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Summer I Session
June 7 through July 9

Faculty and Student Holiday
Monday, July 5

ERS Annual Enrollment begins
Monday, July 5

Last day to completely
withdraw from the university

Tuesday, July 6

East Texas Job Fair
Thursday, July 8
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Final Exams
Friday, July 9

ACT Residual given
Friday, July 9, at 8 a.m.
Kennedy Auditorium

SFA Cheerleading
Summer Camp

Friday, July 9

Last day to apply for
summer graduation

Monday, July 12

Faculty available for advising
Monday, July 12

Orientation for all new
freshmen and
transfer students
enrolling in summer classes
Monday, July 12, at 1 p.m.
Miller Science Building
Room 137

Archie McDonald Speaker
Series with George Foreman
on National Public Radio

Monday, July 12
8 p.m. on 88.9 FM

Summer II Classes begin
Tuesday, July 13

Dean's Council
Wednesday, July 14
Austin Building

Academic Program
Assessment
Annual Reports due
(2009/2010)

Friday, July 16

Fourth Class Day
Monday, July 19

Academic Affairs Council
Wednesday, July 28
Austin Building


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SFA art professor's work shown in Alaska and Indiana
SFA social work student receives Hogg Foundation scholarship
New faculty, staff online directory
SFA Gardens to host Arcadia dogtrot tour
SFA exhibition benefits Gulf Disaster relief
Assistant professor of piano delivers presentation in Arlington
Teaching Excellence Center looking for faculty authored books
Accepting applications for Lumberjack Leadership Academy
Become a Jack Camp counselor for a day
Orientation sessions have begun

Registration still open for Little Jack Rec Camps
SFA Music Preparatory Division offers summer lessons and camps
Library hours today
Library hours between summer sessions
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
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SFA art professor's work shown in Alaska and Indiana

Works by Stephen F. Austin State University Assistant Professor Maki Hajikano are currently on exhibit at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Ala., and in the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington.

At the Alaska gallery, Hajikano's one large installation of lace-like rubber takes up an entire room. The 28 ft. by 14 ft. by 10 ft. installation is a part of her Accumulation Series and will be up through the end of June. An earlier work in the series is a permanent installation at SFA's Early Childhood Research Center. More

 

SFA social work student receives Hogg Foundation scholarship

Stephen F. Austin State University student Sonya Baker of Jacksonville is one of 10 students at Texas graduate social work programs to receive $50,000 in special scholarship awards honoring the 70th anniversary of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

Baker has 20 years of experience as a social worker at Rusk State Hospital and in nursing homes in Chandler and Jacksonville. She has a bachelor's degree in social work and wants to earn a master's degree so she can provide more advanced mental health services in a rural setting.

"I also want to provide focus groups and educate the community on mental illness," Baker said. "During my career, I have seen many changes and much progress with services provided, but I see a need for more involvement in mental illness." More

 

New faculty, staff online directory

The Web Development Office has created a new faculty and staff directory and wants you to test the new directory before they replace the current directory. Please check it out and let them know if you run into any problems or have suggestions. Some of the features of the new directory include:

• update your own information, including your photo
• create a link to your Twitter and/or Facebook account
• add people to your e-mail client's address book
• and much more

 

SFA Gardens to host Arcadia dogtrot tour

The SFA Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University will host a tour of two historic Shelby County homes from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 11. Dogtrot houses were built with breezeways or "dog runs" through the middle of them for air circulation.

"Without electricity or air-conditioning, these homes were designed for air to flow through the middle and circulate through cross-ventilated doorways and windows in a Southern climate where the hot humid summers were much more unbearable than the brief winters," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator. "Of course dogs could circulate through them as well!" More

 

SFA exhibition benefits Gulf Disaster relief

East Texans looking for a way to help with the relief efforts for the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico can attend the opening of "Save the Gulf: Olivia Bouler's Bird Illustrations" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition includes 25 original illustrations and five prints by the 11-year-old New York artist who has single-handedly raised over $125,000 for relief funds by selling her art.

All of the original illustrations included in the show will be available via silent auction at the opening, and the prints will have a set price. All proceeds benefit not-for-profit organizations including the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. More

 
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Accomplishments

Dr. Mario Ajero, Assistant Professor of Piano, delivered a presentation entitled "Technological Tools to Enhance the Piano Lesson Experience" to the Texas Music Teachers Association at their annual state convention in June. Attendees learned about the latest advances in recording and MIDI technologies and how they best can be utilized within group classes or private piano lessons.
 

Conference presentation? Book published? Attended a conference? Received an award? We want to know about your accomplishments, so fill out SFA Today's online form!

 

News & Announcements

Calling Faculty Authors! The Teaching Excellence Center houses a library of faculty authored books. Our collection covers all disciplines at the university. If you have written a book in the past few years and would like to donate a copy to the Teaching Excellence Center, please contact Amanda at (936) 468-1831 or tec@sfasu.edu.
   
The Office of Student Affairs Programs is still accepting applications for its 2010-2011 Lumberjack Leadership Academy program. Current SFA students with at least a 2.5 GPA are highly encouraged to apply – no previous leadership experience is required. The LLA program, based in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, includes retreats, workshops and the proposal and implementation of a service project. Download an application today! Applications should be turned in to BPSC 3.302 or faxed to (936) 468-1087. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service, at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.
   

Jack Camp 2010 is looking for faculty/staff Jack Camp counselors for a day, and you could be one of them! Chosen faculty and staff members would help out with registration, staffing our parent's tent and welcoming students to their cabins. As a staff member you will also be introduced at our opening ceremony and enjoy dinner with the students. Transportation is provided to and from Camp Olympia.

Our Jack Camp sessions are August 16 and 20. If you are interested, we will leave campus at 8 a.m. and will be back on campus around 9 p.m. This is a great way to meet our new students and take a day to run around in the Texas sunshine! If you are interested, please e-mail Michael Preston, director of student affairs, at mpreston@sfasu.edu. We have about 20 spots available for each session, so space is limited!

   

Orientation sessions have begun! The remaining Orientation session dates are as follows: Freshman Sessions are July 22-23, July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6. Transfer Sessions are July 1 and Aug. 5-6.

Download the full schedule of events for the two-day Orientation sessions. You can also download the schedule for the one-day transfer Orientation session.

In addition, you are cordially invited to attend the Parent and Family Reception on the upcoming Fridays of Freshman Orientation July 23 and 30 and Aug. 6. The reception is located at the Ed and Gwen Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St, from 2 to 3 p.m. Please wear your name tag and dress in purple. Axe ’em Jacks!

   
The SFA Campus Recreation Department is hosting six, one-week Little Jack Rec Camps during June and July for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Sessions will be July 12-16, July 19-23 and July 26-30. The camp will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. More
   
Private music lessons and dance classes for children and adults, an adult piano class, Kindermusik camps for newborns through 7-year-olds and group piano sessions for middle and high school students are all part of the summer program offered by the Music Preparatory Division at Stephen F. Austin State University. More
   
Ralph W. Steen Library Independence Day Hours
July 5 Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ralph W. Steen Library Summer I Intersession Hours
July 9 Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July 10-11 Saturday and Sunday Closed
July 12 Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
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College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Monday, July 5
The SFA Trombone Choir will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The 10-member choir, directed by SFA Associate Professor Deb Scott, will perform the 40-minute program they will play at the International Trombone Festival in Austin on July 7.
 
Tuesday, July 6
Want to help with the relief efforts in the Gulf? The SFA School of Art will open "Save the Gulf: Olivia Bouler's Bird Illustrations" at 6 p.m. at The Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St. The exhibition includes 25 original illustrations and five prints by the 11-year-old New York artist who has single-handedly raised over $125,000 for relief funds by selling her art. SFA's exhibition is Bouler's first one-person show and the first exhibition of her artwork for Gulf disaster relief. She will be on video chat via the internet during the opening event. All of the original illustrations included in the show will be available via silent auction, and the prints will have a set price. All proceeds benefit not-for-profit organizations including the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
Wednesday, July 7
SFA School of Theatre will present Constance Congdon’s Beauty and the Beast at 6:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Professor Scott Shattuck directs this family-friendly tale of love and adventure featuring strong, smart Belle and the Beast that adores her. Original music and Belle’s hilariously zany siblings add to the fun and enchantment. All seats are $6, or $5 each for groups of 20 or more! (See schedule below for complete listing of the Summer Theatre Season.)
 
Friday, July 9
Free, one-night screening of “Desdémona: A Love Story” at 7:30 p.mat The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The captivating and tragic story follows a Mexican immigrant as he reflects on his kidnapping a past love for the money he needs to bury his American father figure. Written and directed by SFA alumnus Phillip Guzman, the film was named Best Feature at the Boston Film Festival and the Naples International Film Festival and is rated PG-13.
 
Friday, July 9
The SFA School of Theatre will present Side by Side by Sondheim, directed by Professor Alan Nielsen,at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The sophistication, wit, insight and heart of master composer/lyricist Steven Sondheim are at the center of this musical revue featuring songs from his landmark shows that revolutionized musical theatre. Company, Follies, West Side Story, A Little Night Music and more are included. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, students, and SFA faculty/staff. Includes adult language. (See schedule below for complete listing of the Summer Theatre Season.)
 
Saturday, July 10
Closing party for SFA Friends of the Visual Arts’ “12 x 12” scholarship fund-raiser from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. Twelve-inch-square art works by SFA alumni, faculty members and graduate students, as well as nationally known and community artists, will be sold for $100 each on a first-come, first-served basis. A final raffle will take place at 8:15 p.m. Buyers will learn who created their piece once they purchase it. For more information about the fund-raiser, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
Saturday, July 10
The SFA School of Theatre will present Side by Side by Sondheim, directed by Professor Alan Nielsen,at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The sophistication, wit, insight and heart of master composer/lyricist Steven Sondheim are at the center of this musical revue featuring songs from his landmark shows that revolutionized musical theatre. Company, Follies, West Side Story, A Little Night Music and more are included. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, students, and SFA faculty/staff. Includes adult language. (See schedule below for complete listing of the Summer Theatre Season.)
 
DATE TIME TITLE
Wednesday, July 7 2 p.m. Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, July 8 2 p.m. Beauty and the Beast
Friday, July 9 7:30 p.m. Side by Side by Sondheim
Saturday, July 10 7:30 p.m. Side by Side by Sondheim
Sunday, July 11 2 p.m. Side by Side by Sondheim
Tuesday, July 13 10:30 a.m. Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, July 14 6:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast
Friday, July 16 7:30 p.m. Side by Side by Sondheim
Saturday, July 17 2 p.m. Side by Side by Sondheim
 

Ongoing art exhibitions at
The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

Mata Ortiz Pottery Exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery. The entire pueblo of Mata Ortiz in northern Chihuahua, Mexico, creates outstanding handmade coiled pots, following centuries old methods, explained Christian Cutler, director of SFA galleries. All of the in the exhibition are available for purchase. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the SFA School of Art student scholarships. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
   
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Learn more by visiting
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Purchase tickets at the
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or call (936) 468-6407
 
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Throughout the 1860s, Claude Monet, plagued by debt, burned 200 of his own paintings to prevent them from being seized by creditors.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"