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January 27, 2017 Nacogdoches, Texas - The following students have been named to the President's List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the fall semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 4.0.


Center, TX
Erika Figueroa-Franco, Pre-Nursing
Whitney Haddox, Communication Disorders
Haley Hockenberry, Concurrent/Not Designated
Taylor Hudspeth, Interdisciplinary Studies
Rani Jamison, Kinesiology
Aaron Liker, Accounting
Jessica Massey, Art
Chelsea McDaniel, Music
Julie McSwain, Computer Science
Angelica Morales, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kaleth Salazar, Pre-Nursing
Lindsey Snell, Interdisciplinary Studies

Joaquin, TX
Megan McGee, Pre-Social Work

Shelbyville, TX
Tiffanee Vaughn, Interdisciplinary Studies

Tenaha, TX
Bethany Barna, Interdisciplinary Studies
Cinthya Leos, Interdisciplinary Studies

Timpson, TX
Monica Montoya, Interdisciplinary Studies

January 27, 2017 NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The following students have been named to the Dean's List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the fall semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5.


Center, TX
Stephanie Araujo, Nursing
Victoria Duvon, Pre-Nursing
Kalaceia Evans, Social Work
Bailea Foehner, Human Sciences
Yvette Garcia, Mathematics
Celia Gonzalez, Interdisciplinary Studies
Alisha Horton, Communication Disorders
Darby Hudspeth, Interdisciplinary Studies
Jaxon Lucas, Communication Disorders
Brandon Miles, Accounting
Kristin Peace, Accounting
Vanessa Renteria, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kaycee Ricketson, Interior Design
Chloe Rogers, Interdisciplinary Studies

Joaquin, TX
Nicholas Cheatwood, Biochemistry
Samantha Cheatwood, Accounting
Caitlyn Gates, Interdisciplinary Studies
Jordan Powdrill, Engineering Physics
Jacob Samford, Music
Tionnee Turner, Health Science
Annabeth Vaughn, Pre-Nursing
Ryleigh Yates, Marketing

Shelbyville, TX
Michael Elliott, Agri Engineering Technology

Tenaha, TX
Nancy Joubert, Animal Science
Jordan Latrache, Kinesiology
Clarissa Menefee, Animal Science
Zackary Ritter, Engineering Physics

Timpson, TX
Cade Archer, Computer Science
Jace Archer, Computer Science
Katie Bush, Biology
Kristi Clifton, Pre-Social Work

January 25, 2017 NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Internationally renowned violinist Chloé Trevor, who will serve as an adjudicator at Saturday’s prestigious George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Trevor, who has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony, will be joined by pianist Jonathan Tsay. She made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014.

Trevor’s recent performances included a tour with the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony and Prokofiev's 2nd Concerto both at Sala São Paulo in Brazil and with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as a result of winning the Cleveland Institute of Music's Concerto Competition.

She went on to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony and recitals at the Music in the Mountains Festival with pianist David Korevaar.

The 2017 distinguished panel of adjudicators for Saturday night’s final round of the Schmidbauer Competition include Trevor, conductor Richard Lee of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and pianist James Cho.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information about the Schmidbauer Competition, contact Moon at (936) 468-3885 or moongh@sfasu.edu or visit www.schmidbauercompetition.org.

Representatives from Stephen F. Austin State University met with Panola College administrators and faculty members to sign a Memorandum of Understanding creating a partnership for a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree.

January 19, 2017 - Panola College and Stephen F. Austin State University have entered into an agreement that will create a seamless transition allowing students in technical programs at Panola to transfer coursework toward a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) at SFASU.

Administrators from both Panola College and SFASU met Thursday, Jan. 12, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the partnership. Beginning in fall 2017, Panola College students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in an energy technology program may transfer the required 45 technical hours and complete a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree at SFASU.

Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, signs the Memorandum of Understanding as Dr. Baker Pattillo, President of Stephen F. Austin State University looks on.Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President, said the agreement paves the way for students who wish to further their education beyond the Associate of Applied Science degree.

“Panola College has a high level of cooperation and leadership with SFA. When we have people on our advisory boards tell us that employees who have completed associate degrees at Panola College have the potential to move into management roles that require bachelor’s degrees, we want to step up to the plate and help them,” he said.

The agreement includes a dual admissions process, with applications and transcripts going to both Panola College and SFA at the time the students register and declare their intention to work towards the BAAS degree.

Initially, the agreement benefits students who have completed associate degrees in an Energy Technology program and wish to start the bachelor’s degree program in fall 2017. The second degree included in the articulation agreement is for a BAAS degree in Ranch & Land Management. This new technical area was piloted at Panola in 2016, and courses for the associate degree will be in place in fall 2017.

The Ranch & Land Management program provides practical and educational experiences in animal science, basic electrical, mechanical engines, soil science, whitetail deer management, and pasture management.  Ranch & Land Management majors will be prepared to manage farms, ranches and other agricultural businesses.

The School of Energy at Panola College offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in Electrical & Instrumentation, Natural Gas Compression, Petroleum Technology, and Welding Technology. 

The SFASU Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) allows students to apply credits earned through community college vocational or technical programs, military training, and occupational licensure or certification toward completion of a bachelor’s degree.

“SFA is the university of choice for Panola College students,” said Dr. Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with SFA to provide our technical students with bachelor’s degree options.”

Panola College administrators and faculty members participating in the signing were Dr. Powell; Dr. Shannon; Don Clinton, Vice President Student Services; Troy Caserta, Vice President for Fiscal Services; Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement; Natalie Oswalt, Dean of Professional & Technical Programs; Jeremy Dorman, Registrar; Daniel Hall, Department Chair, School of Energy; Jim Permenter, Professor, School of Energy; Michael Pace, Instructor, School of Energy; Ernest Spencer, Professor, School of Energy; Laura Vance, Professor, School of Energy, and Tim Singletary, Professor, School of Energy.

SFASU administrators at the event included Dr. Baker Pattillo, President; Dr. Steve Westbrook, Vice President for University Affairs; Dr. Steve Bullard, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Danny Gallant, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Jill Still, Vice President for University Advancement; Dr. Brian Murphy, Dean, College of Liberal and Applied Arts (CLAA); Dr. Hans Williams, Interim Dean, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture; Dr. Marc Guidry, Associate Dean, CLAA; Dr. Steve Cooper, Associate Dean, CLAA; and Carolyn Hardy, Assistant Director, Admissions and Transfer Services.

January 16, 2017 Nacogdoches – The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will join hundreds of other theatre communities across the nation – from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters – on Thursday, January 19, by participating in The Ghostlight Project.

Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theatre, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity or sexual orientation, according to information at theghostlightproject.com.

Gathering at 5:30 p.m. on and around the veranda of Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus, participants will join in a collective, simultaneous action, literally and figuratively bringing light to the darkness, according to Dr. Rick Jones, professor of theatre and interim director of the SFA School of Theatre.

Jones explains that, “This is about respecting and valuing those who are different from us in terms of demographic profile, but it’s also about extending that same concern for those who disagree with us philosophically or politically.

“As theatre people, we understand that you don’t have to be a monarchist to appreciate Racine, or a Communist to appreciate Brecht, or a Hindu to appreciate Kalidasa,” he said. “But sometimes it’s harder to translate that into our everyday lives.”

The public, especially but not exclusively members of the arts community, is invited to attend. Attendees should bring a light that can be readily turned on and off – a cell phone flashlight, regular flashlight, glow stick, etc. Promptly at 5:30, all will light their lights together in a show of solidarity, Jones said.

As of January 13, 42 states had indicated on the project’s Facebook page that theatre communities within those states had partner groups planning to participate.

The national project aims to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years, and to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities.

Visit theghostlightproject.com for more information. Locally, contact the School of Theatre at (936) 468-4003.

January 14, 2017 - NACOGDOCHES, Texas – An exhibition of works by the late Andy Warhol will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition – Andy Warhol: Art Is Anything You Can Get Away With – will feature a small slice of the artist’s enormous oeuvre, in particular, his “Silver Clouds” – helium-filled silver clouds that drift in the air, according to John Handley, director of galleries at Stephen F. Austin State University.

According to information found at www.warhol.org, “‘Silver Clouds’ continually surprises viewers’ expectations and is the result of a collaboration between artist Andy Warhol and engineer Billy Klüver. Exhibited in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery, ‘Silver Clouds’ created an ethereal, joyful atmosphere, and challenged traditional expectations of art by mingling with and touching the viewer. Klüver’s knowledge of technology helped bring Warhol’s vision to life. The engineer recalls that their original plan was to somehow make floating light bulbs, but that when his research group at Bell Labs showed Warhol a sample of the material scotchpak – a metalized plastic film made by 3M that could be heat-sealed – he is reported to have said, ‘Let’s make clouds.’ The clouds, filled with helium and oxygen, floated through the gallery on air currents, bumping into each other and into viewers in the space.”

“The premiere of ‘Silver Clouds’ at the Castelli Gallery was accompanied by Warhol’s now iconic wallpaper, in this case, his silkscreen pink cow heads on yellow background,” Handley said. “For the exhibition at the Cole, a portion of this original presentation will be recreated.”

The exhibition will also include three of his large screen prints and several of his Polaroid photos.

An American artist who was a leading figure in the pop art movement, Warhol’s works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.

“To this day, Warhol’s influence on American art is studied and analyzed by art historians,” Handley said.

Warhol first worked as a commercial illustrator for magazine and other publications. He later became a renowned, often misunderstood and sometimes controversial artist, Handley said. He worked in many types of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silkscreen, sculpture, film and music.

“His studio, know as The Factory, was a well-known gathering place that attracted both distinguished intellectuals and those on the fringe of society,” Handley explained.

This exhibition is made possible by the The Andy Warhol Museum, The Andy Warhol Foundation and Texas Christian University. It is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Texas Commission on the Arts, which is the state affiliate the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Cole Art Center, SFA’s historic gallery, is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

January 13, 2017 - NACOGDOCHES – Dr. Shauna Thompson, assistant professor of flute at Texas Christian University, will perform in a guest recital at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Performing with Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying for the SFA School of Music, Thompson’s program will feature works of G.P. Telemann, Eugene Bozza, Martin Blessinger, David Loeb and Jules Mouquet.

Thompson is coordinator of the Professional Flute Choir Competition for the National Flute Association and has previously served as co-chair for the Texas Flute Society’s annual festival. She has been a featured performer at National Flute Association conventions and has been a prizewinner at numerous national flute competitions. She has performed with orchestras and symphonies in Cincinnati, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa and Fort Worth. She performs in the DFW area as a member of Metroplex Flutes.

Thompson’s guest performance is part of the School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

December 20, 2016 NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Inequality For All” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

In this 2013 film by Jacob Kornbluth, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses the economic and social consequences that may result if the gap between rich and poor continues to widen. A best-selling author of 13 books, Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC-Berkley. He is considered an expert on economics.

In directing the film, Kornbluth said he drew on his personal experiences as a child living in extreme poverty to “make a film that a wide variety of people can connect to.”

“The film I hope we made is one that educates at the same time it inspires,” Kornbluth said, “and speaks to what we can hope for to make America better.”

”Inequality For All” won a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary Film at the Traverse City Film Festival the same year.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Main Street Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

December 13, 2016 – The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and at 11 a.m. Friday, December 16, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a 45-minute Christmas opera performed in English, has delighted audiences since its television premiere in 1951. The Three Kings, on their search for the Christ Child, stop for the night at the home of a widow and her young, disabled son.

“This touching – and often funny – tale will leave a lasting impression and is a perfect introduction to opera for children of all ages,” said Dr. Scott LaGraff, SFA associate professor of voice.

Noble Peck, son of Dr. and Mrs. Adam Peck, will sing the title role of Amahl. SFA Dance Program students Ashley Jensen and Montrell Releford are dancers, and Haley Hoss Jameson, associate professor of dance, will serve as choreographer.

Other cast members for the Thursday night performance include Julie Moore, Tyler senior, as the mother; Zachary Thomas Newman, Baytown graduate student, as Kaspar; Andrew Michael Sanchez, San Antonio senior, as Melchior; and Brenton Mattox, Dayton graduate student, as Balthazar. Friday performance cast members are Kelsey Quinn, San Antonio graduate student, as the mother; René Rodriguez, Houston senior, as Kaspar; Roland Rodriguez, Houston senior, as Melchior; and E.J. Grayson, Houston senior, as Balthazar. Jacob Rivas, The Colony junior, is Page for both performances.

The opera is part of the School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

Tickets for the Thursday night performance are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and youth. Tickets for the Friday morning performance are $6 for individuals and $5 each for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

State Rep. and Stephen F. Austin State University alumnus Jason Isaac will offer the commencement address during SFA’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17.December 12, 2016 NACOGDOCHES, Texas — State Rep. and Stephen F. Austin State University alumnus Jason Isaac will offer the commencement address during SFA’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, December 17.
Isaac graduated SFA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996 with a major in marketing and a minor in management. He met his wife, Carrie, in a history class at SFA, and the couple married a few years after graduation. During his time at SFA, Isaac founded the university’s lacrosse team, which is still active today, and he was president of the Association of Sports Clubs.
After graduation, Isaac worked in the transportation industry marketing technology to help improve the safety and efficiency of trucking companies. Today, he owns a company that assists small businesses achieve sales and marketing goals.
A fourth-generation Texan, Isaac was elected a state representative in 2011. He represents the Texas House of Representatives’ District 45, which includes Blanco and Hays Counties near Austin. He is the only SFA graduate currently serving in the Texas Legislature.
Isaac’s legislative priorities include reducing taxes, preserving a reliable groundwater supply, improving the public education system, and ensuring the oil and gas industry continues to thrive.
Isaac also serves as vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition and founded the Hill Country Caucus, an organization comprising legislators who are dedicated to promoting and preserving the unique features and resources of the Texas Hill Country. The TCC has named Isaac its Courageous Conservative every session.
Candidates from SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education and College of Fine Arts will participate in a 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the Rusche College of Business, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, and the College of Sciences and Mathematics will participate in a 2 p.m. ceremony.
An estimated 938 degrees will be awarded, including 801 bachelor’s degrees, 134 master’s degrees and three doctoral degrees. More than 180 students will graduate with honors, including 75 cum laude, 59 summa cum laude and 46 magna cum laude. Also, there will be 30 students graduating with the university scholar designation. One posthumous degree will be awarded.
Master’s and doctoral candidates will graduate with their respective colleges, and Isaac will provide the commencement address at both ceremonies.