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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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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Piney Woods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens, recently had an article published in Magnolia, the quarterly publication of The Southern Garden History Society.

The piece, titled "The Arcadian Gardener," was an introductory article for a series about a lifetime of rescuing and identifying historic heirloom plants located around his ancestral community in western Shelby County.

Dr. Jason Reese

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Reese, assistant professor in management, marketing and international business, won an award in the Junior Faculty Research Grant Competition at the Global Sport Business Conference held this month. The award was for his paper titled “The Case for Participatory Pricing in Sport Business.”

The purpose of the Global Sport Business Association is “To promote scholarly and applied research in the sport industry with particular emphasis on the global nature of the business of sport and issues associated with minority leadership in sport management.”

The grant will help fund additional research.

During the conference, Reese also was selected as the co-editor of the Global Sport Business Journal beginning summer 2015. Prior to this appointment, he has served on the editorial board for the journal since 2013. Reese will review all research articles submitted to the journal, assign appropriate peer reviewers to each paper and examine all peer reviewer comments to help make publication decisions.

Dr. Daniel McCleary and Dr. Lisa McCleary

Department of Human Services

Dr. Daniel McCleary and Dr. Lisa McCleary, assistant professors in School Psychology, have demonstrated a high standard of productivity by presenting at an international conference and demonstrating leadership on the state level. These actions will bring even greater visibility to SFA’s School Psychology doctoral program in terms of recruitment.

They will present a paper, written in conjunction with other university faculty members, examining the contribution of student variables on exam performance. The research will be presented at the 2015 American Psychological Association Conference in Toronto, Canada.       

Lisa also was appointed editor of the Texas Association of School Psychologist’s newsletter.

News & Announcements

Costa Rican trio to perform at SFA

A trio of renowned musicians from Costa Rica will present Piano Malango in SFA Cole Auditorium on the SFA campus, Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Audience members will see Manuel Obregón on the piano, Jaime Gamboa on bass and Carlos Vargas "Tapado" on percussion.

Obregón is known for his work Simbiosis, a DVD of magnificent views of the Costa Rican rainforest accompanied by his piano compositions. He also served as the Minister of Culture of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014.

Gamboa, another well-known musician from Costa Rica, has played alongside Obregón and Tapado in the band Malpaís. Jaime also is an author of short stories and poetry.

In addition to working with Malpaís, Tapado also is a member of the Costa Rican trio Editus and holds multiple U.S. Grammy Awards for his work. Recently, Tapado also has worked with Alanis Morissette on "The Morning."

SFA hosting Pack the Pantry food drive Feb. 23

The SFA Student Government Association and Hunger Jacks, in conjunction with the men's basketball team, will host the Pack the Pantry food and funds drive at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the William R. Johnson Coliseum on SFA's campus.

Spectators attending the Lumberjack basketball game versus Lamar University may contribute by bringing canned goods, plastic jars of peanut butter or funds. Participants will be entered for a chance to win prizes and gift cards provided by local businesses, including Fuzzy's Taco Shop and Auntie Pastas. All donations will be utilized by SFA students through the new SFA Food for Thought Campus Food Pantry.

For more information about the event or to donate, please contact Dr. Miranda Terry, assistant professor of kinesiology and health science and health science program coordinator at SFA, at (936) 468-2353 or email terryms@sfasu.edu.

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.

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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Call for presentations for 2015 Teaching Showcase

Proposals for presentations at the 2015 Teaching Showcase are currently being accepted. The Teaching Showcase will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. The event will provide faculty and staff members and teaching assistants the opportunity to share best practices, recognize colleagues' innovative teaching methods, and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Teaching Showcase topics can include but are not limited to: stimulating critical thinking, learning from failure, teaching with technology, increasing cultural awareness, and innovative applications of teaching and learning theory.

Any innovation you use in the physical or online classroom that you believe enhances the learning experience qualifies. Each presenter will have five minutes to present in a fun, informal manner. Individuals from across the university are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due by Sunday, Feb. 22, and may be submitted via the form found here. For more information, visit the Center for Teaching & Learning website.

Deadline for "Papers and Publications" submissions Feb. 24

The deadline for submissions to the "Papers and Publications" journal is Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Students in the Southeastern Region and their faculty mentors may submit original work that has been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional or national conference site.

Original research papers are welcome from all departments and disciplines, including fiction, creative non-fiction, works of art, and poetry (providing the creative work has been presented at a conference or in a class). Faculty in the appropriate discipline will review all submissions.
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Huge fourth inning propels SFA softball team to victory

The SFA softball team made quick work of Texas Southern University in the Ladyjacks' 2015 home opener Wednesday afternoon, winning 15-3 in only five innings. SFA is now to 5-6 overall on the year.

The Ladyjacks had eight hits and a Lady Tiger error to post a season-high 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Leading by just one run, SFA regained control of the game at the plate. In all, seven of the eight hits resulted in at least one RBI coming from six different Ladyjacks.
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Fine Arts

SFA theatre students to present new works in Scotland

SFA students headed to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this summer will host a local reading of their play, "Mom and Dad," as a fundraiser for the trip.

The play was written by students Allison Day and Nick Pinelli. The fundraiser reading is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Upstage Theatre, which is located on the third floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $25, and can be reserved by calling (936) 468-1126 or emailing abacarisse@sfasu.edu

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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'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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SFA's Guenther to present '10th Anniversary Celebration' flute recital

Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, will celebrate 10 years of teaching at SFA with a recital that features her performing with colleagues and former students.

Guenther will present "10th Anniversary Celebration" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The recital will include collaborations with pianist Geneva Fung, SFA staff accompanist, and SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet, which, along with Guenther, includes John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Charles Gavin, horn; and Staci Spring, bassoon. Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, will conduct.

"Additionally, I will be joined by more than 15 alumni from the last decade who are coming back to SFA to perform with me on the final piece," Guenther said. "This will be a great way to celebrate their successes since graduation, as well as the growth and success of the SFA flute studio."
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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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