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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Classes begin
8 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Women's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Friday, Jan. 22
"Hubble Vision" SFA Planetarium screening
7 p.m.

SFA tennis vs. Prairie View A&M University
Nacogdoches

Saturday, Jan. 23
Men's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
4 p.m.


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Lumberjack license plates available

Check out MyPlates.com for details on how to swap your plain license plate to one that shows everyone on the road you're a Lumberjack. A portion of the proceeds benefits the university. Get the details, including new discounted rates and message options, here.

Already have one? We want to see it! Either tag SFA in a picture on Facebook or send a picture to us in a Facebook message.

News & Announcements


SFA Strategic Planning Committee to hold town hall meeting Friday

The SFA Envisioned Strategic Planning Working Teams will host a town hall meeting for the campus community at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Math Building, Room 101. The event is an opportunity for faculty and staff members to ask questions and provide input on the strategic plan.

Following the approval of the Vision Statement by the Board of Regents in July 2015, the vice presidents assembled working teams to begin discussing how best to advance the four operational goals of the Strategic Plan (attracting and supporting high-quality faculty and staff members, fostering academic and co-curricular innovation, redefining university culture and increasing connections).

During the town hall meeting, the working teams will report on progress based on their first semester of activity and invite input from the campus community. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

Learn more about the Strategic Plan at www.sfasu.edu/strategicplan.

ORSP invites faculty, staff members to afternoon coffee, tea

Faculty and staff members are invited to join the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects for coffee and tea between 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the ORSP Office, Liberal Arts North, Room 421.

Attendees can enjoy snacks, meet the ORSP team and learn about new federal guidelines impacting grants.

For more information, call (936) 468-6606.

SFA Planetarium show begins Friday, Jan. 22

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Hubble Vision" program will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. The show will run each Friday through March 4.

The program is about the allure of black holes and incorporates several of the latest theories regarding black holes. This 35-minute program is designed for general audiences and is a full-length, animated production featuring 3-D simulations of black holes and the strange physical effects they can create.

Tickets cost $2 each.

For more information, click here.

Presentation proposals being accepted for Teaching Showcase

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host the 2016 Teaching Showcase from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. The showcase provides faculty and staff members and teaching assistants with the opportunity to share best practices and innovative teaching methods, to recognize colleagues and to hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Faculty and staff members and teaching assistants are invited to submit presentation proposals through this form. Each five-minute presentation should address innovations used in physical or online classrooms that enhance the learning experience, such as stimulating critical thinking, learning from failure, teaching with technology, increasing cultural awareness, and innovative applications of teaching and learning theory.

For additional information or to see examples of last year's presentations, visit the Teaching Showcase online.

Orientation Programs searching for 2016 Orientation Leaders

Do you know a great student looking for a summer job? Orientation Programs is currently accepting applications for 2016 Orientation Leaders.

Please encourage your spirited, reliable, motivated and successful students to apply. These students are a great resource to incoming students and their family members, and represent their academic areas and organizations throughout the summer.

Students can find more information on the Orientation Programs' website, and applications should be submitted through the Human Resources website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The Pine Log offers advertising opportunities

With the start of the spring semester, The Pine Log would like to remind you of a unique opportunity to advertise your programs and activities to the SFA community. The Pine Log offers competitive rates, as well as discounts for our 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, faculty and staff members. Your investment in our publication also pays big dividends for our students who are gaining important real-world skills while working in SFA student media. To inquire about advertising opportunities, call Amy Roquemore, director of student publications and divisional media, at (936) 468-4703 or click here to view the 2015-16 rate card.

Campus Recreation


"Kick Axe Wellness Challenge" registration now open

Registration for the Second Annual SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” is open through Wednesday, Jan. 27. This five-week challenge runs Monday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, March 6, and is focused 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. Also, a big party for all competitors is planned for the end of the challenge. 

For more information, visit the challenge’s page, where you can find the registration form, the Getting Started Guide and more. 

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

Athletics


SFA to offer three coaching clinics this spring

In a collaborative effort to increase access to coaching education in East Texas, SFA’s Department of Athletics, Ladyjack Soccer, Lumberjack Football and Lumberjack Strength have teamed up to provide a unique coaching education opportunity throughout the spring semester.

In conjunction with the newly developed Lumberjack Sports Institute, the three programs will offer coaching clinics in Nacogdoches over the next few months.

Head Ladyjack soccer coach Wally Crittenden and his staff members will launch the coaching education series with Soccer 101 Saturday, Jan. 30. Head SFA football coach Clint Conque will follow with Football 101 Saturday, Feb. 20. Both courses will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on their respective dates.
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Bowling finishes sixth at ASU Mid-Winter Invitational

SFA closed out the 2016 Arkansas State Mid-Winter Invitational on a strong note, going 2-1 over the final day of competition to place sixth among the challenging 14-team field. The Ladyjacks finished with an overall record of 9-4 as six of the wins came over the top-15 teams.

Entering the final day as the seventh overall seed, SFA began the best-of-seven baker-style bracket play against eighth-seeded Maryland-Eastern Shore. After dropping the opener to the Hawks 198-155, SFA regrouped in strong fashion, sweeping the final four games to take the match 4-1. The Ladyjacks reached the 200-pin mark in three of the final four games, including a 236 in game four.
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Men's basketball coach Brad Underwood to participate in Coaches vs. Cancer

Lumberjack men's basketball coach Brad Underwood will participate in the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer for a second year at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at SFA's William R. Johnson Coliseum when the Lumberjacks take on Lamar University.

Coach Underwood is challenging Lumberjack fans to pledge a flat donation of at least $10 or donate a pledged amount for every 3-point shot the Lumberjacks make. The minimum amount one can pledge is $1 for every 3-point shot the Lumberjacks make during the Lamar game.

Download the brochure/donation form here to make your commitment to fighting cancer today.


Veteran coach Gary Crowton named Lumberjack offensive coordinator

SFA’s head football coach Clint Conque announced the hiring of veteran coach Gary Crowton as the Lumberjacks’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

With more than 30 years of coaching under his belt, Crowton brings a wealth of knowledge and football experience, coaching at both the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision levels along with the National Football League and Canadian Football League.

“I’m very pleased to add Gary to our staff, bringing a wealth of credibility to our program,” Conque said. “With this position, I was looking for an individual who shares a like-minded philosophy of offensive schemes, a true teacher with a proven history of quarterback development and the experience needed to enhance our already-proven offensive production. Gary fits the bill. He is a former FBS head coach and has been an offensive coordinator at the NFL, CFL, FBS and FCS levels with a proven track record of success.”
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Floyd yields career-high 32 as 'Jacks clamp down on UNO in 82-58 triumph

On Monday night at the University of New Orleans, SFA’s Demetrious Floyd scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) shooting against the Privateers.

Floyd hefted the majority of the ‘Jacks scoring load and was one of four SFA players to hit double digits in the team's 82-58 victory.

Floyd's offense was something UNO never located on a consistent basis in the second half — due largely to the ‘Jacks swarming, ball-hawking defense.
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Lumberjacks beat three ranked teams, take fourth at Texas A&M Invitational

The SFA track and field teams competed well in their first team-scored event of the 2016 indoor season on Friday and Saturday at the Texas A&M 11-Team Invitational inside Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The men's squad took fourth out of 11 teams and the women took 10th.

The Lumberjacks tallied 67 points in 16 events, just 5.5 points behind Brigham Young University for third. SFA edged No. 19 University of South Carolina by 2.5 points and also beat Baylor University, No. 16 Oklahoma State University and No. 7 Texas Christian University.
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Fine Arts


SFA music faculty member Gavin to perform horn recital

SFA’s School of Music faculty member Charles Gavin will present a horn recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The selected compositions will feature the lyrical, singing qualities of the horn, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

Performing with Gavin are colleagues Scott LaGraff, voice; John W. Goodall, oboe; and James Pitts, piano. LaGraff will join Gavin in a performance of a group of songs set to the poetry of Walt Whitman.

"These are composed by Dallas composer Simon Sargon," Gavin said. "He has previously composed music for horn, voice and piano, and I enjoyed performing those, so I was excited to learn of this new work."

None of Gavin's selections have been performed on the SFA campus, he said.
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‘Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax’ to feature photographs, drawings, prints

Artist Kent Rush’s work will be showcased in an exhibition from Wednesday, Jan. 20, through Thursday, March 10, in the Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in “Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax,” curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art, who describes Rush as his mentor.

“Though this is largely an opportunity to pay tribute, Kent’s work alone merits exhibition,” Cox said. “A pleasant blend of graphite drawings, prints and photographs, his works show how one idea can have multifaceted executions and maintain a distinct aesthetic transcending the single-media approach.”

The exhibition will include “mainly close-up images of odd urban infrastructure, much of it discarded or vestigial, photographed through the plastic lens of a toy camera,” Cox said.
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Heterodyne Duo to perform percussion, saxophone concert

The Heterodyne Duo will present a program of selected pieces that are highly varied in their compositional styles when the duo performs at 6 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The duo features Dr. Nathan Nabb, SFA professor of saxophone, and Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA. They will perform "West, or Evening Song in Autumn" by Masakazu Natsuda, "The Metaphysics of Notation" by Mark Applebaum and "Walk the Walk" by Michael Daugherty.

Some of the pieces draw influence from jazz and funk, while others are influenced by non-Western music and include extended timbral possibilities for both saxophone and percussion, according to Nabb.

The Natsuda work is "a beautiful, meditative soundscape for soprano saxophone, multi-percussion and drone," Nabb said.
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University Series to feature unique radio theater production of 'Dracula'

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will host L.A. Theatre Works in presenting Bram Stokers' "Dracula" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Part of the 2015-2016 University Series, this performance features the foremost radio theater company in the United States, said John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts. For more than two decades, LATW, under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances in more than 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.

"An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting," Goodall said. "This theater… is an event."
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'Refined IX: Humor' highlights diverse field of metalworking, jewelry

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined IX: Humor" exhibition Friday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, March 12, 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 SFA’s School of Art, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 are awarded at the juror's discretion.

This year's theme in humor is "A Bracelet, a Brooch, and a Teapot Walk into a Bar."

"'Refined' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme," Handley said, adding the exhibition is focused on the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry.

 "Whether you work in metal, stones, plastic, fiber or found materials, if you are a 'smith,' it carries into whatever work you create," Handley said.
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SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘The Lightning Thief’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present two performances of “The Lightning Thief” Friday, Feb. 5.

Also featured during the 2014-2015 children’s series, “The Lightning Thief” was so popular that some audiences missed their chance at seeing the show last year, “so we decided to bring it back,” said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, “The Lightning Thief” is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
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Welcome back, Lumberjacks. Although it’s the end of winter break and the beginning of the spring semester, it’s not too late to admire some beautiful snowy landscapes. National Geographic photographer Oskar Enander mixed fantasy with the natural world in his photography project, “Capturing the Dream: A Midnight Slalom of Color and Motion.”

Click here to view and read how Enander photographed the backcountry of British Columbia and Alaska with more than 10,000 pounds of equipment and skiers wearing LED ski suits.

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