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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Feb. 29
Men's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
San Antonio




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Cornell University professor to deliver two lectures at SFA

Dr. Anthony Burrow, the 2016 SFA Wisely Fellow speaker, assistant professor of human development and director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Laboratory at Cornell University, will deliver two lectures in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131, on the SFA campus this week.

Burrow will present “Purpose in Life: Evidence of a Psychological Resource” at 5 p.m. today 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 estradasm@sfasu.edu.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, Burrow will deliver another lecture on his research into racial microagressions, which are discriminatory practices that are often not overt or intentionally damaging, but have harmful consequences nonetheless, for the SFA Department of Psychology's brown-bag colloquium. This lecture will also be held in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131. 

News & Announcements

Graduate student's research seeks to improve wildlife diversity in pine plantations

In the expansive swath of pine forest stretching from the Angelina National Forest to the Davy Crockett National Forest, SFA graduate student Joshua Harris stands at attention with binoculars in hand. Harris, pursuing a Master of Science in forestry at SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is scanning the landscape for visual and auditory indications of birds to estimate the abundance, occupancy and richness of avian species.

Using other sampling techniques, Harris also is investigating the same parameters for small and large mammals, as well as invertebrates. He said the most exciting auditory detection during last summer's fieldwork was the call of a Bobwhite quail, a species whose numbers have steeply declined across the state as a result of habitat loss.
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Alumnus meets with human resource management classes

Trevor Smith, an SFA alumnus and benefits implementation manager at Aon Hewitt - a leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services - recently visited SFA to meet with human resource management classes within the Nelson Rusche College of Business.

"We are very grateful when alumni such as Trevor return to SFA to hire fellow Lumberjacks," said Dr. Marcus Cox, SFA assistant professor in management, marketing and international business. "Aon Hewitt is a global leader in human resource management, and in recent years, they have hired some of our top business graduates."
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Office of Multicultural Affairs to present 'The Vagina Monologues'

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will present Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The performance celebrates women and their triumphs, as well as brings awareness to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault against women. Tickets to the show cost $1 at the door and all proceeds are donated to the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas.

Progress on Starr Avenue

The $1.4 million Starr Avenue construction project is continuing, but the expected completion date has been reset for mid to late April, according to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The project originally was expected to be finished by early March and includes an upgrade of roadway from North Street to Clark Boulevard, widening the roadway from two to four lanes, and adding six-foot sidewalks and ADA-curb ramps to accommodate pedestrians. The widened roadway will consist of four 11-foot lanes with 3-foot shoulders. Traffic signals also will be replaced at North Street and Mound Street.

Starr Avenue has been closed since the project began. Motorists are advised to be cautious in the area, especially when crew members are working in close proximity to North Street. Traffic fines double when workers are present.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov at (936) 633-4395.

News about employee benefits

The HealthSelect plan requires participants to obtain a referral from their designated primary care physician to see a network specialist.

The referral must be obtained prior to seeking services from the network specialist. Benefits will be reduced for those who see a network specialist without a referral.

Referrals can be verified as active by logging into your personal account at myuhc.com/hs, or by calling HealthSelect Customer Service at 1-866-336-9371. New referrals are valid for up to 12 months or up to 12 visits, whichever comes first. Participants should discuss obtaining additional referrals with their PCP if needed. Certain chronic conditions, such as cancer or allergy treatments, may be eligible for a standing referral.
Referrals from a PCP are not required for routine or medical eye exams, behavioral health counseling, OB/GYN visits, outpatient therapies (including chiropractic visits), urgent care centers, convenience care clinics, virtual visits and emergency services.

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.

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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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.


Ladyjack basketball soars past Cardinals for ninth straight win

The SFA women’s basketball team jumped out to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a dominating 82-66 victory over the University of the Incarnate Word inside the McDermott Convocation Center in San Antonio Wednesday night. The Ladyjacks’ ninth-straight win moves them into third place in the Southland Conference standings with three games to play.

Junior guards Taylor Ross and Brentney Branch, along with senior captain Taylor Schippers, presented a three-headed offensive that UIW couldn’t contain. For the 10th time this season, Ross shot more than 20 points, finishing with a game-high 22 on 10-of-14 shooting. She added seven assists and two steals.
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SFA Athletics selects Learfield for multimedia rights representation

SFA has selected industry-leader Learfield Communications, Inc., for its comprehensive multimedia-rights representation through 2025-26. Terms of the agreement were officially put into motion following approval by the university’s Board of Regents in January.

“This move marks a first for our department and we look forward to the professionalism, proven track record and sophistication that Learfield can bring to our athletic program,” said SFA Athletic Director Robert Hill. “Learfield is no stranger to the business and has been an integral component of the collegiate multimedia rights landscape for over 40 years. We trust them to help us refine our efforts and put our program in a position to build the SFA brand for the future.”
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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

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. tomorrow 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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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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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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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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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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Hollywood's sound effects professionals are arguably one of the most overlooked aspects of silver-screen entertainment. More than just standing around holding microphones, though, sound effects employees have to look at - or listen to - the world in a different way.

Since no one knows for sure what the T-rex in Jurassic Park would've sounded like, or the sound a liquid-metal robot would make when chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger around, someone had to invent those things. Check out this Mental Floss article revealing the secrets behind some iconic movie sounds.

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