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This Week's Calendar

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 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
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

Sunday, Feb. 28
Men's golf at NIT at Omni Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Arizona

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




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Jim Towns professorship nominations now open

Nominations are now being accepted for the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of Development at SFA no later than Friday, April 15. The recipient will be announced this summer, and the professorship will be awarded at the beginning of the 2016 fall semester.

Dr. Keith Hubbard received the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship in 2015 for his dedicated mentorship of SFA students.

For more information, please click here.


Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens, recently published an in-depth article about his early "back to nature" inspirations in the March 2016 edition of Texas Gardener magazine.

News & Announcements

Internal grant deadlines approaching

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to remind faculty and staff members of the approaching deadline upcoming internal grants.
The deadline for Research Pilot Studies and Research Grant Development grants for summer 2016 and fall 2017 projects is Tuesday, April 15. It also is the deadline for the Graduate Research Salary Grant, which provides support to assist one exceptional student who has a graduate research assistantship appointment and is actively working on a thesis or dissertation.
All grant guidelines and applications can be found here.
Internal grant workshops discussing faculty member research development and grant applications will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, April 8.

Contact Shawn Fischer, research development specialist,  at (936) 468-1151 to discuss applications any time before the approaching deadlines.

SFA Gardens Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Georgia conifer expert

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Tom Cox will present "Breaking New Ground with Conifers for the South."

Cox and his wife, Evelyn, started the Cox Arboretum and Gardens in 1990 when they purchased an undeveloped 13-acre land parcel in Canton, Georgia. Over the last 25 years, this has evolved into one of the premiere collections of woody taxa in the Southeastern U.S. In 2002 and again in 2014, the arboretum was the host site for the American Conifer Society's national meeting and is now a frequent stop for gardening enthusiasts as well as those involved in serious plant study.

A pioneer in the evaluation of conifers for adaptability in the Southeast, Cox is recognized as one of the leading authorities on growing conifers in the region. The arboretum received full accreditation in 2012 and is now a site for the preservation of rare and endangered plants from around the world.
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SFA Gardens to host popular spring plant sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and unusual species. Most of the plants are trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. More than 15,000 students of all ages are reached on a yearly basis through SFA Gardens programs.
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Council on Undergraduate Research accepting submissions for quarterly publication

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Summer 2016 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until Monday, April 4. 

Highlights consist of brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals done in the past six months. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.

More information is available here.

Department of Psychology to host colloquium

SFA's Department of Psychology will host a brown-bag colloquium from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131.

Dr. Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development at Cornell University, is the event's quest speaker.

Burrow's lecture will focus on his research on racial microaggressions, which are discriminatory practices that are often not overt or intentionally damaging, but have harmful consequences nonetheless.

Documentary on history of the pencil to be screened today

SFA will host the East Texas premiere of the documentary "No. 2: Story of the Pencil" at 5:30 p.m. today 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 spring workshop planned for today

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 9 to 10 a.m. today.

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.

Campus Recreation

2016 Kick Axe Challenge update

SFA Campus Recreation would like to recognize and congratulate the top three winning teams from the first two weeks of the “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge," all of which exemplified wellness and are one step closer to winning the challenge, which ends Sunday, March 6.

Week 1
First: Excess Baggage (Ann Hall, Donna Story, Adela Espinosa and Lashanda Parkhurst)
Second: Slaying Fat Alliance (SFA): Department of Waist Management (Jamie Derrick, Linda Parish, Kimberly Odems and Becky Garrett)
Third: Kickin’ Axe, Takin Names (Barbara Qualls, Neil Armstrong, Jannah Nerren and Joe Strahl)

Week 2
First: #sweettea (Hollie Smith, Amanda Windham, Lacey Claver and Saville Harris)
Second: The Farce Awakens (Ken Morton, Cyndra Krogen-Morton, Diane Peterson and Jackie Rosenfeld)
Third: Slaying Fat Alliance (SFA): Department of Waist Management

A special thanks to teams that donated to the Food For Thought student pantry.

For more information, click here or contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.


SFA baseball team falls 21-1 to Texas A&M University

Pitted against one of the nation’s top-10 squads for the third time in its first six games, the SFA baseball team committed seven errors, which led to 15 of No. 4-ranked Texas A&M University’s runs in a 21-1 setback to the Aggies Tuesday night.

The lone SFA run of the tilt came in the top of the second when junior Conner Fikes laced a one-out triple to the deepest part of Blue Bell Park’s cavernous center field. Following Fikes’ first extra base hit of 2016, senior Garrett McMullen punched a single up the middle to score Fikes, making the score 4-1 at the time.
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Ladyjack soccer sets 2016 spring schedule

Fresh off winning its fifth straight Southland Conference regular season title in 2015, the SFA women's soccer team is hard at work preparing for the 2016 campaign. To get ready for the fall season beginning in August, the Ladyjacks have scheduled five spring matches ranging from February to April.

The 'Jacks will first head to Monroe, Louisiana, for an exhibition match against University of Louisiana - Monroe at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The Warhawks and Ladyjacks played a competitive contest at the SFA Soccer Field in the fall, with SFA prevailing 1-0 thanks to senior Rachel Owens' goal in the fourth minute.
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Holcomb registers top-20 finish at Battle at the Rock

The SFA women's golf team wrapped up its visit to the west coast with a sixth-place finish at the 2016 Battle at the Rock at Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside, California. The Ladyjacks finished the two-day event with a 123-over 978. The team's lowest round of the tournament was a 24-over 312.

Junior Ann Holcomb paced the way for the Ladyjacks, registering the fifth top-20 showing of her SFA career, finishing 12th among the 45-player field. Holcomb finished the Battle at the Rock with a 22-over 238, including a 6-over 78 in round three, finishing nine shots better than senior teammate Sydney Reed’s 31-over 247.
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Softball home opener postponed

Due to wet playing conditions, the SFA softball team’s 2016 home opener against Texas Southern University has been postponed. The game will be made up at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the SFA Softball Field.

The Ladyjacks will now turn their attention to the Ole Miss Classic this weekend. SFA will open the tournament at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, against the University of Texas - San Antonio in Oxford, Mississippi. The 'Jacks will also face the University of Mississippi and the University of Northern Iowa during the three-day event.

For updates on SFA softball all season long, follow the team on Twitter.

Spring 2016 Little Kickers soccer camp announced

The SFA Soccer Program announced the Spring 2016 Little Kickers program will begin Monday, March 21.

The camp runs Monday nights for six weeks until Monday, April 25. The program is open to boys and girls ages 3 to 5, regardless of soccer experience. This is a great way to introduce children to the wonderful sport of soccer in a fun environment.

Sign up today here.

Fine Arts

First Friday Film Series features 'The Salt of the Earth'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Salt of the Earth" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Salt of the Earth" reveals the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who for the past 40 years has traveled through the continents witnessing major events of history - international conflicts, starvation and exodus. This film by his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, and Wim Wenders chronicles his quest to discover pristine territories, wild fauna and flora, and grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project as a tribute to the planet's beauty, according to information at imdb.com.

The film runs 110 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing images of violence and human suffering and for nudity.
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Theater students to direct performance of 'A Dollar'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "A Dollar" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theater major Greg Albright of Palestine, playwright David Pinski's "A Dollar" is about a troupe of traveling players who are tired and penniless and end up arguing over a dollar they find.

"The players, trekking from one town to the next, reach a crossroads at the end of the day and realize they won't be sleeping in a town that night," Albright explained. "Cold, exhausted, hungry and completely broke, they despair. In an attempt to cope with their situation, they begin to dance and sing. They then find a dollar lying on the ground, after which chaos and hilarity ensue."
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Jazz bands promise exciting program of music

SFA's The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands will perform the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other jazz greats at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"It's an exciting semester for jazz at SFA," said Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone and interim director of the Swingin' Axes for the spring. Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium, is interim director of the Swingin' Aces this semester. Scott and Salas assumed new roles this semester with the reassignment of Dr. Gary Wurtz as interim director of the SFA School of Music.

"Both jazz bands are sounding great and have really exciting new music planned," Scott said.
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Acclaimed double bassist Bradetich to perform at SFA

Jeff Bradetich, regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of double bass in the U.S., will present a guest recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Regents professor of double bass at the University of North Texas, Bradetich is an active lecturer and clinician. His concert is designed to "showcase the incredible sound and expressive palette of the bass as a solo instrument," according to Carlos Gaviria, SFA School of Music faculty member.

"The instrument featured in this concert was made in 1767 by the famous Italian maker Guadagnini and is one of the best instruments in the world," Bradetich said.
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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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