Tuesday, March 2

Today's Weather

51° Today
35° Tonight
Mostly Sunny

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Today's Calendar

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
10 a.m. to noon
Rusk Building, Room 333

Lumberjack Baseball vs.
Houston Baptist

3 p.m. HOME

Ladyjack Softball vs.
Sam Houston State

Hoya Field
Game 1: 1 p.m.
Game 2: 3 p.m.

Karen Clarke
Guest Violin Recital
6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall
Wright Music Building

Lorraine Hansberry’s
“A Raisin in the Sun”
Opening Night
7:30 p.m.
W.M.Turner Auditorium

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Ladyjack Softball vs.
Sam Houston State

Hoya Field
Game 3: 2 p.m.

Ladyjack Basketball vs.
Central Arkansas

7 p.m. HOME

Lumberjack Basketball at
Central Arkansas

7 p.m. AWAY

Lorraine Hansberry’s
“A Raisin in the Sun”
7:30 p.m.
W.M.Turner Auditorium

Today's Headlines

SFA receives national recognition
Pulitzer Prize nominated author coming to Nacogdoches
March 2010 Cyber Security Newsletter now posted
The library: your information one-stop
'Student Employee of the Year' nomination forms
2010 Spring Career Fair in March
Dining Services conducting semiannual survey
Campus Recreation wants to hear what you have to say
Annual 'Dance for the Health of IT'
An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch

Upcoming Events
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SFA receives national recognition for community service, named to President's Honor Roll

Stephen F. Austin State University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

Read more of the story.


Pulitzer Prize nominated author coming to Nacogdoches

Jack Sacco will be a man about town this coming April when he arrives to speak at the Stephen F. Austin State University 2010 Maxwell Lecture series.

The California-based author, whose 2004 Pulitzer Prize nominated book "Where the Birds Never Sing" recounts a heroic group of young men who serve in the U.S. Army during World War II and liberate the infamous Dachau concentration camp, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center as part of the series hosted by the history department.

Read more in "The Daily Sentinel."


Upcoming Events

William R. Johnson Outstanding
Thesis Award Nomination Due
Friday, March 5
Submit to Graduate School

Marilyn Odom Outstanding
Graduate Student Award
Nomination Due
Friday, March 5
Submit to Graduate School

Relay for Life of

Nacogdoches County

March 5, 6
Expo Center

SFA Regents Lecture 2010
"Is SFA More Than
Just Another Pretty Face?"
presented by Dr. David Creech

Tuesday, March 9, at 5 p.m.
McGee Business Building
Lecture Hall 133
Reception to follow lecture

2010 Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, March 10
1 to 4 p.m.
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Les Reeves Garden
Lecture Series with
Dr. Mike Arnold
Texas A&M Horticulturist
Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
Agriculture Building, Room 110

Nacogdoches Azalea
Trail Symposium

Saturday, March 13

Spring Break Holiday
March 13 to 21

SFA Showcase Saturday

Saturday, March 27

SFA's Bright Ideas Conference

Thursday, April 8

SFA Vendor Fair
Tuesday, April 13

SFA Teaching Excellence
Awards Reception and
Convocation 2010

Thursday, April 15

Garden Gala Day and
Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, April 17

Undergraduate Research
Conference 2010

Thursday, April 22

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

Mug Bugs & Mud Balls
Saturday, April 24

2010 Spring Teacher
Job Fair

Friday, April 30
9 a.m. to Noon
HPE Complex

5th Lone Star Regional
Native Plant Conference

June 2-5
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News and Announcements

March 2010 Cyber Security Newsletter is now posted. As 2010 gets underway, it's an opportune time to assess the cyber security landscape and prepare for what new challenges may lie ahead, as well as what current threats may continue. In this month's newsletter, we answer: What Are the Cyber Trends for 2010? and
What Can I Do? You may access the newsletter at the ITS Security Web site.

We live in an information age, but how can you direct your students to the proper resources if you're still searching for the card catalogue? Modern libraries are so much more than books and journals. This workshop will jump start your reintroduction to the SFA Library. Lead by Tina Oswald and Marty Turnage, the workshop will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, and again at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Teaching Excellence Center (Steen Library 220A). Please RSVP the Teaching Excellence Center at tec@sfasu.edu if you plan to attend.

It is that time of year to show gratitude to our wonderful student workers! The week of April 11 to 17, is Student Employee Appreciation Week! Student Employment coordinates a competition/recognition called “Student Employee of the Year!" This is a great opportunity for your department to nominate that one extraordinary student worker!  The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the nominations received in Student Employment. The downloadable form will explain how you can participate. The deadline is Thursday, April 15. The winner of “Student Employee of the Year" will receive a very nice certificate, a variety of donated gifts and a plaque that can be placed in his/her employing department! If you have any questions, please contact Student Employment.

SFA Career Services invites you to their Spring Career Fair held on Wednesday, March 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Faculty and staff please encourage your students to attend this event. Results from past student surveys overwhelmingly show that students attend our fairs because of their professors, so thank you very much! Help students remember that professional dress is required and to bring several copies of their resumes. View the list of participating employers. For any questions, please contact SFA Career Services at 936.468.3305 or careerservices@sfasu.edu.

SFA Dining Services is conducting our semiannual DiningStyles survey to better understand campus lifestyle and preferences at SFA. If you are interested in sharing your input, please click on this link to participate in this survey which runs through Friday, March 19: www.college-survey.com/sfasu. As an added bonus, if you complete the survey you will be entered to win a $250 Best Buy gift card! This online Dining survey will only take 8 to 10 minutes, and all responses are confidential. Some topics covered include your opinion about the variety and quality of food we provide, hours of operation and more. Your answers will help us know how we can improve your on-campus dining experience, and we take them very seriously. Also, if you haven’t had an opportunity to explore our new and improved Web site with nutritional information, menus updated daily and special events, you can do so at www.SFAdining.com.

Whether you are a regular user or have never used our facilities, programs or services, we want to hear your feedback! Please take five to 10 minutes to complete our annual satisfaction online survey. At the end of the survey you will have a chance to register for a drawing for a free massage, courtesy of Campus Recreation! We will draw a winner for the massage before the end of the spring semester. If you have any questions about our facilities, programs or services, please visit the Campus Recreation Web site. You may also contact us at (936) 468-3507 or campusrec@sfasu.edu.

Please join us for the annual EWC "Dance for the Health of IT" to be held in the Lucille Norton HPE Complex, Gymnastics Room 113. Stan Bobo will instruct basic fox trot, waltz and rumba Monday, March 8. Cathy Michaels will present basic clogging on Tuesday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 9. All classes meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. All classes are free. Please contact the office at (936) 468-1680 or jfinkenberg@sfasu.edu for more information and to register.

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College of Fine Arts Presents


An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch


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7:30 p.m. • Tuesday, March 23 • W.M. Turner Auditorium

marvinMarvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; and his groundbreaking show, “A Chorus Line”, received the Pulitzer Prize.

He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for “The Way We Were” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for “The Sting”, for which he received a third Oscar.

Single tickets: $35 for A seating, $29 for B seating and $17.50 for C seating. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth.


Tuesday, March 2 – Saturday, March 6

The SFA School of Theatre will present Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 6, in W.M.Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Set in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, “A Raisin in the Sun”focuses on the Youngers, an African-American family, and the dreams each of its members is struggling to attain. Allen Oster directs the drama that made history in 1959 as the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for SFA faculty and staff, and $6 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

Tuesday, March 2
Karen Clarke Guest Violin Recital at 6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Joining Clarke for violin duos by Jean-Marie Leclair and Béla Bartók will be Jennifer Dalmas, SFA assistant professor of music. Pianist Ron Petti, SFA director of accompanying, will join Clarke on Johannes Brahms' "Sonata in A Major."
Admission is free.

Friday, March 5
“Sara’s Book” film premiere (School of Art’s 2010 feature film) at 7 and 9 p.m., Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St., downtown Nacogdoches. The movie centers on 16-year-old Sara whose world comes crashing down when her parents die in a car wreck. The book of quotes they had given her helps her survive the racially charged early 1970s when she is forming a bond with a young man named Ryan. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands at 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Included on the Aces’ program is “Tribute to Miles,” which is a medley of famous jazz pieces by Miles Davis, including "So What," "All Blues," "Seven Steps to Heaven" and "Milestones." The Axes’ program will be composed mostly of upbeat Latin and rock influenced charts, including a mambo arrangement of Clifford Brown’s “Blues Walk” and a thickly orchestrated arrangement of Pat Metheny’s “Song for Bilbao.” Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Saturday, March 6
Creative Art Saturday Artistic Clothing class for children ages 6 to 12 from 2 to 4 p.m., The Cole 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 sutherlime@sfasu.edu. Registrations will also be accepted 30 minutes prior to the class, as space permits. Class size is limited to 20.

ONGOING (Week of March 1-6)
Home, now on display in 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. (936) 468-1131.

Refined VI now on display in the 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 13. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. (936) 468-1131.

The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon now on display in the Ledbetter Gallery of 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 13. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.  (936) 468-1131.

Monday, March 8
A Cappella Choir Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Tuesday, March 9
American Ballet Theatre II at 7:30 p.m., W.M. Turner Auditorium. Handpicked from around the world by the artistic staff of American Ballet Theatre, the classical company of 12 dancers (ages 16-20) will present a varied program in three acts that includes "Interplay," excerpts from "Swan Lake" and "Le Corsaire, and new works created specifically for ABT II. The program is suitable for all ages. SFA faculty and staff are eligible for two half-price tickets in sections B and C ($14.50 and $8.50).

Shelly Binder Guest Flute Recital at 6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

Adam Unsworth Guest Horn Recital at 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

Thursday, March 11
Orchestra of the Pines’ “Taking Center Stage” concert featuring the winners of SFA’s annual Concerto/Aria Competition, 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall. Tickets are: $15 adult, $12 senior, $7.50 faculty and staff, $5 student.

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Sneeze Trivia

For one out of every three people, looking at the sun triggers a sneeze. Neurologists believe that the photic sneeze reflex, or "sun sneeze," is caused by cross wires in the brain. The trigeminal nerve, which senses irritation that causes a normal sneeze, is in close proximity to the optic nerve. When the optic nerve gets overloaded, the electrical signal spills over into the trigeminal nerve, thus causing a sneeze.

Excerpt from "Are You Kidding Me?"

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