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This Week's Calendar
Tuesday, Feb. 25
City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet
Cole Concert Hall
Jes Militant Baker
BPSC Multimedia Room
vs. Arkansas-Little Rock
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Thursday, Feb. 27
at New Orleans
vs. Texas Tech
at New Orleans
New Orleans, La.
Friday, Feb. 28
"Oceans in Space"
Kansas City, Mo.
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News & Announcements
Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.
This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.
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.
SFA Soccer offering coaching course
The SFA Soccer coaching staff will be instructing a U6-U8/U10-U12 Coaching Course, on behalf of US Youth Soccer for all-level volunteers, coaches and youth soccer mentors interested in learning more about managing and teaching these age groups and their soccer teams. For registration and more information, please visit here. Registration closes on Feb. 25!
Conscious Speaker Series: Jes Militant Baker
As part of Love Your Genes Week, the Office of Multicultural Affairs presents, "Change your World, Not your Body" featuring Jes Militant Baker. The presentation will be held at noon Feb. 25, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.
Baker is an advocate known for her fiery open letter response to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jeffries' remarks regarding his company marketing to the "cool kids." She uses her blog to "support, contribute and join with other women that also challenge the status quo through their thoughts, lifestyles and self-acceptance."
Baker will explore the historical evolution behind our current idyllic body type, the stigma surrounding mental illness and what we can do individually to reframe the way we perceive ourselves and others. She encourages each person to "change your world, not your body," uses empirical data to explore the correlation between weight and health, and discusses the "Health At Every Size" movement.
Come ready to challenge the notion that beauty is exclusive in this powerful, passionate and progressive presentation. For more information, you can contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
LYG T-shirts will also be available for $7. If your department would like to purchase T-shirts, email Binta Lorde Brown at email@example.com with your information, including quantity and sizes. LYG accepts FOAP, cash or checks made payable to SFASU.
Last Day to Register for the 5 on 5 Wiffleball TournamentThursday, Feb. 27
1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office
The double elimination Wiffleball Tournament begins in the HPE Big Gym at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The event is open to men and women and free to enter. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information, contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.
Lifeguard Certification CourseFriday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2
The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class provides entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness.
This class is a blended learning class that requires a pre-course skills test as well as both online learning and on-site learning. Class times are Friday 5-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 16. Required pre-course skills test is Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the HPE pool. Register in the Rec Administration Office. For more information, contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.
’Jacks outlast Demons in 70-68 thriller
Tied 68-68 in the waning seconds, junior Jacob Parker stole a Northwestern State pass and sealed the 22nd-straight victory for the SFA men's basketball team with a dunk with 0.3 seconds remaining in a 70-68 win on Saturday night in front of a near-capacity crowd of 7,148 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The victory helped SFA improve to 25-2 on the year and 14-0 in Southland Conference play. The ’Jacks notched their 31st-straight home victory in WRJ Coliseum, which is tied for the longest streak in the nation with both No. 2 Florida and No. 5/6 Duke.
Senior Desmond Haymon led the way for SFA with 18 points and Deshaunt Walker contributed 16 points off the bench. Sophomore Thomas Walkup put down 10 points for the 'Jacks while Parker notched nine points and three steals, the last of which of both were the most crucial. Junior Tanner Clayton led the way with seven rebounds while senior Nikola Gajic added seven points, a career-high five steals and four assists.
The ’Jacks shot just 36.5 percent against NWST (12-13, 8-6 SLC), their second lowest shooting performance of the season by a tenth of a percent, but their defensive effort kept them in the game with 23 points off turnovers. SFA committed 10 turnovers in the first half to the Demons' 12, but in the second half played nearly perfect with just one miscue while forcing nine turnovers for NWST.
Ladyjacks pay back Lady Demons, 68-51
SFA women's basketball built a 10-point halftime lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 in defeating Northwestern State 68-51 at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks improved to 15-11 overall and 9-5 in Southland Conference play, remaining tied for third in the conference standings.
SFA shot 50 percent for the game, marking the fourth time this season the Ladyjacks have hit at least half of their shots, while forcing 18 Demon (14-12, 7-7) turnovers. SFA also shot 47.1 percent from 3-point range (8-of-17), its third-highest percentage of the season from beyond the arc.
Porsha Roberts led the way for SFA with 18 points and seven rebounds while Brentney Branch matched her career-best with 13 points in the victory, hitting three of her six 3-point attempts. Kali Jerrell set a season-best as well with 11 points and Daylyn Harris added eight points and six rebounds. Tierany Henderson added a career-best six assists while notching six points, as well.
No. 21/27 Alabama escapes SFA in extras
For the second time in three days the SFA Lumberjack baseball team took No. 21/27 Alabama into extra innings, but junior Wade Wass singled through the left side to deliver the game-winning run for the Crimson Tide (4-2) in a 3-2, 10-inning decision on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Alabama, after a leadoff fly out in the bottom of the tenth inning, got singles from sophomores Kyle Overstreet and Ryan Blanchard, before Wass pinch hit and drove in the winning run.
SFA (3-4) starter Dillon Mangham went the distance for the ‘Jacks in regulation, surrendering just two runs (one earned) in nine innings pitched. The native of Temple, Texas, scattered eight hits, while recording six strikeouts and three walks in the no decision. Mangham faced the minimum, three batters, in three of his nine innings and four hitters in three other innings on the afternoon.
Senior Kevin Bishop (0-2) was saddled with the loss, surrendering the final run of the ball game, recording just one out in the bottom of the tenth.
Ladyjacks end Texas Shootout with losses
SFA softball could not get the bats going on Sunday morning as the Ladyjacks fell to Sam Houston State 11-2 in five innings at the Texas Shootout. That game was scheduled to be SFA’s final game at the tournament, but instead the Ladyjacks and North Texas completed their game that was prematurely called by the umpire on Saturday evening and lost 13-4.
Against the Bearkats, SFA (6-9) fell behind early with Sam Houston State posting six runs in the top of the first inning. The Ladyjacks would try to chip into the lead with two runs, but that was all the scoring SFA could muster as the Bearkats had another big inning in the fifth with four more runs to go up 11-2.
The Ladyjacks posted eight hits against Sam Houston State, but it was not enough with the Bearkats netting 14 hits led by Sarah Allison’s two home runs.
Saturday night’s game against North Texas was called prematurely following the fifth inning with the Ladyjacks trailing 8-1. The run-rule would not have been in play with SFA down seven runs rather than eight. That game was restarted in the sixth inning and completed on Sunday following the loss to SHSU.
Texas State holds off SFA 4-3
The SFA women’s tennis team rallied from down 3-0, but could not surmount the comeback in a 4-3 loss to Texas State on Sunday at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.
"I'm proud of the fighting team we are becoming,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We didn't play particularly great today, but we put ourselves in a position to win against a very good Texas State at their home courts, and in front of their crowd. If we continue to fight and compete this way, we will have a successful conference campaign."
The Ladyjacks (2-4) dropped a contested doubles points and the first two matches of singles play, before turning the tide on TXST (5-2). Junior Malena Gordo started the rally with a 6-2, 6-3 win in No. 2 singles. Sophomore Valeria Terentyeva then followed, defeating the Bobcats’ Eva Dench in come from behind fashion 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 to pull SFA within one (3-2).
TXST responded with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in No. 4 singles, before freshman Macarena Sedano Acosta defeated Katy Collins 7-6 (7-4), 4-7, 7-6 (7-3) to end the match 4-3.
'Blood Wedding' presents unique creative challenges for directors, student actors
The meaning of anything can be lost in translation. Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA, knows that well.
So when he decided to include Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding" in this year's School of Theatre's Mainstage Series and the College of Fine Arts' University Series, he knew that selecting the best translation for the Spanish-language play was critical to its success.
"There are the inevitable challenges of doing any work in translation," Jones said. "There are several published translations of this play, and we looked at perhaps eight or nine of them."
Assisted by student dramaturges Virginia Arteaga and Crystal Villarreal, who are fluent in Spanish, and by his assistant director Mary Collie and stage manager Nicole Novit, Jones selected the translation by Brendan Kennelly months before last fall's auditions for "Blood Wedding."
"Blood Wedding" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 25 through March 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
City of Tomorrow quintet to perform at SFA
The City of Tomorrow, a leading international ensemble dedicated to the performance and creation of new music for winds, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
A traveling quintet, COT has performed across the U.S. and Canada, making their New York debut in April 2013 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, according to Chris Ayer, professor of clarinet at SFA. It is the only wind quintet to win a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in more than 10 years.
"We're very fortunate to have a wind quintet of this caliber on our campus," Ayer said. "The wind quintet instrumentation is unique among chamber groups in that it consists of five very different instruments. Flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, while all in the woodwind family, have very different properties and tendencies and are more different than they are alike. Add to that a brass instrument, the horn, and you have a very interesting ensemble.
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."