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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.

SFA Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
William R. Johnson Coliseum
4 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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News & Announcements

SFA Athletics mourns passing of Tom Evans

SFA Athletics mourns the passing of SFA Hall of Fame member and longtime supporter Tom Evans, who passed away Monday evening.

Evans came to SFA in 1954 after two years at Tyler Junior College and was a three year letter winner for the Lumberjack football team, earning All-Lone Star Conference first team honors in 1955. Evans was drafted by the Baltimore Colts but chose to forgo playing professional football to pursue his master’s degree in education at SFA.

In 1960, Evans began T.G. Evans Construction Company and assisted in the construction and remodeling of a number of SFA buildings, including the Lumberjack weight room and the Stephen F. Austin statue located on campus.
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"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.

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.

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.

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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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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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 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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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.

Play 'Making History: The Story of the OUB' set to run in February

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” is a historic play that will be performed at the Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $15 per person and include delicious refreshments.

Tickets may be purchased at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 E. Main St., or reserved by emailing mmillerfwc@gmail.com or calling (936) 560-1447.

The script is written by Dr. Linda Bond and retired SFA faculty member Dr. Patsy Hallman. Cinematography Instructor Brad Maule performs as Sam Houston.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'The Planets'

"The Planets," a film produced by the Southeast Planetarium Association, provides an in-depth look at each planet. The 37-minute show is narrated by actress Kate Mulgrew, best known for her role in "Star Trek: Voyager," and is geared toward middle and high school students.

The show is enhanced, updated and specifically designed to immerse the audience in current images from NASA missions, including the Hubble Telescope, and bring them along for the exploration as though they are traveling through space. Visit some of the fantastic objects that make up our Solar System—from the blazing hot surface of our star the Sun, to the frozen crusts of tiny comets.

The show will run at 7 p.m. each Friday from Jan. 23 to March 6 .
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Join SFA football on Signing Day 2015

The next chapter of SFA football will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when head coach Clint Conque will announce the 2015 Lumberjack signing class as part of National Signing Day.

SFA fans will be introduced to the newest members of the Lumberjack football program throughout the day as SFA Athletics will have complete coverage of Signing Day 2015. Signees will be announced throughout the morning on Twitter at @SFA_Football as their National Letters of Intent are received, complete with bios and highlight videos.

Those announcements will lead up to coach Conque’s press conference at 1:30 p.m. when he will officially introduce the 2015 Lumberjack recruiting class. The press conference will be held in the Lawton Room in the SFA Field House and also will stream live on SFA All-Access.
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SFA travels to Houston for two-day meet

The SFA track and field program is set to compete in the Howie Ryan Invitational on the campus of the University of Houston this weekend at the Yeoman Fieldhouse. The two-day event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday morning with the women's weight throw and will run through Saturday evening with the conclusion of the 4x400 meter relay races.

The invitational will feature 16 NCAA Division I programs from around the region. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will be up against athletes from eight other Southland Conference schools, including, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, New Orleans, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Grambling, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State and University of Texas - San Antonio will make up the other half of the talented field.
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Fine 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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Ajero piano recital features father-son performance

"Piano Reflections," a faculty recital with Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy in SFA's School of Music, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Ajero selected the theme "Piano Reflections" because "the majority of the works on the program are pieces that I had learned when I was younger. I discovered that the process of re-visiting them when I'm older gave me a different perspective on these piano compositions."

The recital in a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is included in this year's Cole Performing Arts Series.
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SFA to screen 'Tim's Vermeer'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Tim's Vermeer" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A Sony Pictures Classic release, this 2013 Penn & Teller film is the story of Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography?

According to information at sonyclassics.com, "The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers."
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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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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

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