NEW! Dr. Ray Darville, social and cultural analysis, is president of the Southwestern Social Science Association for the 2010-2011 year. The association has about 1,000 individual members and publishes the "Social Science Quarterly," a leading, internationally-recognized journal in the social sciences.
NEW! At the Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting in Houston, Dr. Ray Darville, social and cultural analysis, presented "An Examination of Knowledge, Practice, and Opinions Toward Compact Fluorescent Bulbs among a Sample of University Students." Compact fluorescent bulbs are a common choice for lighting in household and institutional settings. We studied a sample of about 1,200 individuals regarding their knowledge of, experience with and opinions toward compact fluorescent bulbs. We learned that a substantial could not identify correctly the chemical symbol for mercury, one of the necessary components in these bulbs. We also learned that many are not handling the bulbs correctly and are exposed to mercury through the air and through the skin.
Larry D. Thomas, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, will be the honored guest at the official opening of the Larry D. Thomas Archives from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the East Texas Research Center (ETRC), located in Steen Library. Later that day, Thomas will conduct a book reading and signing from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches. The events are sponsored by the East Texas Research Center and the Department of English.
It’s not too late to sign up as a faculty/staff mentor for the SFA Volunteer Program’s The BIG Event! Students will be heading out into the community on Friday, April 23, to complete service projects as a way to say “thank you!” to folks for all their support of SFA students. Mentors will be working alongside students and helping to facilitate discussion and conversation about the experience. No prior experience is needed! Mentor meetings are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, and noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, in BPSC 2.201. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 468-1088.
Concerned about someone? Learn to intervene when a friend or loved one might be thinking of suicide. The Counseling Center is providing QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training for faculty, staff and students. The next training session is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Rusk Building, Room 333. For more information, please call (936) 468-2401.
NEW! Attend a free workshop discussing "Supporting Your Reader at Home" with Dr. Kimberly Welsh, elementary education, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 214. Join us for information on how to: read to and talk with children about books; provide a literacy-rich environment; and help children with their reading comprehension.
NEW! Dennis Gravatt, biology, will lead us as we examine the use of the Teaching Portfolio in academia. In the modern world of demonstrating effectiveness, the portfolio is a valuable tool to track progress, learn what works and what doesn't and build a case for promotion and tenure. Learn the many uses of this valuable tool. Gravatt has two workshops scheduled: Wednesday, April 21, at 9 a.m. and Thursday, April 22, at 3 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the Teaching Excellence Center (Steen Library 220A). Please RSVP the TEC at email@example.com and include which workshop you plan to attend.
NEW! Have you ever wanted the experience of teaching or studying abroad, but just never knew where to begin? Join us as we "travel abroad" with past and current Fulbright Scholars and international students from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 21, in the School of Social Work Building, Room 201. Learn how their experiences contribute toward cultural competence. Free light lunch following presentation. Please RSVP to Carol Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 468-5105.
Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17
Schools of Music and Theatre present “Susannah,” an American opera by Carlisle Floyd
7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium.
Based on the tale of Susannah and the Elders, the plot focuses on an innocent 19-year-old girl who is targeted as a sinner in a small Tennessee mountain town in the 1950s. The opera was named the Best New Opera in 1956 by the New York Music Critics Circle and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999 with Renée Fleming singing the title role.
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. An associate professor of piano at the Hurley School of Music of Centenary College of Louisiana, Smith will perform “Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28” by Sergei Rachmaninoff. He will also present two works by Frédéric Chopin—“Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31” and “Berceuse, Op. 57.”Admission is free.
Tuesday, April 20
Wind Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.
Thursday, April 22
Percussion Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.
Saturday, April 24
Orchestra of the Pines Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $15 adult, $12 senior, $7.50 faculty & staff, $5 student.
Ongoing (Week of April 12-April 16)
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.
TEXAS NATIONAL 2010 and Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints now display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Created by the SFA School of Art, "Texas National" is celebrating its 16th year on the national scene. The competition is open to all artists living and working in the United States. This year, juror Judy Pfaff chose 191 pieces by 162 artists. Both shows run through Saturday, May 22. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.