m. July 8 and 14 in Turner Auditorium. General admission tickets are $7.50.
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SFA to screen Academy Award-winning 'Inside Out'

SFA's 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 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.
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