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Friday, Jan. 31
"The Valiant"
student-directed
one-act play
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Children's Performing Arts Series
"Wizard of Oz"
9:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational
Arlington

Saturday, Feb. 1
"Essence of Design"
opening reception
1 p.m.
Steen Library

"The Valiant"
student-directed
one-act play
2 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Men's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational
Arlington

Women's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
4 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Sunday, Feb. 2
SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational
Arlington

Wednesday, Feb. 5
TEC book study
"Lean In"
11:30 a.m.
Steen Library


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SFA Basketball Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night

This Saturday the SFA Basketball teams will be hosting Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. SFA faculty and staff members will receive two free tickets to the double header against Incarnate Word with their employee ID. The Ladyjacks play at 4 p.m. and the Lumberjacks play at 6 p.m. at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

News & Announcements

Little Kickers soccer camp

Little Kickers is back! We offer a 6 week training program, running from March 3 to April 14, for your young soccer players aged 3 to 5 this spring. We will introduce them to the basic skills and techniques of the game in a super fun environment. We hope you can join us this spring! Register online at www.soccercampsfa.com or call (936) 468-1106.

TEDxSFA event

SFA and Red River Radio’s Kate Archer Kent will host an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, Design event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. Inspired by “curiosity,” TEDxSFA will be an exciting day of deep conversations and connections among the more than 15 speakers and all attendees. During the past week, a red “X” has been placed around campus to raise awareness about TEDxSFA. The event is open to everyone interested, and registration can be found at www.sfasu.edu/TEDxSFA. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Turner at (936) 468-4051 or meturner@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens offering 'Vegetable Gardening 101' for the whole family

Now is the time to get a jump start on springtime vegetable gardening and create a garden experience for the whole family to enjoy together.

SFA Gardens will host a beginning gardening class called "Vegetable Gardening 101" for families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. SFA Gardens Research Associate Dawn Stover will meet with parents to discuss site selection, soil preparation and amendments, compost, and raised-bed and container options. Research Associate Greg Grant will review planting schedules and best vegetable varieties for East Texas.

While the adults are learning gardening basics, younger family members (children ages 4 and older) will meet with the SFA Nacogdoches Naturally staff to learn about compost, plant parts and seeds through hands-on activities and games. Children will create art to add color to their home gardens. During the second part of the morning, families will come together for a garden taste sampler and plant a seed starter to take home.

Cost for the event, which includes all supplies, will be $20 for SFA Gardens members, $25 for non-members and $40 for family groups. Space in the workshop is limited, so pre-registration is required by Feb. 6.

To register or get more information, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Senior interior design exhibit opening at SFA

Senior interior design students at SFA will be showcasing their work during in the "Essence of Design" exhibit on display Feb. 1 through March 1 on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Each of the 13 students designed, fabricated and installed a freestanding structure on which to display work. The structures reflect each student's design philosophy and personality, as well as provide a backdrop for each display.

Digital portfolios of the students' work also will be on display during the showcase. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit achieves multiple objectives in the interior design curriculum, including readying digital student portfolios for the job-search process; encouraging student self-assessment; allowing students to experience the complete design process, including conceptualization, design development, fabrication, installation and evaluation; communicating the scope of interior design education to the public; and providing a recruitment tool for the program.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the library. Guided tours may be arranged by contacting Sally Ann Swearingen at (936) 468-2048.

SFA Gardens Lecture in New Conservation Education Building

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Jay White will present "Weed Free-Organically."

White is a gardener from Brenham. His love for growing things led him to pursue a master's degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University. While at A&M, he started "The Masters of Horticulture" blog to provide organic gardening tips for growing in Texas' incredibly variable and unpredictable climate. White is also a staff writer for Texas Gardener magazine. His potager has been featured on Central Texas Gardener, and his work on locally grown, sustainable, fresh cut flowers led to his inclusion in Debra Prinzing's latest book "The 50 Mile Bouquet."

Although traditionally held on the third Thursdays, the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series will now be held the second Thursday of each month. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the nearby Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

High-Impact Practices faculty learning community

Interested in enhancing students' higher-order thinking skills? Want to enhance your vitae with student collaborations or evidence of scholarship in your field?

If so, come participate with us in a unique professional endeavor under way here at SFA!

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications to participate in the next faculty learning community focused on field-based learning. This refers to a variety of educational activities involving the application of course content in the "real world."

For application and more information click here or contact Ashley Schmitt at schmitta@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7689.

Applications due by 5 p.m. March 1.

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.

TEC book study: Lean In

Please join us at the Teaching Excellence Center for a "Lean In" book study this semester. "Lean In," a book written by Sheryl Sandberg, discusses the internal and external obstacles women face in succeeding at the highest professional levels of their careers and offers suggestions for how men and women might work together to overcome them.

The first meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Teaching Excellence Center in the second floor of the Steen Library.  We will be discussing the introduction and chapter one of the book. 

For more information, email Heather Olson Beal at olsonbehk@sfasu.edu

Live Well panel discussion

As part of its "What are you doing with your life?" campaign, the Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes all students and faculty and staff members to a panel discussion on how to "Live well."

The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the BPSC Tiered Classroom.

Join guests panelists Kate Bridges (fitness and wellness coordinator for Campus Rec), Dr. Penny Jeffrey (director for the Health Center), and Sarah Drake (campus dietitian) on a conversation facilitated by faculty member Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey. This program is open to anyone. For more information, contact assistant director Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.


Faculty Senate to Host Shared Governance Webinar

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a webinar on shared governance in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Tiered Classroom 2.201, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. As this is a topic central to higher education, all faculty and staff members are warmly invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

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.

ORSP workshops

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.

Internal Funding
Feb. 6
Learn about the revisions to our two internal funding programs (faculty research grant and mini grant) that allow more options for faculty and decrease the wait time between applications and awards. Eligibility requirements, application instructions and competition deadlines will be covered.

Steps to Submitting a Grant at SFA
Feb. 13
All grants submitted on behalf of the university must receive institutional approval prior to submission. This session details the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Feb. 20
Learn how to develop your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract and reviewer's pet peeves.

Budget Development and Management
Feb. 27
This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

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 sfa.odk@gmail.com.

Buy lunch to support Alternative Spring Break

Support the students taking part in this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip by buying some delicious chicken spaghetti.

Tickets for either dine-in or take-out lunches can be found here. Completed tickets and a check made out to SFA should be sent via campus mail to Jamie Bouldin at Box 13029 or brought to Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.302. Ticket and payment must arrive in our office before 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

Campus Recreation

Last day to register for Learn to Swim Group Session I

Friday, Jan. 31

Let us teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water. We offer an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.

The cost for group swim is $45 per level for Rec members and $55 for non-members. This fee is non-refundable. Please visit the Administrative Office located in the lobby of the Student Recreation Center to register. Classes may fill quickly, so please sign up early or join the waiting list for the next available slot. Class will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27. For more information, please contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.

Massage Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 11

6 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. It helps reduce stress and produces deep relaxation. Learn proper massage techniques from our certified massage therapist Therese Hostetter. Be sure to bring a friend or significant other! Pre-register in the Rec Administration Office to save your spot, but walk-ins are also welcome!

Parents' Night Out

Feb. 14, March 28, April 11

SFA Campus Recreation is hosting three sessions of Parents’ Night Out programs during the spring semester for children ages 5-12. The cost per child is $20 and will include dinner and activities. Parents will drop their children off at 6 p.m. and are free to pick them up any time until midnight that night. For more information, contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051, lankfordtc@sfasu.edu, or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775, kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.

4 on 4 Axes Up flag football tournament registration

Monday, Jan. 13 through Thursday, March 20

1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office

Format will feature pool play, then a single-elimination bracket. A fee of $20 per team is due at registration. (All proceeds for the tournament will go toward the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for Campus Recreation.) Pool play will begin at the Intramural Fields from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 21. Single-elimination bracket play will be on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. This event is open, so there are no restrictions on male or female participants. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.

Athletics

Ladyjacks race past Wildcats, 80-59

A balanced offensive attack, aided by a strong start in the second half, helped SFA pull away from Abilene Christian University as the Ladyjacks handed the Wildcats an 80-59 defeat at William R. Johnson Coliseum Thursday night.

SFA improves to 11-9 on the season and 5-3 in Southland Conference play, notching its sixth-straight home court victory. ACU falls to 12-9 on the year and 3-3 in conference action.

The Ladyjacks shot an impressive 59.3 percent from the floor for the game, including hitting 66.7 percent of their shots in the second half. SFA held ACU to just 39.7 percent from the floor and just 16.7 percent from three point range as the Wildcats went 4-of-24 from beyond the arc, including 0-for-10 in the second half.
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Streak continues as SFA routs ACU, 64-48

The SFA men's basketball team didn't disappoint in their first home game in nearly four weeks, racing out to an early 20-3 lead and never trailing in a 64-48 victory over Abilene Christian University Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

With the victory, the Lumberjacks (19-2, 9-0 SLC) maintained their home-court winning streak, winning their 27th-straight game. The 27 consecutive wins ranks second nationally for active streaks, trailing only No. 16/17 Duke's 28-game mark. SFA has now won 16-straight overall, including both home and road contests, which continues to rank fifth in the nation.

Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 19th win on the season, continuing to add the most for a coach in their first season in Nacogdoches.
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Track and field takes on strong mid-major field

The SFA track and field team returns to action this week for a two-day meet and will face a number of strong mid-major and junior college programs. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks head to Kansas for the Varsity Apartments Invitational hosted by Wichita State.

Action starts Friday morning with the first events of the pentathlon and heptathlon. This will be the first multi-event of the season for SFA and head coach Phil Olson will have two women entered in the pentathlon and four men in the heptathlon.

Last season, Shambrail Woods finished fourth at the Southland Conference Championship in the pentathlon, and Cody Rhodes was runner-up in the heptathlon. Both will be making their season debuts in the multis after competing in individual events leading up to this week.
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SFA invades Arlington for Prairie View A&M Invitational

Prairie View A&M Invitational
Friday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 2
Arlington

Opening Frame
SFA prepares for its third tournament in as many weekends, making the trip into the DFW Metroplex for the 2014 Prairie View A&M Invitational. The three-day event, being held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, gets underway Friday afternoon before wrapping up Sunday morning.

Tournament Information
2014 marks the third year of the Prairie View A&M Invitational as SFA looks to improve on its previous marks, finishing sixth in 2012 and seventh in 2013. Competition gets underway at noon Friday as the teams will compete in five total four-game baker matches. Saturday’s five team game format begins at 9:30 a.m., leading up to Sunday’s three best-of-seven baker bracket play, getting underway at 8:30 a.m.
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Fine Arts

Jordan guest piano recital rescheduled at SFA

A performance by acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

Jordan was originally scheduled to perform on Jan. 24, but the closure of the SFA campus due to inclement weather resulted in the cancellation of her recital that night.

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.

Jordan is currently an artist-in-residence and professor of piano at Baylor University and is regularly invited to present master classes for piano students at universities around the world. Highly regarded as a teacher, her students have won top prizes at numerous international piano competitions in the USA, Europe and Asia. Read More

Installation in SFA's Student Galleries will feature sound art

Sound artist Jason Flowers, a candidate for graduation from Texas A&M University - Commerce's master of fine arts program, will exhibit an installation of work beginning Monday, Feb. 10, in the Student Galleries of the Art Building on the SFA campus.

Although sound art is not new, it has recently gained legitimacy and attention in the art world through such shows as "Soundings," the Museum of Modern Art's first major exhibition of sound art, according to John Handley, director of SFA Galleries.

"Flowers' work contains many similar themes as those in that exhibition," Handley said. "His work was selected, in part, to explore this current trend." Some of the installations from the "Soundings" exhibition at MoMA can be seen on Youtube.

Sound has traditionally been the territory of live musicians. However since the advent of mechanical reproduction of sound and, more recently, the proliferation of mechanical/digital creation of sound, there has been an innate interest in bringing sound experience and creation of sound back into the physical tactile world, Handley explained. Flowers' accomplishes this by making sound the central element of interactive theatrical installations, he said.
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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.

Student-directed "The Valiant" slated for SFA's Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "The Valiant" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass, "The Valiant" will be directed by Fort Worth senior Darius Michael Moore. The plot concerns a man waiting in prison for execution, according to Moore.

"Nothing is known about him except that he killed a man," Moore wrote in his synopsis of the play. "The warden and the chaplain of the prison are determined to discover this man's true identity before they chance executing an innocent man. On execution day, a girl comes to see him, thinking he may be her long-lost brother. The play ends with the discovery of the man's true identity."

The cast features Jalen Clark, Arlington sophomore, as Warden Holt; Eric Gibson, Fairfield senior, as Father Daly; Tanner O'Neal. Longview freshman, as Dan, a jailer; Michael Dizon, Dallas sophomore, as prisoner James Dyke; and Andrea Nelson, Lake Dallas freshman, as Josephine Paris.
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Schmidbauer Competition bringing top musicians to SFA for Saturday event

When the contestants in the 2014 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition take the stage Saturday, Feb. 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus, it will be obvious the level of talent the competition attracts.

From performing in Carnegie Hall to serving as concertmasters for youth orchestras, each of the musicians who will perform at SFA on Saturday excelled at an early age and is already making headlines in classical music.

These are the kinds of musicians the SFA School of Music hopes to recruit as future students, and the recently re-focused Schmidbauer Competition is a valuable tool for attaining that goal.

"The Schmidbauer Competition attracts hard-working, charismatic musicians who remain on the forefront of the classical music industry, and it serves as a stimulus for continued growth in the field," said Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition. Read More

SFA School of Art to present Monica Maestrelli one-day exhibition

The SFA School of Art will present "Monica Maestrelli, Jewelry by Design," a one-day exhibition and event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Ledbetter Gallery at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

A designer of jewelry and luxury accessories for the home, Maestrelli was born and raised in Florence, Italy. She began her design career at the Superstudio, a design studio famous for its avant-garde architecture and design work. Working with a group of five architects, who experimented with radical concepts of new architecture, she quickly developed an interest in minimalist and organic form and later synthesized these interests in creating her own designs for jewelry and luxury home accessories, according to Dr. David Lewis, professor of art history at SFA.

In 1983, Maestrelli began working as a gift designer for Gucci and was responsible both for original designs and overseeing the development of new prototypes. From 1994 through 2004, she worked with the art director Tom Ford as senior designer for the new Gucci Home & Jewelry Collection. In 2005, she began working with Gucci's new art director, Frida Giannini. During the following three years, Maestrelli continued working with Gucci as a freelance designer before deciding to design and produce her own jewelry collection. Her work is characterized by "a sophisticated, minimalist approach to organic form," Lewis said.
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SFA School of Art to screen "The Rape of Europa"

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Rape of Europa" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Rape of Europa" tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War, according to information at www.rapeofeuropa.com/.

In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures, the website said.

"The Rape of Europa" begins and ends with the story of artist Gustav Klimt's famed Gold Portrait, stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and now the most expensive painting ever sold.
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