SFA faculty recital to feature original compositions

“Outside In – Inside Out,” an SFA faculty recital, will feature, from left, Stephen Lias, composer, Nathan Nabb, saxophonist, and James Pitts, pianist, performing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Stephen Lias, Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. James Pitts performing “Outside In – Inside Out,” a faculty recital, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The recital will be comprised of three large works, two of which are world premieres, composed by Lias, who is professor of composition at SFA. Staff pianist Pitts will accompany on two of the program pieces.

“The common thread that runs through the music on this recital is the inspiration drawn from other disciplines in the fine arts,” Lias said.

Lias explains that his music reaches into literature, theatre and photography to find universal themes that can be translated into music.

“This process of taking external ideas, internalizing them, and then allowing them to reemerge in a different form is common to both the composer and performer in this case,” he said.

The program features “Five Characters from David Copperfield” for saxophone and narrator.

“Each of the five movements in this set focuses on individual fictional characters in Dickens’ great novel,” Lias said. The selection features Nabb, associate professor of saxophone, on saxophone with Lias narrating.

“Imaginary Folksongs” for saxophone and piano will be premiered in the program. These are six resettings of songs and dances originally written for live theatrical productions, including plays by William Shakespeare, Oliver Goldsmith and Peter Shaffer.

“Ranging from melancholy to boisterous, they explore the indigenous folk music of imagined cultures,” Lias said.

“Range of Light” for saxophone and piano will also be premiered. This four-movement sonata is based on Ansel Adams’ iconic photographs of Yosemite National Park. Lias has been writing music about the national parks for a number of years.

“Collaborating with composers is always a fantastic experience for performers, but this is a very unique and special situation,” Nabb said. “To work with Steve, who is such a fine composer and great friend, makes this all the more enjoyable. I am very excited to give the world premiere of both ‘Imaginary Folksongs’ and ‘Range of Light’ on this recital, and am honored these works were written for me.”

This premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Lias said.

“Imaginary Folksongs” and “Range of Light” feature Nabb on saxophone and Pitts on piano.

Admission to the recital is free.

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SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed ‘No Exit’

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play “No Exit” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, “No Exit” will be directed by Weatherford senior theatre major Austin Holt. It is the story of three people – Garcin, Estelle and Inez – who are “stuck in hell with each other,” Holt said.

“As the three characters try to determine why they are in hell and how they are to be tormented,” she said, “they soon come to the conclusion that they will act as torturers for each other.”

The cast features Nnamdi Nwankwo, Pearland junior, as Garcin; Pedro Dominguez, Pharr freshman, as the valet; Jennifer Bush, Edgewood senior, as Inez; and Marley Graham, Port Neches sophomore, as Estelle.

The production team includes MJ Myer, Jacksonville senior, stage manager; Caitlin Parker, Groves freshman, scenic designer; Nicole Novit, Dallas senior, costume designer; Troy Carrico, Austin sophomore, lighting designer; and Bruce Moran, Kingwood sophomore, sound designer.

Holt’s previous credits include directing “The New Land” and serving as stage manager for “Romeo and Juliet,” “Godspell,” “bobbrauschenbergamerica,” Madwoman of Chaillot” and “WASP.” She designed sound for “Lone Star” and “Language of Angels” and was assistant sound designer for “Blood Wedding.”

Faculty advisor for this production is Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

The play is recommended for mature audiences.

Admission is $3. The Downstage Theatre is located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

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April 14- April 16: County Court At Law

Record Of Criminal Actions taken by Nacogdoches County Court At Law

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April 16, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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April 16, 2014: NPD Crime Report

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April 16, 2014: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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SFA Board of Regents approves STEM scholarships worth $200,000

New annual scholarships totaling $200,000 for Stephen F. Austin State University students preparing for careers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) were approved by the Board of Regents Tuesday.

The scholarships will be funded almost entirely through the university’s annual exclusive rights contract with Coca-Cola. Additionally, the regents established 11 campus residence scholarships for students who transfer to SFA as STEM majors. Those students will reside in a university-owned apartment complex located at 309 E. Starr Ave.

The scholarships are the latest evidence of the university’s strong commitment to STEM education to help meet a critical need in Texas and the nation to prepare more college graduates in these high-demand fields, according to Dr. Kim Childs, dean of SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“As I have said many times, we are a nation at risk,” Childs told the regents during a meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee on Monday. “SFA cannot fix the shortage of STEM majors across the nation, but we can produce more STEM majors in our region, and that, in turn, will strengthen our state and our nation as we widen the STEM pipeline.”

Requirements and eligibility criteria for the new STEM scholarships will be established by the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the first of the awards will be granted for the fall 2014 semester, she said.

The Board of Regents also approved an increase in designated tuition for the 2014-15 academic year during the quarterly meeting Tuesday. Designated tuition will be $171 per semester credit hour beginning in fall 2014, increasing from $158 per hour. The publication fee will increase from $6 to $8 per semester credit hour, and the technology fee will increase from $22 to $23 for a total difference of about $240 for a 15-hour semester. Regents also approved room-and-board rates that will increase 3.5 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively.

“(Setting the annual tuition rate) is a laborious process and certainly one that is not taken lightly,” said Dr. Scott Coleman of Houston, chairman of the board’s Finance and Audit Committee. “We are not here to make money. We are here to provide a service and to take care of the people who are providing that service.”

During the committee meeting, regents and administrators discussed several leading factors that contributed to the decision to increase tuition slightly, including an extraordinary increase in the number of students, including military veterans and dependents, who receive tuition and fee exemptions mandated by the Texas Legislature, as well as the need to offer more competitive salaries for SFA faculty and staff members.

The regents adopted a summer budget totaling approximately $3.9 million. The figure represents an increase of more than $200,000 from last year’s summer budget and includes approximately $2.29 million for faculty salaries and benefits.

House Bill 29, passed last year by the Texas Legislature, requires public universities to offer a fixed-rate tuition plan for all undergraduate students that is guaranteed not to change for 12 consecutive semesters. The regents approved an optional fixed-rate tuition plan for SFA on Tuesday. The fixed-rate designated tuition charge for new freshmen entering SFA this fall will be $192 per semester credit hour.

In other business, the Board of Regents voted to:
· continue with Merrill Lynch as its external investment management firm;
· approve various undergraduate and graduate curriculum changes for the university;
· establish course and lab fees, a distance education fee, and a study abroad student fee waiver for Fiscal Year 2015;
· revise various policies related to academic and student affairs, building and grounds, and financial affairs;
· accept additional grant awards allocable to Fiscal Year 2014 totaling more than $397,500;
· work with Siemens Industry Inc. to begin the third phase of the university’s energy-savings contract;
· add a center handrail to existing aisles inside William R. Johnson Coliseum to increase safety and accessibility in the facility;
· complete renovations at a university-owned apartment complex on Starr Avenue that will be inhabited by STEM honors students beginning this fall;
· install new fire sprinkler systems in Griffith and Kerr halls;
· purchase new software and/or maintenance for existing software concerning library services, academic space utilization and student e-portfolio services;
· exempt dual-credit students from payment of statutory and designated tuition and other fees; and
· re-designate the traditional spirit logo that has been in place at SFA since 2004 as the university’s official logo.

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SFA Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents approved faculty and staff changes during its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Faculty appointments within four academic colleges were approved, including Jason Reese, assistant professor of management, marketing and international business in the Nelson Rusche College of Business; Cala Coats, assistant professor of art in the College of Fine Arts; Adam Akerson, assistant professor of elementary education, and Daniel McCleary and Lisa McCleary, assistant professors of school psychology, in the James I. Perkins College of Education; and Courtney Wooten, assistant professor of English, and Lauren Brewer, Kyle Conlon, Gregory Drury and Nathan Sparkman, assistant professors of psychology, in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

The Board of Regents approved numerous staff appointments, including Emily Penney, teacher for the Early Childhood Laboratory in the Perkins College of Education; William Caldwell, development officer for the Office of Development; Kimberly Morris, assistant director of admissions; Michael Gillen, programmer/analyst I in Information Technology Services; Elaine Lambright, international programs coordinator; Michael Wicker, director of the Academic Assistance and Resource Center; Shawn Fisher, research development specialist; and Timothy Monzingo, communications specialist in University Marketing Communications.

Other staff appointments include: Kirk Turner, athletic marketing coordinator, and Christopher Vanhorn, assistant football coach, both for the Department of Athletics, and Taylor Duganne, Carrie Newman and Diane Nwokey, hall directors for the Department of Residence Life.

Regents approved the following changes of status within the Perkins College of Education: Nina Ellis-Hervey, from assistant professor of human services to assistant professor and intern supervisor; Gloria Gresham, from associate professor of elementary education to associate professor and coordinator of the elementary Master of Education program; Robert Patterson, from human services coordinator to coordinator and student supervisor; Julie Pipes, from financial aid specialist to academic adviser; Heather Olson Beal, from assistant professor of secondary education to assistant professor and coordinator of the Master of Education program; Pauline Sampson, from associate professor of secondary education to associate professor and coordinator of the Institutional Review Board; Janet Tareilo, from associate professor of secondary education to associate professor and coordinator of the Principal Preparation Program; Michael Walker, from assistant dean of student affairs for support services to assistant dean and intern supervisor for human sciences; and Kimberly Welsh, from associate professor of elementary education to associate professor and reading Master of Education coordinator.

The following changes of status also were approved in Information Technology Services: Scott Speichert, from database administrator I to database administrator III; Robert Thomas, from programmer/analyst II to database administrator I; and Jacquelyn Vose, from programmer/analyst II to programmer/analyst III.

Other changes of status approved Tuesday include: Craig Turnage, from development officer IV to executive director of alumni relations; Nathan Schneider, from assistant football coach to director of athletic corporate sales; and Trey Cartwright, from communications specialist to marketing communications specialist in the Office of University Marketing Communications.

In addition, Sylvia Middlebrook’s status changed from visiting assistant professor of psychology to visiting assistant professor and intern supervisor for human services in the Perkins College of Education, as well as from visiting assistant professor of psychology to assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

The Board of Regents also approved numerous faculty promotions:

To assistant professor: Elizabeth Spradley, languages, cultures and communications.

To associate professor: Emiliano Giudici, economics and finance; Carolyn Conn, theatre; Lauren Selden, art; Jamie Weaver, music; Tara Newman and Chay Runnels, human sciences; Heather Olson Beal, secondary education; Claudia Whitley and Dawn Williams, elementary education; Alan Bailey, Lee Payne and Cindy Pressley, government; Courtney Carney, history; Linda Levitt, Gabriela Recinos, Jose Recinos, Sudeshna Roy, Robert Spradley and Louise Stoehr, languages, cultures and communications; Sarah Canterberry, biology; Odutayo Odunuga, chemistry; Kevin Stafford, geology; and Jane Long and Nicholas Long, mathematics and statistics.

To professor: Gloria Gresham, elementary education; Wendy Killam, human services; Mikahail Kouliavtsev, economics and finance; Nathan Nabb, Ron Petti and Deb Scott, music; Amanda Rudolph and Pauline Sampson, secondary education; Daniel Unger, forestry; and Ken Untiedt, English and philosophy.

To professor emeritus: Terry Box, English; John Dahmus, history; Mel Finkenberg, kinesiology and health science; and William Gibson, biology.

The following SFA faculty members were granted tenure by the board: Alan Bailey, Lee Payne and Cindy Pressley, government; Courtney Carney, history; Sarah Canterberry, biology; Emiliano Giudici, economics and finance; Linda Levitt, Gabriela Recinos, Jose Recinos, Sudeshna Roy, Elizabeth Spradley, and Louise Stoehr, languages, cultures and communications; Jane Long and Nicholas Long, mathematics and statistics; Nathan Nabb and Jamie Weaver, music; Tara Newman, human sciences; Odutayo Odunuga, chemistry; Heather Olson Beal, secondary education; Lauren Selden, art; Christine Sinclair, kinesiology; Robert Spradley, mass communication; Kevin Stafford, geology; and Dawn Williams, elementary education.

Jeremy Becnel of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and David Lewis of the School of Art, were granted faculty development leave for the fall 2014 semester. Alexandra Van Kley of the Department of Biology was granted faculty development leave for the spring 2015 semester.

In addition, Tim King of the School of Music was awarded a Regents Professorship for the 2014-15 academic year.

The following retirements also were approved by the Board of Regents Tuesday: Deborah DuFrene, associate dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business; Ronald Anderson, music; and Michael Doughty, social work.

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April 15, 2014: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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April 15, 2014: NPD Crime Report

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