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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 11
Women's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Friday, Feb. 12
SFA tennis vs. Arkansas State University
1 p.m.
Schlief Tennis Complex
Nacogdoches, Texas

Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida

Saturday, Feb. 13
Men's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

SFA tennis vs. the University of Louisiana - Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
3:30 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida

Sunday, Feb. 14
Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida


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SFA one of 44 campuses selected for the Re-Imagining the First Year of College initiative

SFA has been chosen as one of 44 campuses across the nation to take part in a three-year initiative created by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Aimed at redesigning the first-year experience to embolden students' success in undergraduate years and in the 21st century workplace, Re-Imagining the First Year of College will assist SFA in implementing sustainable changes to help increase student retention and graduation rates.

"Stephen F. Austin State University's selection as one of the 44 institutions in the Re-Imagining the First Year of College program is an honor and an exciting opportunity for our campus," said Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost.
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Campus, students highlighted in Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program video

SFA partnered with Cotton Incorporated again in the fall to collect denim for the Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program. The program's prior success prompted Cotton Incorporated to select SFA as a location to produce a new video detailing information about the program.

"It was such an honor for Cotton Inc. to choose SFA to film and highlight on their corporate website for the promotion of Blue Jeans Go Green," said Jamie Cupit, instructor in SFA's School of Human Sciences. "Many universities across the country have participated in this program, so being selected speaks volumes about our students and the success we have experienced here."

The video follows SFA students around campus as they donate and collect recyclable denim. It can be viewed by accessing bluejeansgogreen.org and clicking on "Colleges join the cause."
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Culinary Café to host exhibit, book signing in celebration of Black History Month

SFA's hospitality administration program is showcasing the artwork of SFA Professor Emeritus of Art and former Regents Professor Charles D. Jones this semester in the Culinary Café.

An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Culinary Café located in the James I. Perkins College of Education Annex, 1620 Raguet St. The reception is free, open to the public and celebrates Black History Month. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit highlights portraits by Jones of African-American blues musicians who are featured in the book, "My Black Angel," which was released by the SFA Press in fall 2014. The book also includes poetry by Kim Addonizio and will be available for purchase and Jones to sign during the reception.
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Bobo receives national award for 2016

Dr. Linda Bobo, program director for the professional Master of Science in athletic training at SFA, received the National Athletic Trainers' Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award for 2016.

This award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. Additionally, the award recognizes NATA members who have been involved in service and leadership activities at national and district levels.
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Faculty Senate meets today

The Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, Room 2.201.

Dr. Steven Bullard, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost; and John Calahan, coordinator of academic space scheduling and utilization, will speak on academic affairs and classroom/space scheduling. All faculty members are invited to attend.

Brief Motivational Interviewer training offered this month

Brief Motivational Interviewing is a valuable skill for anyone working in settings which involve helping others make thoughtful, healthy choices. SFA Counseling Services is offering the opportunity to become a trained Brief Motivational Interviewer and to participate in a study to determine the effect of BMI on risky drinking behaviors.

Training will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. From March 29-31, participants can apply these skills in interviews with freshmen students following an assessment of these students’ drinking habits. Both events will take place on campus.

The project is sponsored by Texans Standing Tall to research the effect of BMI on risky drinking behavior. Dr. Craig Field, of the University of Texas, El Paso, is an expert trainer in this area and will provide the training.

Participants will receive an attendance certificate and a T-shirt. Lunch will be provided during the training. Approval for Licensed Professional Counselor credit is pending.

Contact Jill Milem, director of counseling services, at jmilem@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2401 for more information or to register by Friday, Feb. 12.

Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee to host meeting

SFA faculty members are invited to join the Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee for coffee and donuts from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the McGee Business Building, Room 483.

All faculty members are invited to visit and voice any concerns or recommendations regarding faculty life to the committee. Information will also be available on how to get involved in the SFA Faculty Senate.

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a series of faculty forums throughout the spring semester. The series will focus on topics including assessment, faculty development, policy concerns and more.

Committee members include: Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of music; Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink, professor of secondary education; Dr. Kimberly Welsh, associate professor of elementary education; Dr. Joey Bray, assistant professor of agriculture; Dr. Janice Hensarling, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history.

Campus Recreation


Campus Recreation to host Parent's Night Out Friday

Enjoy a night out with your Valentine courtesy of SFA Campus Recreation.

Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie. Parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night, but no later than midnight. Cost is $20 per child.

For more information and to register, contact the SFA Recreation Administration Office at (936) 468-3507 or CampusREC@sfasu.edu. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday.


Learn-to-Swim registration ongoing

Let SFA Campus Recreation instructors teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water.

The rec center offers an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities. The course is based on progressive skill development to make participants safer and better swimmers.

The course costs $45 for recreation center members and $55 for non-members. Register at the SFA Recreation Center administration office by Monday, April 4.

More information is available here.

Athletics


Basketball doubleheader start times changed

The final two doubleheaders of the 2015-16 season for the SFA basketball teams will now begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and 27, in order to meet scheduling obligations for the remaining ESPN3 broadcasts.

The women's basketball team will begin playing at 3:30 p.m. Tip-off time for the men's game on each date is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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Quevedo selected as Southland Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week

SFA women's tennis senior Dhanielly Quevedo was named the Southland Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Quevedo secured 1-6, 6-2 and 1-0 victories over Simran Sethi to provide the Ladyjacks with the team's lone point in a 6-1 setback at No. 37-ranked Oklahoma State University last weekend.
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Fine Arts


Parrs to perform music of Brahms

Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA, will present an all-Brahms program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining him will be his wife and guest pianist, Linda Parr. The major work to be performed is Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. Linda, who is a piano instructor in the SFA Music Preparatory Division, will perform the orchestra portion of the work.

"The Brahms 2nd piano concerto is a monumental four-movement work of 50 minutes duration," Andrew Parr said. "I have wanted to play this piece ever since I was in college, but never had the opportunity or the time to devote to learning it. I finally realized that I might never play it if I were to wait for an invitation from an orchestra to program it with me."
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Iktus+ Combo to perform at SFA

The New York City-based Iktus+ Combo will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

An ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion, Iktus+ Combo is described as "a slick combination of classical music and straight up rock-n-roll," according to Dr. Brad Meyer, professor of percussion studies in the SFA School of Music.

"Iktus+ Combo is smart, gritty, elegant, head-bopping - a chamber group of today - comfortable in electric and acoustic worlds," Meyer said.
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SFA theatre students to perform 'Clybourne Park'

The SFA School of Theatre will present "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 23 through 27, in the W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama, "Clybourne Park" was written in response to the classic "A Raisin In the Sun." Passionate, balanced, funny and as timely as today's headlines, "Clybourne Park" is a play for every American to see and to ponder, according to Zach Hanks, assistant professor of theatre at SFA and the play's director.

"I saw 'Clybourne Park' at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis a few years ago, and the experience was everything I go to the theatre to do - I laughed, I ached, and I thought deeply about myself, my attitudes and my culture," Hanks said. "The themes around racism, discrimination and privilege are as timely now as they ever were. We're in a post-Civil Rights Movement era, but grappling with the new versions of the same old injustices and conflicts."
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Faculty pianist to perform recital with his children

Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The piano concert, which also features Ajero's children, Antonio, 11, and Olivia, 7, is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, and is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Ajero has performed before SFA audiences on several occasions with his son, who is an award-winning pianist.
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Sometimes architecture lends itself really well to a purpose it wasn't intended for.

That was the case with the opera house turned library in Cincinnati, Ohio. Though structural problems forced the city to demolish the building and replace it with a new, modern complex, photos of the building from from the late 1800s show vaulted, cavernous ceilings and beautiful masonry contributed to a spectacular place to pick up some new reading material. Check out the photos here.

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