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Today's Calendar

National Volunteer Week

"Embracing Diversity:
Fostering a Climate of
Respect at SFA" Discussion
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Student Center, Room 2.106

Lumberjack Baseball vs.
McNeese State

3 p.m. HOME


Women's Tennis
Southland Conference
Tournament

Corpus Christi, Texas

Oceans in Space
7 p.m.
SFA Planetarium

Movie Series Line Up
Student Center Movie Theater
"When in Rome" at 7 p.m.
"Book of Eli" at 9 p.m.

Danceworks studio concert
7 p.m.
Dance Studio, HPE201

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Outdoor Track and Field:
Rice Twilight

Houston, Texas

Springfest, Mud Bugs
and Mud Balls

9 a.m.
Commuter Parking Lot

Ladyjack Softball at
Central Arkansas

Conway, AR
1 & 3 p.m.

Danceworks studio concert
3 & 5 p.m.
Dance Studio, HPE201

Lumberjack Football Purple and
White Spring Scrimmage

6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Orchestra of the Pines Concert
7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall
Wright Music Building

 

Headlines for Friday, April 23

NEW! SFA Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Grand Anniversaries'
NEW! Tickets on sale for SFA School of Music's Extravaganza 23
SFA to present 5-day playreading festival
Springfest, Mud Bugs and Mud Balls this Saturday
Buy tickets for Springfest, Mud Bugs and Mud Balls
'Defining Teaching Excellence' discussion April 26
Annual Maxwell Lecture to feature Pulitzer-nominated author
Human Sciences lunch menu for next Thursday
NEW! 2010 Spring Teacher Job Fair next Friday
Service Learning Grants application due April 30
East Texas Garage Sale slated for May 1
Purchase tickets to see George Foreman speak
World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig to perform

 

SFA Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Grand Anniversaries'

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in its season-ending concert, "Grand Anniversaries," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The title refers to the anniversaries of two featured composers' births, explained Gene H. Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA. "We will present 'Adagio for Strings' by Samuel Barber, who was born in 1910, and 'Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major' by Robert Schumann, born in 1810.

Moon said both pieces are personal favorites of his. "'Adagio for Strings' is an extremely popular piece of music, utilized in nearly every somber movie scene and performed throughout the world, and the third symphony is a powerful work the orchestra has had a wonderful time with in rehearsal."

The program also includes Lee Actor's "Horn Concerto," featuring guest artist Charles Gavin, SFA professor of horn. More

 

Tickets on sale for SFA School of Music's Extravaganza 23

Tickets are now on sale for Extravaganza 23, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music's annual gala, which will be begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at the Hotel Fredonia Convention Center.

This year's event, "Dancing with the Stars," will feature gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards, explained Dr. John N. Roberts, director of the School of Music. "We will also, recognize Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA professor of composition, as the recipient of this year's Outstanding Music Alumnus Award," Roberts continued. More

 

SFA to present 5-day playreading festival

East Texans have the rare opportunity to get a preview of three playwrights' newest works during Stephen F. Austin State University's Festival of New American Plays Tuesday, April 27, through Saturday, May 1, in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

The festival's purpose is to give the three participating playwrights an opportunity to see and hear their works-in-progress presented by live actors in front of a live audience, explained Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence and festival director. More

 
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News and Announcements

Springfest, Mud Bugs and Mud Balls will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Commuter Parking Lot. The day of fun in the sun will include everything from henna tattoos to inflatables like the joust and sumo wrestling. Enjoy delicious crawfish and barbeque during the Texas country concerts provided during the volleyball tournament. Whiskey Myers will perform at noon, followed by Wade Bowen at 3 p.m. The Lumberjack baseball team will play McNeese at 2 p.m. at Jaycees Field. After the championship volleyball game, everyone is invited to watch the annual Spring Purple and White football game at Homer Bryce Stadium.

Tickets for Mud Bugs are $12 in advance and $15 at the event for 3 pounds of crawfish with corn, potatoes and a drink. Advance registration for Mud Balls is $30 per team in advance or $40 the day of the event. Tickets and registration forms are available at the Tracie Pearman Alumni Center or at the Student Foundation sales table on campus.

A distinguished panel of department chairs from every college on campus will lead a discussion on "Defining Teaching Excellence" at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Teaching Excellence Center, Steen Library Room 220A. Many departments are revisiting their policy on tenure and promotion. University policy says that we need to demonstrate excellence in teaching, but the question is, "How do we define what excellence means?" We would like to stimulate ideas on how we can measure excellence without being unnecessarily obtrusive. In the modern era of assessment and evaluation, the old adage of "I'll know it when I see it" is insufficient.

The Department of History at Stephen F. Austin State University will present this year's Maxwell Lecturer, Jack Sacco, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Sacco is the author of the Pulitzer-nominated book "Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau."

There are only a few events left for the Human Sciences Quantity Food luncheons. Tickets for the functions are $12.50 and are extremely limited. The menu for Thursday, April 29: grilled pork chops with maple-cranberry glaze; red- and green-cabbage coleslaw; grilled potato salad with watercress, green onions and blue cheese; vinaigrette; orange angel food cake with caramel sauce; and tropical-fruit compote. Tickets must be reserved by Friday, April 23, by calling (936) 468-4502.

NEW! You are invited to attend the 2010 Spring Teacher Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, April 30, in the HPE Complex. Currently, 125 school districts are registered for this event in search of SFA students and graduates to fill teacher vacancies. Please keep this event in mind and encourage any students who would benefit from this experience to attend. For any questions, please contact Career Services at (936) 468-3955 or by e-mail at careerservices@sfasu.edu. See list of attending school districts.

The Office of Student Affairs offers Service Learning Grants each semester to faculty and staff who are interested in implementing a service learning element to their class. Grants are limited to $500 or less, and approximately five to seven are awarded each semester, depending on available funding. Applications for fall 2010 grants are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 30, and notifications will be made one week later. The grant application is available at http://www.sfasu.edu/studentlife/servicelearning/docs/student-life-service-grant-app.pdf. For more information contact Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for student life, at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1088.

SAA will host East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1, in the Commuter Parking Lot. Spots are still available to participate in the garage sale. To reserve your spot, call (936) 468-1222. SAA will provide one table and two chairs per spot.

 
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Fine Arts Spotlight

 


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World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig to perform at SFA

Patrons can expect an energetic evening of music as three-time Grammy-nominated jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig performs with Stephen F. Austin State University's Swingin' Axes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts University Series.

Referred to as "the best trombonist on the planet" by jazz great Eddie Palmieri, Herwig has recorded 18 albums as a leader and over 200 total albums since beginning his professional career in 1980. His latest album, "Latin Side of Wayne Shorter," received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.

The album is a follow-up project to the 2005 Grammy-nominated album, "Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis," and the 1998 Grammy-nominated "The Latin Side of John Coltrane." All three projects were recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. More

 
 

Saturday, April 24
Orchestra of the Pines Concert, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. The concert’s title, Grand Anniversaries, refers to the anniversaries of two featured composers' births, explained Gene H. Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA. "We will present 'Adagio for Strings' by Samuel Barber, who was born in 1910, and 'Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major' by Robert Schumann, born in 1810. SFA Professor Charles Gavin will be the featured soloist on Lee Actor's "Concerto for Horn." The concert is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and the Wedgeworth-Wright Endowment for the Arts. Tickets: $15 adult, $12 senior, $7.50 faculty & staff, $5 student.


ONGOING (Week of April 19-April 24)
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. For more information, call (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.


NEXT WEEK
Monday, April 26

Wind Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Tuesday, April 27
Symphonic Band and University Band concert at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.

Staged reading of Jack Heifner’s Jump for Joy as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Wednesday, April 28
Staged reading of Barbara Lebow’s The Adventures of Homer McGundy, Revised as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Thursday, April 29
World-renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig performing with the SFA Swingin’ Axes jazz band at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The Swingin’ Aces will open the concert, which is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Tickets: $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 faculty and staff, $6 students.

Staged reading of James McLure’s Seduction as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Friday, April 30
Staged reading of Jack Heifner’s Jump for Joy as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Saturday, May 1
Staged reading of Barbara Lebow’s The Adventures of Homer McGundy, Revised as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 2 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

Staged reading of James McLure’s Seduction as part of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New American Plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For mature audiences. Tickets: $12 adult, $6 faculty and staff, seniors and students.

 
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History of Kleenex

Kleenex was originally manufactured as filters for gas masks during WWI. In the aftermath, Kimberly-Clark promoted them as both coffee filters and cold cream removers until researched showed that most people had taken to using them like handkerchiefs to blow their noses.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"

 
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