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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 Tucson 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

SFA honors donors during ribbon-cutting ceremony

Three ribbon-cuttings held in SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business made history Monday. According to President Baker Pattillo, it was the first time three ribbon-cuttings had been held in one day at the university.

The ceremony marked the official opening of three new features within the college - the Mattress Firm Commons, the Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors suite and the Mark T. Layton Lobby.

Donors and representatives from each group were in attendance, and Pattillo credited each group with making the renovations possible.
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SFA Charter School applications due today

Applications for admission to the SFA Charter School are now available at the Charter School office and are due no later than 5:30 p.m. today. Lottery notices will be mailed by Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Openings are expected in the kindergarten class and there may be openings for students in first through fifth grades.

For more information, call (936) 468-5899 or stop by the ECRC, Room 101. More information also is available here.

SFA Planetarium show tonight

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Hubble Vision" program will begin at 7 p.m. tonight. The show will run each Friday through March 4.

The program is about the allure of black holes and incorporates several of the latest theories regarding black holes. This 35-minute program is designed for general audiences and is a full-length, animated production featuring 3-D simulations of black holes and the strange physical effects they can create.

Tickets cost $2 each.

For more information, click here.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to hold diversity conference Saturday

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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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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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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Presentation proposals being accepted for Teaching Showcase

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host the 2016 Teaching Showcase from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. The showcase provides faculty and staff members and teaching assistants with the opportunity to share best practices and innovative teaching methods, to recognize colleagues and to hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Faculty and staff members and teaching assistants are invited to submit presentation proposals through this form. Each five-minute presentation should address innovations used in physical or online classrooms that enhance the learning experience, such as stimulating critical thinking, learning from failure, teaching with technology, increasing cultural awareness, and innovative applications of teaching and learning theory.

For additional information or to see examples of last year's presentations, visit the Teaching Showcase online.

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.

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.


Track and field teams competing in Houston Invitational

SFA's track and field teams have one final team event on the schedule before the 2016 Southland Conference Indoor Championships in two weeks. Today and tomorrow, the teams are competing in the Houston Invitational at the University of Houston’s Yeoman Fieldhouse.

Action begins at 10 a.m. with the women’s weight throw. Multi-events are set to begin at noon with the women’s pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and the men’s heptathlon starts at 12:30 p.m. with the 60-meter dash. Individual running events get underway at 4:30 p.m. today with the men’s and women’s 400-meter dash.
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Ladyjack tennis to conclude home stand with weekend matches

The SFA women’s tennis team will wrap up a five-match home stand this weekend against a pair of NCAA Division II teams and one NJCAA squad at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

The Ladyjacks will take on Dallas Baptist University at 1 p.m. today. On Saturday, SFA will battle Midwestern State University at 10 a.m. and Tyler Junior College at 2 p.m.
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Bowling team heads to Arlington for Prairie View A&M Invitational

The SFA bowling team heads to the 2016 Prairie View A&M Invitational at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington today.

The three-day invitational gets underway at 12:15 p.m. with five baker style matches. The tournament shifts to five traditional team matches beginning at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, leading into one final traditional game and a two-game, baker-style, best-of-seven bracket tournament at 8:25 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31.
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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.

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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Fine Arts

'Refined IX: Humor' exhibition opens today

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined IX: Humor" exhibition today through Saturday, March 12, in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in SFA’s School of Art, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 are awarded at the juror's discretion.

This year's theme in humor is "A Bracelet, a Brooch, and a Teapot Walk into a Bar."

"'Refined' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme," Handley said, adding the exhibition is focused on the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry.

 "Whether you work in metal, stones, plastic, fiber or found materials, if you are a 'smith,' it carries into whatever work you create," Handley 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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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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