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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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Accomplishments

Dr. Kelly Salsbery, Dr. Owen Smith and Dr. Anne Smith

Division of Multidisciplinary Programs

Three members of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs participated in a panel at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 12.

Chaired by Anne Smith, the panel was entitled "Utopias and Dystopias in Modern and Contemporary Popular Culture." Each panelist presented a paper.

Dr. Kelly Salsbery presented "A Fly in the Ointment: Utopia and Dystopia in 'Star Trek'." Dr. Owen Smith presented "Demigods, Aristocrats, and Heroes, Oh My! The Inversion of Classical Mythology in the World of 'Tarzan of the Apes'." Dr. Anne Smith presented "The Riddle of Utopia and the Utopia of Riddle: Voldemort's Perfect World."

News & Announcements

Texas A&M sustainability officer visiting SFA

The SFA Sustainability Coalition is proud to welcome Kelly Wellman, sustainability officer at Texas A&M University to discuss how Texas A&M created and implemented the Aggie Green Fund to further sustainable efforts on campus.

Faculty,staff, and students are welcome to attend the talk on from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in McKibben Education Building, Room 131.

This event is supported through the generosity of the SFA Sustainability Committee, which also maintains the campus sustainability website. Questions about the event can be addressed to Jennifer Crenshaw at jmcrenshaw@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2813.

SFA alumni scholarship honors the late Dr. Morgan Moses

The SFA Alumni Association recently established the Dr. Morgan Moses Memorial Scholarship to help support currently enrolled graduate students studying in the James I. Perkins College of Education.

Moses, of Longview, passed away April 17, 2014. Moses attended North Texas State University, where he received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree in education. He served as a teacher, coach and principal for the Judson School District and earned tenure as a high school principal at Garland High School.

Additionally, Moses served as a professor and department chair in the College of Education at SFA. Following his retirement from the university, Moses was named Professor Emeritus.
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Barnes & Noble closed Saturday

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed on Saturday, Feb. 21 to complete their yearly inventory. The store will re-open with normal business hours at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Esther Campbell, bookstore manager, at (936) 468-1160 or email sm044@bncollege.com.

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.


Former SFA employee scholarship fundraiser begins Feb. 26

The Kathy Solomon Springfield Scholarship will host a fundraiser at Raising Cane's, 1831 North Street, beginning Thursday, Feb. 26. The fundraiser will run until Saturday, Feb. 28.

Diners must mention the scholarship at checkout, and 15 percent of all proceeds will go to the Kathy Solomon Springfield Scholarship.


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.


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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Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

The SFA Graduate School is now accepting nominations for outstanding graduate students and outstanding thesis awards.

The Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2014-15 with the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School by Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2015 commencement program, and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Click here for more information.


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 to host Dr. John Smith for Robert Maxwell Lecture Feb. 24

SFA will host guest speaker Dr. John Smith for the Robert Maxwell Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Smith, assistant professor of history at Georgia Tech, specializes in American sports history and will present "Basketball Under The Big Top: UCLA, Houston, and the Game of the Century." Smith will discuss how this single game, which was played at "the Eighth Wonder of the World," the Houston Astrodome, in front of a record-breaking attendance of more than 52,000 fans, transformed college basketball into a national pastime.

Smith also is the author of "The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball," and is currently writing a book about Muhammad Ali and the 1960s.
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SFA's Stone Fort Museum to host book signing

SFA's Stone Fort Museum will host a book signing and reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, honoring the release of "African Americans in Nacogdoches County," by Jeri Mills.

Mills, a retired educator and contributing writer to The Daily Sentinel, will share images from her book and describe the process of collecting community history. Copies of her book will be available for purchase for $21.99 each.

After the Civil War and the end of slavery, African-Americans throughout the United States faced the challenge of survival while attempting to repurpose their lives. Through the images in this book, readers will get a glimpse of the unique culture that developed in the small African-American communities in Nacogdoches County.
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Blood drive scheduled for next week

The Student Engagement Team is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Regents Suite A, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Walk-ins are welcome or you may call ahead to schedule an appointment to donate. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Molly Moody at (936) 468-1088 or email moodymk@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Ladyjack basketball wins sixth straight, moves to first

The SFA women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive attack and great defense to defeat Lamar 71-60 on Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks’ sixth straight victory and second win over the Lady Cardinals this year bumped SFA into first place in the Southland Conference standings. There are five games remaining in the season.

The Ladyjacks got double-digit scoring from five different players for the first time this season. Sophomore Taylor Ross led the way with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Senior Porsha Roberts converted seven of eight shots into points to finish with 14. She also led the team with nine boards on the evening.
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SFA heads to Monroe for three-game series

The SFA baseball team opens up its first series of the 2015 season, heading to Monroe, Louisiana, for a three-game tournament against the University of Louisiana-Monroe this weekend at Warhawk Field.

The two teams will play a double header Friday followed by the final game on Saturday. The original schedule was adjusted due to the bad weather forecasted for Saturday evening.
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Fine Arts

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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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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'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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