Wednesday, Feb. 3

Today's Weather

52° Today
44° Tonight
Mostly cloudy
Chance of rain 65%

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Ladyjack Tennis vs.
Abilene Christian
W (4-3)

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Today's Calendar

Lumberjack Basketball vs.
Nicholls State

7 p.m. HOME

Ladyjack Basketball vs.
Nicholls State

6:30 p.m. AWAY

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Tomorrow's Calendar

"Hidden Women:
The Practices of Veiling
and Foot Binding"

6 to 7 p.m.
Education Building, Room 131

New Faculty
Orientation Committee
Spring Semester Social

6 to 8 p.m.
The Art Center @
The Old Opera House

Scott Harris Faculty
Marimba Recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

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Upcoming Events

Lone Star Legislative Summit
Thursday, Feb. 18 at SFA

SFA Showcase Saturday
Saturday, Feb. 20

Alumni Tailgate Party
Ladyjack Basketball vs.
Southeastern Louisiana
Saturday, Feb. 20

Nacogdoches Azalea
Trail Symposium

March 13

Spring Break Holiday
March 13 to 21

SFA Showcase Saturday
Saturday, March 27

SFA's Bright Ideas Conference
Thursday, April 8

SFA Vendor Fair

Tuesday, April 13

The BIG Event
Friday, April 23
11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

5th Lone Star Regional
Native Plant Conference

June 2-5

Today's Headlines

SFA to host award-winning novelist, poet
Gohmert tours Columbia Center
Slam Poet: Wisdom Beyond W.O.R.D.S. features Robert Taylor
SFA facutly, staff admitted free to Ladyjack game Saturday
Guest lecturer to speak on veiling, foot binding
'Cram the Coliseum' events
New Exercise Physiology Lab officially open
CyberSecurity Newsletter for February 2010
SFA Volunteer Program’s first Service Saturday
Super Bowl viewing party
New Faculty Orientation Committee spring semester social
Spring Teaching Circles line up
Movie Series Line Up commercial opportunities
Teaching Excellence Center calling for nominations
College of Fine Arts Events
Download College of Fine Arts February calendar
Auditions scheduled for SFA Children's Choir
This & That
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SFA to host award-winning novelist, poet

The SFA Department of English Reading Series presents novelist Ladette Randolph and poet Kristin Naca at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Liberal Arts North building, Room 102.
ladetteRandolph is the author of the novel "A Sandhills Ballad" and the short story collection "This is Not the Tropics." She has received several awards for her writing, including three Nebraska Book Awards, a Rona Jaffe grant and a Virginia Faulkner award. She has also been reprinted in Best New American Voices. Randolph is currently the editor-in-chief of the journal Ploughshares and a faculty member at Emerson College.
nacaNaca's poems have appeared in Harpur Palate and Indiana Review and are forthcoming in Bloom and Rio Grande Review. Her book "Bird Eating Bird" was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2008 National Poetry Series mtvU prize. Naca also teaches poetics and creative writing courses at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Gohmert tours Columbia Center

columbiaOn the seventh anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, got an intimate look into the inner workings of the newly relocated Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center and spoke briefly about a new health care initiative during a morning visit to Nacogdoches.

"It's impressive," Gohmert said of the Columbia Center. "It's the kind of thing you would hope to see when there is education going on, as well as actual fundamental mapping and gridding and an amazing amount of information that can be squeezed into maps."

Gohmert, who toured the facility that recently relocated from downtown Nacogdoches to the third floor of the Stephen F. Austin State University Education Building over the holiday break, said he was particularly impressed with the interactive components of the maps constructed at the Columbia Center.

"This is what government is supposed to be doing," he said. "The Constitution says we're supposed to be doing a census. What better assessment of just what you have in the country, and then overlay that with all the data. It's just fabulous. This is money well spent."

During the tour, Gohmert met with many of the Columbia Center employees, inquiring not only about their role at the center, but also about how their work assists the community.

Prior to the tour, he addressed a few questions, including one about the Declaration of Health Care Independence, an initiative that he and several of his Republican colleagues unveiled Friday at the U.S. Capitol.

Read more of the story in The Daily Sentinel.

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News and Announcements

robert taylorThe office of Multicultural Affairs and NAACP will be hosting Slam Poet: Wisdom Beyond W.O.R.D.S. featuring Robert Taylor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Baker Patillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The event is free to everyone. Founder, CEO and visionary for Wisdom Beyond Words Poets, Taylor is an accomplished author and spoken word poet; having performed in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and various other cities in and around Iowa. Having come from very meager beginnings, Taylor began his journey after learning the separation from his mother at an early age had more of an effect in his later years than he had expected. He began to write; releasing the built up anger, hurt and sorrow, and now he's ready to share it with the world. Thus, this began the birth of W.O.R.D.S., which stands for “wisdom only revises determine souls.” Co-sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. For more information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073. 

All faculty and staff attending the Ladyjack Basketball game this Saturday will be admitted for free.
So join the Ladyjacks while they take on Lamar University Cardinals beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Don't forget your SFA ID.

Dr. Claire Phelan of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will present "Hidden Women: The Practices of Veiling and Foot Binding" from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Education Building, Room 131.

Nacogdoches County Chamber members get free admission tickets for "Cram the Coliseum" events! A very limited number of extra tickets are available at the Chamber, 2516 North St., or ask a Chamber member for tickets to these two SFA basketball games in SFA’s William R. Johnson Coliseum: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, Ladyjacks vs. Texas State and 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, Lumberjacks vs. Corpus Christi.

New Exercise Physiology Lab opened Monday.
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science would like to announce the opening of the new Exercise Physiology Lab, now located in the "old" Early Childhood Building, Room 112. Most notably, the lab features a metabolic cart (O2 consumption and caloric expenditure), electro-cardio gram (cardiac stress test), hydrostatic weighing tank (body composition), environmental chamber (heat stress research), as well as a wide array of other equipment.

CyberSecurity Newsletter for February 2010 is now posted. This month's topic covers Automatic Software Updates and Patching. The following questions will be answered:
1. Why do I need to update my software?
2. What is a software patch (fix), and when should I install software patches?
3. My computer includes hundreds of software programs—which ones do I need to update and how often?
The newsletter may be viewed at

habitat for humanityThe SFA Volunteer Program’s first Service Saturday of the semester is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Involvement Center and carpool over to the work site. This month’s Service Saturday will be with Habitat for Humanity helping at their two house lots on Ritchie Street, so participants need to wear long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Service Saturdays take place three times per semester and are open to students, faculty and staff. They are designed to provide a different service opportunity each month out in the community. Sign up in the Involvement Center on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center or e-mail This is a great way to get your students involved in a service activity as well as providing an easy way for faculty and staff to give back! For more information contact Jamie Bouldin at or (936) 468-1088.

footballThe Student Activities Association will be hosting a Super Bowl viewing party in the BPSC Movie Theater on Sunday, Feb. 7. Kick-off is at 5:25 p.m. Come cheer on your favorite team on one of the largest screens in East Texas!

All SFA Faculty! The New Faculty Orientation Committee cordially invites you to attend spring semester social Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 pm at The Art Center @ The Old Opera House. We will have a jewelry show, snacks, drinks and artistic cartoons. Please join us to support SFA's new faculty!

SIGN UP! The Teaching Excellence Center is excited to announce the Spring Teaching Circles. Our new Circles begin MONDAY, FEB. 8, starting with "Issues in Higher Education" at 4 p.m. with Ken Collier, Political Science. Other Circles will include "Teaching - What a Great Gig!," "The Parenthood Juggle," "Teaching Millenials" and "Assessment Issues and Possibilities." To find specific dates and times, please visit our Web site. For more information or to sign up for a Teaching Circle, e-mail us at

The SAA Movie Series is an easy way for you to advertise your services and/or events to over 900 students in the course of one weekend. During our weekly Movie Series, we display student organizations' and departments' ads in our movie preview slide show. The cost is $15 per slide for one Movie Series weekend. This includes all movies over the course of that weekend. All arrangements must be made and all slides received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday of the week prior to the desired air weekend. Please contact Lacey Claver at (936) 468-1367 or for any questions or to make arrangements to advertise.

STILL TIME! The Teaching Excellence Center is extending the call for nominations for individuals wishing to present teaching innovation posters at the Bright Ideas Conference. These innovations can be single assignments, activities, demonstrations, etc. We will sponsor ten posters at the Bright Ideas Conference. Our TEC Associates (one representative from each college, OIT and the Library) will pick the top ten from those submitted. We will also pay for printing of the poster. Please send all nominations to the TEC by e-mail at by Monday, FEB. 15. Self-nominations are welcome. For ease, the Bright Ideas application can be used and sent directly to the TEC.

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College of Fine Arts Presents


scott harrisScott Harris Faculty Marimba Recital
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Cole Concert Hall

$5 adult
$4 senior
$2.50 SFA faculty & staff
$2 student
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The Music Preparatory Division at Stephen F. Austin State University will offer a children's choir this spring, under the direction of Brandon Nichols, SFA graduate student in choral conducting. Monica Hamilton, SFA vocal performance graduate student, will assist Nichols. Read more about the children's choir.


Thursday, Feb. 4
Scott Harris Faculty Marimba Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.

Friday, Feb. 5
Free one-night film screening of “Art & Copy” • 7 p.m., The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The approximately 90-minute film explores the cultural impact of some of the most influential creative minds of our time, including those who were responsible for slogans such as "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Where's the Beef?" and "Got Milk?"

Saturday, Feb. 6
Creative Art Saturday Puppet-making workshop for children • ages 6 to 12, 2 to 4 p.m., The Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Registration is $5 and covers the cost of the materials.  Parents may pre-register by e-mailing Matthew Sutherlin at Registrations will also be accepted 30 minutes prior to the class, as space permits. Class size is limited to 20.

Home • Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. The show, which includes paintings, sculptures and an outdoor installation, explores architectural construction and deconstruction and will run through Saturday, March 13. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Refined VI • The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The biennial juried art metals/jewelry competition and exhibition runs through Saturday, March 20. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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

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this and that Nacogdoches is the site of many Texas firsts

Texas' first town has a rich history that includes the state's introduction to forward-thinking technological innovations, including:

First Ceiling Fans
In a downtown drugstore, fan blades turned by a mule drawn treadmill outside

First Oil Well
Drilled in 1866 in Nacogdoches County

First Oil Field
Located near Oil Springs in Nacogdoches County

First Pipeline
Delivered oil from well sites to storage tanks

First Steel Storage Tanks

Oil Springs in Nacogdoches County

First Two-Story Building
Old Stone House, circa 1779

First Newspaper
Set type in 1813

First Wine Cellar
Found in the Sterne-Hoya Home

First District Court Session
Held in the Old Stone Fort (SFA campus)

Information taken from Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site.
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