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February 27, 2015 - 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.

(Name, Major, Department)

Center, TX

     April Broomfield, Professional Accountancy, Accounting
     Kayla Broomfield, Pre-Professional Undecided, Physics & Astronomy
     Lesley Cockrell, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
     Yvette Garcia, Mathematics, Mathematics & Statistics
     Matthew Goodwin, Creative Writing, English
     Alex Morris, Art, School of Art

Joaquin, TX

     Nicholas Cheatwood, Biochemistry, Chemistry
     Katelyn Cockrell, Communication Disorders, Human Services
     Jordan Powdrill, Engineering Physics, Physics & Astronomy
     Ryleigh Yates, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

Shelbyville, TX

     Casey Lovell, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

February 25, 2015 - 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.

(Name, Major, Department)

Center, TX

    Stephanie Araujo, Nursing, School of Nursing
    Justin Bridwell, Physics, Physics & Astronomy
    Haleigh Cooper, Communication Disorders, Human Services
    Jorge Figueroa, Accounting, Accounting
    Amber Fountain, Kinesiology, Kinesiology & Health Science
    Briana Gregston, Nursing, School of Nursing
    Whitney Haddox, Communication Disorders, Human Services
    Darby Hudspeth, English, English
    Carsen Jones, Pre-Social Work, School of Social Work
    Jessica Massey, Art, School of Art
    Jami Mosby, Nursing, School of Nursing
    Meagan Nehring, Nursing, School of Nursing
    Kristin Peace, Accounting, Accounting
    Alexandra Tomlin, Nursing, School of Nursing

Joaquin, TX

    William Alger, Kinesiology, Kinesiology & Health Science
    Caleb Hill, Crim Justice Legal Assistant, Government
    Bailee McSwain, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
    Tyler McSwain, General Business, Business Comm & Legal Studies

Tenaha, TX

    Michaila Duncan, Computer Science, Computer Science
    Victor Flores, Professional Accountancy, Accounting
    Lindsey Murphy, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

Timpson, TX

    Kinsey Carrington, Spanish, Languages, Cultures & Communic

February 25, 2015 - NACOGDOCHES - The following students received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University during December commencement exercises:

Center, TX

    (Name, Degree, Major)
    Jill Albert, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art
    John Burns, Bachelor of Arts, Information Technology
    Erin Butler, Bachelor of Science, Communication Disorders
    Briana Gregston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing
    Megan Hartt, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing
    Jennifer Matthews, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
    Reese Monroe, Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
    Melissa Mouton, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Animal Science
    Ashley Murphree, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
    Amanda Sellman, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
    Dawn Spell, Master of Arts, School Counseling
    Alexandra Tomlin, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing
    Candice Weatherford, Bachelor of Science, Communication Disorders

Joaquin, TX

    (Name, Degree, Major)
    William Alger, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology
    Britney Battles, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice Corrections
    Austin Burnett, Master of Professional Accountancy, Accounting
    Johnathan Harvey, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
    Abby Hewitt, Bachelor of Science, Geology
    Chad Lawrence, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology
    Tyler McSwain, Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business

Tenaha, TX

    (Name, Degree, Major)
    Michaila Duncan, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
    Jordan Ford, Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Forest Wildlife Management

Timpson, TX

    (Name, Degree, Major)
    Charlotte Metcalf, Master of Arts, School Counseling
    Chad Pate, Bachelor of Arts, English

February 25, 2015 - Seventeen piano, flute and strings majors from Hong Kong are on their way to Nacogdoches to participate in a 10-day residency through March 7 at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music. The students will stay in campus residence lodges, study with SFA music faculty, sit in on classes and perform alongside SFA students in choir, orchestra and band.

February 24, 2015 - The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association recently established the Auren and Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship to support undergraduate students attending the university.

This scholarship was endowed in loving memory of the couple by their daughter, Janyce Smith Brannon. Brannon, a 1957 and 1959 SFA graduate, is a retired CPA residing in Dallas.

The Auren and Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to currently enrolled students with an established major, and recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship may send a check payable to the SFASU Foundation with instructions to apply the gift to the Auren and Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship. Donations should be mailed to P.O. BOX 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

January 22, 2015 - NACOGDOCHES, Texas – SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host a beginning vegetable gardening class from 9am to noon Saturday, January 31, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, will discuss site selection, soil preparation, compost, raised bed and container options, planting schedules and interesting vegetable varieties for East Texas.

Class members will participate in hands-on planting activities. Children’s activities also will be available.

Cost for the event, which includes all supplies, is $20 for SFA Garden members, $25 for non-members and $45 for family groups. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive Greg Grant and SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404 or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu two weeks before the sale for a list of available plants.

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 “Muscle Shoals” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier and released by Magnolia Pictures, “Muscle Shoals” is the true story of a small town with a big sound and an even bigger influence on the music industry.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time, according to information at magpictures.com/.

“Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations,” the website says. “He is responsible for creating the ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound.”

Performers such as Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

“Muscle Shoals” was a grand-prize winning film at the Boulder International Film Festival. The film runs 111 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly First Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Mainstreet Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

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

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music have announced the SFA A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May for an 11-day performance tour that includes special invitations to sing at the Vatican and St. Mark’s Basilica.

“SFA has grand tradition in choral singing and vocal pedagogy, and our talented singers deserve a place on the world’s stage,” said Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music. “This performance tour will highlight to European audiences our students’ artistry and SFA’s musical excellence.”

Family, friends and music patrons are invited to accompany the 52-member A Cappella Choir and support faculty on the trip from May 22 through June 2, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

“We take a triennial European trip to visit musically historic places that our music students read about in their studies,” King said. “Many past travelers have gone and continue to go with us. Perhaps it is the music, or the sights, or the energy of the students. Whatever the reason, we have many faithful travelers, and we want to include all who are interested.”

SFA has a strong history of providing valuable opportunities for students outside the classroom, and this trip is another illustration of the university’s commitment to student success.

“The A Cappella Choir’s upcoming trip to perform in Italy is an excellent example of how SFA continuously provides our students with educational and personal growth experiences that reach far beyond our campus,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president. “This truly will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for these students and faculty, and those who are lucky enough to be on hand at the Vatican, St. Mark’s Basilica and the other famed Italian venues for the choir’s performances are in for a special treat, as well.”

The tour is traditionally for 10 days, but, this year, an additional day in Rome was added, King said. This year’s trip also has an added bonus of featuring requested performances in some of the world’s most historically significant locations.

“This year, the tour has received a special invitation to sing for Sunday mass in the Vatican, and also at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, as well as at concert venues in Marostica, Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, which is the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini,” King said. “We will also perform at All Saints Church in Rome.”

Those who travel with the choir may follow the itinerary or include anything they would like to see or do, King said. “There is flexibility in the trip.”

A deposit of $1,000 will secure a place in the entourage with checks payable to SFASU. The cost of the trip is about $4,100. Deposits should be sent to King. The trip is coordinated through American Classic Tours and Music Festivals and is limited to 120 passengers. It includes round-trip airfare, accommodations in the Venice area, Florence and Rome, several group dinners, guided excursions, transportation and 24-hour travel support, among other amenities. An organizational meeting with Rick Dillard with American Classic Tours is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall where he will outline the tour in detail and answer questions.

For those who are unable to make the trip but would like to support the students, donations are needed, King said.

“Some students are able to fund their own trip, while others need help,” he said. “All donations are tax deductible and are funneled through the SFA Office of Development.”

For additional information, contact King at tking@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1181.

Cutline: SFA’s A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May to perform at the Vatican and St. Mark’s Basilica, among other historically significant venues.