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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Updated syllabi for spring 2015 due.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
SFA Men's Basketball at Houston Baptist
7 p.m.




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Dr. Luis El Aguerrevere

School of Human Services

Aguerrevere,  assistant professor in the School Psychology and Speech Language Pathology programs, will present two pieces at the upcoming Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Annual Conference in Austin.

The presentations are titled: "The Effect of EEG Biofeedback on Second Language Acquisition in Adults: A Pilot Study" and "Accuracy of QEEG on Classifying Performance Based Attention Deficits and Executive Dysfunctions on ADHD: A Validation Study."

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens' Piney Woods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens, will have a piece published in the January/February edition of Neil Sperry's Gardens Magazine.

Grant's piece is an introductory article in a series that will cover his five basic principles of landscape design.

News & Announcements

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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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 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.

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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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 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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Walkup named SLC Player of the Week

Junior Thomas Walkup has been named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday morning.

The weekly honor is the first for Walkup and the SFA men’s basketball team this season and the second during his SFA career.

The native of Pasadena, Texas, was a dominant offensive threat in leading the 'Jacks to a 2-0 road record on the week. Walkup averaged 25 points, six assists and 4.5 rebounds in wins over Central Arkansas (109-58) and Abilene Christian (82-64) to help SFA improve to 14-3 overall and 4-0 in league play.
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SFA extends streaks in 79-54 win over UNO

Senior Jacob Parker scored 19 points and sophomore Dallas Cameron netted a career-high 12 points to help fuel the SFA men’s basketball team to a 79-54 win over New Orleans on Monday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The Lumberjacks (15-3, 5-0 SLC) outscored the Privateers (5-9, 0-4 SLC) 43-25 in the second half to pick up their nation-leading 27th win in conference play. The win also marked the team’s 14th consecutive overall victory of the season, which ranks third in the country.

Parker led all, shooting 7-of-10 from the line with three 3-pointers and a team-best five rebounds. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma, was one of four to score in double figures. Junior Jared Johnson finished with 15 points and junior Thomas Walkup joined Cameron with 12 points.
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Payne sets NCAA indoor pole vault record

SFA’s Demi Payne continues to make quite a splash for the Lumberjacks early in the 2015 track and field season, setting an NCAA indoor pole vaulting record at the Texas A&M Track Invitational.

Payne cleared 4.63 meters (15 feet, 2.25 inches), breaking the previous NCAA mark of 4.61 meters set last week by Arkansas’ Sandi Morris. The previous mark was 4.60 meters, held by Texas’ Kaitlin Peetrillose. Payne nearly added to her NCAA record, just missing clearing 4.65 meters (15-3) on her three attempts.

Payne, who transferred to SFA after earning All-American honors at Kansas, has burst onto the scene through her first two meets as a Ladyjack. Last week in Akron, Ohio, Payne broke the program’s indoor pole vault record at 4.30 m (14 feet 1.25 inches), shattering the previous women’s mark of 4.09 m (13 feet 5.25 inches) – a record that stood for nearly 14 years.
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SFA finishes fifth at Mid-Winter Invitational

SFA won two of its three baker-style bracket matches over the final day of the Arkansas State Mid-Winter Invitational, finishing fifth overall. It marks the second top-five finish of the season for the Ladyjacks as SFA posted a 9-3 mark over the three-day tournament.

Seeded fifth heading into the best-of-seven matches, SFA was paired with Vanderbilt in the opening round. After dropping the opening game to the Commodores 201-183, the Ladyjacks responded with four-straight victories, winning the final two games 202-170 and 219-173.

SFA pushed its winning streak to five straight, taking the opening game against Central Missouri 185-173 in the second round, then took the third 208-175 after dropping game two. But the Jennies responded to take the final three games of the match, sending the Ladyjacks into a rematch with Vanderbilt to battle for fifth-place.
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Fine Arts

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

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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'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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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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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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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.

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