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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Election Day

Ladyjack Golf
Cowgirl Fall Invitational

All Day
Lake Charles, La.

Faculty/Staff Picnic
4 to 6 p.m.
Juanita Curry Boynton House
505 East Starr

Disney College Program information session
5 p.m.
Miller Science Building
Room 139

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)
7 & 10:30 p.m.
SFA Sports Weekly
7:30 & 10 p.m.
SFA Homecoming Parade

"France: Inside Out"
Film Festival showing of
"Barbe bleue/ Bluebeard"

7 p.m.
BPSC Movie Theater

Eastern Voices
a concert of choral music
from Eastern Europe

7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Wednesday, Nov. 3
Healthy Indoor Air Quality
By Design

Noon | SFA Design Center
Human Science Building South
Room 104

Global Gateway to India
Noon
Ralph W. Steen Library
Wyatt Room

Disney College Program information session
Noon
Human Sciences North
Room 204


Thursday, Nov. 4

TEC Book Circle
4 to 5 p.m.
Teaching Excellence Center
(TEC) Conference Room,
second floor Steen Library

Ladyjack Volleyball vs.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi

7 p.m. AWAY

SAA Movie Series Presents
7 p.m. - "Nanny McPhee Returns"
9 p.m. - "Salt"

SFA Percussion Ensemble annual fall concert
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Ladyjack Soccer at
Southland Conference Championships

TBA
San Marcos, Texas


Friday, Nov. 5
Ladyjack Tennis
Cougar Fall Draw

All Day
Houston, Texas

Art Day at SFA
Contact School of Art office
for more information

Ladyjack Soccer at
Southland Conference Championships

TBA
San Marcos, Texas

Faith and Trauma: Light in Darkness Conference
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer celebration
Lectures by Dr. Ben Shoulders
Noon
Math Building, Room 126
3:30 p.m.
Chemistry Building, Room 106

SAA Movie Series Presents
7 p.m. - "Nanny McPhee Returns"
9 p.m. - "Salt"

Ike: A Documentary screening
7:30 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House


Saturday, Nov. 6
Ladyjack Tennis
Cougar Fall Draw

All Day
Houston, Texas

Lumberjack Football
vs. Nicholls

4 p.m. AWAY

Ladyjack Volleyball
vs. UTSA

1 p.m. AWAY


Sunday, Nov. 7
Daylight Saving Time ends
Gain
Ladyjack Tennis
Cougar Fall Draw

All Day
Houston, Texas

Ladyjack Soccer at
Southland Conference Championships

TBA
San Marcos, Texas

Moores School Percussion Ensemble free concert
2:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Movie Series Presents
7 p.m. - "Nanny McPhee Returns"
9 p.m. - "Salt"


Upcoming Events
TEC Book Circle Dates
4 to 5 p.m. | Thursdays
Nov. 18, and Dec. 2, in the Teaching Excellence Center
(TEC) Conference Room,
second floor Steen Library

Lecture by best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza
7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 10
BPSC Grand Ballroom

SFA Showcase Saturday Dates
Saturday, Nov. 13
Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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Office of Public Affairs | ©2010

 

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Lecture series begins tonight with reading
Get on Santa's 'nice list' this season
Dog-trot restored: A boy's promise to grandmother realized
Advisory council created for SFA's nursing school
MLK Day of Service volunteers, mentors needed
Faculty, staff and student accomplishments
Disney College Program information sessions
Faculty, staff picnic this afternoon
SFA Early Childhood Lab to host book fair this week
'Healthy Indoor Air Quality By Design'
'Global Gateway to India' presentation
Karle Wilson Baker, Charlotte Baker Montgomery Lecture series
East Texas Archeological Society to present talk
Faith and Trauma: Light in Darkness Conference Nov. 5
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer celebration
Best-selling author to visit SFA campus
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
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Lecture series begins tonight with reading

Novelist, short story writer, and essay Claire Davis will be reading from her creative prose at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown. She is the author of two novels, "Season of the Snake" and "Winter Range," and a short story collection, "Labors of the Heart."

She has been a Pushcart Award recipient and been featured in "Best American Short Stories;" she has also been a featured writer on National Public Radio. Her novel, "Winter Range," won both the Pacific Northwest Book Award and the Plains and Mountain Book Award. Her stories are published frequently in such top journals as "The Gettysburg Review," "The Southern Review," "Ploughshares," among others. A pre-reading reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; admission is free. More

 

Get on Santa's 'nice list' this season

Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University community have a way to get on Santa’s “nice list” just in time for the holidays. The students of the Freshmen Leadership Academy are inviting all faculty and staff at SFA to participate in “PURPLE SANTA.” Participants are to provide new, unwrapped toys to help local children in need have a brighter holiday season.

“Purple Santa” will visit offices around campus to collect toys Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3. Clad in a purple Santa suit, he will visit groups who have signed up in advance. If you wish to participate, please e-mail Adam Peck at aepeck@sfasu.edu to arrange a pick-up time for either day. Each group that donates toys to the cause will receive a special gift and will appear on Santa’s “nice list,” published in SFA Today throughout the week of Dec. 6.

Donated toys will be provided to homeless children at Godtel Shelter and to low income children in Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County. This event can provide a fun and festive treat for your office. Santa will be available to pose for pictures with individuals and groups.

Cash donations also are being accepted. For more information or to drop off cash donations, visit the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. For more information about donations in general, call (936) 468-7249.

 

Dog-trot restored: A boy's promise to grandmother realized

SFA Gardens research associate Greg Grant's house in the Arcadia community near Garrison is more than a historical artifact. It is a promise. The old dog-trot house and the land it sits on came down to him from his great-great grandparents. Their family name, Emanis, was anglicized from Ximenes sometime around the time of the Texas revolution. More

 

Advisory council created for SFA's nursing school

An advisory council created for Stephen F. Austin State University's Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing will provide direction regarding future plans for the school in order to meet the need for nurses in East Texas and throughout the state. According to Dr. Glenda Walker, director of the school, the Advisory and Development Council will provide feedback and guidance in establishing priorities related to educational programs and community service. More

 

MLK Day of Service volunteers, mentors needed

Faculty and staff members are needed to serve as mentors for MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. In its second year, SFA students are asked to give a day on their day off and help the SFA community on MLK Day.

This year's theme is "Legacy: What's Yours?" and will team student volunteers with area retirement homes. Students will get the chance to help and interact with area senior citizens and help to produce bingo days, sock-hop dances and other fun activities. More

 


Accomplishments

SFA Ladyjacks swept all three Southland Conference Soccer Player of the Week awards, according to an announcement Monday from the league office. Laura Sadler shared offensive honors with a player from Southeastern Louisiana, while Jordan King took defensive honors and Lacey Lee picked up a goalkeeper of the week award. More
 
Dr. Dave Creech delivered the presentation, "Maple Mania at SFA Gardens - why 250 varieties isn't enough" to the International Maple Society Conference held in Dallas, Texas.
 
SFA Homecoming Parade Float Award Winners
First Place: Jurassic Jacks | Yellow House Christian Student Center
Second Place: Make the Bobcats See Stars | Kappa Alpha and Chi Omega
Third Place: Toy Story | Sigma Chi and Zeta
 

News & Announcements

Disney College Program information sessions
5 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 2 | Miller Science Bldg, Room 139
Noon | Wednesday, Nov. 3 | Human Sciences North, Rm. 204

The Disney College Program will be hosting two information sessions to provide information to interested students! Please encourage your students to join us! The Disney College Program offers an amazing opportunity for students from every major to build life-long skills and open doors to many future career possibilities! Come by one of the presentations to learn more about the Disney College Program and all of the benefits a Disney internship offers to SFA students! Feel free to learn more about this program online at wdwcollegeprogram.com, or contact Haley Hoskins at hoskinshm@sfasu.edu if you have any questions!

   

Come Kick up Your Heels
at the
Faculty/Staff Picnic


4 to 6 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 2
Juanita Curry Boynton House | 505 East Starr

BPSC Twilight Ballroom if inclement weather.

   

The Early Childhood Lab will be hosting a book fair beginning Monday, Nov. 1, until Friday, Nov. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 pm. PTO night is Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Come join the fun and help promote the most powerful skill of all, READING!!

   
 

Healthy Indoor Air Quality By Design
Noon | Wednesday, Nov. 3 | SFA Design Center
Human Science Building South, Room 104

The program credits consist of a one-hour continuing education program entitled "Healthy Indoor Air Quality By Design." The program qualifies as one HSW LU (Health, Safety & Welfare) for AIA continuing education, 0.1 CEU for IDCEC continuing education (ASID/IIDA) and one - ECH for CSI continuing education. For more information, please contact Shannin Williams at designcenter@sfasu.edu or Sally Ann Swearingen at sswearingen@sfasu.edu. Hope to see you there!

   

Global Gateway to India
Noon | Wednesday, Nov. 3
Ralph W. Steen Library, Wyatt Room

The 30-minute presentation on Indian culture will be given by one of the international students at SFA. Snacks, drinks and authentic Indian desserts will be served. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion and question and answer period. Everyone is welcome! This is the second event in a monthly series of Global Gateway events hosted by the Office of International Programs. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

   
  Novelist, short story writer and essay writer Claire Davis will present the inaugural Karle Wilson Baker and Charlotte Baker Montgomery Lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Early Child Research Center, Room 212. Her lecture topic is "Landscape and the Writer," concerning the aesthetic and ethical links authors make to their locales. The event is co-sponsored by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press and the English Department. A book signing for Davis will be held at the culmination of the lecture, and copies of Karle Wilson Baker's "Dreamers on Horseback," newly republished by SFA Press, will also be available.
   
 

East Texas Archeological Society to present talk
7 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 4
Ferguson Building, Room G78

Texas Archeological Stewardship Network, Texas Historical Commission to present a talk titled "Finding Tejas: The Discovery of the 1716 Mission Concepción and an 1836 Republic of Texas Homestead in Western Nacogdoches County." Presented by East Texas Archeological Society members Tom Middlebrook and Morris K. Jackson.

   
  Faith and Trauma: Light in Darkness Conference
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 5
Baker Pattillo Student Center | Cost: $30 before Oct. 25

A conference to bring together health, education, social scientists, social service professionals, pastors, public officials and researchers in the Nacogdoches area to explore the relationship among issues of faith, the victim’s concept of God and one’s ability to deal with the long-term effects of trauma. Learn more!

   
  Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer celebration
Lectures by Dr. Ben Shoulders
Noon | Friday, Nov. 5 | Math Building, Room 126
3:30 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 5 | Chemistry Building, Room 106

The Department of Chemistry will be celebrating the acquisition of its new JEOL 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer by hosting two lectures by Dr. Ben Shoulders, Director of the University of Texas NMR Laboratory. The noon lecture will be a technical presentation on “Using NMR Relaxation Time as an Alternative to X-Ray Crystallography." The second lecture will be for a more general audience. Its topic is “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): How does it work and what can you see?” Light refreshments will be served prior to the general presentation at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Anthony Duben at (936) 468-1568 or dubenaj@sfasu.edu.
   
Office of International Programs to host a lecture by
Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza

7 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 10
Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center

The topic of D'Souza's speech is "Islam and Christianity Amidst International Turmoil: Is Religion to Blame?" D'Souza recently was named president of King's College in New York City and continues to write best-selling books, tour the lecture circuit and participate in debates. More

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Eastern Voices, a concert of choral music from Eastern Europe
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 2 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA Choral Union and Women’s Chorus will present Eastern Voices, a concert of choral music from Eastern Europe, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The sacred and folk songs will be sung in their original languages, said David Howard, SFA associate director of choirs. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
SFA Percussion Ensemble annual fall concert
7:30 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 4 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA Percussion Ensemble will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The varied program includes a large ensemble work depicting different episodes in a day at war, a contemporary marimba quartet and a theatrical piece performed on old drum heads. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
SFA School of Art’s Art Day
All Day | Friday, Nov. 5 | SFA Campus

High school senior art students from across the state of Texas and their teachers will attend the SFA School of Art’s Art Day. The students will experience a day of college art classes taught by SFA art faculty, and teachers will learn more about SFA’s art degrees.
 
Ike: A Documentary screening
7:30 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 5 | The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

As part of its monthly independent film series, the SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free one-night screening of Ike: A Documentary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Created by the Hurricane Story Tellers of Galveston’s Ball High School, the film chronicles the inspirational efforts of Galveston’s citizens to rebuild their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. A panel discussion with some of the filmmakers follows the screening. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
Moores School Percussion Ensemble free concert
2:30 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 7 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Moores School Percussion Ensemble in a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Winner of the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition, the University of Houston group will perform a preview of its upcoming convention showcase concert.
 
SFA Madrigal Singers fall concert
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 9 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA Madrigal Singers will present a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, the highly select 16-voice ensemble will sing songs from musical periods ranging from the Renaissance to present day. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
Fired Up: Three Regional Artists Take a Contemporary Look at Clay reception
6 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 12 | Griffith Gallery

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will close Fired Up: Three Regional Artists Take a Contemporary Look at Clay with an artists reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in Griffith Gallery. The three artists whose work is included in the show--Barbara Frey of Texas A&M Commerce, Ken Baskin of McNeese State University, and Janet Kaestner of the University of Texas at Austin—will be present at the reception. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 

Ongoing Exhibition
Recent works of art in a variety of media are on display in the SFA Faculty Exhibition in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The always-popular annual exhibition, which includes works by the SFA studio art faculty, enables East Texans to see the vast pool of talent within the school. The show has been extended through Saturday, Nov. 13.  Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

   
Ongoing Exhibition
Fired Up: Three Regional Artists Take a Contemporary Look at Clay
is being exhibited in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus through Friday, Nov. 12. The exhibition brings together new works by some of the best clay sculptors in Texas and Louisiana: Ken Baskin of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., Barbara Frey of Texas A&M Commerce, and Janet Kastner of the University of Texas at Austin. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
Ongoing Exhibition
Message from Siberia
, which includes 25 works on paper by four nationally and internationally known Siberian artists, is currently being exhibited in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The show, which is one half of an art exchange between the SFA School of Art and the current director of the Moscow Bienale, will run through Tuesday, Nov. 23. Admission is free. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call (936) 468 1131.
   
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale has become Herman Melville's most famous work and is often considered one of the greatest literary works of all time. It was dedicated to Melville's friend Nathaniel Hawthorne.

It did not, however, make Melville rich. The book never sold its initial printing of 3,000 copies in his lifetime, and total earnings from the American edition amounted to just $556.37 from his publisher, Harper & Brothers.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"