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Dr. Mark Sanders

Chair and professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing

Sanders' 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.

Dr. Paulo Dutra

Assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication

Commentary from Dutra was included in article published in a prestigious Brazilian newspaper Estados de Minas.

The article includes Dutra’s thoughts on the incorporation of Brazil's most famous rap group, Racionais MC’s, into the admissions exam for the University of Campinas, a prestigious university in Brazil.

News & Announcements

Faculty and staff breakfast scheduled for July 11

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the East College Dining Hall.

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

Help spread the word about this event, 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.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Arkansas horticulture specialist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Janet Carson, horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture System Cooperative Extension Service will present “Blinding Color in the Garden.”

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Join the men's basketball team on a trip to the Belfast Classic Tournament

The SFA Alumni Association invites you to travel to Ireland with SFA’s men’s basketball team as the Lumberjacks take part in the European National Collegiate Athletics Association Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Tournament Nov. 25 through Dec. 2.

To view the trip’s itinerary, click here.

For more information, and to view travel packages for six night Belfast and Dublin experience, click here.

Fine Arts

SummerStage Festival: ‘Crimes of the Heart’ to open tonight

SFA’s School of Theatre will open the American comedy-drama “Crimes of the Heart” at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Downstage Theatre for the play’s run in the 2018 SummerStage Festival.

“Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley is about three sisters with very different personalities and lives who reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions, according to the description at imdb.com.

“Crimes of the Heart” will be presented in the Downstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. tonight and July 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 slated 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 tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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 forgo 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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Art scholarship fundraiser: 12x12 silent bidding underway

Silent bidding for artwork in the annual 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for SFA’s Friends of the Visual Arts 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 one-of-a-kind pieces. Silent bidding 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.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call (936) 468-6557.
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‘Pinkalicious the Musical’ continues though July 19

This year’s summer theatre season, which continues through July 19, features the children’s favorite “Pinkalicious the Musical.”

“Pinkalicious the Musical” is the story of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes, which causes Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe. Only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

“Pinkalicious the Musical” will be presented in Turner Auditorium at 10 a.m. July 10 and 19; at 2 p.m. July 7, 10 and 18; and at 6:30 p.m. July 14.

General admission tickets are $8. A pay-what-you-can performance is slated for 2 p.m. July 10.

For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Toy manufacturer Mattel is encouraging girls to become interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics field with the release of Robotics Engineer Barbie. She is equipped with a robot and a laptop loaded with code.

Mattel takes it a step further by providing online coding lessons as a building block for young girls.

To read more about Barbie’s new career, click here.


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