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This Week's Calendar

Monday, Feb. 29
Men's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Tuesday, March 1
Men's golf at NIT at Omni Tuscon Invitational
Tucson, Arizona

Thursday, March 3
Men's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Saturday, March 5
Men's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
4:30 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Scholarly Writing Speaker Series panel to be held Wednesday, March 2

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning will continue its Scholarly Writing Speaker Series from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, with a one-hour panel entitled "Publication Tips from Journal/Book Editors."

Faculty members who currently serve or have previously served as editors of peer-reviewed academic journals and/or books will share publication tips from the editorial point of view. Panelists will include Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, chair of the Department of Government; Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication; Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor of secondary education and educational leadership; and Dr. Amanda Rudolph, professor of secondary education and educational leadership. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

A second Scholarly Writing Speaker Series panel will be held Wednesday, April 6, on navigating the revision and re-submission process.

For more information, click here.

Tips to avoid Zika virus while traveling

With the 2016 spring holiday only a few weeks away, Dr. Penny Jeffery, SFA's director of health services, encourages faculty, staff and community members to follow a few precautions to avoid contracting the Zika virus if planning to travel south of the border.

Pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant and their spouses, or sexually active partners should avoid traveling to affected areas until this epidemic is better understood.

Prevent mosquito bites while in the endemic area and here on return for two weeks. Use mosquito repellent with DEET twice a day and after applying any sunscreen. Because 82 percent of infected people have no symptoms, people shouldn't think they aren't infected just because they aren't sick.

Avoid sex with anyone living in the endemic area. Avoid sex for two to three weeks after return from an endemic area. It is unclear how long the virus remains in semen, so this advice may change.

Check out TexasZika.org for updated information from the state health department and links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on current recommendations and maps of affected areas.

SFA professor weighs in on effects of campus-carry law on curriculum

Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history at SFA, was recently quoted in a TIME Magazine article addressing recent controversy about Texas' campus-carry law, which goes into effect Aug. 1.

She addressed remarks by a University of Houston professor who suggested "professors consider changing curriculum to avoid controversial subjects" once firearms are allowed on the state's university campuses.

The article is available here

Proposals for 2016 Bright Ideas Conference due today

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 today. 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.

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.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to present 'The Vagina Monologues' tomorrow

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will present Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at 6 p.m. tomorrow 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.

Lone Star Legislative Summit begins Wednesday at SFA

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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Department of Elementary Education to screen documentary

SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education's Department of Elementary Education will host a screening of the documentary "Tested" and a Q&A session with producer, director and writer Curtis Chin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

The film follows the stories of students hoping to be admitted to one of the top public high schools in New York City, and it explores issues of equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth. The screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

"This documentary provides insight to many critical social issues," said Dr. Brandon Fox, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. "Opportunity and access directly impact life choices and life chances. For many, these choices and chances may rely heavily on one exam. This film is timely, as many states are considering various approaches to public education."
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SFA Gardens to host popular spring plant sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and unusual species. Most of the plants are trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. More than 15,000 students of all ages are reached on a yearly basis through SFA Gardens programs.
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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.


McMullen's homerun assault leads 'Jacks 15-1 rout of Sacred Heart University

The SFA baseball team amassed 19 hits in a 15-1 series-sweeping rout of the Sacred Heart University Pioneers Sunday.

Junior Garrett McMullen went 2-for-3, mashing a pair of two-run round-trippers to account for his game-high four RBI. Junior Tyler Kendrick notched his first four-hit day in an SFA uniform, going 4-for-4 with an RBI as well as a game-best three runs scored.
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Men's basektball begins SLC road trip against the University of the Incarnate Word tonight

With a fourth-straight Southland Conference regular season title firmly in its grasp, the SFA men’s basketball team opens an arduous stretch of three road games in six days at 6 p.m. tonight against the University of the Incarnate Word. SFA aims to run its all-time record against UIW to 5-0. The game will be televised on American Sports Network and online via the Southland Digital Network. Handling the play-by-play and analysis responsibilities are Lincoln Rose and Van Chancellor. Rob Meyers will call the tilt on Q107.7 FM in Nacogdoches and online at q1077.com.

The 'Jacks gained admittance to an exclusive club Saturday night when the team became the 49th NCAA Division I men’s basketball team since 1900 to capture at least four-straight regular season league titles. Only one other Southland Conference squad - Lamar University from 1978-81 - laid claim to four straight regular season crowns. Another win for the 'Jacks would distinguish them as the first SLC team to grab four outright league crowns in successive campaigns.
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Women's basketball team topples Houston Baptist University 66-54 on senior day

The three 2016 seniors on the SFA women's basketball team ended their careers at William R. Johnson Coliseum on a positive note in Saturday's 2015-16 home finale. The Ladyjacks used a big first half to breeze by Houston Baptist University 66-54 for a 10th straight win.

Seniors Taylor Ross and Taylor Schippers each recorded 14 points and six rebounds while junior Brentney Branch added 10 points. Senior Paulletta Powell had a nice outing in her final home game, chipping in nine points and six boards.
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Softball team falls to University of Texas - San Antonio at Ole Miss Classic

The SFA softball team gave up a five-spot to the University of Texas - San Antonio in the first inning of the Ole Miss Classic finale and couldn’t recover, falling 10-2 in six innings. The Ladyjacks finish the weekend tournament Sunday with a 1-4 record.

The Roadrunners used a sacrifice fly, a two-run homer and a two-run single in the first inning to jump out in front 5-0. The Ladyjacks responded with two runs with two outs in the bottom half.
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Fine Arts

Concert to feature program based on works of female composers, poets

SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir will present "In Praise of Women" when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The concert program is based on works by female composers and poets, and on female centered themes, according to Dr. Tod W. Fish, assistant professor and associate director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music.

"Female composers are grossly under-performed, in particular, those from earlier time periods," Fish said. "This concert will display the works of female composers and poets from five different historical periods."
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SFA faculty recital program to showcase different composition techniques

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present "Gen, Jen and Friends," a concert of 20th century trio music composed for violin, piano and another instrument, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining pianist Geneva Fung, staff accompanist in the School of Music, will be colleagues Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Dr. Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Dr. Gary Wurtz, trumpet.

Featured on the program are Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti; Space Jump for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 46 by Fazil Say; and Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano by Eric Ewazen.
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Theater students to direct performance of 'A Dollar'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "A Dollar" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theater major Greg Albright of Palestine, playwright David Pinski's "A Dollar" is about a troupe of traveling players who are tired and penniless and end up arguing over a dollar they find.

"The players, trekking from one town to the next, reach a crossroads at the end of the day and realize they won't be sleeping in a town that night," Albright explained. "Cold, exhausted, hungry and completely broke, they despair. In an attempt to cope with their situation, they begin to dance and sing. They then find a dollar lying on the ground, after which chaos and hilarity ensue."
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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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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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A decade of work came to a head last week when the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy came to an end, marked by the release of a sprawling new cosmic map.

The survey generated the most detailed map of the galaxy in human history. Read more about the project, its intentions and see the map here. More detailed images are available on the European Southern Observatory website.

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