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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 Men's 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.

Last day to apply for degrees to be completed in August 2015




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Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Last summer, Selden participated in a large SFA research initiative in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Some of that work is currently being featured on the websites of the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia and the Universidade Federal da Bahia.

His newest article focuses on the integration of the 3-D models from the Calderon Collection, the collection associated with Brazil's first professional archaeologist, into regional and national dialogues concerned with the prehistory of Brazil.

Selden's work in Salvador also has been featured in the bulletin of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

News & Announcements

Alumni scholarship established in honor of former student publications director

The SFA Alumni Association recently established the Pat Spence Scholarship for The Pine Log to help support students majoring in mass communication and/or art.

This scholarship was endowed for the former director of student publications by past students and friends of The Pine Log. Spence earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968 and a Master of Arts in communication from SFA in 1987. During the time between her degrees, she worked in the newspaper and public relations industries. Serving almost 30 years as the director and adviser of The Pine Log, Spence retired from SFA in 2014.

The Pat Spence Scholarship for The Pine Log will be awarded to currently enrolled students who are mass communication and/or art majors, with an emphasis on photography and ad design. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average.

Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship may send a check payable to the SFASU Foundation with instructions to apply the gift to the Pat Spence Scholarship for The Pine Log. Donations should be mailed to P.O. BOX 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

Knowledge Exchange Institute executive visits SFA

Want to know more about the Knowledge Exchange Institute and/or leading a faculty-led study abroad program? Stop by SFA's Office of International Programs, Dugas Liberal Arts North Building, Room 402, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

The institute provides support services for a wide range of  program disciplines, including: fashion design, merchandising and visual communications, performing arts, pre-medicine, health and nutrition, tourism and hospitality, brewing and distilling chemistry, biology and business, Spanish and Hispanic studies, psychology, sociology and human behavior, business, finance and marketing.

KEI offers three program models: customized faculty-led programs, integrated faculty-led programs and cooperative programs.

SFA has an affiliation agreement with KEI that gives students access to $1,000 scholarships.

Please RSVP to maxitie@sfasu.edu if you plan to join.

2015 Texas Job Fair set for March 31

SFA Career Services encourages faculty and staff members to invite their students to attend the Texas Job Fair - one of the largest college job fairs in the state. This event attracts more than 1,500 students and alumni from the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers institutions, as well as graduates from institutions throughout Texas.

SFA is a member of HACCC and will provide transportation to the fair.
For more information about transportation to the event, click here. For more information about the Texas Job Fair, visit the HACCC website.

Career and Internship Expo set for next week

SFA Career Services invites you to the spring Career and Internship Expo.

Encourage your students to find an internship or full-time job at the Career Expo. This event is a great opportunity for students and alumni of all majors to network with professional recruiters.

Please also encourage your business contacts to attend.
A list of participating employers is available here.
Students will need:
- Student I.D.
- Résumés to distribute to employers. Help with résumés is available though the SFA Career Services office. 
- Professional dress is required.

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.

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.

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 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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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.

Former SFA employee scholarship fundraiser ends Saturday

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.

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 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.

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.


'Jacks to host South Dakota State in weekend home series

SFA returns to Jaycees Field for a three-game series against South Dakota State University this weekend.

Game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, followed by a 2 p.m. start Saturday, Feb. 28, and a 1 p.m. first pitch Sunday, March 1. The Lumberjacks and Jackrabbits meet for the first time since the 1986 season.
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SFA softball heads to LSU for Purple and Gold Challenge

The SFA softball team will face some of the nation's top talent in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this weekend during the Purple and Gold Challenge, hosted by Louisiana State University, at Tiger Park. The Ladyjacks are scheduled to play five games against three teams which have a combined record of 35-9.

The Ladyjacks will get two games against No. 7 LSU and two games against Florida Atlantic University - a team which received five votes in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Poll. The Tigers received one first place vote in the polls as of Feb. 24.
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Henderson leads SFA to eighth straight win

In a game where both teams struggled to score points, SFA senior Tierany Henderson sparked the Ladyjacks with a double-double to help her team come away with a 58-44 victory over the University of the Incarnate Word on Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The Ladyjacks, who improved to 13-2 in the Southland Conference, now hold a lead over Lamar University for first place after the Lady Cardinals fell to McNeese State 98-77 on Thursday night in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Third-ranked Nicholls State University also dropped a game to the University of New Orleans Thursday evening.
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Fine Arts

'The Importance of Being Earnest' - SFA School of Theatre to stage Wilde's classic comedy of manners

Anyone who loves outrageous characters and clever comedy will want to see "The Importance of Being Earnest" when the SFA School of Theatre performs Oscar Wilde's classic play Tuesday through Saturday, March 3 through 7, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

This cheerful and lighthearted comedy of manners, which Wilde called "a trivial play for serious people," is his brilliant tour de force, regarded by many as the wittiest play in the English language, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence and director of the show.

"Witty dialogue, mistaken identities and hilarious characters" will enchant the audience, Heifner said.
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'Tea time' helps actors prepare for roles in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

The staging of a formal afternoon tea provided an exercise in Victorian manners for SFA School of Theatre students preparing for their roles in the upcoming performance of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Because tea is served three times during the play, director Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence, wanted to make sure the student actors served it properly. Heifner and his assistant director, Nacogdoches senior Sarah Chavez, searched for a local restaurant or tearoom that served afternoon tea.

"When we couldn't find a place close by, we decide to have one ourselves," he said.
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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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