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Friday, Feb. 11
Ladyjack Bowling at
Delaware State Capital Classic

All Day in Dover, Del.

Ladyjack Softball vs. Ohio
1 p.m. in Houston

Track at ISU Classic and Multi
All Day in Ames, Iowa

Sky Quest at The Planetarium
7 p.m.
Math/Planetarium Building
52 on campus map
$2 per person

SAA Movie Line Up
The Next 3 Days (PG-13) 7 p.m.
Faster (R) 9:30 p.m.

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre


Saturday, Feb. 12
Lincoln's Birthday

Track at ISU Classic and Multi

All Day in Ames, Iowa

Ladyjack Bowling at
Delaware State Capital Classic

All Day in Dover, Del.

Gardening 101 for the Whole Family by Dawn Stover
9 a.m. to noon
SFA Agriculture Building
Room 110; $10 per family

Ladyjack Softball vs. Michigan
11 a.m. in Houston

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
2 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Ladyjack Basketball vs. UTSA
2 p.m. in San Antonio

Ladyjack Softball
vs. Southern Illinois

5 p.m. in Houston

Lumberjack Basketball
vs. UTSA

6 p.m. in Nacogdoches

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre


Sunday, Feb. 13
Track at ISU Classic and Multi
All Day in Ames, Iowa

Ladyjack Bowling at
Delaware State Capital Classic

All Day in Dover, Del.

Ladyjack Softball vs. Ohio
11 a.m. in Houston

Ladyjack Tennis
vs. Louisiana Tech

Noon in Nacogdoches

Ladyjack Softball vs. Houston
1 p.m. in Houston

Ladyjack Golf at
Claud Jacobs Invitational

All Day in Victoria

SAA Movie Line Up
The Next 3 Days (PG-13) 7 p.m.
Faster (R) 9:30 p.m.



UPCOMING EVENTS
SFA Showcase Saturdays
Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or e-mail sfatoday@sfasu.edu. The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas
Office of Public Affairs | ©2010

 

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SFA releases spring enrollment figures
Digital media classes let students combine various elements of art
Lessons learned from shuttle disaster helped shape emergency response
Researchers continue finding minor planets at SFA Observatory
Planetarium used for public outreach and university’s astronomy program
Disney coming to SFA
Walk Across Texas 2011
Accomplishments
Careers in music, sports and entertainment featuring Marc Williams
Visiting Writers Series featuring Kim Addonizio
Teaching Excellence Center announces spring teaching circles
Student Leadership Awards Banquet nominations
AAUW Expanding Your Horizons Conference
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits


SFA releases spring enrollment figures

Stephen F. Austin State University has reported a spring student enrollment of 11,896, a 1.1-percent decrease from last year. The number of SFA students attending classes decreased by 133 students from spring 2010 to spring 2011.

The spring 2010 enrollment of 12,029 was the highest spring enrollment in the university’s history and marked a 7.2-percent increase from the previous year. Although this spring’s enrollment is slightly down from last year, it represents the second-highest spring enrollment in the university’s history. read more

 

Digital media classes let students combine
various elements of art

A trip to the Art Building at SFA would reveal students working in several areas of art, including sculpture, photography and print-making.

However, the digital media area of emphasis in the department provides a way for students to dabble in multiple areas and combine it all together using a computer. Daily Sentinel subscribers read more here

 

Lessons learned from shuttle disaster helped shape emergency response

The Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University is named for the space shuttle that disintegrated over Texas on Feb. 1, 2003, resulting in the death of all seven astronauts aboard.

A photograph of the crew members hangs in the hallway of the Columbia Center as a reminder of what took place locally in those days, weeks and months following the Columbia disaster.

It's also a reminder of the global event that put geospatial technology on the map. read more

 

Researchers continue finding minor planets
at SFA Observatory

A few miles outside the city limits of Nacogdoches, researchers gather under domes and gaze at the night sky through telescopes, hoping to discover a minor planet or variable star.

The SFA Observatory is home to several telescopes and classroom space for students and researchers to utilize when they are onsite.

Searching for minor planets is done with the observatory's 18-inch telescope, which was moved to SFA from the South Pacific where it was used by NASA until 1976, said Dr. Norman Markworth, professor of astronomy. read more

 

Planetarium used for public outreach and
university’s astronomy program

Although they might be thought of interchangeably, Stephen F. Austin State University's planetarium and observatory serve two different purposes.

"SFA's planetarium is an educational facility where we learn about astronomy, particularly the skies and space exploration," said Edward Michaels, planetarium director. "The heart of the planetarium is in the center of the room with the star projector, which re-creates the night sky. I can show visitors the night sky from anywhere in the world at anytime of the year." Daily Sentinel subscribers read more here

 

Disney coming to SFA

The Disney College Program will host two information sessions for interested students! Sessions will be held noon Monday, Feb. 14, in the Liberal Arts North Building, Room 142, and at noon Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Student Center, Room 2.202 (Tiered Classroom).

Disney will also host a workshop called "Customer Service: The Disney Way!" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Student Center, Room 2.202 (Tiered Classroom).

The Disney College Program offers an amazing opportunity for students from every major to build lifelong 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 visit http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com for more information on the program, or Haley Hoskins, SFA career services, at hoskinshm@sfasu.edu if you have any questions!

 

Walk Across Texas 2011

Need that extra motivation to keep your body healthy and stay true to your New Year's resolutions? We have a fun and effective program for you! Registration is now open for the annual Employee Wellness Center "Walk Across Texas" team challenge. Our theme this year is Texas Ranches. Follow these simple steps:

1. Form your eight-person walking or jogging team (all ages,on-campus or off-campus team members welcome).
2. Select a team captain and a team name.
3.  Register with the EWC (jfinkenberg@sfasu.edu) no later than Friday, Feb. 11.
4. Log individual miles walked or jogged for eight weeks beginning Monday, Feb. 14.

More details will be available once your team is registered. If you do not have enough for a team of eight, please contact the office at (936) 468-1680. We will do our best to coordinate small groups and individuals.


Accomplishments

SFA Gardens research associate Greg Grant spoke to 200 members of the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club at Highland Park in Dallas. He presented a program titled "Gardening for the Birds and the Bees-Saving the World One Garden at a Time." He was a guest of former SFA Regent Susan Roberds.
 

Lijing Zhou, agriculture graduate research assistant, received third place in the Warren Barham Ph.D. graduate student oral paper competition at the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference. Her presentation was titled "Anthocyanins, Phenolics and Antioxidant Capacity of Vaccinium L. in Texas."

 

News & Announcements

Brown Bag Discussion: Careers in music, sports & entertainment featuring Marc Williams
Noon to 2 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 16
BPSC, Third Floor Commons
Snacks provided | Bring your own lunch!

Marc Williams, CEO of Williams Communications, will discuss the music, entertainment and sports industries and share what it takes for young professionals to be successful. Williams is recognized as one of Network Journal’s Top 40 Businessmen in America Under the Age of 40, CNN’s Top 10 Motivational College Speakers and Sports Illustrated’s Top 101 Minorities in Sports. He was also the 2010 Black Men’s Magazine Man of the Year.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Career Services, the American Marketing Association and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073.

   

Visiting Writers Series featuring Kim Addonizio
7 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 17 | Admission is free
Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212

The Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the Department of English and SFA Press, presents Kim Addonizio in a poetry reading. Addonizio is the author of five collections of poetry, two books of nonfiction and two books of prose. She was a National Book Award finalist and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Education Association Fellowships and a Pushcart Prize for her poetry. Her latest book of poetry is "Lucifer at the Starlite."

   

Teaching Circle Events
Along with getting to know colleagues, collaborating and sharing ideas, attendance at a Teaching Circle also counts toward faculty activity reports! Check the calendar at the Teaching Excellence Center for dates of the circles, as well as future workshops and other offerings.

Issues in Higher Education
4 p.m. | First Tuesday of each month | Library, Room 220
Led by Ken Collier | kcollier@sfasu.edu
A discussion on issues that can, will or do affect all areas of higher education.

Teaching: What a gig
Noon | Feb. 16, March 2 and 23, April 6 and 27
Library, Room 220
Led by Trish Foster and John Moore | tec@sfasu.edu
A discussion on issues that face first-, second- or third-year faculty, focusing on teaching and student success.

Teaching Tips
7 p.m. | Last Tuesdays of each month | Tabu
Led by Bill Forbes | forbesw@sfasu.edu
A group discussion using the book "Teaching Tips" by McKeachie and Svinicki.

   
 

Award applications for the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet are now online! Students and student organizations are encouraged to apply for these honors, which include:
• Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
• Underclassman Leader of the Year
• Small and Large Organization of the Year
• Adviser of the Year
• Program of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Service Program of the Year
• Service Organization of the Year
• Top 23 Freshmen
Applications can be found at http://www.sfaodk.org/student-leadership-awards-banquet.html and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

   
   
 

Save the Date!

AAUW Expanding Your Horizons Conference
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 19
Baker Pattillo Student Center

Open to sixth- through eighth-grade girls from surrounding school districts interested in pursuing mathematics or science careers.

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 | 2 and 7:30 Saturday, Feb. 12 | Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Arthur Kopit’s Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. This absurdist full-length play, set in Havana, follows a smothering mother and her son, who has lost all sense of acceptable social interaction, explained Austin senior Kelsey McMillan, the play’s director. The play is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $5 each.
 
Ongoing
Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art is currently on exhibit in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329. E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The exhibition, which is a collaborative project between the SFA College of Fine Arts and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, features artists from the SFA School of Art and ecological artists from across the nation. The show will run through Saturday, March 26. 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
Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES is currently on display in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The exhibition features “Movies for the Wall,” optical glass-tiled murals that appear to come to life, change and move as the viewer passes by. The show runs through Saturday, March 26. 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
A Forest Insect Alphabet,
which features 56 woodcuts and text used in the book of the same title that was printed by SFA 's LaNana Creek Press, will reopen in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, on Wednesday, Jan. 19. 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. The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 25. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 

Opera-Inspired Works for Flute and Piano
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 15 | Cole Concert Hall

SFA music faculty members Christina Guenther (flute) and Geneva Fung (piano) will present Opera-Inspired Works for Flute and Piano at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. Music from the operas Carmen, Orpheus and Eurydice and Der Freischuetz is included on the program. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.

 

Guest Recital featuring William VerMeulen of Houston Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 16 | Cole Concert Hall

William VerMeulen, principal horn of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. The program includes “virtuosic works from the horn literature and even an arrangement of a Rossini opera that is nothing short of spectacular when performed on horn,” said Dr. Charles Gavin, SFA professor of horn. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.

 
Student-directed production of “Tom and Jerry”
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 | 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 | Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of “Tom and Jerry” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Taken from Jim Geoghan's collection Only Kidding, "Tom and Jerry" offers an inside look at the life of a stand-up comedian. As the play's director, Weslaco junior Jonathan Garcia explains, the audience gets the feeling that it isn't all laughs when comedians meet. The play is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $3 each.
 
SFA's Orchestra of the Pines' Center Stage concert
7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 19 | Cole Concert Hall

Winners of the SFA School of Music's annual Concerto/Aria and Composition Contests will be featured during SFA's Orchestra of the Pines' Center Stage concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Cole Concert Hall. Flutist Megan Beard (Denton senior), tenor Josh Dennis (graduate student from McKinney), pianist Yuki Kumamoto (graduate student from Japan), and trombonist Ashley Scambray (Houston sophomore) will perform as soloists with the orchestra, directed by Gene H. Moon. The orchestra will also perform a three-movement work composed by Athens junior Lee Treviño. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7.50 for faculty/staff and $5 for students.
 
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