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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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Office of International Programs hosts Global Gateway to Tunisia Feb. 17

SFA's Office of International Programs will host the Global Gateway to Tunisia at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. 

A Tunisian SFA student will discuss the country's culture and authentic Tunisian food samples will be available during the presentation and informal discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

BIG Event service requests now being accepted

The BIG Event at SFA is now accepting service project requests to help students say thanks to the Nacogdoches community in April.

Faculty and staff members are invited to submit projects here by Friday, March 4.

Students will complete requests from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

For more information, contact The BIG Event at thebigevent@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2870.


Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Clothesline Project on campus

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Family Crisis Center of East Texas will host The Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.

The Clothesline Project honors victims of sexual violence. Those who have experienced such violence are encouraged to come forward and design a shirt. Victim's families and friends also are invited to participate.

Designing a shirt gives each person a new voice with which to expose an often horrific and unspeakable experience that has dramatically altered the course of his/her life.

Participating in this project provides a powerful step toward helping survivors break through the shroud of silence that has surrounded their experiences.


Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday registration

SFA's Office of Admissions is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to help register students attending Showcase Saturday on Feb. 13.

Volunteers are needed between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, at cossichm@sfasu.edu to volunteer.

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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Department of Biology to host Darwin Day celebration tomorrow

SFA's Department of Biology will host the university's first Darwin Day celebration from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Texas A&M University's Dr. Gil Rosenthal will deliver a seminar titled "Mate Choice and its Consequences; Genomic and Behavioral Insights from Natural Hybrid Zones" in the Miller Science Building, Room 139.

The event is free and open to the public. Darwin Day is a celebration of Charles Darwin's contributions to science and the humanities.

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.


SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally hosting Great Backyard Bird Count

SFA Gardens and Nacogdoches Naturally are sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

This free, outdoor event will have activities designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds for youth and adults. A variety of family-friendly, hands-on learning activities will be set up, including using binoculars, learning bird identification skills, playing bird games and making bird-related crafts.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in the national Great Backyard Bird Count as participants count birds for science with assistance from the Pineywoods Audubon Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department non-game ornithologist, Cliff Shackelford.
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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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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.


Blood drive scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25

SFA's Early Childhood Lab will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 211.

Each person who donates receives a free T-shirt. Click here to sign up.

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. tomorrow. 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.

Athletics


Baseball's Thornell laced on Preseason All-Southland Conference Second Team

With the 2016 SFA baseball season opener just a week away, senior Kyle Thornell has been named a Preseason All-Southland Conference Second Team selection. He was listed as a designated hitter on the Preseason All-SLC Second Team list.

Thornell punctuated a 2015 junior campaign by mashing eight triples, which tied him for first in the nation and set a new Southland Conference and SFA single-season record.
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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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Fine Arts


Photographer Orton to discuss unique Upshaw family photo project

Texas photographer Richard Orton will discuss his book "The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The presentation takes place during the fourth annual Nacogdoches Main Street Wine Swirl, which is a wine-and-food pairing event that showcases Texas wineries and local restaurants inside the doors of downtown Nacogdoches businesses.

Although tickets must be purchased in advance to participate in the Wine Swirl, admission to Orton's talk is free, according to Alisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA's art galleries. Orton's talk also is presented in observance of Black History Month and is an official Nacogdoches 300 Tricentennial event.
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Theatre students to present Heifner's 'Porch'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed play "Porch" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

"Porch" is half of SFA Playwright-in-Residence Jack Heifner's 1978 Broadway debut, "Patio/Porch," two one-acts portraying conversations between women. In "Patio," the women are disappointed sisters. In "Porch," they are a domineering, aging mother and her fading daughter who are "locked in a dance of death," according to Dominique Rider, Dallas junior theatre major and director of the play.

"The two find themselves on their porch on a hot day in Texas, and the dance continues as it always has," Rider said.
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Ajero, children present concert tonight

Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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 playing at SFA next week

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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Even in the midst of the Great Depression, Americans refused to give up the revelry of Mardis Gras, and in 1938, LIFE Magazine sent a photographer to cover the festivities in New Orleans.

Just in time for this year's celebration, Time.com has released a number of photos capturing the spirit of Mardis Gras in New Orleans nearly 80 years ago. View them here.

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