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Today's Calendar

Student Employee
Appreciation Week


Debt Week: Spring 2010
Read more about this event.

Week of the Young Child
Read about this national week.

Men's Golf at
Arkansas State
Red Wolf Classic

All Day in Jonesboro, Ark.

Stress Free Carnival
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Center Courtyard

"I.O.U.S.A." Movie Screeing
7 p.m.
Kennedy Auditorium

Trombone Choir Concert
7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall
Wright Music Building

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Men's Golf at
Arkansas State
Red Wolf Classic

All Day in Jonesboro, Ark.

Representative from Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Noon to 2 p.m.
Student Center, Panda Express

University Women’s Club Scholarship Fundraiser
6 p.m. at Shelley’s Bakery
Downtown Nacogdoches

 

Headlines for Monday, April 12

NEW! SFA to present American opera 'Susannah'
NEW! Lumberjacks go barefoot for kids
NEW! SFA cheerleaders win NCA championship
NEW! Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award
NEW! William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award
NEW! Coffee with the Counselors scheduled for April 14
School of Human Sciences honors convocation and reception
Student employee nomination deadline is April 15
Project Unity Step Show on April 16
'Week of Reflection' begins Monday, April 26
Summer Workshop Program to enhance technology skills
Purchase tickets to see George Foreman speak

 

SFA to present American opera 'Susannah'

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, School of Music and School of Theatre will present Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

Based on the apocryphal story of Susannah and the Elders, the plot focuses on an innocent 19-year-old girl who is targeted as a sinner in a small Tennessee mountain town in the 1950s. The opera was named the Best New Opera in 1956 by the New York Music Critics Circle and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999 with Renée Fleming singing the title role.

The cast consists of more than 40 vocal students, with most of the principal roles double cast to maximize the performance opportunities for the students, explained Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and the production's stage director. Read more about this opera.

 

Lumberjacks go barefoot for kids

It's easy for people in America to forget that just beyond our borders live millions of people, mostly children, who suffer under such abject poverty that even a cheap pair of shoes is considered a luxury.

That's why on Thursday, thousands of students of all ages took off their shoes and joined barefoot-in-foot across the country to celebrate 2010's One Day Without Shoes. Read more in "The Daily Sentinel," or pick up a copy of "The Pine Log" today.

 

SFA cheerleaders win NCA championship for 11th time, and the Pom Squad and Small Coed Team each take 3rd!

 
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News and Announcements

NEW! Dawn Chatoney from The School of Art was selected to receive the Alumni Association's Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Chatoney will graduate in May 2010 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. The title of her exhibition is "Objects of Nostalgia: an Inventory of Memory." The Alumni Association will honor the student with a small cash award along with a framed certificate at the reception before the Art Alliance show on Monday, April 12.

NEW! Eralda Lameborshi Tarpley from the English Department was selected to receive the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. Tarpley completed her Master of Arts degree in May of 2009. The title of her thesis was "Ismail Kadare's Voice in Albania's Polyphonic Identity." Tarpley and her thesis director, Dr. Kevin West, will be acknowledged in the May 2010 commencement program. The Graduate School will honor Tarpley with a plaque.

NEW! Join our licensed professional counselors for Coffee with the Counselors from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Rusk Building, Room 333. Meet with SFA counselors to learn more about the services they offer you and SFA students. For more information, please contact Nicole Preston at (936) 468-2401.

The School of Human Sciences Honors Convocation and Reception will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A. The annual event recognizes and awards outstanding Human Sciences alumni, students and faculty. The 2010 honoree is Robert Levy, who is a 2001 graduate of the School of Human Sciences Hospitality Administration Program and currently the general manager for Springhill by Marriott in Austin.

Don’t forget! Student Employee Appreciation Week is April 12 to 16. During this week please make your student workers feel appreciated! (Suggestions: a party, a meal, goodie bags, etc.) 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.

The Project Unity Step Show will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Project Unity Step Show is an event produced by students to celebrate student unity on the campus of SFA. General Admission is $5 with reserved seating at $7. Reserved seats are limited, so try to get them before they are gone. Tickets are on sale at the Info Desk on the first floor of the Student Center.

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Teaching Excellence Center will present “Week of Reflection,” Monday, April 26, to Friday, April 30. The week will feature a number of events that are designed to help students consider what they have learned at SFA this year and how it has changed them. Please download the poster and post where students can view. Each day has a reflection theme. Students are encouraged to think about their development in that area using a reflection guide that provides guiding questions. Download the self-guided reflection sheet. For faculty who want to engage in reflection during their courses that week, the Teaching Excellence Center has produced a Reflection Guide with suggestions for interactive activities that are suitable for a number of different disciplines. Find out more about this event.

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.

 
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College of Fine Arts Presents

 

Fine Arts Spotlight

 


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To purchase tickets,
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online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17

Schools of Music and Theatre present “Susannah,” an American opera by Carlisle Floyd

7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

Based on the tale of Susannah and the Elders, the plot focuses on an innocent 19-year-old girl who is targeted as a sinner in a small Tennessee mountain town in the 1950s. The opera was named the Best New Opera in 1956 by the New York Music Critics Circle and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999 with Renée Fleming singing the title role.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for SFA faculty and staff, and $6 for students.

 
 


Monday, April 12

Trombone Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. The 20-member choir will perform music in a variety of styles, including a portion of an opera, an arrangement of “Yesterday,” and an energetic piece by James Kazik titled “The ‘Hex Files.’” Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Friday, April 16
Ross Smith, guest pianist, will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. An associate professor of piano at the Hurley School of Music of Centenary College of Louisiana, Smith will perform “Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. He will also present two works by Frédéric Chopin—“Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31” and “Berceuse, Op. 57.”Admission is free.

Tuesday, April 20
Wind Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Thursday, April 22
Percussion Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Saturday, April 24
Orchestra of the Pines Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $15 adult, $12 senior, $7.50 faculty & staff, $5 student.


Ongoing (Week of April 12-April 16)
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.

TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 and Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints now display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Created by the SFA School of Art, "Texas National" is celebrating its 16th year on the national scene. The competition is open to all artists living and working in the United States. This year, juror Judy Pfaff chose 191 pieces by 162 artists. Both shows run through Saturday, May 22. 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.

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.

 
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Houston Chronicle photographer shares his tips on getting the best pictures of Texas wildflowers.

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