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This Week's Calendar
Thursday, Jan. 23
Martin Luther King Celebration
at Oral Roberts
at Oral Roberts
Friday, Jan. 24
Dr. Krassimira Jordan
Cole Concert Hall
"Oceans in Space"
at KU Invite
Saturday, Jan. 25
at Central Arkansas
at KU Invite
at Central Arkansas
Sunday, Jan. 26
at KU Invite
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News & Announcements
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.
Admission: $5 for faculty/staff/community members; $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the BPSC Information Desk or here.
For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at email@example.com.
SFA Planetarium show: Oceans in Space
The SFA Planetarium will be showing "Oceans in Space" at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.
Oceans In Space is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extrasolar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program—an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration—this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.
Nacogdoches Naturally announces spring, summer events
Mark your calendar for the upcoming 2014 Family Outdoor Adventures planned through Nacogdoches Naturally, an outdoor education component of the SFA Gardens.
"We have numerous outdoor weekend programs scheduled for the spring, beginning in January," said Kerry Lemon, project director for Nacogdoches Naturally. "These events offer opportunities for families to experience a variety of outdoor educational and recreational activities while enjoying the wonder and fun available in nature."
Kicking off the spring, SFA Nacogdoches Naturally will participate in Kid Fish from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Lakeside Park, 4800 Pearl St. in Nacogdoches This event is organized by the city of Nacogdoches' Parks and Recreation Department. Other sponsors include Coastal Conservation Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Nacogdoches Bass Club, Head Start, SuddenLink and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Global Gateway to Tunisia presentation
The Global Gateway to Tunisia Presentation, sponsored by Office of International Programs, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library.
Please join us for a 30-minute presentation on Tunisian culture given by a Tunisian student. Authentic Tunisian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.
SFA Charter School applications
Applications for the SFA Charter School are available in the Charter School Office until Jan. 29. Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed on Feb. 7. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.
There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. at the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center. For more information, please call (936) 468-5899 or come by room 101 in the Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. or click here.
Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA
The Undergraduate Research Conference 2014 will showcase student projects completed across SFA’s six colleges during the previous calendar year. The URC celebrates academic achievements and scholarly excellence at SFA will be held this April.
The conference will be a high-profile event in which students can present research or creative works. A prize of $250 will be given to the the student or group selected as a Top Scholar in each college. The deadline for submissions to the sponsoring faculty is Jan. 31. For more details, visit our website.
ODK Parents Night Out
Omicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s leadership honor society, invites all faculty and staff members who have children (potty trained and age 10 or younger) to take a night off! ODK’s Little Leaders program offers a parents night out with an evening of leadership activities for the kids.
This year’s event will take place from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at First Baptist Church at 411 North St. The event is free – parents are asked to bring donations of clothing, food items or household goods that will be given to the East Texas Family Crisis Center.
Parents can register for the event here.
For more information contact ODK at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas Job Fair 2014
Please remind students and alumni that the Texas Job Fair 2014 will be held from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center of Rice University at 6100 Main St., Houston.
With over 120 employers hiring for internships and full-time opportunities, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.
SFA's Career Services will be providing FREE transportation to the Job Fair departing at 8 a.m. from Alumni Drive between the Baker Pattillo Student Center and the Rusk Building the morning of Feb. 6. A refundable $10 (cash or check) deposit is required and must be turned into Career Services on the third floor of the Rusk Building to reserve your seat. Deposits will be returned the morning of departure.
For more information or to reserve your seat on the van to the 2014 Texas Job Fair, call Career Services at (936) 468-3305, or sign up here. View the complete employer list here.
Essence of Design: Interior Design Showcase
SFA's School of Human Sciences and Ralph W. Steen Library cordially invite you to Essence of Design: Interior Design Senior Showcase 2014.
The opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, on the second floor of the Steen Library. The exhibit will run through March 1.
Free Faculty FridayFriday, Jan. 24
Each Friday during the spring semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Faculty and staff members will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign our guest log to enter. This is only for faculty and staff members, not family or dependents.
Ladyjacks sweep Southland Athlete of the Week honors
After two shining performances last week at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational, the SFA women’s track and field team swept Southland Conference Athlete of the Week honors. Brarysheyia Simpson was named track athlete of the week while thrower La’Tricia Griffin earned field athlete of the week.
Simpson broke her second school record in as many weeks, this time winning the 200 meters in 24.11 seconds. Her time shredded more than three-tenths off her own previous school record and earned 10 points toward the team scoring. Simpson also ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay team that clocked in at 3:45.42.
Griffin won both throwing events at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational to score a total of 20 points individually for the team as the Ladyjacks cruised to the team victory. Griffin won the shot put with her mark of 45-4.50 and bested the field in the weight throw with a toss of 56-1.75.
This marks the first awards of the season for the women’s or men’s teams with indoor season only a few weeks old. The Ladyjacks are off this week and will join their male teammates next week at the Varsity Apartments Invitational hosted by Wichita State.
Lumberjacks close road swing
The SFA men's basketball team has opened defense of their 2013 Southland Conference title with a five-game win streak over Lamar, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Northwestern State. With the 5-0 start and other results around the league, the Lumberjacks sit atop the SLC standings and are the only unblemished team in conference play.
SFA, currently riding a 13-game winning streak, will close its road swing with a pair of conference road games in Week 12. The ’Jacks will play Oral Roberts (Jan. 23) in Tulsa, Okla., on ESPN3, before heading on to face Central Arkansas (Jan. 25).
ORU will host the ’Jacks inside Mabee Center on a three-game win streak. The Golden Eagles, under 15-year head coach Scott Sutton, are coming off a 79-77 win at Incarnate Word. ORU is led senior Shawn Glover's 20.8 PPG, which leads the league.
UCA, in the midst of a three-game losing streak on the road, returns to Farris Center to host Northwestern State (Jan. 23), before welcoming SFA to Conway, Ark. The Bears are led by senior LaQuentin Miles, who has averaged 22.5 through eight games played after regaining academic eligibility.
Ladyjacks conclude five-game road stand
The SFA women’s basketball team concludes its five-game road stint this week with trips to Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas. The Ladyjacks are set to take on Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. Thursday before facing the Sugar Bears at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday’s game at Oral Roberts will be webcast on espn3.com. Both the men’s and women’s games against ORU will be webcast with Lyn Rollins on play-by-play and Jim Haller providing color commentary. The Southland Conference’s Chris Mycoskie will host the halftime show.
The Ladyjacks are coming off their first loss in Southland Conference play after falling at Northwestern State 66-54 last week. SFA is currently tied atop the conference standings with Central Arkansas with a 4-1 record in league games. Central Arkansas’ loss came to Oral Roberts.
Saturday’s game at Central Arkansas will be available for free online here.
Ladyjack Academic Shootout set for March 6
The annual Ladyjack Academic Shootout has been scheduled for March 6 when SFA takes on Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.
This event raises funds through the Purple Pride Fast Break Booster Club to help fun scholarships for Ladyjacks’ summer school classes and fifth-year senior scholarships.
Fans can sign up to participate in the Ladyjack Academic Shootout at the front gate of William R. Johnson Coliseum where they can make pledges for a specific dollar amount or pledge to pay on a per point scored during the game basis.
The Ladyjacks are currently 10-7 on the year and 4-1 in Southland Conference play while tied for first place.
Last year’s Ladyjack Academic Shootout raised more than $13,000. The Nacogdoches Rotary Club also sponsors the event and contributed $2,500 toward the cause last season.
'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' to open Jan. 24 in Cole Art Center
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined VIII: Maker's Choice" exhibition Jan. 24 through March 29 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.
"Each exhibition comes with a theme, and 'Maker's Choice' seemed a good idea as it denotes that these artists are makers of fine art," Handley said. "'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme."
All work must be original and completed within the last two years, and submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.
Internationally celebrated pianist to perform at SFA
Acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.
Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, Jordan's performance will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
"I invited Dr. Jordan to come to SFA to play, having met her on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, last summer," said Parr, who also served on the Vienna Piano Academy faculty during the summer of 2013.
Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, Jordan has performed with much acclaim as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Tonkunstler Orchester in Vienna.
Parr piano recital to feature retrospective of past works
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano, in a faculty recital performing "A Retrospective, Past and Present" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
"This recital is a new look at works learned over three decades ago, but were either never performed or not performed since that time," Parr said. "It has been an interesting process to revisit these 'old friends' and reconnect with the past."
Featured major works on the program are the relatively unfamiliar Theme and Variations, Op. 73 by Gabriel Fauré and the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.
"The Fauré Variations were composed in 1910 for a piano competition at the Paris Conservatory and have long been considered by the French as a masterpiece of the variation form," Parr said. "The Chopin sonata was written toward the end of the composer's life, and it embodies the culmination of his musical language, from the nocturne-like slow movement to the virtuosic finale."
Other works on the program are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and American composer Charles T. Griffes.
SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of notable composers
The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform their first concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
The theme of the concert is "Tribute," and it will feature the music of notable American and British composers, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA.
The Symphonic Band will open the first half of the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs." Originally intended to be the final movement of Williams' Folk Song Suite, "Sea Songs" is a march medley of three well-known sea shanties: "Princess Royal," "Admiral Benbow" and "Portsmouth."
Next, the Symphonic Band will perform "Rhosymedre" by Vaughan Williams. Written in 1920, "Rhosymedre" began as a prelude for organ based on a Welsh hymn. The setting for band was arranged in 1972 and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands and the Symphonic Band's director.
The Symphonic Band will end its half of the concert with "Blue Bells of Scotland" by Arthur Pryor, featuring faculty member soloist Dr. Debra Scott on trombone.
Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Wizard of Oz'
The SFA College of the Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Wizard of Oz" in two performances on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
Presented by American Family Theater, this classic tale of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow targets children in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.
"Students can join in Dorothy's adventures with Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and, of course, the Wizard himself," Peterson said. "This is a fun-filled, original musical adaptation based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'"
Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.cpas.sfasu.edu.
Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.
SFA's Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition shifts focus
The Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA has undergone significant changes since last year. The focus is now on gaining the attention of a younger generation of musicians who are beginning to plan their future careers and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. And, hopefully SFA will be that institution.
This year's competition is slated for Feb. 1 in Cole Concert Hall and is open to high school violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists ages 15 to 18. The semi-finals begin at 1 p.m., followed by the final round at 7:30 p.m.
By focusing solely on this younger age group, officials within the SFA School of Music hope to use the competition as a valuable recruiting tool.
"The Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for these young musicians with prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives and performance opportunities with orchestras," said Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition. "Concerto performances with orchestras are very rare for any musician, let alone a budding high school student. Our hope is that eager young students will be attracted to such lucrative opportunities."
The King's Singers to perform at SFA
The King's Singers, one of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
The group's appearance in Nacogdoches is a feature of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series, "Live Out Loud."
It's been more than four decades since six choral scholars at King's College Cambridge formed an all-male a cappella group, little knowing they would one day redefine the genre. The group has a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media appearances and education work spanning the globe. The group is instantly recognized for spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.
"During their 2013-2014 concert season, The King's Singers will perform throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia in some of the world's most famous venues," Goodall said. "It is a privilege to bring to them to Nacogdoches and SFA as part of our University Series."