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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Feb. 11
Faculty chamber recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Thursday, Feb. 13
Men's Basketball
at Lamar
7:30 p.m.

ORSP Workshop
"Submitting a Grant"
2 p.m.
Wyatt Room
Steen Library

Women's Basketball
at Lamar
5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14
"Language of Angels"
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Planetarium Show
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at Track Kat Clash

Saturday, Feb. 15
Men's Basketball
at Sam Houston State
4 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at Track Kat Clash

Women's Basketball
at Sam Houston State
1:30 p.m.




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News & Announcements

ORSP workshops

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.

Steps to Submitting a Grant at SFA
Feb. 13
All grants submitted on behalf of the university must receive institutional approval prior to submission. This session will detail the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Feb. 20
Learn how to develop your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract and reviewers' pet peeves.

Budget Development and Management
Feb. 27
This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

Space Shuttle Columbia Digital Collection

The Steen Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship announces a digital collection of images, maps and oral histories to commemorate the 11-year anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia disaster. Mark Musquiz, a public history student at SFA, collaborated on the project with the Center for Digital Scholarship and the East Texas Research Center. A discussion of Musquiz’s work as project leader can be found here.

AAUW meeting

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at  Regions Bank downtown Nacogdoches.

The association will have political candidates for informal discussions. Additionally, Dr. Shari Ellsworth will present "To Nacogdoches from New York."

Global Gateway to France

Global Gateway to France is a presentation on life and culture in France given by SFA international students and sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

Join us at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. Refreshments and authentic French food will be served.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

SFA Gardens Lecture in New Conservation Education Building

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Jay White will present "Weed Free-Organically."

White is a gardener from Brenham. His love for growing things led him to pursue a master's degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University. While at A&M, he started "The Masters of Horticulture" blog to provide organic gardening tips for growing in Texas' incredibly variable and unpredictable climate. White is also a staff writer for Texas Gardener magazine. His potager has been featured on Central Texas Gardener, and his work on locally grown, sustainable, fresh cut flowers led to his inclusion in Debra Prinzing's latest book "The 50 Mile Bouquet."

Although traditionally held on the third Thursdays, the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series will now be held the second Thursday of each month. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the nearby Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

Min Kim to teach classes, choreograph for SFA Dance

The SFA Dance Program and Department of Kinesiology and Health Science will host Min Kim Feb. 13-15.  She will teach master classes in traditional Korean dance, ballet and modern dance. In addition, she will set a work of choreography, "The Other One," for dance program majors and minors. The work will be featured in performance in the dance program's spring concert "Danceworks" in April.

Kim is on the dance faculty at the University of Texas-Pan American where she teaches choreography, dance performance and technique. Working in a variety of dance forms and interdisciplinary performance, she has presented her work in various venues in Brazil, Spain, Korea and throughout the U.S.  In 2013, her choreography was selected by nationally renowned adjudicators for the Gala performance at the South Central Region's annual conference of the American College Dance Festival Association. She has been a guest artist at numerous institutions and companies including Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Arizona State University, Paradise Valley College, Desert Dance Theatre, Lynn Dance Company, Happendance Company and Georgia Ballet, and she has served as a guest teacher at the Beijing Dance Festival in China and the Samsung Culture Center in Korea. Kim received her Master of Fine Arts in dance from Arizona State University.

Valentine's Day Parent's Night Out

The Freshman Leadership Academy is sponsoring a Parent's Night Out on Valentine’s Day to raise money for their upcoming trip to Romania. Kids can be dropped off and picked up anytime between 6 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The location is Westminster Presbyterian Church at 903 North St. in Nacogdoches. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including crafts, snacks, movies and games. Dinner will be served.
The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for any additional children. Spots are limited. To reserve yours, email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu or RSVP here.

Library Survey: Your Library, Your Voice!

The Ralph W. Steen Library is conducting an important survey to obtain feedback from the university community regarding the quality of its services.

If you have not completed the survey, please take just a few minutes to do so here. Only you can tell us how well we are serving your library needs.

The survey ends Feb. 15.

Nacogdoches Naturally sponsoring Great Backyard Bird Count

Celebrate our fine, feathered friends and learn bird-identification skills at the Great Backyard Bird Count at SFA from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

This family outdoor event is sponsored by SFA Gardens and Nacogdoches Naturally and is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds and birding. A variety of fun, family-friendly activities will be available, including "Bird Olympics" and bird-related crafts.

As part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, participants will count birds on walks guided by experts from the Pineywoods Audubon Society. Winter is the ideal time for bird watching, and the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center is a haven for local birds.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, along with Bird Studies Canada and many international partners. The Great Backyard Bird Count is powered by eBird. The count is made possible in part by founding sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

Light snacks will be served. Families may come and go throughout the morning. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Cost for the event is $10 per family. For more information, call (936) 468-5586 or email lemonkb@sfasu.edu.

Wisely Fellowship applications due in March

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 applications are due March 17.

Capes and Crowns 1K and 3K

Get ready to get your kids active with this fun run! The Capes and Crowns 1k and 3k fun run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or princess. Each child will receive their choice of a superhero mask and cape or a tiara and wand.

Kids may choose between a 1K or 3K course and will receive a ribbon upon completion of the race. Parents are encouraged to run with their kids.

The cost for all participants (parents included) is $15. All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

Register here. 

This is a fun run and is not being chip timed. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249 or email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Sign up for the Mystery Run and you could win $500

This unique 5K run could pay off big time!

The first person or team to solve the mystery will win $500. Runners sign up as individuals but can compete as teams. As you run the course, you will be given cards with clues on them. These cards include weapons, locations and suspects. As with the game "Clue," if you have it on your card, you can rule it out.  At the end, each person will be able to use their cards to rule out as many suspects, weapons and locations as possible. Larger groups will have a major advantage. The first to turn in a correct guess wins! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite detectives or characters from Clue!

All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

The first 150 to register will be guaranteed a FREE T-shirt! This race is not chip timed.

This event will be held Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Check-in and packet pick-up will be on the day of the race only and begins at 4 p.m. The race will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Register here.

Campus Recreation

Last Day to Register for the Midseason Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, Feb. 11

1 to 5 p.m. in the Intramural Office

A midseason tournament is scheduled for Feb. 14 and 15. Cost is $20 per team. Eligibility will be based on sportsmanship and competitiveness of the team. Champions will also have entry fee paid to Regional Basketball Tournament at Texas Christian University, March 7 to 9. NO TRAVEL OR HOTEL will be covered this year due to budget restrictions. For more information, contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.

Massage Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 11

6 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. It helps reduce stress and produces deep relaxation. Learn proper massage techniques from our certified massage therapist, Therese Hostetter. Be sure to bring a friend or significant other! Pre-register in the Rec Administration Office to save your spot, but walk-ins also are welcome!

Secrets of the Heart Lecture

Wednesday, Feb. 12

12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Multimedia Room at the Student Center, next to Starbucks.

Don’t miss a beat of this heartfelt nutrition discussion. Learn important info on maintaining a healthy heart and quick and easy recipes for keeping your heart beating strong. Light snacks and raffle included. Pre-register to save your spot by contacting Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Parents' Night Out

Feb. 14, March 28, April 11

SFA Campus Recreation is hosting three sessions of Parents’ Night Out programs during the spring semester for children ages 5-12. The cost per child is $20 and will include dinner and activities. Parents will drop their children off at 6 p.m. and are free to pick them up any time until midnight that night. For more information, contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051 or lankfordtc@sfasu.edu or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775 or kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.

Love Your Genes Week 2014 “Your Body Feels Everything Your Mind Says”

Feb. 24 to 28

During the week of Feb. 24, SFA Campus Recreation, along with Career Services, Counseling Services, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Residence Life, will be hosting Love Your Genes Week in observance of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The week will consist of various programs and events on campus to promote and celebrate a healthy body image.
Love Your Genes Week addresses the serious problem of distorted body image, eating and exercise disorders, and will provide fun and educational programs that support and promote a culture of healthy self-image to SFA students, faculty and staff members. Included in the week will be T-shirt sales for $7, nationally renowned speaker Jess Baker, a blood drive, a Mindful Eating presentation, Mind over Madness Yoga, a Revolutionizing Selfies discussion, a jeans donation to the women’s crisis center, and much more. For the complete list of events and more information please visit the Campus Recreation website or contact Kate Bridges, fitness and wellness coordinator at bridgeska@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-5838.


SFA finishes tied for fifth at LeTriomphe Classic

SFA moved up one spot during the second round of the 2014 LeTriomphe Collegiate Invitiational, moving into a tie for fifth-place among the 18-team field. The Ladyjacks carded a 25-over 313 over the second 18 holes and are tied with host McNeese State with a 46-over 622.

Due to the weather conditions that moved throughout southern Louisiana, Tuesday's final round was cancelled, giving the Ladyjacks their second top-five finish of the season.

SFA finished one shot back of fourth-place Lamar (45-over 621) as the Ladyjacks put some distance between themselves and seventh-place Sam Houston State (50-over 626), which entered the day tied with SFA for sixth.

Freshman Ann Holcomb posted the low round of the day for the Ladyjacks, setting a new personal-best with a 5-over 77 and finished tied for 29th overall with a 13-over 157. Senior Aliece Anderson tied with Holcomb in the individual standings after carding a 7-over 79 in round two, settling in with a 13-over 157.
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Soccer announces 2014 spring schedule

SFA head soccer coach Wally Crittenden announced the release of the upcoming 2014 spring schedule for the Ladyjacks on Monday, Feb. 10. The four-game schedule is highlighted by three home games at the SFA Soccer field against TCU, SMU and an alumni game.

"Our 2014 spring schedule continues to build upon the fact that we want to measure ourselves against the best possible competition whenever possible," Crittenden said. "TCU and SMU will come to Nacogdoches with very good teams that I know will be prepared to compete and challenge all of our players. Navarro has an excellent team and coaching staff and reached the JUCO National Championship Game this past season and ended the year ranked third in the country, so that will serve several purposes in that it will be a good game and will allow us to evaluate their rising 2015 class against our players.

"We end the spring with our Annual Alumni Match that will see players from the past come back to Nacogdoches and share the current state of the program in a relaxed and festive environment. From beginning to end, this schedule gives our players the chance to grow and compete at a level that will be consistent with where we hope to be in the fall."

SFA's four matches will be played across March and April, starting with a visit from TCU on Saturday, March 1.
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Fine Arts

Concert will benefit Saslav string scholarship

Proceeds from an upcoming concert slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA will benefit the Isidor Saslav String Scholarship at SFA.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of collaborative chamber music faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's invaluable patrons, Ed and Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a gesture of gratitude to the music patrons in our area," Raychev said.

The concert, titled "Mozart … & all that jazz …" will feature compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and will premiere jazz arrangements by Mike McGowan for voice and string quartet, Raychev said.

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SFA School of Theatre to stage 'Blood Wedding'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre will present Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 25 through March 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Lorca's classic tale of passion, conflicting loyalties and vengeance plays out to an inevitably tragic conclusion. The play, originally written in Spanish, uses beautiful poetry to illuminate the convergence of love, lust and violence as the scene shifts from daylight to moonlit night in rural Spain, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and the play's director.

"At some level, this is a classic love triangle, with a young bride drawn inexorably to her former lover (now married) even as she prepares to marry another man," Jones said. "As both this brief background and the title of the play suggest, things aren't going to end well for the central characters or those who love them."

In "Blood Wedding," the language becomes increasingly more poetic, the acting style more stylized, and the environment more abstract.
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