Thursday, Jan. 28

Today's Weather

64° Today
50° Tonight
Cloudy with showers tonight

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Lumberjack Basketball
SFA (66) - Northwestern State (56)

Ladyjack Basketball
SFA (64) - Northwestern State (68)

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Today's Calendar

4th Annual East Texas
Geospatial Conference

Student Center

Community Partners Breakfast
8 a.m. in the
Student Center Twilight Ballroom

Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fieldhouse, Champions Room

Nacogdoches SFA Alumni
Chapter Networking Lunch


Movie Series Line Up
Student Center Theater
"Couple's Retreat" - 7 p.m.
"Zombieland" - 9:15 p.m.

Charles Gavin
Faculty Horn Recital
7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall
Wright Music Building

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Tomorrow's Calendar

4th Annual East Texas
Geospatial Conference

Student Center

Indoor Track and Field:
Houston Invite and Multis

ending Saturday, Jan. 30
Houston, Texas

Ladyjack Tennis vs.
Texas-Pan American

2 p.m.
Schlief Tennis Complex

Movie Series Line Up
Student Center Theater
"Couple's Retreat" - 7 p.m.
"Zombieland" - 9:15 p.m

Paul Christopher
Guest Cello Recital
6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall
Wright Music Building

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Upcoming Events

Lone Star Legislative Summit
Thursday, Feb. 18 at SFA

SFA Showcase Saturday
Saturday, Feb. 20

Alumni Tailgate Party
Ladyjack Basketball vs.
Southeastern Louisiana
Saturday, Feb. 20

Spring Break Holiday
March 13 to 21

SFA Showcase Saturday
Saturday, March 27

SFA's Bright Ideas Conference
Thursday, April 8

The BIG Event
Friday, April 23
11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

5th Lone Star Regional
Native Plant Conference

June 2-5

Today's Headlines

SFA to host famed horticulturist on camellias at symposium
School of Nursing received national recognition
Team mentors needed for The BIG Event in April
University Women's Club scholarship fundraiser
Cole Audiology Lab offers hearing evaluations
Omicron Delta Kappa accepting applications
Teaching Excellence Center calling for nominations
Early Childhood Research Center upcoming workshops
SFA to host 4th Annual East Texas Geospatial Conference
Ask a Question, Save a Life, Learn QPR
College of Fine Arts Events
"Liverpool Legends" limited ticket quantities


SFA to host famed horticulturist on camellias at 2010 Azalea Symposium

nacogdoches azalea trailThe Stephen F. Austin State University Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is once again proud to host the annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium March 13 in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building.

Noted Texas A&M horticulturist, Dr. William C. Welch, will be the featured speaker. Welch will share his enthusiasm for camellias and other heirloom plants in his lecture "A Passion for Camellias."

Welch is the author of "Perennial Garden Color," "Antique Roses for the South," "The Southern Heirloom Garden" and "The Bountiful Flower Garden." "Southern Heirloom Gardening" by Welch and Greg Grant, Forestry, will be published by Texas A&M Press in the spring of 2011. Welch is a regular contributor to Neil Sperry's "Gardens and Southern Living" magazine. His homes and gardens have been featured in books and articles throughout the South. He was recently presented the Great Gardeners Award by the American Horticulture Society.

In his lecture, Welch will present the many benefits of adding fall-blooming Camellia sasanqua and spring-blooming Camellia japonica to residential azalea gardens.

Registration begins at 8:30 am; the program is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is provided; followed by tips on pruning camellias, propagating azaleas and a guided tour of the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden by Barbara Stump and Welch. The symposium is sponsored by SFA Gardens and the Texas Chapter of the Azalea Society of America. Admission is $30 to SFA Gardens members and $40 to non-members.

For more information and to register, contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at (888) OLDEST-TOWN or online at For information on the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden e-mail or call Barbara Stump (936) 468-4129.

School of Nursing receives national recognition

nursing awardSFA's Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing has received designation as a Laerdal Center of Educational Excellence. Laerdal is a leader in the industry of simulation and only 14 other facilities in the nation have received this award.

The School of Nursing applied in September 2009 by providing written, video and audio presentations of the school’s use of creative and innovative teaching techniques and student success over the last 10 years. The award is based upon what the school has achieved in the past regarding Educational Excellence in the classroom, community, as well as use of simulation in teaching.

This recognition provides networking and research connections for the school with other schools of excellence throughout the nation. Faculty and students of the school of nursing participated in the application process and will reap many benefits over the next three years from the recognition this designation provides.

Award was received Monday, Jan 25, at the Board of Regents Meeting with recognition of Ed and Gwen Cole for donation and support toward the new Simulation Lab and recognition of Lucille DeWitt for donation and support of the new nursing building.

See photo above of Amy Owen (left) who completed the application and is Chair of the Simulation Committee and Simulation Lab Coordinator, Director of the School of Nursing Glenda Walker (center) and Erin Bailey (right) who has served as Chair of the New Building Committee from its inception to completion.


purple fridays

Wear your purple proudly tomorrow for the traditional SFA Spirit Fridays!

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News and Announcements

the big eventBecome a group mentor for The BIG Event, sponsored by the Department of Student Affairs and the SFA Volunteer Program! On Friday, April 23, hundreds of students will head out into the city and county to complete service projects as a BIG “thank you” to the community for its support of our students. This is a great way for students to give back, and faculty and staff can be a part of the event by serving as a mentor for a team of students.

To participate, faculty or staff will need to attend a mandatory mentor meeting (either 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 or noon on Friday, April 16) as well as be available to participate in The BIG Event from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23. Interested faculty or staff should contact Jamie Bouldin at or (936) 468-1088 for more information.

university women's clubPlease join us for a morning of Southern Charm at Shelley’s Bakery to support the University Women’s Club scholarships.  While enjoying a southern-styled brunch, you’ll be treated to exquisite fashions featured by The Town House and door prizes from area businesses. Seating is limited, and tickets are $25. Proceeds go to the UWC scholarship fund. Seating for four or limited seating for six is available. To purchase tickets and reserve a seat, contact Leisha Bridwell at or phone (936) 468-2371. For more information please contact Chay Runnels at or phone (936) 468-2060.

The Cole Audiology Lab is offering hearing evaluations for all faculty and staff, including family and friends. The lab sells, repairs and services hearing aids, too. Our hearing aids are fully digital and reasonably priced. Services are available to the community and the lab will bill Blue Cross Blue Shields, as well as Medicaid. Call for an appointment at (936) 468-1252.

omicron deltaOmicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s leadership honor society, is now accepting applications for membership. If you know of some exceptional students who are involved on campus and have maintained a high GPA, please encourage them to apply! ODK recognizes the top students that excel in both the classroom and in leadership at SFA. ODK recognizes achievement in five areas: student activities and organizations, athletics, fine arts, student media and government. ODK assists students to develop themselves at an elite level by offering presentation and peer review opportunities for its members. They also coordinate events such as the SEE Leadership Conference, Dresses for Dreams, Student Leadership Awards and Top 23 Freshmen. Juniors, seniors and graduate students with leadership experience and a 3.0 or higher GPA are eligible. Applications are available at the Involvement Center and outside Room 3.302 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center and are due by Friday, Feb. 12.

The Teaching Excellence Center is calling for nominations for individuals wishing to present teaching innovation posters at the Bright Ideas Conference. These innovations can be single assignments, activities, demonstrations, etc. Posters from the past Bright Ideas Conference are displayed at the TEC. 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. This year there will be a kick-off reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the accomplishments of all the participants. Please send all nominations to the TEC by e-mail at by Monday, Feb. 1. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations should include the nominee's name, department, and a 300 to 400 word description of the teaching innovation and its goals and outcomes.

Early Childhood Research Center Upcoming Workshops • 6 to 7 p.m. • ECRC Room 214 • All workshops are free and open to anyone. • Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Andrew Terranova, Psychology, will present on the topic of Bully Prevention. • Tuesday, March 30 - Larry Cupit, Education, will present on Math Games focusing on ideas, strategies and games using everyday household items to encourage development of mathematical knowledge in children. • Tuesday, April 20 - Kimberly Welsh, Education, wil present a workshop on Supporting Your Reader in the Home.

The 4th Annual East Texas Geospatial Conference will be held in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Jan. 26 through 30. A highlight of the conference will be a display of globes depicting the earth and hemispheres of Mars developed from satellite imagery by Todd Ullrich, One of the globes will be a 16-foot diameter globe that is lighted from the inside. The globes will be on display in the Grand Ballroom. Students can visit the displays on Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Students are encouraged to sit in on technical sessions at the conference at no charge. If you would like more information about the conference, please visit or contact Darrell McDonald at

Ask a Question, Save a Life, Learn QPR • The SFA Counseling Center is offering several suicide intervention training sessions throughout the semester for faculty, staff and students. In less than two hours, you can learn helpful information on how to intervene and safe a life. The first training session for Spring 2010 is Monday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Seating is limited so register by calling (936) 468-2401. The trainings are located in the Counseling Center on the third floor of the Rusk Building.

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College of Fine Arts Presents

liverpool legendsLiverpool Legends, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, Griffith Fine Arts Building. In this “Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show,” Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of the Fab Four. With precise attention to detail, the lads make you feel like you’re watching the real thing!

Limited ticket quantities! SFA faculty and staff are eligible for two half-price tickets in sections B and C ($14.50 and $8.50).

Visit to learn more about this award-winning group!


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Charles Gavin Faculty Horn Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.

Friday, Jan. 29
Paul Christopher Guest Cello Recital • 6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

Saturday, Jan. 30
Refined VI Opening Reception with gallery talk by juror Lisa Gralnik at 5 p.m. and announcement of winners and reception at 6 p.m. in 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.

Some Enchanted Evening: the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, School of Music vocal dinner theater 6 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Baker Pattillo Student Center. The program will feature SFA voice and choral faculty members singing songs from musicals such as “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and “Oklahoma!”  Tables can accommodate up to 8 people, and tickets start at $35 per person. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407.

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.

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

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