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Wednesday, Feb. 1
Video conference with Brandon Busteed
1:30 p.m.
McGee Business Building
Room 133

Thursday, Feb. 2
Men's basketball at Sam Houston State University
8 p.m.
Huntsville

Women's basketball at Sam Houston State University
5:15 p.m.
Huntsville

Friday, Feb. 3
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Tennis vs. University of Louisiana at Monroe
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Track and field at Air Force Team Challenge
All Day
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Saturday, Feb. 4
Men's basketball at Northwestern State University
3:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Tennis vs. Northeastern State University
Noon
Nacogdoches

Tennis vs. Prairie View A&M University
3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Women's basketball at Northwestern State University
1 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana


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Dr. Jane Long

Associate professor of mathematics and statistics

Long recently accepted an associate director position with the National Association of Math Circles. In this position, she will focus on leading the Math Circle Mentorship Partnership program. She joins the leadership team after serving as program mentor for multiple years. Long regularly visits math circles for students and teachers as an invited facilitator and frequently engages in outreach activities related to problem-solving for people of all ages and levels.

Long also is the founder and director of the East Texas Math Teacher’s Circle, a mathematics enrichment group open to any interested teachers, that meets monthly in SFA’s STEM Research and Learning Center. The circle has engaged in successful and unique partnerships with other organizations, providing professional development opportunities for teachers in long-term grant projects through federal grant programs such as GEAR-UP and the NSF Noyce Program, as well as the Texas Regional Collaborative program through Texas’s Region 7 Education Service Center.

News & Announcements

SFA regents meet

SFA's Board of Regents approved naming the chemistry building in honor of two Nacogdoches philanthropists, Dr. Robert and Kathy Lehmann, during the board’s quarterly meeting Tuesday. Dr. Lehmann established the Lehmann Eye Center in Nacogdoches and is recognized for his contributions in the advancement of surgical techniques in the management of eye diseases. His wife, Kathy, attended SFA and serves as the administrator of Lehmann Eye Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing. The Lehmanns have contributed to student scholarships and to SFA programs in fine arts, modern languages, hospitality, athletics, nursing, the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Women in STEM initiative. Pictured are, from left, Kathy Lehmann; Dr. Lehmann; SFA President Baker Pattillo; and Dr. Scott Coleman, chair of the SFA Board of Regents. 
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Regional financial aid conference to be hosted on campus next week

The Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will host a regional financial aid conference Feb. 9 and 10 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The conference marks the first time SFA has been chosen as a host institution. Conference sessions will cover financial aid regulatory updates, best practices, customer service and team building.

The conference if free to attend, however, registration is required. For more information or to register, click here.

University Professional Women to host luncheon Feb. 8

University Professional Women invites faculty and staff members to attend the organization's 2017 group luncheons, beginning with the luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regent's Suite A. UPW is an organization of SFA ladies who meet for lunch four times per academic year.

Dues for 2017 membership are $15. Dues should be made payable to UPW and can be sent to Dusty Jenkins at SFA campus box 13046. The cost for each luncheon is $15 per person. Membership is not required to attend luncheons but is strongly recommended.

Members who bring a friend to next week's luncheon will receive an additional door prize ticket.
 
To RSVP, email Jenkins at jenkinsdd1@sfasu.edu by the end of the business day tomorrow.

Assistant professor travels to Nepal to help recruit international students

Dr. Rajat Mishra, assistant professor in SFA’s Rusche College of Business, recently traveled to his home country of Nepal to help recruit international students to attend SFA.

Mishra presented at the United States Education Foundation, which is an organization administering educational exchange activities between Nepal and the U.S. and provides information about American higher education opportunities. He also spoke at the Institute of Engineering at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, which is where Mishra earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering.
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East Texas Math Teacher’s Circle to host meeting Feb. 7

The East Texas Math Teacher’s Circle, a mathematics enrichment group open to any interested teachers, will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Math Building, Room 123.

The circle is open to any interested teacher and meets monthly. In the past, the circle has engaged in successful and unique partnerships with other organizations, providing professional development opportunities for teachers in long-term grant projects through federal grant programs such as GEAR-UP and the NSF Noyce Program, and the Texas Regional Collaborative program through Texas’ Region 7 Education Service Center.

Dr. Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, associate professor at Lamar University, will present on the topic “Math Magic." The event is free, and dinner is provided. For more information or to express interest, contact Dr. Jane Long, associate professor in SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, at longjh@sfasu.edu.

Fine Arts

SFA’s Guenther, Petti to perform recital for flute, piano

The Cole Performing Arts Series at SFA will present music faculty members Christina Guenther and Ron Petti performing a flute and piano recital at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Guenther is professor of flute at SFA, and Petti is professor and director of accompanying.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or click here.
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Voice faculty recital features works by Verdi, Handel, DuParc tomorrow

Drs. Tod Fish and Richard G. Leonberger, voice faculty members in SFA’s School of Music, will perform in a joint recital at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on campus.

Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, will join Fish and Leonberger and other voice faculty members Charlotte Davis, Dr. Chris Turner and Dr. Scott LaGraff in a program that features the varied works of French, German, Czech, Italian and English composers.

The recital is part of SFA's School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Olga Vocal Ensemble to perform Feb. 2

Tickets are still available for the much-anticipated performance of the Olga Vocal Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Turner Auditorium on campus. The concert is part of SFA’s College of Fine Arts’ University Series.

Hailing from the Netherlands with members also from Iceland and Russia, Olga is known for its unique programs, in which moving classical music comes together with popular songs, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of SFA's College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students and youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. An advertisement for the concert currently running in The Daily Sentinel offers a buy-one, get-one of equal value coupon.

For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, visit the Box Office in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 211, or click here.
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