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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Feb. 23
SFA Men's Basketball vs. Lamar University
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
SFA Baseball vs. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
SFA Baseball at Rice University
4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 27
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. South Dakota State University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.




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Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Department of Human Services

Ellis-Hervey, assistant professor in School Psychology, reviewed a published book, and participated in presentations that highlight products of her mentorship of School Psychology doctoral students.
She reviewed "Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectories of African-American and Latino Male." 

Ellis-Hervey delivered a presentation titled "Utilizing Social Media to Academically Motivate Multicultural Youth and Adults: From K-college and Beyond" at the Hidden Faces Diversity Conference at SFA.

She also is set to deliver a presentation titled "The Utilization of Social Media to Alleviate Childhood Obesity" at the annual meeting of the Mission Possible Mental Health Conference in Nacogdoches.

News & Announcements

SFA hosting kids film-making workshop during Nacogdoches Film Festival

The SFA Department of Mass Communication will host a film-making workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Boynton, Room 209. Children from 10 to 15 years old, will be taught how to shoot video on smartphones, tablets and digital cameras.

A hands-on workshop of basic movie techniques, shooting video, story telling and editing is included.

The cost is $15 per child. Visit www.nacogdochesfilmfestival.com to register or call (936) 560-5533 for more information.

The Center for Regional Heritage Research debuts digital journal

The Center for Regional Heritage Research is pleased to announce the launch of SFA's first digital journal, the CRHR Research Reports.

While most publications will be center-produced, original research articles and special publication proposals are accepted.

Special publications will begin with the annual James E. Corbin Papers in Archaeology. The first, "Cultural Implications of Late Quaternary Environmental Change in Northeastern Texas,"  will be published in May 2015. The second volume (May 2016) will include the Archeology of McGee Bend (Sam Rayburn) Reservoir, Texas, by Edward B. Jelks. The main focus of the Corbin Papers is to honor one of the scions of East Texas archaeology. Secondly, the center wishes to make available publications available to the broadest possible audience. A selection of the hidden--albeit very useful--manuscripts produced by professional and avocational archaeologists in the region currently unpublished.

This journal was originally imagined in a meeting with SFA's Center for Digital Scholarship in fall 2013, while discussing SFA's first digital repository, CRHR: ARCHAEOLOGY. The CRHR Research Reports will publish articles on a rolling basis, and the content of this journal will remain archived at the Ralph W. Steen Library on the campus.

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.

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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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 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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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.

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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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.

OMA Town Hall Meeting: Lessons From Ferguson

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to a very important OMA Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will be a discussion the importance of coming together to become a community of one to support each another.

State Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Curtis represents St. Louis North County District 73, which includes Ferguson in the Missouri House of Representatives. As a native and current resident of Ferguson, Missouri, he has has been a vocal and vital figure during the unrest over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.


SFA tennis falls to Tulsa, 7-0

SFA dropped a 7-0 decision to 35th-ranked University of Tulsa Sunday morning at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Oklahoma. The loss drops the Ladyjacks to 5-3 on the season.

"Hats off to Tulsa,” said SFA head coach Roberto Aspillaga. “They just got out of losing by an inch to 11th-ranked Oklahoma State and instead of underestimating us and dropping their level, they did exactly the opposite. They played as hard as they possibly could and they gave us no chances to get in the match.”
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Johnson catches attention at 2015 NFL combine

SFA All-American Gus Johnson completed his workouts at the 2015 National Football League Combine Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Johnson was one of 34 running backs invited to the combine and had a strong showing throughout the week.

Officially at 5 feet, 10 inches, 215 pounds, Johnson took to the field to compete in the various combine drills for head coaches, general managers and representatives of all 32 NFL teams. In the 40-yard dash Johnson clocked a 4.70, which ranked him 23rd among the field of running backs.
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Lumberjacks rally past Warhawks 8-7

Trailing 5-2 after five innings, the SFA baseball team scored six runs in the final four innings to shut down a late rally and defeat the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 8-7 at Warhawk Field on Saturday. The win snaps a six-game losing skid for the Lumberjacks who improve to 2-6 on the season.

SFA struck first as Nick Ramos ripped a single to center with two outs, scoring Will Vest from third and Matthew Dickey from second. The 'Jacks took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Warhawks would respond with three runs in the bottom of the inning, taking the 3-2 lead going into the fourth.
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Lumberjack baskteball cruises past Colonels, 86-71

Paced by 20 points from both Clide Geffrard and Jacob Parker, SFA coasted to an 86-71 victory over Nicholls State University at William R. Johnson Coliseum Saturday. The win improves SFA to 22-4 on the year and 12-1 in Southland Conference play.

Geffrard set a new career-high, finishing 6-of-10 from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, while also dishing out three assists. Parker's 20 points came from 6-of-11 shooting, 4-of-6 from three-point range and 4-of-five free-throw attempts.
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Fine Arts

Memphis Woodwind Trio to perform at SFA

The Memphis Woodwind Trio, comprised of flute, clarinet and oboe faculty members from the University of Memphis School of Music, will perform a concert of intimate chamber music for winds at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

Works will range from the serious, such as Thea Musgrave's "Impromptu" for flute and oboe, to the sublime - an Antonin Dvorak string trio, re-imagined. The program also will feature works by J.S. Bach, H. Villa-Lobos, Malcolm Arnold and Leonardo de Lorenzo.

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
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'Coleidoscope' concert honors music patrons

Uncommon combinations of instruments and a wide variety of musical styles will be explored during a Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of chamber music collaborative faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's "invaluable patrons," Ed Cole and the late Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a symbolic gesture of gratitude to the general music patrons in our area," he said.
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Works of Houston artist Peacock showing at SFA's Cole Art Center

The exhibition "Emily Peacock: Soft Diet" will show Wednesday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, April 11 in the Hallway Reception Gallery at SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Houston-based artist will present a talk about her work at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the SFA Art Building, located off Wilson Drive on the SFA campus.

According to a review by Ryder Richards posted at glasstire.com, "Soft Diet" contains "highly compelling work, which is made more interesting because the constituent elements are, for the most part, fairly common. Alternating moments of empathy with moments of gentle disgust, Peacock's present actions engage and partially eradicate the past. The process feels like melded fragments of youthful summers where hierarchies of food, play, wounds and celebration were entwined without judgment."

Peacock has exhibited at venues including the Galveston Art Center, Houston Center For Photography and Lawndale Art Center, and her work can be seen in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The exhibition is presented by the SFA School of Art. Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Art confiscated by Nazis topic of lecture

"Cornelius Gurlitt and the Art Treasures Confiscated by the Nazis" will be the topic of a lecture Dr. Christoph Zuschlag will present at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room 106 of the SFA Art Annex, located on the university's campus.

Zuschlag, professor of art history at the Landau campus of the University of Klobenz/Landau, Germany, is instrumental in the on-going student exchange between his university and SFA, according to Jill Carrington, professor of art history at SFA.

One of Zuschlag's interests is stolen art, such as the masterworks that were denounced by the Nazis as "degenerate art" yet also "collected" by the Nazis, meaning the works were typically stolen from the rightful owners, who, often being Jewish, became victims of the Holocaust.
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