October 26, 2016: 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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Oak Grove Cemetery Cleaning Workshop

CONTACT: Jessica Sowell
(936) 560-4441

Headstone Before

Headstone Before

The Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc. and the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department are holding their final Headstone Cleaning of 2016 at the historic Oak Grove Cemetery. This final headstone cleaning will take place a few days before Halloween, on October 28th. We encourage citizens to take part in the beautification of the cemetery at a time of year when cemeteries all over the county are most vulnerable to vandalism and damage.

There are many beautiful historic sites in the City of Nacogdoches, but when most people think about them, they don’t include Oak Grove Cemetery. Oak Grove is the oldest cemetery in Nacogdoches, established in 1837 and is the final resting place of four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, veterans from almost every major war, politicians, movie stars and countless others that shaped the history of Nacogdoches and Texas.

The Oak Grove Cemetery Cleaning Workshop will take place on Friday, October 28th from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will, under the guidance of a cemetery preservationist, clean approximately 30 headstones. The cleaning will remove dirt, debris, mold and lichen that have accumulated over the past 100 years.

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Headstone After

The goal for 2016, Nacogdoches Tricentennial year, was to hold several cleaning workshops that would not only improve the condition of the headstones, but would also educate the public on cemetery preservation. To date we have cleaned over 120 headstones, some with dramatic results.

Participation for this workshop is limited to the first 10 applicants. All participants must fill out a registration form and return it, signed, to the Historic Sites Department prior to the workshop on Friday.

A special thanks to those who have supported this project: Nacogdoches Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter 6078, Henry C. Hancock Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, James Haggard Chapter of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, John S. Roberts Chapter of the US Daughters of 1812, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, National Society of the Daughter of American Colonies Fredonia Chapter, Apex Dental, and Dr. Matthew Larson DDS,

For Further information on how you can help support this project or to participate please contact Jessica Sowell, Assistant Historic Sites Manager at (936) 560-4441 or by email at sowellj@ci.nacogdohces.tx.us

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SFA criminal justice students attend Oklahoma City conference

 Participants of the Quiz Bowl team included, from left, Vianca Vazquez, Ervin Mooney, Dallas Gengler and Samantha Wilkinson.

Participants of the Quiz Bowl team included, from left, Vianca Vazquez, Ervin Mooney, Dallas Gengler and Samantha Wilkinson.

Eight Stephen F. Austin State University Criminal Justice Association students attended the annual Southwestern Criminal Justice Association conference Oct. 13 through 15 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The students, accompanied by Drs. George Day and Milt Hill of the SFA Department of Government, competed in two events: the Quiz Bowl and the Crime Scene Interpretation competition.

The Crime Scene Interpretation team included, from left, Angelica Trejo, Theodore Brown, Raquel Torres and Jay Jackson. The group won second place in the CSI event.

The Crime Scene Interpretation team included, from left, Angelica Trejo, Theodore Brown, Raquel Torres and Jay Jackson. The group won second place in the CSI event.

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SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble to present thrilling pop music program

SFA's Contemporary Ensemble will perform the music of pop icon Michael Jackson in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble will perform the music of pop icon Michael Jackson in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits of the ’80s” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble’s purpose is to allow SFA music majors to “experience the many different functions of their instruments,” according to Andrew J. Sperandeo, SRT instructor and director/arranger for the ensemble.

Jackson’s music was selected as the theme of the program because he is considered the “King of Pop” who has influenced many modern day pop artists, Sperandeo said. Additionally, each of Sperandeo’s ensembles is studying only 1980s music this semester.

“I like to choose artists that incorporate different timbres and styles in order to expose younger students to different arranging possibilities as well expose them to an artist they would not normally even listen to on their own,” he said.

Most people recognize “Billie Jean,” written and co-produced by Jackson, as soon as the four-bar drum beat kicks in followed by the iconic repetitive bass line, Sperandeo said.

“It was interesting to find out that co-producer Quincy Jones had issues with this tune,” he said. “So much so, that it almost did not make it on the ‘Thriller’ album or at least not in its present form. Obviously, the issues were resolved, and it became one of Jackson’s most famous songs.”

“Human Nature,” written and composed by Steve Porcaro and John Bettis, was selected for the program because of its timbres, styles and half-time groove ballad, Sperandeo said. “Personally, when hearing it or playing it, I think the progression and grove allows the piece to have a lot of space to be creative and very musical,” he added.

The logical high-energy closer for the concert is Rod Temperton’s “Thriller.”

“I still remember the day this video hit MTV and how cool it was,” Sperandeo said. “One thing that is obvious about the late, great Michael Jackson is that he was a true innovator. This video, specifically, was groundbreaking. It was essentially a 13-minute mini horror flick with a long, ghoulish dance breakdown in the middle. At the time, I was more into the heavy rock scene, but I still thought it was one of the coolest things ever.

“Hopefully some audience members will polish up their zombie ‘Thriller’ dance moves and show them off at the concert,” he added. “This concert will feature fun music, great times and dancing in the aisles. Come join the fun and sing along.”

The concert is a presentation of the SFA 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. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

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SFA Homecoming Children of the Court to ride in parade

Trenton Littleton of Nacogdoches and Kaitlyn Tanner of Pasadena, Texas, will serve as the 2016 Stephen F. Austin State University Homecoming Children of the Court during the annual celebration Nov. 4 and 5.

littletonTrenton Lee Littleton is the 8-year-old son of Tracy and Maury Littleton, both graduates of SFA and lifetime Alumni Association members. He is in the third grade at Regents Academy. Trenton has a brother, Ryan Ihrig, who also is a graduate of SFA and lives in The Woodlands. Trenton plans on following the family’s Lumberjack tradition and enrolling as a freshman in 2026.

Trenton loves attending SFA sporting events and camps. He said he is excited about the new Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building and hopes to one day become a robotics engineer. He also enjoys spending time with his mom and dad, who own Party ’N Things.

tannerKaitlyn Ruth Tanner is the 9-year-old daughter of Chase and Tiffany Tanner. Chase works at a construction-testing lab, and Tiffany is the general manager of a pizza restaurant. Kaitlyn is the granddaughter of 1979 SFA alumnus Robert Wheeler and his wife, Terri, and the late Rita Sacra, all of Pasadena.

Kaitlyn is in the fourth grade at Pomeroy Elementary School. She has two older brothers: Collin, 16, and CJ, 11; and another sibling due to arrive in June. Kaitlyn is an honor-roll student and enjoys reading and assisting her teachers, as well as volunteering in the safety patrol.

Trenton and Kaitlyn will ride in the Homecoming parade and participate in the crowning ceremony of the SFA Homecoming queen and king during halftime of the SFA vs. University of Central Arkansas football game, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Homer Bryce Stadium.

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SFA to screen ‘Alive Inside’ documentary

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Alive Inside” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Written, produced and directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, “Alive Inside” is a cinematic exploration of “music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity,” according to information at aliveinside.us.

Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection found in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. The film follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from dementia, the website said.

“Alive Inside” earned audience awards at numerous film festivals after its release in 2014, including at the Sundance, Provincetown, Calgary Underground and Berkshire film festivals. It was named best documentary at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and earned the 2015 Ageless Dignity Award for National Elder Abuse Day. The film runs 78 minutes.

Before the screening, Grant Howarth, MT-BC, with the Music Memory program at Heart to Heart Hospice, will speak for a few minutes about how the power of music can help a person “bypass tangled parts of the brain.” He will remain after the screening to answer questions informally.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Main Street Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

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Hundreds attend SFA’s annual Global Citizenship Series

Fort Bend ISD high school seniors await their turn to ask panelists a question during the 2016 Global Citizenship Series. Now in its sixth year, the conference, organized by the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Liberal and Applied Arts, focused on various dimensions of violence and intolerance both in the U.S. and abroad. The 2016 event was hosted at Safari Texas Ranch in Houston.

Fort Bend ISD high school seniors await their turn to ask panelists a question during the 2016 Global Citizenship Series. Now in its sixth year, the conference, organized by the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Liberal and Applied Arts, focused on various dimensions of violence and intolerance both in the U.S. and abroad. The 2016 event was hosted at Safari Texas Ranch in Houston.

How does the government define extremism and is that definition fair? And what is the difference between terrorism and self-defense?

Hundreds of Fort Bend ISD seniors gathered at Safari Texas Ranch this month to posit these and other probing questions to academic and federal officials during the 2016 Global Citizenship Series. This year’s conference, held Oct. 7, was titled “Intolerance and Violence: A Global Perspective.”

“The topics of discussion are great and really fit into what’s going on today: terrorism and things the kids might perceive as domestic terrorism,” said Melissa Smith, a Fort Bend ISD teacher at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. “We are a very diverse district. So when these topics come up, a lot of these kids are well versed in the topic. They follow it themselves.”

The annual conference, organized by the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Liberal and Applied Arts and sponsored by the Office of the Provost, included one morning and two afternoon panels.

The two morning panels touched on concepts, forms and responses to violence as well as violence in the United States. The afternoon panel opened a discussion about international violence. Panelists included professors from SFA, Houston and New York universities, and also personnel from the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Six-time former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker served as a lunch-time guest speaker where he discussed his 37-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service and time spent in some of the more turbulent Middle Eastern countries.

“Terror is a tactic,” Crocker explained. “It’s not a philosophy. It’s also known as asymmetrical warfare. I know a lot about this because (as an ambassador) I’ve had some pretty close calls. One of (my predecessors) in Lebanon was assassinated by a group called the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine. I mention this because the leader of the group and his theology surprised a few people. It was headed by George Habash (who) was not a Muslim. He was a Christian, as was the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

“The ideology of both groups, such as it was, was not based on any theology whatsoever. They were communist. So decades later when we hear this awful commentary that Islam and Muslims inherently gravitate toward violence and terror, it is just wrong,” Crocker added.

This is the sixth year for the Global Citizenship Series. For the first five years, the conference focused on specific geographic regions, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The series was developed as a means for SFA to bring high-quality academic programs that improve international understanding to Texas students and residents.

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SFA’s human development and family studies program hosts event to broaden internship opportunities

Stephen F. Austin State University’s human development and family studies program recently hosted a networking luncheon in the Culinary Café on the university’s campus for representatives from community agencies interested in providing internships to SFA students.

During their senior year, SFA students in the human development and family studies program complete 200 internship hours in a practicum course. Therefore, having a network of available sites is essential to the students’ and program’s success.

“The luncheon was designed as a relationship-building opportunity to get to know the agencies our students work with,” said Dr. Rachel Jumper, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences. “We believe strengthening our relationships with these agencies is mutually beneficial for both them and the students, resulting in better hands-on, professional-development experiences.”

Human development and family studies senior Shonda Hortness of Nacogdoches coordinated the event as part of her practicum requirements for Dr. Lisa Mize, coordinator for the human development and family studies program. Hortness said she collaborated with Mize, and that the event was a learning experience as well as beneficial to the program.

“Our goal was to broaden the choices of internship sites for students,” Hortness said. “To achieve this goal, we invited representatives from prospective and current sites to share the needs and expectations of our students and ask for feedback from site supervisors.”

Program faculty members spoke during the event and visited with attendees to answer questions. Faculty members within the program hope to make the event into an annual affair.

“We gained a few more sites that offer excellent opportunities for students and more have reached out to us asking how to get involved,” Hortness said.

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SFA education students participate in Wetland Adventure

Dozens of Stephen F. Austin State University students recently participated in Wetland Adventure, an outdoor science field investigation, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. Students within SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education taught science lessons concerning aquatic plant adaptations, water quality and food chains to 750 fifth-grade students from Nacogdoches and Crockett Independent School Districts.

Dozens of Stephen F. Austin State University students recently participated in Wetland Adventure, an outdoor science field investigation, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. Students within SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education taught science lessons concerning aquatic plant adaptations, water quality and food chains to 750 fifth-grade students from Nacogdoches and Crockett Independent School Districts.

Dozens of Stephen F. Austin State University students recently participated in Wetland Adventure, an outdoor science field investigation, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas.

Under the direction of Drs. Paula Griffin, assistant professor, and Alan Sowards, professor, in SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education, 85 SFA face-to-face and online students participated in the project, which the university has offered for 15 years.

SFA students were responsible for teaching three 45-minutes science lessons concerning aquatic plant adaptations, water quality and food chains to 750 fifth-grade students from Nacogdoches and Crockett Independent School Districts.

“This project provides SFA students with teaching strategies on how to use field investigations to teach hands-on and place-based elementary science lessons,” Sowards said. “SFA students learn the importance of planning, collaborating, teaching and modifying their lessons to different-ability students. It also introduces them to the importance of using outside resources to accomplish their education goals.”

The project is a partnership between SFA, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Additionally, members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department filmed one day of Wetland Adventure and interviewed SFA students and Sowards about the experience. The video may be used in November to celebrate the 20th anniversary of education programs offered at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

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SFA to host third annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale

Stephen F. Austin State University will host its third annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.

The sale is planned and completed by students enrolled in Dr. Erin Brown’s advanced beef science class. According to Brown, associate professor of animal science in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, students are instrumental in all aspects of the sale, from obtaining cattle consignments to sale marketing and setup.

This year, the sale offers 27 bull lots and 112 registered and commercial females. While a number of the lots are consigned by cattle owners throughout the region, cattle from SFA’s herd also are included. In addition to cattle, semen from high-quality stock also will be auctioned.

Buyers may view sale cattle from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, or beginning at 8 a.m. on sale day. The Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center is located on County Road 123 off U.S. Highway 259 in Nacogdoches.

To learn more about the sale, visit the Stephen F. Austin State University Purple Premium Sale Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram; or email Dr. Erin Brown at browneg@sfasu.edu.

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