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Tuesday, July 8

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

Thursday, July 10

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

Friday, July 11

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

Tuesday, July 15

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




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A passion for art: Fundraiser to feature work by the late Gary Frields

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

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 Stephen F. Austin State University 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. July 19, at the downtown art center. 

Serving as chairwoman of the event again this year is Jean Stephens, and working with her are Gary Parker, who was in charge of hanging the show; Lisa Steed, who is in charge of information and publicity; Stephanie Stephens and Carol Athey, who will serve as cashiers for the sale; Karon Gillespie, Merci Nicklas, Richard Orton and Damon Ruckel, who are in charge of food and drinks; and Kat Garcia, who is organizing raffle ticket sales. 

“It takes the whole FVA group to make the 12x12 work,” Stephens said. 
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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens lecture series to feature talk on salsa

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Paul Wilson will present "I Came All the Way from Louisiana to Explain to You What Real Salsa Is All About."

Wilson was an Ola Cook Holmes Endowed Professor of Horticulture in the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture and taught in both the horticulture and food science departments. Now a professor emeritus, he spent most of his career in the horticulture department, transferring to food science shortly before retiring. He obtained his bachelor's degree at Eastern Illinois University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. Wilson currently is president of JEMCO Consulting and has consulted with such industry mainstays as Community Coffee, Gerber, Green Giant and Pillsbury. Bring your taste buds to this event, as there will be salsa tasting at the lecture.
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SFA grad now directing science program at AARC

It's impossible to say what direction Kerron Joseph's life would have taken if he'd gone to college where he originally planned. But the Trinidadian's academic and professional course veered onto a much different, unexplored path just before he came to the U.S.

When Joseph was finishing up high school in 2006, he had his sights - and scholarships - trained on St. John's University in the concrete jungle of New York City. So when SFA's director of international programs visited him, it took some fast talking to convince him to pay a visit to the Piney Woods of East Texas. He was skeptical but also curious. He'd been to the Big Apple before, but never to the Lone Star State. On a whim, he took the director up on his offer.

Joseph, who is now the science program director in the university's award-winning Academic Assistance and Resource Center, recalls how on that initial trip to SFA, made beneath the broiling August sun, he was struck by how different Nacogdoches was from New York City - and not just the weather. Things moved a lot more slowly here. And then there were the people. "I met friendly people from day one," Joseph said. "That, for me, said something about the place."
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Special SFA Gardens lecture to feature expert on gingers

SFA Gardens at SFA will host a special lecture on gingers at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Tom Wood will present "Collecting Gingers for the South China Botanic Garden."

Wood is well-known throughout the ginger world, and is a leading expert on Hedychiums and many other gingers. He has been breeding and releasing new cultivars of hardy gingers for more than 20 years and has served as curator for the South China Botanic Garden in Guangzhou, China, since 2010. The Ginger Garden there is constructed according to botanical species and their ecological characteristics and functions. He collects, grows and breeds gingers for the garden and has traveled to 28 countries to study, lecture on and collect gingers. Wood was a commercial nurseryman specializing in herbs, bamboos and gingers from 1979 to 2009.
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Kindermusik Adventure Camps coming in August

The SFA School of Music and the Music Preparatory Division will once again offer the popular Kindermusik Adventure Camps this August for children age newborn through 7 years.

The camp classes, which run Aug. 4 through 8, will be held in the Prep Performance Hall of the Music Prep House, located at 3028 Raguet St. Each class has a different theme and is age appropriate, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music.

"Peekaboo, I Love You!" is for newborns to 18 months. More than just a curious story, Mother Goose games like peekaboo help babies understand language, Barnett said. In this camp, uncover more ways to say "I love you" using American Sign Language, soap bubbles and parent-baby dances. The class is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuition is $90. Parents or caregivers attend the class.
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SFA Gardens to host herbal seminar

Join Cindy Hoyt, proprietor of Pineywoods Herb Farm, for an herbal seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 19, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, 2900 Raguet St.

Participants will learn about creating infusions using bay leaves and participate in a hands-on lesson of making compound (herb-flavored) butter. Hoyt plans to share her culinary treats with participants, so guests will enjoy the sight, smell and taste of fresh herbs at this delicious seminar.

"We are excited that Cindy is able to take a break from the farm and join us on the SFA campus for this seminar," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator. "She brings a vast knowledge of herbs and a great love for cooking and culinary creations to the table."
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Planetarium show 'Black Holes' begins July 11

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. 

Changes to dental plan for employees

2014 Annual Benefits Enrollment

Dental Choice:

The State of Texas Dental Choice will not increase monthly premiums for the coming year.

In addition, Dental Choice now has two dentists in Nacogdoches who will serve as in-network providers. 

Dr. Summer Enlow will remain as one of your network dentists, and we are proud to announce that Dr. Aaron Polk Jr. has joined with Dental Choice to serve as a new network provider. Please feel free to contact either dentist for any of your dental needs.

Dental DHMO:

The Dental DHMO will have a premium increase this year of about 9 percent. Dr. Enlow is the only Nacogdoches dentist participating in this plan.

State of Texas Dental Discount plan:

A new dental discount plan is now available to all employees, The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan, administered by Careington International Corp. and based in Frisco. The Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance, but a discount program for dental services.
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Gallardo, Weisheit compete at USA Juniors

Two Lumberjacks will attempt to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships later this summer as Anthony Gallardo and Jeffrey Weisheit run at the USA Track and Field Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Gallardo is set to compete in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. Weisheit will join Gallardo in the 10k.

USA Junior Championships are for athletes ages 16-19, and with its three qualified entries SFA leads the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana also will be represented at the USA Juniors this weekend.

Gallardo will run in the final event of the night on Saturday with the gun set to fire at approximately 7:37 p.m. PST from historic Hayward Field. Gallardo and Weisheit will both run at 6:45 p.m. PST on Sunday to close out the weekend of action.
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Three Ladyjacks named WGCA All-America scholars

Three SFA women's golfers have been named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team for the 2013-14 season. Sophomore Mackenzie Steiner and freshmen Ann Holcomb and Jessica White all picked up the honor, marking the most SFA honorees in a season.

Steiner was named to the team for the second time after earning WGCA All-American Scholor honors in 2012-13 as well. Steiner ranked fifth on the team in scoring average, posting a score of 79.81 over 21 rounds for the Ladyjacks. She carded a pair of 1-under 71 rounds, tied for the third-best in program history, and posted her first career top-20 finish by tying for 19th overall at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic.

Holcomb competed in 21 events for SFA in 2013-14, posting an 80.05 scoring average with a low round of 75. She notched her first career top-20 finish as well, tying for 13th at the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational, and posted the seventh-lowest 36-hole score in program history at the LeTriomphe Classic in Broussard, La.
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Fine Arts

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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SFA to screen 'Cutie and the Boxer'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Cutie and the Boxer" at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, "Cutie and the Boxer" is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging against a background of lives dedicated to art, according to information at http://cutieandtheboxer.co.uk/.
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Bidding for 12X12 art scholarship fundraiser begins July 2

Silent auction bidding for the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts' 12X12 fundraiser gets underway Wednesday, July 2, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The annual event, which will culminate with a party and sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, raises scholarship funds for students enrolled in the SFA School of Art.

Approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas create the 12-inch-by-12-inch panels of artwork. The artists do not sign the front of their work, so no one knows who created which piece.
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