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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Feb. 2
SFA men's golf at the Sea Best Invitational
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Thursday, Feb. 4
Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Saturday, Feb. 6
Men's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University
7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University
4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 8
Men's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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News & Announcements

Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday registration

SFA's Office of Admissions is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to help register students attending Showcase Saturday on Feb. 13.

Volunteers are needed between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, at cossichm@sfasu.edu to volunteer.

SFA Gardens to host landscape design seminar

A landscape design seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Make plans to explore the fundamentals of landscape design through presentations, discussions and hands-on activities led by SFA alumnus Seth Rodewald-Bates, a landscape architect for Spackman Mossop and Michaels, an international landscape architecture and urban design practice with offices in Sydney, Australia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rodewald-Bates has worked on a variety of projects, including numerous campus, waterfront, urban and mixed-use developments. Currently, he is assisting on the design of MCCNO Park, a $60 million linear park in downtown New Orleans. Previously, Rodewald-Bates worked for Sasaki Associates in Boston, Newton Landscape Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary arts museum in Marfa, Texas. Read More

New open-access forestry journal now available in ScholarWorks

The Journal of Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal from SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is now available on ScholarWorks.

Dr. Daniel Unger, associate professor of remote sensing and spacial science, is the journal's editor-in-chief. Co-managing editors are: Dr. I-Kuai Hung, associate professor; Dr. Yanli Zhang, assistant professor; and Dr. David Kulhavy, professor.

The new forestry journal is hosted in ScholarWorks, which is managed by the SFA's Center for Digital Scholarship.

If your department is interested in learning more about publishing in ScholarWorks, contact the CDS staff at CDS@sfasu.edu

Orientation Programs searching for 2016 Orientation Leaders

Do you know a great student looking for a summer job? Orientation Programs is currently accepting applications for 2016 Orientation Leaders.

SFA faculty and staff members are asked to encourage spirited, reliable, motivated and successful students to apply. These students are a great resource to incoming students and their family members, and represent their academic areas and organizations throughout the summer.

Students can find more information on the Orientation Programs' website, and applications should be submitted through the Human Resources website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Alumni Association offering travel package

The SFA Alumni Association has begun an SFA Travel group for alumni, friends, faculty and staff members. The inaugural trip is to beautiful New England in October to enjoy the area's amazing fall colors and scenery.

Anyone interested in learning more about this and future trips is invited to attend a special presentation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the SFA Alumni Association Office on the SFA campus.

RSVP for the travel presentation by contacting Wyndell Westmoreland with International Tours and Cruises at (800) 527-0056 or (936) 569-6666 or email wyndell@nactravel.com. For more information on the trip, visit SFATravel.com.

Share the page with others and get a group of your Lumberjack friends to join you for this exciting adventure!
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Campus Recreation

Learn-to-Swim registration ongoing

Let SFA Campus Recreation instructors teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water.

The rec center offers an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities. The course is based on progressive skill development to make participants safer and better swimmers.

The course costs $45 for recreation center members and $55 for non-members. Register at the SFA Recreation Center administration office by Monday, April 4.

More information is available here.

Campus Recreation to host Parent's Night Out this month

Enjoy a night out with your Valentine courtesy of SFA Campus Recreation. Register your child or children today for Parent's Night Out, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12. 

Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m. and may pick up campers at any time throughout the night. Campers must be picked up no later than midnight. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie. Cost is $20 per child.

For more information and to register, contact the SFA Recreation Center at (936) 468-3507 or CampusREC@sfasu.edu.


Lumberjack golf 14th after Sea Best Invitational opener

SFA men's golf began the spring portion of its 2015-16 schedule Monday at the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The Lumberjacks posted a 40-over 600 through the opening two rounds and now sit 14th among the 15-team field.

SFA posted a pair of 20-over 300 rounds in its first action since October and were competitive in the par-threes, shooting 2-under through the opening 36 holes. The Lumberjacks struggled on the longer holes, sitting 13th in par-five average (5.30) and last on the par-fours (4.53).
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Fine Arts

Wind Ensemble to present 'Welcome Home' program tonight

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the program "Welcome Home" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

A concert presented at the conclusion of the Wind Ensemble's annual winter tour, "Welcome Home" contains "something for everyone" and features music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, according to Dr. David Campo, director of the ensemble this spring in the absence of Fred J. Allen, who is on sabbatical. Associate conductor is Dr. Tamey Anglley, and guest conductor is Dr. James Dreiling.

Opening the concert is the Joseph Kreines transcription of Leo Delibes' "March and Cortege of Bacchus" from the ballet "Sylvia." Written in 1876, "Sylvia" is based on the Arcadian play "Aminta" by the Italian playwright Torquato Tasso.
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Tickets still available for 'Dracula'

Tickets are still available for the radio theatre presentation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2015-2016 University Series, this performance is presented by L.A. Theatre Works, the foremost radio theater company in the United States. For more than two decades, LATW, under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances in more than 300 small towns and major cities across the nation.
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Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform

SFA's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert will both celebrate the great tradition of American music and feature European folk tunes.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. James Dreiling, will begin the performance with a four-movement suite by famed band composer Frank Ticheli entitled "Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs."
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If Punxsutawney Phil is to be believed, we won't see much cold weather in the near future. The furry forecaster apparently didn't notice his shadow this Groundhog Day, so spring will arrive early, at least for folklore fans.

What may come as a surprise to some is that this long-standing tradition isn't based on a groundhog or even our beloved Bill Murray. It's the first cross-quarter day of each year and revolves - quite literally - around the sun.

Check out EasthSky.org's article on the history, folklore and traditions of Groundhog Day.

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