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This Week's Calendar

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

Friday, Feb. 21
Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22
Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern State
6 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
Feb. 22

Women's Basketball
vs. Northwestern State
4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27
Men's Basketball
at New Orleans
7:45 p.m.
New Orleans

ORSP Workshop
"Budget Development"
2 p.m.
Wyatt Room
Steen Library

Women's Basketball
at New Orleans
5:30 p.m.
New Orleans, La.




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San Augustine Co. to put community needs assessment to use

Story from KTRE

San Augustine County is now armed with extensive research on the lacking social services for the poor, ill, old, young and uneducated in that county. A community needs assessment conducted by Stephen F. Austin State University's School of Social Work was presented to county officials Thursday.

San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson wanted a community needs assessment to help show how the county's poverty is impacting the well-being of all county residents.

"When you have terrible poverty, you have problems with alcohol and drug addiction," Johnson said. "You have problems with abuse to children. All these things are tied together."

SFA researchers, with social work graduate students, hit the back roads conducting interviews and handing out surveys. Trust was vital, particularly in the growing Latino community.

"It was a fun day filled with sports and food," said Alba Villegas, the dean's research award winner. "I was there with another SFA student, and we helped them fill out the questionnaires and it was a success."
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News & Announcements

Cram the Coliseum with free tickets

SFA Athletics and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again with Cram the Coliseum, a two-game promotion designed to bring more fans from the community to the SFA vs. Northwestern State basketball games.

Sheets of 10 free printable tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce here. Download, print and use yourself or give away to friends for free entrance to the Cram the Coliseum games – SFA vs. Northwestern State.

The Ladyjacks game starts at 4 p.m., and the Lumberjacks game starts at 6 p.m., Feb. 22. Both games will be in the William R. Johnson Coliseum at University Drive and College Street.

ORSP workshops

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Feb. 20
Learn how to develop your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract, and reviewers' pet peeves.

Budget Development and Management
Feb. 27
This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

Conscious Speaker Series: Jes Militant Baker

As part of Love Your Genes Week, the Office of Multicultural Affairs presents, "Change your World, Not your Body" featuring Jes Militant Baker. The presentation will be held at noon Feb. 25, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

Baker is an advocate known for her fiery open letter response to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jeffries' remarks regarding his company marketing to the "cool kids." She uses her blog to "support, contribute and join with other women that also challenge the status quo through their thoughts, lifestyles and self-acceptance."

Baker will explore the historical evolution behind our current idyllic body type, the stigma surrounding mental illness and what we can do individually to reframe the way we perceive ourselves and others. She encourages each person to "change your world, not your body," uses empirical data to explore the correlation between weight and health, and discusses the "Health At Every Size" movement.

Come ready to challenge the notion that beauty is exclusive in this powerful, passionate and progressive presentation. For more information, you can contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073.

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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Accepting T-shirt sponsors for The BIG Event

The BIG Event is currently accepting sponsors for The BIG Event T-shirt. This year’s event is shaping up to be the largest one-day service project ever at SFA, with more than 1,000 students participating in projects all across Nacogdoches County on March 22! This is a great opportunity to associate your department’s name with a fast-growing philanthropic event on our campus.

Sponsorships on the back of the shirt are $250. For more information, please contact Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu no later than Feb. 21.

Campus Recreation

Love Your Genes Week 2014

Love Your Genes Week on campus is the week of Feb. 24 coinciding with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

The theme this year is “Your Body Feels Everything Your Mind Says.”

To show your support in celebrating a culture of healthy self-image and positive self-talk on our campus, the Love Your Genes committee invites you to participate in the week’s events.

The week will feature nationally renowned speaker Jes Baker, a blood drive, a Mindful Eating presentation, Mind over Madness Yoga, "Revolutionizing Selfies: An Interactive Session" and a jeans donation drive for the Women’s Crisis Center.

For a complete list of events, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Kate Houlik Bridges at bridgeska@sfasu.edu.

LYG T-shirts will also be available for $7. If your department would like to purchase T-shirts, email Binta Lorde Brown at lordeb@sfasu.edu with your information, including quantity and sizes. LYG accepts FOAP, cash or checks made payable to SFASU.


SFA reclaims road win streak, downs Bearkats 67-60

The SFA men's basketball team reclaimed sole possession of the nation's longest active road win streak at 10-straight and picked up the nation-leading 12 overall road win in a 67-60 victory over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

SFA (24-2, 13-0 SLC) reclaimed sole possession of both marks, as Saint Louis (consecutive road wins) and Manhattan (overall road wins) played their Saturday contests at home.

Junior Jacob Parker paced the ’Jacks against SHSU (18-7, 10-3) in the victory, as SFA picked up its 21st consecutive win. SFA continues to rank third in the nation behind top-ranked Syracuse and No. 2/4 Wichita State. Parker was one of three ’Jacks to score in double figures, recording a game-high of 20 points. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 7-of-13 from the field, with a made three-pointer and 5-of-7 shooting from the free throw line.

Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded 16 points and senior Nikola Gajic finished with 12, as both finished perfect from the charity stripe.
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Ladyjacks beat Bearkats on road

The SFA Ladyjacks bounced back from a loss earlier in the week to defeat in-state rival Sam Houston State 58-52 on Saturday afternoon. It was a total team effort in the victory as three different Ladyjacks scored in double digits, and SFA was able to force the Bearkats into more turnovers en route to the victory.

Freshman Taylor Ross led the way with 16 points for SFA (14-11, 8-5) and added five assists and four steals to provide a strong presence on both sides of the court.

Juniors Porsha Roberts and Daylyn Harris joined Ross in double digits with each scoring 14 points. Roberts was 5-of-12 from the field while Harris was 6-of-9 and also pulled down eight rebounds.

The Ladyjacks were able to take the ball to the hole throughout most of the game as SFA dominated the scoring in the paint with 38 points compared to Sam Houston State's 16 points.
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Ladyjacks shutout no. 8/9 Nebraska

With a senior on the rubber, the SFA Ladyjacks shut out one of the top teams in the nation on Saturday afternoon as Carlie Thomas threw a complete game to defeat No. 8/9 Nebraska by the score of 1-0.

Thomas allowed only six hits and struck out five Cornhuskers en route to the upset victory over a team that reached the Women's College World Series last year.

The Ladyjacks scored in the winning run in the bottom of the third inning after Heather Hollingsworth walked to leadoff the inning. She advanced to second on a groundout and then to third base on a fielder's choice. Hollingsworth scored on a throwing error by Nebraska's shortstop following a grounder from Brittany Lewis.

Thomas and the defense came up big for the Ladyjacks in the final inning after Nebraska slapped a double to lead things off. A single put runners on the corners with no outs. Alicia Armstrong then lined into a double play to shortstop Elizabeth Arana. Arana caught Kat Woolman off first base to double her up. The next batter then grounded out to Arana to seal the victory over the Top 10 team.
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SFA thumps Incarnate Word, 12-5

Freshman Will Vest knocked two doubles, and junior Dillon Mangham tossed five strong innings to fuel the SFA Lumberjack baseball team to a 12-5 thumping of Incarnate Word on the final day of the UTA Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Vest was one of four SFA (2-1) hitters to pick up a two-bagger against the Cardinals (1-2), joined by seniors Zach Marberry, Mackenzie Handel and sophomore Kyle Thornell. The ‘Jacks plagued the UIW pitching staff for 14 hits, as SFA had five hitters record two hits or more.

Handel’s 3-for-5 afternoon paced SFA, tying his career-high for hits. Senior Brett Thornell, brother Kyle Thornell, sophomore Joseph Olson, Vest and Marberry, each collected a pair of hits. Sophomore Matthew Dickey finished 1-for-6, but picked up three RBI and a run scored on the afternoon, while swiping his second bag of the season.

Mangham (1-0) bounced back after surrendering one run in the bottom of the first, by blanking the Cardinals over his next four innings to pick up the win in his first start. The native of Temple, Texas, finished his with six strikeouts, while scattering seven hits in his Division I debut.
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Ladyjacks close weekend with loss at Houston

The SFA softball team was unable to repeat the magic of Saturday’s victories over NCAA Tournament teams with a third straight on Sunday as the Ladyjacks lost to the Houston Cougars by the final of 7-3 to close the week’s action.

SFA (3-5) was able to keep it close with Houston (5-1) through much of the contest until the Cougars got hot in the fifth inning with six runs.

The Ladyjacks held a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth before Houston pounced with three home runs contributing six runs. SFA scored one run in the sixth but could not make more of a comeback and finished the week at the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic with a 3-2 record.

“The overall feeling after the game today was positive. The players were disappointed with the loss, but they were positive about the weekend as a whole,” Head Coach Gay McNutt said. “They know we have to keep plugging away. They know we can’t make the mistakes we made this weekend. We can make them now if we learn from them and not make them later on down the road during conference play.”

SFA had three quality wins during the tournament with a dominant win over Army on Friday afternoon followed by a shootout against the Black Knights on Saturday morning that went the way of the Ladyjacks as well. The Ladyjacks ended Saturday with a 1-0 shutout of No. 8/9 Nebraska before losing to Houston on Sunday. The Ladyjacks opened with a loss to Sam Houston State on Friday morning.
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Fine Arts

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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