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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.

SFA partners with Lone Star College to offer sports business program


NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University is partnering with Lone Star College to offer students in the Houston area an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in sports business from SFA without having to relocate. The two institutions will sign an articulation agreement to ensure a smooth transition for Lone Star College students to attend SFA.

A signing ceremony commemorating this collaboration is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Lone Star College University Center in The Woodlands. The ceremony is open to the public.

SFA Gardens to host Great Backyard Bird Count


NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens and the university's student chapter of the National Association for Interpretation are sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

SFA interior design program to host senior showcase through April 15


NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Senior interior design students at Stephen F. Austin State University will showcase their talents during the "Essence of Design" exhibit on display from Feb. 17 through April 5 on the second floor of the Steen Library on the university campus.

The exhibit is open to the public and will kick off with an opening reception from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17. Randy Johnson with Johnson's Furniture is sponsoring the reception along with Lufkin Printing sponsoring the invitations.

SFA’s Music Prep to offer new early childhood music classes


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Music Preparatory Division of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University is introducing early childhood music classes as part of the spring lineup of educational offerings.

Dr. Kristin Lyman, coordinator of music education for the SFA School of Music, will lead the classes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Music Prep House at 3028 Raguet St.

SFA Wind Ensemble to perform TMEA preview concert


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Music the Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble will perform at this year’s Texas Music Educators Association convention will be presented in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

“This concert is a preview of pieces we will perform at the TMEA convention in San Antonio in February,” said Fred J. Allen, director of bands.

Winter seed swap scheduled at SFA’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — As seed catalog season quickly approaches, SFA Gardens invites fellow gardeners to join in the third annual Nacogdoches Seed Swap beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

All viable flower, herb, vegetable and tree seeds may be swapped, whether they were purchased at a nursery or saved from your own garden.

Exhibition to feature works of California artist Loran


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – An exhibition of works by Erle Loran will show from Jan. 18 through April 14 in the Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Loran (1905-1999) was a California abstract expressionist, painter, printmaker, author and teacher. “Erle Loran (1905-1999): A Modern Artist of the American West” will feature a retrospective of more than 60 works in diverse media, including oil paintings, watercolor, gouache, mixed media drawings and charcoal studies.

SFA offices close for holiday


The administrative offices at Stephen F. Austin State University will close for the holiday break at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, and will resume normal operations at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The Stone Fort Museum will resume normal operations at 9 a.m., and campus tours, offered by the Admissions office, will resume at 10 a.m. Jan. 2. The Griffith Fine Arts Gallery, located on the SFA campus, will reopen Jan. 18.

SFA professor publishes book on influence of W.A. Criswell


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A new book by Dr. Jim Towns, Stephen F. Austin State University professor of communications, examines selected speeches from 1956 to 2002 of W.A. Criswell, who was a pastor, author and two-term elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

In the book, “The Legacy of W.A. Criswell,” Towns discusses Criswell’s influence on Christianity, specifically within the Baptist denomination and analyzes Criswell’s conservative impact on the Southern Baptist Convention and Christianity as a whole.

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