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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.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Sunday, Jan. 24
SFA tennis vs. the University of Texas - San Antonio
Nacogdoches


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SFA Charter School applications due Jan. 29

Applications for admission to the SFA Charter School are now available at the Charter School office and are due no later than 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed by Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Openings are expected in the kindergarten class and there may be openings for students in first through fifth grades.

An optional information meeting for all applicants is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St.

For more information, call (936) 468-5899 or stop by the ECRC, Room 101. More information also is available here.

International Friendship Program provides opportunities for cultural exchange, friendships

SFA's Office of International Programs offers an International Friendship Program where a student, community member or faculty or staff member is paired up with one or two international students.

The host and the international student meet once or twice a month during the semester to have a conversation over coffee, play games, celebrate American holidays or any activity both enjoy doing. This program opens interaction between local community members and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships.

Those interested in participating can fill out an application here. Submit your answers no later than Sept. 22. For questions, call Coordinator of International Programs Oresta Felts at (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.


Interest meetings planned for Office of Multicultural Affairs' 'Vagina Monologues' production

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for enthusiastic and confident women to perform in this year’s production of Eve Ensler’s "Vagina Monologues."  The monologues are intended to bring awareness to abuse against women and celebrate women and their triumphs.

Interest meetings will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.100.
 
For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

Travel funding deadline approaching for National Conference on Undergraduate Research presenters

Faculty members who have students presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research are encouraged to inform them of travel funding opportunities provided by SFA. The deadline to apply for funds is Friday, Jan. 29.

Each student should submit a word document with his or her name, college and department, faculty adviser, email address and phone number, along with the abstract submitted to the NCUR, to wootenc1@sfasu.edu.

A committee will determine who will receive funding, and recipients will be notified by Tuesday, Feb. 9.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Promotions, giveaways planned for double-header rivalry game Saturday

The SFA men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to host rival Sam Houston State University in a double-header beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The community is invited to William R. Johnson Coliseum to cheer the 'Jacks on in their biggest home weekend of the season to date.

Last March, SFA set a new coliseum single-game attendance record against the Bearkats as 7,328 fans witnessed both SFA teams post victories to clinch Southland Conference titles.
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Walkup named a candidate for 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award

SFA men’s basketball senior Thomas Walkup has been selected as a candidate for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the CLASS award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
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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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Fine Arts


‘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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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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'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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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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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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Dust off your telescopes and drag out the blankets through February, because this is your chance to take a look at five of the solar system's residents.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible through Saturday, Feb. 20, in the early morning hours. A decade has passed since the last time planets lined up this way.

Get more information about viewing conditions and the event from this EarthSky.com article.

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