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Today's Weather


Today
67° & Sunny

Tonight
41°

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Scores

Lumberjack Baseball vs.
Texas-Pan American DH

W, 10-4 & W, 3-1 (5)

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Today's Calendar

"Barefoot for a Day"
Walk Across Campus

12:30 to 1 p.m.
Need more information?

Bright Ideas Conference
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center
View the conference schedule

National Alcohol Screening Day
2 to 6 p.m., First floor of
Human Services Building

Simbiosis: Piano and Rainforest
7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall
 Admission is free

The Original Cast celebrates
its 20th anniversary with
Almost Legal
7:30 p.m., Downstage Theatre
Griffith Fine Arts Building

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Lumberjack Baseball
vs. UTSA
6 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas

Artist Judy Pfaff, juror for
TEXAS NATIONAL 2010

Artist Lecture
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Wright Music Building
Room 160

Oceans in Space
7 p.m.
SFA Planetarium

The Original Cast celebrates
its 20th anniversary with
Almost Legal
7:30 p.m., Downstage Theatre
Griffith Fine Arts Building

 

Headlines for Thursday, April 8

NEW! Music professor to share online teaching strategies
NEW! Conference to highlight faculty research, scholarship and artistry
NEW! Stress Free Carnival rescheduled
NEW! Forestry research associate has several articles published
NEW! Theatre associate professor featured in local 'Charm' magazine
NEW! Counseling Services providing suicide QPR training
NEW! 'Oceans in Space' to play at SFA Planetarium
Social work students spearheading donations for Love, INC.
Week of the Young Child kicks off with Family Fun Day event
NEW! ' Debt Week: Spring 2010' April 12-15
Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 11 to 17
Alcohol awareness month activities during April
University Women’s Club scholarship fundraising event
Educational Leadership Doctoral application deadline is April 15
Garden Lecture Series to feature owner of Heritage Seedlings
Brown Bag Lunch: 'What’s Cool - Or Not - In Your Blackboard Course?'
NEW! Summer Workshop Program to enhance technology skills
Little Jack Rec Camp in June, July

SFA’s musical theatre-cabaret troupe celebrates 20th anniversary

 

Music professor to share online teaching strategies

If the idea of taking an online college class brings to mind a list of assigned reading topics to be completed in solitude, Dr. John Cotner in SFA’s School of Music is working with technology that might change that mindset.

“Online education imposes unique instructional challenges, but those challenges can be addressed with a variety of technological tools,” said Cotner, who will speak Thursday at the Bright Ideas Conference. “Camtasia screen recording, a tablet PC, Skype and Blackboard tools enable instructors to effectively communicate concepts and demonstrate skills with the precision that can be attained in face-to-face settings.”

In order to reach and sustain the academic benchmarks in place in the School of Music, instructors must use technology in online courses that simulates a high degree of immediacy, enabling detailed communication of skills and close interaction with students.”

Read more about Cotner.

 

Bright Ideas Conference to highlight faculty research, scholarship and artistry

The Bright Ideas Conference highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

More than 100 faculty exhibits will be on display throughout the day in the Grand Ballroom, and seven 30-minute spotlight presentations will be given in the afternoon in Regents Suites A and B. An opening session and award presentation is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Read more about the Bright Ideas Conference.

 
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News and Announcements

NEW! The Stress Free Carnival has been rescheduled to Monday, April 12. Come out and play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Courtyard!

NEW! The article titled "The Byzantine Gladiolus" written by Greg Grant, forestry, was recently published in "Neil Sperry's Gardens." The article discussed brilliant heritage perennial for southern gardens. Grant also published "Out with the New, In with the Old" in "Texas Gardner," which discussed pass-a-long heirloom plants that survive in Texas gardens. Also the publication, "Texas Live," publishes his article "Granny's Garden," which is a story about his grannies and how they influenced his gardening.

NEW! Angela Bacarisse, theatre, is featured in the Ovation section of the April/May issue of "Charm Magazine." She discusses her work in costume design and the knowledge necessary to produce appropriate garments for plays.

NEW! Concerned about someone? Learn to intervene when a friend or loved one might be thinking of suicide. Counseling Services is providing QPR training for faculty, staff and students. The next training will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Rusk Building, Room 333. Please call (936) 468-2401 for more information or to reserve a space.

NEW! Oceans in Space will play at the SFA Planetarium at 7 p.m. on Fridays beginning Friday, April 9, and continuing through Friday, May 14. This program is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extrasolar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program — an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration — this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe. For more nformation, visit the Planetarium's Web site

Are you Spring Cleaning, but you don't want to just throw away those reusable household items such as couches, chairs, appliances, beds, etc.? Donate them to a local family in need through the Encourager Program Furniture Drive through Love in the Name of Christ. As a service learning project, social work students are spearheading the collection of goods for a family in the area. Volunteers and trucks/trailers are also needed for delivery. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Love, INC. located at 917 Ruby St. in Nacogdoches. You can drop off donations before or on April 10! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Angela Kirk at (936) 569-8555.

SFA’s Early Childhood Lab and the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start invite Nacogdoches County to come together to kick off the national Week of the Young Child, April 12-16, honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. The fifth annual Family Fun Day will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches. The free, community-wide event will offer many fun-filled activities for children and families to do together. Read more about Week of the Young Child.

NEW! Stephen F. Austin State University will host a series of events to educate students and the public on national debt and budget deficit issues during "Debt Week: Spring 2010" April 12-15 on the SFA Campus. Read more about this event.

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.

Join the A-Team's activities for Alcohol Awareness Month. Every Tuesday during April from noon to 2 p.m. in front of Panda Express, there will be presenters giving information on alcohol and its effects. A representative from TABC on Tuesday, April 13, will be available to answer questions on the laws. A representative from Nacogdoches Safe and Drug Free on Tuesday, April 20, will be available to answer questions on basic alcohol information. Student representatives from the Counseling Department will have information on alcohol relevant to college students on Tuesday, April 27. For more information, please contact Nicole Preston at (936) 468-2401.

Please join us for a tropical evening of fun and friendship as we Party in Paradise at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Shelley’s Bakery downtown to support the University Women’s Club scholarships. While enjoying Shelley’s wonderful menu of Caribbean cuisine you’ll be treated to the relaxing island sounds the SFA Steel Drum Band as well as door prizes from area businesses. Seating is limited, and tickets are $35. Seating for four or limited seating for six is available. Proceeds go to the UWC scholarship fund. To reserve your seat, please contact Jana Redfield at jredfield@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-6261, or Chay Runnels at runnelsc@sfasu.edu or ( 936) 468-2060. For more information about this event please contact Runnels.

The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at SFA is a 66 credit hour doctoral program that provides an opportunity for an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. The application deadline is Thursday, April 15, for classes that begin this June. Read more about this program and to download applications and fliers.

The SFA Gardens will host its monthly Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110. Mark Krautman, owner of Heritage Seedlings, will present "Searching the World for New Plants." Read more about Krautman.

It’s time for Brown Bag Blast 2010! Please join us for lunch, brown bag that is, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the Wyatt Room of Steen Library. Take an opportunity to break away from your regular lunch routine and share in a lively discussion about...What’s Cool – Or Not – In Your Blackboard Course?  Oh--dessert is on us, and you may be the lucky winner of some of our fabulous door prizes, too! 

NEW! The Department of Computer Science is launching a Summer Workshop Program designed to provide K-12 educators the opportunity to enhance their technology skills. Beginning in June, The 2010 Workshop Program includes a variety of basic computing topics -- spreadsheets, presentations, web page design -- plus topics in robotics and storytelling using virtual worlds. In addition, the department has developed a Summer Camp Program designed to provide students with a broad exposure to the variety of computing topics through the use of robotics and virtual worlds. For more information or for registration information, go to www.cob.sfasu.edu/camps/ or contact Debbie Dunn at (936) 468-2508 or computercamps@cs.sfasu.edu.

The SFA Campus Recreation Department is hosting six, one-week “Little Jack Rec Camp” during June and July for children between the ages of five and 12. Sessions will be June 14 to 18, June 21 to 25, June 28 to July 2, July 12 to 16, July 19 to 23 and July 26 to 30. The camp will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find out more about registration fees.

 
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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

Thursday, April 8, through Saturday, April 10

The Original Cast, SFA’s musical theatre-cabaret troupe, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Almost Legal.

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.

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.

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.


NEXT WEEK
Monday, April 12
Trombone Choir Concert 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 15, through Saturday, April 17
Schools of Music and Theatre present “Susannah,” an American opera by Carlisle Floyd at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for SFA faculty and staff, and $6 for students.

Friday, April 16
Ross Smith, guest pianist, will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

 
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Weird Facts

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears
never stop growing.

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

 
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