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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Jan. 17
SFA Men's Basketball at Abilene Christian
Abilene, Texas
11 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 19
SFA Men's Basketball vs. New Orleans
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24
SFA Men's Basketball at Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas
4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26
SFA Men's Basketball at Lamar University
Beaumont, Texas
7 p.m.




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Underwood participating in Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and he is rallying Lumberjack fans for their support to help him win $100,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Underwood is one of 48 top college basketball coaches in the nation participating in the fan-vote challenge. The program, sponsored by luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA and ESPN, benefits the coaches' favorite charity. Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each participating coach, and will award $100,000 to the coach who receives the most fan votes during a 10-week period that ends on March 15.

"I think it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be a part of this unbelievable event," Underwood said. "The Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge allows us to be able to reach out and help families and those less fortunate in the Nacogdoches community and region, and that is very important to both my wife, Susan, and I. It is important to give back, and this platform allows for that. I am extremely thrilled to be one of the 48 coaches selected. This event brings notoriety to the community, SFA and the Lumberjack basketball program."

To vote, click here.
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News & Announcements

SFA Planetarium to screen 'The Planets'

"The Planets," a film produced by the Southeast Planetarium Association, provides an in-depth look at each planet. The 37-minute show is narrated by actress Kate Mulgrew, best known for her role in "Star Trek: Voyager," and is geared toward middle and high school students.

The show is enhanced, updated and specifically designed to immerse the audience in current images from NASA missions, including the Hubble Telescope, and bring them along for the exploration as though they are traveling through space. Visit some of the fantastic objects that make up our Solar System—from the blazing hot surface of our star the Sun, to the frozen crusts of tiny comets.

The show will run at 7 p.m. each Friday from Jan. 23 to March 6 .
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SFA Charter School receives Texas Honors Circle Award from comptroller

The SFA Charter School is a recipient of the Texas Comptroller's 2014 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes districts and campuses that achieve academic success through cost-effective operations. Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared to their fiscal peers.

"We are so honored to have received this award," said Lysa Hagan, CEO and principal of the school. "This recognition was possible because of the huge support provided by the university and the James I. Perkins College of Education, the expertise of our classroom instructional leaders, the proficiency with financial responsibility of our administrative managers, the strong cooperation of our school families, and the dedication of our students who are the focus of everything we do."

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced that 46 Texas school districts and 347 school campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2014 Financial Allocation Study for Texas.
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SFA hosting free clinic for 2015 National Girls and Women in Sports Day

SFA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council will be taking part in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 7, with a free sports camp/clinic.

The free event is being offered to all girls ages 7-12, and will be held at the SFA HPE Gym and Shelton Gym from 9 a.m. to noon Each of the SFA women’s athletic programs will be participating, giving attendees a hands-on experience working with the Ladyjack student-athletes and discovering new athletic opportunities.

In addition to getting the opportunity to interact with a number of the Ladyjack student-athletes, participants will receive a T-shirt, as well as a ticket for free admission to the SFA men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Houston Baptist later that day.
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Nacogdoches County EMS Field Training Day set for Saturday

The Nacogdoches County Emergency Medical Services will be conducting a day-long training event on Saturday, Jan. 17, for its staff.

Part of this training will be conducted on the SFA campus. During the training day, you may see EMS personnel in the Mize Azalea Garden and Bike Trails area, Commuter Parking Lot, and Intramural Fields.

At approximately 1 p.m., a Medical Transport Helicopter will land on the south end of the Intramural Field for an air transport medical briefing. Please be mindful that this is a training session and stay clear of the activity. 

If you have any questions, please contact the SFA Department of Public Safety at (936) 468-2252.

Wisely Fellowship proposals due Feb. 2

The School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs are pleased to sponsor the Wisely Fellowship.
The Wisely Fellowship is a one-year position that allows the successful applicant to interact with honors students both programmatically and academically. Specifically, the Wisely Fellow will spend the fall building relationships with honors students through programming. The Fellow will then offer a spring core course, uniquely designed for honors students. For more information, see the Wisely Fellow website or contact Michael Tkacik at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.
Electronic proposals are due Monday, Feb. 2.

SFA Charter School applications available now

SFA Charter School applications for the 2015-16 school year are now available in the Charter School Office.

Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed by Friday, Feb. 6. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.

There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, please call (936) 468-5899 or come by Room 101 in the Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St.

Registration for Live Text and D2L training ongoing

LiveText is being used to collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum. 

Please register to attend a session or if you have attended for the fall 2014 semester and need a refresher course.

The training session is titled "LiveText and D2L Come Together."

Training for faculty teaching core curriculum courses in spring 2015 will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, and at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. February sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. All sessions will be held in Steen Library, Room 107A, Info Lab 1.

Please  register for one of the training sessions here. You will receive an email with information on how to register your account. Please do so before your session. If you do not receive the email, contact Jennifer Stringfield at Ext. 1267. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Stringfield jstringfield@sfasu.edu..

If you have questions about the core assessment process, please contact Dr. Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu.

Play 'Making History: The Story of the OUB' set to run in February

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” is a historic play that will be performed at the Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $15 per person and include delicious refreshments.

Tickets may be purchased at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 E. Main St., or reserved by emailing mmillerfwc@gmail.com or calling (936) 560-1447.

The script is written by Dr. Linda Bond and retired SFA faculty member Dr. Patsy Hallman. Cinematography Instructor Brad Maule performs as Sam Houston.


SFA places 73rd on Commissioner's Honor Roll

Seventy-three SFA student-athletes have been named to the fall 2014 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the league office announced Thursday.

All five of SFA’s fall sports were well represented, led by 30 selections for the Lumberjack football team. Soccer placed 16 on the list with volleyball adding 14 as the SFA cross country program contributed 13 honorees with seven coming from the women’s team and six from the men's team.

In addition, eight SFA student-athletes were recognized for boasting perfect 4.0 GPAs during the fall semester, led by the Ladyjack soccer team's Megan Dunnigan, Lillie Ehlert, Amanda Fox and Carolina Orsi. Women’s cross country added a pair in Macy Davis and Courtney High with Paige Holland representing volleyball and Marlon Walls representing football.
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Brown-Stewart named track Athlete of the Week

SFA senior sprinter Cass Brown-Stewart has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon. The SLC weekly honor is the first for the Lumberjacks this season and the second for Brown-Stewart in his career.

Brown-Stewart posted the fastest 400-meter dash time in the NCAA so far this year during the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville on Jan. 9. He took first place out of 16 runners in the event with a mark of 47.00 seconds flat. His individual title was one of four for the SFA track and field program over the opening weekend of the 2015 indoor season.

The Fort Worth native also anchored SFA’s 4x400 meter relay to a second place finish on Friday evening. The group of Shawn Goff, My’Lik Kerley, Joshua Taylor and Brown-Stewart recorded a time of 3:12.43 – the seventh best time in the NCAA this year. The SFA relay team finished right behind the unit from No. 3 Arkansas.
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Ladyjacks blow by Privateers 76-56

The SFA women's basketball team went on a 22-2 run early in the second half and never looked back en route to a convincing 76-56 victory over New Orleans on Thursday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks have won eight straight games at home and own a three-game winning streak overall.

The Ladyjacks (10-5, 3-1 SLC) got a balanced attack on the offensive end as Porsha Roberts (15), Paulletta Powell (13), Tierany Henderson (11) and Brentney Branch (11) all scored in double figures on the night. Roberts also secured 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards, to pick up her seventh double-double of the year. She went 6-for-10 from the field and led SFA with two steals.

In her second career start, Powell's 13 points set a career-high mark. The junior knocked down three triples and went 4-for-8 from the field. Henderson and Branch also connected on three shots from beyond the arc to help SFA match a season-high with 12 threes as a team.
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Fine Arts

Duo Karudan to perform program of contemporary music

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Duo Karudan performing a program of contemporary music for clarinet and piano at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Duo Karudan features the husband-and-wife team of SFA clarinetist Christopher Ayer and Baylor University pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer.

The recital will include the music of many contemporary composers, including a piece by Dr. Maria Grenfell, who is professor of composition at the Hobart Conservatorium in Tasmania. Grenfell spent a semester teaching composition and theory at SFA in the spring of 2013 as part of the SFA School of Music-Hobart Conservatorium musical exchange. One of Ayer's clarinet students, Garrett Nichols, just returned from Tasmania after studying a semester there.
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SFA announces contestants in prestigious Schmidbauer competition

Ten outstanding young musicians have been accepted as participants in the distinguished 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA.

Celebrating its eighth year, the Schmidbauer Competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance. It is designed to attract young high school musicians ages 15 to 18 who seek to continue future careers involving music and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. It is SFA's goal to be that institution, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition.

A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians, offering prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.
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'Outsider art' subject of upcoming exhibition in Cole Art Center

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present the exhibition "Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider and Expressionist Art" showing Wednesday, Jan. 22 through March 28 in Ledbetter Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider and Expressionist Art" presents the works of several contemporary Texan artists whose art can be loosely defined as outsider or naïve in style, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

"Artwork of this genre is not new, having roots in late 19th and 20th century European and American art," he said.

The exhibition will open with a reception with the artists at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in Cole Art Center. Local artist Wally Knight, who is co-curating the exhibition with Handley, will also have pieces in the exhibition.
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Cole Art Center exhibition to feature work of Florida artist Riordan

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will celebrate the exhibition "Stuart Riordan: Sardines & Oranges" with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition, which runs through March 28, features Riordan's renowned paintings of the human form, and the artist will be in attendance at the reception, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

"Riordan's work has been described as political, erotic, Goya-esque, mysterious and darkly funny," Handley said. "Her work has touched upon themes of history, politics, science, music and the loss of innocence. She has been compared to masters such as Renoir and Jim Dine, maintaining a modern taste with classical foundations." Read More

Iktus Duo to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Iktus Duo in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The duo will also give a masterclass that is free and open to the public at 2 p.m. that same day in Room 124 of the Wright Music Building on campus.

The duo features Hristina Blagoeva, flute, and Chris Graham, percussion, who will perform the program "Adventurous Works for Flute and Percussion."

First Concerto for Flute and Percussion by Lou Harrison, "Echi Dromo," a duet for flute and dumbek by Joseph Pereira, and Duo for Flute and Percussion by Mark Engebretson will be performed. Read More

Turtle Island Quartet to perform at SFA with singer, songwriter McKay

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a bold performance of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The concert, which features the program "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect," and is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

The night's performance will feature a kaleidoscope of music, ranging from the jazz standards of Billie Holliday and Billy Strayhorn to the sounds of the Weimar cabaret era of the 1920s to the songs of Doris Day.
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