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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Feb. 6
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

Men's track and field at New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Saturday, Feb. 7
Men's track and field at New Mexico Collegiate Classic
Albuquerque, New Mexico

SFA Men's Basketball vs. Houston Baptist
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13
“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St

7:30 p.m.

"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. Washington State
Jaycees Field
6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14
SFA Baseball vs. Missouri State
Jaycees Field
6 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
3:30 p.m.

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.
7:30 p.m.




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News & Announcements

'Super Scientific Circus' demonstrates how science can be fun

Area students will learn that science can be fun and exciting when the SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series present "Super Scientific Circus" in two performances Friday, Feb. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The program, which targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is designed to "help students understand that science can be appreciated in everything we see and do," said Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.

Programs like "Super Scientific Circus" have been favorites among area students and their teachers and are almost always sell-out performances, Peterson said.
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Saturday is Alumni Night at Ladyjack, Lumberjack games

This Saturday, Feb. 7, free general admission tickets for all alumni members (with up to five guests) or $5 reserved seating tickets (with up to five guests) will be honored as the Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks take on Houston Baptist University at the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Alumni members have been mailed a postcard as entry. Please take your postcard to the ticket window to exchange for six game tickets. If you do not receive your postcard by Thursday, Feb. 5, please contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407.

To become a member of the Alumni Association and receive this benefit, plus many more, visit sfaalumni.com.

Saturday's games also will feature:

Ladyjack Parent's Night.
Autographs by the SFA baseball team between the Ladyjack and Lumberjack games.
Mr. and Miss SFA presentation at halftime of the Lumberjacks game.

For more information, click here.

Little Creek Community excavation files now at CDS

In the summer of 2014, the SFA Archaeology Field School excavated the Little Creek Community site - a forgotten time in Nacogdoches history.

The field school is directed by Dr. Leslie Cecil, of the Social and Cultural Analysis department, and students have the opportunity every summer to work in field excavations in the surrounding area.

The 2014 project, and those of previous years, may now be found at SFA Archaeology Field School in research projects in ScholarWorks. If you are interested in hosting your research project in ScholarWorks contact the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu.

Smith-Hutson Scholarships to be awarded at SFA

Up to 20 freshman students at SFA with financial needs will have the opportunity to receive a full scholarship, housing allowance and one-on-one tutoring through scholarships offered by one of the larger privately funded scholarship programs in the state.

The need-based scholarships will be awarded by the Smith-Hutson Scholarship program beginning in fall 2015 to students who demonstrate academic potential. The cumulative value of each scholarship is approximately $70,000.

The scholarship program was established in 1996, and more than 192 scholarship recipients now hold university degrees. Smith-Hutson scholarships are awarded at Angelina College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar University and Sam Houston State University.
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Campus organizations hosting events to combat hunger

Hunger Jacks has teamed up with a new campus organization, the Food for Thought Food Pantry and existing groups to organize several events to combat hunger at SFA.

The Food for Thought Food Pantry is a new student resource that opened last month in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201. The pantry will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday that the university operates. This student resource is a collaborative effort by Hunger Jacks, the Student Government Association and Academic Affairs aimed at alleviating food insecurity among SFA students.

If any faculty or staff member believes a student is in need of this resource, please send or bring the student to the food pantry, even if it's outside regularly scheduled hours.
In addition to the food pantry, Hunger Jacks, SGA, Academic Affairs, and the Sprout Garden at SFA will be coordinating Fresh Food Fridays. All food will be donated by Sprout. This is a weekly event held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays, or while supplies lasts. This is open to all students.
On Monday, Feb. 23, Hunger Jacks will host Pack the Pantry, a food and funds drive, during the SFA men's basketball game against Lamar. All donations will support Food for Thought. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several gift cards/certificates from local businesses.
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University Marketing Communications honored with national awards in 2014-15 Collegiate Advertising Awards program

Two submissions from the SFA University Marketing Communications office were named among the top in the nation in the 2014-15 Collegiate Advertising Awards program. The CAA is an elite program recognizing higher education organizations for excellence in communications, marketing, advertising and promotions of their schools.

SFA’s University Marketing Communications took home gold for its athletic fundraising campaign brochure and silver in the brochure-series category for freshman orientation marketing materials.

The 2014-15 CAA program had more than 900 entries from across the United States representing a diverse number of educational facilities from small community colleges to large schools and universities. Gold award-winners represent the top 5 percent of submissions in the nation and silver honor the top 12 percent.

All submissions were reviewed and scored by a national panel of industry experts. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

SFA hosting free clinic for 2015 National Girls and Women in Sports Day

SFA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council will be taking part in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 7, with a free sports camp/clinic.

The free event is being offered to all girls ages 7-12, and will be held at the SFA HPE Gym and Shelton Gym from 9 a.m. to noon Each of the SFA women’s athletic programs will be participating, giving attendees a hands-on experience working with the Ladyjack student-athletes and discovering new athletic opportunities.

In addition to getting the opportunity to interact with a number of the Ladyjack student-athletes, participants will receive a T-shirt, as well as a ticket for free admission to the SFA men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Houston Baptist later that day.
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SFA to co-host Pineywoods Swing Debate Tournament with ETBU

The SFA Debate Team will co-host the Pineywoods Swing Debate Tournament with fellow East Texas friends and rivals East Texas Baptist University at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

The tournament, which will be held on SFA's campus, is scheduled to run throughout the weekend and will end Sunday afternoon with the championship round and awards presentation in the categories of novice, varsity and professional.

Approximately 150 students and coaches, including coaches Kimberly Squyres Wagner of SFA and Dr. Cole Franklin of ETBU, are expected to attend this International Public Debate Association event.
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Crittenden announces spring schedule

SFA head soccer coach Wally Crittenden announced the release of the upcoming 2015 spring schedule for the Ladyjacks on Monday morning. Three home matches at the SFA Soccer Field against Navarro College, TCU and the Annual Alumni Game, highlight the six-game schedule.

"The spring is a time where we increase the demands physically, as well as tactically to continue to build and strengthen our foundation for the fall," Crittenden said. "I am very excited about the athletic profile our team has at the moment and am looking forward to the players we will be adding in August. With the final layer of tactical schemes we are installing this spring, we will see our most dynamic team yet. We have scheduled great teams, both home and away, that will test our theory and principles all spring. It will be a lot of fun for sure."
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Join SFA football on Signing Day 2015

The next chapter of SFA football will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when head coach Clint Conque will announce the 2015 Lumberjack signing class as part of National Signing Day.

SFA fans will be introduced to the newest members of the Lumberjack football program throughout the day as SFA Athletics will have complete coverage of Signing Day 2015. Signees will be announced throughout the morning on Twitter at @SFA_Football as their National Letters of Intent are received, complete with bios and highlight videos.

Those announcements will lead up to coach Conque’s press conference at 1:30 p.m. when he will officially introduce the 2015 Lumberjack recruiting class. The press conference will be held in the Lawton Room in the SFA Field House and also will stream live on SFA All-Access.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band to present concert of classics

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert of "Classics: British and Otherwise" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will begin the concert with "Intrada: Two Baroque Fanfares" transcribed by Kenneth Singleton. The first fanfare is from the opening chorus of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610," "O God, Make Haste to Save Me." The second fanfare is Benedetto Marcello's opening chorus from "Psalm 19," "The Heavens Declare."

"Both fanfares were originally composed for voices and instruments - winds, strings and keyboards," Anglley said.
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Ajero piano recital features father-son performance

"Piano Reflections," a faculty recital with Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy in SFA's School of Music, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Ajero selected the theme "Piano Reflections" because "the majority of the works on the program are pieces that I had learned when I was younger. I discovered that the process of re-visiting them when I'm older gave me a different perspective on these piano compositions."

The recital in a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is included in this year's Cole Performing Arts Series.
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SFA to screen 'Tim's Vermeer'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Tim's Vermeer" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A Sony Pictures Classic release, this 2013 Penn & Teller film is the story of Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, who attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically - 150 years before the invention of photography?

According to information at sonyclassics.com, "The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers."
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Madera Wind Quintet to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madera Wind Quintet, one of the state's premier woodwind ensembles, in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the quintet's 2015 Southwest Tour and will feature the music of Texas composer Don Gillis from the ensemble's upcoming CD release "Five Piece Combo," along with new works for wind quintet from the group's earlier album, "Five at Play."

Throughout February, the quintet, which includes SFA School of Music alumnus Jason Paschall, will give concerts and master classes in Tyler, Denton, Nacogdoches, Kingsville and Corpus Christi before heading to San Antonio to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Read More

Cole Series to feature violin, piano recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Jennifer Dalmas and Kae Hosoda-Ayer performing a violin and piano recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola at SFA, and Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor at Baylor University where she teaches collaborative piano, will perform sonatas for violin and piano by three distinctive composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel.

The first piece on the program will be Mozart's Sonata for piano and violin in E minor, K. 304.
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