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Today
78° & Partly Cloudy

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52°

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Yesterday's Scores

Lumberjack Baseball vs.
Houston Baptist

W, 17-7

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Today's Calendar

National Volunteer Week

Teaching Portfolio Workshop
9 a.m.
Teaching Excellence Center
Steen Library, Room 220A

Studying Abroad
10 a.m. to Noon
School of Social Work Building
Room 201

Ladyjack Softball at
Louisiana-Monroe

Monroe, LA
4 p.m. & 6 p.m.

“Stand Up! Stand Out!”
7 p.m. in the BPSC Movie Theatre
Room 2.101

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Teaching Portfolio Workshop
3 p.m.
Teaching Excellence Center
Steen Library, Room 220A

Annual Undergraduate
Research Conference

4 to 8 p.m.
Twilight and Grand Ballrooms
Baker Pattillo Student Center

Free one-night
screening of Food, Inc.

6:30 p.m.
Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House
329 E. Main St.

Movie Series Line Up
Student Center Movie Theater
"When in Rome" at 7 p.m.
"Book of Eli" at 9 p.m.

Percussion Ensemble Concert
7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall Wright Music Building

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Headlines for Wednesday, April 21

NEW! Schneider named Ladyjacks coach
NEW! New regents officers begin duties, renovation budget grows
Entrance construction begins today
NEW! SFA award to honor cultural achievement
NEW! East Texas Garage Sale slated for May 1
Buy tickets for Springfest, Mud Bugs and Mud Balls
Faculty, staff invited to panel discussion on embracing diversity
Danceworks studio concert Friday, Saturday
Springfest, Mud Bugs and Mud Balls this Saturday
NEW! 'Defining Teaching Excellence' discussion April 26
Annual Maxwell Lecture to feature Pulitzer-nominated author
Human Sciences lunch menu for next Thursday
Service Learning Grants application due April 30
Purchase tickets to see George Foreman speak
World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig to perform

 

Schneider named Ladyjacks coach

Stephen F. Austin’s search for a new Ladyjack basketball coach ended with the hiring of a Division II national champion. SFA athletics director Robert Hill introduced Brandon Schneider, who led Emporia State University to the Division II national title in a 30-5 campaign this past season, as the Ladyjacks coach Tuesday. Schneider was 306-72 in 12 seasons at Emporia State, located in Emporia, Kan. More

 

New regents officers begin duties, renovation budget grows

As the Stephen F. Austin State University board of regents prepared to change leadership during Tuesday's meeting, the Student Government Association prepared to make way for a new group of leaders as well.

The board also approved an increase in the renovation expenses for the Juanita Curry Boynton House, will add textbook rentals as a way for students to save money, and instituted a Stephen F. Austin University Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award.

The board of regents welcomed Melvin White (pictured) as the new chairman, Bob Garrett as vice chair and Richard Boyer as secretary. More

 

Entrance construction begins today

Preparations are being made this week to begin construction of the new entrance to the SFA Campus from North Street. While traffic will be disrupted during each phase of this project, routing will be adjusted to help keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible.

Phase I of this project will begin at 7 a.m. today. This phase will require the closure of the east bound entrance onto Griffith Blvd from North Street. All traffic entering campus in this area during Phase I will enter on Vista Drive where signage will direct traffic seeking East Griffith Blvd to the proper access point.

Please use caution in this construction zone as construction workers and pedestrian traffic will still be moving through this area. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the University Police Department at (936)468-2608.

 

SFA award to honor cultural achievement

Stephen F. Austin State University this week established a Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award to honor featured guests in the new Archie McDonald Speaker Series.

“The award will honor persons of significance in American culture, who will be invited here to present a lecture, talk or public conversation about their roles in the development of American culture and the impact of American culture on their lives,” said Dr. Richard Berry, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The first recipient of the cultural achievement award, which was approved by the Board of Regents Tuesday, will be former heavyweight champion boxer and iconic businessman George Foreman. More

 
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News and Announcements

NEW! SAA will host East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1, in the Commuter Parking Lot. Spots are still available to participate in the garage sale. To reserve your spot call (936) 468-1222. SAA will provide one table and two chairs per spot.

Tickets are now available to purchase Mud Bugs on Saturday, April 24, during the Springfest, Mud Bugs & Mud Balls event in the commuter parking lot. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the event. Get 3 lbs of crawfish with corn, potatoes and a drink. Tickets can be purchased at the Tracie Pearman Alumni Center or at the Student Foundation sales table on campus. Registration forms for Mud Volleyball are available at the Student Foundation sales table on campus or at the Tracie Pearman Alumni Center. Advance registration is $30 per team or $40 the day of event. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the Commuter Parking Lot.

Embrace Diversity! The College of Education and the Teaching Excellence Center are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled "Embracing Diversity: Fostering a Climate of Respect at SFA" from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the Student Center, Room 2.106The discussion is geared towards all faculty and staff to encourage discussing diversity issues faced in classroom settings. Participants will come away with practical ideas they can implement in their class.

Danceworks studio concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, and at 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Dance Studio, HPE201. Tickets will be available at the door and include $3 for students and SFA faculty/staff and $5 for the general public. The concert will feature student, faculty and guest artist choreography. Contact dance@sfasu.edu for further information.

Springfest, Mud Bugs & Mud Balls will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Commuter Parking Lot. A day of fun in the sun will have everything from henna tattoos to inflatables like the joust and sumo wrestling. Enjoy delicious crawfish and BBQ during the Texas country concerts provided throughout the volleyball tournament! Whiskey Myers will perform at noon followed by Wade Bowen at 3 p.m. The Lumberjacks baseball team will play McNeese at 2 p.m. at Jaycees Field. After the championship mud volleyball game, everyone is invited to enter the Homer Bryce Stadium to watch the annual Spring Purple and White football game!

NEW! A distinguished panel of department chairs from every college on campus will lead a discussion on "Defining Teaching Excellence" at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Teaching Excellence Center, Steen Library Room 220A. Many departments are revisiting their policy on tenure and promotion. The University policy says that we need to demonstrate excellence in teaching, but the question is, "How do we define what excellence means?" We would like to stimulate ideas on how we can measure excellence without being unnecessarily obtrusive. In the modern era of assessment and evaluation, the old adage of "I'll know it when I see it" is insufficient.

The Department of History at Stephen F. Austin State University will present this year's Maxwell Lecturer, Jack Sacco, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Sacco is the author of the Pulitzer-nominated book "Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau."

There are only a few events left for the Human Sciences Quantity Food luncheons. Tickets for the functions are $12.50 and are extremely limited. The menu for Thursday, April 29: grilled pork chops with maple-cranberry glaze red and green cabbage cole slaw; grilled potato salad with watercress, green onions and blue cheese; vinaigrette orange angel food cake with caramel sauce and tropical-fruit compote. Tickets must be reserved by Friday, April 23, by calling (936) 468-4502.

The Office of Student Affairs offers Service Learning Grants each semester to faculty and staff who are interested in implementing a service learning element to their class. Grants are limited to $500 or less and approximately five to seven are awarded each semester, depending on available funding. Applications for Fall 2010 grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 30, and notifications will be made one week later. The grant application is available at http://www.sfasu.edu/studentlife/servicelearning/docs/student-life-service-grant-app.pdf. For more information contact Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Student Life, at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1088.

 
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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

World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig to perform at SFA

Patrons can expect an energetic evening of music as three-time Grammy-nominated jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig performs with Stephen F. Austin State University's Swingin' Axes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts University Series.

Referred to as "the best trombonist on the planet" by jazz great Eddie Palmieri, Herwig has recorded 18 albums as a leader and over 200 total albums since beginning his professional career in 1980. His latest album, "Latin Side of Wayne Shorter," received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.

The album is a follow-up project to the 2005 Grammy-nominated album, "Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis," and the 1998 Grammy-nominated "The Latin Side of John Coltrane." All three projects were recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. More

 
 

Thursday, April 22
Free one-night screening of Food, Inc. at 6:30 p.m. in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Robert Kenner’s film about the U.S. food industry received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. After the screening, Dr. Jerry Williams, chairperson of the SFA Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at SFA, will moderate a discussion panel consisting of Dr. Jeff Roth, SFA assistant professor of geography; Gregory Lide, manager of Sacred Springs Organic Farm in Nacogdoches; and Theresa Tkacik, licensed nutritionist with Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. The event is presented by the SFA School of Art and is sponsored in part by Austin Heights Baptist Church.

Percussion Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. The concert will feature a wide variety of percussion and musical styles and is one of the most difficult programs the ensemble has ever presented, according to Scott Harris, SFA associate professor of percussion and the group's director. 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. The concert’s title, Grand Anniversaries, refers to the anniversaries of two featured composers' births, explained Gene H. Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA. "We will present 'Adagio for Strings' by Samuel Barber, who was born in 1910, and 'Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major' by Robert Schumann, born in 1810. SFA Professor Charles Gavin will be the featured soloist on Lee Actor's "Concerto for Horn." The concert is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and the Wedgeworth-Wright Endowment for the Arts. Tickets: $15 adult, $12 senior, $7.50 faculty & staff, $5 student.


ONGOING (Week of April 19-April 24)
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.


NEXT WEEK
Monday, April 26

Wind Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Tuesday, April 27
Symphonic Band and University Band concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Staged reading of Jack Heifner’s Jump for Joy as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Wednesday, April 28
Staged reading of Barbara Lebow’s The Adventures of Homer McGundy, Revised as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Thursday, April 29
World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig performing with the SFA Swingin’ Axes jazz band at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The Swingin’ Aces will open the concert, which is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Tickets: $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 faculty and staff, $6 students.

Staged reading of James McLure’s Seduction as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Friday, April 30
Staged reading of Jack Heifner’s Jump for Joy as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Saturday, May 1
Staged reading of Barbara Lebow’s The Adventures of Homer McGundy, Revised as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 2 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Staged reading of James McLure’s Seduction as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

 
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Earth Day - Thursday, April 22

Visit the Web site, www.nelsonearthday.net!

The Web site explains how Earth Day was started and who was behind the movement.

 
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