Stephen F. Austin State University

Special Events

Spring 2017 Special Events

Career Fairs

Career and Internship Expo

Baker Pattillo Student Center, Grand Ballroom

March 1


Teacher Job Fair

Norton H.P.E. Complex: Gymnasium

May 5


Please Remember professional dress is required. The school provides a career closet that students can borrow professional clothing from for free. Students must also bring their student ID and are encouraged to bring a well-written resume.

Fall 2017 Special Events


Date Concert Location Time
Tuesday, October 10 Wind Ensemble Turner 7:30p.m.
Tuesday, October 17 Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Turner 7:30p.m.
Tuesday, October 24 Choral Union & Women's Choir Cole 7:30p.m.
Thursday, October 26 A Cappella Choir Cole 7:30p.m.
Monday, November 21 Wind Ensemble Turner 7:30p.m.
Tuesday, December 3 Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Turner 7:30p.m.
Wednesday, December 4 Percussion in the Pines Cole 7:30p.m.

Observatory & Planetarium

You can only sign up for one event at a time. However, if the observatory event is canceled due to bad weather, then you can sign up for the planetarium event.

Sign up for the Observatory or Planetarium:


Discover one of SFA's best kept secrets.

Visit the largest teaching astronomical observatory in the state of Texas.

See the largest reflecting telescope to be found in America between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and McDonald Observatory in West Texas.

Learn some astronomy, one of the original disciplines taught in western universities. View stars, planets, constellations, nebulae, and more.

Be able to impress your friends with your knowledge of the night sky.

Where is the observatory?

It is about 12 miles north of campus.

What will we see?

  1. A group of eight-inch telescopes will be set up for our use (eight-inch refers to the size of the reflecting mirror inside the telescope). Assistance in using the telescopes will be provided my members of the Society of Physics Students. We can expect to see galactic and globular clusters, external galaxies, and planetary nebulae.
  2. One of SFA's professional astronomers will direct a constellation tour. We will become acquainted with features of the autumn sky and things to watch for in the near future. Sky highlights will include the Milky Way, the Summer Triangle, and the constellation/mythology quintet of Pegasus, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Andromeda.
  3. An advanced undergraduate astronomy student will be running the 16-, and 18-inch telescopes. These telescopes, controlled by computer, are connected to a video camera that permits several people to simultaneously view objects from distant space. Many visitors find this the highlight of the tour.
  4. One of SFA's professional astronomers will explain the operation of the 41-inch telescope. This telescope, built entirely by SFA personnel, is the largest reflecting telescope to be found in America west of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and east of McDonald Observatory in West Texas.

How long will the tour take?

The tour will take about two hours. That includes a 30-minute bus ride to the observatory, an hour at the observatory, and a 30-minute bus ride back to campus.

What about the weather?

Be prepared. The observatory is not heated or cooled. Watch the weather forecast for the predicted low temperature. Wear appropriate clothes for cold weather and please bring a coat and gloves.

In case of rain or heavy clouds, call 468-2188 or check the SFA 101 web site (calendar) to see if the trip has been cancelled or rescheduled because of weather.

When will we go?

Bus departure times from Wilson Drive bus stop-

Tuesday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Anything else?

The SFA Observatory and the buses are drug and alcohol free areas. That means no smoking or drinking. Also, do not use insect repellant sprays or any other kinds of aerosols on the observatory grounds.

Access to the observatory is by bus only. No personal cars may be used.

All persons riding the bus need to sign in with the SFA 101 staff person present.


Thursday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The planetarium is located in room 100 of the Math building. That's building 47 near the library on this Campus Map. Planetarium shows are not canceled due to bad weather.

We hope to see you at one of our exciting events!