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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 29
SFA volleyball vs. University of Michigan
Fayetteville, Arkansas
4 p.m. 

SFA women's soccer vs. University of Nevada
4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30
SFA football at Kansas State
Manhattan, Kansas
6:10 p.m. 

SFA volleyball vs. Tennessee State
Fayetteville, Arkansas
11 a.m. 

Sunday, Aug. 31
SFA women's soccer vs. University of Arkansas
11 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 1
SFA volleyball vs. University of North Texas
6:30 p.m. 




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Dr. Mario Ajero

School of Music

Ajero's article "Helping Piano Students Online" is featured in the August-September 2014 edition of American Music Teacher, the official journal of Music Teachers National Association. 

In it, he describes his experience giving online piano lessons this past year through Helpouts by Google, a platform that connects people who need help with experts in their field over live video.

He also shared tips with music educators on how to improve the online lesson experience using technology.

Scott Shattuck

SFA School of Theatre

Shattuck, director of the SFA School of Theatre, was elected treasurer of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and was among the new ATHE Governing Council members introduced during the organization’s annual conference last month in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Founded in 1986, the organization serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students and theatre practitioners.

Shattuck will serve a two-year term.

News & Announcements

Explore the 3-D models in SFA ScholarWorks

The Center for Digital Scholarship invites the SFA community to view and interact with a collection of 3-D models recently published inScholarWorks

These models are the work of Dr. Robert Z. Selden of the Center for Regional Heritage Research, who scanned and submitted each item to the digital archive. The CDS has had the opportunity to present our work in 3-D modeling at several conferences, and the team is exploring ways to expand our 3-D imaging capabilities for SFA faculty and students. 

Contact cds@sfasu.edu for more information.

Conque Era Begins at Kansas State tomorrow

SFA opens up the 2014 season on the road, taking on Big 12 opponent Kansas State on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. Kickoff against the Wildcats, who are ranked 20th in the preseason FBS AP Top-25 poll, is set for 6:10 p.m.

SFA’s game in Kansas will be streamed live through KStateHD.TV, Kansas State’s on-campus high-definition web stream. KStateHD.TV is a subscription-based site with a one-month subscription costing $9.95. Rob Meyers will once again carry the game live over the air on Q107.7 FM or online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available at KStateSports.com with in-game updates through Twitter at @SFA_Football.
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SFA to screen 'In the Realms of the Unreal'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "In the Realms of the Unreal" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Jessica Yu, "In the Realms of the Unreal" is described as "an innovative masterpiece that literally gives wings to one man's singular vision of an imaginary world," according to information at linked textwww.rottentomatoes.com.

An obscure janitor, outsider artist Henry Darger lived a reclusive life and died alone in a Catholic mission in 1973. For more than 60 years, he created a massive literary and graphic body of work, including "The Realms of the Unreal," a 15,000-page novel with hundreds of paintings that recounts the wars between nations on an enormous unnamed planet, according to the website. His work was discovered posthumously.
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Little Jack Family Fun Zone planned before each football game

The SFA Athletics Department is hosting The Little Jack Family Fun Zone for all Saturday home football games  in the Early Childhood Research Center parking lot starting two hours before kickoff in conjunction with the SFA Alumni Corner. 

Anyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free. Our first home game will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6.

International Friendship Program unites students, faculty and staff members with international students

If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program.

A student, faculty/staff member or community member is matched with one or two international students. You are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, American celebrations or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.

The program opens interaction between local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in “hosting” an international student, please fill out an application form. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 8.

For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.


SFA volleyball set to open 2014 season today

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team is set to open the 2014 season, traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for matches with Michigan, Arkansas and Tennessee State, as part of the Arkansas Invitational.

SFA will face Michigan in the tournament opener, in a 4 p.m. match inside Barnhill Arena on Friday. The Ladyjacks will then turn around and play two on Saturday, playing host Arkansas at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network, before closing out with Tennessee State at 4:30 p.m.
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SFA set for twin bill on Longhorn network

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team will play two neutral site matches this week, facing Nevada on Friday before taking on No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday. Both games will be played at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field at host site Texas and televised on the Longhorn Network.

"This weekend is another great litmus test for our team," head coach Wally Crittenden said. "We play a talented Nevada team on Friday afternoon that is looking to get its first result, and I know they will bring a focus and commitment to the match that will demand our best. Then, on Sunday, we turn around play another SEC team that has proven themselves to be a team that is willing to grind and compete hard. I feel we match up very well against both of these teams and with good focus and discipline. We will have opportunities to impose ourselves in possession and in territory. These are the kinds of games that will forge our competitive spirit and our relentless attitude heading into conference play and the post-season. I can't wait to see how our players respond in what is, for many, a homecoming weekend back to the Austin area."
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SFA athletics photo contest names winners

Congratulations to our College Colors Day Photo Contest Winners! Thanks to everyone who participated in the competition.

The winners of the contest received a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble or four tickets to this year's Battle of the Piney Woods, to be held Saturday, Nov. 1, at NRG Stadium in Houston. The ticket winner also received a replica SFA helmet.   

Fine Arts

The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse in concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

For more than 15 years, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse have captivated and excited audiences with their musicianship, technique and comical repartee, according to Charles Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA. Over the years, The Hornsmen have performed throughout the United States for audiences at the symphony, college campuses, horn workshops, churches, arts festivals, public schools and other venues.
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Eugenia Zukerman & Friends to open upcoming University Series at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2014-2014 University Series “Connect” opens with a performance by Eugenia Zukerman & Friends at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

“This is our first show of the new season,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, “and we think it is a great way to begin what promises to be another exciting and diverse series of quality fine arts performances.”

Joining renowned flutist Zukerman are friends and fellow musicians Milana Strezeva on piano, Sophie Shao on cello and Hye-Jin Kim on violin in a new collaborative performance.
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Exhibitions to showcase talents of SFA art professors

Recently created art in a variety of media will make up the annual "SFA Faculty Exhibition," which the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The annual faculty exhibition in the Ledbetter Gallery will feature photography, paintings, metal work, ceramics and sculpture, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

"SFA is fortunate to have such a talented group of working artists creating in such a wide array of styles and media," Handley said. "This exhibition is our annual chance to show off and highlight our talented artists."
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