Friday, Jan. 29

Today's Weather

53° Today
29° Tonight
Heavy showers and
dropping temps

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Today's Calendar

4th Annual East Texas
Geospatial Conference

Student Center

Indoor Track and Field:
Houston Invite and Multis

ending Saturday, Jan. 30
Houston, Texas

Paul Christopher
Guest Cello Recital
6 p.m., Cole Concert Hall
Wright Music Building

Movie Series Line Up
Student Center Theater
"Couple's Retreat" - 7 p.m.
"Zombieland" - 9:15 p.m.

Liverpool Legends
7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium
Griffith Fine Arts Building

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Tomorrow's Calendar

4th Annual East Texas
Geospatial Conference

Student Center

University Women's Club
Scholarship Brunch

9:30 a.m.
Shelley's Bakery, downtown
RSVP 468-2371

Indoor Track and Field:
J.D. Martin OU Invitational

Houston, Texas

Ladyjack Basketball vs.
McNeese State

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

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

Did you forget to wear purple
for SFA's Spirit Fridays?
Stop by the
Office of Admissions
located in the Rusk Building,
Room 206, for your free
Emergency Purple
Attire Device.

Today's Headlines

MarsQuest now playing at the Planetarium
"Liverpool Legends" parking tips for tonight
AARC information
QEP Steering Committee expresses thanks
Girls Scouts admitted free to Ladyjacks game Saturday
History professor manuscript accepted by publishing company
Team mentors needed for The BIG Event in April
University Women's Club scholarship fundraiser
Cole Audiology Lab offers hearing evaluations
Omicron Delta Kappa accepting applications
Teaching Excellence Center calling for nominations
Ask a Question, Save a Life, Learn QPR
College of Fine Arts Events
"Refined VI" gallery opening reception
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This & That
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MarsQuest now playing at the Planetarium

marsquestCome join Patrick Steward as we trace humanity’s centuries-long cultural and scientific fascination with the planet Mars. MarsQuest plays on Fridays at 7 p.m., Jan. 22 through March 5. After the show we will use the planetarium’s star projector to locate Mars and the winter constellations in our East Texas sky.

MarsQuest traces humanity’s centuries-long cultural and scientific fascination with the planet Mars. In the show's first section, "Homage," we trace Mars through history – from an "incantation" of the various War God forms given by different cultures, to the early observations of Schiaparelli and Lowell, and the infamous "canals" which led to science-fiction stories about Martians. We hear excerpts from H. G. Wells’s "War of the Worlds" and Edgar Rice Burroughs's "Barsoom" novels.

"Mars In Focus" details the Mars of our time -- as seen in the night sky, through binoculars and telescopes, and from our Mars explorations. Mission findings from Viking, Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor feature reports on Mars weather, climate, and areology. We compare the climate and terrain of Earth and Mars, and present the current thinking about the areologic history of the planet, and a rationale for future exploration. “Mars in the Future” examines where on Earth we can prepare to live on Mars, what will be needed to get crewed missions to the Red Planet, and what the first landing may be like.

The show ends with “Rhapsody on a Red Planet,” a poetically-styled “ode to Mars,” this time from a future perspective; an eloquent soliloquy tracing the efforts that led to humanity’s first footsteps onto the desolate and dusty Martian surface.

Admission is $2 per person and is located in SFA's Nursing and Math Building.

Allow time for parking at Friday's 'Liverpool Legends'

liverpool legendsWith approximately 1,000 people expected at tonight's "Liverpool Legends" concert in W.M. Turner Auditorium, the College of Fine Arts recommends that attendees allow time for parking.

Many of the spaces right in front of the Griffith Fine Arts Building will be reserved for VIP patrons who have purchased a special parking pass, and spaces along Vista and the rest of Alumni Drive are often limited. Free alternatives are the parking garage at the corner of Raguet and East College Streets or the parking lot at the corner of North and Wettermark Streets. For a small fee, patrons can park in the Student Center Parking Garage.

“We want the entire evening to be an enjoyable experience for all of our patrons,” said Diane Flynn, SFA Box Office manager. “That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to get to campus early so that no one is rushed to get to the auditorium.”

"Liverpool Legends" begins at 7:30 p.m. In this “Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show,” Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of the Fab Four. With precise attention to detail, the lads make you feel like you’re watching the real thing!

Less than 60 tickets left! SFA faculty and staff are eligible for two half-price tickets in sections B and C ($14.50 and $8.50). Visit to learn more about this award-winning group!


Academic Assistance Resource Center information

aarcYou never know when you will need to know about the AARC. You could be a faculty member talking to a struggling student in your office or a staff member who happens to meet a student despondant over his grades. A few details about what we offer will arm you with the information that could really make a difference.

The AARC is an award-winning learning center with over 150 tutors; covering over 260 different courses. Last year the AARC served over 4,000 students and recorded over 50,000 visits!

We offer four different kinds of tutoring:
Weekly Private Sessions: A student can have multiple tutors for different subjects. To secure an appointment, the student uses an on-line registration system accessed from the AARC homepage. If we are all booked up in the subject a student desires, then the student can put his or her name on a waiting list. We will call the student when an appointment opens, which it often does.

Walk-In Tables: We almost always have a table for Math, Chemistry, English, Physics and Astronomy. Check out the AARC homepage for our hours.

SI Groups: Everyone loves SI! These groups are led by a student selected by the professor. Each week the SI Leader meets with the professor and shares tips with the group.

On Line: The OWL (on-line writing lab) offers real-time chatting with a tutor, learning modules for specific SFA writing assignments and submission of papers for review. Look for the link on the AARC homepage.

Find Us!
First Floor Steen Library

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News and Announcements

The QEP Steering Committee would like to express our thanks to all the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters of SFA who took time to read and rank the QEP final four topics. The magnitude of participation in the selection process bodes well for an enthusiastic reception to SFA's QEP theme when it is announced. Please watch for that announcement to be forthcoming from the university leadership.

Join the Ladyjacks basketball team at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the William R. Johnson Coliseum as they take on the McNeese Cowboys. All Girl Scouts in attendance will be admitted for free.

Jason Tebbe's, History, "Domesticating Time: Family Memory in Germany from Napoleon to the Nazis" has been accepted for publication with Berghahn Books.

the big eventBecome 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. This is a great way for students to give back, and faculty and staff can be a part of the event by serving as a mentor for a team of students.

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 or (936) 468-1088 for more information.

Please join us for a morning of Southern Charm at Shelley’s Bakery to support the University Women’s Club scholarships at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.  While enjoying a southern-styled brunch, you’ll be treated to exquisite fashions featured by The Town House and door prizes from area businesses. Seating is limited, and tickets are $25. Proceeds go to the UWC scholarship fund. Seating for four or limited seating for six is available. To purchase tickets and reserve a seat, contact Leisha Bridwell at or phone (936) 468-2371. For more information please contact Chay Runnels at or phone (936) 468-2060.

The Cole Audiology Lab is offering hearing evaluations for all faculty and staff, including family and friends. The lab sells, repairs and services hearing aids, too. Our hearing aids are fully digital and reasonably priced. Services are available to the community and the lab will bill Blue Cross Blue Shields, as well as Medicaid. Call for an appointment at (936) 468-1252.

omicron deltaOmicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s leadership honor society, is now accepting applications for membership. If you know of some exceptional students who are involved on campus and have maintained a high GPA, please encourage them to apply! ODK recognizes the top students that excel in both the classroom and in leadership at SFA. ODK recognizes achievement in five areas: student activities and organizations, athletics, fine arts, student media and government. ODK assists students to develop themselves at an elite level by offering presentation and peer review opportunities for its members. They also coordinate events such as the SEE Leadership Conference, Dresses for Dreams, Student Leadership Awards and Top 23 Freshmen. Juniors, seniors and graduate students with leadership experience and a 3.0 or higher GPA are eligible. Applications are available at the Involvement Center and outside Room 3.302 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center and are due by Friday, Feb. 12.

The Teaching Excellence Center is calling for nominations for individuals wishing to present teaching innovation posters at the Bright Ideas Conference. These innovations can be single assignments, activities, demonstrations, etc. Posters from the past Bright Ideas Conference are displayed at the TEC. 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. This year there will be a kick-off reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the accomplishments of all the participants. Please send all nominations to the TEC by e-mail at by Monday, Feb. 1. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations should include the nominee's name, department, and a 300 to 400 word description of the teaching innovation and its goals and outcomes.

Ask a Question, Save a Life, Learn QPR • The SFA Counseling Center is offering several suicide intervention training sessions throughout the semester for faculty, staff and students. In less than two hours, you can learn helpful information on how to intervene and safe a life. The first training session for Spring 2010 is Monday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Seating is limited so register by calling (936) 468-2401. The trainings are located in the Counseling Center on the third floor of the Rusk Building.

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College of Fine Arts Presents


refined gallerySaturday, Jan. 30
Refined VI Opening Reception with gallery talk by juror Lisa Gralnik at 5 p.m. and announcement of winners and reception at 6 p.m. in 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.
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Paul Christopher Guest Cello Recital • 6 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.


Tuesday, Feb. 2
Wind Ensemble • 7:30 p.m., W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert features music by American composers. Tickets: $5 adult, $4 senior, $2.50 SFA faculty & staff, $2 student.

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 -12, 2-4 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.

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

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this and that This Day in History

1845: "The Raven" is published
1936: Baseball Hall of Fame inducts first members
1964: "Dr. Strangelove" premieres
1980: Stamp honoring W.C. Fields issued

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