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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
7 p.m.




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SFA students collect supplies for Valentine's charity project

Courtesy of KTRE news

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, students at SFA are showing their love for others by handing over their gently used clothes and school supplies.

The Student Activities Association is collaborating with East Texas' Harold's House and the Share Africa Organization to provide better resources for children in need.

Student coordinator of the "Make a Difference" event, said she has been amazed by the students and community participation.
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Get caught green-handed during SFA's RecycleMania

SFA is participating in RecycleMania from Saturday, Feb. 14, through Friday, Feb. 27. Are you ready?

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste-reduction activities on campus. Institutions across the United States and Canada will report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. Schools are ranked in various categories, including which school recycles the most on a per-capita basis, which has the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which generates the least amount of combined trash and recycling.
To spread awareness about this competition, SFA is conducting a “Caught Green Handed” campaign. Students caught doing something green will receive "Caught Green-Handed" buttons and entered into a raffle to win a free WhichWich combo coupon. Faculty and staff members also are asked to participate and encourage our students to get "caught green-handed."

For more information, please contact Candace Hartsell, marketing coordinator for Aramark, at (936) 468-1113.

News & Announcements

'Making History: The Story of the OUB' performances SOLD OUT

All performances of "Making History: The Story of the OUB" are sold out, as of Thursday, Feb. 12. People wishing to attend the production may contact the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau to be placed on a wait list.

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.

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.

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 to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during two free, action-packed open-house Saturdays at SFA on Feb. 28 and March 28.

Prospective students will get to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls and preview academic programs during the two SFA Showcase Saturday events.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and enjoy the Lumberjack Experience," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of the Office of Admissions.

"Guests are encouraged to visit one-on-one with our faculty to learn more about our quality, personalized academic programs, and our staff will be available to answer questions about everything from admission requirements to financial aid to residence life."

SFA is a comprehensive, residential university located in the heart of Texas Forest Country in Nacogdoches. Approximately 13,000 students attend SFA, which is within a few hours' drive of Texas' major metropolitan areas.
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Ladyjacks take care of business against UIW

The SFA women’s basketball team flexed its muscles in the second half to pull away from Incarnate Word in a 64-47 victory on Thursday night inside the Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. The Ladyjacks improve to 16-6 overall and 9-2 in Southland Conference play with their fourth straight win.

The 16-6 start to the season is the best start through 22 games for the program since the 2001-02 season when SFA started with a 17-5 record.

“To be off to a great start like this is a real positive to this particular team and season because it’s obvious that it’s going to take that kind of year to try and win a conference title,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “We’ve got Lamar that we’re trying to reel in a little bit and Nicholls is right there, as well. We’re in the thick of the league race right now and that’s the most important thing.”
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SFA set to open 2015 at home

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will open the 2015 season at home, hosting the SFA Tipton Ford Classic at Jaycees Field. The ‘Jacks will host Missouri State, the University of Texas-Arlington and Washington State in a round-robin tournament beginning Friday, Feb. 13.

The Tipton Ford Classic will feature doubleheaders across the weekend with a single game on Monday night. Friday’s and Saturday’s doubleheaders have first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., while Sunday’s two-for will have starts at noon and 3 p.m. SFA will play the late game all three days, as well as the finale on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament schedule pits UT-Arlington against Missouri State and Washington State against the ‘Jacks on Friday. UTA will then turn around and play the early game against WSU on Saturday with MSU and SFA meeting in the nightcap. The two out-of-state schools then play the early game on Sunday before the ‘Jacks face their former Southland Conference foe the Mavericks. SFA and WSU will play the lone game on Monday.
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SFA set to host stormin' Ladyjack Classic

SFA is set to host the first annual SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Classic, being held this weekend at the Palace Lanes in Houston. It is the first major tournament SFA will host since beginning the program in 2009 and the second host tournament in program history, as the Ladyjacks hosted the four-team Piney Woods Classic in Nacogdoches in 2010.

The 2015 SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Classic is a three-day event being held at the Palace Lanes in Houston. The tournament opens Friday, Feb. 13, with six baker style matches, getting underway at 9:35 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, features six traditional style matches, beginning at 9:25 a.m., leading into Sunday's best-of-seven baker bracket play getting underway at 8:30 a.m.
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SFA ready for Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational

The SFA softball team will look to carry their momentum built with a runner-up finish at the Getterman Classic (Baylor) last weekend when they head south for the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational on Friday through Sunday.

The Ladyjacks (2-3) will open play on Friday with an 11:30 a.m. game against DePaul (1-4) before playing the University of Massachusetts (0-0) at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, SFA will play back-to-back games against Southland Conference foe McNeese State (3-2) and the University of Northern Iowa (3-3) starting at 9 a.m. Sunday features a contest against host Houston (3-4) at 2 p.m. to close out the tournament.

Last year, SFA went 3-2 in the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational, with two wins over Army and a 1-0 victory over Nebraska. The Ladyjacks’ two losses were to Sam Houston State and Houston.
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Fine Arts

Renowned percussionist McClung to perform guest recital at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present percussionist Dr. Matthew McClung in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

An associate professor of Music at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and the principal percussionist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, McClung will perform Steve Reich's "Marimba Phase" with special guest Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

The program also features "Conversation" by Akira Miyoshi, "XY" by Michael Gordon and "Warm It Up" by Thomas Osborne.
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'The Importance of Being Earnest' - SFA School of Theatre to stage Wilde's classic comedy of manners

Anyone who loves outrageous characters and clever comedy will want to see "The Importance of Being Earnest" when the SFA School of Theatre performs Oscar Wilde's classic play Tuesday through Saturday, March 3 through 7, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

This cheerful and lighthearted comedy of manners, which Wilde called "a trivial play for serious people," is his brilliant tour de force, regarded by many as the wittiest play in the English language, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence and director of the show.

"Witty dialogue, mistaken identities and hilarious characters" will enchant the audience, Heifner said.

"Jack is in love with Gwendolen, but when it is revealed that both Jack and his best friend, Algernon, are living a very big lie, a delightful comedy with outrageous revelations unfolds," Heifner said. "The play is a swift comedy of manners - good and bad - and is an enchanting love story that satirizes everything in Victorian society."
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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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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.

'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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