The Lumberjack Walk and Roll Web site houses an interactive mapping application that was created to aid pedestrians and wheelchair users to find the most efficient routes throughout the SFA campus. It allows users to map out the best path to and from buildings and parking lots. If individuals are restricted to wheelchairs, the application will assist users to their desired destinations by directing them to the handicapped accessible entryways of all buildings and walkways. The Web site was created by SFA student Allison Bergman for a partial fulfillment for a master’s degree and advised by Dr. Darrel McDonald. The application was created using ArcGIS Info and ArcGIS Server. Visit the Lumberjack Walk and Roll Web site! After viewing the application, please take a brief survey.
Dr. Phil Catton and Dr. Kristina Mao will be co-teaching a Maymester course in China (Shanghai, Qingdao, Beijing) starting in late May. What makes this trip very special and exciting is that the Shanghai World Expo will be in full swing. To help keep costs down for the 20- day trip, they will stay in Chinese universities and eat with their students. They will also visit U.S. businesses in China to explore future job opportunities. They will also find time to visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. To learn more about the World Expo visit http://www.expo.cn. Individuals have the opportunity to join Catton and Mao's trip to China, so make a decision soon to join them. They have to submit the class list at the end of this month. To discover more about this opportunity in China, please e-mail Mao at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ines Maxit at email@example.com.
Movie Series Advertising: SAA Presents the Twilight Saga this Thursday, Friday and Sunday. There is a special midnight showing on Friday, Feb. 26. We are expecting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or to make arrangements to advertise.
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 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 2, in the Rusk Building, Room 333. Please call (936) 468-2401 for more information and to sign up.
Do the math anytime…anywhere: The Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC) announces a new service to our students: a math online lab. We call it the MOL. Very few learning centers in the nation have an online math lab, and even fewer use their own tutors and their own “home-grown” platform. Andrew Davis, The AARC Math and Physics Program Director, had a vision for online tutoring which would allow any SFA student to post a question on a web page and receive assistance from a tutor via e-mail. Michael Gillen, Steen Library Web Design Specialist, identified a government shareware program that could be adapted for this purpose. With input from a team of Math faculty, the AARC launched the beta version of the MOL. We encourage students to take advantage of this new online opportunity! Students can access the MOL from the AARC homepage.
Refer at-risk students to the Early Alert Program: The SFA Early Alert Program is a valuable resource for faculty, staff, and other members of the SFA community who are experiencing concern for a student due to attendance, academic, and behavioral issues. To refer a student to Early Alert, complete the Early Alert Form at https://forms.sfasu.edu/earlyalert/. The student will then be connected with beneficial resources available on campus in an effort to increase their chances of success at SFA. If a student’s poor attendance is threatening to negatively affect their performance in your class this semester, please do not hesitate to refer them now! For more information about the Early Alert Program, visit www.sfasu.edu/judicial/earlyalert.asp.
Order an embroidered SFA windshirt today! The SFA Agriculture Show Team is selling SFA windshirts as their Spring fundraiser. All orders are to be received by 4 p.m. Friday, March 12. Orders are to be given to Erin Brown, email@example.com, located in the Agriculture Building, Room 106. Download an order form.
Feb. 22 through 26 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we have all come together to have adisplay on body image that will incorporate pictures of models throughout the years, a before and after touch up on a magazine cover, measurements of Barbie if she were a real person, comparison of GI Joe measurements with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as inspirational quotes and education. There will be a SFA Dietician with interns and students from campus recreation to answer questions on nutrition and healthy exercise. Licensed Professional Counselors will be available every day from 11a.m. to 2p.m. The display will be located by Bleeker Street in the Baker Pattillo Student Center and accessible all week. Please support us by stopping by, sending your students and joining our Facebook group: Love Your Genes, Love Yourself! For more information contact Counseling Services at (936) 468-2401.
Pi Kappa Phi invites all faculty and staff to a free complimentary breakfast meet and greet from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, President's Suite B. SFA’s newest fraternity is hoping to meet the SFA faculty and staff, learn the culture of the campus and request the contact information of quality men that would like to hear more information about starting their own fraternity. The organization is committed to leadership, service, academic excellence and social excellence, and they are hoping to find well-rounded gentlemen who are interested in choosing to lead.
Nacogdoches African-American Heritage Garden Project and ground penetrating radar survey: Ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey will be conducted by archaeologists from the Texas Historical Commission on the property of the Clay Family Home and Zion Hill Baptist Church on Feb. 22 and 23. The survey is part of a project organized by the Nacogdoches African-American Heritage Project to plant a vegetable garden on the property of the Clay Family Home, located next to Zion Hill Baptist Church and Oak Grove Cemetery. The results of the survey will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Ferguson Hall, Room G78. For more information, contact George Avery at (936) 468-2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Stressed? We have a program to help! Learn how to breathe your way through stress and also enjoy a special night sky escape. Ed Michaels, Physics & Astronomy/Planetarium Director, has created a wonderfully relaxing show to accompany the guided breathing control and relaxation technique instruction of Amy Stanford, Kinesiology & Health Science and Morning Glory Yoga instructor. The Employee Wellness Center presents "Stress Reduction at the Planetarium" from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Math/Planetarium Building. Please contact the office to register: email@example.com or (936) 468-1680. Space is limited. Adult family members are welcome. Admission is FREE!
Stone Fort Museum to host Black History Month lecture: Avocational archeologist Tom Middlebrook will present, “Raphael D'Ortolan, an African Creole on the El Camino Real de los Tejas,” in a Monday, March 1, luncheon lecture at Stephen F. Austin State University. Hosted by the Stone Fort Museum as the second in a series celebrating Black History Month, the lecture is co-sponsored by the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Temple Forestry Building, Room 117. A light lunch will be served free of charge to those with reservations. To reserve your seat, contact the museum at (936) 468-2408, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SFA Teaching Excellence Awards Reception and Convocation 2010 honoring faculty teaching excellence in each of the SFA Colleges to be held Thursday, April 15. Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the BPSC Regents Suite B, and convocation at 4 p.m. in the BPSC Regents Suite A.
Become a group mentor for The BIG Event, sponsored by the Department of Student Affairs and the SFA Volunteer Program! On Friday, April 23, hundreds of students will head out into the city and county to complete service projects as a BIG “thank you” to the community for its support of our students. Faculty and staff can take part by serving as a mentor for a team of students – faculty/staff mentors for previous days of service have commented that this is a great opportunity to work and interact with students outside the classroom. In addition, you will feel great about being able to give something back to the community. To participate, faculty or staff will need to attend a mandatory mentor meeting (either 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, or noon on Friday, April 16) as well as be available to participate in The BIG Event from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23. Interested faculty or staff should contact Jamie Bouldin at email@example.com or (936) 468-1088 for more information.
Red Stick Saxophone Quartet Guest Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building.
The quartet was formed in 1997 by Brian Utley, SFA assistant professor of music, and three other saxophone players when they were all students at Louisiana State University. Included on the program are "Restless" by SFA Associate Professor Stephen Lias, "Vonnegut: Suite for Saxophone Quartet" by quartet member John Perrine, and the world premiere of "Sonatina for Saxophone Quartet" by SFA composition student Lance Trevino. Admission is free.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Lauren Veronie Guest Euphonium Recital • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building.
A member of the U.S. Army Field Band, staff sergeant Veronie will perform Joseph Horovitz' "Euphonium Concerto," Philip Sparke's "Harlequin" and Goff Richards' "Midnight Euphonium." Pianist James Pitts, SFA staff accompanist, will perform with Veronie. Admission is free.
Tuesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 6
The SFA School of Theatre will present Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, through Saturday, March 6, in W.M.Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Set in the 1950s on the South Side of Chicago, “A Raisin in the Sun”focuses on the Youngers, an African-American family, and the dreams each of its members is struggling to attain. Allen Oster directs the drama that made history in 1959 as the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, $9 for SFA faculty and staff, and $6 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
Tuesday, March 2
Karen Clarke Guest Violin Recital • 6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building. Admission is free.
Friday, March 5
“Sara’s Book” film premiere (School of Art’s 2010 feature film) • 7 and 9 p.m., Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St., downtown Nacogdoches. Free admission.
Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands • 7:30 p.m., Cole Concert Hall, Wright Music Building.
Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 faculty & staff, $2 student.
Saturday, March 6
Creative Art Saturday Artistic Clothing class for children ages 6 to 12 • 2 to 4 p.m., The Cole 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 • 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.
The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane Dillon • 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.