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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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Headlines


Submit a profession for our “Lumberjacks Make Great” campaign

As you know, our “Lumberjacks Make Great” advertising campaign launched in April. To date, the campaign has highlighted more than 20 professions on billboards, web banners, Pandora commercials, mall signs, airport signs, social media and other forms of advertising across Texas. 

A variety of professions have been selected to showcase the university’s traditional areas of strength along with other programs that may surprise the public and enhance the perception of SFA. 

Now, we want to hear from faculty and staff. Which professions would you like to see featured next?

To have your voice heard, visit sfasu.edu/GreatSurvey before July 15. It only takes one to two minutes, and your suggestion may appear in the “Lumberjacks Make Great” campaign.

Thank you for your participation and for continuing to make SFA great!

Accomplishments

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant recently submitted an article on what his two great loves - music and landscaping - have in common. 

The piece, titled "Almost Like a Song," will be bublished in the July/August edition of Texas Gardener magazine. 

Dr. Wendy Killam

Department of Human Services

Dr. Wendy Killam, a professor of counseling and student affairs, has a paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Adult Development and Aging Conference in July.
 
Killam's paper is titled "Moments of Silence, Moments of Awe: Mediation as an Antidote to Aging" and will be heard by industry professionals at the Association for Adult Development and Aging National Conference in Arlington, Va.

News & Announcements

Annual enrollment begins today

Annual enrollment begins today, and will run until Aug. 1. Come to the Human Resource Department in the Austin Building and ask to see one of your friendly Benefits representatives to make any changes to your health insurance and optional benefits.

SFA also will be hosting an annual enrollment fair at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Nine vendors will be in attendance to provide information about their companies.

Among the changes this year are two dentists in Nacogdoches who are now listed as in-network providers. They are Dr. Aaron C. Polk and Dr. Summer Enloe. 

Please click on the links provided to obtain all the information about the upcoming fair and changes for this coming plan year:


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 proves to be the most up-to-date and visually stunning show about black holes ever produced! 

The show is 35 minutes long. 

Women's self defense class offered at rec center

SFA's Campus Recreation Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. 

The class is part of the SFA Employee Wellness program. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex. 

The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System. 

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu

Computer science department relocating

The Department of Computer Science is moving to the McKibben Building.  

The main office is now in Room 304.The phone and fax numbers for the department will remain unchanged. 

For more information, please contact the dean’s office for the College of Sciences and Mathematics at (936) 468-2805 or email dbruton@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Peden, Taylor compete with nation's best

Two Lumberjacks took on the best of the best this weekend at the USA Track and Field Championships in California and came away with strong showings and valuable experience.

Josh Taylor advanced through the first round of the 400 meter hurdles on Friday, with a time of 51.66 seconds to compete in Saturday’s semifinals. He then ran 52.98 seconds in the semifinal to finish in 15th place at the USATF Championship.

Long jumper Jamal Peden also was in action at the national championship meet. Peden leapt 7.57 meters (24-10.00) on his third attempt to move into and finish in 13th place.
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Fine Arts

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'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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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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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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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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