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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

Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

The SFA Graduate School is now accepting nominations for outstanding graduate students and outstanding thesis awards.

The Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2014-15 with the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School by Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2015 commencement program, and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Click here for more information.

Volunteers needed for February Showcase Saturday

Volunteers are needed for the Showcase Saturday recruiting event set for Saturday, Feb. 28. Help is needed during the registration process from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please email Monique Cossich if you can help.
All other questions about Showcase Saturday should be directed to Ryan Horne at horneryan@sfasu.edu.

Books on sale at Barnes & Noble

All Black History Month books are 20 percent off in the SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore during the month of February.

Study abroad program director to visit SFA

The director of University Partnerships at Education First International Study Tours will visit SFA at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the International Programs Office, Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402.

Join us to learn more about EF Tours' study abroad programs and how you can plan to lead a study abroad program yourself!
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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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"Game of Thrones" linguist to speak on campus

David Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones" will present “Conlangs: The art of language invention,” in Dugas Liberal Arts North 102 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The presentation is open to the public.

Peterson began creating languages in 2000 and has created languages for TV shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed" and "Thor 2," as well as creating multiple languages for personal use.

He also authored the book "Living Langauge Dothraki." In 2007, he helped establish the Language Creation Society, where he is still a member.

Call for undergraduate research highlights: Summer 2015 issue of the 'CUR Quarterly on the Web'

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Summer 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until Sunday, March 15. 

Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, book and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.
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'Little Princess' Tea Party set for March 28

Introduce your favorite little girl to the beauty and joy of the garden at this special party, complete with refreshments, party favors, and entertainment planned to delight you and spark her imagination.

The 2015 tea party celebrates the uniqueness of each flower, snowflake, and girl as we “Let It Go” and party like a true princess. Two parties are scheduled at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. in the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

Bring your camera to capture this day! Please let your girl wear her favorite princess, fairy or garden party costume. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets cost $25 each for adults and children and are sold at the SFA Agriculture Office, 1924 Wilson Drive, from 8 a.m. until noon and from  1 to 5 p.m. Contact SFA Gardens at (936) 468-1832 for more information.


SFA Tipton Ford Classic this weekend

The 2015 SFA baseball season kicks off on Friday with the SFA Tipton Ford Baseball Classic. The Lumberjacks will host Missouri State, the University of Texas-Arlington and Washington State across a four-day span, beginning Friday, Feb. 13, at Jaycees Field.

The round-robin tournament schedule will feature doubleheaders on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with one additional game on Monday. This weekend's doubleheaders will have first pitch at 3 p.m. (first game) and 6 p.m. (second game), while Sunday’s doubleheader will be played at noon (first game) and 3 p.m. (second game).
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SFA soccer: Raymond signs contract with KR - Reykjavik FC

The opportunities beyond collegiate competition continued for the SFA women's soccer team as Ladyjack forward Chelsea Raymond signed a professional contract with KR - Reykjavik FC on Wednesday afternoon.

"Another great day for Chelsea and for our program," head coach Wally Crittenden said. "To go from never having any players become pros to having three in one week is tremendous. Chelsea has had a fantastic career here and has grown so much as a player and as a leader in the last two years. There is no doubt she will make an excellent professional player and be able to adapt to the tactical expectations at the next level.
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Fine Arts

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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'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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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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Check out this awesome video created by a Lumberjack fan for a social media contest the university is running on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to Mike Rooch for sharing it with us!

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