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This Week's Calendar

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

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


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

Saturday, Jan. 31
Men's track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
Houston
10 a.m.


Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Conference: Hidden Faces
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


SFA Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

Men's track and field at New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque, New Mexico


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News & Announcements


SAA announces spring calendar

The SFA Student Activities Association released its calender of planned events for the year.

More information can be found on the association's website at sfasu.edu/saa.


Watch the big game with the Lumberjacks!

The Student Activities Association will host a Super Bowl Watch Party at the Baker Pattillo Student Center movie theatre on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Free food will be available. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.

SFA's 90.1 KSAU up and running with new technology

Courtesy of KTRE News

Music and live disc jockeys can be heard again on SFA's 90.1 KSAU-FM radio station.

The student-run radio station was down for two months while the transmitter site was updated.

The station is now functioning at a much higher level of quality, and students and staff are happy to be reaping the benefits of this new technology.
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Coaches vs. Cancer Game On Saturday

The SFA men’s basketball team has partnered with the American Cancer Society to turn Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi into a Coaches vs. Cancer event.

As fans enter William R. Johnson Coliseum, they are encouraged to help make a difference in the fight against cancer. At tables located on the north end of the concourse, fans can register and either give a flat donation or pledge a $1 or more for every three-pointer the Lumberjacks make during the game to help aid cancer research. Those who enter a pledge also will be entered in a raffle for prizes, including $100 gift cards, to be announced at halftime. There is a minimum $20 donation to be eligible for the raffle.
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Make a Difference event planned to help orphanage

The Student Activities Association, Share Africa Organization and Harold's House are teaming up to collect items to donate to orphans.

Members of the organizations will be collecting items outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 13.

Donations might include gently used clothes and shoes, non-perishable food items, books and school supplies. Donations also can be dropped off at the association's office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Room 3.305.

SAA to host 'Girl Code' discussion

The Student Activities Association will host a discussion on empowering topics concerning young women tonight during a free event at 8 p.m.

The meeting will offer free food. More details are available by calling (936) 466-1222 or visiting sfasu.edu/saa.


SAA movie series begins this week

The Student Activities Association will launch into springs' movie showings beginning Thursday, Jan. 29 with a screening of "Dracula Untold" at 7 p.m. and a showing of "Dear White People" at 9:30 p.m.

These two movies will be screened at through Sunday, Feb. 1

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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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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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.


Little Kickers Soccer Program begins in spring

SFA Soccer is excited to announce that it is again hosting the successful Little Kickers Soccer Program this spring.

The Little Kickers Program is a fun introduction to soccer for boys and girls ages 3 to 5, with coaching from the SFA coaches and players. Little Kickers will begin Monday, March 23, and run on Monday nights for six weeks until May 4.

To register, please visit www.soccercampsfa.com or email tarrantkd@sfasu.edu with questions.

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.


"Kick Axe Wellness Challenge" registration now open

Registration for the first SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” is now open through Friday, Jan. 30. This five-week challenge runs from Monday, Feb. 2, to Sunday, March 8, 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. Best of all, a big party for all competitors is planned for when it's over. 

Whether you are physically active, wear your seat belt, attend SFA athletic events, pay your bills on time, or even recycle, this competition is for you.
 
For more information on the "Kick Axe Wellness Challenge," visit the challenge’s page, where you can find the registration form, the Getting Started Guide and anything else pertaining to the challenge. 

For any questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at 936-468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programing within Employee Wellness please visit www.sfasu.edu/employeewellness.

Athletics

Payne named Athlete of the Week

For the second week in a row, SFA's Demi Payne has been named the Division I Women's National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Tuesday morning.

One week after posting the best women's indoor pole vault mark in NCAA history, Payne demolished her own record not once, but twice, on Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open. She surpassed 4.65 meters (15 feet, 3 inches) on her first attempt and then cleared 4.75 meters (15 feet, 7 inches) on her first run before hanging it up for the day.

At five different heights, Payne didn't miss a single time as she left the rest of the 31-woman field in the dust. She won the event by more than a foot for her second consecutive individual crown of the 2015 indoor season. The New Braunfels native has been the top collegiate performer in all three of her meets this year.
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Fine Arts

Madera Wind Quintet to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madera Wind Quintet, one of the state's premier woodwind ensembles, in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the quintet's 2015 Southwest Tour and will feature the music of Texas composer Don Gillis from the ensemble's upcoming CD release "Five Piece Combo," along with new works for wind quintet from the group's earlier album, "Five at Play."

Throughout February, the quintet, which includes SFA School of Music alumnus Jason Paschall, will give concerts and master classes in Tyler, Denton, Nacogdoches, Kingsville and Corpus Christi before heading to San Antonio to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Read More

Cole Series to feature violin, piano recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Jennifer Dalmas and Kae Hosoda-Ayer performing a violin and piano recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola at SFA, and Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor at Baylor University where she teaches collaborative piano, will perform sonatas for violin and piano by three distinctive composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel.

The first piece on the program will be Mozart's Sonata for piano and violin in E minor, K. 304.
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Schmidbauer Competition announces contestant additions

Officials with the 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA have announced last-minute additions in the contestant list for the upcoming event on Saturday due to a few contestants who had pulled out of the competition late. The outcome will not affect the schedule and will continue to showcase an afternoon of impressive performances, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition.

Slated for Saturday, Jan. 31, the competition takes place in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. The semi-final round of the competition begins at 3 p.m. Finalists will be announced at approximately 5:30 p.m.
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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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Turtle Island Quartet to perform at SFA with singer, songwriter McKay

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a bold performance of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The concert, which features the program "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect," and is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

The night's performance will feature a kaleidoscope of music, ranging from the jazz standards of Billie Holliday and Billy Strayhorn to the sounds of the Weimar cabaret era of the 1920s to the songs of Doris Day.
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