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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Feb. 21
Percussionist James Campbell
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
6 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

SFA Baseball
at Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
Feb. 22

Women's Basketball
vs. Northwestern State
4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23
SFA Baseball
at Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
1 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

SFA Baseball
vs. Arkansas-Little Rock
6:30 p.m.




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Rare film captures 1938 Nacogdoches

Courtesy of Daily Sentinel

A rare piece of Nacogdoches history has been unearthed this week. This isn’t an Indian artifact, an ancient document, or a grainy photo, as exciting as those always are in the Oldest Town in Texas.

Instead this is a video shot on the streets of Nacogdoches in 1938. And not an amateur, barely recognizable video — rather a professional quality film that offers a never-before-seen look at the bustling little town in 1938.

Linda Reynolds and Kyle Ainsworth from the East Texas Research Center, Brad Maule from the SFA Cinematography school, Jan Dobbs Barton, Nacogdoches historian, and Davy DuBose, son of retired NHS Assistant Principal Erwin DuBose (who rescued the film), gathered in the screening room at the Stephen F. Austin State University Film House to view the film Tuesday night, along with several graduate students. As the film rolled, those in the room could not believe what they were seeing.

The black and white silent film began with footage of a long ago Sawyers-Pine Burrs dance in January 1938 at SFA. It then moved to businesses and close-ups of workers and shoppers as they went about their everyday lives. Many seemed a little unnerved by the presence of the camera, some stepping back inside doorways when they realized they were being filmed, others stepping unknowingly into posed shots, creating the 1938 version of the photo-bomb.
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SFA researchers develop endocides–a new approach to invasive plant control

Researchers at SFA have developed a method of controlling an invasive plant that is destroying fish and wildlife habitat, clogging water lines, and hampering boating and hydroelectric plants. Even better, their research has led to the discovery of an agent that shows promise as a cancer treatment.

The totally new concept and approach to controlling giant salvinia is called "endocides" (endogenous biocides) and has been extensively tested in both greenhouse experiments on the SFA campus and in recent field trials by researchers at the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

"This discovery is very exciting," said Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of SFA's Arthur Temple College. "Since lakes and other aquatic resources in Texas and throughout the world are being taken over by this noxious invasive plant, endocides bring a new hope for controlling giant salvinia, one of the most invasive plants in the world."

The main mission of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops at SFA is to discover and develop novel anti-cancer agents from native and invasive plant species. Since 1993, the science team has collected and screened about 1,200 species of plants and isolated more than 1,400 compounds, including 146 new structures.
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Heather Catton

Office of International Programs

Catton, director of International Programs, has been asked to serve as a selection panelist for the Tunisia Thomas Jefferson Undergraduate Scholarship Program March 3-7. She is the only representative from a current host university to be invited to join the selection panel. Other panelists will include U.S. Embassy representatives and other government officials and exchange program alumni. Catton, a former exchange student to Tunisia herself, will be traveling to the small North African country March 1-9 to interview students who have applied for the scholarship program.
“It’s an amazing time in Tunisia’s history, and I’m happy to be part of this program to aid in the selection of students who will help build a stable and prosperous future for their country,” Catton said. “It’s a great honor to be asked to provide this service, and I’m thrilled to be going back to Tunisia more than 25 years after living there as an exchange student.”

News & Announcements

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.

Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

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

The SFA Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2013-14 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. 25.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2014 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. 25.

For more information, click here.

Wisely Fellowship applications due in March

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 Michael Tkacik at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.
Electronic applications are due March 17.

Capes and Crowns 1K and 3K

Get ready to get your kids active with this fun run! The Capes and Crowns 1k and 3k fun run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or princess. Each child will receive their choice of a superhero mask and cape or a tiara and wand.

Kids may choose between a 1K or 3K course and will receive a ribbon upon completion of the race. Parents are encouraged to run with their kids.

The cost for all participants (parents included) is $15. All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

Register here. 

This is a fun run and is not being chip timed. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249 or email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Sign up for the Mystery Run and you could win $500

This unique 5K run could pay off big time!

The first person or team to solve the mystery will win $500. Runners sign up as individuals but can compete as teams. As you run the course, you will be given cards with clues on them. These cards include weapons, locations and suspects. As with the game "Clue," if you have it on your card, you can rule it out.  At the end, each person will be able to use their cards to rule out as many suspects, weapons and locations as possible. Larger groups will have a major advantage. The first to turn in a correct guess wins! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite detectives or characters from Clue!

All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

The first 150 to register will be guaranteed a FREE T-shirt! This race is not chip timed.

This event will be held Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Check-in and packet pick-up will be on the day of the race only and begins at 4 p.m. The race will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Register here.

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.


SFA heads to No. 21/27 Alabama

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team closes its seven-game road series to open the 2014 season with a three-game series at No. 21/27 Alabama beginning Friday, Feb. 21, on ESPN3.

SFA (2-2) will play its second nationally-ranked opponent in a row and third in its last four games in the program’s first-ever meeting with the Crimson Tide (2-1).

The ’Jacks will have their second run through its weekend rotation with junior Cameron Gann on Friday, senior Kyle Cross on Saturday and junior Dillon Mangham on Sunday.

The Crimson Tide, having not played a midweek contest, enter the week 2-1 after its season-opening series with Saint Louis. Alabama is ranked No. 21 in the Baseball America and Perfect Game USA preseason polls, No. 27 by the NCBWA, No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball News and is receiving 26 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
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Ladyjacks take on Texas Shootout in Denton

Tournament season continues this weekend for the Ladyjacks softball team as SFA heads to the Texas Shootout hosted by North Texas.

Action at the nonconference tournament begins on Thursday, but the Ladyjacks will not play until Friday morning when they face Sam Houston State and Prairie View A&M at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. SFA will face Abilene Christian and North Texas on Saturday with Sunday’s opponent to be determined. North Texas enters its home tournament on a six-game winning streak.

SFA (3-7) is coming off two losses on Wednesday at McNeese State. The Ladyjacks did have success in their last tournament going 3-2 at the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic last weekend and defeating No. 8/9 Nebraska.

The Ladyjacks have already faced Sam Houston State once this season, opening the tournament in Houston with a loss before going on a streak of three straight wins over NCAA Regional teams Army and Nebraska then falling to Houston.
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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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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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Fine Arts

Swingin' Axes and Aces to perform music of jazz greats

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes will perform Ray Brown's "Double Fault Blues," Gordon Goodwin's "Count Bubba" and "Act Your Age," Chick Corea's "500 Miles High" "and a burning arrangement of the jazz standard, 'Tenderly,'" Wurtz said.

The Swingin' Aces' program will feature "A Little Blues, Please" by Sammy Nestico, the new "Plunger Power" by Doug Beach and "North Africa" by Chick Corea and arranged by Mike Tomaro, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone and jazz studies at SFA and director of the Swingin' Aces.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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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