The Office of University Assessment and the Teaching Excellence Center will sponsor the workshop “Meaningful Assessment: Developing Multiple Choice Tests that Measure Higher Order Thinking Skills,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. The workshop will be presented by Terri Flateby, Director of Assessment at the University of South Florida, and is open to all interested faculty and staff. To register for this workshop, please go to the Assessment Resource Web site.
Student Activities Association will be showing FREE movies for you and your Valentine or you and your friends, or just YOU!! Movies will be held in the BPSC Movie Theater Monday thru Wednesday at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8: "The Notebook," Tuesday, Feb. 9: "When Harry Met Sally" and Wednesday, Feb. 10: "The Holiday"
The office of Multicultural Affairs and NAACP will be hosting Slam Poet: Wisdom Beyond W.O.R.D.S. featuring Robert Taylor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Baker Patillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The event is free to everyone. Founder, CEO and visionary for Wisdom Beyond Words Poets, Taylor is an accomplished author and spoken word poet; having performed in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and various other cities in and around Iowa. Having come from very meager beginnings, Taylor began his journey after learning the separation from his mother at an early age had more of an effect in his later years than he had expected. He began to write; releasing the built up anger, hurt and sorrow, and now he's ready to share it with the world. Thus, this began the birth of W.O.R.D.S., which stands for “wisdom only revises determine souls.” Co-sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. For more information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073.
All faculty and staff attending the Ladyjack Basketball game this Saturday will be admitted for free. So join the Ladyjacks while they take on Lamar University Cardinals beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Don't forget your SFA ID.
Nacogdoches County Chamber members get free admission tickets for "Cram the Coliseum" events! A very limited number of extra tickets are available at the Chamber, 2516 North St., or ask a Chamber member for tickets to these two SFA basketball games in SFA’s William R. Johnson Coliseum: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, Ladyjacks vs. Texas State and 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, Lumberjacks vs. Corpus Christi.
New Exercise Physiology Lab opened Monday. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science would like to announce the opening of the new Exercise Physiology Lab, now located in the "old" Early Childhood Building, Room 112. Most notably, the lab features a metabolic cart (O2 consumption and caloric expenditure), electro-cardio gram (cardiac stress test), hydrostatic weighing tank (body composition), environmental chamber (heat stress research), as well as a wide array of other equipment.
CyberSecurity Newsletter for February 2010 is now posted. This month's topic covers Automatic Software Updates and Patching. The following questions will be answered:
1. Why do I need to update my software?
2. What is a software patch (fix), and when should I install software patches?
3. My computer includes hundreds of software programs—which ones do I need to update and how often?
The newsletter may be viewed at www.sfasu.edu/itsecurity.
The Student Activities Association will be hosting a Super Bowl viewing party in the BPSC Movie Theater on Sunday, Feb. 7. Kick-off is at 5:25 p.m. Come cheer on your favorite team on one of the largest screens in East Texas!
The SFA Volunteer Program’s first Service Saturday of the semester is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Involvement Center and carpool over to the work site. This month’s Service Saturday will be with Habitat for Humanity helping at their two house lots on Ritchie Street, so participants need to wear long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Service Saturdays take place three times per semester and are open to students, faculty and staff. They are designed to provide a different service opportunity each month out in the community. Sign up in the Involvement Center on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great way to get your students involved in a service activity as well as providing an easy way for faculty and staff to give back! For more information contact Jamie Bouldin at email@example.com or (936) 468-1088.
SIGN UP! The Teaching Excellence Center is excited to announce the Spring Teaching Circles. Our new Circles begin MONDAY, FEB. 8, starting with "Issues in Higher Education" at 4 p.m. with Ken Collier, Political Science. Other Circles will include "Teaching - What a Great Gig!," "The Parenthood Juggle," "Teaching Millenials" and "Assessment Issues and Possibilities." To find specific dates and times, please visit our Web site. For more information or to sign up for a Teaching Circle, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SAA Movie Series is an easy way for you to advertise your services and/or events to over 900 students in the course of one weekend. During our weekly Movie Series, we display student organizations' and departments' ads in our movie preview slide show. The cost is $15 per slide for one Movie Series weekend. This includes all movies over the course of that weekend. All arrangements must be made and all slides received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday of the week prior to the desired air weekend. Please contact Lacey Claver at (936) 468-1367 or email@example.com for any questions or to make arrangements to advertise.
STILL TIME! The Teaching Excellence Center is extending the call for nominations for individuals wishing to present teaching innovation posters at the Bright Ideas Conference. These innovations can be single assignments, activities, demonstrations, etc. We will sponsor ten posters at the Bright Ideas Conference. Our TEC Associates (one representative from each college, OIT and the Library) will pick the top ten from those submitted. We will also pay for printing of the poster. Please send all nominations to the TEC by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, FEB. 15. Self-nominations are welcome. For ease, the Bright Ideas application can be used and sent directly to the TEC.
Saturday, Feb. 6
Creative Art Saturday Puppet-making workshop for children • ages 6 to 12, 2 to 4 p.m., The Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Registration is $5 and covers the cost of the materials. Parents may pre-register by e-mailing Matthew Sutherlin at email@example.com. Registrations will also be accepted 30 minutes prior to the class, as space permits. Class size is limited to 20.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Deb Scott Faculty Trombone Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band’s American Horizons concert • 7:30 p.m., W.M. Turner Auditorium, Griffith Fine Arts Building. SFA Assistant Professor Brian Utley will be the featured soloist on the world premiere of L. Mark Lewis’ “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra.” Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.
Friday, Feb. 12
The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon Opening • 6 to 8 p.m., The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, this retrospective by the prolific American husband and wife team includes illustrations for African folktales to Scandinavian epics, from fantasy to science fiction. The show runs through Saturday, March 20. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
THE FOLLOWING WEEK
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Montgomery Cole Guest Clarinet and Saxophone Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.
Thursday, Feb. 18
Brian Marks and Kae Hosoda-Ayer Guest Duo Piano Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.
Home • Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. The show, which includes paintings, sculptures and an outdoor installation, explores architectural construction and deconstruction and will run through Saturday, March 13. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Refined VI • Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The biennial juried art metals/jewelry competition and exhibition runs through Saturday, March 20. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
To purchase tickets, please visit our online ticket box office or call (936) 468-6407.