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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Feb. 17
SFA Baseball vs. Texas A&M
College Station
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball at University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21
SFA Baseball at University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
6 p.m.

SFA Men's basketball vs. Nicholls State University
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22
SFA Baseball at University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
1 p.m.




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SFA's Food For Thought provides helping hand for struggling students

Courtesy of KTRE News

College students living on Ramen noodles and cheese sandwiches is often passed off as a right of passage.

However, college administrators are discovering food insecurities is a serious issue among university students. SFA is joining the ranks of other campuses in establishing a student food bank. Community help is always needed.

"And we come over, we want to make sure everybody has a variety of vegetables and meats and fruits,” said JoJwan McLeod, a volunteer, as he was helping a shopper.
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Dr. Kathy Sheriff and Tracy Hallak

Department of Human Services

Sheriff, assistant professor in special education, and Hallak, professor in the Orientation and Mobility program, published their paper, "Incidental Learning for Children with Deaf-Blindness," in the National Forum of Special Education Journal.

Dr. Mario Ajero

School of Music

Ajero's article "Developing Your Children into Well-Rounded Musicians" was published in the winter 2015 edition of Music Matters, the Royal Conservatory's official newsletter for music teachers.

In the article, Ajero offers his unique perspective of teaching piano to his own children. He also shares his perspectives on how the curriculum of The Royal Conservatory Certificate program have given his kids tangible goals to achieve and helped develop their piano performance, theory and aural skills.

The preparation discipline has even transferred into other areas of the children's academics, as well. The article, along with the entire newsletter, can be read for free as a digital download here.

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Piney Woods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens, presented his lecture "Right Plant, Right Place - Landscaping 101" during the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners Spring Seminar in Ruston, Louisiana.

Grant's lecture was about the basic principles of landscape design, and was given in a public program sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Northwest Louisiana at Louisiana Tech University.

At a separate conference on Jan. 31, Grant delivered another lectured titled "Going Native."

The presentation discussed landscaping with native perennials. It was given to the Louisiana Native Plant Society at the annual meeting held at the Camp Hardtner Conference Center in Pollock, Louisiana.

News & Announcements

SFA to host Dr. John Smith for Robert Maxwell Lecture Feb. 24

SFA will host guest speaker Dr. John Smith for the Robert Maxwell Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Smith, assistant professor of history at Georgia Tech, specializes in American sports history and will present "Basketball Under The Big Top: UCLA, Houston, and the Game of the Century." Smith will discuss how this single game, which was played at "the Eighth Wonder of the World," the Houston Astrodome, in front of a record-breaking attendance of more than 52,000 fans, transformed college basketball into a national pastime.

Smith also is the author of "The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball," and is currently writing a book about Muhammad Ali and the 1960s.
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SFA's Stone Fort Museum to host book signing

SFA's Stone Fort Museum will host a book signing and reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, honoring the release of "African Americans in Nacogdoches County," by Jeri Mills.

Mills, a retired educator and contributing writer to The Daily Sentinel, will share images from her book and describe the process of collecting community history. Copies of her book will be available for purchase for $21.99 each.

After the Civil War and the end of slavery, African-Americans throughout the United States faced the challenge of survival while attempting to repurpose their lives. Through the images in this book, readers will get a glimpse of the unique culture that developed in the small African-American communities in Nacogdoches County.
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SFA's Career Services to host job search event

SFA's Career Services will host a Winning Job Search Strategies event for senior students, and is asking for faculty members to help spread the word.

With the average job search lasting around seven months, the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent (compared to 5.5 percent in 2007), and the underemployment rate at 16.8 percent (compared to 9.6 percent in 2007) for all recent college graduates, the need for job search education could not be more important. The mission of the event is to equip graduating students with information on numerous career options for their major, strategies to enhance the process of securing employment, and goal-oriented action plans needed to beat these statistics and achieve their career goals.
Let’s work together to make sure all of their effort pays off, and help our graduates hit the job market with a competitive edge!
The event will be at for 3 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theatre.

Study abroad program director to visit SFA

The director of University Partnerships at Education First International Study Tours will visit SFA at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the International Programs Office, Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402.

Join us to learn more about EF Tours' study abroad programs and how you can plan to lead a study abroad program yourself!
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OMA hosting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. SFA students and community members will present poetry, music and art as they rejoice together in spirit. The event is set for 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

A keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., an original Freedom Rider, associate of King, and one of the primary organizers of the 1965 Selma voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, will conclude the celebration.

Admission is $7 for faculty and staff members and community members, and $5 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets can be purchased at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk.

Voting continues in Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge

More than a dozen organizations across Nacogdoches County turn to the Nacogdoches Area United Way for money and support in helping East Texans. If you had the chance to help, wouldn't you want to?
You can. A vote for Brad Underwood is a vote in support of the United Way and nonprofits all over the county. Be sure to vote today and every day!


'Jacks come up short in Cougar rematch, 4-3

A late inning rally once again closed out the 2015 Tipton Ford Classic with a 4-3 loss to Washington State at Jaycees Field on Monday night. The loss drops the 'Jacks to 1-3 on the year while the Cougars improved to 2-2.

The loss came despite the Lumberjacks allowing only two Washington State hits all night, which accounted for Cougar runs. The pitching staff gave up 11 walks on the night.
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SFA Track and Field wins three titles to open SLC meet

Halfway through the 2015 Southland Conference Indoor Championships, the SFA track and field programs are in great shape after claiming three individual titles at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Monday. The Lumberjacks sit in first place with 52 team points, while the Ladyjacks are currently in second with 34 points.

Shambrail Woods, Cameron Meyer and Charles Mathenge were the outstanding 'Jacks for day one for SFA.

Woods was the first Ladyjack to climb to the podium after winning the women’s pentathlon with 3,732 points – the highest total in the event since the 2006 SLC Championships. Sitting in second place with one event to go, Woods set a meet record and new personal best with a 2:20.29 showing in the 800 meter to earn 820 additional points. The total was good enough to leapfrog New Orleans’ Farydah Inoussa, which allowed her to defend her 2014 SLC title.
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'Jacks bounce back to beat UIW 90-76

Junior Thomas Walkup paced the SFA men’s basketball team with 28 points and freshman Ty Charles tied his career-high with 19 points in a 90-76 win at the University of the Incarnate Word on Monday night inside the McDermott Center.

Five Lumberjacks (21-4, 11-1 SLC) finished in double figures against UIW (15-7, 7-5 SLC) as SFA started a new win streak.

Walkup shot an efficient 10-of-13 from the floor with a 3-pointer and 7-of-7 from the line on the night. The native of Pasadena, Texas, also pulled down eight assists, with six coming on the defensive end, and dished out three assists.
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Roberts tabbed SLC Player of the Week

SFA’s Porsha Roberts has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. The weekly honor is the second for Roberts this season and the third during her decorated SFA career. She also was selected as league player of the week earlier this season on Dec. 22.

Roberts is coming off a huge week, helping the Ladyjacks earn quality road wins at the University of the Incarnate Word and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The senior center poured in 32 points against the Islanders on Saturday to tie a career-high in a 74-62 victory. She made 12 of 21 shots from the field and went 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the game, which was aired on ESPN3.

Roberts also led the Ladyjacks in scoring on Thursday night in San Antonio against the Cardinals, scoring 20 points while shooting at an efficient 8-for-10 clip from the floor. SFA won the game 64-47. Overall on the week, Roberts averaged 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2.5 assists, shot 64.5 percent from the field and was 75.0 percent from the line.
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Fine Arts

Arnone, Peterson recital at SFA canceled

A guest flute recital featuring Baylor University music professor Francesca Arnone performing with pianist Jeffrey Peterson, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 17 in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus, has been canceled.

Renowned percussionist McClung to perform guest recital at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present percussionist Dr. Matthew McClung in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

An associate professor of Music at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and the principal percussionist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, McClung will perform Steve Reich's "Marimba Phase" with special guest Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

The program also features "Conversation" by Akira Miyoshi, "XY" by Michael Gordon and "Warm It Up" by Thomas Osborne.
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Award-winning Cho to present recital of classical piano repertoire at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present pianist James Cho in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Currently on the piano faculty at Sam Houston State University, Cho was invited to present a recital of classical piano repertoire at SFA, according to Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

Cho's program contains some lesser-known pieces by J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, plus two Nocturnes, Op. 62, of Frédéric Chopin, which were composed near the end of his life, Parr said. The major work on the program is Igor Stravinsky's "Three Movements from Petrushka,"
which Parr described as "a highly colorful and virtuosic piano work based on the composer's ballet of the same title."
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A compilation of more than five years of data collection by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory was released early this month, and people seem to agree, it's pretty dang incredible.

The observatory collected around 2,600 terabytes of data and countless images, all compiled into a four and a half minute video.

For the abbreviated details, check out this piece from the Huffington Post about the video. Or you can go straight to the source and view it on YouTube here.

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