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This Week's Calendar

Mentor Ring
Big Dip Ceremony

Friday, May 7
Noon until 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, BPSC

Lumberjack Baseball at
UT Arlington

Friday, May 7
6:30 p.m. AWAY

Free one-night screening of "American Teen"
Friday, May 7
7 p.m.
Ledbetter Gallery
The Cole Art Center @
The Old Opera House
329 E. Main St.

Joseph Haydn’s The Creation
Friday, May 7
7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Ladyjack Softball vs.
Texas State

Saturday, May 8
1 & 3 p.m. HOME

Lumberjack Baseball at
UT Arlington

Saturday, May 8
2 p.m. AWAY

Ladyjack Softball vs.
Texas State

Sunday, May 9
Noon at HOME

Lumberjack Baseball at
UT Arlington

Sunday, May 9
1 p.m. AWAY


Headlines for Friday, May 7

NEW! SFA jewelry program is a hidden gem
NEW! Alumni magazine promotes university to wider audience
NEW! Grant helps prepare students for college
Join Facebook page to receive 20 percent discount
NEW! Residence Hall Association selected for program at conference
Service Learning Grants application deadline extended to Friday
Win a jersey, t-shirt bundle at softball game this weekend
Lumberjack Leadership Academy accepting applications
Farm animals and hay rides at Barnyard Days
Register for Cyber Security Training Events in June
SFA to host Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference
Computer Science to host summer camps, teacher workshops
Free one-night screening of 'American Teen'
SFA choirs, orchestra to perform Joseph Haydn’s 'The Creation'
Children’s Performing Arts Series to present 'Freedom Train'


SFA jewelry program is a hidden gem

When thinking about courses of study at Stephen F. Austin State University, heavyweights like forestry or nursing immediately come to mind. Out of all the undergraduate and masters programs offered at SFA, there's probably one you may not have heard of nestled in the back of the art department. Although classes in art metal/jewelry have been taught at SFA for more than 37 years, the program tends to get lost in the university's vast sea of curriculum, according to the program's head, Assistant Professor Lauren McAdams. More


Alumni magazine promotes university to wider audience

Stephen F. Austin State University has teamed up with the university's alumni association and their quarterly magazine, "Sawdust," to work on two special issues that are aimed at reaching a wider audience than usual.

In the process, SFA decided to discontinue its campuswide magazine, "Vista," and refocus its budget and writing efforts on the spring and fall editions of "Sawdust." More


Grant helps prepare students for college

Starting next school year, the high school curriculum at Nacogdoches and Woden high schools will be tailored through a grant program from Stephen F. Austin State University to better prepare students for college or a career. The grant, Systemic Texas Educator Preparation Sites For College and Career Readiness (STEPS), will help teachers at both high schools to introduce new curriculum through teacher training done through the university. More


News and Announcements

Gear up on Lumberjack gear!! Save a huge 20 percent on any SFA logo imprinted item purchased at the SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore when you become an Official Facebook Fan of the “Stephen F. Austin State University Spirit Fridays." Promotion ends Monday, May 31!

NEW! The SFA Residence Hall Association (RHA) was selected by the National Association of College and Residence Halls, Inc (NACURH) to present the program "Wizards Chess" at their annual conference. NACURH chooses the top programs from across the country to be presented at the conference. Programs are selected based on creativity, wide appeal, program goals and well written proposal. Universities from across the nation attend the conference to share ideas, network, gain leadership skills and discover how other university RHAs provide a variety of events for students. This year's conference will take place in June at the University of California at San Diego.

The deadline for Service Learning Grant applications has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, May 7. 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. Download an application now. For more information, contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1088.

Join the Ladyjack Softball team axe the Texas State Bobcats at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the SFA Field. Beat the heat and be one of the first 50 fans to receive an SFA Softball SuperFan t-shirt bundle. Game fanatics will also receive an Axe'Em Jacks foam axe along with the shirts. During the game a ticket will be drawn after each inning, and seven lucky fans will receive an exclusive SFA Softball jersey.

Applications for the 2010 Lumberjack Leadership Academy are online and ready for students! The Lumberjack Leadership Academy (LLA) is a year-long leadership development program that integrates service learning and leadership development strategies to assist students in developing the skills necessary to lead effectively. There is no cost to participate in this program. Applications for the 2010-2011 LLA will be available online and are due by Friday, May 14. Students must be nominated by a staff member to apply; no letter of recommendation is necessary, as we will contact the staff member by phone to discuss your candidacy for the program. Download the 2010-2011 LLA Application.

Walter C. Todd Agriculture Research Center and the Department of Agriculture invite you to attend Barnyard Days from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 22, at the SFA's Beef Farm located at 442 CR 123 on Highway 259N. Enjoy baby farm animals, games, a maze, a hay ride, among other activities. Participate in the Best Dressed Farmer Costume contest, in which prizes will be given in each age division. Contest begins at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Lindsey Krebs at (936) 564-5924 or lbkrebs@sfasu.edu.

ITS/Networking Department and Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center are hosting three Cyber Security Training Events which are funded by Department of Homeland Security and developed by the Center of Information Assurance and Security. The events are free, but registration is required by Tuesday, June 1. Visit www.sfasu.edu/itsecurity for more details. Essentials of Community Cyber Security: Tuesday, June 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Promoting Community Cyber Security: Wednesday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Voice & Data Security: Tuesday, June 15, to Friday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center will host the fifth Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference June 2 to 5 on the SFA campus in Nacogdoches. To learn more about this conference, visit the Mast Arboretum Web site.

The Department of Computer Science at Stephen F. Austin State University will host a series of summer youth camps and professional development workshops for teachers designed to enhance their technology skills. Learn more

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College of Fine Arts Presents


Fine Arts Spotlight


Fine Arts
May Calendar

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To purchase tickets,
please visit our

online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

Friday, May 7

Free one-night screening of
"American Teen"
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.


Joseph Haydn’s The Creation
Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

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. Written between 1796 and 1798, the oratorio expresses the Austrian composer's vision of the creation, as told in the Book of Genesis and in John Milton's "Paradise Lost." Tickets are $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 faculty, staff and students.

Freedom Train
Tuesday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Part of the Children’s Performing Arts Series. Target grades are third through ninth. Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 for person for groups of 20 or more.

TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 and Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints
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
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.


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Who Knew?

The word "nerd" was coined by Dr. Seuss in his book, "If I Ran the Zoo."

"Dumbledore," an old English word for bumblebee, was picked by author J.K. Rowling as the name of Harry Potter's headmaster because she imagined him wandering around the castle, humming to himself.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"

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