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This Week's Calendar

Monday, July 8
Charlotte's Web
W.M. Turner Auditorium
2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9
Charlotte's Web
W.M. Turner Auditorium
10 a.m.

W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Summer II Classes Begin

Wednesday, July 10
W.M. Turner Auditorium
2 p.m.

Thursday, July 11
W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Brand new director of the SFA School of Music

Like so many young musicians, Dr. Manny Brand’s junior high school band director was his inspiration for wanting to be a music teacher.

“I remember as a seventh grader in beginning band, Mr. Martinez took 40 12-year-olds who hardly even knew how to open their instrument cases, and in three or four months, we were performing some simple tunes, on stage, at a Christmas concert to the applause from our parents,” Brand recalled.

That teacher possessed what Brand believes are all the qualities of effective music teaching, such as strong musicality, effective communication, enthusiasm and frequent use of musical demonstrations, and also what Brand described as “sensitivity to the students’ musical interests.”

“Above all, I remember Mr. Martinez was committed to our musical success; he gave all of us in the junior high band the feeling that with hard work and practice, a higher level of musical accomplishment was near,” Brand said.

Those same qualities, along with impressive university-level teaching and administrative experience, made Brand stand out above other music educators hoping to fill the position of director of the SFA School of Music, according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts. Brand is taking the place of Dr. Scott Harris, who served as interim director last year. Harris accepted a position this past spring as director of the Western Kentucky University School of Music. Read More

A Life Reimagined: Professional actor returns and finds joy in teaching

They say necessity is the mother of invention. When actor Brad Maule returned to East Texas in the spring of 2005, he didn't just need a job and a place to live, he needed to reinvent his life from the ground up. After spending two weeks driving the endless highways of his home state of Texas and taking stock of his life, he found himself back in Nacogdoches, where he had studied fine arts four decades earlier. "This is it," he remembers thinking after taking some time to rediscover the town he had all but forgotten during his years in show business. "This seems like a good place to get well."

This was by no means the first time in his life Maule had found himself at a crossroads. The summer after graduating from SFA in 1974, he struck off for Los Angeles with nothing but a car and $600. "I had absolutely no plan," Maule recalled during a recent interview at Java Jacks Coffee House, one of his favorite Nacogdoches haunts. "Well, that's not true. I planned to eat, and I planned to sleep. I just had no idea how I was going to pay for it." Read More

Bidding open for SFA Friends of the Visual Arts' 12X12 fundraiser

Bidding opened July 5 on the annual 12X12 fundraiser sponsored by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in the SFA School of Art.

Two weeks of silent bidding on the donated artwork will conclude with the annual party and sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The 12-inch-by-12-inch panels of artwork created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas are now on display in The Cole Art Center. Read More


Dr. Le’Ann Solmonson

Human Services

Solmonson's paper, "The Impact of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms on Maternal Parenting Behaviors," was accepted for publishing in the Michigan Journal of Counseling.

News & Announcements

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

Nacogdoches Aero Modelers Airplane Club FunFly

The Nacogdoches Aero Modelers Model Airplane club will be holding an event at the A.L. Mangham, Jr. Regional Airport in Nacogdoches from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. This event is free to the public.

A food vendor will be onsite from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Model airplane pilots from across East Texas and surrounding areas have been invited to attend. Demonstration flights of high performance aerobatic and scale model aircraft will be provided throughout the day. Read More

Conscious Speaker Series: John Scalici

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present world renowned drum circle facilitator John Scalici: Drumming Up Diversity, the first speaker in their Conscious Speaker Series.

The event, a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 27.

The interactive rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome.

Limited spots are available. To sign up, please email multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu with the subject line "drum circle."

ERS retirement, health and insurance changes

Several benefit programs are changing this year following the 83rd Texas Legislative Session. The most notable change is to the retirement annuity benefit for new employees. Other changes include lowering the number of hours needed to be considered full-time for health insurance and a tobacco certification requirement for everyone enrolled in health insurance. Read More

New dentist on SFA insurance plan

Dr. Summer Enlow will be taking over for Dr. David Alexander as SFA's only HMO dentist starting July 1.

Enlow will accept SFA's State of Texas Dental Choice insurance (in network). She will be the only dentist in town to take our Dental HMO insurance and also will see children.

Annual enrollment will run from July 8 to Aug. 9. This is the time to make any changes to your benefits and TexFlex enrollments or change your contributions.

SFA Farmers Market

The SFA Sustainable Community Education Garden offers a small farmer’s market  from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays behind the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive. Read More

Fine Arts

Timeless children's tale 'Charlotte's Web' at SFA

"Charlotte's Web," written by E.B. White and adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, is showing this Tuesday, July 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

The story is about a lonely little pig named Wilbur who becomes a local sensation on Zuckerman's farm thanks to the efforts of his new best friend, a kind and generous spider named Charlotte, who teaches everyone about the power of belief and the meaning of true friendship.

"This is a great play to bring the entire family to," Laura Rikard, SFA assistant professor of acting and directing, said. "Children of all ages - from 5 to 100 - will enjoy this timeless tale about love, loss, friendship and courage. I think it explains many realities of life in a beautiful, entertaining and fun way. I think it can lead to bonding family discussions." Read More

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