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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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Julie Harrelson-Stephens

Political Science

Harrelon-Stephens (pictured left) attended the Regional Model Arab League in Houston as faculty sponsor for SFA's Model Arab League. SFA swept the awards ceremony, earning 12 awards, more than any other team in attendance, including teams from Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, Texas State and University of Houston Honors College.

This year SFA represented the United Arab Emirates and met weekly in the fall and bi-weekly in the spring to prepare for the competition. This is only the third year that SFA has sent a team to the competition.

News & Announcements

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.

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, 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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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.

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.


Humphreys announces Volleyball Camp dates

SFA head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys has announced dates for her summer Championship Volleyball Camps.

Humphreys will offer an Individual Skills Camp, Advanced Position Camp, Team Camp and a Coaches’ Clinic starting in June.

The first camp offered by Humphreys will be the Individual Skills Camp set for June 5-8. This camp will feature instruction on fundamentals and individual skill development along with basic team concepts. The Individual Skills Camp is designed for campers in grades 2-11 with three price options. A commuter half-day is offered for $85 two days. The commuter full-day is $295 and campers wishing to stay in the residence hall must pay $345.

Humphreys will again offer a Team Camp on July 13-16. The camp is open to all varsity, junior varsity, freshman and eighth grade teams. Eligible teams must have a minimum of seven members attend the camp. Cost of the camp will be $345 for resident campers and $295 for commuter campers. The Team Camp will have an emphasis on teamwork and team building.

A Coaches’ Clinic is scheduled for July 14-15 featuring classroom and on-court sessions with a focus on skill technique, team concepts and drills. The camp is open to coaches of all levels for a commuter cost of $125 and $150 for resident coaches.
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Lumberjacks primed for Cram the Coliseum

The SFA men's basketball team, with three home games remaining, looks to extend its tie for the nation's longest active home court winning streak with "Cram The Coliseum" on Saturday, Feb. 22, against Northwestern State.

First-year head coach Brad Underwood and the Lumberjacks (24-2, 13-0 SLC) return to William R. Johnson Coliseum after picking up a pair of road wins over Lamar and Sam Houston State in Week 15. Saturday's win over SHSU gave SFA sole possession of the nation's longest active road win streak at 10 games, before No. 3 Wichita State retied them later the same Saturday evening (Feb. 15), and the nation's most road wins on the season with 12 overall.

With a share of the nation's longest home win streak at 30-straight victories, the ’Jacks have continued to garner national attention, remaining third in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25 poll, the highest ranking in program history, and moving up to sixth in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15.

For a fifth-straight week SFA is receiving at least one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll, now with seven votes. After their first appearance of the season in Week 15, the ’Jacks also continue to receive votes in the Associated Press' Top 25, now with eight. SFA received votes in both polls last season and in the 2007-08 year.
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Ladyjacks drop doubleheader

The Ladyjack softball team dropped a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday evening at McNeese State with the Cowgirls getting the best of SFA by the totals of 9-5 and 8-0.

SFA (3-7) could not get its offense going against the preseason favorite in the Southland Conference in the nonconference doubleheader. McNeese State (7-5) got hot early on in the first game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning on just one hit due to three walks and an error. The Cowgirls’ only hit was a home run. McNeese again had the sticks going in the third with three more runs to take a quick 7-1 lead.

The Ladyjacks made a push late with four runs in the sixth inning on four hits. The comeback would come up short, however, as McNeese State’s initial charge was too much. Shalie Day again led the Ladyjacks at the plate, hitting 3-for-4 in the opener.

In the second game of the doubleheader, McNeese again struck quickly with a pair of runs in the first inning. The Ladyjacks were unable to muster any offense with only one hit as McNeese added three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game in six, 8-0.

SFA heads to Denton this weekend for the Texas Shootout hosted by North Texas. The Ladyjacks will face Sam Houston State, Abilene Christian, Prairie View A&M and UNT beginning on Friday.

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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