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Thursday, Feb. 16

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Thursday, Feb. 16
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
8 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Abilene Christian University
5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 17
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Presentation by Dr. David Laude about student success
1:30 p.m.
McGee Business Building,
Room 133

Baseball vs. Southeast Missouri State University
6:30 p.m.

Men's golf at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
All Day
Palm Desert, California

Softball at Texas A&M University
3 p.m.
College Station

Softball vs. University of New Mexico
12:15 p.m.
College Station

Tennis at Texas State University
San Marcos

Saturday, Feb. 18
Men's golf at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
All Day
Palm Desert, California

Softball vs. University of New Mexico
10 a.m.
College Station

Baseball vs. University of Texas at Arlington
11 a.m.

Men's basketball at Southeastern Louisiana University
5 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

Softball vs. Missouri State University
5:15 p.m.
College Station

Tennis at University of Texas-San Antonio
1 p.m.
San Antonio

Women's basketball at Southeastern Louisiana University
3 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana




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News & Announcements

New grammar, punctuation guide available to students

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students of the Academic Assistance and Resource Center's new resource — the AARC Grammar and Punctuation Guide.

The guide is available online and assists students with finding and fixing errors that appear most often in student papers with interactive exercises and games.

The AARC also is available to assist with writing assignments for any class from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Writing Walk-In Tables or through the Online Writing Lab.

For more information, contact Kathy Bryson, AARC writing program director, at (936) 468-1542 or brysonkm@sfasu.edu.

College Values Online names SFA among nation’s top 10 best value colleges for online master’s degree in early childhood education

SFA has been named one of the top 10 best value colleges in the nation for its online master’s degree in early childhood education by College Values Online, a website dedicated to helping students select the best university for them.

“As faculty members, we are proud of the knowledge and experiences our students gain through the innovative and diverse degree program at SFA,” said Dr. Susan Casey, program coordinator for SFA’s online master’s degree in early childhood education. “We are excited about the recognition because it validates the degrees our students receive and enables them to further their career opportunities.”
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Presentation tomorrow to focus on helping students succeed

Student success is imperative to the success of any university, and a presentation Friday afternoon will feature an expert on programs that help students succeed. 

“No institution can be successful if its students are not successful,” said Dr. Dana Cooper, executive director of SFA’s Student Success Center. “It is incumbent on us — as faculty and staff members at a teaching institution — to not see the students who are in our classrooms as they are currently. We must see the people they can become with our guidance and support at a critical juncture in their lives.”

Faculty and staff members are invited to hear the presentation by Dr. David Laude, senior vice provost for strategic initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin, at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. Laude implemented a program that helped UT students achieve the same grades as peers whose SAT scores were as much as 200 points higher.

Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Laude's visit is an example of SFA's dedication to being a learning institution. “Dr. Laude's visit will highlight innovative ways to help students succeed, which helps all of us live the ‘one Lumberjack at a time’ brand each day.”

For more information, contact Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu.

Alumni Association Member Night scheduled for March 4

Join SFA's Alumni Association for Member Night Saturday, March 4, at the last home basketball game against the Sam Houston State University Bearkats.

All current members get up to six free tickets into the games. Faculty and staff members who would like to join by March 1 also will get 10 percent off their membership.

To receive your game tickets, check in at the Alumni Association table in front of the coliseum before the games. Click here, or email alumni@sfasu.edu for additional information.

2018-19 Core Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program competition now open

The 2018-19 Core Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This year, the program has released a new set of more than 50 awards in East Asia and the Pacific.

Two new awards are the Study of the United States (Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities) award and the Hong Kong and China Studies award. The program also has made changes in scholar and professional opportunities.

Click here for more information, including application guidelines, review criteria and a schedule of outreach events. 

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Tkacik, director of SFA's School of Honors and campus representative, at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjacks to battle Abilene Christian University tonight for No. 2 spot in conference

SFA’s women’s basketball team and Abilene Christian University will compete at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks won the first game against ACU earlier this season, but this round will present a new challenge as both teams have more experience and maturity under their belts.

The January game marked the seventh time the two teams have competed. The first several times the teams met occurred in the 1970s, then ACU joined the Southland Conference in 2013.
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Lumberjacks host Lamar University in final February home game tonight

Two of the top five teams in the Southland Conference will compete beginning at 8 p.m. tonight in Johnson Coliseum when SFA’s men’s basketball team battles Lamar University. The Lumberjacks own a one-game lead over the Cardinals for third place in conference standings.

Rob Meyers and Tyler DePascal will narrate the action on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as the Lumberjacks try to increase their lead over Lamar to two games. Whataburger will sponsor the game.
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Fine Arts

SFA to host guest flute, harpsichord recital

SFA’s School of Music will host a guest flute and harpsichord recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the concert will feature Eva Amsler, professor of flute at Florida State University, and Shalev Ad-El, music director of Israel’s highest ranking chamber orchestra, Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra.

The program will feature works of Georg Philipp Telemann, Arcangelo Corelli, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach and W.F. Bach. Dr. Christina Guenther, professor of flute at SFA, will join Amsler in performing W.F. Bach’s Duo G Major for two flutes.
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Raines fans, friends looking forward to SFA Strings Scholarship fundraiser

The year was 1968. It was a time of riots, assassinations and protests, “mostly over the Vietnam War,” according to Nacogdoches businessman and realtor David Yates. It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius with peace, love and harmony, hippies and bra burning.

“What a great time,” recalls Yates, who graduated from Nacogdoches High School that year along with fellow classmates Peggy (Wright) Pollock, Sandra (Brock) De La Pena and a young man who would become destined for stardom on the stage – Ron Raines.

Raines will return to his hometown to present “Ron Sings Broadway,” a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Mast Hall downtown. Proceeds will go toward the Strings Scholarship Fund in SFA's School of Music. He will perform with SFA student musicians under the direction of Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral activities at SFA.
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If you find yourself missing your childhood days now and then, you aren’t alone. In fact, a Belgian company called V-Formation has created an inflatable playground for adults that will take anyone back to their playful ways.

The Beast, an 839-foot inflatable obstacle course for adults, can be purchased for private, corporate and public events. Click here to read more, or to watch a video of the fun.

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