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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
Noon
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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SFA to host biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit

SFA is scheduled to host the sixth biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit March 2-3, which will bring more than 20 state lawmakers to SFA's campus to discuss pressing and relevant statewide issues.

"The Lone Star Legislative Summit is an amazing showcase for the university," said Dr. Adam Peck, SFA dean of student affairs and member of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee. "It exposes law and policy makers to our beautiful campus, our expert faculty members and the community in which we reside. Additionally, the event is frequently attended by students who benefit tremendously from the insights of the speakers, moderators and panelists."

Fittingly, the summit also will coincide with the Nacogdoches Tricentennial Celebration.
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News & Announcements

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. today in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131.

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

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.

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.

SFA Gardens to host landscape design seminar

A landscape design seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Make plans to explore the fundamentals of landscape design through presentations, discussions and hands-on activities led by SFA alumnus Seth Rodewald-Bates, a landscape architect for Spackman Mossop and Michaels, an international landscape architecture and urban design practice with offices in Sydney, Australia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rodewald-Bates has worked on a variety of projects, including numerous campus, waterfront, urban and mixed-use developments. Currently, he is assisting on the design of MCCNO Park, a $60 million linear park in downtown New Orleans. Previously, Rodewald-Bates worked for Sasaki Associates in Boston, Newton Landscape Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary arts museum in Marfa, Texas.
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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.


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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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.

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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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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Proposals for 2016 Bright Ideas Conference due Monday

The 2016 Bright Ideas Conference will be held Wednesday, May 4.

The conference showcases the research, creative and performance accomplishments of SFA faculty members. One of the main attractions of BIC is the poster session, in which faculty members highlight individual research projects, overall research agendas and/or professional creative interests.

All proposals are due by Monday, Feb. 29. To read the full call and submit a proposal, visit the Bright Ideas Conference website.

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.

Campus Recreation


Spring Wellness Fair scheduled for Wednesday, March 2

SFA Campus Recreation’s Spring Wellness Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, will provide resources and services from a variety of SFA and Nacogdoches organizations and businesses, including health screenings, fitness assessments, chair massages, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways.

More than 30 local vendors will be present at the Wellness Fair, when Campus Recreation also will host a blood drive.

To preregister for the blood drive, call the SFA Recreation Center administration office at (936) 468-3507.

The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.

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.

Athletics


Walkup named semifinalist for 2016 Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award

SFA men’s basketball senior Thomas Walkup recently was named a semifinalist for the sixth Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award. The list was unveiled in an announcement made by CBS host and men’s basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb and Tulsa Sports Charities.

Named for former Oklahoma State University men’s basketball head coach Eddie Sutton, the award singles out players who exhibit the tenacity and toughness traits Sutton advocated. Sutton amassed more than 800 triumphs during his 36 years as a head coach.
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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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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.


SFA's 2016 Jaycees Field debut pits 'Jacks against Sacred Heart University in three-game series

The SFA baseball team will break the seal on the home portion of its 2016 schedule tonight when the 'Jacks play host to Sacred Heart University for a three-game, non-conference series.

First pitch has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and games two and three of the series between the Texas and Connecticut institutions have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
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Ole Miss Classic next on the docket for SFA

The SFA softball team will look to rebound from a tough trip to Florida last week when it heads to Oxford, Mississippi, for the Ole Miss Classic today through Sunday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The Ladyjacks will play five games over the weekend against the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Northern Iowa and Ole Miss.

SFA opens tournament play 1:30 p.m. today against UTSA before taking on Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. on the ESPN3 platform this evening. The Ladyjacks will start day two with UNI at 11 a.m. to conclude round robin action.
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Ladyjack basketball Academic Shootout scheduled for Saturday

The 2016 Ladyjack Academic Shootout is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, when the SFA women’s basketball team takes on Houston Baptist University at 3:30 p.m. inside William R. Johnson Coliseum for the team’s final home game of the year.

The annual event raises funds through the Purple Pride Fast Break Booster Club and the SFA Alumni Foundation to create summer school scholarships and fifth-year student scholarships for the Ladyjacks.
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Fine Arts


Guest artists to perform with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines

This year's Schimdbauer Young Artist Competition winner Ethan Le will be among the guest artists performing when the Orchestra of the Pines presents "Vim and Virtuosity" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The evening is a potpourri of music selections - a melting pot of variable delights," said Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA. "We have two guest artists joining us, both of whom are full of vim and virtuosity."

Le, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, will perform the first movement of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major. Le made his orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Houston Civic Symphony as its winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition Junior String Division. In that same year, he also won the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, Junior String Division, and performed with the orchestra. Le won first place at the 2014 Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition and at the 2015 Houston Civic Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition.
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Artist's talk, musical performance added feature of Jones exhibition

SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host an artist's talk and musical performance starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in conjunction with the exhibition "East Texas Impressions: The Art of Charles D. Jones," which is currently showing at the downtown gallery.

The comprehensive catalogue of this exhibition will be available for purchase, and Jones will be available to sign following the 2 p.m. artist talk.

As an "added value" event of the Nacogdoches Music Festival, slated for March 3 through 6 in downtown Nacogdoches, the afternoon's festivities also will feature Jones and the musical group Camino Real, which includes Jon Hall, Craig Smith, Mark McClain and Robbie Roach, performing old-time string band music, Irish tunes and a variety of other songs. Joining them for some special songs will be Michele Smith, Tim Chauvin, Cele Knight, John Guedry and Paul Driver. Admission is free.
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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. tonight 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 School of Theatre presents ‘Clybourne Park’ through Saturday

The School of Theatre at SFA will present “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday, Feb. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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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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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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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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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