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This Week's Calendar

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

Thursday, Feb. 20
ORSP Workshop
"Successful Grant Writing"
2 p.m.
Wyatt Room
Steen Library




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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 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.

News & Announcements

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

Campus Recreation

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.

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.


SFA downs Tyler Junior College, 6-1

The SFA women's tennis team picked up its first win of the 2014 season in a 6-1 victory over Tyler Junior College on Wednesday afternoon.

"Today we moved in the right direction," head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. "The girls did a great job taking this match very seriously. TJC is the winningest junior college program in the country for a reason. The intensity and consistency was much better across the board, and the team regained rhythm and confidence.

"I am especially happy to see Malena Gordo fight her way in to playing better and more confidently, and getting a win against one of the best junior college players in the country."
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SFA Track ready for Houston Tune Up

Indoor conference championships are next week for track and field, and the SFA team has its sights set on one last tune up meet before heading back to Alabama. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks compete in the Houston Tune Up on Friday, Feb. 14, with spots on the championship roster up for grabs.

Action begins at 11 a.m. from the Yeoman Fieldhouse with the start of the field events. Running events are slated for a 2 p.m. start.

SFA will be up against a handful of regional teams looking for one more quality showing before their conference championships as well. Host Houston’s men are ranked No. 27 in the nation entering this week, but only the Cougars’ throwers will be in action. UTSA also is competing, and Southland Conference foes Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will also be at the Houston Tune Up.
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Haymon reaches 1,000 points in win over Lamar, 78-69

Senior guard Desmond Haymon finished with 30 points to surpass 1,000 points in his career, and sophomore guard Thomas Walkup recorded his second career double-double in a 78-69 victory over Lamar on Thursday night inside the Montagne Center.

Haymon finished 9-of-13, 2-of-3 behind the arc and 10-12 from the line in his milestone night. The native of Pickens, Miss., entered the night 28 points away from the 1,000. With under a minute to go it looked like he might come up two points shy, but a foul with 39 seconds left gave him the opportunity. Haymon knocked down both free throws to reach 1,000 and then was fouled again with 17 seconds left to move to 1,002.

Haymon is the first player to pass the 1,000-point mark for SFA (23-2, 12-0 SLC) since Eddie Williams did so in 2011.
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Lumberjacks to open 2014 in Arlington

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team opens the 2014 season on the road, participating in the UTA Invitational beginning Feb. 14. SFA will open the year with host Texas-Arlington, followed by games with Oklahoma State and Incarnate Word over the weekend.

Sixth-year head coach Johnny Cardenas has the ’Jacks coming off a 28-29 season and fifth-place finish in the Southland Conference. SFA appeared in the 2013 SLC Tournament as a six-seed, the fifth-straight postseason appearance for Cardenas in his tenure. Cardenas enters the 2014 season with a 148-137 career record with the ’Jacks.

The 2013 season was highlighted by the stellar play of shortstop Hunter Dozier.  The Denton, Texas, native, wrapped up a standout baseball career at SFA by earning first-team All-America honors, being named the Southland Conference’s Player and Hitter of the Year and culminating with being taken by the Kansas City Royals with the eighth overall selection of the draft.
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Fine Arts

'Texas Art Quilts' curator to lecture Saturday at Cole Art Center

Dr. Sandra Sider, curator of the exhibition "Texas Art Quilts 1993-2011" currently on display in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the art center in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Texas Art Quilts" presents 26 works by Texas artists, completed between 1993 and 2011. The works in "Texas Art Quilts" were selected by Sider, critic and curator, from a much larger group of quilts premiering at the Houston quilt festival in "Lone Stars III," according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

The exhibition, which will be displayed in Ledbetter Gallery through March 29, is funded in part by grants from the Quilter's Guild of Dallas' Helena Hibbs Endowment Fund and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts also provided support.

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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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SFA School of Theatre to stage 'Blood Wedding'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre will present Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 25 through March 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Lorca's classic tale of passion, conflicting loyalties and vengeance plays out to an inevitably tragic conclusion. The play, originally written in Spanish, uses beautiful poetry to illuminate the convergence of love, lust and violence as the scene shifts from daylight to moonlit night in rural Spain, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and the play's director.

"At some level, this is a classic love triangle, with a young bride drawn inexorably to her former lover (now married) even as she prepares to marry another man," Jones said. "As both this brief background and the title of the play suggest, things aren't going to end well for the central characters or those who love them."

In "Blood Wedding," the language becomes increasingly more poetic, the acting style more stylized, and the environment more abstract.
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