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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Flutist Sergio Pallotelli
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

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

Friday, Feb. 21
Percussionist James Campbell
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

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

PDK Chalk Walk Fun Run
7:30 a.m.
ECRC parking lot

Showcase Saturday
Feb. 22

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




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SFA appoints new executive director of alumni relations

A new executive director of alumni relations has been appointed at SFA. Craig Turnage, who previously served as a senior major gifts officer for the SFA Office of Development, will transition to the new position immediately.

As executive director, Turnage will direct the overall planning, implementation and management of programs and services that develop and enhance long-term relationships between SFA and alumni, students, faculty and the community. In addition to the daily operations of the alumni office, Turnage will direct the activities that increase alumni engagement, including reunions and special events.

"It has been a long-term aspiration of mine to serve in a leadership role at SFA," Turnage said. "I am grateful to work for my alma mater in a capacity that allows me the opportunity to build relationships with the alumni and friends of this wonderful university."

Turnage joined the Office of Development staff in 2008 and has been directly responsible for raising funds for the university. He collaborated and assisted in the creation of three new professorships to support SFA's faculty and was instrumental in raising funds for the recently completed Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.
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Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

An article by Selden and co-authors Timothy Perttula and Bo Nelson titled "The Gardener Site (41CP55): A Late Caddo Settlement on Big Cypress Creek in East Texas," has been published in the February 2014 edition of the Journal of Northeast Texas Archaeology.

News & Announcements

Dunk the Dean fundraiser

Freshman Leadership Academy is holding a unique "Dunk the Dean" program to raise money for the group’s upcoming trip to Romania to work with orphaned children. If the group is able to raise $1,000 by April 1, Dr. Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, will sit in a dunk tank full of ice water that afternoon and let students, faculty and staff members dunk him for 90 minutes.
You can donate any amount of money here and check the progress toward the goal.
For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249.

Library Survey: Your Library, Your Voice! Deadline Extended

The Ralph W. Steen Library has extended the deadline for the service quality survey to Feb. 28. If you have not completed the survey, please take a few minutes to do so here. Only you can tell us how well we are serving your library needs.

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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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.

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.

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.

PDK Chalk Walk Fun Run

The SFA chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association in education, invites you to participate in the third Annual Chalk Walk Fun Run honoring educators. This year, the event will feature official timing.

This fun event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 22, beginning in the Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. 

Contact Jannah Nerren at nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu for more information.

Sign up online here.

Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

The SFA Graduate School is now accepting nominations for outstanding graduate students and outstanding thesis awards.

The SFA Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2013-14 with the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School by Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2014 commencement program, and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Tuesday, Feb. 25.

For more information, click here.

SFA Soccer offering coaching course

The SFA Soccer coaching staff will be instructing a U6-U8/U10-U12 Coaching Course, on behalf of US Youth Soccer for all-level volunteers, coaches and youth soccer mentors interested in learning more about managing and teaching these age groups and their soccer teams. For registration and more information, please visit here. Registration closes on Feb. 25!

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.

Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of Development at SFA by April 18. A nominee will be selected this summer and the professorship will be awarded at the beginning of the 2014 fall semester.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship was awarded to Dr. Dean Coble in 2012 and Dr. Ty Spradley in 2013 for their dedicated mentorship of SFA students.

For information on nomination criteria and submission materials, please click here.

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.


Dates announced for SFA Football spring workouts

SFA head football coach Clint Conque has announced the 2014 spring workout schedule for the Lumberjack football team. SFA's spring practices get underway on Friday, March 21, leading up to the 2014 Spring Game on Saturday, April 12.

"These three weeks will be very important as we begin to fully implement our system, discipline and fundamentals," Conque said. "We have been very pleased with our players taking ownership and the investment they've shown. Now it is time for the rubber to meet the road as we begin the competitive aspect and begin to build this program heading into the fall."

The 15-date practice schedule will be a combination of full pads, helmets and shells with a pair of scrimmages on the docket as well. All practices are open to the public with dates and times subject to change based on weather conditions or coaches' decisions.
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SFA opens midweek at No. 24 Texas A&M

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team opens its 2014 midweek schedule on the road at No. 24 Texas A&M on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in a 6:30 p.m. tilt at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Senior Kevin Bishop (0-0), a native of College Station, Texas, will get the start against the Aggies (3-0) opposite freshman Tyler Stubblefield (0-0).

The ’Jacks are coming off a 2-1 start over opening weekend, knocking off Texas Arlington and Incarnate Word. SFA recorded 20 hits and 14 hits in 14-9 and 12-5 victories over UTA and UIW, respectfully. In the middle, the ’Jacks came up short in a pitcher’s duel, falling 3-1 to No. 18 Oklahoma State.

Senior Mackenzie Handel has been solid go-to for SFA in the designated hitter spot, starting the season 5-for-10 in the UTA Invitational. The native for Chandler, Ariz., recorded two multi-hit games, beginning with the season opener with UTA. Handel went 2-for-3 against the Mavericks, collecting three RBI and scoring twice, highlighted by a home run to open the fourth inning. Handel then followed two days later with a 3-for-5 outing in the non-conference meeting with new Southland Conference foe UIW.
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SFA ninth after day one at Rice Intercollegiate

SFA sits in ninth-place overall following the first two rounds of the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club. The Lumberjacks compiled a 27-over 603 through the opening two rounds, posting 15-over 303 in round one before carding 12-over 300 in round two.

Junior Blake Pugh enters Tuesday's final round tied for 14th in the individual standings, sitting at 3-over 147 after the opening 36 holes. Pugh opened the tournament with a 3-over 75, then shaved three strokes off the morning round with an even-par 72 over the second 18 holes. Sophomore Luke Sheehan is sitting just outside the top-20, tied for 21st overall with a 5-over 149 (74-75).

Junior Austin DeWitt sits third among the SFA scorecard with a 9-over 153 (75-78), one stroke better than redshirt freshman Baxter Ward's 10-over 154 (79-75). Junior Bradley Phelps rounds out the Lumberjack scorecard with a 16-over 160 (81-79) as freshman Cory Brown carded a 15-over 159 (81-78) competing as an individual.
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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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