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Easter Holiday for
students and faculty


Lumberjack Baseball vs.
Texas State

3 p.m. HOME

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Track
Texas Relays
All Day
Austin, Texas

Ladyjack Softball vs.
A&M Corpus Christi

Hoya Field
1 p.m.; 3 p.m.

Lumberjack Baseball vs.
Texas State

2 p.m. HOME

Ladyjack Tennis at Texas State
10 a.m.; San Marcos, Texas

Free screening of
Who Does She Think She Is?
7 p.m. at The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House

 

Headlines for Thursday, April 1

NEW! Economics, finance professor to speak at Bright Ideas
Steen Library introduces 'The Quiet Zone'
Steen Library Easter break hours
University Printing Services paper sale
NEW! Stress Free Carnival to observe stress awareness month
Alcohol screening at SFA
'Simbiosis: Piano and Rainforest' concert
Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 11 to 17
Pulitzer-prize nominated author to speak April 27
NEW! East Texas Garage Sale in May
NEW! Download the Fine Arts calendar for April
NEW! Download April's desktop calendar for computer screen

 

Economics and finance professor to speak at Bright Ideas Conference

Dr. Ryan Phelps, assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, is among the spotlight speakers selected to speak at the SFA Bright Ideas Conference Thursday, April 8.

His presentation “Bringing Data to Life in the Classroom: Introducing a Free and Captivating Data Presentation Tool” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Regents Suite B of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The presentation will explain how Gapminder World can be used in the classroom. Gapminder World is a free, simple and engaging Internet-based resource for illustrating relationships between key global indicators.

“This method of presenting data instantly and intuitively conveys a great deal of information,” Phelps said. “Real-world application and creative presentation are the keys to capturing the increasingly elusive attention and interest of today’s student body.”

Phelps has co-authored a paper detailing several methods for improving economic instruction through the use of the Web site, http://www.gapminder.org/world. The article will appear in the upcoming Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research.

Read more about Phelps.

 
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News and Announcements

The Steen Library is a multi-purpose building, dedicated to meeting the information, curricular and research needs of students, faculty and staff at SFA. In the process of becoming a collaborative, integrated environment, Quiet Study somehow became a casualty. The online library survey conducted in the fall 2009, revealed library users’ intense displeasure at the ongoing noise levels in the library and other distracting activities that are counterproductive to individual study. Read more about the Quiet Zone.

Ralph W. Steen Library Easter Break Hours
Wednesday, March 31: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 1, and Friday, April 2:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4:  Closed

University Printing Services Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the Rusk Building, Room 114. Purchase discontinued partial and odd size stocks of paper, invitation envelopes and matching paper stocks. Office items are available also, such as SFA note cards with matching envelopes, large and small SFA desk pads, and 2010 calendar desk pads. FOAP, cash or check only. For more information, call (936) 468-2305.

NEW! Fun and games at the "Stress Free Carnival" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Student Center Courtyard! Lots of playful activities for all, observing "Stress Awareness" and "National Humor Month" of April. Various departments will be on hand to remind the campus community of the resources available when the demands of the semester increase. Come out and play!

ALCOHOL SCREENING TO BE HELD AT SFA: A screening to help participants recognize the signs of alcohol use disorders will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Human Services Building lobby. The event is part of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) and will provide information regarding support and treatment that can be obtained locally. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire assessing their alcohol use and talk privately with a mental health counselor-in-training about their results and next steps. The program is free and confidential. Last year, an estimated 221,000 people attended a NASD event. Of those that competed a screening form, 45 percent scored in the hazardous or harmful drinking range. For more information, please call (936) 468-1041.

Costa Rica’s Minister of Culture, Manuel Obregón, will present “Simbiosis: Piano and Rainforest” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall.  Admission is free. The performance is sponsored by Latin American Studies and the Department of Modern Languages.

Don’t forget! Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 11 to 17. During this week please make your student workers feel appreciated! (Suggestions: a party, a meal, goodie bags, etc.) Choose some way to make them feel special! Also, if you wish to nominate that one outstanding student worker for “Student Employee of the Year,” the nomination deadline is Thursday, April 15. If you need a nomination form or would like more information about this competition/recognition, please contact the office of Student Employment at 468-6637 or e-mail studentemployment@sfasu.edu.

As part of the Maxwell Lecture, Jack Sacco, the Pulitzer-Prize nominated author of Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau, will discuss his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The book chronicles the true story of Joe Sacco, the author’s father, from his first days in boot camp through the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of an infamous Nazi concentration camp. His books will be sold for $25 at the time of the event, and he will sign each book as well. Please download flier for more information. The event is free to the public. Nacogdoches residents, especially veterans, are warmly invited to attend.

NEW! Student Activities Association will host the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 1, in the commuter parking lot. The East Texas Garage Sale is open to SFA students, faculty, staff and the Nacogdoches community. Anyone is eligible to sell their belongings. SAA will provide the space, a table and two chairs. If you would like to reserve a spot, please contact the SAA office at (936) 468-1222 or
e-mail aphorne@sfasu.edu. Deadline for spots is 1 p.m. Friday, April 30.

 
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College of Fine Arts Presents

 

Fine Arts Spotlight

 


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To purchase tickets,
please visit our

online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

Friday, April 2

Free screening of Who Does She Think She Is?
7 p.m. at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House
329  E. Main St.

Pamela Tanner Bolls' 73-minute film follows five particularly bold women artists as they each chart a path to create their individual type of art. Immediately prior to the screening, a short video about Judy Pfaff, juror for SFA's 2010 TEXAS NATIONAL competition, will be shown.

For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

 
 


Ongoing (Week of March 29-April 2)
Samuel Rothbort now on display in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. The exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the renowned artist marks the first time SFA has displayed the collection of Rothbort’s works recently acquired for its permanent collection, including pieces which have never before been exhibited publicly. The show will run through Saturday, April 17. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (936) 468-1131. Note: Griffith Gallery will be closed Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3.

Consumed: Fast Food in the US now on display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. From the eating contests to the mascots designed to appeal to young children, Susana Raab’s 20 photographs capture the influence of the fast food franchise super powers and the saturation of their marketing strategies on everyday American life. The show will run through Saturday, May 15. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. (936) 468-1131.

NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, April 6

Faculty recital featuring flutist Christina Guenther and pianist Andrew Parr at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Thursday, April 9, through Saturday, April 10
The Original Cast, SFA’s musical theatre-cabaret troupe, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Almost Legal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, through Saturday, April 10, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. All performances will be in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. The 14-member cast will perform highlights from the 20 years’ worth of original musical revues director Allen Nielsen has written for the group. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, SFA faculty and staff and students.

Friday, April 9
Artist Judy Pfaff, juror for TEXAS NATIONAL 2010, will give an artist lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 160 of the Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

Saturday, April 10
Opening reception for TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 and Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Juror Judy Pfaff will give a gallery talk and announce the TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 winners at 6 p.m.

 
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The first artificial organ

The human kidney was the first organ to be artificially approximated by a machine. Willem Kolff, a young Dutch physician, invented the artificial kidney in 1943, during WWII. From 1943 to 1945, he treated 16 patients with acute kidney failure but had little success.

All that changed in 1945, when his drumlike contraption worked. A 67-year-old woman in a uremic coma regained consciousness after 11 hours of hemodialysis (blood filtering) with Kolff's dialyzer. (Her first words out of the coma were, "I'm going to divorce my husband.")

Kolff's invention, although crude, became the standard treatment for chronic kidney failure during the Eisenhower years, leading Dr. Willem Kolff to be known as "the father of dialysis."

Excerpt from "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things that Changed the World."

 
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