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This Week's Calendar

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.

SFA Softball
Woo Pig Fastpitch Classic
at Arkansas
3 p.m.
Fayetteville, Ark.

SFA Softball
Woo Pig Fastpitch Classic
vs. Louisiana Tech
10 a.m.
Fayetteville, Ark.

SFA Tennis
vs. New Mexico State

SFA Track and Field
Texas Relays

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.

SFA Softball
Woo Pig Fastpitch Classic
vs. Drake University
9 a.m.
Fayetteville, Ark.

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.

Tuesday, March 4
Conscious Speaker Series: Dr. Dianne Dentice
BPSC Tiered Classroom

SFA Baseball
vs. Arkansas-Little Rock




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SFA outright SLC Champions with win at New Orleans

The SFA men’s basketball team claimed the outright Southland Conference championship, as sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded a career-high 28 points in a 103-63 victory at New Orleans on Thursday night in Lakefront Arena.

“We made shots tonight; we were very dialed in,” head coach Brad Underwood said. “New Orleans has a good basketball team, and we felt like we had to match their intensity in order to win here on the road. When the ball goes in the basket, things look easy. We are very balanced, we have a lot of weapons and tonight we got the ball to the rim, which was really good.”  

SFA (26-2, 14-0 SLC) entered the night with a three-game lead over Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State, and with the win over UNO (11-12, 8-7 SLC ) and SHSU’s 80-71 loss and UCA, the ’Jacks claimed their second outright conference championship and first under Underwood.

SFA nets 100 points for the first time since they did so against Howard Payne in 2010 and the first against a league opponent since dropping 110 against Texas-Arlington in the 1994-95 season.

The ’Jacks picked up their nation-leading 13th overall road win and 11th straight road win, which ranks second to No. 2 Wichita State. SFA also extends its overall win streak to 23 straight wins, with the win over UNO (11-12, 8-7 SLC), which also ranks second nationally behind only WSU.
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News & Announcements

Lone Star Conference for Study of Political Thought

Dr. Alan Baily and Dr. C. F. Abel of the Department of Government are pleased to announce that SFA will host the 2014 meeting of the Lone Star Conference for the Study of Political Thought.

Sessions will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, in the Honors classroom at the McKibben Education Building. Scholars from Arkansas State University, Baylor University and UT–Pan American will present papers and hold discussions on Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke and Shakespeare's Henry V during the morning sessions. Afternoon sessions will include papers and discussions on pragmatic social reform, crowd psychology and ideological discourse.

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.

High-Impact Practices faculty learning community

Interested in enhancing students' higher-order thinking skills? Want to enhance your vitae with student collaborations or evidence of scholarship in your field?

If so, come participate with us in a unique professional endeavor under way here at SFA!

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications to participate in the next faculty learning community focused on field-based learning. This refers to a variety of educational activities involving the application of course content in the "real world."

For application and more information click here or contact Ashley Schmitt at schmitta@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7689.

Applications due by 5 p.m. March 1.

SFA Gardens to host Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host the annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions.  The seventh annual SFA Earth Day Celebration will coincide with the plant sale and will begin at 10 a.m., featuring informational booths, guest speakers, activities for kids, free local food, live music and more.

Parking is available at the nearby Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

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! 

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.

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.


Ladyjacks' SLC streak ends, team takes second place

Stephen F. Austin's streak of five straight Southland Conference Championships came to an end on Thursday as the Ladyjacks track and field team came up just shy to finish in second place behind Sam Houston State.

The Ladyjacks scored 124 points over two days of action at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and field Championship and fell to the Bearkats by just eight points.

SFA's men could not repeat their championship performance from a year ago and took third place with 91 points and tallied a pair of individual titles. Southeastern Louisiana won the men's championship with 119 points as Sam Houston State finished second with 106.5 points.

"I was extremely proud of how our young men and women competed today. I don't think there is any way our men could have had a better meet," said head coach Phil Olson. "Our women were as strong as they have been the last five years, but you have to give credit to Sam Houston State. They beat us straight up. Our goal will be to simply get better as we head into outdoor season."
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Ladyjacks dominate Privateers

The SFA Ladyjacks dominated their way to another Southland Conference win on Thursday night, making easy work of New Orleans by the final score of 68-36.

Porsha Roberts led the way for SFA with 22 points and eight rebounds. She was close to a double-double in the first half with 16 points and seven rebounds at the break.

SFA (16-11,10-5 SLC) was able to get its bench involved on Thursday with 23 points from the nonstarters. Antionette Carter led them with 10 points and six rebounds.

Tierany Henderson had a strong defensive effort for the Ladyjacks with nine rebounds and three blocks.

New Orleans (0-26, 0-15) received nine points from Danielle Davis to lead the Privateers. UNO could not handle SFA's defensive pressure with the Ladyjacks forcing 19 turnovers.
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Tennis to play home opener Friday

After having its initial home opener canceled due to inclement weather, the SFA women’s tennis team will host New Mexico State in its first match at the Schlief Tennis Complex at noon Friday, Feb. 28.

The Ladyjacks (2-4) enter Friday's match looking to bounce back from a hard-fought 4-3 loss at Texas State on Feb. 23. SFA, after dropping its first two matches of the season, has split its last four matches, with wins over Tyler Junior College and St. Edward's.

Sophomore Kateryna Bugayenko has picked up singles wins in each of the team's victories this season, while sophomore Valeria Terentyeva has also been hot of late, winning each of her last four singles matches.
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SFA drops 5-4 heartbreaker in Home Opener

SFA was one out away from a memorable home opener, holding a 4-3 lead on 26th-ranked Texas Tech in the top of the ninth inning. But the Red Raiders connected on a two-RBI double, then withstood a final Lumberjack rally to hand SFA a 5-4 loss at Jaycees Field.

The loss drops SFA to 3-5 on the season with all five defeats coming at the hands of nationally-ranked programs, including one-run defeats to the Red Raiders and 21st-ranked Alabama.

SFA jumped on Texas Tech (8-1) early, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. After a single and a stolen base for leadoff hitter Matthew Dickey, Joseph Olson singled to center to drive him in for the game's first run. Olson then scored after Tech issued a bases-loaded walk, giving the ’Jacks the 2-0 lead after the first inning.

The Red Raiders responded in the top of the third as Mason Randolph hit a two-run homerun, evening the score at 2-2. It would stay that way until the top of the sixth when Texas Tech's Eric Gutierrez scored on a sacrifice fly, giving the Red Raiders their first lead of the game at 3-2.
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Fine Arts

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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SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir to perform 'Mass Hysteria'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Choral Union and Women's Choir performing "Mass Hysteria" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The title of the concert was chosen because the ensembles will perform three Mass settings by Gabriel Faure, Emma-Lou Diemer and Franz Schubert, and a Sanctus from Leonard Bernstein's Mass, according to Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor and director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir.

Members of the SFA School of Music voice faculty, including Debbie Berry, Scott LaGraff, and Jamie Dahman, will be soloists for the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major performance.

"This is a youthful work of Schubert," Fish said. "He composed it at the age of 18. It is an accessible work that is composed for syllabic chorus, string orchestra and soloists. It is a wonderful opportunity to display collaboration between the choral, voice and string faculty."

Sanctus from Mass will showcase a small portion of Bernstein's large multi-media work entitled Mass, Fish explained.

"This is going to serve as an upbeat closer for the concert," he said. "It gives us the opportunity to combine the Women's Chorus and Choral Union, as well as show off our wonderful accompanists for both choirs, Dr. Geneva Fung and Michelle Ribeiro."
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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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