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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Feb. 15
Men's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Wednesday, Feb. 17
SFA tennis vs. Louisiana Tech University
Nacogdoches

Thursday, Feb. 18
Women's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
Beaumont

Saturday, Feb. 20
SFA tennis vs. Texas A&M University
College Station

Women's basketball vs. Nicholls State University
1 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana


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Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of SFA student

Justin Lenderman, a senior criminal justice major from Jasper, passed away on Feb. 12. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and funeral services are set for 2 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 16, at Carroway Funeral Home, 2704 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, and members of SFA’s Delta Kappa chapter will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Lenderman is the grandson of Kathryn Scott, senior secretary in the School of Nursing, and the nephew of Shana Scott, administrative assistant in the Department of Geology.

In honor of Justin’s memory, the SFA flag will be flown at half-staff today.


Texas, U.S. flags lowered in memory of deceased Supreme Court justice

Both the Texas and United States flags were lowered to half-staff Saturday by an order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott in honor of the life and public service of Antonin Gregory Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court justice who passed away of natural causes over the weekend.

Abbott ordered that flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of Scalia's interment and be returned to full-staff on the following day. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect for this admired leader. 

SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces spring workshops

The SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a workshop series for faculty and staff members throughout the spring semester focusing on grant writing and grant development.

February’s workshops will cover the grant process and writing a grant. Workshops will be held in the Ralph W. Steen Library Wyatt Room. To register call (936) 468-6606 or email tuckers1@sfasu.edu.
 
The Grant Process workshop covers the life cycle of a grant from application through award management. The workshop is planned for 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

The Writing a Grant workshop provides an overview of writing successful proposals, and is planned for 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Proposals now being accepted for 2016 Bright Ideas Conference

The 2016 Bright Ideas Conference will be held Wednesday, May 4.

The conference showcases the research, creative and performance accomplishments of SFA faculty members. One of the main attractions of BIC is the poster session, in which faculty members highlight individual research projects, overall research agendas and/or professional creative interests.

All proposals are due by Monday, Feb. 29. To read the full call and submit a proposal, visit the Bright Ideas Conference website.

Fulbright scholar competition now open

The core competition for Fulbright Scholar 2017-18 academic year grants is now open.

Research and teaching opportunities in more than 125 countries are  among the opportunities available in this year's competition. More information is available at cies.org, or by contacting Dr.  Michael Tkacik, director of SFA's School of Honors, at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.


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.


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.

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.

Athletics


'Jacks bust up Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in 70-58 triumph

With all the well-earned attention recently paid to senior Thomas Walkup, SFA men's basketball fans and opponents may have forgotten about the likes of Trey Pinkney, Ty Charles, Clide Geffrard and Demetrious Floyd.

Constantly surrounded by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi players, Walkup surrendered the reins to a red-hot Floyd who proceeded to drop in a game-high 22 points on 6-of-11 three-point shots. A rock-solid defensive effort limited the Islanders to their fourth-lowest point total of the season in a 70-58 SFA triumph Saturday night.
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SFA bowling finishes seventh at Stormin' Ladyjack Classic

The eighth-ranked SFA bowling team closed out its host tournament on a positive note, going 3-0 in the Stormin’ Ladyjack Classic's final day to finish seventh among the 17-team field. SFA wrapped up the three-day event Sunday with a 10-4 overall record and registered its 28th-consecutive top-10 team finish, dating back to the 2012-13 season.

Beginning the day as the number nine seed, the Ladyjacks drew the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in the opening round looking to avenge for some less-than-productive Saturday finishes. SFA took the opening two games, including a dominating 191-148 decision in game two, before falling 243-236 in game three. The Ladyjacks pushed their advantage to 3-1 with a 236-212 win in game four, then after a fifth-game defeat closed out UWW with a 215-189 decision.
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Track and field aims for another sweep at 2016 SLC Indoor Championships

The SFA track and field teams plan to put together another winning effort today and tomorrow at the 2016 Southland Conference Indoor Championships inside the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, where the men’s and women’s team champions will be crowned late Tuesday afternoon.

The 'Jacks are coming off a pair of team titles at the 2015 indoor conference meet last February at the same venue. The women won with a whopping 132.5 points over Sam Houston State University while the men also ran away from the Bearkats with 117 points.
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Tennis team drops 4-0 decision at the University of Louisiana-Monroe

Road matches continued to be a thorn in the SFA women’s tennis team's side yesterday as the team fell 4-0 at the University of Louisiana - Monroe.

In their first shutout loss of the season, the Ladyjacks couldn’t get any traction against the Warhawks. Junior Denise Maxl and freshman Vanesa Calvo Pardo fell  6-1 in the number-two doubles battle. Freshmen Lauren Hidalgo-Smith and Liza Aginskaya were handed a 6-3 defeat in the third doubles match, giving the lone tandem point to the Warhawks.
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Women's golf finishes 10th at Eagle Invitational

The SFA women's golf team closed out the final round of the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational on a high note, registering a tournament-best round of 19-over 307 to finish 10th among the competitive 15-team field. The Ladyjacks posted a 72-over 936 through the 54-hole event, securing the fourth top-10 team finish of the 2015-16 season.

Senior Sydney Reed registered her third top-20 showing of the season and the eighth of her career, tying for 20th individually with a 13-over 229, including a final round 4-over 76. She finished four shots better than junior teammates Jessie White and Courtney Ford, both of whom carded 17-over 233 to tie for 30th. Ford had the low round of the tournament for SFA in round three, firing a 2-over 74 and tying her career low round.
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Fine Arts

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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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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The archives and back rooms of the nation's museums likely hold some pretty fascinating and forgotten treasures, but there's one piece of history inside the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates that would surely give people a reason for a second look.

The museum is the final resting place of one of the longest snake skeletons in the world, Ralph, the 26-foot long reticulated python that was once a Filipino family heirloom. Check out Atlas Obscura's piece about Ralph here.

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