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Monday, Feb. 22
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
Beaumont

Women's golf at the Battle at the Rock
Riverside, California

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Women's golf at the Battle at the Rock
Riverside, California

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Women's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Saturday, Feb. 27
Men's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

SFA tennis vs. the University of Central Arkansas
noon
Conway, Arkansas

Women's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University
3:30 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum


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School of Honors to host Dr. Anthony Burrow as 2016 Wisely Fellow speaker

Dr. Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development and director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Laboratory at Cornell University, is the 2016 SFA Wisely Fellow speaker. Burrows is also director of the Program for Research on Youth Development and Evaluation. The aim of PRYDE is to understand and improve youth experiences by involving 4-H communities in linking science and service in innovative ways.
 
Burrow will present “Purpose in Life: Evidence of a Psychological Resource” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131, with a reception immediately following. Burrow’s talk will focus on his research investigating how adolescents and adults develop and maintain purpose and meaning in life.
 
This talk is sponsored by the SFA School of Honors, the Department of Psychology, and the Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact the School of Honors at (936) 468-2813; or the 2015-16 Wisely Fellow, Dr. Steven Estrada at (936) 468-1415; or email estradasm@sfasu.edu.


Alumni Association's ring week begins Monday, Feb. 29

The SFA Alumni Association will host its bi-annual ring week from Monday, Feb. 29, through Thursday, March 3.

Students with 60 hours or more are eligible to order their ring by March 3 to participate in this semester’s Big Dip on Friday, May 6.

A Balfour representative will be at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center Monday through Wednesday to assist the alumni staff with all ring orders. Rings can be ordered at the alumni center anytime between now and Thursday, March 3, to participate in Big Dip.

New open-access, peer-reviewed journal available in SFA ScholarWorks

SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education's Department of Human Services and the Center for Digital Scholarship recently launched a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal in SFA ScholarWorks.

"The Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice" is the sixth open-access journal to be hosted in SFA ScholarWorks. Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services, is the journal’s executive editor.

CDS is currently managing several open-access, peer-reviewed journals and continues to work with other departments to develop more online scholarly publications. If your department is interested in learning more about publishing in SFA ScholarWorks, please contact the center at cds@sfasu.edu.

2016 Undergraduate Research Conference names top scholars

SFA is proud to announce the finalists and top scholars for the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference.

The conference will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater and the Twilight Ballroom and includes undergraduate research from SFA and surrounding colleges.

The top scholars will interactively present their research in the theater, followed by finalist poster sessions in the ballroom.

View the list of finalists and top scholars here. For more information on the conference, click here


Course success leads to continued partnership between SFA and Family Crisis Center

SFA students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience while helping people in the community as part of a service learning project offered this fall semester.

Dr. Dusty Jenkins, SFA assistant professor of psychology, is coordinating the project through the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and advocacy services intended to prevent family violence and sexual assault.

Students enrolled in Honors PSY153: Human Sexuality will have the option to work with the Family Crisis Center in a variety of roles suited to the students' interests.
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Documentary on history of the pencil to be screened Wednesday

SFA will host the East Texas premiere of the documentary "No. 2: Story of the Pencil" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater.  The event is free and open to the public.
 
The pencil has shaped invention, craftsmanship, art, engineering, manufacturing, government, history and business. Technology is never static, though, and as more advanced technology has moved to the forefront, the pencil has begun to lose significance.

This film seeks to develop the historical significance of the pencil through a charming, emotional story, and to address questions such as what society loses, whether people should care about losing the pencil and the its significance to ingenuity.
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SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces spring workshops

The SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a workshop series for faculty and staff members throughout the spring semester focusing on grant writing and grant development.

February’s workshops will cover the grant process and writing a grant. Workshops will be held in the Ralph W. Steen Library Wyatt Room. To register call (936) 468-6606 or email tuckers1@sfasu.edu.

The Writing a Grant workshop provides an overview of writing successful proposals, and is planned for 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.


Blood drive scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25

SFA's Early Childhood Lab will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 211.

Each person who donates receives a free T-shirt. Click here to sign up.


SFA Department of Elementary Education to screen documentary

SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education's Department of Elementary Education will host a screening of the documentary "Tested" and a Q&A session with producer, director and writer Curtis Chin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

The film follows the stories of students hoping to be admitted to one of the top public high schools in New York City, and it explores issues of equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth. The screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

"This documentary provides insight to many critical social issues," said Dr. Brandon Fox, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. "Opportunity and access directly impact life choices and life chances. For many, these choices and chances may rely heavily on one exam. This film is timely, as many states are considering various approaches to public education."
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Athletics


Lumberjack baseball topples Oklahoma State University

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning against No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State University, the SFA baseball team sent seven men to the plate, including junior Tyler Kendrick, whose one-out, two-run single with the bases loaded served as the proverbial knockout punch in the Lumberjacks' wild 5-4 comeback victory.

Exactly half of SFA’s eight hits were racked up in the bottom of the 10th after the Cowboys took a seemingly comfortable three-run lead at the top of the inning.
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Bowling team takes third at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater tournament

The SFA bowling team closed out its weekend with a third-place showing at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Warhawk Classic. SFA posted a 2-1 Sunday, improving to 8-5 for the event and securing its second third-place finish of the season.

The Ladyjacks improved to 68-35 overall on the season, a .661 winning percentage, while extending their streak of consecutive top-10 team finishes to 29-straight tournaments.
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Ladyjack golf heads to California for 2016 Battle at the Rock

The SFA women's golf team is competing at the 2016 Battle at the Rock, a 54-hole event held at the Oak Quarry Golf Club, today and tomorrow.

The tournament course is a par-72, measuring 6,040 yards. The opening two rounds will be played today and the final round, held Tuesday, Feb. 23. Each round will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
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Payne sets new personal record, takes second at Millrose Games

SFA senior pole vaulter Demi Payne keeps setting the bar higher in 2016. After joining the 16-foot club in New Mexico two weeks ago, she posted a new personal record at the Millrose Games inside the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City this weekend.

Payne cleared 16 feet, 0.75 inches to maintain her spot as the No. 2 vaulter in the world this year. Only Payne and Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder Jenn Suhr have cleared a 16-foot bar twice in 2016.
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SFA men's basketball buries Nicholls State University, 88-53

Two of the most accomplished men to wear SFA colors continued to rewrite the 'Jacks' history books in a dominant 88-53 win at Nicholls State University Saturday afternoon.

With a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, senior Thomas Walkup took over as the program’s all-time NCAA Division I era rebounding leader with 686 total in his career. He joined fellow four-year senior Trey Pinkney with 108 career wins and tied former SFA-great Jake Parker for the most in SFA’s storied history.
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Fine Arts


Coming to SFA: ArcAttack most electrifying science show on tour

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will present two performances of ArcAttack Science Show on Friday, March 4.

Described as "the most electrifying science show on tour," ArcAttack was seen in the fifth season of "America's Got Talent." A highlight of an ArcAttack show is the use of two custom-built singing Tesla coils that have been modified to play musical notes.

"Students will explore concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics and lightning through demonstrations and experiments with ArcAttack's signature Tesla coils, capable of throwing electrical arcs up to 12 feet long," said Diane J. Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.
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Oasis Quartet to perform at SFA

The Oasis Quartet will present a diverse program of works for saxophone when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The music on this program represents some of our favorite works for saxophone quartet and actually features two new pieces written for Oasis Quartet," said Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone in the SFA School of Music and quartet member. Other members include James Bunte, Dave Camwell and James Romain.

"We put a great deal of thought into our programs and always plan to present an exciting blend of original works for the instrument as well as transcriptions from varying periods and styles," Nabb said. "This approach leads to a diverse program with something for every listener and allows us to show the flexibility of the instrument and ensemble."
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SFA faculty recital program to showcase different composition techniques

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present "Gen, Jen and Friends," a concert of 20th century trio music composed for violin, piano and another instrument, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining pianist Geneva Fung, staff accompanist in the School of Music, will be colleagues Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Dr. Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Dr. Gary Wurtz, trumpet.

Featured on the program are Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti; Space Jump for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 46 by Fazil Say; and Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano by Eric Ewazen.
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SFA theatre students to perform 'Clybourne Park'

The SFA School of Theatre will present "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday, Feb. 27, in the W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama, "Clybourne Park" was written in response to the classic "A Raisin In the Sun." Passionate, balanced, funny and as timely as today's headlines, "Clybourne Park" is a play for every American to see and to ponder, according to Zach Hanks, assistant professor of theatre at SFA and the play's director.

"I saw 'Clybourne Park' at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis a few years ago, and the experience was everything I go to the theatre to do - I laughed, I ached, and I thought deeply about myself, my attitudes and my culture," Hanks said. "The themes around racism, discrimination and privilege are as timely now as they ever were. We're in a post-Civil Rights Movement era, but grappling with the new versions of the same old injustices and conflicts."
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Recital to feature music composed in honor of national parks

Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composition at SFA, will present "Encounters: Music Inspired by Our National Parks" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The recital showcases Lias' musical compositions and will be performed by guest artists Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Gary Wurtz, trumpet; Dr. Christina Guenther, flute; Jennifer Keeney, flute; Carly Hood, saxophone; Dr. Deb Scott, trombone; and Dr. Ron Petti, piano.

The recital is presented as part of the centennial celebration in 2016 of the National Park Service.
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There's a wealth of history and culture sheltered by the U.S. National Parks Service, which for much of the service's 106-year history, was only accessible in-person site visits.

But as with so much else in the world these days, you no longer have to leave your home to get some part of that experience. Google partnered with the government to create a digital museum of thousands of items under the service's care, as well as street-view maps of some parks like the Grand Canyon. Visit the Google Culture Institute site here or check out this Mental Floss article about the digital museum.

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