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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Feb. 18
Softball vs. Tennessee State
11 a.m. in Lafayette, La.

Baseball
vs. Arkansas-Little Rock
3 p.m. in Nacogdoches

Softball vs. Maine
6:30 p.m. in Lafayette, La.

Sky Quest at The Planetarium
7 p.m.
Math/Planetarium Building
52 on campus map
$2 per person

SAA Movie Line Up
The Next 3 Days (PG-13) 7 p.m.
Faster (R) 9:30 p.m.

Student-directed production
of “Tom and Jerry”

7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre


Saturday, Feb. 19
AAUW Expanding
Your Horizons Conference

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center

Baseball vs.
Arkansas-Little Rock Gm 1

11 a.m. Nacogdoches

Women's Tennis
vs. Oral Roberts

1 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla.

Women's Basketball vs.
Texas State

2 p.m. in Nacogdoches

Softball vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
3 p.m. in Lafayette, La.

Men's Basketball
vs. Texas State

4:30 p.m. in Nacogdoches

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines'
Center Stage concert

7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Student-directed production
of “Tom and Jerry”

2 and 7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Softball vs. Miss. Valley State
8 p.m. in Lafayette, La.

Baseball vs.
Arkansas-Little Rock Gm 2

TBA in Nacogdoches


Sunday, Feb. 20
Softball vs. Tennessee State
12:30 p.m. in Lafayette, La.

Baseball vs.
Arkansas-Little Rock
1 p.m. in Nacogdoches

Dr. Eric Varner
guest bassoon recital

3 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SAA Movie Line Up
Tangled (PG) 7 p.m.
Harry Potter (PG-13) 9:15 p.m.



UPCOMING EVENTS
SFA Showcase Saturdays
Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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Organization collecting shoes for needy children
Nacogdoches Azalea Trail set
Culinary school, university join forces
State of Texas Records Retention schedule
Axe the Bobcats doubleheader Saturday
Staff accomplishment
Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday
Faculty Survey of Student Engagement notice
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Retirement celebration for Beth Smith
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits


Organization collecting shoes for needy children

For the second year, the Stephen F. Austin State University Athletics Department and the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches are working together to help Emmanuel Ohonme achieve his goal of securing 10 million shoes.

Twenty-eight years ago, Ohonme was just another poor child living in Nigeria. Like many poor children in Africa, Ohonme never knew the comfort of owning a pair of shoes. But that all changed one day when Ohonme happened across a good samaritan.

The good samaritan was a stranger from Wisconsin who befriended the young Ohonme and gave him his first pair of tennis shoes. Inspired by this wonderful gift, Ohonme developed a love for basketball that led him all the way to the United States where he played college basketball on a scholarship from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduation, Ohonme secured an executive position at a leading technology company. read more

 

Nacogdoches Azalea Trail set


Visit the azalea website!

The 13th annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will usher in springtime in East Texas March 12 through April 2 with a mixed bouquet of new events and mainstay favorites.

As always, the centerpiece of the Azalea Trail will be the 25 miles of self-guided driving routes that meander through the city and include SFA's stunning Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden – the largest in the state of Texas.

Each trail begins at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main St. in historic downtown. Color-coded signs mark the routes, and maps are available at the Visitor Center. read more

 

Culinary school, university join forces

Stephen F. Austin State University students who love to cook or watch Food Network now have an opportunity to learn a new trade at a fraction of the cost. SFA signed an agreement on Tuesday with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, which will allow students from both schools to transfer credits to the other school.

Although SFA has nearly 30 agreements with junior and community colleges, the agreement with Le Cordon Bleu is SFA's first with a culinary school. Daily Sentinel subscribers read more here

 

State of Texas Records Retention schedule

An updated Records Retention Schedule was released in November and is linked from the East Texas Research Center’s (ETRC) webpage. The Records Retention Schedule was recently updated to conform to current standards established by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. As a state agency, SFA must adhere to this schedule for all university produced records, in paper and electronic formats.

Greg Bailey, the archives and repository librarian, joined the ETRC staff in January. He will provide support for university departments on records-management issues and conduct workshops in the summer. In the meantime, departments with records-management questions should contact Bailey at (936) 468-1563 or baileyg@sfasu.edu.

 

Axe the Bobcats Doubleheader
2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19

 

Accomplishments

SFA Executive Director of Enrollment Management Monique Cossich completed her appointment to the Southwestern Regional Council of the College Board at the recent College Board Forum in Austin. She was invited to be a panel member for the Texas Major Schools Meeting. The panel topic was “The College Connection: Academic Observations of College Freshmen.” At the forum conference, she presented a session title “Tips from Public University Admission Officers.”
 

News & Announcements

  Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday
Feb. 26 and March 26
Contact Monique Cossich at cossichm@sfasu.edu.
   
 

Faculty input sought: SFA wants to hear what you think! Faculty will have an opportunity in April to participate in the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. How often do students engage in activities such as preparing for class and writing papers? How effective are faculty-student interactions? What activities make up the majority of class time?

Faculty will receive an e-mail invitation to respond to the online FSSE survey. Next fall, as results are reviewed, we will follow up with campus discussions related to teaching, learning and the quality of SFA students’ academic experiences. Taken together, NSSE (student survey) and FSSE help us understand more about what we are doing well and what we can do to improve as we strive to provide excellence in higher education.

If you are invited to participate as a student or faculty member, please respond and help SFA determine strengths and challenges! For more information, visit FSSE's website.

   

Save the Date!

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Monday, Feb. 21, through Friday, Feb. 25

"Love Your Genes, Love Yourself" interactive booth
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Monday through Friday
Licensed professional counselors will be available to answer questions. You can also donate your old jeans!

"Love Your Genes" Yoga
8 to 9 p.m. | Monday through Thursday
Campus Recreation Center

"America the Beautiful" movie showing
7 to 9 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 22 | BPSC movie theater
Prizes will be drawn at this event.

"Love Your Genes" brown bag lunch
Noon to 1 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 24
BPSC Multimedia Room
Event includes a panel discussion on body image. Prizes will be drawn at this event.

For more information, contact Counseling Services at (936) 468-2401. Events sponsored by Counseling Services, Campus Recreation, Dining Services, the Student Dietetic Association, the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Association.

   
  Retirement Celebration for Beth Smith
Associate director of admissions | 35 years with SFA
3 to 4:30 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 24
BPSC Multimedia Room, second floor

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Student-directed production of “Tom and Jerry”
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 | 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 | Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of “Tom and Jerry” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Taken from Jim Geoghan's collection Only Kidding, "Tom and Jerry" offers an inside look at the life of a stand-up comedian. As the play's director, Weslaco junior Jonathan Garcia explains, the audience gets the feeling that it isn't all laughs when comedians meet. The play is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $3 each.
 
SFA's Orchestra of the Pines' Center Stage concert
7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 19 | Cole Concert Hall

Winners of the SFA School of Music's annual Concerto/Aria and Composition Contests will be featured during SFA's Orchestra of the Pines' Center Stage concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Cole Concert Hall. Flutist Megan Beard (Denton senior), tenor Josh Dennis (graduate student from McKinney), pianist Yuki Kumamoto (graduate student from Japan), and trombonist Ashley Scambray (Houston sophomore) will perform as soloists with the orchestra, directed by Gene H. Moon. The orchestra will also perform a three-movement work composed by Athens junior Lee Treviño. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7.50 for faculty/staff and $5 for students.
 
Dr. Eric Varner, guest bassoon recital
3 p.m. | Sunday, Feb. 20 | Cole Concert Hall

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Eric Varner in a guest bassoon recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in Cole Concert Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. Varner, who is the principal bassoonist in the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Windsor, Ontario, and teaches at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, will perform 20th century works by French and American composers. Dr. Susan Nelson, SFA faculty bassoonist, will join him in presenting one movement of "Sonata for two bassoons" by Francisco Mignone.
 
Ongoing
Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art is currently on exhibit in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329. E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The exhibition, which is a collaborative project between the SFA College of Fine Arts and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, features artists from the SFA School of Art and ecological artists from across the nation. The show will run through Saturday, March 26. 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.
 

Ongoing
Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES is currently on display in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The exhibition features “Movies for the Wall,” optical glass-tiled murals that appear to come to life, change and move as the viewer passes by. The show runs through Saturday, March 26. 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.

 
Ongoing
A Forest Insect Alphabet,
which features 56 woodcuts and text used in the book of the same title that was printed by SFA 's LaNana Creek Press, will reopen in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Charles Jones, retired SFA professor of art, created the woodcuts of various forest insects, and Dr. David Kulhavy, SFA professor of forestry, wrote the text for each. Local musician Miki Lynn put the text to music and recorded a CD that is included with each book. The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 25. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
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