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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Feb. 5
TEC book study
"Lean In"
11:30 a.m.
Steen Library

Thursday, Feb. 6
Live Well panel discussion
7 p.m.
BPSC Tiered Classroom

Men's Basketball
vs. Nicholls State
8 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Nichols State
6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7
Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8
Men's Basketball
vs. McNeese State
6 p.m.

BPSC Theater

Women's Basketball
vs. McNeese State
4 p.m.




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Taylor, Oliver named Mr., Miss SFA

Blake Taylor of Rowlett and Carla Oliver of Texas City were chosen as the 2014 recipients of the Mr. and Miss SFA Awards, presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association.

The Mr. and Miss SFA title is presented each year to exemplary students who best represent and promote the university. The Mr. SFA Award was established in honor of the late Stan McKewen, a 1934 SFA graduate. The Miss SFA Award was established in honor of Arnodean Covin, who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.

Taylor is a senior business economics major and the current Lumberjack mascot for SFA. He is the son of Ken and Mary Ann Taylor and a 2010 graduate of Rowlett High School.

Taylor is a member of the SFA Traditions Council and a Jack Walker for the Office of Admissions. He has served as a counselor and student director for Jack Camp and was a member of the SFA Rugby Team from 2010 to 2012. Taylor enjoys participating in community service through The BIG Event and helping with the MLK Day of Service. He assists with Showcase Saturdays and Kids Fitness Day with the United Way. Taylor is the recipient of an Academic Excellence Scholarship, Large Co-ed Spirit Teams Scholarship and First United Methodist Church of Rowlett Scholarship.

Oliver is a senior elementary education major. The 2010 graduate of Texas City High School is the daughter of Ray and Nancy Oliver of Texas City.
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News & Announcements

Senior interior design exhibit opening at SFA

Senior interior design students at SFA will be showcasing their work during the "Essence of Design" exhibit on display Feb. 1 through March 1 on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

Each of the 13 students designed, fabricated and installed a freestanding structure on which to display work. The structures reflect each student's design philosophy and personality, as well as provide a backdrop for each display.

Digital portfolios of the students' work also will be on display during the showcase. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit achieves multiple objectives in the interior design curriculum, including readying digital student portfolios for the job-search process; encouraging student self-assessment; allowing students to experience the complete design process, including conceptualization, design development, fabrication, installation and evaluation; communicating the scope of interior design education to the public; and providing a recruitment tool for the program.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the library. Guided tours may be arranged by contacting Sally Ann Swearingen at (936) 468-2048.

Buy lunch to support Alternative Spring Break

Support the students taking part in this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip by buying some delicious chicken spaghetti.

Tickets for either dine-in or take-out lunches can be found here. Completed tickets and a check made out to SFA should be sent via campus mail to Jamie Bouldin at Box 13029 or brought to Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.302. Ticket and payment must arrive in our office before 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

Little Kickers soccer camp

Little Kickers is back! We offer a 6 week training program, running from March 3 to April 14, for your young soccer players aged 3 to 5 this spring. We will introduce them to the basic skills and techniques of the game in a super fun environment. We hope you can join us this spring! Register online at www.soccercampsfa.com or call (936) 468-1106.

TEC book study: Lean In

Please join us at the Teaching Excellence Center for a "Lean In" book study this semester. "Lean In," a book written by Sheryl Sandberg, discusses the internal and external obstacles women face in succeeding at the highest professional levels of their careers and offers suggestions for how men and women might work together to overcome them.

The first meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Teaching Excellence Center in the second floor of the Steen Library.  We will be discussing the introduction and chapter one of the book. 

For more information, email Heather Olson Beal at olsonbehk@sfasu.edu

Faculty Senate to Host Shared Governance Webinar

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a webinar on shared governance in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Tiered Classroom 2.201, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. As this is a topic central to higher education, all faculty and staff members are warmly invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Live Well panel discussion

As part of its "What are you doing with your life?" campaign, the Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes all students and faculty and staff members to a panel discussion on how to "Live well."

The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the BPSC Tiered Classroom.

Join guests panelists Kate Bridges (fitness and wellness coordinator for Campus Rec), Dr. Penny Jeffrey (director for the Health Center), and Sarah Drake (campus dietitian) on a conversation facilitated by faculty member Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey. This program is open to anyone. For more information, contact assistant director Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

Texas Job Fair 2014

Please remind students and alumni that the Texas Job Fair 2014 will be held from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center of Rice University at 6100 Main St., Houston.

With over 120 employers hiring for internships and full-time opportunities, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

SFA's Career Services will be providing FREE transportation to the Job Fair departing at 8 a.m. from Alumni Drive between the Baker Pattillo Student Center and the Rusk Building the morning of Feb. 6. A refundable $10 (cash or check) deposit is required and must be turned into Career Services on the third floor of the Rusk Building to reserve your seat. Deposits will be returned the morning of departure.

For more information or to reserve your seat on the van to the 2014 Texas Job Fair, call Career Services at (936) 468-3305, or sign up here. View the complete employer list here.

SFA Gardens offering 'Vegetable Gardening 101' for the whole family

Now is the time to get a jump start on springtime vegetable gardening and create a garden experience for the whole family to enjoy together.

SFA Gardens will host a beginning gardening class called "Vegetable Gardening 101" for families from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Stephen F. Austin State University Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. SFA Gardens Research Associate Dawn Stover will meet with parents to discuss site selection, soil preparation and amendments, compost, and raised-bed and container options. Research Associate Greg Grant will review planting schedules and best vegetable varieties for East Texas.

While the adults are learning gardening basics, younger family members (children ages 4 and older) will meet with the SFA Nacogdoches Naturally staff to learn about compost, plant parts and seeds through hands-on activities and games. Children will create art to add color to their home gardens. During the second part of the morning, families will come together for a garden taste sampler and plant a seed starter to take home. Read More

TEDxSFA event

SFA and Red River Radio’s Kate Archer Kent will host an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, Design event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. Inspired by “curiosity,” TEDxSFA will be an exciting day of deep conversations and connections among the more than 15 speakers and all attendees. During the past week, a red “X” has been placed around campus to raise awareness about TEDxSFA. The event is open to everyone interested, and registration can be found at www.sfasu.edu/TEDxSFA. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Turner at (936) 468-4051 or meturner@sfasu.edu.

Valentine's Day Parent's Night Out

The Freshman Leadership Academy is sponsoring a Parent's Night Out on Valentine’s Day to raise money for their upcoming trip to Romania. Kids can be dropped off and picked up anytime between 6 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The location is Westminster Presbyterian Church at 903 North St. in Nacogdoches. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including crafts, snacks, movies and games. Dinner will be served.
The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for any additional children. Spots are limited. To reserve yours, email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu or RSVP here.

Steen Library LibQUAL+ survey

The Ralph W. Steen Library is conducting the LibQUAL+ survey, to obtain feedback from the university community regarding the quality of its services. The survey will be conducted from Jan. 27 through Feb. 15. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to express their opinions and thoughts regarding Steen Library services. Results of the survey will help the library to identify best practices, analyze deficits and effectively allocate resources to develop services that better meet users’ expectations.

To encourage student participation, prizes from campus vendors and departments will be given away in random drawings. Students may enter their email address at the conclusion of the survey to be automatically entered in the drawing. 

The LibQUAL+ survey instrument was developed collaboratively by the Association of Research Libraries and the Texas A&M Libraries and was launched in 2000.

Take the survey here.

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.

Internal Funding
Feb. 6
Learn about the revisions to our two internal funding programs (faculty research grant and mini grant) that allow more options for faculty and decrease the wait time between applications and awards. Eligibility requirements, application instructions and competition deadlines will be covered.

Steps to Submitting a Grant at SFA
Feb. 13
All grants submitted on behalf of the university must receive institutional approval prior to submission. This session details the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Feb. 20
Learn how to develop your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract and reviewer's pet peeves.

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.

Campus Recreation

Employee wellness winners announced!

Campus Recreation would like to thank the individuals who completed the Employee Wellness survey. The feedback will guide our decisions regarding future programming and services. Please view the current program offerings here.

The winners of an iPod shuffle were Jennifer Hanlon and Julie Sandifer.

Other winners of prizes, including personal training, a 30-minute massage, and much more, were Ken Langham, Raquel Skidmore, Peggy Moss, Volha Minich and Steve Marsden.

Thanks again for your feedback!

Massage Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 11

6 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. It helps reduce stress and produces deep relaxation. Learn proper massage techniques from our certified massage therapist, Therese Hostetter. Be sure to bring a friend or significant other! Pre-register in the Rec Administration Office to save your spot, but walk-ins also are welcome!

Parents' Night Out

Feb. 14, March 28, April 11

SFA Campus Recreation is hosting three sessions of Parents’ Night Out programs during the spring semester for children ages 5-12. The cost per child is $20 and will include dinner and activities. Parents will drop their children off at 6 p.m. and are free to pick them up any time until midnight that night. For more information, contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051, lankfordtc@sfasu.edu, or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775, kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.


Lumberjack Football Signing Day 2014

Be sure to join the SFA Athletics Department on Wednesday, Feb. 5, for National Signing Day 2014! Help welcome the newest members of the Lumberjack football family!

You are invited to attend the luncheon at noon. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the SFA Athletics Department. Following the luncheon, head coach Clint Conque will introduce his inaugural Lumberjack signing class at a 1 p.m. press conference in the SFA field house. The official countdown toward the 2014 season has begun! Contact the SFA Athletics Department at (936) 468-3502 to secure your spot.

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SFA survives in 76-74 thriller against UIW

Junior Jacob Parker tipped in the game-winning shot with 0.6 seconds remaining as the SFA men's basketball team survived a scare from Incarnate Word in a 76-74 victory Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Leading by as many as 15 (26-11) in the first half, SFA (20-2, 9-0) saw its lead diminish in the second half, trailing by seven at 69-62 with 4:06 remaining. But the ‘Jacks outscored the UIW (16-5, 4-4 SLC) 12-5 over the final four minutes, capped by Parker’s tip-in with less than a second remaining.

Senior Nikola Gajic led the way for SFA with a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds, hitting five of his seven three-point attempts. Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds on the night with four assists, while senior Desmond Haymon added 13 points and five boards.

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Ladyjacks shoot down Cardinals, 79-59

SFA never trailed against Incarnate Word, leading by as many as 23 as the Ladyjacks rolled to a 79-59 victory at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

With the win, SFA notched its seventh-straight win at home, improving to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in Southland Conference play. Incarnate Word fell to 8-12 and 2-6 in conference action.

Four players scored in double figures for the Ladyjacks, led by 17 points from Antionette Carter. Porsha Roberts, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with 14 points and six rebounds for SFA with Taylor Ross adding 14 points and six assists. Daylyn Harris notched 11 points and led all players with seven rebounds on the afternoon.

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SFA's home opener with ULM postponed

The home opener between the SFA Ladyjack tennis team and Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday was postponed due to inclement weather.

The match is to be rescheduled for a date to be determined.

SFA, pending the rescheduling, will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 8, when the Ladyjacks hit the road to take on Texas-Arlington.

Five victories claimed by track and field

Up against some strong mid-major talent this weekend, the SFA track and field teams came away from the Varsity Apartments Invitational with some strong marks and a total of five event victories. The Lumberjacks finished third in team scoring while the Ladyjacks finished second behind hosting Wichita State.

The Ladyjacks saw La'Tricia Griffin continue her impressive season thus far as she again bested the field in the shot put and weight throw. Griffin won the weight throw on Friday with a toss of 18.13 meters (59-5.75) for a new personal record. She backed that up with a win in the shot put on Saturday and a mark of 14.40 meters (47-3.00).

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SFA notches third-straight fifth-place finish

SFA shook off an early defeat to rally for a fifth-place finish at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington. It marks the third-straight fifth-place showing for the fourth-ranked Ladyjacks in the past three weekends and the fifth top-five finish of the 2013-14 season.

Competing in three best-of-seven baker matches, SFA drew eighth-ranked Vanderbilt in the opening match, a team the Ladyjacks posted a 4-0 record against earlier this season. But the Commodores had the upper hand on the day, taking a 4-1 victory over the Ladyjacks as SFA dropped to 5-6 for the three-day event.

SFA drew 17th-ranked Valparaiso in round two and raced out to a 3-0 lead on the Crusaders, taking the first three games 166-147, 197-193 and 167-145. Valparaiso responded with a pair of victories in games four and five, surpassing 200 in each, before SFA regrouped to take the sixth, bowling a team-high 236 to complete the victory.

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Lumberjack Baseball is back!

Lumberjack Baseball has arrived! The 2014 season includes an exciting home schedule. The 'Jacks will host non-conference opponents TCU, Texas Tech, Dallas Baptist and New Mexico. Come out and support SFA Lumberjack Baseball.

Fine Arts

The King's Singers to perform at SFA

The King's Singers, one of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The group's appearance in Nacogdoches is a feature of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series, "Live Out Loud."

It's been more than four decades since six choral scholars at King's College Cambridge formed an all-male a cappella group, little knowing they would one day redefine the genre. The group has a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media appearances and education work spanning the globe. The group is instantly recognized for spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"During their 2013-2014 concert season, The King's Singers will perform throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia in some of the world's most famous venues," Goodall said. "It is a privilege to bring to them to Nacogdoches and SFA as part of our University Series."
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SFA School of Art to present Monica Maestrelli one-day exhibition

The SFA School of Art will present "Monica Maestrelli, Jewelry by Design," a one-day exhibition and event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Ledbetter Gallery at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

A designer of jewelry and luxury accessories for the home, Maestrelli was born and raised in Florence, Italy. She began her design career at the Superstudio, a design studio famous for its avant-garde architecture and design work. Working with a group of five architects, who experimented with radical concepts of new architecture, she quickly developed an interest in minimalist and organic form and later synthesized these interests in creating her own designs for jewelry and luxury home accessories, according to Dr. David Lewis, professor of art history at SFA.

In 1983, Maestrelli began working as a gift designer for Gucci and was responsible both for original designs and overseeing the development of new prototypes. From 1994 through 2004, she worked with the art director Tom Ford as senior designer for the new Gucci Home & Jewelry Collection. In 2005, she began working with Gucci's new art director, Frida Giannini. During the following three years, Maestrelli continued working with Gucci as a freelance designer before deciding to design and produce her own jewelry collection. Her work is characterized by "a sophisticated, minimalist approach to organic form," Lewis said.
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SFA School of Art to screen "The Rape of Europa"

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Rape of Europa" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Rape of Europa" tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War, according to information at www.rapeofeuropa.com/.

In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures, the website said.

"The Rape of Europa" begins and ends with the story of artist Gustav Klimt's famed Gold Portrait, stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and now the most expensive painting ever sold.
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