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This Week's Calendar

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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Community members invited to sing 'Messiah'
SFA to screen 'Ike: A Documentary'

Get on Santa's 'nice list' this season
MLK Day of Service volunteers, mentors needed
Faculty, staff accomplishments
Showcase Saturday volunteers needed
DOE Scholars Program accepting applications
Faith and Trauma: Light in Darkness Conference today
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer celebration today
Engaging students in the lecture
Best-selling author to visit SFA campus
Latin American Studies Faculty Speaker's Series set for Nov. 16
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits


Community members invited to sing 'Messiah'

Registrations for participation in the community-wide presentation of Georg Frideric Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, are now being accepted through the School of Music.

Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 3.

The school has a long history of presenting Handel's masterpiece during December, said Dr. Tim King, SFA professor of music and director of choral activities. "We invite singers from around the area to join their voices with the SFA combined choirs and participate in this holiday tradition." More

 

SFA to screen 'Ike: A Documentary'

As a part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University 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, at The Cole Art Center @ the Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

In the wake of Hurricane Ike, advanced media technology students at Galveston's Ball High School created the film under the leadership of their instructor Robert Weiss. The lead interviewer for the film, Jennifer Willcut, is now an SFA sophomore majoring in cinematography. 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 peckae@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.

 

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

Dr. Marsha L. Bayless, professor in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, was awarded the Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit at the international meeting of the Association for Business Communication held recently in Chicago. Bayless teaches in SFA’s Department of General Business and served as president of ABC during the 2005-2006 year. This year, she was the project director of the association’s 75th Diamond Anniversary Keepsake, a publication with more than 100 pages and 215 photographs and documents highlighting its events, historical records and publications. The book was distribution at the group’s 2010 annual meeting. More

 
Neil Sperry's "Gardens" magazine published an article titled "Fruit of the Gods," which was written by SFA Gardens research associate Greg Grant. The article was about the beauty and benefits of native and Asian persimmons in the landscape.
 
Human Services assistant professor Le'Ann Solmonson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Counseling Association. The award is given for leadership to the profession and participation on a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Task Force charged with writing a state curriculum titled "Creating a College and Career Ready Culture in Your School." The task force trained trainers at all of the Regional Education Service Centers. Those trainers provided the training to area schools. The task force was comprised of 10 professionals from across the state who serve as counselor educators and high school counselors.
   
Ken Morton, director of campus recreation at Stephen F. Austin State University, recently was appointed to serve on the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Assembly. NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education and research in collegiate recreational sports. As a member of the inaugural assembly, Morton will join 18 other professionals in sharing knowledge and ideas on issues within collegiate recreation. Read more.
 

News & Announcements

Showcase Saturday volunteers needed!
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 13
For more information, please ontact Monique Cossich at cossichm@sfasu.edu.

   
Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2011. Visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars for more information or to apply. Deadline is Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. Find out more!
   
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.
   

Engaging students in the lecture
2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 | 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11
Teaching Excellence Center, Steen Library 220A

You have heard the expert complain that faculty abuse and misuse Power Point. How can we really reach our students and engage their minds in coursework? José A. Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, has challenged his colleagues to "teach naked"—by which he means, sans machines. We offer this workshop with tips on how that may be done. Our leader is Rhonda Williams, owner of Express Personnel in Nacogdoches. Williams comes to us after a 30-year career in New York theatre, in front of a live audience every night. Come and share her insight into how to keep ‘em comin’ back.

   
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
   


Latin American Studies Faculty Speaker's Series
5 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 16
Ferguson Building, Room G78

Dr. William Forbes, geography, will discuss the International Year of Biodiversity - Conservation and Development in Southeastern Peru. The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. Current global extinction rates are 100 to 1,000 times the natural rate, mostly due to habitat alteration by humans. Southeastern Peru, lying within the Amazon River Basin, likely has the highest level of biological diversity on earth. The area is also under rapid development through gold mining, oil and gas leasing, and construction of a Trans-Amazon highway from Brazil to Peru's West Coast. Forbes will show slides of the region and discuss historical and current issues. He will also present results of social surveys on local resident's attitudes towards nature conservation and economic development conducted in August 2009.

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

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 C ole 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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