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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Feb. 6
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

Men's track and field at New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saturday, Feb. 7
Men's track and field at New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque, New Mexico

SFA Men's Basketball vs. Houston Baptist
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. Washington State
Jaycees Field
6 p.m.

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14
SFA Baseball vs. Missouri State
Jaycees Field
6 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
3:30 p.m.

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.
7:30 p.m.


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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature university's horticulture professor

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Headed Down South from the Land of the Pines: Reflections on the Plants, People, and Places of North Carolina."

At SFA, Barnes pursues how to best cultivate plants and connect students with horticulture. He manages the Sprout Garden along Starr Ave., a trial ground for edibles and perennials in East Texas.
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Wisely Fellowship proposals due Feb. 2

The School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs are pleased to sponsor the Wisely Fellowship.
 
The Wisely Fellowship is a one-year position that allows the successful applicant to interact with honors students both programmatically and academically. Specifically, the Wisely Fellow will spend the fall building relationships with honors students through programming. The Fellow will then offer a spring core course, uniquely designed for honors students. For more information, see the Wisely Fellow website or contact Dr. Michael Tkacik at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.
 
Electronic proposals are due Monday, Feb. 2.


SFA Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The SFA Board of Regents approved faculty and staff changes during its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Faculty appointments approved Tuesday included: Erica Dillard, lecturer of elementary education in the James I. Perkins College of Education; and Stephanie Perry, visiting lecturer of mathematics and statistics in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Staff appointments within two academic colleges included: Nancy Nieberding, project coordinator of CONFIANZA in the Perkins College of Education; and Tiffany Gauntt, academic adviser in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

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SFA hosting free clinic for 2015 National Girls and Women in Sports Day

SFA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council will be taking part in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 7, with a free sports camp/clinic.

The free event is being offered to all girls ages 7-12, and will be held at the SFA HPE Gym and Shelton Gym from 9 a.m. to noon Each of the SFA women’s athletic programs will be participating, giving attendees a hands-on experience working with the Ladyjack student-athletes and discovering new athletic opportunities.

In addition to getting the opportunity to interact with a number of the Ladyjack student-athletes, participants will receive a T-shirt, as well as a ticket for free admission to the SFA men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Houston Baptist later that day.
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Athletics


Ladyjacks finish fifth in Arlington

SFA closed out the 2015 Prairie View A&M Invitational with a pair of strong showings in the Sunday bracket play, finishing fifth among the challenging 12-team field. It marks the third top-five finish of the season for SFA who posted a 7-6 record on the weekend.

The Ladyjacks wrapped up pool play this morning taking on second-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson University and giving the Knights all they could handle before falling 1,116-1,029. That dropped SFA’s record to 5-6 on the weekend and stuck the Ladyjacks in the six seed heading into the final bracket play.

SFA faced seventh-seeded University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in the opening round, dropping the opening game 223-156. But the Ladyjacks responded in a major way, taking the next four games, including 226-185 and 226-176 decisions in the final two games to seal the victory over the Hawks.
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Ladyjacks smother Islanders, 64-55

The SFA women's basketball team forced a season-high 27 turnovers and got double digit scoring efforts from three players to come away with a 64-55 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The win is the ninth straight for the Ladyjacks at home and the 15th straight over the Islanders in the all-time series dating back to the 2004-05 season.

Sophomore Taylor Ross led the defensive effort for the Ladyjacks, tying a career-high with seven steals and rejecting two shots. Senior Brittney Matthew also helped apply the pressure with five steals in 28 minutes. The Islanders shot 20 fewer shots than the Ladyjacks in the game due in large part to the swarming SFA defense.
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Underwood nets 50th career win, beats TAMUCC 61-51

Head coach Brad Underwood tied for the fifth fastest head coach to reach 50 career wins at the Division I level as the SFA men's basketball teams downed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 61-51 on Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Underwood joins James A. "Buck" Freeman and Brad Stevens with 50 wins in their first 56 games as a head coach.

With the win over the Islanders, SFA extends its nation-leading conference streak to 30 straight victories and share of the second longest overall win streak at 17 consecutive. The 'Jacks and Murray State now sit behind only top-ranked Kentucky with No. 4 Duke's 69-63 upset of No. 2 Virginia earlier Saturday night. 
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Johnson receives 2015 NFL Combine invite

SFA All-American Gus Johnson has received an invitation to the 2015 NFL Combine being held February 17-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“We’re very proud of Gus and this invitation is very deserving,” said head coach Clint Conque. “He had an incredible career here at SFA and a special season in 2014 in which he set multiple school and conference records. His goal to play in the NFL just took another big step with this invitation and we could not be more happy for him and his family. He will be a great representative of SFA football.”

The NFL Combine is a week-long showcase where the top collegiate prospects put their skills on display for representatives from all 32 NFL teams. Participation is by invitation only as players demonstrate their skills in drills such as the 40-yard dash, bench press, shuttles and position-specific drills. Participants also have personal interviews with teams as well as mental tests such as the Wonderlic Test.
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Join SFA football on Signing Day 2015

The next chapter of SFA football will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when head coach Clint Conque will announce the 2015 Lumberjack signing class as part of National Signing Day.

SFA fans will be introduced to the newest members of the Lumberjack football program throughout the day as SFA Athletics will have complete coverage of Signing Day 2015. Signees will be announced throughout the morning on Twitter at @SFA_Football as their National Letters of Intent are received, complete with bios and highlight videos.

Those announcements will lead up to coach Conque’s press conference at 1:30 p.m. when he will officially introduce the 2015 Lumberjack recruiting class. The press conference will be held in the Lawton Room in the SFA Field House and also will stream live on SFA All-Access.
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Fine Arts


Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

"Flamenco Vivo brings an exciting evening of flamenco to Turner stage and features accomplished artists from the U.S. and Spain in a performance that will include celebrated repertoire as well as new works," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, is performing in its 32nd season. Carlota Santana serves as artistic director of the company, while Antonio Hidalgo is associate artistic director.
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Ajero piano recital features father-son performance

"Piano Reflections," a faculty recital with Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy in SFA's School of Music, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Ajero selected the theme "Piano Reflections" because "the majority of the works on the program are pieces that I had learned when I was younger. I discovered that the process of re-visiting them when I'm older gave me a different perspective on these piano compositions."

The recital in a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is included in this year's Cole Performing Arts Series.
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SFA to screen 'Tim's Vermeer'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Tim's Vermeer" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A Sony Pictures Classic release, this 2013 Penn & Teller film is the story of Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography?

According to information at sonyclassics.com, "The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers."
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