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

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

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

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


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International Friendship Program now accepting applications

The Office of International programs is now accepting applications from those who like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world by participating in the International Friendship Program.

Students, faculty and staff members or community members are matched with one or two international students. Participants are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, to celebrate American holidays or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.

The program opens interaction between the local community and international students, and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships.

If you are interested in being part of the program, please fill out an application here.

The deadline is Monday, Jan. 26. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

SFA Baseball season tickets now on sale

The 2015 Lumberjack Baseball season has arrived!

SFA needs you at Jaycees Field to cheer on our Lumberjacks as they compete for the 2015 Southland Conference title.

SFA faculty and staff members can purchase season tickets in person at the SFA Ticket Office, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, or by phone at 936-468-5225.

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 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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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 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.

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 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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Athletics

SFA part of new Southland Bowling League

SFA bowling will have a new home as a member of the Southland Bowling League, the league office announced Tuesday. The Ladyjacks will be one of eight teams comprising the new conference, which will begin competing this spring.

The Southland Bowling League include the teams from SFA, Sam Houston State University, Arkansas State University, Louisiana Tech University, Monmouth (N.J.) University, Tulane University, Valparaiso University and Vanderbilt University.

“We’re very excited about the formation of the Southland Bowling League and the opportunities having our own conference will bring,” said SFA head bowling coach Amber Lemke. “We will have one of the toughest conferences in the nation with a number of programs that consistently rank in the top-10 nationally and it will give our girls the chance to control their own destiny when it comes to the NCAA tournament. It is exciting to see our sport continue to grow and we are looking forward to taking on this new challenge beginning this spring.”
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Payne named National Athlete of the Week

SFA's Demi Payne has been named the Division I Women's National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

On Saturday at the Texas A&M Team Invitational, Payne broke the NCAA women's pole vault record with a jump of 4.63 meters (15 feet, 2.25 inches), just one day after Arkansas' Sandi Morris set a national mark of 4.61 meters. Payne, who blew by the field in College Station, nearly added to her NCAA record-setting flight, narrowly missing at 4.65 meters (15 feet, 3 inches) on her three allotted attempts.

Payne is the first college woman to ever clear 4.63 meters (15 feet, 2.25 inches) under any conditions - indoor or outdoor.
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Fine Arts

Exhibition features photography of poet Dickinson's bedroom

"Billie Mandle: Circumference," showing Jan. 27 through March 13 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus, is an exhibition featuring the artist's most recent project - photographs of American poet Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

For the past year, photographer Mandle, using a large format camera and available light, has photographed Dickinson's bedroom, focusing primarily on the southwest corner into which her desk faced. The photographic project, which Mandle calls "Circumference," explores the light as it changes throughout the day and across the seasons.

"The surface of the walls have changed since Dickinson lived there, but the quality of light is the same that infused her poetry," Mandle writes of her project. "As I photograph this potent corner, focusing on both the physical structure of the walls and the ephemeral space in between, I search for what might be learned about imagination, attention and observation."
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Guest trombonist to perform music of Rousseau, Clarke, Von Weber

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Charles Hurt in a guest trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Hurt, who is professor of trombone at Texas State University and principal trombonist of the Austin Symphony for 30 years, will be the guest artist of the SFA Trombone Studio and will teach and perform on campus for three days.

Hurt will work with the SFA Trombone Choir on Monday and perform a solo trombone recital, accompanied by pianist Ron Petti, SFA director of accompanying, on Tuesday. Hurt will teach students in private lessons throughout the three days and also will teach a master class for all trombone students at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall.
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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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This month, NASA released the largest, most detailed image of the Andromeda galaxy ever captured, courtesy of the Hubble telescope. So just how big is it, you might ask? Over a billion pixels.

To put it bluntly, that's one big picture. Well actually, it's more than 7,000 pictures made into one piece. So there's a special thanks to the YouTube user who turned it into a video experience, which you can check out here

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