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Monday, Jan. 31
Michael Preston’s
Farewell Reception

3 to 4:30 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Commons, Room 3.201

Songs of Robert Schumann featuring vocalist David Howard and pianist Andrew Parr
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Tuesday, Feb. 1
The Soul of Motown Music

7 p.m.
Student Center Grand Ballroom

SFA Wind Ensemble presents Welcome Home concert
7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium


Wednesday, Feb. 2
Ladyjack Tennis
vs. Abilene Christian
11 a.m.
Nacogdoches

Ladyjack Basketball
vs. Texas State
5:30 p.m.
San Marcos

Lumberjack Basketball
vs. Texas State
7 p.m.
Nacogdoches


Thursday, Feb. 3
Twelfth Class Day

Blood Drive
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center
Third Floor

“Soils in Your Garden” presented by Dr. Leon Young

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Agriculture Building, Room 11

Create Simple, Sustainable Beauty & Vitality Today
with Dr. Mitra Ray

7 p.m.
SFA Fieldhouse, Lawton Room


Friday, Feb. 4

One-night screening of
Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

7 p.m.
The Cole Art Center @
The Old Opera House

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

SAA Movie Line Up
Mega Mind (PG) 7 p.m.
For Colored Girls (R) 9 p.m.

SFA Repertory Dance
Company Concert

7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium


Saturday, Feb. 5
Ladyjack Tennis
TBA
Baytown

Track and Field
All Day
Houston

Ladyjack Basketball
vs. McNeese State
1 p.m.
Lake Charles, La.

SFA Repertory Dance
Company Concert

3 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Lumberjack Basketball
vs. McNeese State
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Repertory Dance
Company Concert

7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium


Sunday, Feb. 6
Ladyjack Tennis
TBA
Baytown

SAA Movie Line Up
Mega Mind (PG) 7 p.m.
For Colored Girls (R) 9 p.m.


UPCOMING EVENTS
Pineywoods Native Plant Center volunteer training session

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Thursday, Feb. 10
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tucker House
Conference Room

SFA Showcase Saturday Dates

Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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Long-time director of student affairs accepts job in Florida
Long road brings determined San Augustine boy to college
Lansdale bringing zombies to the next Christmas celebration
Raising Cane's Beat the Buzzer Night
Sky Quest at The Planetarium
International Friendship Program
Faculty Research Grant Competition 2012
Download calendars for SFA Gardens, Family Outdoor Adventures
Transportation to 2011 Texas Job Fair in Houston
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits


Long-time director of student affairs accepts job in Florida

Michael Preston, director of student affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University, is leaving one home to return to another.

After 13 years of service to the university, Preston will take his talents to Orlando, Fla., as the new director of student affairs at the University of Central Florida.

"I grew up in Florida," Preston said. "This is a chance for me to get closer to home. My wife is going to pursue a doctorate when she gets there. We just felt like it was the right place at the right time."

Preston received a bachelor's degree in English from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. In 1997, Preston completed work on a master's degree from Southern Illinois University. Preston anticipates graduation this spring from Texas A&M University at Commerce where he will be awarded a doctorate in higher education. read more

 

Long road brings determined San Augustine boy to college

This is the story of how a determined young East Texas boy "hitch hiked" his way to college.

It started out in San Augustine when his father, who was in failing health, offered him his part in an electric service company for his future work, instead of going to college. But the youth had completed a very successful senior year with his studies and school activities, even serving as senior class president. He won a tuition scholarship good for any college he chose to attend, and he was fired up to try.

He certainly didn't want to hurt or disappoint his father, but he realized his family couldn't afford to send him off to college. Even though he had learned the business, he also learned and remembered some of the frustrating aspects of the long hours with sometimes frustrating results. So he gently thanked his father and set himself in motion to "go to college." read more

 

Lansdale bringing zombies to the next Christmas celebration

George Romero may be the godfather of zombies, but, unlike local author and SFA English writer-in-residence Joe Lansdale, he never begged the question, "What would it be like to spend the holidays with them?"

In fact, it's beginning to look a lot like zombies - everywhere Joe goes.

"It's a popular subject," Lansdale said, speaking of his new project - a film adaptation of his novella, "Christmas with the Dead," which will begin filming this June in Nacogdoches. read more


News & Announcements

Raising Cane's Beat the Buzzer Night
Lumberjack Basketball vs. McNeese State
6 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 5

SFA students who arrive before the 6 p.m. tipoff will have a chance to win an autographed ball from SFA basketball and a Lumberjack retro basketball jersey courtesy of Jack Team Rewards. SFA fans who arrive before 5:30 p.m. will be admitted for free.
   
Sky Quest at The Planetarium
7 p.m. | Every Friday through Feb. 25
Math/Planetarium Building (52 on campus map)
$2 per person

Come along with a young woman on her personal quest to find a special place in the night sky. She recalls her imaginative childhood adventures on Mars and the discovery of her "birthday star," which leads her to a lifelong fascination with the heavens. She shares her telescope views of the moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with us; points out stars and constellations; and encourages everyone to make the time to look up, even if stargazing in urban areas with light pollution.
   

If you would like to learn about other cultures and would like to make a difference in people’s lives, the Office of International Programs offers opportunities for that to happen. We are launching the International Friendship Program where a student, faculty/staff member or member of the local community is paired with one or two of SFA's 200 international students. They would meet at least once every month during the semester to have dinner, for a home visit, to celebrate American holidays, etc. This program is designed to promote interaction between the local community and international students and provide opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in participating in this program, please visit LAN 402, call (936) 468-1779 or (936) 468-6631 or e-mail feltso@sfasu.edu to fill out an application form.

   
 

Faculty Research Grant Competition 2012: For applications and guidelines, please visit our website. To RSVP for FRG Panel and addtional questions, please contact Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (936) 468-6606.

 
Download!
Family Outdoor Adventures 2011 Garden Seminars
   

Save the Date!

2011 Texas Job Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 8
University of Houston campus
Hosted by Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers

Don't let your students miss out on this opportunity to connect with more than 100 companies with job and internship opportunities. Last year, more than 130 companies recruited at the Texas Job Fair! Students need a ride? It's on us. A van will take students from SFA to the Texas Job Fair. Reserve a seat by contacting Career Services at (936) 468.3305. As a member of HACCC, SFA students and alumni are granted free access to this premiere event. Check the website in February for an employer list and information on parking and directions.


College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Songs of Robert Schumann featuring
vocalist David Howard and pianist Andrew Parr

7:30 p.m. | Monday, Jan. 31 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present two faculty members, vocalist David Howard and pianist Andrew Parr, in Songs of Robert Schumann at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in Cole Concert Hall. The program includes two famous song cycles by Schumann that display his synthesis of poetry and music. English supertitles will be projected. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
SFA Wind Ensemble presents Welcome Home concert
7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 1 | W.M. Turner Auditorium

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present its Welcome Home concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert follows the band’s two-day tour of schools in Houston and East Texas. The program features music by American composers, including large works by Frank Ticheli and John Adams as well as Karl King’s “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March.” Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for faculty/staff and $2 for students.
 
One-night screening of Digital Nation:
Life on the Virtual Frontier

7 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 4 | 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 one-night screening of Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Douglas Rushkoff’s documentary, which was filmed for PBS’ “Frontline,” explores the advantages and disadvantages of our digital culture. Admission is free. The film is sponsored in part by the SFA Department of Communication and Contemporary Culture. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
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.
 
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the College of Fine Arts
January Calendar
Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
website
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

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