Obituary: Monette Thomas

Mrs. Monette Campbell Thomas of Nacogdoches passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Rock Haven Nursing Center at the age of 89.

Born October 31, 1925, in Oklahoma, Mrs. Thomas had been a resident of Nacogdoches for most of her life. She was a faithful wife and mother caring for her family’s needs. Mrs. Thomas a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Her survivors include her husband, C.D. Thomas of Nacogdoches; and two sons, Danny Thomas and Les Thomas, both of Nacogdoches.

She was preceded in death by her parents, O.E. and Winnie Campbell.

Funeral services are set for 3:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Cason Monk-Metcalf’s Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, with Rev. Trent Oliver officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, located at 5127 North Street in Nacogdoches.

Online memories and condolences may be offered at

Services are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Nacogdoches.

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Recital to feature saxophone, piano works from countries around the world

Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform selections from his upcoming performance tour of Taiwan and China when he presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Collaborating with him on piano is Dr. Chialing Hsieh, faculty piano accompanist at Morehead State University. The two are longtime duo partners, performing together regularly since 2005. They will present pieces by David Maslanka, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Richard Lavenda and Piet Swerts.

Maslanka’s Sonata for alto saxophone is considered to be a major work for the instrument and a mainstay in the saxophone repertoire, according to Nabb. “A champion of the saxophone, Maslanka writes works very large in scope, often highlighting the full range of its expressive and technical capabilities,” he said.

Yoshimatsu’s “Fuzzy Bird Sonata” draws influence from a number of different musical sources, Nabb said. “The first movement, ‘Run, Bird,”’ features swirling, syncopated lines in unison with piano, reminiscent of jazz,” he explained, “while the second, ‘Sing, Bird,’ is a very lyrical movement, almost vocal in nature.”

Lavenda’s “Rhapsody Tropes” is the newest work on the program and is for solo tenor saxophone. Written for a former bass clarinetist and saxophonist with the Houston Symphony, Richard Nunemaker, this piece explores the lyrical, expressive capabilities of the instrument, Nabb said.

Closing the concert with “Klonos” by Swerts, Nabb says “‘Klonos’ is a very exciting and technically demanding concert closer, which first became popular as an imposed piece in the Adolphe Sax competition in the late 1990s.”

Hsieh has appeared as an active solo and collaborative pianist with a large range of repertoire for solo, instrumental and chamber music recitals and concerts in the U.S. and Taiwan. She has performed as a soloist in Taiwan, Austria and the United States.

Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

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SFA’s Greek community raises awareness for cause

The Stephen F. Austin State University Interfraternity Council will host the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” awareness event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA’s campus.

The SFA council has adopted sexual assault awareness as their philanthropy, and this year’s event is the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

IFC is seeking donations of high-heel shoes, which will be utilized by all participants. Drop boxes for the SFA community are located in the Involvement Center and the Greek Life office in the BPSC, Room 3.300. Additionally, there is a community drop box at the Women’s Shelter Thrift Store – Family Crisis Center of East Texas, 4610 North St., Nacogdoches.

SFA male students will be encouraged to attend the event, sport their favorite pair of high-heel shoes and walk a mile across campus to raise awareness.

“This is an opportunity for our Greek men to get the campus and community involved in something they really care about,” said Dare Chronister, SFA Greek adviser. “The men are somewhat nervous about walking in high-heel shoes, but excited to have fun while raising awareness about sexual assault.”

This event will shine light on sexual violence that occurs on college campuses and also will show that members of the SFA Greek community are ready and willing to take a stand and make a change.

For more information about the event or to donate, call Chronister at (936) 468-6292 or email

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SFA’s environmental professional organization to host second annual symposium

Stephen F. Austin State University’s chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals will host its second annual environmental symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Forestry Building, Room 117, on SFA’s campus.

This year’s event, “Invasive Species: Environmental Menace,” will present a range of experts from SFA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the University of Texas at Arlington, who will address the history, effects and status of invasive species locally and across the country.

“We use the symposiums as a way to spread awareness of important ecological topics throughout the community,” said Elena Thomas, NAEP president. “Invasive species are one of the most important issues affecting both our local and global community.”

Thomas and NAEP vice president Mallorie Nicholson said the symposium also will focus on viable solutions to the problems posed by invasive species. Individual species to be addressed include: exotic earthworms, zebra mussels, soapberry and the emerald ash borer.

Dr. Shiyou Li, research professor and director of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, also will discuss his groundbreaking research on endocide usage to effectively control giant salvinia, as well as its potential for broader applications in invasive species management.

Lunch will be included in the $10 non-student and $8 student registration fee. Tickets may be purchased on the college’s website, or on campus in the Forestry Building, Room 103. The final day for registration will be Wednesday, March 25.

For more information, contact Thomas at or Dr. Kenneth Farrish, Arnold Distinguished Professor and director of SFA’s Division of Environmental Science, at

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‘Re-Western’ exhibition features new look at Old West

Felice House’s “Julia Dean in ‘Giant’” is among the works featured in the “Re-Western” exhibition showing March 25 through May 2 in Griffith Gallery.

The paintings and sculpture of Felice House and Dana Younger will be featured in the exhibition “Re-Western” showing March 25 through May 2 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Hosted by the SFA School of Art, the exhibition “views ‘The West’ through a post-modern lens that both challenges and honors this most American of genres,” according to the artists’ statement.

Through painting and sculpture, husband-and-wife artists Younger and House ask the audience to re-evaluate the archetypes, mythology and values of “The West” while reveling in its richness.

“Simultaneously playful and incisive, Younger and House come together to offer a new look at the Old West,” said John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

In large-scale paintings, House, assistant professor at Texas A&M University, questions the male stereotype as portrayed through classic Westerns of Hollywood. “She projects contemporary women into iconic scenes from Western movies. By placing women in the heroic roles occupied by men, she points a finger at the limited access of women to power in the Western genre,” their statement reads.

Through installation and sculpture, Younger, co-founder of Blue Genie Art Industries in Austin, looks at the cost of Western expansion. “His work juxtaposes established Western conventions with real people and damage associated with westward expansion. The sculptural processes of traditional bas-relief, computer aided machining and toy manufacturing all contribute to the dialogue,” according to their artists’ statement.

The painting portion consists of seven large-scale paintings re-casting women in the starring roles of classic Western movies. Sculptures included are “The End” series, which is a set of computer-generated bas-relief sculptures referencing the end titles of Western movies. Hand-sculpted and cast bas-relief portraits of American presidents wearing Lone Ranger masks make the “Legends of the Lone Ranger” series. Finally, “The Feast” is a rustic table and three chairs piled with bison skulls, plaster six-shooters and rope.

An artists’ reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Griffith Gallery. Admission to all exhibitions and receptions is free.

“Re-Western” is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Friends of the Visual Arts. Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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SFA’s voice faculty Turner to perform the music of Brahms

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present voice faculty member Chris Turner performing “The Lieder of Johannes Brahms” at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

“Being a baritone, Brahms is considered one of the most representative composers of the Lieder genre for the baritone voice,” Turner said. “In fact, many of his songs were specifically written for the famed baritone Julius Stockhausen, who was often accompanied by Brahms at the piano singing his songs.”

The purpose of this program, Turner explains, is to introduce students to the beautiful melodies Brahms composed, the complexity of his offerings, and how well he wrote for the voice.

Pianist Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, will accompany Turner on the program that features Brahms’ “Von ewige Liebe,” “Blind kuh” and “Wie bist du meine Königin,” among other selections.

Turner described “Von ewige Liebe” as one of Brahm’s most famous songs and also one of the longest and most difficult to perform. “One of the most interesting aspects of this piece is its telling of a love saga between a girl and boy through the use of three distinct voices – the narrator, the boy, the girl,” he said. “Brahms uses the music to distinguish the characters, but it is still incumbent on the singer to convey vocally the individual qualities of these characters.”

“Blind kuh,” with its musical texture, “sounds more akin to Bach than Brahms,” Turner said. “It illustrates that one can’t generalize with certainty in the discussion of composers because there are always those exceptions, where composers for artistic or personal reasons do something different or push the boundaries,” he said. “This is one such piece.”

“Wie bist du meine Königin” shows Brahms’ “gift for writing beautiful melodies at its best,” Turner said.

Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The Stephen F. Austin State University Veteran’s Resource Center, along with the Nacogdoches chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for a new coffee station located in the VRC in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA’s campus. The coffee station is available to veteran students, dependents of veterans, ROTC members, and faculty and staff members. Danny Gallant, SFA vice president of finance and administration, is pictured with members of the Nacogdoches chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, from left, Suzanne Duet, Sharon Bradberry, Twink Ross, Angela Key, Kathryn Robertson, and John Fontenot, coordinator of the VRC.

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March 10, 2015: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

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March 10, 2015: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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March 10, 2015: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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