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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 27
"Blood Wedding"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Faculty Service-Learning Workshop
3 p.m.
TEC Conference Room 220C
Steen Library

José Bowen on the "Flipped Classroom"
2 p.m.
TEC Classroom 220A
Steen Library

Men's Basketball
at New Orleans
7:45 p.m.
New Orleans

ORSP Workshop
"Budget Development"
2 p.m.
Wyatt Room
Steen Library

SFA Baseball
vs. Texas Tech
12:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball
at New Orleans
5:30 p.m.
New Orleans

Friday, Feb. 28
"Blood Wedding"
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball
vs. Tennessee-Martin
6:30 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Greater Ozark
Kansas City, Mo.

Saturday, March 1
Men's Basketball
at Southeastern Louisiana
4:30 p.m.
Hammond, La.

SFA Baseball
vs. Tennessee-Martin
2 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Greater Ozark
Kansas City, Mo.

Women's Basketball
at Southeastern Louisiana
2 p.m.
Hammond, La.

Sunday, March 2
SFA Baseball
vs. Tennessee-Martin
1 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Greater Ozark
Kansas City, Mo.




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News & Announcements

Contributions of American Women with Dr. Dianne Dentice

In honor of women's history month, the Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to have a conversation about the many contributions that American women have made to education, politics and the economy. The event will take place at noon March 4 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Tiered Classroom.

Dentice, associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, will discuss some of the barriers women have faced along with the many victories they have achieved. U.S. women continue to play a significant role in shaping American social policies through grassroots activism, election to public office and creation of public awareness of women's healthcare and workplace issues.

Global Gateway to South Korea presentation

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Korean culture given by students from South Korea. The event will take place at 2 p.m. March 5 in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.

Authentic Korean food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

Faculty discount for the Junior League of Lufkin Spring Market

The Junior League of Lufkin will host its annual Spring Market from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29.

Reduced admission is available to SFA faculty and staff members from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. The event will be held at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

José Bowen on the 'Flipped Classroom'

Flipping your classroom, a trending course design pedagogy, involves rethinking the way you use your class time and the activities your students complete outside and within your class.

Join José Bowen at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the TEC Classroom of the Steen Library, to design in-class activities for your flipped classroom.

Come prepared with one learning outcome from a course you have and one concept/content area. To get the most out of your time, you’ll want to prepare an assignment in order to work with colleagues in the workshop to improve it.
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Faculty Service-Learning Workshop

The Teaching Excellence Center is sponsoring a workshop presented by J.B. Watson Jr. and Jamie Bouldin on the basics of incorporating service-learning into an existing class and other resources, including funding opportunities.

The workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the TEC conference room of the Steen Library.
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RecycleMania Tournament

SFA's student organization The Environmental Awareness Movement, in conjunction with SFA Dining’s Bleed Purple, Think Green campaign is sponsoring the university in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament to increase awareness about recycling and green initiatives now through March 27.
Step 1: Save recyclables - paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, and plastics #1 and #2;
Step 2: Drop off recyclables at TEAM’s monthly Recycle Days: Thursdays, Feb. 27, and March 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the center of campus between Ferguson and McKibben Buildings;
Step 3: TEAM will submit weight of recyclables toward SFA’s RecycleMania totals;

For details, contact TEAM at teamnac.sfa@gmail.com, or adviser Jennifer Crenshaw at jmcrenshaw@sfasu.edu.

ORSP workshops

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.

Budget Development
and Management

Feb. 27

This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

SFA rebranding campaign updates

SFA's University Marketing Communications has created www.sfasu.edu/branding for information about the university's branding and advertising that will be updated as new information and campaigns are released.

STEM program to attempt world record pyramid

A group of more than 400 high school and SFA students will attempt to break a world record at SFA on Feb. 28.

The students will first attempt to construct a Sierpinski pyramid using 1,024 tetrahedrons, then another using 4,096 tetrahedrons, in record time as part of the annual SFA STEM Day activities. The construction of the Sierpinski pyramids will start at 11 a.m. in the Mathematics Building. The result should stand just over 13 feet tall.

For more information on all sessions offered at STEM Day 2014 click here.

Campus Recreation

Love Your Genes Week 2014

Love Your Genes Week on campus is the week of Feb. 24 coinciding with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

The theme this year is “Your Body Feels Everything Your Mind Says.”

To show your support in celebrating a culture of healthy self-image and positive self-talk on our campus, the Love Your Genes committee invites you to participate in the week’s events.

The week will feature nationally renowned speaker Jes Baker, a blood drive, a Mindful Eating presentation, Mind over Madness Yoga, "Revolutionizing Selfies: An Interactive Session" and a jeans donation drive for the Women’s Crisis Center.

For a complete list of events, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Kate Houlik Bridges at bridgeska@sfasu.edu.

LYG T-shirts will also be available for $7. If your department would like to purchase T-shirts, email Binta Lorde Brown at lordeb@sfasu.edu with your information, including quantity and sizes. LYG accepts FOAP, cash or checks made payable to SFASU.

Last Day to Register for the 5 on 5 Wiffleball Tournament

Thursday, Feb. 27

1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office

The double elimination Wiffleball Tournament begins in the HPE Big Gym at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The event is open to men and women and free to enter. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information, contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class provides entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness.

This class is a blended learning class that requires a pre-course skills test as well as both online learning and on-site learning. Class times are Friday 5-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 16. Required pre-course skills test is Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the HPE pool. Register in the Rec Administration Office. For more information, contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.


Lumberjacks To Play Home Opener Thursday

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team, after having its initial home game postponed due to inclement weather, will play its first game of the 2014 season at Jaycees Field on Thursday, Feb. 27, against No. 26 Texas Tech.

SFA (3-4) will send junior righty Halden Maynard to the mound against the Red Raiders. Maynard has appeared in one game this season, logging a third of an inning pitched against Incarnate Word at the UTA Invitational over opening weekend.

The ’Jacks, who did not play their game Tuesday, Feb. 25, due to rain, are coming off a hard-fought weekend in Tuscaloosa where SFA went 1-2, taking No. 21/27 Alabama into extra innings in two of their three games. The ’Jacks beat UA 2-1 in 13 innings in the series opener. SFA also took the Tide in the 10th in the series finale, but fell 3-2.

Texas Tech is 7-1 through its first eight games entering the midweek contest, reeling off seven straight since dropping a 1-0 decision to No. 3 Indiana on opening day. The Red Raiders are led offensively by senior outfielder Adam Kirsch’s .370 batting average.
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SFA wins two titles to open SLC meet

Day One at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships is in the books, and SFA is bringing home some individual hardware with two individual titles to open the meet.

Shambrail Woods posted the best performance of her career in the pentathlon as she finished atop the standings after all five events with a total of 3,698 points. Woods came from behind to win the event as she was in fourth place through three events and second heading into the 800 meters.

Woods ran a personal best time of 2:21.45 in the 800 meters to score 804 points in the event and win the pentathlon overall. She tallied three personal bests among the five events. Her score of 3,698 points ranks sixth all-time at the Southland Conference Championship.

SFA claimed its next individual championship in the men’s pole vault, an event the Lumberjacks dominated.

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Ladyjacks close road schedule at UNO, SELU

The SFA Ladyjacks take their final road trip of the regular season this week as the team travels to take on the New Orleans Privateers and Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions. The Ladyjacks (15-11, 9-5 SLC) will tangle with the winless Privateers (0-25, 0-14) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday before facing SELU (8-17, 7-6) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

This week’s games will have heavy implications on the Southland Conference standings. With only four games left in the conference schedule, the Southland title is still up for grabs. The standings are jammed with teams fighting for seeding position and to just qualify for the Southland Conference Championship. Only three games separate UCA from McNeese State in fifth place.

SFA’s defense has played strong all year. The Ladyjacks rank No. 2 in scoring defense in the league and No. 1 in terms of opponent shooting percentage. That defense helped force Northwestern State into 18 turnovers last week. Entering the contest the Lady Demons were the only team in the Southland to average more assists than turnovers. Northwestern State had just eight assists in the game.
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SFA heads to Louisiana

Game 28 - SFA (RV) (25-2, 14-0 SLC) at New Orleans (11-11, 8-6 SLC)
Thursday, Feb. 27 | 7:45 p.m.

Game 29 - SFA (RV) (25-2, 14-0 SLC) at Southeastern Louisiana (11-14, 6-8 SLC)
Saturday, Mar. 1 | 4:30 p.m.

The SFA men's basketball team has opened defense of its 2013 Southland Conference title and 2014 calendar year on a 14-game win streak. The Lumberjacks have prevailed over every league opponent through 14 games and look to become the first SLC school to go undefeated in league play. With the 14-0 start and other results around the league, SFA sits atop the SLC standings, is the only unblemished team in conference play and need one win to clinch a share of the league crown. The ’Jacks will become outright champions with two wins or a win and a loss by Sam Houston State with four conference games to go.

SFA, currently riding a 22-game winning streak, will close its road schedule with two games in Week 17, heading to New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana. The Thursday game with UNO will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs on the hardwood.

UNO enters the week having split its last four games under third-year head coach Mike Slessinger. The Privateers are led by senior Cory Dixon's 14.4 PPG, as he is UNO's only double figure scorer on their team.
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Ladyjacks blank Tigers in home opener

Senior pitcher Carlie Thomas kept Texas Southern at bay, and a pair of SFA homeruns paced the Ladyjacks to a 4-0 victory over the Tigers in their home opener at the SFA Softball Field.

Thomas was solid all afternoon on the mound for SFA (7-9), allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks, as she went the distance for the Ladyjacks, improving to 4-5 on the season.

Pitching and defense dominated the early part of the game as the two teams combined for just two hits through the first three innings. SFA finally got on the board in the fourth, thanks to a leadoff homerun by freshman Katelyn Standley, her sixth round-tripper of the season.

The Ladyjacks extended that lead in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Brittany Lewis connected on a two-run homerun to left center, pushing SFA's advantage to 3-0. A double by Lindsay Campbell in the bottom of the sixth added an insurance run, as it was all the Ladyjacks needed to preserve the 4-0 victory.
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Fine Arts

Winners of SFA's biennial jewelry and metalwork exhibition announced

A professor at Syracuse University earned first place for her entry in the "Refined VIII: Maker's Choice" exhibition on display through March 29 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

Cindi Strauss, assistant director, programming and curator for modern and contemporary decorative arts and design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, served as this year's juror and selected "Hip Implant, Ms. Kleinjen" by Holland Houdek as the first place winner. A 2012 Master of Fine Arts graduate of Syracuse University, Houdek is adjunct professor in jewelry and metalsmithing at Syracuse.

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SFA to screen 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' documentary

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

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog documents the oldest cave paintings known created by human hands. More than 30,000 years old, they are almost twice as old as any other discovery of its kind, according to information at www.yidio.com/Cave-Of-Forgotten-Dreams.

Located in southern France, the Chauvet Cave is near the natural Pont d'Arc bridge. In addition to the footage filmed inside the cave and at the Pont d'Arc bridge, the film also includes interviews with historians and scientists.

The general public is not allowed to enter the cave in the interest of preservation, and to film the documentary, director Herzog had to obtain special permission from the French Minister of Culture. Even with permission, the crew faced dangerous conditions and heavy restrictions. Herzog's team of four, which included himself working the lights, were only permitted a total of 24 total hours of filming broken up into six four-hour sessions.
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SFA's A Cappella Choir to perform its tour concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir performing the group's tour concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the program the choir will sing while touring the Houston and Bryan/College Station areas Feb. 23 through 26 for the purpose of recruiting future Lumberjack choral students, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA and the choir's conductor.

"The choir will have nine concerts in three days," King said of the annual tour, adding that special attention goes into the selection of music for this recruitment effort.

"As with any of our concerts, first and foremost we want to present art music with the highest artistic standard," he said. "Secondly, we select music for the educational benefit of our students. And lastly, we want to show our audience, in this case prospective high school students, the wonderful variety in our singing and music."
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