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SFA faculty member re-elected chair of LEAP Texas

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Larry King, Stephen F. Austin State University professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, has been re-elected by the Liberal Education and America’s Promise Texas Board of Directors to serve a second term as chair of the organization.

Hospitality and History: SFA alumnus serves as director of special events at The Fredonia Hotel

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Ryan Russell, a 2012 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, is living proof of the phrase “never say never.”

“I remember being in school and saying I absolutely don’t want to work in a hotel and look at me now. I love what I do,” laughed Russell, who has served as director of special events for The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches for more than a year.

SFA’s SummerStage Festival continues with ‘Crimes of the Heart’

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre continues its SummerStage Festival with performances of Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart.” “Crimes of the Heart” and “Pinkalicious the Musical” by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann with music by John Gregor will be presented through July 19 on the SFA campus. Visit for performance times, dates and venues. Call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit for ticketing information.

Danceworks: Polysemy production to feature largest group of senior choreographers

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance program will showcase its largest group of senior choreographers during its production of Danceworks: Polysemy, which premieres at 7 p.m. April 19 in the HPE Complex Dance Studio, Room 201, on the university campus.

True to its theme “Polysemy,” which means the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase, the Danceworks production will feature a variety of dance styles and topics.

Percussionist Herring to perform with SFA student ensemble

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Percussion Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will welcome international performer and master pedagogue Dr. Scott Herring when he performs with students in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

“We are extremely excited and fortunate to have Dr. Herring, who has trained some of the finest percussion performers and music educators in the country, perform and give several clinics at SFA,” according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music.

SFA Opera Theatre: ‘The Magic Flute’ features new, veteran voices

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Veteran voices heard during recent years in SFA’s Opera Theater will share the stage with some of the university’s younger voice performance students when Stephen F. Austin State University presents “The Magic Flute” April 12 through 14 in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

Sophomores with their first leading roles and graduate students completing their master’s degrees will showcase the depth and versatility of talent within the SFA School of Music when the students perform in W.A. Mozart’s fairy tale for all ages.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulture professor Amanda McWhirt

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Amanda McWhirt, assistant horticulture professor at the University of Arkansas, will present “I Have a Thorny Issue to Discuss: Blackberry Basics.”

Video works of artist Sarkisian to be exhibited

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - "Peter Sarkisian: Video Works" will open with a reception and gallery talk by the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's downtown art gallery.

The exhibition, which features video projections on sculpture, will show through April 21 in Reavley Gallery. Sarkisian is an American new-media artist whose work combines video projection and sculpture to create a hybrid form of multi-media installation, according to John Handley, director of galleries for the SFA School of Art.

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