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This Week's Calendar
Tuesday, Nov. 19
"Romeo and Juliet"
Orchestra of the Pines
Cole Concert Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 20
"Romeo and Juliet"
Thursday, Nov. 21
"Romeo and Juliet"
10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (PG-13)
"You're Next" (R)
BPSC movie theater
SFA Gardens Lecture Series
Ag Building, Room 110
Friday, Nov. 22
"Romeo and Juliet"
"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (PG-13)
"You're Next" (R)
BPSC movie theater
SFA Planetarium Show
"Comet: From Ice to Fire"
Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces
Cole Concert Hall
Southland Conference Tournament
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Scholarship established to honor retired SFA art professor Robert Kinsell
The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board has established a scholarship in honor of Robert Kinsell, retired SFA School of Art professor.
The Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship will be awarded annually to a junior, senior or graduate level art student with painting or photography as his or her major study area.
The first recipient will be nominated in February by the SFA School of Art faculty, and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present the award in the spring when other art scholarship winners are announced.
An art professor at SFA for 25 years before his retirement this past spring, Kinsell taught courses in painting, drawing, figure drawing and advertising design.
Before his retirement, Kinsell was a long-time active supporter of the mission of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, according to Linda Mock, chairwoman of the FVA Scholarship Committee.
"Bob could always be counted on to donate one or more pieces of his art work for all the fundraising events the FVA held for both establishing the Cole Art Center and for scholarships for students attending the School of Art," Mock said. "He was very well respected and admired by his students in his painting, drawing and advertising design classes."
News & Announcements
It is time for the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign benefiting various agencies and nonprofit organizations. This year, our goal is to raise more than $21,923 in honor of SFA's founding year of 1923.
There are two ways employees can give, either by making a one-time donation via cash or check or a recurring payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2 either way. Your donations go to the agencies and nonprofit organizations that you designate.
Any employee who contributes $5 or more per month or a one-time gift of $60 or more to any state agency will be entered into a drawing to win one of many prizes, such as SFA sports tickets, movie passes, photo sessions and SFA memorabilia.
There is a one-entry limit per name. Winners will be notified by noon on Friday, Nov. 22. The SECC will continue through Thursday, Nov. 21. If you are interested in contributing to the annual SECC, please contact Amanda Horne at (936) 468-3723.
Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights: CUR Quarterly
Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Spring 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Dec. 15. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or publications in scholarly journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.
Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form available here.
Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your highlight, please email Highlights Editor Marie Graf.
Nacogdoches Railroad Depot to host Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display
The Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display returns for a third year to the historic Nacogdoches Railroad Depot 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.
Presented by the Loblolly Crew, the three-rail O gauge train layout is 12 feet by 16 feet and features two mainline loops of track, one designed to travel in a figure 8 and another in a point-to-point trolley line. Spectators can enjoy watching vintage steam and diesel engines pull passenger and freight cars around the depot's scenic display, along with the Polar Express and other unique model trains.
This year's display features buildings and attractions, all depicting a typical East Texas town. Scenery includes oil fields and industrial areas, a rail yard, a main street and much more. Amtrak and two major model railroad manufacturers have provided handouts for all attendees. Also, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss the importance of railroad safety.
All trains will be on display at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road, starting Friday, Nov. 29, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 13.
Bully Film Screening
Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102, for a free screening of the documentary "Bully." The documentary follows five kids and their families during a school year. The film shows their bullying experiences not only in the school yard but also in homes, on the bus ride, in the principal's office, and in interactions with peers, parents, teachers, and administrators. The film is directed by Sundance and Emmy award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. For more information, go to thebullyproject.com.
National GIS Day presentations
The College of Forestry and Agriculture together with the College of Liberal and Applied Arts will host a series of presentations by professionals in the fields of surveying and geospatial sciences for National Geographic Information System Day Wednesday, Nov. 20, as a part of National Geography Week.
John Chapman, programmer for Hydrex Environmental, will present "Marketing yourself as a GIS Professional" at 9 a.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.
John Streeb, GIS and 911 Addressing Coordinator for Nacogdoches County, will present "The Building of a Local Government GIS Program" at 10 a.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.
Robert Young, registered professional land surveyor for Trans Texas Surveying and Mapping, will present "Education and Applying for Jobs" at 1 p.m. in the Ferguson Building, Room 482, and "Trends and Opportunities in Surveying/Geospatial Careers," at 5:30 p.m. in the Forestry Building, Room 117.
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Research Pilot Studies Grant offered by ORSP
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is now offering Research Pilot Studies grants through the Research Enhancement Program. RPS grants provide support of up to $3,000 to assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding. Allowable costs include travel to collect data, supplies and materials, minor equipment, and hourly student assistant wages. The deadline for applications has been extended to Nov. 20. For more information and the application visit here. For questions, please call ORSP at (936) 468-6606.
SFA Gardens Lecture Series
SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building. Jackie Carlisi, plant manager, from The Grass and Rock Shoppe in Lafayette, La. will present "Making Organic Gardening Easy."
Jackie has both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in horticulture and taught horticulture for 20 years at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. In addition to teaching organic vegetable gardening, biotechnology in plants, weed science, and horticultural therapy, she also managed hydroponic greenhouses for producing pesticide-free tomatoes, cucumbers, culinary herbs, and cut flowers along with overseeing the university's 20 acre horticulture farm.
Jackie's presentation will cover the definition of organic gardening, organic matter management, organic fertilizers, weed control, and organic pest control.
A plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.
For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email email@example.com.
Hackenson to present on bullying
Guest speaker Robert Hackenson will discuss bullying that takes place in the classroom and the workplace at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the BPSC Tiered Meeting Room 2.201.
Hackenson also will present "Hypnosis & Magic: Preventing Bullying on Campus" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Math Building, Room 102.
Students on college campuses experience many different kinds of bullying with a variety of harmful outcomes. This is why it is important to be educated on the negative effects of all types of bullying and to encourage leadership roles on campus to promote healthy and positive social involvement.
Southland Conference Mascot Challenge
Please help the Lumberjack win the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge. Last year, we lost by only 50 votes. Help our program win $5,000. Vote daily and help us prove that SFA has the most spirit. We are currently in the lead, but the contest doesn't end until Nov. 23.
Tie-dye Turkey Chase 5K run/walk
The Alliance is sponsoring a 5k fun run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in front of Lucille Norton Physical Education Complex on Raguet Street.
On or before Nov. 20, $20*
After Nov. 20, $25
*Pre-registered runners may pay entry fee on site.
For more information or to register, email sfa_alliance @yahoo.com, Kelvin Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Thompson at email@example.com.
Martin Luther King Day of Service site mentors needed
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, along with Student Engagement Programs–Leadership and Service, invite faculty and staff members to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. We are looking for site mentors to engage with students throughout the day as they work on various projects in the community. This year's MLK Day of Service will kick-off at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The deadline to sign up to be a faculty or staff site mentor is Monday, Nov. 25. To sign up, or for questions regarding the program, please contact Amanda Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RHA has Angry Axe flash drives
The Residence Hall Association is selling one-of-a-kind Angry Axe flash drives made exclusively for the SFA 90th Anniversary until Nov. 30! For only $8 these one-gigabyte flash drives make great and inexpensive gifts for coworkers and loved ones. Email RHA at email@example.com or call (936) 468-2700 to get yours today!
Chili Cook Off Competition RegistrationRegistration forms are due Nov. 26
Think your department can cook up the best chili? Put your recipe to the test! Campus Recreation is hosting a Chili Cook Off Challenge for SFA Departments as part of the Polar Bear Plunge event on Dec. 8. Students will vote on who has the best chili during the Polar Bear Plunge, and the department that wins will receive an awesome traveling trophy! Chili cook off participants can also compete in the Holiday Booth Decorating Contest and win an award for best holiday presentation at the Polar Bear Plunge. For registration information, please contact Kati Van Dunk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Faculty Friday at the RecFriday, Nov. 22
Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Employees will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign the guest log to enter. This is for faculty and staff members only, not family or dependents.
SLC recognizes 13 former Ladyjacks, Humphreys
As part of its yearlong 50th Anniversary commemoration, the Southland Conference has announced its All-Time Volleyball Honor Roll. The announcement comes prior to the Southland’s 32nd Volleyball Tournament, to be held Friday through Sunday in Corpus Christi.
The honor roll includes 83 volleyball student-athletes who have impacted the sport since the league began sponsorship of the sport in 1982. The team includes all former players who earned multiple All-Southland first-team honors, as well as a number of other standouts with 13 former Ladyjacks honored. Additionally, seven coaches were recognized for their historic contributions to the sport, including long-time SFA coach Debbie Humphreys.
“Volleyball has been a fantastic sport in the Southland for more than three decades, and we’ve seen our teams participate at the highest levels, including the NCAA national championship,” league commissioner Tom Burnett said. “We’ve had a great combination of coaching legends and standout student-athletes, and we expect that to continue for a very long time.”
Ladyjacks complete comeback against Panthers
A day after making a late push and coming up short, the SFA women’s basketball team was able to hold onto the momentum and finish a come-from-behind victory over Georgia State on Saturday. The Ladyjacks played in the consolation bracket of the Preseason Women’s NIT. The Ladyjacks overcame a 13-point deficit over the final nine minutes of play to earn the win 66-60.
Porsha Roberts had another strong game inside for the Ladyjacks (1-2) putting 23 points on the board on 7 of 13 shooting. She was stellar at the free-throw line, hitting 9 of 10. Roberts also pulled down seven rebounds and swatted four blocks.
Turnovers plagued both teams with SFA committing 28 and Georgia State (0-3) surrendering possession 22 times. But it was at the free-throw line where SFA pulled away and was able to complete the comeback by hitting shots at the line in the second half.
SFA was 29 of 38 (76.3 percent) on the afternoon and hit 16 of 20 in the second half. Georgia State was also shot well at the line but did not have as many trips, hitting 16 of 20 to play a key role in the victory for SFA.
Lumberjacks close cross country season strong
Cross country season came to an end on Friday for the SFA men’s and women’s teams, seeing the men post an impressive fourth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional Championship. The women came in 13th place to close the year.
The men’s team had three runners earn All-Region honors by finishing in the top 25 at the region race. Sophomore Cody Brown led the way for SFA finishing in 19th place with a time of 30:56.1 over the 10K course. Freshman Anthony Gallardo was next for the Lumberjacks, clocking in at 31:03.0 in 21st place. Sophomore Nick Guerra was the final All-Region finisher for SFA as he finished 25th in 31:09.3.
“They did a great job. They showed up. Colby Mehmen and Michael Barnett really stepped up to help get that fourth place finish,” said head coach Cody Clark. “This is our best men’s team finish since 2003, and in 2003 we were first so I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Piney Woods Camerata to perform music written for popular children's books
The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present the Piney Woods Camerata performing "The World of Eric Carle" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Cole Concert Hall.
An American designer, illustrator and author of children's books, Eric Carle is most famous for the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," which has been translated into more than 50 languages.
The recital will feature songs written by British composer Julian Nott, who wrote the sound tracks for five of Carle's children's stories, which were released as an animated film in 2006.
Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello at SFA and founder of the Piney Woods Camerata, has been communicating with the composer for about two years exploring the idea of performing the sound tracks for the DVD that include "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me," "The Mixed-Up Chameleon," "The Very Quiet Cricket" and "I See a Song."
"The music, which he sent to me this summer, is not published," Raychev said. "It is my understanding this performance will be a live world premiere, and I consider this opportunity an honor of the highest degree."
SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Sinfonietta'
The SFA Wind Ensemble will present a concert titled "Sinfonietta" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in W.M. in Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.
Featured work is the "Sinfonietta" by composer and pianist Ingolf Dahl.
"This is one of the true masterworks for concert band," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands. "It is a three movement piece of serious music written in 1961 by a German composer who admired the compositions of Igor Stravinsky."
Two guest conductors will also be featured on the concert. Dr. David W. Campo, associate conductor of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, will conduct "Gone" by Texas composer Scott McAllister.
"This is a contemplative piece that captures feelings of grief and loss," Campo said.
Graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct the band in "Second Connecticut Regiment March" by David Reeves.
Rounding out the concert will be a fanfare for brass and percussion by French composer Florent Schmitt.
SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to perform popular classical music
The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will present "A Few of My Favorite Things" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The November concert program is one that the Orchestra of the Pines normally takes on tour, playing for thousands of high school and middle school students in an effort to recruit students to attend SFA, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras.
"For this year, I decided to program popular works that would be familiar to not only high school age students but also everyone who enjoys classical music," Moon said.
The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, and it will feature Dr. Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute, as guest performer and Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands, as guest conductor.
Guenther will join the orchestra in a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Second Orchestral Suite. The multi-movement work includes a popular last movement called the Badinerie, which is "a work that many young musicians perform in their careers," Moon explained. Read More
SFA School of Theatre to present 'Romeo and Juliet'
One of literature's greatest love stories will be set in a post-apocalyptic world when the SFA School of Theatre presents William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" Nov. 19 through 23 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
For more than six months, Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and the play's director, and Richard Ellis, visiting assistant professor of scenic design, have been actively working on the production and the set.
"Romeo and Juliet" has many scenes that take place in many different locales, which presents its own set of challenges, Ellis explained.
"In an effort to help keep the flow of the show moving, we made the decision of using a turntable, or revolve, as the major method of changing the scenery," Ellis said. "I have designed a sculptural unit set that will turn, giving a different view and location for many of the scenes.
"This will be supplemented by additional scenery that will fly in," he said. "While not unusual, this is something not often seen on a university level - at least not to this extent."
The student production crew has been constructing the set under the direction of SFA School of Theatre Technical Director Mark Porter, who has had many years of mechanized scenery experience and has engineered, planned and managed the construction of the massive set.
SFA's student jazz ensembles prepare for final fall performance
The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, SFA's two student jazz ensembles, will perform their final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Ed and Gwen Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The Swingin' Axes, SFA's premiere jazz band under the direction of Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies, will perform a slate of exciting compositions that will "represent jazz dating back to Count Basie as well as some of the most cutting edge modern styles," according to Wurtz.
The Swingin' Axes will open its portion of the concert with Billy Byers' arrangement of "All of Me," as performed by Basie's band, and will close with a modern arrangement of Radiohead's "Bodysnatchers." Among the other works to be performed will be an arrangement of Horace Silver's "Nica's Dream" and two movements of Mike Tomaro's "Nightowl Suite."
To open the concert, Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, will lead the Swingin' Aces with Bill Liston's "Blues to Begin With." Two Swingin' Aces students will be featured in the program. P.J. DeJesus, Lufkin junior, will perform Sammy Nestico's composition "Katy" on flugelhorn. Freshman Jonathan Bowers of Fort Worth will perform Nestico's arrangement of "God Bless The Child" on trombone.