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Tuesday, Jan. 18
SFA Today's
One Year Birthday!

ACT Residual given
8 a.m.
Kennedy Auditorium

Faculty meetings by college
9:30 a.m.

Faculty Meetings by Departments
10:30 a.m.

Faculty available for advising
1 to 5 p.m.

Orientation for all new
freshmen and
transfer students

1 p.m.
E.L. Miller Science, Room 137

Wednesday, Jan. 19
Spring Semester
classes begin
8 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20
SFA Gardens Lecture
Series to feature bluebird society co-founder
7 p.m.
Agriculture Building, Room 110

Friday, Jan. 21
Edge of Life:
Forest Pathology Art
opening reception
6 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House

Saturday, Jan. 22
Kid Fish Trout Fishing Event

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lakeside Park located at
4800 Pearl Street
(936) 559-2960

Ladyjack Basketball at

2 p.m.
Arlington, Texas

Lumberjack Basketball vs.

6 p.m. at HOME

Annual Schmidbauer Competition
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Sunday, Jan. 23
Annual Schmidbauer Competition

2:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Upcoming Events
SFA Showcase Saturday Dates
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011

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Headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 18




Happy first birthday to SFA Today!
International musicians to compete at SFA
Acclaimed comedy troupe to present 'The Complete World of Sports (abridged)'
SFA Gardens to offer training session for volunteers
Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures 2011 events
Faculty accomplishments
Orientation for all new freshmen, transfer students
Sign up for free tutoring in the AARC!
AAUW's Women of the Year nominations
Association for the Assessment of Learning in High Education conference in June
Cram the Coliseum slated for Jan. 26 and 29
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
Download the updated Fine Arts January 2011 Calendar
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Happy first birthday to SFA Today!

One year ago, SFA Today began its debut. Every faculty and staff member receive SFA Today, but SFA Today has become so popular that there are over 60 subscribers from the Nacogdoches community who also receive SFA Today.

The Office of Public Affairs would like your feedback. Please take five minutes to complete a survey about SFA Today. We know you are busy preparing for the spring semester, so there are only four questions. Take the survey now!


International musicians to compete at SFA

Ten of the world's most talented young string players will be competing for the $7,500 grand prize during the 2011 George and Peggy Schmidbauer International Young Artist String Competition to be held Saturday, Jan.22, and Sunday, Jan. 23, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

"The contestants have studied at prestigious music schools, performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and won numerous international and national competitions," explained Dr. John Noel Roberts, director of the SFA School of Music. "We invite the community to hear these accomplished musicians who are on their way to exciting performance careers." read more


Acclaimed comedy troupe to present 'The Complete World of Sports (abridged)'

Widely acclaimed as "hilarious," "Python-esque" and "very, very silly," "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" is coming to W.M. Turner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, as part of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts' University Series.

The fast-paced comedy, which takes the audience through the world of sports at record-breaking speed, is the newest spoof of the comedy trio, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, also known as "the Bad Boys of Abridgement."

According to a review by the "Boston Globe," "One sketch rapidly gives way to another, and then another, blending slapstick, sight gags, hernia-inducing puns, and genuine verbal wit." read more


SFA Gardens to offer training session for volunteers

An orientation session for new Pineywoods Native Plant Center volunteers will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at SFA. The class prepares volunteers to give guided tours of the SFA Mast Arboretum and Pineywoods Native Plant Center to area school children.

According to Elyce Rodewald, education coordinator, Garden Guides introduce small groups of students to the gardens through hands-on activities and encouraging students to explore the inside of a flower, learn about honeybee communication, take a closer look at soil, investigate forest habitats or measure a tree.

Advanced horticulture knowledge is not necessary, but an appreciation for energetic, curious children is required. The orientation will be held in the Tucker House Conference Room, 2900 Raguet St. Training classes also will be held Feb. 9 and 10, at the same time and location. To register for the class or for more information, please contact Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or e-mail erodewald@sfasu.edu.

In the photo: SFA Garden Guide Kay Jeffrey shares her love for and knowledge of nature with a school group on a Learning Excursion at the SFA Mast Arboretum.


Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures 2011 events

Mark your calendar for the upcoming 2011 Family Fun Days planned through Nacogdoches Naturally, an outdoor education component of SFA Gardens.

“We have exciting outdoor weekend programs scheduled this spring beginning in January and extending through May,” said Kerry Lemon, project director of Nacogdoches Naturally. “These events are a great opportunity for families to experience a variety of outdoor recreational activities available in our area.”

From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, the Family Outdoor Adventures program of SFA Nacogdoches Naturally will participate in Kid Fish at Lakeside Park, 4800 Pearl Street. This event is sponsored by the City of Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Department, Coastal Conservation Association, Doug James Guide Service, General Mills, Nacogdoches Bass Club and SFA.

There will be drawings throughout the day, and fishing prizes for ages 0-8 years and 9-16 years will be awarded at the end of the day. A variety of activities will be set up by various sponsors with Nacogdoches Naturally demonstrating outdoor cooking as well as offering Junior Angler education through a Texas Parks and Wildlife program. The city-sponsored event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Parks and Recreation event, please contact Tracy Rucker at (936) 559-2960.

Download the schedule of events for the Spring 2011 Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures Program!


Mast Arboretum Associate Director Dr. David Creech presented a paper at the National Green Conference held in St. Louis. The paper was titled “People, Plants and Plans: Can University Gardens Stay Relevant During Hard Economic Times?”
Last September, North Carolina Campus Compact announced the 2011 MLK Challenge recipients, two of whom are Texas Campus Compact members. Texas College Compact awarded Stephen F. Austin State University as one of the two Texas campuses to receive the 2011 MLK Day Challenge Grant.

SFA Gardens Education Coordinator Elyce Rodewald gave a presentation at the Louisiana State Horticulture Society Annual Meeting held in Baton Rouge titled “Youth Education at SFA Gardens."


News & Announcements

  Spring Orientation will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the E.L. Miller Science Building, Room 137. Check-in will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. outside the BPSC Movie Theater located on the second floor near Starbucks. Students will be released for advising at 2:30 p.m. if they have not yet been advised for classes.

Tough Classes?
Free tutoring in the AARC! Go to the AARC homepage for more information. Encourage your students to secure their tutor for the semester beginning Thursday, Jan. 20:
6 a.m. at (936) 468-4108, 1412
7 a.m. at the AARC, First Floor Steen Library
1 p.m. and after for semester at sfasu.edu/aarc
150 tutors; 63,000 visits and help for over 250 different courses last year!

American Association of University Women is currently taking nominations for their Women of the Year. Nominations may be made by an active AAUW member. For criteria and application contact Wilma Cordova.
  The Association for the Assessment of Learning in High Education will hold its first conference between June 5 and June 7, in Lexington, Ken. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky, the conference will be held at both the Hyatt Regency and on the campus of the university. To submit proposals contact Tara Rose, assistant executive director, at trose@aalhe.org or call (859) 257-6394.

SFA Athletics and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again with Cram the Coliseum, a two-game promotion designed to bring more from the community to Lumberjack and Ladyjack basketball games. The tickets may be used for entrance to either the Ladyjacks game against Sam Houston State, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, or the Lumberjacks game against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 (televised game). Both games will be in William R. Johnson Coliseum at the intersection of E. College St. and University Dr. read more

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art opening reception
6 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 21 | The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Art and University Series will open Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art with a 6 p.m. reception on Friday, Jan. 21, at 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 Friday, March 25. 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.

Annual Schmidbauer Competition
Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23 | Cole Concert Hall

International strings artists will be competing in the SFA School of Music’s annual Schmidbauer Competition Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23. Over $15,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. The finals for the Junior Division will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, and for the Senior Division at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23. Both events will be held in Cole Concert Hall, 2210 Alumni Dr. on the SFA campus. Tickets for each event are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.


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.

Naco Verde: Art from Recycled Materials
, an exhibition by the Nacogdoches Art League, is currently on display in the upstairs Hallway Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. The show, which will run through Saturday, Jan. 29, features 20 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and Louisiana who have submitted pieces consisting of at least 75 percent reused materials. 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.
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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Purchase tickets at the
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