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Today's Weather


Today
85° & Isolated Showers

Tonight
51°

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Yesterday's Scores

Softball
Central Arkansas
L, 4-3; L, 5-0


Baseball
McNeese State
L, 15-7

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Today's Calendar

Week of Reflection

Last day to withdraw
from the university


Lumberjack Golf Southland
Conference Championships

Hammond, LA

"Defining Teaching Excellence"
2 p.m.
Teaching Excellence Center
Steen Library, Room 220A

Wind Symphony Concert
“With Wind and Song”
7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Lumberjack Baseball at
Arkansas-Little Rock

6 p.m. AWAY

Maxwell Lecturer
Featuring Jack Sacco

7 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center
Twilight Ballroom

Symphonic Band and
University Band Concert
7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

2010 Festival of
New American Plays

Staged reading of
Jack Heifner’s Jump for Joy

7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre
Griffith Fine Arts Building

 

Headlines for Monday, April 26

NEW! Mud Bugs and Mud Balls photos
NEW! Workshop to demonstrate grave marker maintenance
NEW! School of Music to honor Dr. Stephen Lias at Extravaganza 23
SFA to present 5-day playreading festival
NEW! Week of Reflection activities begin today
NEW! Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature George Foreman
2010 Spring Teacher Job Fair this Friday
Service Learning Grants application due Friday
East Texas Garage Sale slated for Saturday
Purchase tickets to hear George Foreman speak
World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig to perform

 

View Mud Bugs and Mud Balls photos

 

Preserve America Workshop to demonstrate grave marker maintenance

A Preserve America Workshop on the maintenance and cleaning of grave markers presented by Jason Church will be held Friday, April 30, with a presentation will be held at the J.R. Huffman Public Library in Hemphill from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by a demonstration at the Gasby New Zion Cemetery from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Church is a materials conservator who specializes in the care of cemetery stone and ironwork. He earned his M.F.A. in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and he currently works for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, La. More

 

School of Music to honor Dr. Stephen Lias at Extravaganza 23

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will honor composer Dr. Stephen Lias with the Outstanding Music Alumnus Award on Friday, April 30, during Extravaganza 23.

The annual gala banquet, held at the Hotel Fredonia Convention Center, is sponsored by the SFA Friends of Music.

Dr. John Noel Roberts, director of the SFA School of Music, will highlight the SFA professor's accomplishments, and the SFA Wind Symphony, under the direction of David W. Campo, will present Lias' "Ebullience." More

 

SFA to present 5-day playreading festival

East Texans have the rare opportunity to get a preview of three playwrights' newest works during Stephen F. Austin State University's Festival of New American Plays Tuesday, April 27, through Saturday, May 1, in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

The festival's purpose is to give the three participating playwrights an opportunity to see and hear their works-in-progress presented by live actors in front of a live audience, explained Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence and festival director. More

 
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News and Announcements

NEW! What stands out about your SFA experience this year? The office of Student Affairs wants to help you reflect on your time at SFA with the 2010 Week of Reflection. The week will kick off with a day of wellness. Campus Recreation will have a free preview day for all faculty and staff on Monday, April 26. There will be health and wellness educational information in the Recreation Center lobby and jogging routes throughout the facility. The Recreation Center will also have reflection questions on TVs and all cardio equipment. Michael Preston will have AlcholEDU information and wellness events at the Student Center for the SFA community to enjoy.

NEW! Former heavyweight champion boxer and iconic businessman George Foreman will be the inaugural speaker in a new lecture series hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University's College of Liberal and Applied Arts. "A Conversation with George Foreman: Reflections on My America" is the first event in the new speaker series named for longtime SFA history professor Dr. Archie McDonald. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center at SFA. More

You are invited to attend the 2010 Spring Teacher Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 30, in the HPE Complex. Currently, 125 school districts are registered for this event in search of SFA students and graduates to fill teacher vacancies. Please keep this event in mind and encourage any students who would benefit from this experience to attend. For any questions, please contact Career Services by e-mail at careerservices@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-3955. See list of attending school districts.

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.

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.

 
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College of Fine Arts Presents

 

Fine Arts Spotlight

 


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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. More

 
 


Monday, April 26

Wind Symphony concert, “With Wind and Song,” at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Joining the band to present Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” and Eric Whitacre’s “Equus” will be SFA’s Choral Union and Women’s Choir. Members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will join the band in presenting “The Sinfonians” by Clifton Williams. 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. The program includes a wide range of musical works for bands, including marches, tributes to America and contemporary pieces.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.

Sunday, May 2
SFA Bands’ Concert in the Park at 2 p.m. in the Free Speech Area. The concert will feature the SFA Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and University Band. Hamburger plates will be available for $5 beginning at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Room 121 of the Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

ONGOING (Week of April 26-May 1)
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
Friday, May 7

Free one-night screening of "American Teen" at 7 p.m. in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Nanette Burstein’s touching and hilarious Sundance hit follows the lives of four teenagers—a jock, the popular girls, the artsy girl and the geek—through their senior year of high school in a small Indiana town. We see the insecurities, cliques, jealousies, first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. The film is rated PG-13.

The SFA combined choirs and orchestra, along with faculty and student soloists, will present one of music’s most beloved choral masterworks, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets are $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 faculty, staff and students

 
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Who Knew?

The standard blue United States Postal Service mailbox holds approximately 4,000 letters.

Bubble Wrap was the result of a failed attempt in 1957 by two engineers to invent a washable, textured plastic wallpaper.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"

 
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