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

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

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

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

Monday, Feb. 22
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
Beaumont

Women's golf at the Battle at the Rock
Riverside, California


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Nacogdoches Film Fest to showcase works of SFA graduates

Two graduates of SFA's School of Art filmmaking program will have their works showcased at the fifth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival, a celebration of the art and entertainment of film in all its forms.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival, which is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25 - 27, in downtown Nacogdoches, on the SFA campus and at other venues in town.

This year's event includes a star-studded lineup of featured guests, including New York Times best-selling author and the brains behind the hit TV series, "True Blood," Charlaine Harris.
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SFA Department of Elementary Education to screen documentary

The James I. Perkins College of Education's Department of Elementary Education will host a screening of the documentary "Tested" and a Q&A session with director and writer Curtis Chin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

The film follows the stories of students hoping to be admitted to one of the top public high schools in New York City, and explores issues of equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth.

For more information, contact Dr. Brandon Fox, assistant professor of elementary education, at foxbrand@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2409.

Teaching Showcase scheduled for tomorrow

SFA's 2016 Teaching Showcase is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. All faculty and staff members and teaching assistants are invited to attend.

The showcase is an opportunity for faculty and staff members and teaching assistants to share best practices, recognize colleagues' innovative teaching methods and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Presenters at the 2016 Teaching Showcase will include: Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Lauren Burrows, assistant professor of elementary education; Erin Childress, Department of Biology; Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art; Dr. Megan Condis, assistant professor of English; Dr. Chrissy Cross, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Jane Long, associate professor of mathematics and statistics; Dr. Daniel McCleary, assistant professor of human services; Dr. Chris McKenna, assistant professor of business communication and legal studies; Jennifer McLaughlin, Department of English.

The Teaching Showcase is hosted by the Center for Teaching & Learning. For more information, please visit ctl.sfasu.edu.


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. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. today 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.


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. 

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 tomorrow

SFA's Office of International Programs will host the Global Gateway to Tunisia at 2 p.m. tomorrow 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.

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. today 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.


Martin Luther King Jr. celebration scheduled for Thursday

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host an MLK Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Tickets cost $7 for faculty, staff and community members and $5 for students and are available for purchase at the student center information desk. 

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073, multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu or visit the OMA's website.


Alumni Association offering travel package

The SFA Alumni Association has begun an SFA Travel group for alumni, friends, faculty and staff members. The inaugural trip is to beautiful New England in October to enjoy the area's amazing fall colors and scenery.

Anyone interested in learning more about this and future trips is invited to attend a special presentation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the SFA Alumni Association Office on the SFA campus.

RSVP for the travel presentation by contacting Wyndell Westmoreland with International Tours and Cruises at (800) 527-0056 or (936) 569-6666 or email wyndell@nactravel.com. For more information on the trip, visit SFATravel.com.

Share the page with others and get a group of your Lumberjack friends to join you for this exciting adventure!
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Culinary Café to host exhibit, book signing in celebration of Black History Month

SFA's hospitality administration program is showcasing the artwork of SFA Professor Emeritus of Art and former Regents Professor Charles D. Jones this semester in the Culinary Café.

An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Culinary Café located in the James I. Perkins College of Education Annex, 1620 Raguet St. The reception is free, open to the public and celebrates Black History Month. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit highlights portraits by Jones of African-American blues musicians who are featured in the book, "My Black Angel," which was released by the SFA Press in fall 2014. The book also includes poetry by Kim Addonizio and will be available for purchase and Jones to sign during the reception.
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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.

Athletics

Coaching seminar offered this weekend

Learn to coach like a champion with the SFA Sport Science program's Football 101 Coaching Seminar scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, on the SFA campus.

For more information and to register, visit sfasportscience.com.


'Jacks' perfect conference record intact after defeating the University of the Incarnate Word, 84-46

Senior members of the SFA men’s basketball team put on a high-quality show for their penultimate regular season performance at William R. Johnson Coliseum Monday night.

Retaining his strong shooting record from Saturday night, Demetrious Floyd pumped in a game-high 21 points and fellow senior Thomas Walkup stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals as the 'Jacks blasted the University of the Incarnate Word 84-46, stretching the nation’s third-longest home winning streak to 27 games.
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Three school track and field records fall on first day of Southland Conference championships

Three school records were broken, a Southland Conference meet record fell and numerous personal records were set by the SFA track and field teams Monday at the 2016 Southland Conference Indoor Championships inside the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Lumberjacks tied Sam Houston State University for first place with 38 points and the Ladyjacks are currently in fourth with 21 points going into today's competition.
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Bowling ranked eighth in February Coaches Poll

The SFA bowling team remains eighth in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. The defending national runners-up retained the spot for the third-straight poll, garnering 751 total points.

SFA has posted a 60-30 record this season, coming off a 10-4 mark and a seventh-place finish at the Stormin' Ladyjack Classic last weekend in Houston. Establishing itself as one of the top bowling programs in the nation, the Ladyjacks have won at least 60 matches in each of the past five seasons under head coach Amber Lemke and recorded 28-straight top-10 team tournament finishes.
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Fine Arts


SFA Bassoon Ensemble to perform program of classical, jazz, popular music

The Bassoon Ensemble at SFA will present a concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The program will feature arrangements of classical, Latin, jazz and popular music, according to Staci Spring, bassoon and musicology instructor in the SFA School of Music.

Joining the ensemble will be guest bassoonist Dr. Jeff Womack, associate professor of music at Angelo State University. He will perform with the ensemble and also perform solos with piano and on contrabassoon. Keith Lloyd, SFA music faculty member, will accompany the ensemble on percussion, and graduate student Milton Fernandez will accompany Womack on piano.
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Recital to feature music composed in honor of national parks

Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composition at SFA, will present "Encounters: Music Inspired by Our National Parks" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The recital showcases Lias' musical compositions and will be performed by guest artists Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Gary Wurtz, trumpet; Dr. Christina Guenther, flute; Jennifer Keeney, flute; Carly Hood, saxophone; Dr. Deb Scott, trombone; and Dr. Ron Petti, piano.

The recital is presented as part of the centennial celebration in 2016 of the National Park Service.
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Piney Woods Camerata to perform works from Baroque Period

The Piney Woods Camerata at SFA will present music from the Baroque Period when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble is comprised of SFA School of Music string faculty and students with Geneva Fung, staff accompanist, as harpsichordist. The program will feature the works of composers Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel and Frederick the Great.

Handel's Concerto Grosso in C major HWV 318 is one of the best-known works on this program.
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Parrs to perform music of Brahms

Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA, will present an all-Brahms program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining him will be his wife and guest pianist, Linda Parr. The major work to be performed is Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. Linda, who is a piano instructor in the SFA Music Preparatory Division, will perform the orchestra portion of the work.

"The Brahms 2nd piano concerto is a monumental four-movement work of 50 minutes duration," Andrew Parr said. "I have wanted to play this piece ever since I was in college, but never had the opportunity or the time to devote to learning it. I finally realized that I might never play it if I were to wait for an invitation from an orchestra to program it with me."
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