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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 6
Live Well panel discussion
7 p.m.
BPSC Tiered Classroom

Men's Basketball
vs. Nicholls State
8 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Women's Basketball
vs. Nichols State
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, Feb. 7
Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Men's Basketball
vs. McNeese State
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

TEDxSFA Event
BPSC Theater

Women's Basketball
vs. McNeese State
4 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Monday, Feb. 10
Dr. Krassimira Jordan
guest piano recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Jason Flowers
Sound artist show
Art Building Gallery


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Headlines


SFA School of Music participates in new Internet piano audition network

The SFA School of Music is one of the first institutions in the country to participate in Yamaha's Disklavier Education Network.

DEN is an ambitious web initiative poised to change the way in which schools, educators and students collaborate with each other, conduct master classes over the web and audition students, thanks to the company's Internet-connected reproducing piano, according to Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA.

"We are now accepting recorded auditions using Yamaha Disklavier technology from recording sites all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska," Ajero said. "We believe this has tremendous potential to reach out to piano students that ordinarily would not be able to come audition live at SFA."

The world's first online college piano audition program replicates an in-person performance, Ajero said. Working in partnership with 17 community colleges and universities along with 27 audition sites, Yamaha now offers young pianists the opportunity to record video-synchronized auditions on Disklavier PRO reproducing pianos that are shared with college admissions and scholarship committees over the Internet. At their convenience, audition committees will be able to access these time-shifted performances via the cloud, watching the students play on a large screen while their own piano reproduces these performances as though the student was in the room.

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News & Announcements

AAUW meeting

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at  Regions Bank downtown Nacogdoches.

The association will have political candidates for informal discussions. Additionally, Dr. Shari Ellsworth will present "To Nacogdoches from New York."

Min Kim to teach classes, choreograph for SFA Dance

The SFA Dance Program and Department of Kinesiology and Health Science will host Min Kim Feb. 13-15.  She will teach master classes in traditional Korean dance, ballet and modern dance. In addition, she will set a work of choreography, "The Other One," for dance program majors and minors. The work will be featured in performance in the dance program's spring concert "Danceworks" in April.

Kim is on the dance faculty at the University of Texas-Pan American where she teaches choreography, dance performance and technique. Working in a variety of dance forms and interdisciplinary performance, she has presented her work in various venues in Brazil, Spain, Korea and throughout the U.S.  In 2013, her choreography was selected by nationally renowned adjudicators for the Gala performance at the South Central Region's annual conference of the American College Dance Festival Association. She has been a guest artist at numerous institutions and companies including Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Arizona State University, Paradise Valley College, Desert Dance Theatre, Lynn Dance Company, Happendance Company and Georgia Ballet, and she has served as a guest teacher at the Beijing Dance Festival in China and the Samsung Culture Center in Korea. Kim received her Master of Fine Arts in dance from Arizona State University.

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!

Faculty Senate to host spring coffee mornings

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a series of coffee and donut mornings through the spring semester. The series will run from 9 to 11 a.m. in McKibben Education Building, Room 252, on the following dates: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1.

This Thursday's event will feature Drs. Leslie Cecil and Cindy Pressley. They will continue the ongoing discussions regarding bullying on university campuses. All faculty members are invited and warmly encouraged to attend.

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.


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. Recently, 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 Stephen F. Austin State University 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. Read More

Culinary Café now open for spring reservations

The reservation system is now open for the spring Culinary Café. The student-run restaurant is open from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are $10 and must be reserved in advance here. Seating is extremely limited, and dates sell out quickly, so get yours today. The Culinary Café is completely operated by the hospitality program at SFA, under the direction of Chef Todd Barrios and Dr. Chay Runnels. Additional faculty support is provided by Ms. Leisha Bridwell. For more information, visit the website or email Chay Runnels at runnelsc@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

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 or lankfordtc@sfasu.edu or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775 or kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.

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 also are welcome!

Employee wellness winners announced!

Campus Recreation would like to thank the individuals who completed the Employee Wellness survey. The feedback will guide our decisions regarding future programming and services. Please view the current program offerings here.

The winners of an iPod shuffle were Jennifer Hanlon and Julie Sandifer.

Other winners of prizes, including personal training, a 30-minute massage and much more, were Ken Langham, Raquel Skidmore, Peggy Moss, Volha Minich and Steve Marsden.

Thanks again for your feedback!

Athletics

Ladyjacks set to host Colonels, Cowgirls

The SFA Ladyjacks stay home this week to take on Nicholls State and McNeese State. Both opponents are coming off victories on Saturday, and Nicholls is currently tied with the Ladyjacks in third place in the conference standings. SFA (12-9, 6-3 SLC) will tangle with the Colonels (11-9, 6-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday and the Cowgirls (12-8, 5-4) at 4 p.m. Saturday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Halfway through Southland Conference play, and the regular season title is still anybody’s to win. SFA is currently one game behind Central Arkansas, and only two games separate UCA from McNeese State and Northwestern State in sixth place.

The Ladyjacks look to continue their hot shooting of late. SFA hit more than half its shots in both games last week, including a season-high 59.3 percent against Abilene Christian. SFA ranks sixth in the league in shooting percentage while Nicholls is 10th and McNeese 12th.
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Lumberjacks set to host NSU, McNeese

Game 23 - SFA (RV) (20-2, 9-0 SLC) vs. Nicholls State (10-8, 7-2 SLC)
8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6

Game 24 - SFA (RV) (20-2, 9-0 SLC) vs. McNeese State (7-14, 5-4 SLC)
6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8

The SFA men's basketball team has opened defense of their 2013 Southland Conference title and 2014 calendar year on a nine-game win streak over Lamar, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Central Arkansas, Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word. With the 9-0 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 17-game winning streak, will continue it homestand with Nicholls State and McNeese State in Week 14. The `Jacks will play Nicholls on Thursday, Feb. 6, and McNeese on Saturday, Feb. 8. The two games will close a four-game homestand for SFA.
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Crittenden inks four in 2014 signing class

SFA head coach Wally Crittenden and the three-time defending Southland Conference champion Ladyjack soccer program announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning. All four are prep recruits and all Texans who play for some of the top respected club teams in the state.

The 2014 class consists of Hanna Barker (F, Turner HS, ‘96 D’Feeters ECNL), Michaela Mencacci (F/MF, Clear Springs HS, Space City Fútbol Club), Chloe Fowler (F, Allen HS, Dallas Texas ‘96 Red West) and Lauren Hall (MF, Longview HS, Sting ‘96).

“This 2014 class will see some very talented players join a team that is returning 19 lettermen from a championship season in 2013,” Crittenden said. “Our goal with this class was to be very selective and to only sign players that would have the potential to come in and compete to play right away, regardless of their unit on the field. There is a lot of work to be done between now and when these players arrive on campus, but I am confident they will take the steps to prepare so they may help us right away this fall. There are high expectations for this group, especially with the standard our freshman set this past fall. With the attributes each one of these talented young people bring to the team, we will again have the depth required in order to play for titles come November.”
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SFA Basketball Military Appreciation Night

The SFA Basketball teams will be hosting Military Appreciation Night Thursday, Feb. 6. Veterans and those currently serving will receive four free tickets to the double header against Nicholls State. There also will be a military appreciation t-shirt giveaway. "Show For Dough" will continue on Thursday when the largest student group to attend the games will win $100. The Ladyjacks play at 6 p.m., and the Lumberjacks play at 8 p.m. at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Fine Arts

Tickets to King's Singers' SFA performance selling quickly

The King's Singers will continue the North American tour of "Great American Songbook" when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium at SFA.

Tickets are selling at a fast pace, but there are still excellent seats available for the group's Nacogdoches performance, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager.

"School and college choirs are attending the performance in groups, so we have blocked off those seats in large areas," Peterson said. "There really are no bad seats in Turner Auditorium, but preferred seating is going quickly."

The "Great American Songbook" program offers up sunny, sophisticated versions of the performers' favorite tunes by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, arranged by the fast-rising British jazz composer and bassist Alexander L'Estrange. Derived from their brand new record of the same name, the tunes evoke nostalgia for a golden age of American musical culture.

The group features David Hurley, countertenor; Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor; Paul Phoenix, tenor; Christopher Bruerton, baritone; Christopher Gabbitas, baritone; and Jonathan Howard, bass.
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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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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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Concert will benefit Saslav string scholarship

Proceeds from an upcoming concert slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA will benefit the Isidor Saslav String Scholarship at SFA.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of collaborative chamber music faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's invaluable patrons, Ed and Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a gesture of gratitude to the music patrons in our area," Raychev said.

The concert, titled "Mozart … & all that jazz …" will feature compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and will premiere jazz arrangements by Mike McGowan for voice and string quartet, Raychev said.

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