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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
Tucson, Arizona


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

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

Thursday, Feb. 4
Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum


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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. today 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.

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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Cannes Film Festival opportunities available to SFA students

SFA faculty and staff members in the filmmaking, business and hospitality programs are encouraged to inform their students about an opportunity to work at the Cannes International Film Festival this coming summer.

Students who enroll in the HMS 426 class will work in the American Pavilion during the film festival in Cannes, France, from May 8-23, 2016.

Additional information is available online or by contacting Dr. Gina Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at (936) 468-1411 or causingf@sfasu.edu.

Orientation Programs searching for 2016 Orientation Leaders

Do you know a great student looking for a summer job? Orientation Programs is currently accepting applications for 2016 Orientation Leaders.

SFA faculty and staff members are asked to encourage spirited, reliable, motivated and successful students to apply. These students are a great resource to incoming students and their family members, and represent their academic areas and organizations throughout the summer.

Students can find more information on the Orientation Programs' website, and applications should be submitted through the Human Resources website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.


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.

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.

Campus Recreation


"Kick Axe Wellness Challenge" registration now open

Registration for the Second Annual SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” is open through Wednesday, Jan. 27. This five-week challenge runs Monday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, March 6, and is focused on the seven dimensions of wellness to promote a healthier lifestyle. Teams of four will participate in a friendly competition and earn points by completing weekly activities.

Prizes will be awarded weekly, and an overall winner will be announced at the end of the challenge. Also, a big party for all competitors is planned for the end of the challenge. 

For more information, visit the challenge’s page, where you can find the registration form, the Getting Started Guide and more. 

For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programming within Employee Wellness, click here.

Athletics


'Jacks overwhelm Lamar University, 86-52

Various ornithologists from around the planet have cataloged more than 40 types of existing flightless birds. The vast majority of those non-airborne fauna reside outside of the United States and traditionally the cardinal isn’t listed among them.

On Monday night in William R. Johnson Coliseum, however, the SFA men’s basketball team made a new addition to that list by grounding the Lamar University Cardinals.
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Floyd's smooth shooting delivers first career SLC Player of the Week Award

SFA men’s basketball senior guard Demetrious Floyd was named the Southland Conference Player of the Week Monday.

One of the most lethal pure shooters in the league, the St. Louis, Missouri, native menaced the University of New Orleans last week for a career-high 32 points to lead SFA to an 82-58 victory Monday, Jan. 18. Floyd racked up a career-best 13 field goals and tied his career-high six three-pointers.
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Former SFA soccer player Owens signs professional contract with ÍA Akranes FC

SFA alumna Rachel Owens, a four-year midfield starter for the SFA women's soccer team, has signed a professional contract for the Iceland-based ÍA Akranes FC in the Pepsi Premier League.

Owens is the fourth player in SFA history to sign a professional soccer contract after former Ladyjack greats Megan Dunnigan, Morgan Glick and Chelsea Raymond each took their careers to Iceland in 2015.
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Fine Arts


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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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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The cross-country American road trip is an iconic thing, considered by some to be a rite of passage. It's undertaken every year by countless people of all ages as a form of exploration and adventure, but few trips in the last century could compare in daring to the original trans-U.S. auto odyssey.

Before cement and asphalt crisscrossed the nation in a remarkable interstate system, Horatio Nelson Jackson gambled he could complete a tour of the nation by car in 90 days. And he did, all to win a bet of $50 (a little more than $1,300 in 2016). Check out this Atlas Obscura piece about Jackson's trip from San Francisco to New York City.

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