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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Saturday, Jan. 31
Men's track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
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

Saturday, Feb. 7
Men's track and field at New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque, New Mexico

SFA Men's Basketball vs. Houston Baptist
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.




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SFA Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The SFA Board of Regents approved faculty and staff changes during its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Faculty appointments approved Tuesday included: Erica Dillard, lecturer of elementary education in the James I. Perkins College of Education; and Stephanie Perry, visiting lecturer of mathematics and statistics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Staff appointments within two academic colleges included: Nancy Nieberding, project coordinator of CONFIANZA in the Perkins College of Education; and Tiffany Gauntt, academic adviser in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

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News & Announcements

Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies now open

The Baker Pattillo Student Center now has two more choices for great food. Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 28.

Be sure to stop by daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and pick up a yummy treat.

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.

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.

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 through Sunday, Feb. 1

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.

"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.

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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SFA Gardens to host vegetable garden basics seminar

SFA Gardens will host a beginning vegetable gardening class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, will discuss site selection, soil preparation, compost, raised bed and container options, planting schedules and interesting vegetable varieties for East Texas.

Class members will participate in hands-on planting activities. Children's activities also will be available.

Cost for the event, which includes all supplies, is $20 for SFA Garden members, $25 for non-members and $45 for family groups. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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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.

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.

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.


Payne, Ross earn SLC weekly honors

For the second week in a row, the SFA track and field program is represented by two athletes for the Southland Conference weekly awards. Senior pole vaulters Demi Payne and Colton Ross have each been named SLC Field Athletes of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Payne had another huge weekend at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open last Saturday, breaking her own NCAA record not once, but twice, en route to her second individual title of the 2015 indoor season. At five different heights, Payne didn’t miss a single time. She cleared 15 feet, 3 inches (4.65 meters) on her first attempt and then went up and over 15 feet, 7 inches (4.75 meters) on her final two runs of the day. Those jumps, along with her initial record of 15 feet, 2.25 inches (4.63 meters) set at Texas A&M on Jan. 17, are the top three vaults in NCAA history.
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Conque adds two more to Lumberjack roster

SFA head coach Clint Conque announced the addition of two more transfers to the Lumberjack football team. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Gnacinski and sophomore defensive tackle Anthony Lee have joined the team and are participating in off-season workouts.

"We're very excited about the additions of Jake and Anthony to our roster as they fill both immediate and future needs," Conque said. "They are enrolled in class and on campus, working with our returning players in off-season workouts and are both physical athletic players. We anticipate each of them to compete from the onset for significant playing time and really enjoy the fact that each of them have at least three years of eligibility remaining."
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'Jacks Tabbed Ninth In Preseason Polls

The SFA baseball team was tabbed ninth in the 2015 Southland Conference preseason polls in a vote by the league's coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Lumberjacks, under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Johnny Cardenas, received 49 points from the coaches and 52 points from the SIDs.
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Day selected to SLC Preseason First Team

SFA first baseman Shalie Day has been named to the 2015 All-Southland Conference Preseason Softball Team, the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon. The Ladyjacks also have been picked to finish 4th/5th in the SLC preseason coaches and SID polls.

Day is recognized by the league’s coaches as one of the top returning softball players in the conference after having a huge year in 2014. The senior boasted a .336 batting average, compiled 19 runs and 41 RBI and recorded 21 extra-base hits, including eight home runs in 52 games last season. Her dominant play earned her a spot on the 2014 All-Southland Conference First Team following the year.
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SFA splits matches in Denton

The SFA women’s tennis team split a pair of matches in Denton, Texas, defeating Dallas Baptist 4-1 and falling to No. 70 North Texas 4-0 on Wednesday.

"North Texas is an incredibly tough and disciplined team that is consistently ranked in the top 70 in the country every year,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “It was encouraging to see our team be so close in so many matches.

“Part of the process of becoming a nationally ranked program is to play at a high level across the board from beginning to end, and that will take time. Our number one goal right now is to get better every match and to be in a position to fight for a conference championship."
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Fine Arts

Seating available for popular "Junie B. Jones" show on Friday

Due to a last-minute group cancellation, seats have opened up for the 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 performance of "Junie B. Jones," a previously sold-out show in this year's Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.

Back by popular demand is the fast-paced musical starring Junie B. Jones, the outspoken, precocious first grader from Barbara Park's series of books. Learn about new friends, new glasses, the annual kickball tournament and other angst-ridden situations as Junie writes down the story of her life in her 'Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.'

Theatreworks USA presents this touring production, which targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The Children's Performing Arts Series is presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts.

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.

Tickets still available for Turtle Island-McKay performance

Tickets are still available for Thursday night's performance of the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay at SFA.

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 and is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in W.M. Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Prior to the concert, Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola at SFA, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the artists and their music. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty and staff members, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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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This year marks the 30th anniversary of everyone's favorite tiger-little boy duo, Calvin and Hobbes. The strip, which ran for a decade in newspapers across the country, launched on Nov. 18, 1985.

To celebrate, here's a classic moment: http://bit.ly/1BqwD9v.

For something a little more somber that's sure to tug on the old heartstrings, check out this fan-fiction story from the website, Reddit, about Calvin and Hobbes' last conversation. Fair warning, it is a tear jerker.

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