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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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News & Announcements

Fun run, chalk walk set for March 28

SFA's Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association for educators, will sponsor a chalk walk/fun run to honor individual teachers. 

This event will take place in Nacogdoches at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, beginning at SFA's Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. Participants may choose to walk or run the one-mile, or 5K, event while proudly wearing the name of an educator who has made a difference in their life.

The registration fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt with a space to write the name of the teacher. The price increases to $30 after registration closes on Saturday, March 21. This is an officially timed event by TTR Timing.

For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Williams or Dr. Jannah Nerren at P.O. Box 13017, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, 75962, or sign up here.

SFA senior interior design students showcase talents

Seniors in the interior design program at SFA will showcase their work through April 2 on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library on campus.

Each of the 11 participating seniors designed, fabricated and installed a freestanding structure on which to display their work and support a monitor to digitally present their portfolio. The structures reflect each student's design philosophy and personality and provide a backdrop for their display.

The Essence of Design exhibit achieves four objectives in the interior design curriculum:

- to ready student portfolios for the job-search process by providing a digital portfolio;
- to encourage student self-assessment;
- to allow students to experience the complete design process of conceptualization, design development, fabrication, installation and evaluation;
- to communicate the scope of interior design education to the public; and
- to provide a recruitment tool for the interior design program.

Guided tours may be arranged by contacting Sally Ann Swearingen, associate professor of human sciences, at (936) 468-2048 or email sswearingen@sfasu.edu.

SFA student organizations to hold grand opening for food pantry

The SFA Student Government Association and Hunger Jacks, along with the Office of Academic Affairs, will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Food for Thought campus food pantry at noon Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201 on SFA's campus.

The new pantry will serve as an unlimited resource for SFA students on campus. Donations can be made from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays. Student volunteers have already stocked the pantry with items collected from the Monday night Lumberjack basketball game versus Lamar.

"The mission of the Food for Thought food pantry is to help alleviate food insecurity among SFA students," said Dr. Miranda Terry, assistant professor of kinesiology and health science and health science program coordinator at SFA.

All donations are welcome, including canned goods, food items in plastic jars and even funds. For more information about the event or to donate, please contact Terry at (936) 468-2353 or email terryms@sfasu.edu.

Women in STEM luncheon set for March 5

The SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics will host their inaugural Women in STEM luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. 

This luncheon will raise awareness of the need for more females entering into the STEM disciplines. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nancy Dickey, SFA alumnae and first female president of the American Medical Association.

All proceeds will go to fund scholarships for deserving female students in STEM majors at SFA. Tickets to the event are $40 each or a table of eight for $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Vicki Shimer at shimervm@sfasu.edu.

New open-access education journal now in ScholarWorks

SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education and the Center for Digital Scholarship are excited to announce the launch of MLET: The Journal of Middle Level Education in Texas, one of the first open-access, peer-reviewed journals in ScholarWorks.
The journal is published by Professors of Middle Level Education in Texas. Co-managing editors are Drs. Brandon Fox and Michelle Williams from the Department of Elementary Education.
"SFA, with its long history of high quality education preparation programs, continues to advance the stature of the college and the excellence of our students and graduates.” said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of the college.
The CDS is currently working with departments on new online journals. If your department is interested in learning more about publishing in ScholarWorks, please contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu.

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.

Blood drive scheduled for today

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.

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.

Banquet to honor Abernethy's 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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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! 

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 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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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 2, in the Rusk Building Room 333. Call (936) 468-2401 for more information.

Campus Recreation

Wellness Challenge points available through workshop Thursday

Mark your calendars to attend the "Occupational Wellness – It's More Than a Balancing Act" workshop, hosted by SFA Career Services and earn points in the SFA Wellness Challenge!

The workshop will be held for faculty and staff members at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.106.

Come learn about occupational wellness, the importance of a work-life balance and what resources to help find purpose and provide fulfillment. 

Please RSVP by contacting Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other employee wellness programs, please visit www.sfasu.edu/employeewellness.


'Jacks, Bearkats selected for ESPN3 wild-card game

The Southland Conference and ESPN3 have selected the SFA vs. Sam Houston State University women's and men's basketball games for wild-card broadcasts on Saturday, March 7. This will mark the last of eight regular-season league doubleheaders on the network. The women's game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., followed by the men's matchup at 6:30 p.m.

The first seven doubleheaders were predetermined, but selections on the final weekend were originally left open. This allowed the league and network to determine the best games based on championship implications, tournament seeding and other factors.
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Wednesday softball at Louisiana Tech University postponed

Due to wet playing conditions and wintry weather in the area, tonight's softball game between SFA and Louisiana Tech University has been postponed. The game will be rescheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in Ruston.

The Ladyjacks will return to action this weekend for the 2015 Purple and Gold Challenge hosted by Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. SFA will open the tournament against Florida Atlantic at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and also will play LSU and Ball State University over the three-day weekend.

Lautensack ties for Islander Classic title

Freshman Erica Lautensack captured a share of the individual title, giving SFA a fourth-place finish at the 2015 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic.

Lautensack posted a 2-over 74 on the final day of the tournament, finishing in a five-way tie at 7-over 151 for first place. The win marks the second time in her collegiate career she has finished atop the individual leaderboard, and the third time among the top-five in just seven career events.
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SFA visits 14th-ranked Rice today

SFA travels to Houston today for an afternoon meeting with 14th-ranked Rice University at Reckling Park. The opening pitch against the Owls is set for 4:30 p.m.

Rice is coming off of a 2-1 series victory against the University of Arizona in Tucson, including a 6-4 10-inning victory in the series finale. Rice opened up the year splitting a four-game series against 10th-ranked University of Texas at Reckling Park, as well as a 5-2 win over Houston Baptist University.
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Fine Arts

SFA Faculty Trio to perform music for clarinet, violin, piano

The SFA Faculty Trio will present an afternoon of chamber music for clarinet, violin and piano when the ensemble performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The trio features SFA School of Music faculty members Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Geneva Fung, piano; and Jennifer Dalmas, violin. In addition to performing short works for clarinet/piano and violin/piano by Leonard Bernstein and Johannes Brahms, the musicians will perform Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op.157b, which Dalmas described as "a delightful piece, fusing jazz and sometimes Latin elements of music in the contrasting movements."

The trio will perform Aram Khachaturian's Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, which is an early work, but carries the composer's distinct compositional voice, Dalmas said.
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Reception to honor 'Honey Bucket Charlie' artist's family, Korean War veterans

The poignant drawings of Korean War prisoner of war Benjamin L. Comeau have been compiled by Charles D. Jones, master printer and director of the LaNana Creek Press, in the book "Honey Bucket Charlie: The Korean War POW's Drawings of Benjamin L. Comeau."

A reception to honor Comeau's family and showcase the newly released book will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. The event will feature live music popular during the early 1950s, followed by a brief illustrated talk about the war and the POWs, the drawings and photographs used in the book.

Comeau's drawings "provide us with rare insight into the daily life and conditions of the Korean War POW experience," Jones said.
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SFA to screen 'The Art of the Steal'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Art of the Steal" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Art of the Steal," directed by Don Argott, follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' $25 billion collection of modern and post-impressionist art.
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Concert to feature music of virtuosic composers Liszt, Granados, Louie

Canadian pianist Janice Fehlauer will perform a guest solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall as part of the School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.

"The Pianist as a Rock Star" features virtuosic composers for the piano and highlights the music of such greats as Franz Liszt, Enrique Granados and Alexina Louie.

"Often referred to as the greatest pianist that ever lived, Liszt was a legend in his time, the 19th century equivalent of a rock star," Fehlauer said.
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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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