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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Feb. 13
“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St

7:30 p.m.

"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. Washington State
Jaycees Field
6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14
SFA Baseball vs. Missouri State
Jaycees Field
6 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
3:30 p.m.

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15
SFA Baseball vs. University of Texas - Arlington
Jaycees Field
3 p.m.

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.
2:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
SFA Baseball vs. Washington State
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball at University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
7 p.m.




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News & Announcements

LiveText and D2L training sessions begin Thursday

Training will be conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Info Lab 1 in Steen Library. All sessions are located on the first floor.

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L.

Please register here for one of the training sessions. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. Please register your account before your training session. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267.

OMA hosting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. SFA students and community members will present poetry, music and art as they rejoice together in spirit. The event is set for 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

A keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., an original Freedom Rider, associate of King, and one of the primary organizers of the 1965 Selma voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, will conclude the celebration.

Admission is $7 for faculty and staff members and community members, and $5 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets can be purchased at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk.

OMA Town Hall Meeting: Lessons From Ferguson

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to a very important OMA Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will be a discussion the importance of coming together to become a community of one to support each another.

State Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Curtis represents St. Louis North County District 73, which includes Ferguson in the Missouri House of Representatives. As a native and current resident of Ferguson, Missouri, he has has been a vocal and vital figure during the unrest over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Deadline for "Papers and Publications" submissions Feb. 24

The deadline for submissions to the "Papers and Publications" journal is Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Students in the Southeastern Region and their faculty mentors may submit original work that has been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional or national conference site.

Original research papers are welcome from all departments and disciplines, including fiction, creative non-fiction, works of art, and poetry (providing the creative work has been presented at a conference or in a class). Faculty in the appropriate discipline will review all submissions.
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SFA Bright Ideas Conference now accepting proposals for 2015

The call for proposals for the 2015 Bright Ideas Conference is open!

The Bright Ideas Conference celebrates the research, scholarship and artistry of SFA faculty members and offers them the opportunity to present their research to the campus and local communities.

The conference will be held Wednesday, April 29. Faculty members are invited to submit proposals for poster sessions by completing the proposal submission form and sending the form to their college's conference representative.

Proposal forms are due by Friday, Feb. 27. For more information, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning website.
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Envision SFA update

During a nine-week period last fall, the Strategic Planning Team (SPT) engaged with more than 2,100 people.

The purpose of this engagement was to hear what these internal and external stakeholders believed was most important for us to consider as we developed the next strategic plan.  A huge amount of input was collected.  To manage this, the SPT conducted a day-long “Sense-making Workshop” facilitated by Dr. Pat Sanaghan to identify the most prevalent themes so we could focus our efforts.
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Spring 2015 Teaching Circle launches Thursday

The Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a Teaching Circle during the spring 2015 semester. Teaching Circles are a form of faculty learning communities that offer opportunities to explore teaching and learning topics in a semester-long time frame.

The Spring 2015 Teaching Circle will be led by Carolyn Stufft, instructor in the Department of Elementary Education, and the topic for the circle will be the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants will meet six times during the semester to discuss readings from two books.

All faculty members are welcome to join the Teaching Circle, which begins Thursday, Feb. 12. To join or to learn more, contact Carolyn Stufft at stufftcj@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature university's horticulture professor

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Headed Down South from the Land of the Pines: Reflections on the Plants, People, and Places of North Carolina."

At SFA, Barnes pursues how to best cultivate plants and connect students with horticulture. He manages the Sprout Garden along Starr Ave., a trial ground for edibles and perennials in East Texas.
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SFA engineering unveils 3D printer for students

Courtesy of KTRE news

This past week, a one-of-a-kind printer was born in the science building at SFA.

Senior Cody Morris was a one of the first to operate the SFA engineering department's new 3D printer.

"It clicked, started moving, and we all kind of jumped back and were pretty excited about that," Morris said.

Morris explained that this experience is unlike anything he has done before.
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Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp set for Saturday

Enjoy a romantic night with your valentine and let Little Jack Rec Camp watch the kids!

Beginning at 5:30p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, parents can drop off their children for a fun-filled camp. The night will include swim time, dinner and a movie, camp activities, and one more movie to wind down the night for campers. The latest pick-up time is midnight, but parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the evening.

The cost is $20 per child.

For more information, or to register your child, contact the Rec Center administration office at (936) 468-3507 or CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens and Nacogdoches Naturally to host Great Backyard Bird Count

SFA Gardens, in partnership with Nacogdoches Naturally, will host the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

This family outdoor event is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of our feathered friends. A variety of family friendly, hands-on learning activities will be offered, including how to use binoculars, bird identification skills, Bird Olympics and bird-related crafts.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in the national Great Backyard Bird Count as we count birds for science with assistance from the Pineywoods Audubon Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department non-game ornithologist, Cliff Shackelford. Winter is considered the ideal time for bird watching, and the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center is a haven for local birds.
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Mid-major report: Lumberjacks chopping toward March again

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

What if I told you that there was a team with a top 30 offense that hasn’t lost since the week of Thanksgiving? That this team is a year removed from knocking off everyone’s darling, VCU, in last year’s NCAA tournament? And that its mascot is a beefy dude in a flannel shirt holding a giant axe?

You’d be pretty excited to hop on the bandwagon, too. Climb aboard the Stephen F. Austin Express. As of the beginning of February, there’s still plenty of room.

A year after finishing 32-3 and capturing the first NCAA tournament win in program history, the Lumberjacks are rolling once again. They’re currently 18-3 (8-0 in Southland Conference play) and are riding a 17-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s matchup against Houston Baptist.
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Check out the Brad Underwood Coaches Show

Join the Lumberjack basketball team every Wednesday this season for the Brad Underwood Coaches Show.

The radio show will be broadcast live each week from 6 to 7 p.m. from Wingstop on North St. The restaurant will be offering a "Dream Bigger Discount" at each radio show for 10 percent off all combo meals (dine-in only).

Fans will have the opportunity to ask Coach Underwood questions live on the radio as well as win prizes. For more information, visit SFAJacks.com.

Four days remaning in second round of Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and he is rallying Lumberjack fans for their support to help him win $100,000 for the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Underwood is one of 48 top college basketball coaches in the nation participating in the fan-vote challenge. The program, sponsored by luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA and ESPN, benefits the coaches' favorite charity. Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each participating coach, and will award $100,000 to the coach who receives the most fan votes during a 10-week period that ends on March 15.

"I think it is a tremendous honor and privilege to be a part of this unbelievable event," Underwood said. "The Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge allows us to be able to reach out and help families and those less fortunate in the Nacogdoches community and region, and that is very important to both my wife, Susan, and I. It is important to give back, and this platform allows for that. I am extremely thrilled to be one of the 48 coaches selected. This event brings notoriety to the community, SFA and the Lumberjack basketball program."

To vote, click here.
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Fine Arts

'God of Carnage' to be performed in the SFA Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "God of Carnage" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Colleyville senior Michael Spencer directs this full-length play by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. "God of Carnage" is about two sets of parents who meet to discuss an altercation involving each of their sons. What begins as civilized conversation devolves into childish behavior and, eventually, chaos, according to Spencer.

The cast includes Katy senior Lauren Bowler as Veronica; San Antonio junior Kevin Holloway-Harris as Michael; Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Alan; and Frisco junior Shelby Gilliland as Annette.
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Arnone, Peterson recital at SFA canceled

A guest flute recital featuring Baylor University music professor Francesca Arnone performing with pianist Jeffrey Peterson, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 17 in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus, has been canceled.

Reading, book signing planned for published SFA student poet

The poetry of SFA theater major Ashe Vernon was recently published through Words Dance Publishing, and Vernon's book, "Belly of the Beast," will be celebrated with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Vernon, a senior from Spring, will read selections from her collection starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the event, and Vernon will be available to autograph them.

Describing herself as a "spoken-word poet," Vernon said her poetry is free verse. She often competes in poetry slam competitions, and "The Belly of the Beast" contains the type of work "I could put in front of a microphone," she said.
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SFA's Guenther to present '10th Anniversary Celebration' flute recital

Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, will celebrate 10 years of teaching at SFA with a recital that features her performing with colleagues and former students.

Guenther will present "10th Anniversary Celebration" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The recital will include collaborations with pianist Geneva Fung, SFA staff accompanist, and SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet, which, along with Guenther, includes John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Charles Gavin, horn; and Staci Spring, bassoon. Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, will conduct.

"Additionally, I will be joined by more than 15 alumni from the last decade who are coming back to SFA to perform with me on the final piece," Guenther said. "This will be a great way to celebrate their successes since graduation, as well as the growth and success of the SFA flute studio."
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Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

"Flamenco Vivo brings an exciting evening of flamenco to Turner stage and features accomplished artists from the U.S. and Spain in a performance that will include celebrated repertoire as well as new works," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, is performing in its 32nd season. Carlota Santana serves as artistic director of the company, while Antonio Hidalgo is associate artistic director.
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'Super Scientific Circus' demonstrates how science can be fun

Area students will learn that science can be fun and exciting when the SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series present "Super Scientific Circus" in two performances Friday, Feb. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The program, which targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is designed to "help students understand that science can be appreciated in everything we see and do," said Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.

Programs like "Super Scientific Circus" have been favorites among area students and their teachers and are almost always sell-out performances, Peterson said.
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SFA Repertory Dance Company in Concert

A performance by the SFA Repertory Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 will feature works by SFA faculty members and works by guest artists from Texas and Mississippi.

The works presented during the concert are part of this year's repertory for the company. Guest artist choreography features "The Other One," a work that debuted at SFA in spring 2014 by Min Kim of the University of Texas Pan American. Senior dance major Elena Conde dances the solo role of "the other" in the work, which has a clear thematic message of isolation and acceptance.

"Creed of Fools" is a three-part suite choreographed by Meredith Robertson-Early of the University of Southern Mississippi. "It is abstract yet emotional," said Libby Rhodes, professor of dance in SFA's Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. "It contains gestural and postural motifs inspired by Ms. Early's upbringing in the Catholic Church in New Orleans. The powerful work is danced so strongly by the company that it has been selected by the dance faculty to represent SFA at the upcoming conference of the Central Region of the American College Dance Association hosted by Southeast Missouri State University."
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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.

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In the last few weeks, you may have seen or heard about the photos of an iceberg that flipped upside down taken by filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell while on vacation. If you're imagination was captured by that chunk of floating jade ice, then you'll probably appreciate the story of just how he got the picture.

Cornell wrote a piece for "Gone," a travel blog. And yes, it's complete with tons of other pictures from the Antarctic and GIFs of penguins.

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