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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

Les Reeves
Garden Lecture Series

Thursday, July 15, at 7 p.m.
Agriculture Building, Room 110

Academic Program
Annual Reports due

Friday, July 16

Fourth Class Day
Monday, July 19

Academic Affairs Council
Wednesday, July 28
Austin Building

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Headlines for Monday, July 12



Ceramics professor opens show in Chihuahua, Mexico
SFA Gardens Les Reeves Lecture to feature gardens that make scents
Accounting students place first in service learning project
Composition professor named artist-in-residence
New faculty, staff online directory
11-year-old artist socially conscious
SFA faculty, staff members honored
SFA Gardens research associate article published
R. W. Steen Library releases new library catalog
Donate blood, give life this Wednesday
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

Library hours between summer sessions
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
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Ceramics professor opens show in Chihuahua, Mexico

Piero Fenci, professor of ceramics at Stephen F. Austin State University, has plenty of reasons to be excited about "La Cerca," his solo show that will open Thursday, July 15, at the state museum in Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico.

For one, the exhibition, which includes 24 ceramic pieces, a 5-foot-by-9-foot drawing and several smaller drawings, is the culmination of two years of work, both on the art and in negotiations with the museum officials. More


SFA Gardens Les Reeves Lecture to feature gardens that make scents

The SFA Gardens will host its monthly Les Reeves Garden Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located on Wilson Drive on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Dawn Stover, long-time SFA Gardens research associate, will present an intoxicating program, titled "The Scentual Garden," and will feature fragrant plants for today's garden.

As a research associate, Dawn currently maintains the living plant collection within the SFA Mast Arboretum. She is responsible for maintenance of the arboretum and the horticulture facilities. She also manages two successful annual sales that raise money for the Arboretum, as well as coordinates student workers and volunteers. Very often, she teaches labs for horticulture students and lectures to a wide variety of gardening enthusiasts in the region. More


Accounting students place first in service learning project

Accounting students in Stephen F. Austin State University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently won first place in the Best Practices Service Learning competition at the 2010 Beta Alpha Psi southwest regional meeting in San Antonio. Their presentation focused on work SFA accounting students accomplished with GODTEL Ministries, a Nacogdoches homeless shelter.

Making the award-winning presentation were Miranda Etkind, Vicki Tippit, Ashley Stilley and William Hawkins. The service learning project required students to help a small business or non-profit organization in their community improve its financial systems and operations. The students contacted GODTEL and learned that the organization's auditors had recommended converting their accounting systems to QuickBooks. While GODTEL had obtained QuickBooks software, the staff lacked information about how to install or use it. More


Composition professor named artist-in-residence

Hiking boots? Check. Water bottle? Check. Camera? Check. Composition station? Check. That last item makes SFA Professor of composition Stephen Lias' packing list for a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park unique, but then so will be his experience. As many visitors to the park do, Lias will take in the sights and sounds of the Bear Lake area, marvel at the majesty found along Trail Ridge Road, and appreciate the mental solitude and physical exertion inherent in a hike up Long's Peak.

And as most do, Lias will record his two-week stay with photographs. However, his documentation will go beyond the use of the digital camera, for after each daily exploration, Lias will also spend time capturing the experiences in music as fulfillment of the Artist-in Residence Program for which he was selected. 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:

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


11-year-old artist socially conscious

When 11-year-old Olivia Bouler heard about the April 20 explosion of an oil drilling rig off the coast of southeast Louisiana days after it happened, she did not respond as many other girls her age did. She took action.

Armed with the desire to help the wildlife along the coast, Bouler contacted the National Audubon Society to see how her artistic talents might be used.

"Olivia knew this was nesting season for the birds and understood the peril they were in," said her mother, Nadine Bouler. "She wept, saying, ‘all the birds are going to die.' We had a family discussion about what we could do to help, and Olivia went upstairs to write a letter to the Audubon Society offering to use her talent as an artist to help. She came downstairs with her letter 20 minutes later, and then my husband contacted (the Audubon Society) on her behalf." More

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Stephen F. Austin State University faculty and staff members were recently honored for their service to the university and also recognized recent retirees. President Baker Pattillo awarded four staff members with the 16th annual President's Award.
More about staff awards (includes photos)
More about faculty awards (includes photos)
"Neil Sperry's Gardens" published Greg Grant's, SFA Gardens research associate, article in its July/August 2010 issue. The article, "Crowing about Cockscomb," talked about the history and current garden potential of tall, cutting type celosia.

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

The R. W. Steen Library will roll out a new library catalog called SteenFind Monday, July 12. This new catalog will allow library users to search for books and other library materials faster and easier than ever before. SteenFind offers many enhanced features, including the ability to rate, review and tag any item in our catalog.

Other catalog features:
• Create lists of books, CDs and other materials for check out.
• Search results are automatically sorted by relevancy.
• Spelling suggestions are offered if you misspell a title, author or keyword.
• Search results are sorted by material type, fiction/nonfiction, series, person, location and other options.

The current catalog will still be available to search.

Donate blood, give life! The Blood Center of East Texas donor bus will be on Raguet Street near the Education Building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Summer is often one of the slowest times of the year for blood donations and The Blood Center can definitely use your help! Please take a few minutes to take part in this lifesaving donor drive.
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!

Ralph W. Steen Library Summer I Intersession Hours
July 12 Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Want to help with the relief efforts in the Gulf? The SFA School of Art will continue showing "Save the Gulf: Olivia Bouler's Bird Illustrations" 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. 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.
Mata Ortiz Pottery Exhibition at The Cole Art Center 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.
Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14
SFA School of Theatre will present Constance Congdon’s Beauty and the Beast 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 16, and Saturday, July 17
The SFA School of Theatre will present Side by Side by Sondheim, directed by Professor Alan Nielsen, 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.)
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
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