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Today's Calendar

“Student Employee of the Year”
Nomination Deadline

(936) 468-6637
studentemployment@sfasu.edu

Outdoor Track and Field:
Mt. SAC Relays

Walnut, Calif.

Educational Leadership
Doctoral Program
Application Due

More info

Teaching Excellence
Convocation

4 p.m. in the Student Center
Regent's Suites A, B

Les Reeves Garden
Lecture Series featuring
Mark Krautman
Owner of Heritage Seedlings
7 p.m. in the Agriculture Building
Room 110

“Susannah,”
an American opera
by Carlisle Floyd

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

Movie Series Line Up
in Student Center
"Invictus" at 7 p.m.
"Youth in Revolt" at 9:30 p.m.

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Tomorrow's Calendar

"What’s Cool - Or Not - In Your Blackboard Course?"
Brown Bag Blast 2010

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wyatt Room of Steen Library

Lumberjack Baseball vs.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi

3 p.m., Jaycees Field

Oceans in Space
7 p.m.
SFA Planetarium

Movie Series Line Up
in Student Center
"Invictus" at 7 p.m.
"Youth in Revolt" at 9:30 p.m.

Project Unity Step Show
7 to 10 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

“Susannah,”
an American opera
by Carlisle Floyd

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

Guest Pianist Ross Smith Recital
7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall Wright Music Building

 

Headlines for Thursday, April 15

NEW! American opera 'Susannah' opens tonight
NEW! SFA to highlight undergraduate research at conference
NEW! SFA Gardens to host spring plant sale Saturday
NEW! Professor appointed president of association
NEW! Social, cultural analysis professor presents at annual meeting
Steen Library's Larry D. Thomas Archives official opening
Become a mentor for SFA Volunteer Program’s 'The BIG Event!'
Counseling services offering suicide QPR training April 19
NEW! 'Supporting Your Reader at Home' workshop offered
NEW! Biology professor to demonstrate 'Teaching Portfolio'
NEW! Cultural competence through travel abroad program
Purchase tickets to see George Foreman speak

 

American opera 'Susannah' opens tonight

SFA music students rehearse a scene from Carlisle Floyd's American opera, "Susannah," which the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and School of Theatre will present at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

In this scene, Sulphur Springs graduate student Monica Lancaster, who plays the title role, is being comforted by her brother, Sam, portrayed by McKinney senior Josh Dennis. Lancaster and Dennis will sing the roles on Friday night. Gallatin graduate student Monica Hamilton and Dallas junior PJ Lopez will portray the roles on Thursday and Saturday.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

 

SFA to highlight undergraduate research at conference

Undergraduate academic achievements and research will be recognized at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Stephen F. Austin State University from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Twilight and Grand Ballrooms of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

More than 50 students from the university's six colleges will share research and projects from the previous academic year. Project topics represent a diversity of SFA student scholarship, including historical examinations of military families, the process of theatrical production, the viscosity of biodiesel fuels, the design of assisted living facilities, and shopping locally and creating a recycling program on a university campus. More

 

SFA Gardens to host spring plant sale Saturday

The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Garden Gala Day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the lower arboretum parking lot on Wilson Drive. Stephen F. Austin State University Outdoor Pursuits will host an Earth Day Celebration in conjunction with this year's sale.

The event features the annual spring plant sale fundraiser benefiting the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. All the plants are produced at SFA by the staff, students and volunteers.

According to Dawn Stover, Mast Arboretum horticulturist, a wide variety of hard to find, "Texas tough" plants will be available. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon.

For more information, please call (936) 468-4404, or visit http://arboretum.sfasu.edu and click on "Upcoming Events."

 
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News and Announcements

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 jfbouldin@sfasu.edu 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 tec@sfasu.edu 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 clevine@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-5105.

 
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College of Fine Arts Presents

 

Fine Arts Spotlight

 


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To purchase tickets,
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online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

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.

 
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Don't have Saturday plans, yet?

Check out the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau list of events on their Web site for Saturday, April 17.

 
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