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This Week's Calendar

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.

Monday, Feb. 23
SFA men's basketball vs. Lamar University
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.




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SFA men's basketball recognized In Austin

It was a special day for the SFA men’s basketball team on Tuesday as State Representative Travis Clardy recognized the Lumberjacks in front of members of the Texas House of Representatives in Austin for their remarkable 2013-14 season.

Director of Athletics Robert Hill, head men's coach Brad Underwood and players Jacob Parker, Trey Pinkney and Thomas Walkup accompanied State Rep. Clardy to the floor, while the remaining player sat in the gallery.

Only on rare occasions are collegiate teams recognized on the floor, and the 2013-14 season for SFA certainly proved to be worthy of merit.
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Dr. Paige Mask

Department of Human Services

Mask, associate professor in special education, has attracted interest in SFA's Special Educational Diagnostician Certification program most recently from South Korea, Budapest and Hungary.

One of Mask's current classes has student representation from Texas, Arkansas and New York. Building a program is a major undertaking, especially a successful online program in an academic climate in which face-to-face instruction is the primary modality.

News & Announcements

Global Gateway to Slovakia presentation sponsored by Office of International Programs

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Slovakian culture at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Room 133 in the McGee Business Building.

The presentation will be given by a student from the nation of Slovakia, and authentic Slovakian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

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!

BIG Event service day set for April 11

The BIG Event, SFA's one big service day to say thank you to the Nacogdoches community, is scheduled for Saturday, April 11.

Job request forms are currently being accepted from community members, and this year SFA faculty and staff members are included. All services are provided at no cost to the requesting party. Tell your neighbors and all your friends that the students of SFA are eager to serve them!

The deadline for job request submissions is Friday, March 13. The online form can be found here.

Reading, book signing planned for published SFA student poet

The poetry of SFA theater major Ashe Vernon was recently published through Words Dance Publishing, and Vernon's book, "Belly of the Beast," will be celebrated with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Vernon, a senior from Spring, will read selections from her collection starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the event, and Vernon will be available to autograph them.

Describing herself as a "spoken-word poet," Vernon said her poetry is free verse. She often competes in poetry slam competitions, and "The Belly of the Beast" contains the type of work "I could put in front of a microphone," she said.
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W.B. and Erlean Irwin Scholarship established to help support SFA education students

The SFA Alumni Association recently established the W.B. and Erlean Irwin Scholarship to help support students studying in the James I. Perkins College of Education.

This scholarship was endowed in memory of the couple, who resided in Galena Park. W.B. "Bill" was a 1942 graduate of SFA and served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. At the end of the war, Bill returned to Cushing and taught school for two years before attending Bates School of Law at the University of Houston. The couple has three children Michael, Whit and Penny (Irwin) Spencer.

The W.B. and Erlean Irwin Scholarship will be awarded to currently enrolled students who major in elementary education. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship may send a check payable to the SFASU Foundation with instructions to apply the gift to the W.B. and Erlean Irwin Scholarship. Donations should be mailed to P.O. BOX 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.
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Campus Recreation

Stress workshop being offered through Campus Rec

Come to the "Stress and How to Fight It" Workshop and earn points in the Wellness Challenge!

Not only is chronic stress uncomfortable, but it also affects personal health and performance. This workshop will discuss the effects of stress and introduce techniques to decrease stress responses. It will promote improved health, clearer thinking and a positive mood.

The workshop will be held at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or email waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programs within Employee Wellness please visit www.sfasu.edu/campusrec.


SFA falls to Texas A&M, 6-0

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team suffered their first shutout of the season in a 6-0 loss to No. 23 Texas A&M on Tuesday night at Blue Bell Park in College Station.

The difference in the game for the Aggies (4-0) was timely hitting and taking advantage of miscues in the early innings.
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SFA sweeps team titles at SLC track and field championships

The SFA men's and women's track and field programs have returned to the top of the Southland Conference, both winning team titles at the 2015 SLC Indoor Championships inside Alabama's Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama on Tuesday afternoon. The women scored 132.5 points and the men earned 117 points to bring home their first team trophies since the 2013 season.

"This is a really special moment for the Stephen F. Austin track and field program," said head coach Phil Olson. "I told the team that this is something to cherish for the rest of their lives because it doesn't happen very often. I wanted them to really think about that, and appreciate what they accomplished over the last two days. It was a hard fought battle against a really strong track and field conference, and I couldn't be more proud of all of our student-athletes."
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Fine Arts

Concert to feature music for bassoon, percussion

Staci Spring and Keith Lloyd, faculty members in the SFA School of Music, will present "Bundles of Sticks: Music for Bassoon & Percussion" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Bassoonist Spring and percussionist Lloyd have been performing together since meeting in graduate school at Florida State University. Joining the husband-and-wife duo will be guest artist Dr. Jeff Womack, bassoon, and SFA colleagues Dr. Brad Meyer, percussion, and Geneva Fung, piano.

The title for the recital, which is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, is a clever play on the translation of the word for bassoon in German, along with the idea that percussionists frequently use many different sticks during a performance, according to Spring.
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SFA's Swingin' Axes, Aces to perform classic jazz favorites

SFA's jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, will perform the music of such jazz greats as Thelonious Monk and Sammy Nestico when the bands take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes will perform an eclectic concert of compositions from across the decades, according to Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA and director of the Swingin' Axes.

Among the tunes to be played will be the classic arrangement of "Who's Sorry Now," written by Sammy Nestico for the Count Basie Band, and the very modern "Jazz Police" by Gordon Goodwin. The Axes also will perform a large jazz ensemble favorite from the 1970s' "Suncatchers" by Marius Nordal, made famous by the One O'Clock Lab Band of the University of North Texas.
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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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'Boyhood' actor is an SFA alum

Residents of Nacogdoches and alumni of SFA may have a special reason to tune into the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22.

SFA School of Theatre alumnus Richard Robichaux appears in Richard Linklater's landmark film "Boyhood," which has received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director along with acting nominations for cast members Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. The film won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Arquette. Robichaux has the role of the boss of one of the film's main characters.

According to his website, Robichaux is "the proud recipient of the distinguished alumni award from his alma mater."
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'God of Carnage' to be performed in the SFA Downstage Theatre

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "God of Carnage" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Colleyville senior Michael Spencer directs this full-length play by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. "God of Carnage" is about two sets of parents who meet to discuss an altercation involving each of their sons. What begins as civilized conversation devolves into childish behavior and, eventually, chaos, according to Spencer.

The cast includes Katy senior Lauren Bowler as Veronica; San Antonio junior Kevin Holloway-Harris as Michael; Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Alan; and Frisco junior Shelby Gilliland as Annette.
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