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This Week's Calendar

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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News & Announcements

Travel grant deadline extended for National Conference on Undergraduate Research attendees

Due to a delay in students receiving notification of acceptances to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, the deadline to apply for travel funding has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

Faculty members are encouraged to share this information with undergraduate students whose work was accepted to the conference. Applications can be sent to Dr. Courtney Wooten at wootenc1@sfasu.edu with the student's name, college/department, faculty adviser name, email, phone number and the abstract submitted to NCUR for consideration.

Check out SFA’s ad in the 2016 Texas Monthly College Guide

Click here to view SFA's new ad and other information concerning the university's ongoing branding campaign.

Interest meetings planned for Office of Multicultural Affairs' 'Vagina Monologues' production

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for enthusiastic and confident women to perform in this year’s production of Eve Ensler’s "Vagina Monologues."  The monologues are intended to bring awareness to abuse against women and celebrate women and their triumphs.

An interest meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.100.
For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

Regents approve faculty and staff appointments

Faculty and staff appointments and promotions were among the items approved by members of the SFA Regents during the board's January meeting.

In the Nelson Rusche College of Business, Todd Brown was approved as the new associate dean for faculty and administration, and Shirley Ann Wilson was approved as associate dean for student services. Professor Mikhail Kouliavtsev was approved as interim chair of the Department of Economics and Finance.
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Partnership between industry and natural resource management benefits the environment and SFA students

Like much of East Texas, the air at the SFA Real Estate Foundation's forested land in Cherokee County harbors the rich scent of pine. Walking through the rows of trees, one might regard the tract as just another pine plantation dotting the region's landscape. But to do so would be missing the forest for the trees.

Since 2001, 3,449 acres of Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture-managed forestland in Cherokee, Houston and Shelby counties has sequestered 293,000 metric tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

"That is equivalent to 36.5 million gallons of gasoline or 271,743 metric tons of lignite coal," said Jason Grogan, SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture research associate.
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Regents approve Master of Science in nursing program

Members of SFA's Board of Regents approved a new online Master of Science in nursing program within the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing during their quarterly meeting Tuesday.

The university is seeking approval from agencies including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing in preparation to offer the specialized program in spring 2017 to enable students to prepare to become family nurse practitioners.

"This program will help the whole community, as well as the School of Nursing," said Dr. Sara Bishop, SFA nursing director. "We are already one of the best-known schools of nursing in Texas-our graduation rates are great and our students perform remarkably on their board exams. This program will put us up one more level, and we are so excited about it."
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Alumni Association names Mr. and Miss SFA

The SFA Alumni Association announced that Collin Rutherford of Celina, Texas, and Olivia Miller of Arlington, Texas, have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Mr. and Miss SFA Award.

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 alumna who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs to hold diversity conference

Created with the combined goals of spreading an understanding of diversity and connecting university departments and programs, approximately 300 people have signed up to attend the free second annual SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Conference.

The brainchild of OMA director Dr. Osaro Airen, the upcoming conference will fittingly serve as Airen's last program in his position. He recently accepted a job in Dallas.

"It's been an honor to bring this to the East Texas community," Airen said. "We had people attend from Dallas last year. This year, we have people coming from Lamar University in Beaumont. The goal of diversity and word of the conference is being spread and that lets me know the work I've done has really had an impact. And it's a great way for me to end my time here at SFA."
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Lumberjack football preparing for 2016 National Signing Day in February

Coaches across the country are entering the final stretch of the 2016 recruiting season, and SFA is canvassing the South in search of players to don the purple and white at Homer Bryce Stadium.

Recruiting efforts come to a head Wednesday, Feb. 3, when National Signing Day 2016 officially kicks off as high school seniors can submit their National Letters of Intent to the school of their choice.
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National Girls and Women in Sports Day scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6

The SFA Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host the National Girls and Women in Sports Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The free clinic is offered to girls between 7 and 12 years of age. Student-athletes from SFA women's athletic programs will provide attendees with new athletic opportunities and the chance to get hands-on experience.
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Vote for head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood in charitable competition

Voting is ongoing in the 2016 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and SFA's head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is among the top five contenders for $100,000 in charitable funds.

If Underwood wins the competition, which continues through Sunday, March 13, proceeds will be donated to the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Fans are allowed to vote once per day per registered email address. Cast your ballot at voteforbrad.com.

Fine Arts

'What Happened, Miss Simone?' to be featured in First Friday Film Series

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "What Happened, Miss Simone?" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Liz Garbus, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" is the 2015 biographical documentary about Nina Simone, a classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse and black power icon dubbed the "High Priestess of Soul," according to information at ninasimone.com.
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Trio Mélange to perform at SFA

Trio Mélange, composed of music faculty members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will perform new music for soprano, horn and piano in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. The guest artist recital features Claire Vangelisti, soprano, Richard Seiler, piano, and James Boldin, horn, performing works of Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, Auguste Panseron, Eurico Carrapatoso and Gina Gillie.

Vangelisti's voice has graced both national and international concert and operatic stages, performing repertoire from Bach to Berg. She has performed as concert soloist with organizations such as The San Antonio Symphony, The Temple Philharmonic Orchestra, The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Texas Chamber Consort and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Her stage career includes appearances with Austin Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Southwest Opera and The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin.
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Coleidoscope to feature music of Busch, Higdon, Williams

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Coleidoscope at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The faculty recital is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series and features chamber music for saxophone, strings and piano. The program explores a number of interesting chamber music combinations, according to Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the School of Music.

Among the selections to be performed is the Quintet for Saxophone and String Quartet by Adolf Busch.
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SFA music faculty member Gavin to perform horn recital

SFA’s School of Music faculty member Charles Gavin will present a horn recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The selected compositions will feature the lyrical, singing qualities of the horn, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

Performing with Gavin are colleagues Scott LaGraff, voice; John W. Goodall, oboe; and James Pitts, piano. LaGraff will join Gavin in a performance of a group of songs set to the poetry of Walt Whitman.

"These are composed by Dallas composer Simon Sargon," Gavin said. "He has previously composed music for horn, voice and piano, and I enjoyed performing those, so I was excited to learn of this new work."

None of Gavin's selections have been performed on the SFA campus, he said.
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Special incentive offered for students under 18 to attend Schmidbauer Competition

In an effort to encourage more local young musicians to attend the distinguished 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA, event organizers have agreed to allow students under the age of 18 free admission to both the semi-final and final rounds.

Slated for Saturday, Jan. 30, 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 2 p.m. Finalists will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m. Those who move on to the final round will perform in a live concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians and prizes including cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.
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