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Thursday, July 29

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Wednesday, August 11
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Headlines for Monday, July 26



SFA student starts program to inspire local children
School’s honor code outlines 'The SFA Way’
Scholarship applications available for Music Preparatory Division
SFA announces line-up for University Series' 50th season
SFA hosts camp for future medical professionals
Tickets now on sale for SFA’s 2010 Chamber Music in the Pines Festival
Dr. Mario Ajero invited as a guest clinician
SFA Gardens research associate article published
Registration open for Junior Jacks Acting Camp
Monthly newsletter from ERS
Become a Jack Camp counselor for a day
Orientation sessions have begun

State Farm presents Ladies Night with SFA Football
'Battle of the Piney Woods' information
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
Download the College of Fine Arts calendar

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SFA student starts program to inspire local children

The values instilled in a child help mold them into who they become as adults.

Hana A. Lewis, a Stephen F. Austin State University social work student, determined that it was possible to use knowledge she gained in the classroom and a passion for helping other to teach about a dozen select kids what they could do for themselves to become better adults. As a result, she decided to create the Youth Empowerment Program.

"This is the first year we've done it," Lewis said. "What I did was send out letters asking for contributions, and one of the ones we got back was from FSI Construction in Houston, which agreed to give us a donation, plus pay for all their (the participants') school supplies." More


School’s honor code outlines 'The SFA Way’

Students and alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University should all be familiar with school traditions like the annual homecoming bonfire and the school fight song, but beginning this fall, members of the SFA community will be discovering a new tradition.

The Student Government Association has been working with the Office of Student Affairs to create an honor code for the university entitled The SFA Way. According to Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, SGA began working on the project during the spring semester and they then began to reach out to other areas, including the Office of Student Affairs. More


Scholarship applications available for SFA's Music Preparatory Division

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for music instruction through the Stephen F. Austin State University Music Preparatory Division. The partial tuition scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and can be applied to private lessons or group instruction.

Application forms are available on the division's website, www.music.sfasu.edu/prep (under Resources), or may be picked up either at the Music Preparatory Division Office, 3028 Raguet St., or in the SFA School of Music Office, Room 150 of the Wright Music Building.

The maximum amount awarded for any student is 50 percent of the total tuition. More


SFA announces line-up for University Series' 50th season

Through the course of half a century, the College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University has expanded what began as a two-event series of nationally acclaimed artists to the current University Series, a collection of five national touring events, four College of Fine Arts productions and four free art exhibitions.

"We proudly invite the Greater East Texas community to join us in our year-long celebration of the University Series' golden anniversary by taking advantage of the great line-up of artists we have booked for our Season 50!" said Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. More


SFA hosts camp for future medical professionals

Twenty-six high school seniors recently got a taste of what it’s like to be pre-med students during a week-long immersive camp hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University.

The camp, now in its second year, was created for college-bound students planning to pursue a career in the medical field and was funded by a grant from the Joint Admission Medical Program. Participants in SFA/JAMP Camp attended college-level science and math classes, toured medical facilities, participated in leadership and service activities, and shadowed medical professionals. More


Tickets now on sale for SFA’s 2010 Chamber Music in the Pines Festival

Tickets are now available for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music’s 2010 Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, and as the festival’s title indicates, there’s “Something for Everyone” in the four concerts being presented Saturday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 15.

“SFA music faculty and guest artists will be performing a wide range of musical styles throughout the week, with each concert having a different focus and mood,” said Jennifer Dalmas, SFA associate professor of violin and the festival’s director. More

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Dr. Mario Ajero, music, was invited as a guest clinician at the ninth annual Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminar (KETS 9). Ajero gave two presentations at the University of Central Oklahoma. "Lights, Camera, Teach!" shared ideas on how to incorporate digital video recordings into private studios or group piano classes. "Taking Your Group Piano Lab Technology to the Next Level" demonstrated the latest advances in MIDI software and hardware to enhance the group piano lab learning environment.
Greg Grant, SFA Gardens research associate, had an article titled, "Like Vanilla for Chocolate," published in the July/August edition of "Texas Gardener" magazine. The article discussed contributions of the Americas to the word's culinary palette along with a humorous look at his family's love affair with chocolate and vanilla. "Texas Gardener" magazine (texasgardener.com) is published bi-montly in Waco.

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

Registration is still open for 4th through 9th graders to enroll in the Junior Jacks Acting Camp being held each weekday Monday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 13, and culminating with free public performances on Saturday, Aug. 13. Led by SFA theatre students under the direction of Assistant Professor Carolyn Conn, the free camps will be held at the Unity Church of Christianity, 2400 South St. Fourth through 6th graders will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and 7th through 9th graders will meet from 1 to 5 p.m. Enrollment is limited, and at press time, three spaces remained in each age group. Visit www.juniorjacks.com to complete an online registration. Deadline is Saturday, July 31, or until the camps are full. For more information, please contact Brent Uzell at brent@unityofnac.com or call him at (936) 560-3853.
You must make all Annual Enrollment changes by July 30 at 7 p.m. CT. See the Annual Enrollment Guide for Active Employees and other information at www.ers.state.tx.us/annual_enrollment.
Read more in the Employee Benefit News from ERS.

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 29-30 and August 5-6. The last Transfer Session will be August 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 30 and August 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!

State Farm presents Ladies Night with SFA Football
Thursday, August 26
At the Field House at Homer Bryce Stadium
Registration begins at 5 p.m.
Clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn the game in a relaxed setting and experience Lumberjack football first hand! Presented by SFA coaching staff, players and coaches' wives. Door prizes and hors d' oeuvres. Free admission.
Stephen F. Austin State University vs. Sam Houston State
October 23, 2010 - 2 p.m.
Reliant Stadium - Houston, Texas

Tickets for the game remain on sale through the SFA Ticket Office. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased by calling (936) 468-JACK or toll free (800) 775-3358. Read more about this event!
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College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Want to help with the relief efforts in the Gulf? Visit "Save the Gulf: Olivia Bouler's Bird Illustrations" at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St., and purchase artwork by the 11-year-old New York artist who has single-handedly raised over $125,000 for relief funds by selling her art. Twenty-five illustrations and five prints are included in the exhibition the School of Art is presenting. A silent auction for the illustrations is still going on, and the prints are available for a set price. SFA's exhibition is Bouler's first one-person show and the first exhibition of her artwork for Gulf disaster relief.  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.


The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “No Impact Man: The Documentary” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s 93-minute film follows the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year without making an environmental impact. The film is sponsored in part by the SFA Press. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

The SFA School of Music’s 2010 Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, “Something for Everyone,” will consist of four concerts in Cole Concert Hall: “Something Old” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7; “Something New” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10;  “Something Borrowed” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13; and “Something Blue” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15. Each concert features SFA music faculty and guest artists. Tickets to individual concerts are $10 adult, $7.50 senior, $5 SFA faculty/staff and student. Series packages for all four concerts are $30 adult, $22.50 senior, $15 SFA faculty/staff and student.
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First model for the artificial heart

William H. Sewell Jr., Yale medical student, in 1949 built a mechanical pump to reroute blood flow to and from the heart — using parts of a child's Erector Set — the kind of building toy he played with as a boy (and which, incidentally, was the brainchild of Yale alumnus A.C. Gilbert '09 M.D.).