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Thursday, Jan. 19
Men's basketball at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
7 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Friday, Jan. 20
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Saturday, Jan. 21
Men's basketball at University of the Incarnate Word
7:30 p.m.
San Antonio

Tennis at Texas A&M University
Noon
College Station

Women's basketball at University of the Incarnate Word
5:30 p.m.
San Antonio


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Pre-registration open for third annual Diversity Conference

Topics ranging from discrimination in professional environments to poverty and race within the education system to the modern-day contextualization of Jesus will be discussed during the third annual Diversity Conference from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Organized and hosted by SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the conference gathers East Texas professionals, SFA students and faculty members, and the Nacogdoches community to join conversations about various diversity-related issues.

The event is free and open to the public. Day-of registration will open at 8 a.m. Pre-register by Friday, Jan. 20, to receive lunch. To register, click here.

For information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or email oma@sfasu.edu.

SFA Charter School applications now available

SFA Charter School applications are available in the Charter School office. Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Lottery notices will be mailed by Feb. 7. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.

An optional information meeting for applicants will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, call the ECRC at (936) 468-5899, visit the ECRC, Room 101, or click here.

Advertise in The Pine Log

With the start of the spring semester, The Pine Log would like to remind faculty and staff members of a unique opportunity to advertise programs and activities to the SFA community. The Pine Log offers competitive rates, as well as discounts for on-campus clients.

Advertising in The Pine Log is a smart business decision for any department or program wanting to reach out to SFA students and faculty and staff members. Investments in the publication also pay big dividends for SFA students who are gaining important real-world skills while working in SFA student media. To inquire about advertising opportunities, call (936) 468-4703 or click here to view the current rate card.


Register for upcoming Texas Women in Higher Education Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Texas Women in Higher Education Conference. This year's theme is "Harnessing the River of Power."

The conference will take place April 2-4. Click here for conference and registration information.

SFA Gardens to host native tree seminar

East Texas is blessed with an abundance of beautiful trees that thrive in southern landscapes. Chris Dempsey, senior garden technician for SFA Gardens, will host a public seminar aimed at teaching participants about native trees from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Dempsey will help participants choose the ideal tree for their landscapes, make the best selections at the nursery and then demonstrate the appropriate method for planting. He also will discuss reasons for proper pruning, show pruning tools, and demonstrate the specifics of pruning and training shade, ornamental and fruit trees.

To register for the seminar, contact SFA Gardens’ education office at (936) 468-1832 or sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Cost is $15 for SFA Gardens members and $20 for non-members.
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Diversity Conference display submissions due Friday

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is calling for submissions of various artwork to be displayed at the Facing Diversity Conference Museum Saturday, Jan. 28. Works may include posters, paintings, drawings, photography, writing, music or video. This year’s conference theme is “What does diversity feel like to the artist – the positives, the negatives, the losses and gains, the lack of and the fight for.”

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded during closing ceremonies. Proposal forms are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. A maximum of three proposals is allowed per artist or team. One submission form is required for each submission.

For more information including restrictions and proposal forms, click here. For questions, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073 or oma@sfasu.edu.

Travel to Italy with the Alumni Association

Students and faculty and staff members are invited to travel to Italy’s greatest cities May 14-21 with the SFA's Alumni Association. Italian cities include but are not limited to Rome, Florence and Venice Island.

For more information, contact Heather Hawkins, assistant director of the Alumni Association, at (936) 468-3407 or hawkinshd@sfasu.edu.

Hunger Jacks members, volunteers collect more than 620 items in food drive

Members of SFA’s Hunger Jacks organization and volunteers collected more than 620 items during a food drive as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 16.

The collected food will be stored in the Food for Thought Food Pantry on the university’s campus, which provides supplemental healthy food to SFA students who are experiencing food insecurities.
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Campus Recreation


Registration open for ‘Kick Axe Wellness Challenge’

Registration for the third annual SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” is open now through Wednesday, Jan. 25. The five-week challenge will run from Monday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, March 5, and will focus on the seven dimensions of wellness to promote a healthier lifestyle. Teams of four will participate in a friendly competition and earn points by completing weekly activities.

Prizes will be awarded weekly, and an overall winner will be announced at the end of the challenge. A party for all participants will take place at the end of the challenge. 

The competition is open to all faculty and staff members. For more information or to register, click here.

For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at 936-468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on additional Employee Wellness programming, click here.

Athletics

Vote for Keller in 2017 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge

SFA’s head men’s basketball coach Kyle Keller has been selected as one of 48 NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches from around the nation who are vying for a $100,000 grand prize by competing in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

This marks the third year SFA has been included in the challenge, and once again Keller and Lumberjack fans are in search of the ultimate prize of $100,000, which would benefit the Nacogdoches Area United Way. Through the course of the three-month challenge, a grand total of $349,000 will be donated to various charities from around the nation.

Fans are encouraged to visit VoteForCoachK.com to register and vote for Keller and the Nacogdoches Area United Way daily. By collecting as many votes as possible through each of the four rounds, Keller will advance and collect more money for the chosen charity.
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Holyfield, Gilmore boost Lumberjacks to defeat Nicholls State University, 80-60

Despite being hampered in the first half of the game against Nicholls State University, SFA sophomore TJ Holyfield made it a goal to make himself more of a boon for his team in the second half.

By the time the final horn sounded Saturday night, Holyfield teamed up with SFA junior Leon Gilmore III to provide a potent one-two punch that floored NSU, leading the Lumberjacks to a 80-60 win.
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Men finish fourth, women sixth in 2017 opener at Texas A&M University

SFA’s track and field team traveled Friday to open the 2017 season in College Station at Texas A&M University. SFA’s men and women finished above Southland Conference opponent Abilene Christian University, but could not garner enough points to top the University of Texas, Baylor University or Texas A&M University.

The women finished sixth with 28 points while the men finished fourth with 67.5 points.
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Career night from Parker helps Ladyjacks defeat Nicholls State University, 80-55

SFA’s women’s basketball team hosted Nicholls State University Saturday in Johnson Coliseum and extended SFA's winning streak to 13 games after the 80-55 defeat of the Colonels. SFA senior Taylor Ross and redshirt junior Stevi Parker scored double-digit points.

Parker had a career night tying both her game-high points and three-pointers. The forward from Tulsa, Oklahoma, had 20 points with two of the buckets from beyond the arch. Parker also pulled off her third season double-double and career sixth, with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
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Bowling team opens 2017 with fourth-place finish at Mid-Winter Invitational

The fifth-ranked SFA bowling team finished the final day of the Arkansas State University Mid-Winter Invitational the same way it started – in fourth place. The Ladyjacks went 1-2 on Sunday’s baker-style bracket play, closing out the first event of 2017 fourth overall.

Earning the No. 4 overall seed following the two rounds of qualifying, SFA opened Sunday’s competition against third-seeded host Arkansas State University. The Ladyjacks raced out to a strong start against the Red Wolves, winning the first three matches 257-145, 176-169 and 188-168. After dropping the fourth, SFA closed out the match with a 197-157 victory, advancing to face reigning champion McKendree University for a chance to advance to the championship bout.
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Fine Arts

Meyer to perform premieres of several unique works tonight

SFA's College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Brad Meyer performing a faculty percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The performance is part of SFA's School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series and will feature the world premiere of Alexis Bacon’s “Ojibwe Song” as well as premiere performances of Steven Snowden’s “The Taos Hum” and Francisco Perez’s “Pulsar."

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 click here.
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Music faculty member Hughes to perform oboe recital Thursday

Kerry Hughes, assistant professor of oboe at SFA, will perform a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The recital is part of SFA's School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. Joining Hughes will be his wife, pianist Amanda Hughes, who is an active performer, accompanist and piano teacher in Tyler.

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 (888) 240-ARTS or click here.
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Guest flute recital to feature works of Telemann, Bozza

Dr. Shauna Thompson, assistant professor of flute at Texas Christian University, will perform in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Performing with Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying for SFA's School of Music, Thompson’s program will feature works of G.P. Telemann, Eugene Bozza, Martin Blessinger, David Loeb and Jules Mouquet.
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Theatre students, faculty members to participate in national Ghostlight Project

SFA’s School of Theatre will join hundreds of other theater communities across the nation – from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters – Thursday, Jan. 19, by participating in The Ghostlight Project.

Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity or sexual orientation, according to information at theghostlightproject.com.
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Happy first day of classes in spring 2017! Here's a little academic trivia to get your mind back into classroom rhythm.

Have you ever wondered why there’s no “E” grade? There’s the ever-sought-after A and the dreadful F, but why not an E? Click here to find out.

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