‘Kids For President’ children’s show coming to SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present “Kids For President” in two performances Friday, Dec. 4, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Just in time for the 2016 presidential election year, “Kids for President” is comprised of several short plays and songs adapted from children’s writings, capturing their curiosity and excitement about the election process.

The production by Child’s Play Touring Theatre combines whimsy and political thought, backed up by live music, colorful costumes and backdrops based on children’s artwork, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children’s series.

“This show runs the gamut from silly to serious, with suggestions for improving the world and kids’ own ideas on what it’s like to be the president,” Peterson said.

One of the major issues discussed is education and the improvements that are needed in the current system.

“‘Kids For President’ is about students who are given the chance to assume the nation’s highest office and make a difference in our country,” Peterson said. “However, they quickly learn that there are a lot of issues facing the world that are a big and challenging part of being ‘in charge.’”

A study guide is available online for teachers to prepare students to see the show and to discuss it afterward.

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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SFA’s Jacks Council on Family Relations serves community with Thanksgiving Homebound project

Members of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations are serving more than 100 families with donated food collected through their annual Thanksgiving Homebound project. Pictured top row from left are Dr. Lisa Mize, Child Development and Family Living Program coordinator; Dr. Jennifer Newquist, faculty adviser; Lindsey Stanley, Jacks Council on Family Relations secretary and treasurer; Hillary Rigsby, Jacks Council on Family Relations member; Kelsey Ticer, Jacks Council on Family Relations vice president; and Nancy Rodriguez, Jacks Council on Family Relations member.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations is serving more than 100 families through its annual Thanksgiving Homebound project.

During the past few weeks, the group asked community and SFA members, organizations and departments to donate Thanksgiving meals to families in its adopted organizations, which includes Solid Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, GETCAP Head Start, and The Family Crisis Center of East Texas. Jacks Council on Family Relations faculty adviser Dr. Jennifer Newquist explained how students collect and distribute the food.

“Students and faculty advisers send out interest letters to organizations on campus, academic departments and individuals asking them to adopt a family,” Newquist said. “Once the organization has adopted a family it is given a grocery list. The organization then takes this list and purchases everything needed for a Thanksgiving meal, including a $25 gift card to purchase perishable items such as a turkey.”

In 2011, the group started Thanksgiving Homebound as a way to help disadvantaged children in the area for the holidays. In the beginning, the group fed nine families, but since then, this number has grown to more than 100 families.

“Students realized there were several ways they could help families at Christmas but few ways to help during the Thanksgiving holiday,” Newquist said. “Students developed the project to make sure children get a great Thanksgiving, too.”

Jacks Council on Family Relations works to build networks and help families within the community by learning from each other and professionals within related fields. Currently there are 20 members.

Jacks Council on Family Relations Vice President Kelsey Ticer said this project taught her about teamwork, and she is grateful for the community’s support.

“It’s great to give back to a community that gives so much to the college students,” Ticer said. “This project taught me a lot about giving to those who don’t have as much as we do.”

A room in the Education Annex on the SFA campus became the hub for Jacks Council on Family Relations members, as they organized food items into containers for delivery. Donated food included: stuffing, yams, rolls, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cookies, and more. People also were encouraged to give family activities such as board games, cards and coloring books for the families to enjoy.

Jacks Council on Family Relations Secretary and Treasurer Lindsey Stanley said this experience showed her how college students can come together and provide food for families who might not get a Thanksgiving meal.

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SFA voice students to present ‘Fall Opera Scenes’

Stephen F. Austin State University voice students will present eight staged and semi-costumed opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

“Fall Opera Scenes” will feature upper level and graduate students enrolled in the opera class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera, and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and opera at SFA.

“This is the largest fall opera workshop class I have ever taught,” said Dalton. “There are 27 in the class. My goal is to cast each student in a scene that is appropriate to their voice type and stage of vocal development.”

The program features scenes from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff” and “La traviata,” Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” and “Die Zauberflöte” and Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.” The program will also feature two scenes from “The Mikado” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Graduate conducting students Jeff Leung and Nathan Hamilton will conduct the scenes, and Moon and Robert Killingsworth will provide piano accompaniment.

The recital is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

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 www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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November 19, 2015: NPD Crime Report

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November 19, 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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November 19, 2015: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Missing Person

The person reported as missing is Erika Diamond, white female aged 23, 5’6″ tall, 130 pounds brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen on 11-18-2015 in Nacogdoches in the company of a male companion. May possibly be in the Center/Shelby County area. Anyone with information should contact Nacogdoches Police at 559-2607.

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Tis The Season Holiday Event

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‘Tis the Season’ Holiday Event!

The Sterne-Hoya Museum House and Library will host the opening of “‘Tis the Season” Christmas exhibit on Saturday, December 19th from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. The event will feature a mid-1800′s styled Christmas celebration and special holiday exhibits. In the words of Adolphus Sterne, “It will be a very fine frolic”.

Guests will be greeted on a muslin-wrapped porch and served warm wassail, much as the guests of Adolphus Sterne may have been greeted during the holidays of the 1840′s. In addition to the silhouettes of dancing guests on the porch, the house will be decorated as described in Mr. Sterne’s diary, using garland and other greenery instead of a Christmas tree and tinsel. The holiday exhibits will feature typical holiday games, food, fashion, music and dancing, and other traditions of the era, allowing guests to experience an authentic old-fashioned Nacogdoches Christmas. The ‘Tis the Season event is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library was built by Nicholas Adolphus Sterne in 1830 and was the center of social activities in Nacogdoches during Sterne’s life. The City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department is proud to maintain this building and host several historical events every year.

The holiday exhibits will remain on display until Dec. 31 and tours will be given during normal museum hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Sterne-Hoya House Museum & Library is located at 211 S. Lanana Street. For more information, contact the Historic Sites Department at 936-560-5426 or by email at historicsite@ci.nacodoches.tx.us

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SFA student doubles as Lumberjack Marching Band drum major, Student Government Association president

By Kasi Dickerson and Danielle Rogers

Stephen F. Austin State University senior political science major Tristian Harris doubles as the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band drum major and Student Government Association president. Harris will lead the LMB in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The LMB’s performance is scheduled to broadcast at 10:06 a.m. CST.

Leading seems to be second nature for Tristian Harris, who is Stephen F. Austin State University’s Lumberjack Marching Band drum major and Student Government Association president.

Harris’ leadership will be broadcast nationwide as the LMB makes its debut at about 10:06 a.m. CST in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

“I am so excited that I have the opportunity to lead the LMB down the streets of New York during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year,” Harris said. “The LMB would like everyone to tune in to the parade to watch us march down the streets of New York City. This is our first appearance in the parade; we want everyone watching.”

During the past year, Harris has become well known across campus as drum major. He has been a member of the LMB since his freshmen year, and he also marched in 2012 in the London New Year’s Day Parade. He is believed to be the first SFA drum major not majoring in music. Harris is a political science major and is involved in various organizations on campus, including the Purple Haze Association, Pre-Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta, Beta Gamma Omega and Tau Beta Sigma.

“I always knew I wanted to be in marching band in college, and ultimately, I knew I would like to be drum major,” Harris said. “Through hard work, dedication and trust from the members of the LMB, I have achieved these goals.”

A native of Hallsville, Texas, Harris is no stranger to SFA. Throughout high school, he visited the campus for band events and knew he would eventually become a Lumberjack.

“My high school is big on school spirit, and I never thought SFA could rival the intensity of it, but that changed when I came to orientation and joined the LMB. When I first heard the LMB play the school song, it was a magical experience because I saw the dedication they have for this school,” Harris said. “The school spirit is so overwhelming that you just drown in it. That’s when I knew SFA was the next level of my education and my home away from home.”

Harris has played baritone for about seven years after volunteering in eighth grade to give up his position as a trumpet player.

“My band director needed more baritone players in a piece of music we were playing in eighth grade. He looked at the trumpet section and said, ‘I need about two or three of you to play baritone.’ Each one of us was thinking, ‘We don’t want to do that,’” Harris said. “So after a long awkward silence, the director said, ‘We don’t have time for this; I’m going to start pointing at people randomly.’ At that moment, I looked at everyone in the section sitting there defiantly, then I raised my hand.”

While this switch was only meant to last a semester, Harris never returned to the trumpet and does not regret volunteering.

“I never thought that raising my hand and not shying away from the road less traveled could have such an impact on my life,” he said.

When Harris is not busy working with hundreds of LMB members, he is acting as SGA president.

Earlier in 2015, Harris decided to run for SGA president with the goal of making sure students’ voices, concerns and ideas were heard.

“Many times people identify a problem or have an idea to make SFA better, but they do not have the determination to work through the red tape. I ran for those people. I ran to lead this organization to make sure that it would grow to be better than it is today and continue to grow after I graduate,” Harris said.

Since he was elected SGA president in April, Harris has hit the ground running to take SGA in a different direction. He wants SGA to be more relevant to students.

“We work for the students, and they are our greatest resource. I always say, ‘In order to do the best work, we need the best resources.’ That resource is the students,” he said.

Some of Harris’ initiatives include using social media more to engage students, creating a board to help students voice their concerns, introducing the True Lumberjack initiative to amplify school spirit, and much more.

To balance both positions, Harris has doubled down on his scheduling and organization. He believes these roles are teaching him lessons he couldn’t learn in the classroom and are helping him apply his knowledge to real-world situations.

“Real-world experience is a great asset to have for any profession. Plus, you may see me running for public offices in the future,” Harris said.

Whether he is leading the band at half time or in a SGA meeting, Harris believes “a good follower makes a good leader.” He said it is essential to listen to everyone, welcome opposing ideologies, compromise, listen to all sides of the story before making statements, follow through with critical decisions, keep the organization’s best interests in mind and meet problems with solutions instead of excuses.

“I’ve realized how far I have come as a person and a leader. I have learned how to articulate my ideas to others, how to respectfully disagree with people, how to compromise with others, how to speak with others, and so much more,” he said. “I still have so much to learn. These leadership roles are refining me to bring out the best.”

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Lumberjack Marching Band readies for Macy’s parade performance

The Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning, Nov. 26, to be televised by NBC. Pictured, from left, are band members Harley Stahl of Alvin, Katy Pleake, of Kaufman, Vann Chandler of Fort Worth, Sophia Lee of Midland and Shannon Valenta of Allen.

While many Stephen F. Austin State University students will spend a relaxing Thanksgiving Day at home celebrating the holiday with family and friends, the members of The Lumberjack Marching Band will be far from home representing SFA in a big way.

In just a few short days, the Lumberjack Marching Band will take the “Boldest Sound from the Oldest Town” to New York City where members will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and show their university pride in the band’s signature spirited style.

The LMB leaves Tuesday to make another appearance on a worldwide stage as one of four bands selected from more than 175 applicants in the 2.5-mile parade route. More than 300 Lumberjack musicians and their directors will travel in two chartered flights from Longview to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and then travel by bus to their hotel in Newark, New Jersey. On Thursday morning, the LMB will take its place as the second band in the full parade line-up behind Macy’s All-American Marching Band.

Under the direction of Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and LMB director, and Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, the band has been preparing “diligently” for this performance that will be seen by millions, according to Campo.

“We wrote the drill for our Herald Square performance and have spent the last month teaching it to the band,” he said. “The challenge is that, unlike a football field, there are no lines on the street to help with orientation.”

Macy’s required SFA to provide a video of the band’s planned performance a few weeks ago. Parade officials specified they wanted the video to be filmed on a street and show band members in full uniform. University officials were more than happy to help, Campo said.

“We are blessed to work at a great institution with great people,” he said. “The University Police Department blocked off East College Street, and the Physical Plant provided us with a scissor lift for this production.”

While NBC network and Macy’s officials instructed the band directors not to release information detailing the band’s performance, Campo said the music selection “pays tribute to our university, state and nation.”

“I have watched Dr. Campo and Dr. Anglley work for over a year and half on this project,” said SFA Director of Bands Fred J. Allen, who arranged the piece the band will perform in Herald Square. “They are going to make SFA proud with the outstanding performance the band will give.”

Campo is looking forward to representing SFA on such a grand scale.

“This is an iconic event,” Campo said. “Almost everyone grows up watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is truly considered ‘America’s parade,’ and it is a true honor to be selected to represent our university, community and the state of Texas in an event where 3.5 million people will line the streets of New York City to see it and more than 55 million will view it on television. I’m very excited to have the SFA logo seen by that many people!”

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