NEW! The gateway to Stephen F. Austin State University is set for a makeover. Just before spring break, the university cut down several trees in the first step of modernizing the entire front entrance along the double-tongued intersection of Vista Drive, Griffith Blvd. and North Street. This week, the bidding process for the construction of the new entrance ended and SFA officials will be pouring over the bids for an unspecified time. SFA is looking to enhance the entrance, which is often the first thing prospective students see when they visit the campus, and to make the intersection safer for drivers and pedestrians. Read more in "The Daily Sentinel."
NEW! The collection of over 6,000 azaleas in the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is nearing peak bloom, so expect to see lots of color in the next two weeks. Of particular interest is the deciduous azalea planting in four of the beds of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden—come visit and experience the bright yellow, white and orange blooms on small trees. Each year the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau schedules tours for tourists through our SFA Gardens. This year 24 groups will see the azalea garden in its varying states of bloom—from camellias and deciduous magnolias to the current azalea bloom period. This has also been a spectacular year for Japanese maples. We have over 220 varieties of these ornamental trees, many of which were selected for their unusual branching habit or their spring colors of reds, oranges and lime greens. For more information about SFA Gardens, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are more than 134,000 apps for Apple's marquee gadget, the iPhone. One more of local significance is about to be added to the list. Students and faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University have teamed up to develop the university's first iPhone and iPod Touch app designed for the students, by the students. Read more in "The Daily Sentinel."
The SFA Campus Recreation Department is hosting three, two-week “Little Jack Rec Camp” during June and July for children between the ages of five and 12. Sessions will be June 14 to 18, June 21 to 25, June 28 to July 2, July 12 to 16, July 19 to 23 and July 26 to 30. The camp will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find out more about registration fees.
NEW! Join the A-Team's activities for Alcohol Awareness Month. Every Tuesday during April from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Plaza (Tuesday, April 6) or in front of Panda Express (all other Tuesdays), there will be presenters giving information on alcohol and its effects. A representative from MADD on Tuesday, April 6, will be available to answer questions on drinking and driving. A representative from TABC on Tuesday, April 13, will be available to answer questions on the laws. A representative from Nacogdoches Safe and Drug Free on Tuesday, April 20, will be available to answer questions on basic alcohol information. Student representatives from the Counseling Department will have information on alcohol relevant to college students on Tuesday, April 27. For more information, please contact Nicole Preston at (936) 468-2401.
Lumberjacks for Life is sponsoring a campus-wide Diaper Drive Monday, April 5, until Friday, April 9. If you donate, you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Hastings, Barnes & Noble or Walmart! All sizes of diapers are needed and all donations directly benefit SFA parenting students. Donations can be dropped of in the Involvement Center located in the Student Center. Groups, organizations, departments, fraternities and sororities who decide to donate together are recommended to bring their donations at 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the commons room located on the third floor of the Student Center. If you have any questions or know of any SFA parents or pregnant students who would benefit from this drive, please e-mail email@example.com.
Fun and games at the "Stress Free Carnival" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Student Center Courtyard! Lots of playful activities for all, observing "Stress Awareness" and "National Humor Month" of April. Various departments will be on hand to remind the campus community of the resources available when the demands of the semester increase. Come out and play!
Costa Rica’s Minister of Culture, Manuel Obregón, will present “Simbiosis: Piano and Rainforest” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall. Admission is free. The performance is sponsored by Latin American Studies and the Department of Modern Languages.
A screening of the movie “I.O.U.S.A.” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, in SFA’s Kennedy Auditorium. This critically acclaimed movie examines the issues of the national debt and budget deficit relying on expert testimony and ordinary citizens. Following the movie, Jeffery Thiebert of the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C., based Concord Coalition will discuss the movie's themes and topics. The event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project at SFA, the Department of Government, the Office of the Provost and the Student Government Association.
NEW! Please join us for a tropical evening of fun and friendship as we Party in Paradise at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Shelley’s Bakery downtown to support the University Women’s Club scholarships. While enjoying Shelley’s wonderful menu of Caribbean cuisine you’ll be treated to the relaxing island sounds the SFA Steel Drum Band as well as door prizes from area businesses. Seating is limited, and tickets are $35. Seating for four or limited seating for six is available. Proceeds go to the UWC scholarship fund. To reserve your seat, please contact Jana Redfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 468-6261, or Chay Runnels at email@example.com or ( 936) 468-2060. For more information about this event please contact Runnels.
NEW! It’s time for Brown Bag Blast 2010! Please join us for lunch, brown bag that is, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the Wyatt Room of Steen Library. Take an opportunity to break away from your regular lunch routine and share in a lively discussion about...What’s Cool – Or Not – In Your Blackboard Course? Oh--dessert is on us, and you may be the lucky winner of some of our fabulous door prizes, too!
The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Teaching Excellence Center will present “Week of Reflection,” Monday, April 26, to Friday, April 30. The week will feature a number of events that are designed to help students consider what they have learned at SFA this year and how it has changed them. Please download the poster and post where students can view. Each day has a reflection theme. Students are encouraged to think about their development in that area using a reflection guide that provides guiding questions. Download the self-guided reflection sheet. For faculty who want to engage in reflection during their courses that week, the Teaching Excellence Center has produced a Reflection Guide with suggestions for interactive activities that are suitable for a number of different disciplines. Find out more about this event.
Student Activities Association will host the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 1, in the commuter parking lot. The East Texas Garage Sale is open to SFA students, faculty, staff and the Nacogdoches community. Anyone is eligible to sell their belongings. SAA will provide the space, a table and two chairs. If you would like to reserve a spot, please contact the SAA office at (936) 468-1222 or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for spots is 1 p.m. Friday, April 30.
Tuesday, April 6
Faculty recital featuring flutist Christina Guenther and pianist Andrew Parr at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. The program for “Stolen Moments: Transcriptions for Flute and Piano” features works that originally were written for piano or piano and violin. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.
Thursday, April 9, through Saturday, April 10
The Original Cast, SFA’s musical theatre-cabaret troupe, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Almost Legal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, through Saturday, April 10, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. All performances will be in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. The 14-member cast will perform highlights from the 20 years’ worth of original musical revues director Allen Nielsen has written for the group. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, SFA faculty and staff and students.
Friday, April 9
Artist Judy Pfaff, juror for TEXAS NATIONAL 2010, will give an artist lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 160 of the Wright Music Building. Admission is free.
Saturday, April 10
Opening reception for TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 and Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Juror Judy Pfaff will give a gallery talk and announce the TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 winners at 6 p.m.
ONGOING (Week of March 29-April 2)
Samuel Rothbort now on display in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. The exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the renowned artist marks the first time SFA has displayed the collection of Rothbort’s works recently acquired for its permanent collection, including pieces which have never before been exhibited publicly. The show will run through Saturday, April 17. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. (936) 468-1131.
Consumed: Fast Food in the US now on display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. From the eating contests to the mascots designed to appeal to young children, Susana Raab’s 20 photographs capture the influence of the fast food franchise super powers and the saturation of their marketing strategies on everyday American life. The show will run through Saturday, May 15. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Monday, April 12
Trombone Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.
Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17
Schools of Music and Theatre present “Susannah,” an American opera by Carlisle Floyd at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for SFA faculty and staff, and $6 for students.
Friday, April 16
Ross Smith, guest pianist, will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.