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This Week's Calendar

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 25
"Blood Wedding"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Conscious Speaker:
Jes Militant Baker

BPSC Multimedia Room




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News & Announcements

Brad Underwood Basketball Camps discounts available

The Brad Underwood Basketball Camp is pleased to announce a special discount for SFA faculty and staff members. Boys (grades 2-12) whose parents are faculty or staff members are eligible for a 20-percent discount to any of the Brad Underwood Basketball Camp sessions.

For more information on each particular camp, please visit www.bradunderwoodbasketballcamps.com. To receive the discount, print and fill out the paper application linked on the website. For more information, call the SFA Basketball Office at (936) 468-3108.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


Cram the Coliseum, cash giveaways on Saturday

The SFA Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, is hosting Cram the Coliseum on Saturday. Free tickets are available for fans to pick up at locations of any member of the Chamber of Commerce for Saturday’s action at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The basketball doubleheader is set to tip off at 4 p.m. with the Ladyjacks taking on Northwestern State. The men’s team will play afterward with an anticipated start time of 6 p.m.

The women will be looking to avenge a loss earlier this season at Northwestern State, and the men look to extend their home winning streak to 31 games. The Lumberjacks’ current streak of 30 consecutive home wins is tied for first in the nation with Duke. The No. 5 Blue Devils host the No. 1 Syracuse Orange on Saturday at 6 p.m.

A number of promotions are also scheduled for fans with the opportunity to win lots of cash courtesy of Citizen’s 1st Bank.

Student organizations can win $200 for their group with a Citizen’s 1st Bank Double Show for Dough in play. The student organization with the most members signed in and in attendance at the games will receive $200 near the end of the men’s game.
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SFA surges to sixth-place finish at Rice Intercollegiate

SFA posted the second-lowest score of Tuesday's final round, leaping three spots to finish sixth at the Rice Intercollegiate at Westwood Golf Club. The Lumberjacks fired a 3-over 291 to close out the 54-hole tournament with a 30-over 894, notching their fourth top-six finish of the season.

A pair of ’Jacks recorded even-par 72s on the day, led by junior Blake Pugh who finished in sole possession of 12th-place with a 3-over 219 (75-72-72). It is the 16th top-20 finish of Pugh's career as he finished three shots better than sophomore Luke Sheehan's 6-over 222 (74-75-73). Sheehan, who nearly notched a double eagle on hole six, posted the seventh top-20 showing of his SFA career, tying for 16th overall.

Junior Austin DeWitt was the second ’Jack to shoot an even-par 72 Tuesday, matching his career-best for a single round while finishing tied for 25th overall with a 9-over 225 (75-78-72). Redshirt freshman Baxter Ward carded a 12-over 228 (79-75-74), tying for 33rd overall, while junior Bradley Phelps notched a 21-over 237 (81-79-77). Freshman Cory Brown tied his personal-best round with a 2-over 74 in the final round, notching a 17-over 233 (81-78-74) competing as an individual.
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Ladyjacks sweep player-of-the-week awards

Posting a 3-2 record last weekend and defeating the No. 8 team in the nation helped the SFA softball team sweep Southland Conference Players of the Week. Carlie Thomas claimed pitcher of the week, and first baseman Shalie Day took hitter of the week honors.

Thomas threw two complete games last week while posting victories against Army and No. 8/9 Nebraska. The Huntington native threw a complete game shutout of the Cornhuskers as she allowed six hits while striking out five Nebraska batters. That performance came a day after throwing a complete game against Army in a 7-1 win with the only run of the game being unearned. Thomas had 12 strikeouts for the week, and opponents hit just .190 against her in three appearances against NCAA Tournament teams.

Day hit an impressive .500 for the week at the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic. She led the Ladyjacks with seven RBI and belted two homers against Army on Friday. Day also scored two runs and drew three walks on the week. Her .500 average and .929 slugging percentage helped carry the Ladyjacks to three consecutive wins over NCAA Regional teams in defeating Army twice and besting No. 8 Nebraska.

These awards mark the first SLC Player-of-the-week awards for the Ladyjacks this season. SFA heads to McNeese State on Wednesday for a doubleheader that will count as nonconference contests against the fellow Southland member. SFA then heads to a tournament hosted by North Texas this weekend.

SFA falls at No. 21/24 Texas A&M

The No. 21/24 Texas A&M Aggies scored four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back in a 12-3 win over the SFA Lumberjack baseball team on Tuesday night at Olson Field at Blue Bell Park.

Sophomore Joseph Olson and senior Ricardo Sanchez each recorded an extra-base hit for SFA (2-2) in 2-for-4 performances. Olson finished with all three runners-batted-in (RBI) in the game, collecting one on a RBI single in the fourth inning and the final two for the ’Jacks in a double in the fifth inning. Sanchez’s extra-base hit came in a leadoff triple to open the fourth inning, in addition to crossing the plate two times for SFA.

Senior Kevin Bishop (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) across four and a third innings pitched for the ’Jacks. The hometown native of College Station surrendered nine hits, recording two strikeouts and a walk, in his first loss of the season.
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Fine Arts

SFA's A Cappella Choir to perform its tour concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir performing the group's tour concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the program the choir will sing while touring the Houston and Bryan/College Station areas Feb. 23 through 26 for the purpose of recruiting future Lumberjack choral students, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA and the choir's conductor.

"The choir will have nine concerts in three days," King said of the annual tour, adding that special attention goes into the selection of music for this recruitment effort.

"As with any of our concerts, first and foremost we want to present art music with the highest artistic standard," he said. "Secondly, we select music for the educational benefit of our students. And lastly, we want to show our audience, in this case prospective high school students, the wonderful variety in our singing and music."
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City of Tomorrow quintet to perform at SFA

The City of Tomorrow, a leading international ensemble dedicated to the performance and creation of new music for winds, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

A traveling quintet, COT has performed across the U.S. and Canada, making their New York debut in April 2013 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, according to Chris Ayer, professor of clarinet at SFA. It is the only wind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in more than 10 years.

"We're very fortunate to have a wind quintet of this caliber on our campus," Ayer said. "The wind quintet instrumentation is unique among chamber groups in that it consists of five very different instruments. Flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, while all in the woodwind family, have very different properties and tendencies and are more different than they are alike. Add to that a brass instrument, the horn, and you have a very interesting ensemble.
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SFA School of Theatre to stage 'Blood Wedding'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre will present Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 25 through March 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Lorca's classic tale of passion, conflicting loyalties and vengeance plays out to an inevitably tragic conclusion. The play, originally written in Spanish, uses beautiful poetry to illuminate the convergence of love, lust and violence as the scene shifts from daylight to moonlit night in rural Spain, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and the play's director.

"At some level, this is a classic love triangle, with a young bride drawn inexorably to her former lover (now married) even as she prepares to marry another man," Jones said. "As both this brief background and the title of the play suggest, things aren't going to end well for the central characters or those who love them."

In "Blood Wedding," the language becomes increasingly more poetic, the acting style more stylized, and the environment more abstract.
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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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