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Virtual reality's impact on fine arts front and center at SFA's Symposium on Arts, Research

SOAR is a one day event celebrating the research, scholarship and artistry of SFA faculty. (Source: KTRE Staff) SOAR is a one day event celebrating the research, scholarship and artistry of SFA faculty. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Herbert Midgley, lecturer of music, studied uses of virtual reality in fine arts. (Source: KTRE Staff) Herbert Midgley, lecturer of music, studied uses of virtual reality in fine arts. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Dozens of research projects and papers were highlighted. Researchers shared their methods of obtaining funding.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Dozens of research projects and papers were highlighted. Researchers shared their methods of obtaining funding. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The virtual reality lab is used extensively by the music and art departments. (Source: KTRE Staff) The virtual reality lab is used extensively by the music and art departments. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Stephen F. Austin State University may not be known as a "research university" like other larger school, but the school’s recent Symposium on Arts and Research might just cause a person to change his or her mind about that.

The event took place at SFA Wednesday.

Herbert Midgley a lecturer of music, hung up a poster describing virtual reality uses in the fine arts. Theatre virtual reality takes method acting to a whole different dimension.

"Like a period piece,” Midgley said. “You put on some headsets and you can be 1800s London."

It's just one of dozens of displays showcasing the research, scholarship, and artistry of SFA faculty.

"Sometimes we're limited to kind of our own area and this gives an opportunity for us to get out and see what research is occurring,” said Mary Smith, the interim director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Along those lines, fine arts professors may have never known that Dr. Loise Stoehr is teaching conversational German by talking about STEM issues.

"So coming up with topics that would be of interest to students,” Stoehr said. “Topics that maybe a German, a typical German person, would have a slightly different perspective than we do in the United States."

Research takes time and money. Research award recipients revealed the researcher often starts their study through a passion for learning, and then funding sources take notice.

"My first entry point is what's cultivating a genuine interest,” said Keith Hubbard, who is with SFA’s Science and Mathematics Department. Something that I was sort of doing for free on the side because somebody was willing to pay to do that."

"A little bit of politics, visiting, and then kinda pursuing my own passion,” said Kevin Stafford, with SFA’s Geology Department.

It's a dedication to the pursuit of research and creative work says the SFA provost.

Publications, exhibitions, or performances were highlighted by SOAR. Tomorrow graduate student research will be highlighted.

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