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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Jan. 23
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium
Each Friday from Jan. 23 to March 6.
7 p.m.

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.




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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens to prepare volunteers for Garden Guides

SFA Gardens will host an orientation and training for volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

The training will prepare volunteers to present environmental education programs to area school children throughout the year. The programs introduce students to the natural world through hands-on activities.

"Area residents are invited to join some great people and gorgeous plants in the garden for the spring 2015 Garden Guide training class," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator.

During the school programs at the SFA Gardens, students might explore the inside of a flower or learn about honeybee communication. They also may take a closer look at soil, investigate forest habitats or measure trees. Volunteers are not required to have advanced horticulture knowledge, but do need a love and appreciation for energetic, curious kids.

To register for the class or for more information, contact Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.
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SFA Gardens to host vegetable garden basics seminar

SFA Gardens will host a beginning vegetable gardening class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, will discuss site selection, soil preparation, compost, raised bed and container options, planting schedules and interesting vegetable varieties for East Texas.

Class members will participate in hands-on planting activities. Children's activities also will be available.

Cost for the event, which includes all supplies, is $20 for SFA Garden members, $25 for non-members and $45 for family groups. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Portz Fellowship Committee is now accepting applications

The National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship Committee is now accepting applications from undergraduate honors students for Portz Fellowships. The Portz Fellowships support original and extended interdisciplinary projects for up to 18 months.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 16. To apply, complete all sections of the Portz Fellowship application, available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats, and submit both the application and letters of recommendation by the deadline.

If you would like more information about the Portz Fellowship, please contact Dr. Patrice Berger at pberger1@unl.edu, or (402) 472-5425. 
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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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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.

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.


Payne awarded USATF Athlete of the Week

The national accolades keep rolling in for SFA's Demi Payne. The senior pole vaulter has been named the USA Track and Field National Athlete of the Week, the organization announced on Thursday morning.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, 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 under any conditions - indoor or outdoor. Her winning vault on Saturday places her at No. 8 on the all-time U.S. indoor list.
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SFA holds off Lamar, 59-55

The SFA women’s basketball team jumped out to a quick 21-point lead in the first half and held off a late push by Lamar to win 59-55 inside the Montagne Center on Thursday night. The victory is the fifth straight for the Ladyjacks (12-5, 5-1 SLC).

SFA got off to a fast start thanks to the suffocating defense and big first-half performances from Porsha Roberts and Taylor Ross. The Ladyjacks held the Lady Cardinals (8-10, 5-2 SLC) to just 28.6 percent shooting in the opening period, including a 1-for-10 mark from beyond the arc.

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Ladyjack tennis opener washed out

The 2015 opener for the SFA women’s tennis team has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

The Ladyjacks were scheduled to play both Tarleton State University (10 a.m.) and Midwestern State University (4 p.m.) on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Schlief Tennis Complex. 

SFA’s match with TSU has been cancelled. The Ladyjacks have rescheduled their match against MSU for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

Brick by brick, help SFA baseball build a new clubhouse

The SFA baseball team is asking Lumberjack fans for their support to help build the team a new clubhouse as part of their "Brick By Brick" campaign.

The team's temporary facility at Jaycees Field is in need of replacement. Almost half of the total investment to build the new structure has been secured. However $350,000 is still needed.

In order to achieve this goal, SFA is reaching out to alumni and friends of the 'Jacks to ask for their financial support by purchasing, for $1,000, personally engraved bricks that will become part of the new clubhouse. Donors may consider purchasing additional bricks to honor family members, teammates and friends.
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Fine Arts

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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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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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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