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Wednesday, June 30
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Last day to drop classes
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Thursday, July 1

Independence Day
Sunday, July 4

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

Last day to apply for
summer graduation

Monday, July 12


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Headlines for Monday, June 28

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SFA fishing team awarded $10,000 check, announces tournament
Grant on a quest for a purple crape myrtle
Cinema lovers form group to promote local filmmaking
SFA to open 'Beauty and the Beast' during holiday weekend
Austin Community College partners with Stephen F. Austin State University
Become a Jack Camp counselor for a day
Orientation sessions have begun
'The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket' at planetarium
June Cybersecurity newsletter available online
ERS Board makes changes for PY2011

Remember to update your contact information
Registration still open for Little Jack Rec Camps
SFA Music Preparatory Division offers summer lessons and camps
Library hours during Independence Day weekend
Library hours between summer sessions
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
Download the College of Fine Arts June, July calendar

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SFA fishing team awarded $10,000 check, announces tournament

The sport of bass fishing has recently caught on at the collegiate level. The Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks have built a pretty successful program. SFA is coming off a win in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Division event on Toledo Bend last Saturday. The win by Ryan Watkins and Robert Platt helped SFA qualify for the Texas Division Regional Championship, which will be hosted by SFA at Lake Sam Rayburn Oct. 28 through 30, in conjunction with homecoming weekend. More

 

Grant on a quest for a purple crape myrtle

An SFA-purple crape myrtle is in the works. Greg Grant, a research associate at the SFA gardens, has been a longtime lover of crape myrtles. And after having come to work for SFA, he's begun a project for developing a purple crape myrtle that will correspond to the SFA colors. Greg's been doing this in his free time out in Acadia, east of Nacogdoches, where he gardens around his home.

Greg has had long experience in 'messing around' with plants and their bloom colors. He was involved in a project producing a maroon bluebonnet. I wrote about this once; it had something to do with Aggies. (Maybe one day I'll reprint that article). And soon after coming to SFA, Greg developed the Laura Bush petunia that was regularly planted in the thousands around the White House. Do you miss those petunias yet? More

 

Cinema lovers form group to promote local filmmaking

Last March, film enthusiast Susan Camile Cox attended the Stephen F. Austin State University student-produced film "Sara's Book" at the downtown Cole Art Center and came away from it "truly impressed."

"The movie 'Sara's Book' struck me like any other good movie. I laughed and was brought to tears as it stirred my emotions," Cox said. "I thought the story was good, and coming from such young talent, it surprised me. It was impressive when I learned the extent to which the students had contributed to the production - writing the script, music score, acting performances, directing and producing." More

 

SFA to open 'Beauty and the Beast' during holiday weekend

Recognizing that the upcoming three-day weekend translates to extended quality time together for many East Texans, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre invites families to attend one of three performances of "Beauty and the Beast" being offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, in W.M. Tuner Auditorium.

"The entire family will enjoy this timeless tale of love and adventure," said SFA Professor Scott Shattuck, the show's director. "The girls will identify with strong, smart Belle, the boys will be intrigued by the beast, and everyone will enjoy Belle's hilariously zany siblings, not to mention the spectacular costumes and sets." More

 

Austin Community College partners with Stephen F. Austin State University

Students interested earning Stephen F. Austin State University's green applied arts bachelor's can begin the program at Austin Community College, thanks to a partnership deal signed this week.

The articulation agreement aligns ACC’s building construction technology program with the Nacogdoches university's new sustainable development/sustainable living bachelor of applied arts. ACC building construction technology students can enroll in SFA courses online and complete the bachelor’s without leaving Austin. ACC students can transfer up to 66 credit hours to SFA. More

 
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News & Announcements

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 Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" plays at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the SFA Planetarium. Cost is $2 per person. This is an exciting and dynamic journey through the solar system. It begins with the vivid imaginations of two children, who construct a rocket from a cardboard box. When you add in a talking astronomy textbook and a carefully guarded secret, the rocket becomes operational and the fun begins. First-rate animations and all-dome vistas will make this a memorable experience. This show provides an excellent introduction to the planets of our Solar System. More information.

   

The June Cybersecurity Newsletter is now posted. This month's newsletter will offer tips on safer online shopping and answer the following:
What is Identity Theft?
What can I do to protect my identity?
What do I do if my identity has been stolen?

   

ERS has provided an update for the changes to your insurance benefits for PY2011. Visit the ERS website to view the changes or view a quick list of the changes that begin Wednesday, September 1.

   
   
If you have changed your address, phone number or e-mail address within the last year, please come by the Human Resource Department, Austin Bldg, Room 201, to change this information so you can receive benefits information over the summer. Remember that Annual Enrollment is July 5 to July 30, and any information or cards sent out by ERS or Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be mailed to the address you currently have on file.
   
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 June 28-July 2, 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 4 Sunday Closed
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

Thursday, July 1
The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts begins its annual scholarship fund-raiser, “12 x 12,” by exhibiting over 50 12-inch-square art works created by SFA alumni, faculty members and graduate students, as well as nationally known and community artists. The pieces, all of which will be displayed anonymously, will be available for pre-sale for $250 each through Friday, July 9. At the closing party from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, each remaining piece will then be available for $100 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. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the fund-raiser, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
Friday, July 2
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.)
 

Saturday, July 3
SFA School of Theatre will present Constance Congdon’s Beauty and the Beast at 2 and 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.)

 
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
Friday, July 2 6:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast
Saturday, July 3 2 and 6:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beast
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, 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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Leonardo da Vinci is popularly, but erroneously, credited with inventing modern scissors. A scissor-like tool made of a single piece of metal was in use in ancient Egypt around 1500 BC. There is evidence of modern cross-blade scissors with a pivot being used in Rome some 1600 years later.

So, whilst da Vinci was a brilliant man with a mind generations ahead of his time, he cannot be correctly credited with inventing scissors. No doubt, however, he perfected the pivot action.