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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Spring Drum Circle
5 p.m.
BPSC Twilight Ballroom

Thursday, Jan. 23
Martin Luther King Celebration
7 p.m.
Twilight Ballroom

Men's Basketball
at Oral Roberts
7 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla.

Women's Basketball
at Oral Roberts
5 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla.

Friday, Jan. 24
Dr. Krassimira Jordan
piano concert
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at KU Invite
Reading, Pa.

Saturday, Jan. 25
Men's Basketball
at Central Arkansas
4 p.m.
Conway, Ark.

SFA Bowling
at KU Invite
Reading, Pa.

Women's Basketball
at Central Arkansas
2 p.m.
Conway, Ark.




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News & Announcements

'My Unique Academic Journey' with Dr. Joshua Joseph

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we welcome Dr. Joshua Joseph, a civil engineer and licensed minister, to SFA for our Conscious Speaker Series. Joseph will discuss his academic journey, which included going from Southern University, a historically black university, to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. In addition, he will discuss his personal experience during the Virginia Tech tragedy of 2007.

The event will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 23. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

'The Art of the Railroad' exhibit to open Jan. 21

The Center for Regional Heritage Research at SFA will display "The Art of the Railroad" exhibit starting Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot.

The Industrial Revolution brought about the development of the railroad in the 19th century. This invention had a profound impact on society and the art world. This exhibit focuses on the interpretation of the railroad in different periods of art history.

"The Art of the Railroad" exhibit was researched and developed by SFA College of Fine Arts graduate student Javier Franco Vega. Specializing in digital media at the university, Vega portrays this historical progression through a series of photography.

The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The Nacogdoches Railroad Depot is located at 101 Old Tyler Road in Nacogdoches. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kelley Snowden at (936) 468-4405 or snowdenkelle@sfasu.edu.

Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA

The Undergraduate Research Conference 2014 will showcase student projects completed across SFA’s six colleges during the previous calendar year. The URC celebrates academic achievements and scholarly excellence at SFA will be held this April.

The conference will be a high-profile event in which students can present research or creative works. A prize of $250 will be given to the the student or group selected as a Top Scholar in each college. The deadline for submissions to the sponsoring faculty is Jan. 31. For more details, visit our website.

Essence of Design: Interior Design Showcase

SFA's School of Human Sciences and Ralph W. Steen Library cordially invite you to Essence of Design: Interior Design Senior Showcase 2014.

The opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, on the second floor of the Steen Library. The exhibit will run through March 1.

Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.

The drum circle will take place  at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.

Admission: $5 for faculty/staff/community members; $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the BPSC Information Desk or here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu.

SFA Planetarium show: Oceans in Space

The SFA Planetarium will be showing "Oceans in Space" at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.

Oceans In Space is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extrasolar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program—an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration—this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.
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SFA Charter School applications

Applications for the SFA Charter School are available in the Charter School Office until Jan. 29. Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed on Feb. 7. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.

There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. 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. or click here.

Find the TEDxSFA red X on campus

The second TEDxSFA event is happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets can be purchased in the BPSC or online.

Until then look for the red X on the SFA campus. If you find it and send a photo of your group with the X to TEDxSFA@gmail.com, your group could be the TEDxSFA Facebook page cover. Congratulations to the SFA Football team who recently found the TEDxSFA big red X on campus.

Campus Recreation

American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certification Course Registration Deadline

Tuesday, Jan. 21

SFA Campus Recreation offers full certification classes for American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer Certification. The next course will be Saturday, Jan. 25. These courses combine lecture, demonstrations and video with hands-on training. Cost is $55 for Rec members and $100 for non-members. These classes are open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Please visit the Rec Administration Office to register and pay for classes, or call (936) 468-1810 for more information.

Free Faculty Friday

Friday, Jan. 24

Each Friday during the spring semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Faculty and staff members will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign our guest log to enter. This is only for faculty and staff members, not family or dependents.

Rugby hosts high school tournament

Saturday, Jan. 25

Each year, the SFA Rugby Club hosts high school teams from Dallas and Houston in an annual tournament. Games will begin at 9 a.m. on the SFA Rugby Field. Come out and watch some great high school rugby, and support our SFA Rugby Club!


SFA sweeps A&M 12-team invitational

Two meets down for SFA sprinter Brarsheyia Simpson and two school records in the books. After breaking her own school record in the 60 meters last week to open her season, Simpson shattered her record in the 200 meters on Friday to win the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational.

Simpson crossed the finish line in 24.11 seconds, leaving her old record of 24.47 way behind. The win also gave the Ladyjacks 10 points toward the team scoring total.

The women’s team ran away with the victory scoring a total of 130 points, while the men also claimed victory but in a much closer battle with rival Sam Houston State. The Lumberjacks scored 105 points to hold off the Bearkats by only two points. Sam Houston State’s women also finished second with 108 points.

SFA was up against a number of regional teams, including many from the Southland Conference, so the meet gave head coach Phil Olson an early opportunity in the season to see how his teams may stack up against their conference foes come championship season.
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SFA Golf unveils travel van

Director of Athletics Robert Hill and head coach Trey Schroeder announced the delivery of a new custom sprinter-van, funded entirely by the donations of individuals who support the SFA men's and women's golf teams, Friday afternoon.

"First I have to thank the donors who gave the necessary funds and for their understanding of what this new van will do for our teams and especially how it will help recruiting," Hill said. "This van will surely impact the golf experience for our student-athletes, and these donors can take pride in knowing their investment will continue the future success of the SFA golf program."

The supporters of the program donated almost $80,000 for the van, as it will assist in recruiting and solve past transportation problems.
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Underwood, men's basketball turning heads

The SFA men’s basketball team continues to turn heads under first-year head coach Brad Underwood.

Already with 16 wins at the helm of the Lumberjacks (16-2, 5-0 SLC), Underwood is the program’s all-time winningest head coach in their first year at SFA. With the 74-58 victory at Northwestern State (Jan. 16), Underwood passed Glen Rose (1948) and John O. Stephens (1952), who both recorded 15 wins back in their respective first seasons.

“This team has shown a great ability to listen and adapt to the new system we have put in place,” Underwood said. “The three seniors have shown great leadership and the characteristics needed for us to be successful.”

The ’Jacks, 8-2 away from home, currently lead the nation with their six-game road-winning streak and despite not playing at home since Sam Houston State (Jan. 4), SFA’s 26-game home court win streak ranks second in the nation behind only No. 18 Duke. The  ’Jacks also rank fifth in the nation with their current 13-game win streak, tying for the most consecutive wins since the turn of the century. The 2002-03 squad also recorded 13-straight wins.
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Bowling places fifth at Mid-Winter Invitational

SFA went 2-1 over the final day of the 2014 Mid-Winter Invitational, closing out the three-day event in fifth-place out of 13 schools. The Ladyjacks posted an 8-4 record, notching their third top-five finish of the season.

After posting a perfect 4-0 mark Saturday, SFA opened up the three-match best-of-seven series against eighth-ranked Vanderbilt, going head-to-head against the Commodores for the second time in less than 24 hours. The Commodores struck first, taking the opening game 197-174, but SFA rallied to take the next four, including a commanding 247-194 margin in the final game, taking a 4-1 decision over Vanderbilt and improving to 4-0 on the season against the Commodores.

The Ladyjacks then met up with third-ranked Central Missouri and staged one of the best series of the tournament. After dropping the first two games, SFA rallied to take the third (200-179) and fourth (228-289), evening the series at 2-2. UCM edged out the Ladyjacks in the fifth (197-181), only to see SFA respond with a 194-158 decision in the sixth. But the Mules would outlast the Ladyjacks 208-179 to secure the victory.
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Fine Arts

'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' to open Jan. 24 in Cole Art Center

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined VIII: Maker's Choice" exhibition Jan. 24 through March 29 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 the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Each exhibition comes with a theme, and 'Maker's Choice' seemed a good idea as it denotes that these artists are makers of fine art," Handley said. "'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme."

All work must be original and completed within the last two years, and submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.
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Internationally celebrated pianist to perform at SFA

Acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, Jordan's performance will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

"I invited Dr. Jordan to come to SFA to play, having met her on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, last summer," said Parr, who also served on the Vienna Piano Academy faculty during the summer of 2013.

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, Jordan has performed with much acclaim as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Tonkunstler Orchester in Vienna.
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Parr piano recital to feature retrospective of past works

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano, in a faculty recital performing "A Retrospective, Past and Present" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This recital is a new look at works learned over three decades ago, but were either never performed or not performed since that time," Parr said. "It has been an interesting process to revisit these 'old friends' and reconnect with the past."

Featured major works on the program are the relatively unfamiliar Theme and Variations, Op. 73 by Gabriel Fauré and the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.

"The Fauré Variations were composed in 1910 for a piano competition at the Paris Conservatory and have long been considered by the French as a masterpiece of the variation form," Parr said. "The Chopin sonata was written toward the end of the composer's life, and it embodies the culmination of his musical language, from the nocturne-like slow movement to the virtuosic finale."

Other works on the program are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and American composer Charles T. Griffes.
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Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Wizard of Oz'

The SFA College of the Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Wizard of Oz" in two performances on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by American Family Theater, this classic tale of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow targets children in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.

"Students can join in Dorothy's adventures with Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and, of course, the Wizard himself," Peterson said. "This is a fun-filled, original musical adaptation based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'"

Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.cpas.sfasu.edu.

Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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