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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Dr. Andrew Parr
piano recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Thursday, Jan. 30
Men's Basketball
vs. Abilene Christian
8 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Abilene Christian
6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31
Children's Performing Arts Series
"Wizard of Oz"
9:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational

Saturday, Feb. 1
Men's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
6 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational

Women's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
4 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Conservation Education Building ribbon-cutting

The SFA Board of Regents and President Baker Pattillo cordially invite you to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

The new building is located at 2900 Raguet Street. A reception will follow the ceremony. The dress is business casual.

SFA Board of Regents meetings

The SFA Board of Regents will convene a two-day Board Meeting and Committee Meetings in room 307 of the Austin Building beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The published agenda can be found here.

Peter Raven lecture canceled

The "Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World" lecture scheduled for Feb. 4 at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center has been canceled. SFA Gardens expects to reschedule the lecture by conservationist Peter Raven at a later date. For information about upcoming programs at SFA Gardens, call (936) 468-1832, email erodewald@sfasu.edu or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Faculty Senate to Host Shared Governance Webinar

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a webinar on shared governance in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Tiered Classroom, 2.201, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. As this is a topic central to higher education, all faculty and staff members are warmly invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Global Gateway to Tunisia presentation

The Global Gateway to Tunisia Presentation, sponsored by Office of International Programs, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Please join us for a 30-minute presentation on Tunisian culture given by a Tunisian student. Authentic Tunisian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

SFA Charter School applications

Applications for the SFA Charter School are available in the Charter School Office until Jan. 29. Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed on Feb. 7. There are expected openings in kindergarten and possible openings in grades 1-5.

There will be an optional information meeting for all applicants at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. 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. or click here.

Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA

The Undergraduate Research Conference 2014 will showcase student projects completed across SFA’s six colleges during the previous calendar year. The URC celebrates academic achievements and scholarly excellence at SFA will be held this April.

The conference will be a high-profile event in which students can present research or creative works. A prize of $250 will be given to the the student or group selected as a Top Scholar in each college. The deadline for submissions to the sponsoring faculty is Jan. 31. For more details, visit our website.

Find the TEDxSFA red X on campus

The second TEDxSFA event is happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets can be purchased in the BPSC or online.

Until then look for the red X on the SFA campus. If you find it and send a photo of your group with the X to TEDxSFA@gmail.com, your group could be the TEDxSFA Facebook page cover. Congratulations to the SFA Football team who recently found the TEDxSFA big red X on campus.

Campus Recreation

LadyJack Barbellas registration deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Cost: $25 for Rec Members and $35 for Non-Members

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is a 6-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Ladyjack BarBellas is structured to provide a concept and practice-based understanding of implementing resistance training into your exercise program. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Walk into any gym with confidence. Ignite your fitness fire!

Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. You must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins Wednesday, Jan. 29. and will run two days a week, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact John McElrath at (936) 468-1436.

Last day to register for Learn to Swim Group Session I

Friday, Jan. 31

Let us teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water. We offer an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.

The cost for group swim is $45 per level for Rec members and $55 for non-members. This fee is non-refundable. Please visit the Administrative Office located in the lobby of the Student Recreation Center to register. Classes may fill quickly, so please sign up early or join the waiting list for the next available slot. Class will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27. For more information, please contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.

Massage Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 11

6 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. It helps reduce stress and produces deep relaxation. Learn proper massage techniques from our certified massage therapist Therese Hostetter. Be sure to bring a friend or significant other! Pre-register in the Rec Administration Office to save your spot, but walk-ins are also welcome!

Parents' Night Out

Feb. 14, March 28, April 11

SFA Campus Recreation is hosting three sessions of Parents’ Night Out programs during the spring semester for children ages 5-12. The cost per child is $20 and will include dinner and activities. Parents will drop their children off at 6 p.m. and are free to pick them up any time until midnight that night. For more information, contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051, lankfordtc@sfasu.edu, or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775, kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.


Second-half run too much for Ladyjacks

It was a matchup of the top two defensive teams in the Southland Conference, and the SFA Ladyjacks came up short as the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears used a long run in the second half to pull away and defeat the Ladyjacks 65-42.

UCA (12-6, 6-1 SLC) went on a 21-0 run in the second half to put the game out of reach for SFA (10-9, 4-3).

The Ladyjacks trailed by four points at halftime and came out in the second half to quickly pull within a point, but that is when the Sugar Bears got hot and ran away.

After Porsha Roberts hit a pair of free throws to make it 34-33 in favor of UCA, the Sugar Bears went on a 20-2 run to extend the lead to 19 points. That run would continue with the Ladyjacks not scoring a point over an eight-minute stretch. By then, the Ladyjacks trailed 63-37.
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SFA finishes fifth at Kutztown Invitational

SFA capped is final day of the Kutztown Invitational with an impressive showing, taking all three of its best-of-seven matches to vault into fifth-place in the overall standings. The Ladyjacks closed out the three-day event with an 11-4 mark, capturing their fourth top-five tournament finish of the season.

Entering Sunday's final round in eighth-place among the 26-team field, SFA drew Norfolk State in the first of its three best-of-seven baker matches. The Ladyjacks squeaked out a 193-192 victory in the first game, then proceeded to take the next two 210-178 and 225-205. The Spartans would take the fourth 214-185 before SFA closed out the match in five, taking the final game 205-167.

Up next for the Ladyjacks was North Carolina A&T as once again SFA raced out to a commanding 3-0 lead after the first three games, winning the first 190-182, the second 181-139 before notching an overwhelming 277-170 victory in the third. After dropping the fourth 209-167, the Ladyjacks responded with a 222-181 fifth-game tally, giving SFA 10 victories for the tournament.

The final match of the tournament put SFA head-to-head against eighth-ranked Valparaiso, a team that seemed to have the Ladyjacks number this season. It proved to be one of SFA's most memorable matches of the season, beginning with two impressive games as the Ladyjacks raced out to a 2-0 lead behind commanding 266-168 and 242-153 victories.
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SFA claims NCAA statistical championship

With the 2013 football season in the books, SFA has been named the NCAA Statistical Champion for passing offense in 2013. The Lumberjacks led the nation, averaging 389 passing yards per game, and set a new school record, surpassing the 362.3 average set by the 1989 squad.

In 12 games this season, SFA threw for 4,668 yards, the second-most in program history behind the 5,435 through 15 games in 1989. Establishing a reputation as one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country, SFA ranked second nationally in total offense per game as well, averaging 572.0 yards per game, just shy of Eastern Illinois' 589.5 average per game.

It was one of the 11 school records the ’Jacks either set or tied during the 2013 campaign as SFA continued to rewrite the program offensive record books. The 2013 football team also took down a handful of records that had stood for a significant portion of time, including three that were set during the 1969 season.
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SFA extends streaks, beat UCA 66-49

Junior Jacob Parker recorded his seventh double-double of the season and senior Deshaunt Walker added 19 points off the bench to push the SFA men's basketball team over Central Arkansas 66-49 Saturday afternoon inside Farris Center.

SFA (18-2, 7-0) extends its nation-leading road-win streak to eight-straight games and 15 consecutive wins overall, which ranks fifth nationally. The `Jacks also improve to 11-0 all-time against UCA (4-14, 1-6 SLC), having not dropped a decision since the Bears made the transition from Division II and joined the Southland Conference in the 2006-07 season.

Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 18th win as head coach, the most for a coach in their first season in Nacogdoches.

Parker recorded his second double-double of the season for SFA in league play, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 7-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line, while grabbing 8 of his 11 rebounds on the defensive end.

Parker and Walker were the only two ’Jacks to score in double figures against UCA.
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Ladyjacks fall at no. 52 SMU

Sophomore Valeria Terentyeva won her singles match 6-1, 6-0 over Macie Elliot, but the SFA women's tennis team fell 6-1 to SMU at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas. The match was the first match of the spring season for both SMU (1-0) and SFA (0-1).

"It was encouraging to see Lera win so convincingly," head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. "She has worked very hard and showed confidence and determination. It was also positive to see Malena Gordo and Denise Maxl being very close from taking both matches at the top of the line up to three sets.

"In terms of the doubles, I am very happy with Laura Servise's and Rachel Pierce's performance, but disappointed with the intensity we showed across the board. We are good enough to push SMU against the fence and we came in flat. We had our chances to scare them, but we lacked intensity and determination when we needed it the most.

"We have to learn from this loss and move forward, and understand that we can train the hardest, the longest, the smartest, but it is all for nothing if we don't truly believe in ourselves and each other. I look forward to a good week of practice in preparation for our first home match next Sunday against a very good Louisiana-Monroe."
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Fine Arts

Parr piano recital to feature retrospective of past works

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano, in a faculty recital performing "A Retrospective, Past and Present" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This recital is a new look at works learned over three decades ago, but were either never performed or not performed since that time," Parr said. "It has been an interesting process to revisit these 'old friends' and reconnect with the past."

Featured major works on the program are the relatively unfamiliar Theme and Variations, Op. 73 by Gabriel Fauré and the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.

"The Fauré Variations were composed in 1910 for a piano competition at the Paris Conservatory and have long been considered by the French as a masterpiece of the variation form," Parr said. "The Chopin sonata was written toward the end of the composer's life, and it embodies the culmination of his musical language, from the nocturne-like slow movement to the virtuosic finale."

Other works on the program are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and American composer Charles T. Griffes.
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SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of notable composers

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform their first concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The theme of the concert is "Tribute," and it will feature the music of notable American and British composers, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA.

The Symphonic Band will open the first half of the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs." Originally intended to be the final movement of Williams' Folk Song Suite, "Sea Songs" is a march medley of three well-known sea shanties: "Princess Royal," "Admiral Benbow" and "Portsmouth."

Next, the Symphonic Band will perform "Rhosymedre" by Vaughan Williams. Written in 1920, "Rhosymedre" began as a prelude for organ based on a Welsh hymn. The setting for band was arranged in 1972 and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands and the Symphonic Band's director.

The Symphonic Band will end its half of the concert with "Blue Bells of Scotland" by Arthur Pryor, featuring faculty member soloist Dr. Debra Scott on trombone.
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Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Wizard of Oz'

The SFA College of the Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Wizard of Oz" in two performances on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by American Family Theater, this classic tale of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow targets children in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.

"Students can join in Dorothy's adventures with Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and, of course, the Wizard himself," Peterson said. "This is a fun-filled, original musical adaptation based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'"

Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.cpas.sfasu.edu.

Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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