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This Week's Calendar

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

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

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

Men's basketball vs. Nicholls State University
3 p.m.
Thibodeaux, Louisiana

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

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




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News & Announcements

Alumni Association travel opportunity presentation tomorrow

Stop by the SFA Alumni Association office at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn more about the upcoming inaugural SFA Alumni travel trip to the beautiful northeast during the fall season. The trip includes visits to Boston, Massachusetts; Woodstock, New York; Boothbay Harbor, Maine; and Quechee Gorge, Vermont.

Those unable to attend the presentation on campus may join the online presentation at 6 p.m. the same day.

To register or retrieve the login information for the online presentation, contact Wyndell Westmoreland at International Tours at (936) 569-6666 or wyndell@nactravel.com.

More information about the trip is available at sfatravel.com.

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 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.

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.

Teaching Showcase scheduled for today

SFA's 2016 Teaching Showcase is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. today 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.

Office of International Programs hosts Global Gateway to Tunisia today

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

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. tomorrow 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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Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee to host meeting

SFA faculty members are invited to join the Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee for coffee and donuts from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the McGee Business Building, Room 483.

All faculty members are invited to visit and voice any concerns or recommendations regarding faculty life to the committee. Information will also be available on how to get involved in the SFA Faculty Senate.

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a series of faculty forums throughout the spring semester. The series will focus on topics including assessment, faculty development, policy concerns and more.

Committee members include: Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of music; Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink, professor of secondary education; Dr. Kimberly Welsh, associate professor of elementary education; Dr. Joey Bray, assistant professor of agriculture; Dr. Janice Hensarling, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history.

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. tomorrow 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.

Nacogdoches Film Fest to showcase works of SFA graduates

Two SFA graduates 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 through 27, in downtown Nacogdoches, on the SFA campus and 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. Read More

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.


Men's, women's track and field teams finish third at Southland Conference indoor championships

The SFA men’s and women’s track and field teams each finished in third place Tuesday at the 2016 Southland Conference Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Lumberjacks earned 94 points during the two-day event, just 4.5 points short of second place Southeastern Louisiana University (98.5) while edging Northwestern State University (89.5) by 4.5 points. Sam Houston State University won the tournament with 121 points.
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Ladyjack tennis prepares for battle against Louisiana Tech University

When the SFA women’s tennis team hosts Louisiana Tech University this afternoon, one of the teams will suffer its third loss of the spring season.

Pitting a Southland Conference combatant against one from Conference USA, this is the final match the Ladyjacks will host this season. The contest takes place 10 days before the SFA squad, hoping to keep its 2016 home record untarnished, begins SLC play.
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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.

Fine Arts

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. tomorrow 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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Iktus+ Combo playing at SFA Friday

The New York City-based Iktus+ Combo will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

An ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion, Iktus+ Combo is described as "a slick combination of classical music and straight up rock-n-roll," according to Dr. Brad Meyer, professor of percussion studies in the SFA School of Music.

"Iktus+ Combo is smart, gritty, elegant, head-bopping - a chamber group of today - comfortable in electric and acoustic worlds," Meyer 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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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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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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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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Mount Rushmore is a grand tribute to America's presidents on the largest scale, but it isn't the only place where tourists can see larger-than-life busts of statesmen.

Unfortunately, the other place is a kind of graveyard to a failed venture in Williamsburg, Virginia. Virginia's Presidents Park had a short life - open only from 2004 through 2010 - despite towering busts of 43 former U.S. presidents. The park just couldn't draw the same crowds as Mount Rushmore. Instead of destroying the monuments, which weigh between 11,000 and 20,000 pounds, a local farmer relocated them to his own property. Check out this Smithsonian Magazine piece about the defunct park and see photos of the weathered busts.

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