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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Jan. 25
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Saturday, Jan. 30
Men's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
11:30 a.m.
Corpus Christi

Monday, Feb. 1
Men's golf at NIT at Omni Tuscon Invitational
Tuscon, Arizona

SFA men's golf at the Sea Best Invitational
Ponte Verda Beach, Florida

Tuesday, Feb. 2
SFA men's golf at the Sea Best Invitational
Ponte Verda Beach, Florida




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News & Announcements

SFA awards approximately $120,000 in research grants

Six of SFA's largest in-house grants for 2016 were awarded this month through the University's Research Enhancement Program and the SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, totaling approximately $120,000 in support of faculty research and creative projects.

Eighteen grant proposals were submitted to and reviewed by the University Research Council, which then chose the six Research and Creative Activity Grants recipients. Two Research Pilot Studies (smaller in-house funding opportunities) also were awarded. Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, approved the council's recommendations.

"Research enhancement funds like RCA and RPS grants are meant to encourage and strengthen research, offer scholarly and creative opportunities for faculty members, serve as support for innovative research, and provide seed monies to attract other financial support from external entities," Bullard said.
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Department of Biology to host Darwin Day celebration

SFA's Department of Biology will host the university's first Darwin Day celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Texas A&M University's Dr. Gil Rosenthal will deliver a seminar titled "Mate Choice and its Consequences; Genomic and Behavioral Insights from Natural Hybrid Zones" in the Miller Science Building, Room 139.

The event is free and open to the public. Darwin Day is a celebration of Charles Darwin's contributions to science and the humanities.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host interactive lecture aimed at creating a nature-rich future for Texas families

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a lecture and interactive community discussion led by Jennifer Bristol, state director of the Texas Children in Nature Network, at 7 p.m. tonight in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

In 2009, the Texas Children in Nature Network formed at the request of a bipartisan group of Texas legislators seeking to address the growing body of research indicating that children were spending less time outdoors and more time engaged in sedentary, indoor activities.
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Nelson Rusche College of Business ribbon-cutting ceremony today

SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business will celebrate its renovated facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today on the first floor of the R.E. McGee Building on the SFA campus.

The ceremony will recognize the new Mattress Firm Commons, the Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors and the Mark T. Layton Lobby.

The event is open to the public. Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business, said the ceremony will allow the college to formally thank and recognize several key people who played a vital role in helping advance the college's mission.
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School of Social Work to present lecture on transgender policies in Texas schools

SFA's School of Social Work will host a guest lecture with Josephine Tittsworth and Nikki Vogel from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the School of Social Work, Room 201.

The lecture is titled "Texas Educational Institution Police: Examination of Transgender Inclusion Policies at Texas Schools."

Anyone wishing to attend the lecture should RSVP by Monday, Jan. 25, by calling (936) 468-5105. Seating is limited to 30 people. Continuing education credits are available to social workers who attend. 

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Diversity Conference

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs invites faculty and staff members, students and the community to attend its second annual Diversity Conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

Admission to the conference is free and includes a free three-course lunch, T-shirt for the first 75 students and free Continuing Education Units for social workers in attendance.

Those interested in attending may register 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.


Geffrard, Floyd and Walkup join forces to help 'Jacks declaw Bearkats, 76-64

In front of more than 7,000 fans, the SFA men's basketball team continued Saturday what has become a tradition against Sam Houston State University under head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood: winning.

Senior Clide Geffrard’s silky shooting yielded a team- and career-high 22 points. Coupled with double-digit scoring from seniors Demetrious Floyd and Thomas Walkup, the 'Jacks withstood a late Bearkat salvo for a 76-64 victory in the 196th meeting between the two adversaries.
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Ladyjacks down Bearkats, 70-63

The SFA women’s basketball team saw double-digit scoring efforts from five players to beat rival Sam Houston State University 70-63 Saturday night. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Ladyjacks and improved their all-time record against the Bearkats to 65-11.

Senior guard Taylor Schippers had a breakout performance to pace the balanced attack, scoring a season-high 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting. She tied a season best with four three-pointers and also notched three assists and two steals.
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Schwartz, Ladyjacks finish third at Kutztown Invitational

The SFA bowling team posted a 4-1 record in the final round of the Kutztown Invitational, closing out the event with a 9-2 overall mark to finish third in the team standings.

Individually, sophomore Stephanie Schwartz was named to the all-tournament team after finishing third in scoring average with a 226.4, bowling more than 200 in four of her five games. Freshman Dakotah Hazelwood was the second SFA finisher, placing 19th overall with a 203.6 average.
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Ladyjack tennis team takes down the University of Texas - San Antonio, 4-3

A three-set comeback from SFA tennis freshman Vanesa Calvo was just the push the team needed to topple the University of Texas - San Antonio 4-3 at the Schlief Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.

“Our team did a great job of handling the momentum swings today,” said head coach Jon McLaughlin. “Today’s match was a great battle between two solid teams and we received a tremendous effort from our kids in order to get this win against a quality opponent.”
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Fine Arts

Wind Ensemble to present 'Welcome Home' program

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the program "Welcome Home" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

A concert presented at the conclusion of the Wind Ensemble's annual winter tour, "Welcome Home" contains "something for everyone" and features music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, according to Dr. David Campo, director of the ensemble this spring in the absence of Fred J. Allen, who is on sabbatical. Associate conductor is Dr. Tamey Anglley, and guest conductor is Dr. James Dreiling.

Opening the concert is the Joseph Kreines transcription of Leo Delibes' "March and Cortege of Bacchus" from the ballet "Sylvia." Written in 1876, "Sylvia" is based on the Arcadian play "Aminta" by the Italian playwright Torquato Tasso.
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Young Nacogdoches pianist wins distinguished national gold medal

Eleven-year-old Nacogdoches pianist Antonio Ajero has been awarded a National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, earning him the status of being the only Texas resident to garner this prestigious prize.

A recent student of Linda Parr in the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music, Antonio scored the top mark in the nation on the Level 9 Piano assessment.

National Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to music development program students who achieve the highest standard of excellence in the United States. Sixty-nine students earned National Gold Medals this year. In addition to recognizing the top scorers in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, National Gold Medals honor music teachers for the time and effort put into training their students.
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SFA selects contestants in prestigious Schmidbauer competition

Eight outstanding young musicians have been accepted as participants in the distinguished 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA.

Celebrating its ninth 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.
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For generations, fairy tales have served as vehicles for explaining the world and teaching morals and values. New research, however, suggests that those traditional folk tales may be much older than previously thought.

Check out this Smithsonian Magazine piece discussing new research that pushes the origin dates on stories like "Rumpelstiltskin" and "Jack and the Bean Stalk" back hundreds of years.

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