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

SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University
6:30 p.m.
College Station, Texas

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

SFA softball vs. Texas Southern University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

Friday, Feb. 26
SFA baseball vs. Sacred Heart University
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA softball at Ole Miss
6:30 p.m.
Oxford, Mississippi

SFA softball vs. the University of Texas at San Antonio
1:30 p.m.
Oxford, Mississippi

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

SFA baseball vs. Sacred Heart University
2 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA softball vs. the University of Northern Iowa
11 a.m.
Oxford, Mississippi


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Spring career fair planned for today

SFA Career Services encourages faculty and staff members to attend and share the employment events planned throughout the spring semester with students and alumni.

A full list of upcoming career fairs and on-campus interviews is available at career services' website. The annual Career and Internship Expo is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

These networking events are free for students and on-campus departments to attend and offer the opportunity to practice the identification and articulation of skills obtained from coursework, which enhances the classroom learning environment through practical application.

Students are required to bring a valid campus ID and dress professionally. Should a student need assistance with professional attire, career services offers a free Career Closet loan program.


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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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. today and 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow.


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. tomorrow 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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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. Burrow also is 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.


Blood drive planned for tomorrow

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


Ladyjack golf in sixth after challenging opening round in California

After battling unforgiving winds and a challenging field, the SFA Ladyjack golf team is in sixth following the opening two rounds of the Battle at the Rock at Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside, California. The Ladyjacks shot a 99-over 675 through the opening 36 holes yesterday, yet remain in position to make a run at a top-five finish.

Competing against winds that hovered between 15-25 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph throughout the day, SFA opened the tournament with a 51-over 339 as each team struggled to post low scores. Junior Ann Holcomb led the way for the Ladyjacks with a 7-over 79, but she was the only SFA golfer to shoot a sub-80 round over the opening 18 holes.
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Baseball team takes on No. 4 Texas A&M University today

The SFA Baseball team hopes to topple another top-ten ranked opponent when it takes on No. 4-ranked Texas A&M University at 6:30 p.m. tonight in College Station.

SFA and the Aggies have been competing at least once a year since the 2007 campaign, and the 'Jacks are in search of their second win ever against their intrastate, Big 12 rivals.
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Track and field places 17 athletes on Indoor All-Southland Conference teams

The SFA men’s and women’s track and field teams placed 17 student-athletes in 13 events on the 2016 Indoor All-Southland Conference teams this week.

The top three finishers in each event at the SLC Indoor Championships last week in Birmingham, Alabama, earned All-SLC honors. The winner was an automatic first team selection, the second place finisher earned second team accolades and third place finishers received a spot on the third team.
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Pinkney, Walkup become all-time win leaders with 79-58 Lamar University rout

Senior SFA men's basketball players Thomas Walkup and Trey Pinkney were all smiles after the 'Jacks 14th-straight win against Lamar University. It’s not every day you break a program record originally set by one of your good friends and former teammates.

Despite struggling from the field, Walkup manufactured an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double thanks to a 12-of-14 night at the free throw stripe. Pinkney contributed seven points to the cause and the pair supplanted former SFA-great Jake Parker as the program’s players with the all-time most wins after the 79-58 thrashing the 'Jacks handed the Cardinals last night.
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Fine Arts


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. tonight 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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SFA theatre students to perform 'Clybourne Park'

The SFA School of Theatre will present "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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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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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Typically, the idea of a shipwreck conjures up images of far-flung Caribbean beaches, treasure galleons and torrential Atlantic seas between the old world and the new, but there are plenty of wrecks littering America's inland waters.

The Great Lakes are graveyards to their fair share of maritime victims, and thanks to the thawing ice in Lake Michigan, some wrecks can be spotted from above this time of year. The lake is so clear that the skeletons of lost ships are clearly visible from the air. Check out the Smithsonian's piece on it here.

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