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This Week's Calendar

Monday - 8
Don't forget to change
your clock(s) in your office
and/or classroom today


Summary report by deans of individuals approved for outside employment - to Provost

New or revised course fee
or lab fee requests from College deans (electronically) to Dr. Brunson


Engaging students
in the lecture

2 p.m.
Teaching Excellence Center, Steen Library 220A

Tonight on SFA-TV 2 (Channel 2 for Suddenlink customers)
6 p.m.
Texas Parks & Wildlife
6:30 & 10:30 p.m.
NacEdition – Local news
7 & 10 p.m.
Global Vision with
Oresta Felts Coordinator of International Programs
Topic – Ghana with guest
Dr. KwameAntwi-Boasiako



Tuesday - 9

SFA Madrigal Singers
Fall Concert

7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Wednesday - 10
Veterans Day

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


Thursday - 11
Engaging students
in the lecture

3 p.m.
Teaching Excellence Center, Steen Library 220A

SAA Movie Series

7 p.m. "The Other Guy"
9 p.m. "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"

Ladyjack Volleyball vs.
McNeese State

7 p.m. HOME


Friday - 12
Fired Up: Three Regional Artists Take a Contemporary Look at Clay closing reception
6 p.m.
Griffith Gallery

Ladyjack Basketball vs.
North Texas

7 p.m.
Denton, Texas

Lumberjack Basketball vs.
Howard Payne

7 p.m. HOME

SAA Movie Series
7 p.m. "The Other Guy"
9 p.m. "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"


Saturday - 13
Showcase Saturday
All Day on campus

Cross Country at NCAA
Regional Championships

All Day
Waco, Texas

SFA Cheerleading
Fall Recruit Weekend

9 a.m. to Noon
HPE Complex

Lumberjack Football vs.
Southeastern Louisiana

2 p.m. HOME

Ladyjack Volleyball vs. Lamar
7 p.m. HOME

SFA Orchestra of the Pines presents “Romantic Affairs”
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Sunday - 14

SAA Movie Series
7 p.m. "The Other Guy"
9 p.m. "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"


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

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


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Nacogdoches, Texas
Office of Public Affairs | ©2010

 

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SFA Madrigals to present concert
Fraternity cleans Shawnee Street as part of Respect Your Roots program
Champion resides on front lawn of SFA students' residence
SFA Cross Country takes Southland Honors
Get on Santa's 'nice list' this season
Showcase Saturday volunteers needed
DOE Scholars Program accepting applications
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
'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' begins next week
Alive After Five: SFA Scene Shop


SFA Madrigals to present concert

The SFA Madrigal Singers, a select 16-voice ensemble, will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

The group is well known throughout East Texas, particularly for its many performances during the Christmas season, explained Dr. Tim King, SFA director of choral activities and of the ensemble. "But it is the singers' wide-ranging concert repertoire, consisting of works from all musical periods, that exhibits the group's extensive talent, precision and artistry." More

 

Fraternity cleans Shawnee Street
as part of Respect Your Roots program

The value of respect was present in the attitudes of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers Friday afternoon. Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University organization participated in the Respect Your Roots program by cleaning up Shawnee Street, Nacogdoches' first street of predominantly black residents.

Alpha Phi Alpha was the nation's first collegiate black fraternity, founded in 1906, so cleaning up the city's first black street seemed like the right thing to do, Quinton Stewart, Alpha Phi Alpha member, said. More

 

Champion resides on front lawn of SFA students' residence

Big trees have a special place in many people's hearts, especially in East Texas. Noteworthy trees have been commonly recognized in art, literature and even history. Fewer people are aware they are also recognized by the state.

Now, according to Jeff Abt, the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches group is planning to create a map of local trees recognized by the Texas Forest Service Big Tree Program. The map will make noteworthy trees easier to find for tourists. More

In the photo: Andrew Ray’s parents, Mel and Linda Ray, own the house at 1317 N. Fredonia. Andrew is a psychology student at SFA and lives there with college roommates. Roommates and their friends knew their tree was special, but had no idea it is runner-up for state champion post oak. From left are Mikey Noel, Blake Phillips, Andrew Ray, Whitney Patton, Katie Olson and Bric Alverson.

 

SFA Cross Country takes Southland Honors

SFA Cross Country picked up two additional awards following its women's team title at the Southland Conference Championships.

Thursday, Nov. 4, Lou Snelling (pictured) was named the Southland Coach of the Year, and sophomore transfer Lauren Smith was dubbed Southland Newcomer of the Year. More

 

Get on Santa's 'nice list' this season

So far, 10 SFA offices are on Santa’s "Nice List." Is your office one of them? There is still plenty of time to sign up.

The students of the Freshmen Leadership Academy are inviting all faculty and staff at SFA to participate in “PURPLE SANTA.” Participants provide new, unwrapped toys to help local children (ages 5 to 12) 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.



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!
   

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

Spotlight!

How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying

7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 20
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Power, sex, ambition, greed . . . it’s just another day at the office in the delightfully irreverent musical comedy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, that the SFA Schools of Theatre and Music will present at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 through 20 in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The winner of seven Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1962, the musical follows the rise of a lowly window washer up the corporate ladder. Come join the fun! Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for faculty/staff and $6 for students.

Spotlight!

Alive After Five: SFA Scene Shop
5:30 to 7 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 18
2116 North Street (Old SFA movie theater)

The College of Fine Arts invites the entire SFA community to the newly renovated SFA Scene Shop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. The event is the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Alive After Five, but all are welcome to come see the transformation that has taken place in the building at 2116 North St. that used to house the SFA movie theater.

Come snack on popcorn, cokes and hotdogs—just like the old times—and relive your movie-going memories (if you were around when that theater was going strong!) Or just come see one of the best university scene shops in the state! There will be door prizes and opportunities to mix and mingle with both the SFA and Nacogdoches business communities. Come as you are and stay for as little or as long as you’d like.

Parking is available after 5 p.m. at the BancorpSouth lots accessible via Blount St. and in SFA’s lot at the corner of North and Wettermark streets. Do not park in other businesses’ lots, as they may tow.

 
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.
 
SFA Orchestra of the Pines presents “Romantic Affairs”
7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 13 | Cole Concert Hall

This is a new date for the concert that was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 19. A highlight of the program will be SFA faculty bassoonist Susan Nelson performing Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concerto for bassoon and orchestra.” The orchestra will also perform works by Igor Stravinsky and Gabriel Fauré. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7.50 for faculty/staff and $5 for students.
 
SFA School of Art to open A Forest Insect Alphabet
6 p.m. Opening Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 17 | Griffith Gallery

The exhibition features 56 woodcuts and text used in the book of the same title that was printed by SFA 's LaNana Creek Press. Charles Jones, retired SFA professor of art, created the woodcuts of various forest insects, and Dr. David Kulhavy, SFA professor of forestry, wrote the text for each. Local musician Miki Lynn put the text to music and recorded a CD that is included with each book. Fryar and Jones will perform the music during the exhibition's opening. The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 4. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
Guest lecture: audio engineer Mark Hornsby
2 to 5 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 19 | Music Recital Hall | Wright Music Building

The SFA School of Music will present audio engineer Mark Hornsby in a guest lecture, "Current Trends in Audio," from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Music Recital Hall of the Wright Music Building. The Nashville-based engineer/producer/musician/writer will speak about career opportunities and strategies for finding a job in audio-related fields. He will also discuss his recent work as an audio engineer at the famous Abbey Road Studios. The lecture is free and open to the public. Time will be allowed for questions from the audience.
 

SFA Wind Ensemble presents "Bits and Pieces" Concert
2:30 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 21 | Cole Concert Hall

The program features the 55-member band performing in groups of varying sizes and combinations, from a piece for only nine instruments to one for the full band. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.

 

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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