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

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.
Beaumont

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

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Women's golf at the Battle at the Rock
Riverside, California


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2016 Undergraduate Research Conference names top scholars

SFA is proud to announce the finalists and top scholars for the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference.

The conference will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater and the Twilight Ballroom and includes undergraduate research from SFA and surrounding colleges.

The top scholars will interactively present their research in the theater, followed by finalist poster sessions in the ballroom.

View the list of finalists and top scholars here. For more information on the conference, click here


Documentary on history of the pencil to be screened next week

SFA will host the East Texas premiere of the documentary "No. 2: Story of the Pencil" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater.  The event is free and open to the public.
 
The pencil has shaped invention, craftsmanship, art, engineering, manufacturing, government, history and business. Technology is never static, though, and as more advanced technology has moved to the forefront, the pencil has begun to lose significance.

This film seeks to develop the historical significance of the pencil through a charming, emotional story, and to address questions such as what society loses, whether people should care about losing the pencil and the its significance to ingenuity. Read More

New open-access, peer-reviewed journal available in SFA ScholarWorks

SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education's Department of Human Services and the Center for Digital Scholarship recently launched a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal in SFA ScholarWorks.

"The Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice" is the sixth open-access journal to be hosted in SFA ScholarWorks. Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services, is the journal’s executive editor.

CDS is currently managing several open-access, peer-reviewed journals and continues to work with other departments to develop more online scholarly publications. If your department is interested in learning more about publishing in SFA ScholarWorks, please contact the center at cds@sfasu.edu.


Flags to remain lowered until Scalia's internment this weekend

The United States Supreme Court has announced that the funeral mass for Justice Antonin Scalia will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

By the order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the U.S. and Texas flags should remain at half-staff until sunrise on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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.


Alumni Association travel opportunity presentation today

Stop by the SFA Alumni Association office at 10:30 a.m. today 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.


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. today 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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Martin Luther King Jr. celebration today

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host an MLK Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. today 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

Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee to host meeting tomorrow

SFA faculty members are invited to join the Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee for coffee and donuts from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow 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.


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.

Athletics


Errors plague Ladyjack softball in loss to Florida State University

The SFA softball team committed four errors and allowed 10 unearned runs in the second inning of a non-conference contest at Florida State University yesterday, resulting in an 11-0 loss in five innings at JoAnne Graf Field.

The defeat halts the Ladyjacks’ three-game winning streak and drops the team to 3-2 on the year.

SFA was pegged with three errors in the first five batters of the second inning, and the Seminoles took full advantage. FSU added five hits in the frame to plate 10 runs and break the game open at 10-0.
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Ladyjack tennis team suffers first home loss of 6-1 to Louisiana Tech University

The SFA women’s tennis team suffered its first home loss of the 2016 campaign, falling 6-1 to visiting Louisiana Tech University at the Schlief Tennis Complex yesterday.

In their final home non-conference match of the spring season, SFA dropped all three doubles decisions to the Lady Techsters and had difficulty making up ground from that point on. Both teams entered the match with identical 6-2 records, and by coming out on top, Louisiana Tech extended its winning streak to three matches and picked up its third true road victory of the spring.
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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 tonight

Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA, will present an all-Brahms program at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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 tomorrow

The New York City-based Iktus+ Combo will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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Theatre students to present Heifner's 'Porch'

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

"Porch" is half of SFA Playwright-in-Residence Jack Heifner's 1978 Broadway debut, "Patio/Porch," two one-acts portraying conversations between women. In "Patio," the women are disappointed sisters. In "Porch," they are a domineering, aging mother and her fading daughter who are "locked in a dance of death," according to Dominique Rider, Dallas junior theatre major and director of the play.

"The two find themselves on their porch on a hot day in Texas, and the dance continues as it always has," Rider said.
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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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