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This Week's Calendar

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
3:30 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Monday, Feb. 22
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Women's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas




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News & Announcements

SFA Department of Elementary Education to screen documentary

SFA's 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 producer, 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 it explores issues of equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth. The screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

"This documentary provides insight to many critical social issues," said Dr. Brandon Fox, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. "Opportunity and access directly impact life choices and life chances. For many, these choices and chances may rely heavily on one exam. This film is timely, as many states are considering various approaches to public education."
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Course success leads to continued partnership between SFA and Family Crisis Center

SFA students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience while helping people in the community as part of a service learning project offered this fall semester.

Dr. Dusty Jenkins, SFA assistant professor of psychology, is coordinating the project through the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and advocacy services intended to prevent family violence and sexual assault.

Students enrolled in Honors PSY153: Human Sexuality will have the option to work with the Family Crisis Center in a variety of roles suited to the students' interests.
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Flags to remain lowered until Scalia's interment 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.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Clothesline Project on campus

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Family Crisis Center of East Texas will host The Clothesline Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.

The Clothesline Project honors victims of sexual violence. Those who have experienced such violence are encouraged to come forward and design a shirt. Victim's families and friends also are invited to participate.

Designing a shirt gives each person a new voice with which to expose an often horrific and unspeakable experience that has dramatically altered the course of his/her life.

Participating in this project provides a powerful step toward helping survivors break through the shroud of silence that has surrounded their experiences.

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.

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.
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Proposals now being accepted for 2016 Bright Ideas Conference

The 2016 Bright Ideas Conference will be held Wednesday, May 4.

The conference showcases the research, creative and performance accomplishments of SFA faculty members. One of the main attractions of BIC is the poster session, in which faculty members highlight individual research projects, overall research agendas and/or professional creative interests.

All proposals are due by Monday, Feb. 29. To read the full call and submit a proposal, visit the Bright Ideas Conference website.


SFA wrapping up first season with ESPN3

Last fall, SFA and ESPN announced an agreement for ESPN3 to carry SFA’s school-produced, live athletics events. In its first season under the ESPN3 banner, the production crew has broadcast more than three dozen live events from five different venues across the SFA campus.

The programming is produced entirely in-house by SFA students under the direction of Korbin Pate, SFA's coordinator of athletic video productions. It has given fans, parents and alumni access to SFA football, volleyball, soccer and men’s and women’s basketball on ESPN3 across WatchESPN platforms.
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Branch leads SFA to wild comeback over Lamar University, 79-77

Junior SFA women's basketball guard Brentney Branch has proved throughout her career she can score points in a hurry. Walking on to the court at the start of the fourth quarter last night, she had that look in her eye.

Branch went off for 14 points in the final 10 minutes to help the team erase a late 16-point deficit and rally to knock off Lamar University, 79-77, inside the Montagne Center Thursday. The come-from-behind victory extends the Ladyjacks' league-best winning streak to seven games dating back to Jan. 23.
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Baseball team to begin 2016 season at Clay Gould Classic

With their collective sights set squarely on a trip to the Southland Conference Championship Tournament for the first time since 2013, the SFA baseball team begins its 2016 season this afternoon at the Clay Gould Classic on the campus of the University of Texas - Arlington.

The 'Jacks will play four games, including two against the UTA Mavericks and a pair against No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State University.
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Wisconsin homecoming this weekend for some Ladyjack bowlers

The SFA bowling team's busy spring schedule continues this weekend as the Ladyjacks compete in their fifth tournament. The team is headed to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to compete in the 2016 Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Classic today through Sunday, Feb. 21.

The event will follow the traditional tournament format, beginning with five baker-style matches getting underway at 11 a.m. today. Saturday's play consisting of five traditional matches begins at 8:35 a.m., leading into Sunday’s best-of-seven baker bracket tournament starting at 8:30 a.m.
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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. tomorrow on the SFA campus.

For more information and to register, visit sfasportscience.com.

Fine Arts

'Clybourne Park' highlights continued need for improving race relations

In spite of the best and most sincere efforts of many Americans, the state of race relations in the U.S. today needs great improvement. The negative effects of urban poverty, particularly on the African-American population, continue to plague the nation.

Those observations by Dr. Dianne E. Dentice, associate professor of anthropology, geography and sociology at SFA, show us that the racial themes addressed in the upcoming SFA School of Theatre's production of "Clybourne Park," despite improvements, are as timely today as they were at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

"The overall state of race relations in the U.S. is slowly improving, but we still have a long way to go," Dentice said. "Poverty, urban decay, job and wage stagnation, and education inequality continue to have devastating consequences for young African Americans, especially males."
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Iktus+ Combo playing at SFA tonight

The New York City-based Iktus+ Combo will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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. tomorrow 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. tonight and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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Recital to feature music composed in honor of national parks

Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composition at SFA, will present "Encounters: Music Inspired by Our National Parks" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The recital showcases Lias' musical compositions and will be performed by guest artists Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Gary Wurtz, trumpet; Dr. Christina Guenther, flute; Jennifer Keeney, flute; Carly Hood, saxophone; Dr. Deb Scott, trombone; and Dr. Ron Petti, piano.

The recital is presented as part of the centennial celebration in 2016 of the National Park Service.
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Here in the U.S., the moon hasn't been much of a source of public wonder since the end of the Apollo missions, but that isn't true for the Chinese space program.

Last year, the China National Space Administration released a cache of images collected by a rover that landed on the moon in 2013, but for a number of reasons, the most recent lunar visit in human history got little attention. Thanks to the efforts of Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society, though, those images are now easily accessible. This National Geographic article details the challenges of accessing the Chinese' moon data and provides a handful of images from the rover. You can also check out Lakdawalla's piece on her efforts, which includes links to download the full photo catalog.

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