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Friday, Feb. 5

Today's Weather

43° Today
36° Tonight
Mostly sunny

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Today's Calendar

Free one-night film screening
of “Art & Copy”
7 p.m.
The Cole Art Center @
The Old Opera House
329 E. Main St.

MarsQuest at the
SFA Planetarium

7 p.m.

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Tomorrow's Calendar

SFA Children's Choir Auditions
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wright Music Building
Room 125
2210 Alumni Dr.

Creative Art Saturday
Puppet-making workshop
for children ages 6 to 12

2 to 4 p.m.
The Art Center @
The Old Opera House

Indoor Track and Field:
Houston All-Comers

Houston, Texas

Lumberjack Basketball
at Lamar
7:05 p.m. AWAY

Ladyjack Basketball
vs. Lamar

6 p.m. HOME

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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

Undergraduate Research
Conference 2010

Thursday, April 22

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

Wrecking ball to begin its demise of Garner Apartments Saturday
SFA Undergraduate Research Conference
Multiple choice tests that measures thinking skills workshop
FREE movies for you and your Valentine
Slam Poet: Wisdom Beyond W.O.R.D.S. features Robert Taylor
SFA facutly, staff admitted free to Ladyjack game Saturday
'Cram the Coliseum' events
New Exercise Physiology Lab officially open
CyberSecurity Newsletter for February 2010
Super Bowl viewing party
Service Saturday scheduled for Feb. 13
Spring Teaching Circles line up
Movie Series Line Up commercial opportunities
Teaching Excellence Center calling for nominations
College of Fine Arts Events
Free one-night film screening of “Art & Copy”
Download College of Fine Arts February calendar
Auditions scheduled for SFA Children's Choir
This & That
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Wrecking ball to begin its demise of Garner Apartments tomorrow morning

garnerAfter four decades as the tallest structure at Stephen F. Austin State University – as well as in the surrounding city of Nacogdoches – the 14-story Garner tower will be razed this month to make room for a new four-story freshman residence hall and 1,000-car parking garage. The total cost of the new construction is estimated at $35 million.

Internal deconstruction of Garner began immediately after the fall semester came to a close. On Saturday morning, the visible demolition work will begin. The new parking garage is scheduled to be completed in August 2010, and the new residence hall will be opened a year later.

The new residence hall will be large enough to house 400 students and will feature a Freshman Success Center, where students will have access to tutoring, a computer lab and other academic support services. It is hoped the new facility will help the university retain more freshman students after the critical first year.

A committee comprised of SFA students and staff members is considering how best to preserve the long-standing tradition of the purple light atop Garner, which has historically alerted Lumberjacks far and wide to the latest SFA sports victory.

SFA Undergraduate Research Conference

Attention SFA Undergraduate Students

  • Opportunity to win $250 and scholarly awards.
  • Did you do an outstanding paper or project last semester?
  • Submit your work to URC 2010, SFA’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Is your work eligible?

  • Any SFA student paper or project composed or performed during calendar year 2009 (Spring, Summer or Fall semesters of 2009) as part of an SFA undergraduate course or under the close supervision of an SFA faculty member is eligible.
  • Research projects, creative artworks and performative works are all eligible.
  • Group papers/projects can be submitted for groups of up to five members.

What’s in it for you?

  • Academic competition and interdisciplinary exchange
  • $250 cash award (six total - one for each college)
  • A certificate of scholarly excellence from the SFA Provost’s office
  • High-profile opportunity to present your research or creative work
  • Great differentiator for your resume and applications to graduate schools

Deadline for student submissions to departments is Thursday, February 18.  For further information, contact your instructor or the department in which you completed the work.

Undergraduate Research Conference 2010
Stephen F. Austin State University
Thursday, April 22
Twilight and Grand Ballrooms, Student Center
Sponsored by the Provost’s office, the Honors College and ORSP

For more information, go to:

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News and Announcements

The Office of University Assessment and the Teaching Excellence Center will sponsor the workshop “Meaningful Assessment: Developing Multiple Choice Tests that Measure Higher Order Thinking Skills,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102.  The workshop will be presented by Terri Flateby, Director of Assessment at the University of South Florida, and is open to all interested faculty and staff.  To register for this workshop, please go to the Assessment Resource Web site.

Student Activities Association will be showing FREE movies for you and your Valentine or you and your friends, or just YOU!! Movies will be held in the BPSC Movie Theater Monday thru Wednesday at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8: "The Notebook," Tuesday, Feb. 9: "When Harry Met Sally" and Wednesday, Feb. 10: "The Holiday"

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.

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

The 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!

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.

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


art and copyTONIGHT

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?"
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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.


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.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Deb Scott Faculty Trombone Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band’s American Horizons concert • 7:30 p.m., W.M. Turner Auditorium, Griffith Fine Arts Building. SFA Assistant Professor Brian Utley will be the featured soloist on the world premiere of L. Mark Lewis’ “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra.” Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.

Friday, Feb. 12
The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon Opening • 6 to 8 p.m., The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, this retrospective by the prolific American husband and wife team includes illustrations for African folktales to Scandinavian epics, from fantasy to science fiction. The show 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
Montgomery Cole Guest Clarinet and Saxophone Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Brian Marks and Kae Hosoda-Ayer Guest Duo Piano Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.

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 • Reavley Gallery of 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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