SFA bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’

The bands at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the annual “Concert in the Park” Sunday, April 30, in the wooded area along Vista Drive and in front of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

SFA alumnus Doice Grant, owner of Tatum Music Company in Longview, will be honored with an induction into the SFA Band Directors’ Hall of Fame. Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SFA where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity and was selected “Outstanding Bandsman” of the Lumberjack Marching Band. Grant taught at Carthage and Center ISDs before joining the leadership of Tatum Music in 1994.

All four SFA concert bands will perform. Opening the concert will be University Band, under the direction of David Campo, associate director of bands, and graduate assistant Teresa Powell. The University Band will perform “Coast Guards March” by Karl King and “Autobahn” by Ryan George.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will perform “Cajun Folks Songs” by Texas composer Frank Ticheli. Graduate assistant Brandon Beavers will conduct “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Wind Symphony, also directed by Campo, will perform three selections, including “Inglesina,” a march by Davide Delle Cese.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Fred J. Allen, director of bands, will close the concert and will perform four pieces, including music from the movie “Star Wars” and a march by John Philip Sousa, “The Globe and Eagle.” Guest conductor and honoree Grant will conduct “Procession of the Nobles” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

KKY and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary band service fraternity and sorority, will sell hamburger plates beginning at 1 p.m. Plates are $5 each and will include a burger, chips and beverage.

For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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Double Bass Quartet to perform at SFA

 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's Double Bass Quartet will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Admission is free.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Double Bass Quartet will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Admission is free.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Double Bass Quartet will present a master class and will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

The quartet is UTRGV’s most recently formed ensemble, and it is in residence at the university’s Edinburg campus. The ensemble includes undergraduate students Andrés Vela and Daniel Morehead and graduate student Gabriel Preusse, all of whom have collected accolades and awards for their performances at the state, national and international level. Their professor, Dr. George Amorim, leads the ensemble.

Since its formation, the UTRGV Double Bass Quartet has performed in venues throughout the Rio Grande Valley, as well as in New Mexico and El Paso. In September, the quartet had its international debut in Prague, Czech Republic, when it performed as a featured ensemble at the 5th European Double Bass Congress, receiving enthusiastic reviews.

This spring, the UTRGV Double Bass Quartet has appeared throughout the state and abroad, culminating with a performance at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, New York, scheduled for June. On the fourth week of April, the quartet will tour Texas. The tour includes the performance at SFA.

The quartet will present Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” a tale of the adventures of a brave little boy. Originally written for orchestra, the piece will be in a skillful adaptation for double bass quartet by Justin Writer, composition professor at UTRGV. The second large work of the program features “Afro Sambas” by the icons of bossa nova, Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes. Brazilian bassist Preusse arranged this work. Another piece in the program is “The Mysterious Color of Vampire Sleet at the Moment When Light Becomes Wine” by Austin-based P. Kellach Waddle.

Admission is free. The Music Recital Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building. For information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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SFA Board of Regents to Meet

OPEN MEETING NOTICE
Stephen F. Austin State University
Board of Regents Board Meeting and Committee Meetings
Nacogdoches, Texas
April 24 and 25, 2017
Meeting 310
Austin Building 307

The Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University will convene a two-day Board Meeting and Committee Meetings according to the following agenda:

MONDAY, APRIL 24

8 a.m.

CALL TO ORDER IN OPEN SESSION

MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

(Scheduled for 8 a.m.)

Presentation and Committee Action on Agenda Items 11 and 12:

11. Curriculum Changes

12. Approval of Academic and Student Affairs Policy Revisions

Academic Advising for Undergraduate Students 6.2

Concurrent and Dual Credit Enrollment Programs 6.9

Drug and Alcohol Testing 11.6

Employee Terminations and Transfers 11.10

Longevity Pay/Hazardous Duty Pay 12.13

Parking and Traffic Regulations 13.14

Public/Student Health 13.16

Research Enhancement Program 8.11

Selective Service Registration 11.26

Sick Leave 12.18

University Website 15.10

MEETING OF THE FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

(This meeting will convene at approximately 8:30 a.m. or following previous committee adjournment.)

Presentation and Committee Action on Agenda Items 15 – 28:

15. Approval of Audit Charter

16. Acknowledge Receipt of Audit Services Report

17. Adoption of Fiscal year 2016-17 Summer Budget

18. Grant Awards

19. Fee Exemptions for Students Taking Online-Only and Off-Campus-Only Courses

20. Human Resources Applicant Tracking and Onboarding System

21. Debt Collection Services

22. Proposal to Increase Debt Service Budget

23. Aramark Agreement Amendment

24. Approval of Fees for Summer English Programs Sponsored by Office of International Programs

25. Purchase Exceeding $100,000 for Department of Biology

26. Astra Schedule Contract Renewal

27. Establishment of Alfred and Madeline Danheim Quasi-Endowments

28. Approval of Financial Affairs Policy Revisions

Check Cashing 3.7

Departmental Budgeting and Accounting Responsibilities 3.9

Gifts, Prizes and Awards 3.18

Purchase of Demonstrator or Used Equipment 17.18

Receipts and Deposits 3.26

Returned Payments 3.27

Report: Senate Bill 20

Report: NCAA Revenue Distribution Report

The Finance and Audit Committee meeting will recess to 1:30 p.m. on April 24, 2017.

MEETING OF THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

(This meeting will convene at approximately 10 a.m. or following previous committee recess.)

Presentation and Committee Action on Agenda Items 13 and 14:

13. Stephen F. Austin State University and the Fenway Group Corporate Partnership

14. Approval of Building and Grounds Policy Revisions

Firearms, Explosives, and Ammunition 13.9

Training and Certification of University Vehicle Operators 13.23

Vehicle Repair and Maintenance 16.34

Report: Fine Arts Project Architectural Update by Kirksey Architecture

Report: Current Construction

Report: Planned Maintenance

Report: Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom and Pre-function Area
Renovation – Phase I Update

Report: Update on Griffith Fine Arts Carillon Bells Project

(At approximately noon, the committee will recess for lunch. The meeting will reconvene at approximately 1:30 p.m. in Austin Building, Room 307.)

CONTINUATION OF MEETING OF THE FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

(This meeting will reconvene at approximately 1:30 p.m. or following adjournment of previous committee.)

Report: Richards Carlberg

EXECUTIVE SESSION

At approximately 2:30 p.m. or immediately following the prior meeting, the board will move to executive session for consideration of the following items:

Deliberations Regarding the Deployment, or Specific Occasions for Implementation, of Security Personnel or Devices. (Texas Government Code, Section 551.076)

· Update from chief information officer

· Security audits

Consideration of Individual Personnel Matters Relating to Appointment, Employment, Evaluation, Assignment, Duties, Discipline, or Dismissal of an Officer or Employee, including but not limited to the vice presidents and the president (Texas Government Code, Section 551.074)

Consultation with Attorney Regarding Legal Advice or Pending and/or Contemplated Litigation or Settlement Offers, including but not limited to reported complaints, procurement and contracting, Title IX, Courtnay Christensen v. SFASU, et al., and Timothy Duffer v. SFASU (Texas Government Code, Section 551.071)

Estimated adjournment: 4 p.m. The board will reconvene in open session and recess for the evening with no further action expected.

THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF A TWO-DAY BOARD MEETING AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS AGENDA:

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

9 a.m.

RECONVENE BOARD MEETING IN OPEN SESSION

Call to Order and Pledge to the Flags

Invocation

Installation of Chair-Elect

Special Recognitions

Board Action on Agenda Item 1:

Approval of Board Minutes from January 23, 2017, January 25 and 26, 2017, and March 10, 2017

Presentation and Board Action on Personnel Items 2 – 10:

Approval of Faculty Appointments

Approval of Staff Appointments

Approval of Changes of Status

Promotions

Promotion

Tenure

Development Leave

Regents Professorship for 2017-2018

Retirements

Committee Reports and Board Action:

Academic and Student Affairs Committee (Report and Board Action on Agenda Items 11 and 12):

11. Curriculum Changes

12. Approval of Academic and Student Affairs Policy Revisions

Academic Advising for Undergraduate Students 6.2

Concurrent and Dual Credit Enrollment Programs 6.9

Drug and Alcohol Testing 11.6

Employee Terminations and Transfers 11.10

Longevity Pay/ Hazardous Duty Pay 12.13

Parking and Traffic Regulations 13.14

Public/Student Health 13.16

Research Enhancement Program 8.11

Selective Service Registration 11.26

Sick Leave 12.18

University Website 15.10

Building and Grounds Committee (Report and Board Action on Agenda Item 13 and 14):

13. Stephen F. Austin State University and the Fenway Group Corporate Partnership

14. Approval of Building and Grounds Policy Revisions

Firearms, Explosives, and Ammunition 13.9

Training and Certification of University Vehicle Operators 13.23

Vehicle Repair and Maintenance 16.34

Finance and Audit Committee (Report and Board Action on Agenda Items 15 – 28):

15. Approval of Audit Charter

16. Acknowledge Receipt of Audit Services Report

17. Adoption of Fiscal year 2016-17 Summer Budget

18. Grant Awards

19. Fee Exemptions for Students Taking Online-Only and Off-Campus-Only Courses

20. Human Resources Applicant Tracking and Onboarding System

21. Debt Collection Services

22. Proposal to Increase Debt Service Budget

23. Aramark Agreement Amendment

24. Approval of Fees for Summer English Programs Sponsored by Office of International Programs

25. Purchase Exceeding $100,000 for Department of Biology

26. Astra Schedule Contract Renewal

27. Establishment of Alfred and Madeline Danheim Quasi-Endowments

28. Approval of Financial Affairs Policy Revisions

Check Cashing 3.7

Departmental Budgeting and Accounting Responsibilities 3.9

Gifts, Prizes and Awards 3.18

Purchase of Demonstrator or Used Equipment 17.18

Receipts and Deposits 3.26

Returned Payments 3.27

Reports:

President

· Upcoming Dates

· Commencement

· Regents Confirmations

· Appointment of New Regents

· Student Regent

Faculty Senate

· Faculty Accomplishments

· Resolutions

· Policy Review Process

· Current Sub-Committee Work

· 2017-2018 Faculty Senate Session

Student Government Association

· Archie McDonald Speaker Series

· Week of Reflection

· SGA Accomplishments

· Election Results

Appointment of Board of Regents Committees for 2017-2018

ESTIMATED ADJOURNMENT OF BOARD MEETING (approximately 10:30 a.m.)

Where appropriate and permitted by law, Executive Sessions may be held for the above listed subjects (Section 551.071). Possible action may be taken in Open Session on matters considered in Executive Session. Further details regarding the posted agenda are available for public review in the Office of the Board of Regents, Austin Building 308, Telephone (936) 468-4048.

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SFA Department of Government to host speaker

The Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Government will host a lecture featuring Bill Whittle at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Dugas Liberal Arts Building, Room 102. Whittle’s lecture is titled “The Implications for Liberty in the Wake of the 2016 Election and President Donald J. Trump.”

Whittle began his career as a freelance television editor and has worked with The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and NBC. He has written for National Review Online and the Daily Wire and is a frequent contributor to Breitbart news.

In addition to serving as video producer for PJ Media, Whittle is co-founder of the film production company Declaration Entertainment, which released its first film, “The Arroyo,” in 2014. He narrates for The Blaze, a multi-media network founded by conservative pundit Glenn Beck. Whittle’s work for PJ Media includes “LunarPalooza,” a three-part series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing.

“Bill Whittle is a noted conservative pundit and blogger,” said Dr. Donald Gooch, assistant professor in SFA’s Department of Government. “He was instrumental in the early days of the Tea Party and can offer the SFA and Nacogdoches communities his perspective of the 2016 election and the prospects for the near future.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Government at (936) 468-4408.

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SFA’s online bachelor’s degree in special education ranked eighth in nation

College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students find the right college, recently ranked Stephen F. Austin State University eighth among the best 15 schools in the nation for its online bachelor’s degree in special education.

College Choice used several factors to rate the schools, including academic quality, return of investment, academic reputation, tuition, acceptance rates and early-career salaries. Additionally, in order to qualify, institutions were required to hold local accreditation, and SFA’s online program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Dr. Frank Mullins, director of SFA’s special education bachelor’s completion program, credits the program’s faculty members with this accomplishment.

“Our faculty members are dedicated and committed to ensuring continuous program improvement, which is the hallmark of our online programming,” Mullins said. “We produce graduates who are ready from the first day of their careers to teach and improve learning experiences for students with disabilities.”

SFA’s Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in special education and early childhood through 12th grade special education teacher certification allows students to complete a degree online. Through this program, students also engage in extracurricular activities and research related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities. The program maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensuring students receive attention and support from experienced faculty members who are certified to teach online.

As part of SFA’s robust distance-learning program, the bachelor’s degree in special education allows paraprofessionals working in Texas public schools and other qualified individuals who have completed at least 45 hours at community colleges to transfer to SFA and complete their degree online. Paraprofessionals can earn a Texas teaching certificate while remaining in the schools and classrooms where they work. Students in this program also will spend one semester student teaching full time.

“I feel these non-traditional, pre-service teacher candidates have the best of both worlds: full-time jobs in our field where they are supported by their principals and special education directors in tandem with their online coursework with our faculty members here at SFA,” said Dr. Kathleen Sheriff, online program coordinator at SFA. “They graduate with three certifications, which makes them highly qualified.”

For more information, visit http://www.sfaonline.info/specialeducation.

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April 20, 2017: NPD Crime Report

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

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April 20, 2017: 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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April 20, 2017: 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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Lone Star Farm and Home Center Spring Garden Event

Media Contact:
Amy Mehaffey
Communications & Main Street Director
mehaffeya@ci.nacogdoches.tx.us
936.559.2573

Lone Star Farm and Home Center will be hosting their Spring Garden Sale event in conjunction with Nacogdoches Main Street from 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday, May 5, 2017.

This event will boast sales on all plants, seeds, mulch, Lone Star fertilizer, and potting soil. Plants for this event will be provided by Bonnie plants.

In addition to these savings, local organizations will be present to share knowledge about plants and plant care with the community. Attendees may ask any gardening questions they may have and will be able to learn new techniques with the SFA Horticulture Club.

“This event is not going to be just a sale, but a way the community can come together to learn the importance of gardening and beautifying Nacogdoches and the surrounding communities. East Texas is a special place and we want to help make it a more fruitful place to live.”
Cliff Clark- Manager of Lone Star Farm and Home Center

Additionally, a BWI Company representative will be present to discuss different types of herbicides and pesticides. Attendees of the event may also learn about ground nutrients from a SFA Soils Lab spokesperson.

This event will teach community members to grow happy and healthy plants. Although representatives will be present, the atmosphere is going to be laid back. Attendees may come and go at their own pace.

Hot dogs will be served from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM during the event. Shirts will also be sold by the SFA Rodeo Team to raise awareness of their programs and activities.

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SFA School of Social Work To Celebrate 20 Years

20th anniversary – Master of Social Work program

Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work

2 – 4 p.m. Monday, April 24

School of Social Work Building, 420 E. Starr Ave.

With a mission to prepare students to become effective leaders in the social work profession, SFA’s MSW program opened in 1997 with a ceremony that took place on April 11, 1997. The initial MSW program graduated 15 students; today, there are more than 100 students in the program and courses are taught on the SFA campus and in The Woodlands.

All graduates, current students, faculty, community partners and field supervisors have been invited to this event. There will be presentations on the history of the program, an award ceremony and a reception.

If you need additional information, please contact:

Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant

Professor and Director MSW Program

School of Social Work

Stephen F. Austin State University

P. O. Box 6104

Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6104

936 468 4020

oliphante@sfasu.edu

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