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This Week's Calendar

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.

SFA Basketball at Houston Baptist University
7 p.m.

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

Monday, March 2
SFA Men's Basketball vs. University of the Incarnate Word
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

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Dr. Lauren E. Brewer

Department of Psychology

Brewer, assistant professor of psychology in SFA's Department of Psychology, will present her research on self-control and social media usage at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual research conference held in Long Beach, California.

She also will attend the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's pre-conference, which is held in conjunction with the main conference. Brewer joined the department in fall 2014.

Dr. Kyle E. Conlon

Department of Psychology

Conlon, assistant professor of psychology in SFA's Department of Psychology, will present a talk titled "The Sound of Science: Using Music to Teach Theories of Emotion" at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's pre-conference held in conjunction with the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual conference in Long Beach, California. Conlon joined the department in fall 2014.

News & Announcements

BIG Event scheduled for April 11

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 11. The BIG Event, SFA's big day of thanks through service to the Nacogdoches community, is just around the corner.

Job request forms are currently being accepted from community members, as well as SFA faculty and staff members, who are included this year! All services are provided at no cost to the requesting party. So tell your neighbors and all your friends that the students of SFA are eager to serve them.

Job request forms are available here.

Nacogdoches Chamber's 'Cram the Coliseum' gives free admission to 'Jacks basketball games

SFA Athletics and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again for "Cram the Coliseum," an event designed to bring more community members to Lumberjack and Ladyjack basketball games. Free admission tickets are available for games on March 5 and 7.

The tickets are prepared 10 to a page and available at the Nacogdoches County Chamber office, 2516 North St., and online at Nacogdoches.org - look for Hot News and click the link to download and print tickets.

Tickets can be used for entrance to the following Ladyjack and Lumberjack basketball games: Thursday, March 5, SFA vs. Northwestern State, Ladyjacks begin at 5:30 p.m. and Lumberjacks at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 7, SFA vs. Sam Houston State, Ladyjacks begin at 4 p.m. and Lumberjacks at 6 p.m. All games will be in SFA's William R. Johnson Coliseum, located at the intersection of E. College Street and University Drive.

The community is encouraged to take part and give "Cram the Coliseum" tickets to co-workers, customers, family, friends, neighbors, church youth groups, scout troops, youth sports teams and anyone else who supports the 'Jacks!

Tickets are compliments of SFA Athletics.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents 'The Vagina Monologues'

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will present "The Vagina Monologues" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The performance is a charity production written by Eve Ensler to help stop violence against women. Admission is $1, and all proceeds will go to the Nacogdoches Women's Shelter.

For more information, please visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs' website.

Former SFA employee scholarship fundraiser begins today

The Kathy Solomon Springfield Scholarship fundraiser at Raising Cane's, 1831 North St. began today and ends Saturday, Feb. 28.

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

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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 ages 10 to 15 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's Career Services to host job search event

SFA's Career Services will host a Winning Job Search Strategies event for senior students, and is asking for faculty members to help spread the word.

With the average job search lasting around seven months, the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent (compared to 5.5 percent in 2007), and the underemployment rate at 16.8 percent (compared to 9.6 percent in 2007) for all recent college graduates, the need for job search education could not be more important. The mission of the event is to equip graduating students with information on numerous career options for their major, strategies to enhance the process of securing employment, and goal-oriented action plans needed to beat these statistics and achieve their career goals.
Let’s work together to make sure all of their effort pays off, and help our graduates hit the job market with a competitive edge!
The event will be at for 3 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theatre.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

Employee Wellness offering clogging classes

Clogging is Back!

SFA's Employee Wellness program is pleased to announce that clogging is being offered again as part of its fitness classes. Whether you have two left feet or are a clogging professional, this class is for you. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. 

The class is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. in the HPE Gymnastics Room. 

For questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or email waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programs within Employee Wellness please visit sfasu.edu/campusrec.

Wellness Challenge points available through workshop Feb. 26

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 SFA 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 use to help find purpose and provide fulfillment. 

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


Lautensack named SLC Golfer of the Month

SFA freshman golfer Erica Lautensack has been named the Southland Conference Women's Golfer of the Month for February, the league office announced Wednesday. Lautensack is the first golfer in SFA's program history to capture the honor.

Lautensack had a strong start to the spring season with two top-20 finishes. The Arlington native tied for 19th at the Delta Gamma Spring Challenge, shooting a 2-over 146, including an even-par 72 over the final round.
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Olson, Payne earn prestigious SLC honors

SFA track and field standout Demi Payne has been named the 2015 Southland Conference Outstanding Field Performer and head coach Phil Olson earned Coach of the Year honors, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Olson has now been selected as the league's top coach 19 times between the indoor and outdoor seasons during his 16-year SFA career. He was last recognized as the top coach at the conclusion of the 2013 indoor season for both the men's and women's teams.
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'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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Fine Arts

SFA's A Cappella Choir to perform collection of tour music

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Cole Concert Hall.

The program, titled "Trailers and Previews: A Collage of Tour Music," will "trailer" music from the ensemble's regional tour of East Texas and "preview" some of the new music the choir will learn for an upcoming tour of Italy, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

"The A Cappella Choir has a tremendously active semester," King said. "We recently toured high schools within the East Texas region sharing the musical goodwill of SFA's music program.
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Hong Kong music students to study at SFA

Seventeen piano, flute and strings majors from Hong Kong are on their way to Nacogdoches to participate in a 10-day residency through March 7 at the SFA School of Music. The students will stay on campus, study with SFA music faculty members, sit in on classes and perform alongside SFA students in choir, orchestra and band.

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 SFA's Cole Concert Hall on 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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Concert to feature music for bassoon, percussion

Staci Spring and Keith Lloyd, faculty members in the SFA School of Music, will present "Bundles of Sticks: Music for Bassoon & Percussion" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Bassoonist Spring and percussionist Lloyd have been performing together since meeting in graduate school at Florida State University. Joining the husband-and-wife duo will be guest artist Dr. Jeff Womack, bassoon, and SFA colleagues Dr. Brad Meyer, percussion, and Geneva Fung, piano.

The title for the recital, which is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, is a clever play on the translation of the word for bassoon in German, along with the idea that percussionists frequently use many different sticks during a performance, according to Spring.
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