Five groups of HMS 414 interior design students are presenting their conceptual ideas for a new proposed water park to be located on University Drive. The ideas will be presented to the Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Board, Aquatics Board, Nacogdoches City Administration and the public in an open meeting beginning at 5 p.m. today at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center and Library meeting room. Each presentation will last for 15 minutes during which the students will illustrate their proposals through models, renderings and PowerPoint presentations.
Learn from the experiences of James A. "Jimmy" Thompson, mayor of Sugar Land and chairman of SFA Board of Regents, at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Hotel Fredonia. Thompson will present “Leading Sugar Land, Leading SFA.” Registration for the chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon is required. Complete and return a registration form found at www.nacogodches.org or call (936) 560-5533. Lunch is $16 at the door.
Stephen F. Austin State University Office of the Provost and the University Lecture Series Committee cordially invite you to attend the 2010 Regents Lecture "Is SFA More Than Just Another Pretty Face?" presented by Dr. David Creech, Regents Professor of Horticulture, Professor Emeritus and SFA Mast Arboretum Director. The presenation will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the McGee Business Building, Lecture Hall 133. Reception to follow lecture.
Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Student Life, and Michael Preston, Director of Student Affairs, were honored at the February Nacogdoches ISD Board Meeting for their work on the Martin Luther King Day of Service event on Jan. 18. Nearly 200 volunteers completed 10 service projects at NISD schools on MLK Day, as well as a project at Head Start and a LaNana Creek cleanup. The board also honored Student Affairs Graduate Assistant Randi Cooper, who was unable to attend the meeting.
Deadline to Apply For May Graduation: The deadline to apply for May graduation is Monday, March 22. Any student planning to graduate in May MUST apply for graduation. To do so, come to the Registrar’s office in Rusk Building, Room 204. If the student is an undergraduate student, application is to be made in person. Students pursuing the following degrees must bring a copy of their tentative degree plan with them when they come to apply: Any undergraduate degree offered by the College of Education, any second degree that is sought, the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree or the Liberal Studies Major. Graduate students, unless they are in the School of Music, must have a degree plan on file in the Registrar’s office before applying. Graduate students may call (936) 468-2455 or 2465 to find out if their degree plan is on file. Graduate students may also either fax or mail their application to the Registrar’s office. The application can be found online at http://www.sfasu.edu/registrar/docs/graduate_mail_application.pdf.
The art department has a position available for a graduate student currently enrolled at SFA. This paid assistantship is with the art galleries and would include responsibilities in facility management, event planning and some gallery security related duties. This would be an excellent position for a graduate student from the hospitality, business, art or service-related departments although any graduate student may apply. A full list of responsibilities is available by contacting Christian Cutler, Director of Galleries, at email@example.com. The position is available now and will be open until filled. The position will last through the end of this semester. Extended employment through the summer is possible.
You're invited to attend a special reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, President's Suite B, to say goodbye to Father Jesudoss Thomas or "Father Jesu," who has served as chaplain for SFA's St. Mary's Chapel and Catholic Campus Ministry for the past four years. He leaves to continue his work as the pastor at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Longview. The event, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Kappa Upsilon Sigma and the Catholic Women's Sorority, will also provide everyone with the opportunity to meet and welcome new incoming chaplain Father Paul Key. Everyone is invited to join us for cake and refreshments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award Nomination information is located on the Graduate School Web site. The Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for the 2009-2010 academic school year. The winner will receive a small cash award and recognition by the Alumni Association. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation need to be submitted to the Graduate School by Friday, March 5.
William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award Nomination information is located on the Graduate School Web site as well. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2010 commencement program and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Please submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Friday, March 5.
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 email@example.com. 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.