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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, Feb. 16
SFA Bowling
at Track Kat Clash




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Take the SFA Fan Bus to Huntsville for SFA Basketball

The SFA Alumni Association will be providing a bus for SFA alumni and fans from Nacogdoches to Huntsville on Saturday, Feb. 15, to the SFA Lumberjack and Ladyjack Basketball games vs. Sam Houston State University. 

The fan bus will depart promptly at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, from the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center and will arrive at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum prior to the Ladyjack 1:30 p.m. tipoff. The bus will return to Nacogdoches that evening with a stop for dinner.

Seats on the fan bus are $40 per person and must be reserved by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 via phone at (936) 468-3407 or in person at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center, 300 E. Vista Drive.

Space is limited and reservations will be secured on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets to the game are not included in the price of riding the bus. General admission game tickets for the double-header can be purchased at the Sam Houston State University ticket window prior to the game for $8-15.


Dr. Paula Hopeck

Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication

Hopeck's paper, "Working toward a positive end (of the good life): Third party resolution of family conflict," has been accepted to the the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association's annual conference in Seattle, Wash.

ICA is the preeminent academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication with more than 4500 members in over 80 countries and is the only communication association officially connected with the United Nations as a nongovernmental association.

News & Announcements

Look up your college sweetheart in the digital Stone Fort Yearbooks!

In collaboration with the East Texas Research Center, the Center for Digital Scholarship has completed digitization of the Stone Fort Yearbooks. 

The editions from 1924-2003 are now available in the Library Digital Collections and on the Internet Archive site. The digitization project was made possible by a generous donation from the SFA Alumni Association and Office of Development.

The Center for Digital Scholarship, located on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library, performs digital services for the university community and researchers, including imaging, virtual collections and exhibits, and multi-media conversion. 

Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of Development at SFA by April 18. A nominee will be selected this summer and the professorship will be awarded at the beginning of the 2014 fall semester.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship was awarded to Dr. Dean Coble in 2012 and Dr. Ty Spradley in 2013 for their dedicated mentorship of SFA students.

For information on nomination criteria and submission materials, please click here.

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.

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.

2014 Bright Ideas Conference – Call for Submissions

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 1
Twilight and Grand Ballrooms

The 2014 Bright Ideas Conference showcasing faculty research, scholarship and artistry is still accepting submissions based on the following deadlines:

Faculty to college due Friday, Feb. 14.
College to Office of Research and Sponsored Programs due Friday, Feb. 28.

Submission forms are available on the ORSP website here.

The Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Teaching Excellence Center, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. For more information, contact Grace Saldaña at saldanagrace@sfasu.edu.

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Summer 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until 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.

For more information on submission requirements, please visit 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.

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.

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.

Lone Star Legislative Summit set for Feb. 19 and 20

The fifth biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit presented by Norbord Texas Nacogdoches Inc. is set for Feb. 19 and 20. The event is co-hosted by State Sen. Robert Nichols and State Rep. Travis Clardy and produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.
The event will kick off with the Lone Star Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Piney Woods Country Club. Summit events begin at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with a breakfast meeting on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center and continue throughout the afternoon. Session topics include health care, higher education, transportation and natural resources.  At least a dozen legislators from East, West and Central Texas are expected to participate.

Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus will preview the 84th Legislature’s budget and important issues at the kick-off breakfast. Nichols will provide an update on Texas transportation. Nichols is a past commissioner of the Texas Department of Transportation and chairs the Senate’s transportation committee, as well as a select committee on transportation funding. Business economist Jesse Thompson will give an overview of the Texas economy and energy industry at the event’s luncheon. He is on staff with the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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PDK Chalk Walk Fun Run

The SFA chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association in education, invites you to participate in the third Annual Chalk Walk Fun Run honoring educators. This year, the event will feature official timing.

This fun event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 22, beginning in the Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. 

Contact Jannah Nerren at nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu for more information.

Sign up online here.

SFA Soccer offering coaching course

The SFA Soccer coaching staff will be instructing a U6-U8/U10-U12 Coaching Course, on behalf of US Youth Soccer for all-level volunteers, coaches and youth soccer mentors interested in learning more about managing and teaching these age groups and their soccer teams. For registration and more information, please visit here. Registration closes on Feb. 25!

Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

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

The SFA Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2013-14 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. 25.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2014 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. 25.

For more information, click here.

Campus Recreation

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.


Ladyjacks volleyball spring schedule set

SFA volleyball head coach Debbie Humphreys announced her team’s spring schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Ladyjacks will host two events during spring competitions while heading to the Houston area twice.

SFA will host a spring tournament on March 22 at Shelton Gym with Sam Houston State and Northwestern State slated to participate at this time. The Ladyjacks will then travel to take on Rice on March 29 and return to Houston to play in the Houston Juniors College Tournament on April 5.

The Ladyjacks will close their spring schedule with Alumni Weekend on April 26. SFA will host Louisiana Tech and play against some former Ladyjacks, as well.

Lumberjacks look to continue road run

The SFA men's basketball team took sole possession the nation's longest-active home-win streak over the weekend and now look to reclaim the longest-active road-win streak and overall road wins with two away contests at Lamar and Sam Houston State beginning Thursday night.

First-year head coach Brad Underwood and the Lumberjacks (22-2, 11-0 SLC) picked up a pair of wins over Nicholls and McNeese State in Week 14 to tie and pass No. 8/9 Duke for the longest-active home mark at 30-straight wins inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The winning ways for SFA continue to garner national attention as the ’Jacks remained third in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25 poll, the highest ranking in program history, and eighth in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15.

Four a fourth-straight week, SFA received one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for the first time this season, the ’Jacks gained three votes in the Associated Press' Top 25. SFA received votes in both polls last season and in the 2007-08 year.
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Fine Arts

SFA to stage student-directed "Language of Angels"

The SFA State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "Language of Angels" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Naomi Iizuka, "Language of Angels" will be directed by junior theatre major Sarah Chavez of Nacogdoches. The play is set in North Carolina where a group of friends enter a cave, and one of the girls disappears.

"This haunting tale follows the investigation of her death and the fate of the friends who survive her," Chavez said.
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Noted flutist Pallottelli to perform at SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present internationally acclaimed flutist Sergio Pallottelli in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Pallottelli lives in Houston where he teaches his own private studio of advanced flutists. He was formerly on the faculty at the Taft School and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Australia.

At his SFA appearance, he will perform with music faculty members Christina Guenther, flute, and Geneva Fung, piano and harpsichord. Included in the program will be Franz Doppler's "Andante and Rondo" for 2 flutes and piano (Pallottelli, Guenther, Fung); Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sonata E Major," BWV 1035 (Pallottelli, Fung); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Sonata in E Minor," K. 304 (Pallottelli, Fung); "Latin American Suite," arr. Pallottelli (Pallottelli); and "Rigoletto Fantasy" for flute and piano by Wilhelm Popp (Pallottelli, Fung).

"Doppler's 'Andante and Rondo' for two flutes and piano is a standaBachrd in the flute duo repertoire and will be a fun collaboration," Guenther said.
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Percussionist James Campbell to perform with SFA student musicians

World-renowned percussionist James Campbell will perform with the SFA Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The concert, presented by the SFA Percussion Studio under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, will feature several of Campbell's compositions he has written throughout the past two decades.

"Mr. Campbell is an internationally respected educator, composer and performer," Meyer said. "It is an amazing honor and privilege to have him come to SFA to work with the students and to perform several of his own works. This is absolutely a must-see event!"

Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and he is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble, Meyer said. He has toured extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Campbell will perform the solo part of his rock-and-roll styled "Garage Drummer" for percussion ensemble, as well as his "exciting, high-energy snare drum solo, 'Psychle,'" Meyer said.
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