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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Showcase Saturday
1 to 5 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. South Dakota State University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

Sunday, March 1
SFA baseball vs. South Dakota State University
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.




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SFA Regents Professor, Dr. Tim King, to present lecture

Dr. Tim King, professor of music and director of choral activities at SFA, will present "SFA: A Scale for Fine Arts" at the upcoming Regents Lecture.

King, the 2014-15 Regents Professor, will deliver the address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission charge.

Reserved for exemplary university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon members of the faculty and is held for one academic year.
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Trina Benson Menefee

College of Sciences and Mathematics

Menefee, academic adviser in the SFA's College of Science and Mathematics, was recently awarded the Texas Academic Advising Network Scholarship at a meeting in Corpus Christi.

The TEXAAN Scholarship is presented to an academic adviser pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. The nominated recipient must be employed by an accredited post-secondary institution, serve as an academic adviser, and be a member of TEXAAN a minimum of two years.

The recipient also receives a $1,000 award from TEXAAN in honor of outstanding service and commitment to academic advising.

News & Announcements

Award-winning film by SFA alumni to be screened in Austin

“Flutter,” an independent film directed by SFA alumus Eric Hueber, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Alamo Drafthouse Village in Austin.

“Flutter” is the Audience Award winner in the Texas Independence category of the 2014 Austin Film Festival. The film’s producers are Andy Cope, also an SFA alumnus, and Remy Carter. The film tells the story of a single mother raising her son.

“Two months after her husband walked out on her to become a musician, single mother JoLynn struggles to support her son Johnathan in the face of poverty and his troubling glaucoma,” the description reads. “‘Flutter’ wonderfully displays the unyielding love a mother has for her son and the wild dreams a young boy has for adventure.”
Tickets for the screening are $5 and are available for purchase on the Alamo Drafthouse website. To view the trailer and for more information, click here.

“Flutter” also will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Cole Art Center as part of the Nacogdoches Film Festival. Hueber and Cope will be available for questions following the Nacogdoches premiere.

Be ready to save a life!

Have you ever been concerned about someone, but unsure about what to say? SFA's Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person at risk. On completion, each participant will receive certification as a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.”

The course will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, March 3, in the Rusk Building Room 333. Call (936) 468-2401 for more information.

Banquet to honor Abernethys creation of local trails

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

Chopping repeatedly left to right, drawing the machete back up over his head and down with a crash, Frances Edward “Ab” Abernethy began hacking privets and underbrush along the Lanana Creek banks some 30 years ago.

From hiking and biking trails to a potential intermittent dam system that could create a small lake where Banita and Lanana joined, in Abernethy’s eyes the two creeks that cradled Nacogdoches between them was an untapped community asset.
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Alumni scholarship established to help support SFA students

The SFA Alumni Association recently established the Auren and Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship to support undergraduate students attending the university.

This scholarship was endowed in loving memory of the couple by their daughter, Janyce Smith Brannon. Brannon, a 1957 and 1959 SFA graduate, is a retired CPA residing in Dallas.

The Auren and Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to currently enrolled students with an established major, and recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship may send a check payable to the SFASU Foundation with instructions to apply the gift to the Auren and Alma Smith Memorial Scholarship. Donations should be mailed to P.O. BOX 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

Texas A&M sustainability officer visiting SFA

The SFA Sustainability Coalition is proud to welcome Kelly Wellman, sustainability officer at Texas A&M University to discuss how Texas A&M created and implemented the Aggie Green Fund to further sustainable efforts on campus.

Faculty and staff members, and students are welcome to attend the talk from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in McKibben Education Building, Room 131.

This event is supported through the generosity of the SFA Sustainability Committee, which also maintains the campus sustainability website. Questions about the event can be addressed to Jennifer Crenshaw at jmcrenshaw@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-2813.

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.

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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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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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'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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Blood drive scheduled for Wednesday

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.

Global Gateway to Slovakia presentation sponsored by Office of International Programs

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Slovakian culture at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Room 133 in the McGee Business Building.

The presentation will be given by a student from the nation of Slovakia, and authentic Slovakian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

SFA Bright Ideas Conference now accepting proposals for 2015

The call for proposals for the 2015 Bright Ideas Conference is open!

The Bright Ideas Conference celebrates the research, scholarship and artistry of SFA faculty members and offers them the opportunity to present their research to the campus and local communities.

The conference will be held Wednesday, April 29. Faculty members are invited to submit proposals for poster sessions by completing the proposal submission form and sending the form to their college's conference representative.

Proposal forms are due by Friday, Feb. 27. For more information, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning website.
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Get caught green-handed during SFA's RecycleMania

SFA is participating in RecycleMania from Saturday, Feb. 14, through Friday, Feb. 27. Are you ready?

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste-reduction activities on campus. Institutions across the United States and Canada will report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week. Schools are ranked in various categories, including which school recycles the most on a per-capita basis, which has the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which generates the least amount of combined trash and recycling.
To spread awareness about this competition, SFA is conducting a “Caught Green Handed” campaign. Students caught doing something green will receive "Caught Green-Handed" buttons and entered into a raffle to win a free WhichWich combo coupon. Faculty and staff members also are asked to participate and encourage our students to get "caught green-handed."

For more information, please contact Candace Hartsell, marketing coordinator for Aramark, at (936) 468-1113.

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.

SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during two free, action-packed open-house Saturdays at SFA on Feb. 28 and March 28.

Prospective students will get to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls and preview academic programs during the two SFA Showcase Saturday events.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and enjoy the Lumberjack Experience," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of the Office of Admissions.

"Guests are encouraged to visit one-on-one with our faculty to learn more about our quality, personalized academic programs, and our staff will be available to answer questions about everything from admission requirements to financial aid to residence life."

SFA is a comprehensive, residential university located in the heart of Texas Forest Country in Nacogdoches. Approximately 13,000 students attend SFA, which is within a few hours' drive of Texas' major metropolitan areas.
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Books on sale at Barnes & Noble

All Black History Month books are 20 percent off in the SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore during the month of February.

Volunteers needed for February Showcase Saturday

Volunteers are needed for the Showcase Saturday recruiting event set for Saturday, Feb. 28. Help is needed during the registration process from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please email Monique Cossich if you can help.
All other questions about Showcase Saturday should be directed to Ryan Horne at horneryan@sfasu.edu.

Former SFA employee scholarship fundraiser begins Feb. 26

The Kathy Solomon Springfield Scholarship will host a fundraiser at Raising Cane's, 1831 North Street, beginning Thursday, Feb. 26. The fundraiser will run until Saturday, Feb. 28.

Diners must mention the scholarship at checkout, and 15 percent of all proceeds will go to the Kathy Solomon Springfield Scholarship.


Today's baseball game canceled

Due to wintry weather and icy conditions in both Arkansas and northeast Texas, Tuesday's baseball game between SFA and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock has been canceled. The game will not be made up.

The Lumberjacks will return to action at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Houston facing 15th-ranked Rice University at Reckling Park.

Lumberjacks rout Lamar Cardinals, 103-74

Thomas Walkup became the newest member of the SFA 1,000-point club and Jared Johnson recorded a career-high 21 points as SFA routed Lamar University 103-74 at William R. Johnson Coliseum Monday. The win improves the Lumberjacks to 23-4 on the year and 13-1 in Southland Conference play, putting the team in first place in the SLC standings.

Walkup recorded the first eight points for the 'Jacks on the night, converting a three-point play to become the second SFA player this season to accomplish the feat along with Jacob Parker. Walkup just missed a double-double, finishing with 18 points, nine assists, three rebounds and three steals. He hit six of his eight shots from the floor.
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Ladyjack golf in fourth at Islander Classic

SFA sits in fourth place after the first day of the weather-shortened Islander Classic at the Corpus Christi Country Club. The Ladyjacks posted a 26-over 314 in the opening round, a mere seven shots behind first place.

Originally scheduled to play two rounds, the tournament was shortened to just 36 holes due to cold and windy conditions that are blanketing the state. The final 18 holes are scheduled to be played today, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Swingin' Axes, Aces to perform classic jazz favorites

SFA's jazz bands, the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces, will perform the music of such jazz greats as Thelonious Monk and Sammy Nestico when the bands take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes will perform an eclectic concert of compositions from across the decades, according to Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA and director of the Swingin' Axes.

Among the tunes to be played will be the classic arrangement of "Who's Sorry Now," written by Sammy Nestico for the Count Basie Band, and the very modern "Jazz Police" by Gordon Goodwin. The Axes also will perform a large jazz ensemble favorite from the 1970s' "Suncatchers" by Marius Nordal, made famous by the One O'Clock Lab Band of the University of North Texas.
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SFA theatre students to present new works in Scotland

SFA students headed to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this summer will host a local reading of their play, "Mom and Dad," as a fundraiser for the trip.

The play was written by students Allison Day and Nick Pinelli. The fundraiser reading is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Upstage Theatre, which is located on the third floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $25, and can be reserved by calling (936) 468-1126 or emailing abacarisse@sfasu.edu

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