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Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

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SFA to host Darwin Day program

OMA to host Brave Space Series on self-love

Faculty and staff breakfast planned for Feb. 6

OMA to host MLK Celebration with guest speaker Bettie Mae Fikes

Participate in the 1st Lt. Kile G. West Memorial 5K Challenge

School of Art to screen ‘13th’ documentary tonight

School of Music to present piano-strings trio recital tomorrow

Wind Ensemble to present ‘Homecoming Fiesta!’

Repertory Dance Company to feature works by guest artists, faculty members

 
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
SFA to host Darwin Day program
Zimmerman

SFA will host its fourth annual Darwin Day from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Kennedy Auditorium with featured speaker Dr. Michael Zimmerman presenting “The Confluence of Religion and Science.”

An annual celebration of science, Darwin Day is held on or around evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin’s birthday to commemorate his contributions to the field of biology.

During the presentation, Zimmerman will address the significance of evolution and discuss The Clergy Letter Project, speaking about the value of scientists and science educators working with clergy members to promote high-quality science education.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Mullin, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, at (936) 468-3601 or sjmullin@sfasu.edu.

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OMA to host Brave Space Series on self-love
Brave Space

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host its first Brave Space Series of the spring semester at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s Multimedia Room. The discussion will focus on the importance of self-love and how different cultures see it.

The Brave Space Series provides a forum for open and honest discussion concerning difficult topics. This meeting emphasizes self-love and cherishing our own uniqueness and culture.

The discussion is free and open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. For more information, click here.

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Faculty and staff breakfast planned for Feb. 6
Faculty breakfast

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast is planned for 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the East College Dining Hall.

For a discounted price of $3, SFA faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Please help spread the word about this event, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

The monthly Faculty and Staff Breakfast is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook.

OMA to host MLK Celebration with guest speaker Bettie Mae Fikes

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting its annual MLK Celebration to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

“This event is a time to celebrate Black History Month by honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in addition to other black leaders,” said Veronica Beavers, OMA director. “We use this time to educate the community and celebrate through performances and networking.”

Dinner will be provided along with student performances. Bettie Mae Fikes, a civil rights activist, singer and storyteller, will serve as the keynote speaker. Fikes began singing gospel music with her mother at age 4 and is a founding member of the Freedom Singers, a musical group active during the 1960s that sang songs on behalf of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Fikes also traveled and marched with King during the Civil Rights Movement.

The event is open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Tickets will be available through Feb. 13 and are $2 for SFA students with an ID, $5 for faculty and staff with an ID, and $10 for community members. To purchase tickets, visit the student center information desk on campus.

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Fun Run
Participate in the 1st Lt. Kile G. West Memorial 5K Challenge

SFA’s ROTC program invites everyone to participate in the 1st Lt. Kile G. West 5K Challenge and 1K Fun Run scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Student Recreation Center. The 5K begins at 7 a.m., and the 1K begins at 9 a.m.

The memorial run honors 1st Lt. Kile G. West ’05, who was killed in action in Iraq on May 28, 2007.

The event is pet- and kid-friendly. The registration fee is $25 through Feb. 22. To register online, click here. The first 300 registrants will receive a free T-shirt and race medal.

For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rendon, instructor in the military science program, at (936) 468-4280 or rendonjg@sfasu.edu.

FINE ARTS
School of Art to screen ‘13th’ documentary tonight
13th - first friday film

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “13th” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, the 2016 Netflix film gives an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality, according to imdb.com. The film is titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which freed slaves and prohibited slavery.

“13th” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and it won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Piano Trio
School of Music to present piano-strings trio recital tomorrow

SFA’s School of Music will present a guest-faculty piano and strings trio recital at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall.

The trio includes violinist Minhee Bae, a doctor of musical arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; cellist Jinsun Choi, also a doctor of musical arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and SFA collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh.

Among the works featured on the program are Piano Trio in G major by Claude Debussy; “Café Music” by Paul Schoenfield; and Trio in G minor, Op. 15 by Bedřich Smetana.

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 visit finearts.sfasu.edu.

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Wind Ensemble to present ‘Homecoming Fiesta!’

SFA’s Wind Ensemble will present “Homecoming Fiesta!” when the student group performs the music of Richard Strauss, Frank Ticheli, Paul Hart, Richard Wagner and Clifton Williams at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Turner Auditorium.

Featured guest performers will be the SFA Faculty Brass Quintet, which includes Drs. Jake Walburn and Gary Wurtz, trumpets; Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; Dr. Deb Scott, trombone; and Dr. J.D. Salas, tuba.

Directed by Dr. David Campo, director of bands at SFA, the Wind Ensemble will perform “Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare,” Ticheli’s “Nitro” and Williams’ “Symphonic Dance # 3, Fiesta,” among other selections.

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 visit finearts.sfasu.edu.

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Repertory Dance Company to feature works by guest artists, faculty members