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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.

Exhibition to highlight Houston area clay ceramics artists


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the SFA Galleries will host the exhibition “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” Oct. 31 through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

Día de los Muertos Fiesta changes downtown location


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Because of its growth in attendance and popularity, the annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta, or Day of the Dead festival, is moving to a different downtown location this year to accommodate larger crowds.

The 5th annual celebration is slated for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, behind the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Nacogdcohes Public Library and the Nacogdoches CVB have joined the School of Art and College of Fine Arts in sponsoring and coordinating the event.

‘The Miracle Worker’ calls attention to relationship that ‘changed the world’


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Most people are familiar with the story of blind and deaf Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

William Gibson’s play “The Miracle Worker” provides an intimate look at the student and instructor before they became historical figures and advocates for people with disabilities. It also reminds audiences of the miraculous achievements Keller and Sullivan made in changing the world of the disabled at a time when little had been discovered in the field of deaf-blind education.

SFA students gain industry insights through New York City tour


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University students in the fashion and interior merchandising and interior design programs went behind the scenes of industry sites in New York City during a Maymester study-abroad experience.

Students in HMS 426: Field Experience in Human Sciences toured many iconic locations such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Battery Park, as well as stores in the Big Apple. Leisha Bridwell, associate professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences, organized the trip.

SFA signs exchange agreement with Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University students in the hospitality administration program can now study abroad at the Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland during their junior year thanks to a new exchange agreement between the two institutions.

Dr. Lynda Martin, director of SFA’s School of Human Sciences, explained this exchange agreement presents an opportunity for SFA hospitality administration students to experience Switzerland’s prestigious service industry.

SFA signs exchange agreement with Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland


Stephen F. Austin State University students studying at the Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland will have the opportunity to take a variety of classes from culinary labs and specific areas of hotel operations and management to leadership classes geared toward the service industry. B.H.M.S. offers highly ranked hospitality management and culinary arts programming.

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SFA's fashion merchandising program hosts Conserving the Classics: A Lecture with Melanie Sanford


Textile conservator Melanie Sanford of Textile Preservation Services of Texas showcases a skirt from 1875 during Conserving the Classics: A Lecture with Melanie Sanford held at Stephen F. Austin State University. The skirt is part of SFA's collection of approximately 800 pieces of fashion items. The university is working to raise funds to update facilities to help preserve these artifacts.

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