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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 16
Men's Basketball
at Northwestern State
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, La.

Women's Basketball
at Northwestern State
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, La.

Friday, Jan. 17
SFA Bowling
at Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.

Saturday, Jan. 18
SFA Bowling
at Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.

Sunday, Jan. 19
SFA Bowling
at Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.




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Dr. Kathleen Sheriff and Dr. Robin Johnson

Human Services

Sheriff, assistant professor in special education, and Johnson of elementary education, have been announced as the recipients of an SFA Service Learning Grant.

News & Announcements

Controlled burn to be conducted at SFA’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center

The Texas A&M Forest Service and the Nacogdoches Fire Department will be conducting a controlled burn of the marsh-meadow at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Prescribed fire maintains the prairie habitat by controlling woody plants and encouraging native grasses and perennials.

CUR Conference 2014 accepting poster proposals

Council on Undergraduate Research is hosting its 16th National Conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," June 28-July 1 in Washington, DC.

Poster proposal submissions are being accepted until Feb. 21.

Posters are intended to afford a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can share their ideas with other faculty members and administrators across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.  Posters can share work done to develop or strengthen undergraduate research institutionally or share examples of student projects, highlighting the various disciplinary models of undergraduate research. Posters will be on display for an extended time during the conference. 
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News about your ERS Benefits

HealthSelect of Texas adds Quest as contracted provider
If you are a HealthSelectSM of Texas participant, you have access to a large network of health care providers through the plan's third-party administrator, UnitedHealthcare (UHC). Read more.

Out-of-pocket coinsurance maximums started over Jan. 1
Don't forget that out-of-pocket coinsurance maximums for you and your covered family members started over on Jan. 1. This does not include prescription deductibles. Read more.

An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is not a bill
An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is provided to you by insurance plans to explain how much a provider charged for an office visit and/or procedure, how much the insurance plan paid and what (if anything) you may owe the provider. Read more.

International Friendship Program

If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program. A student, faculty, staff or community member is matched with one or two international students. You are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, to celebrate American holidays or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.

The program opens interaction between the local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in “hosting” an international student, please fill out an application form.

The deadline is Monday, Jan. 20. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

Stacey Bess to speak

Join us from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212, to hear educator and author Stacey Bess from Salt Lake City, Utah. Bess penned the memoir "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," which was adapted into the April 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Beyond the Blackboard" starring Emily VanCamp.

For more information, contact Jannah Nerren at (936) 468-2374 or nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu.

Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.

The drum circle will take place  at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.

Admission: $5 for faculty/staff/community members; $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the BPSC Information Desk or here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Registration

Monday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Jan. 16

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby

Teams will play at the same times one night a week, except one week of the season, each team will play a Thursday game also. Sign-ups are first come, first served for days/times. Cost is $30 per team. (Fee must be paid at time of registration.) Games begin on Monday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit the Intramural Sports Page on the Campus Rec website here.

Racquetball Doubles League Registration

Monday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Jan. 16

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby

Players will complete paperwork with their contact information and will be assigned to a league and given a schedule. Leagues will be run through IMLeagues.com. Schedule and play one matchup each week, then report the score to the IMS office or submit through IMLeagues.com. At the end of the regular season, there will be a single-elimination tournament to determine the champions. Please contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775 for more information.

Buck-A-Roo Night at the Rec

Wednesday, Jan. 15

8-10 p.m. in the Rec Main Gym

Welcome back, Lumberjacks! Join Campus Recreation for a night of western fun! Eat rattlesnake on a stick, line dance and wear your best moustache and 10-gallon hat at this Rec rodeo! Wait, you don't have a moustache? Stop by our face-painting booth and get one! Play buckaroo-themed games and remember the night with a trip to our Western Photo Booth. There will be plenty of free food and prizes at this hoedown throw down. Pull up your bootstraps, and meet us at the Rec!

Registration Continues for LadyJack Barbellas

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Walk into any gym with confidence. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. The program will run two days a week, Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m.  Contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835 for more information.

Employee Wellness Updates

Now is the time to join the Employee Wellness Program! All classes and programs will begin on Monday, Jan. 13 and are FREE to university faculty and staff and retired faculty and staff members. Program offerings include open gym use, resistance training, yoga, water aerobics, open swimming, noon basketball, nutrition counseling, Lighten Up East Texas Weight Loss Challenge and more! For registration information and program schedules, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.


Cardenas announces 2014 schedule

SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced the release of the upcoming 2014 season schedule for the Lumberjacks on Tuesday morning. The 55-game schedule, including 24 games at Jaycees Field, is highlighted with SFA's non-conference games against Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU.

"Coach Massengale has really done a good job of giving us a very balanced schedule, as well as a very talented schedule for this upcoming season," Cardenas said.

The ’Jacks, coming off a 28-29 year, will play six teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason poll and another six, including two Southland Conference teams, who received votes.

"The quality of opponents on the 2014 schedule is unmatched by any previous schedule," Cardenas said.

SFA will the open season with its first seven games on the road, beginning with the Texas-Arlington Invitational Feb. 14-16. SFA will play host to UTA, No. 18 Oklahoma State and Incarnate Word over the three-day round-robin tournament. The Feb. 16 meeting with UIW will not count as a Southland Conference game.
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Conque adds eight to football coaching staff

SFA head football coach Clint Conque has begun the process of establishing his staff as the ’Jacks begin preparations for the 2014 season. Eight coaches currently comprise the SFA staff, bringing with them extensive knowledge of both the Southland Conference and the Texas high school scene.

“I am very excited about this new staff and one that will help build this new team,” Conque said. “Stephen F. Austin is a very attractive position and is a well-respected coaching opportunity throughout the country that has received a lot of interest. What you see here is a veteran coaching staff of men that are teachers and have a lot of experience. There is also some strong Texas identity, which is important to me and will continue to be important as we complete this staff.”
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Fine Arts

'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' to open Jan. 24 in Cole Art Center

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined VIII: Maker's Choice" exhibition Jan. 24 through March 29 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Each exhibition comes with a theme, and 'Maker's Choice' seemed a good idea as it denotes that these artists are makers of fine art," Handley said. "'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme."

All work must be original and completed within the last two years, and submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.
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Internationally celebrated pianist to perform at SFA

Acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, Jordan's performance will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

"I invited Dr. Jordan to come to SFA to play, having met her on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, last summer," said Parr, who also served on the Vienna Piano Academy faculty during the summer of 2013.

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, Jordan has performed with much acclaim as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Tonkunstler Orchester in Vienna.
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Exhibition to feature works of contemporary Italian artist Mauro Manetti

An exhibition that runs Jan. 16 through March 7 in Griffith Gallery on the campus of SFA will feature works of contemporary artist Mauro Manetti.

Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art, "Mauro Manetti, Harmonium, Selected Works" will include prints, opaque watercolors, drawings and digital images of the artist's sculptures and mosaics. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

Rejecting the mechanically detached aspects of conceptual art, Manetti seeks to reconcile science and belief through art, according to Dr. David Lewis, professor of art history at SFA. Manetti seeks to renew the traditional emphasis on spirituality and poetic expression in his work, Lewis explained.

"The poetic and spiritual dimensions of his work are expressed metaphorically; he uses fragmentary imagery to represent incompleteness, partial knowledge and mystery," Lewis said. "Often, the image suggests something outside the field of view, so that the viewer is encouraged to imagine what the 'missing pieces' of a larger unseen image might look like."
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Cole Art Center exhibition will feature contemporary quilt art

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present the exhibition "Texas Art Quilts 1993-2011," showing Jan. 14 through March 29 in Ledbetter Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

"Texas Art Quilts" presents 26 works by Texas artists, completed between 1993 and 2011. Embracing abstraction and representation, these makers celebrate a variety of themes, including science, fantasy, political causes and natural beauty. Employing color and pattern in painterly fashion, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate that contemporary quilt art in the Lone Star state represents a vital aspect of visual culture, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Quilt makers, both traditional and contemporary, have thrived in the state of Texas, encouraged by the annual Houston International Quilt Festival," Handley said. "The works in 'Texas Art Quilts' in the current touring exhibition were selected by Dr. Sandra Sider, critic and curator, from a much larger group of quilts premiering at Houston in 'Lone Stars III.'"
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