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

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

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

Friday, Jan. 30
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

Men's track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
Houston, Texas
10 a.m.




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Mr. and Miss SFA Announced

Chad Huckaby of Nacogdoches and Sabrina Wallace of Deer Park have been chosen for the 2015 Mr. and Miss SFA award. The students will be honored during halftime of the Stephen F. Austin State University men's basketball game against Houston Baptist University beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Mr. SFA Award was established in honor of the late Stan McKewen, a 1934 SFA graduate. The Arnodean Covin Miss SFA Award honors the SFA alumna who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.

Huckaby, recipient of the Stan McKewen Mr. SFA Award, is a senior mathematics major. A 2011 graduate of Martinsville High School, he is the son of Tim and Monaca Huckaby of Nacogdoches.

Huckaby is president of the SFA Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and serves on ODK's national membership committee and the inaugural national Student Advisory Board.
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News & Announcements

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.

Support SFA's Relay For Life team with a purchase of T-shirt

TeamSFA T-shirts are on sale as a fundraiser for the SFA faculty and staff member Relay For Life team.

All proceeds will go toward the team total, which will then go directly to the American Cancer Society.

Please help support TeamSFA by purchasing a shirt for $15 or $20 for sizes 3XL and above. Individuals may contact Melinda Colby at mcolby@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-6046.

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 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 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.

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.

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 finishes seventh at Kutztown Invitational

SFA went 2-1 over the final day of competition at the Kutztown Invitational, finishing seventh among the 27-team field. SFA posted an 11-3 record over the three-day event, finishing with a 201.2 scoring average.

Entering Sunday’s action in seventh-place, the Ladyjacks matched up with North Carolina A&T in the opening round of the best-of-seven baker bracket play. The Ladyjacks dropped the opening game, but rebounded to win the next four, including scoring 222 and 224 in games three and four, to secure the 4-1 win over N.C. A&T.

SFA then faced Vanderbilt, a new Southland Bowling League foe, in the second round as the Ladyjacks looked to secure a top-five finish. It proved to be one of the most competitive matchups of the day as the Commodores raced out to an early 3-0 lead. In game four, SFA bested Vanderbilt by one pin (248-247), then had a pair of convincing wins in games five and six to force the decisive seventh game. But the Ladyjacks pulled away in the final stanza, handing SFA the 192-167 defeat to secure the 4-3 victory.
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Payne soars past own NCAA record

One week after claiming the best women's indoor pole vault mark in NCAA history, Demi Payne broke her own record not once, but twice, on Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open in the Albuquerque Convention Center. SFA's Colton Ross also leaped his way to a first-place showing on Saturday, clearing 5.45 meters (17 feet, 10.5 inches) on the men's side.

Payne, who broke the NCAA record with a 4.63m (15 feet, 2.25 inches) jump last weekend at the Texas A&M Team Invitational, wasted little time raising the bar in New Mexico. She surpassed 4.65m (15 feet, 3 inches) on her first attempt and then tackled 4.75m (15 feet, 7 inches) on her first run before calling it quits for the day. She won the event by more than a foot over a stout 31-woman field. The New Braunfels native now owns the top three heights in the NCAA this year. 

Payne's striking performance puts her tied for No. 3 on the all-time U.S. women's indoor performers list and tied for 11th on the all-time world performers list.
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SFA takes season opener 6-1 over MSU

After being forced to wait a day to play their season opener due to rain, the SFA women’s tennis team downed Midwestern State 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

The Ladyjacks picked up a convincing season-opening victory, winning all but one match in both doubles and singles against MSU.

In doubles, SFA’s tandem of Malena Gordo and Dhanielly Quevedo picked up a convincing 6-1 win over Mustangs Kayla Casey and Taylor Coffman in No. 1 doubles. Ladyjacks Valeria Terentyeva and Vivienne Kulicke also won 6-4 in No. 3 doubles to secure the point.
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SFA mauls Bearkats for first place, 79-68

The SFA men's basketball team used a hot start and well-balanced attack to take over first place in the Southland Conference with a 79-68 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday evening inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

With the win, the Lumberjacks (16-3, 6-0 SLC) knocked off SHSU (14-5, 6-1 SLC) in the battle of unbeatens to pick up their nation-leading 28th straight conference victory. The victory also marks the team's 15th consecutive overall victory on the season, which sits third in the country.

Junior Thomas Walkup netted a strong closing few minutes to lead SFA with 17 points. The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished 6-of-7 from the floor with a three-pointer and perfect 4-of-4 showing from the free throw line, one of four 'Jacks to finish in double figures.
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Ladyjacks drop heartbreaker to Bearkats

The SFA women’s basketball team’s five-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon as rival Sam Houston State upset the Ladyjacks 65-64 in Johnson Coliseum. SFA controlled the game for most of the afternoon, leading for 30:05, while the Bearkats held a lead for just 3:39 in the second half.

Porsha Roberts led SFA with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting and had nine rebounds. Tierany Henderson and Brentney Branch each knocked down three three-pointers on the afternoon and finished with 13 and nine points, respectively. True freshman Charisma Alexander continued to play good basketball, upping her career-high point total with nine. She also brought down seven boards for the Ladyjacks (12-6, 5-2 SLC).

SFA jumped out to an 8-1 advantage and led for the entire first half thanks in part to 10 points for Roberts before the break. The senior center converted on a three-point play with 1:32 to go in the first to give SFA its largest lead of the game, 30-29. The Ladyjacks were up 30-23 heading into the locker room after limiting the Bearkats (5-13, 4-4 SLC) to just 34.8 percent shooting in the frame.
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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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'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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