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Friday, Feb. 3
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Tennis vs. University of Louisiana at Monroe
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Track and field at Air Force Team Challenge
All Day
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Saturday, Feb. 4
Men's basketball at Northwestern State University
3:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Tennis vs. Northeastern State University
Noon
Nacogdoches

Tennis vs. Prairie View A&M University
3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Women's basketball at Northwestern State University
1 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana


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Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Jamaica today

Faculty and staff members are invited to join the Office of International Programs for a presentation about Jamaica at 3 p.m. today in the McGee Business Building, Room 121. The event will include a presentation by SFA students from Jamaica, as well as authentic Jamaican food samples. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Tetyana Kucher, international programs coordinator, at (936) 468-1179 or kucherta@sfasu.edu.

Center for Teaching and Learning to host active learning session Monday

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host “10 Techniques to Make Your Class More Active” at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in Steen Library, Room 220A. Led by Megan Weatherly, instructional designer, and Mary Smith, interim director of instructional technology, this fast-paced one-hour session will include 10 ways to make classes more active, engaged and learner-centered.

For a full description of the session, click here. To register, log in to mySFA, choose the employee tab, select myTraining and browse for the training’s title.

For more information, contact Weatherly at (936) 468-1735 or msweatherly@sfasu.edu.

Online master’s degree program ranked among top 20 in U.S.

SFA's online master’s degree program in early childhood education has been ranked one of the top 20 best online programs in the nation for 2017 by BestColleges.com, a website connecting students to schools and programs that suit their educational needs.

“Our program promotes excellence in early childhood instruction while benefiting students in an online environment,” said Dr. Susan Casey, program coordinator at SFA. “As professors, we strive to meet the needs of students through an interactive environment, and I’m pleased our efforts are being acknowledged.”
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Showcase Saturday to take place Feb. 18

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during a free, action-packed open-house Saturday, Feb. 18, on campus.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the Showcase Saturday event. Read More

Athletics

Career high from Branch helps Ladyjacks defeat Sam Houston State University

SFA’s women’s basketball team competed against longtime rival Sam Houston State University Thursday at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville. The Ladyjacks had a tough first half posting only 30 percent from the field, but earned an 83-63 win against the Bearkats after finding their stride.

SFA seniors Brentney Branch and Taylor Ross both collected 20 points. Branch had a career night with seven three-pointers for a total of 25 total points. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker finished with her eighth career and fifth season double-double posting 10 points and 14 rebounds. Ross was one assist short of a double-double with 21 points and nine assists. Freshman Lovisa Brunnberg also posted six points, tying her career-high triples with two from beyond the arc.
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Lumberjacks’ late comeback falls short in 72-63 loss against Bearkats

A costly field goal drought of nearly nine minutes spanning the game's first and second halves proved costly for SFA’s men’s basketball team as the Lumberjacks dropped a 72-63 decision to Piney Woods rival Sam Houston State University Thursday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville.

SFA junior Leon Gilmore III scored five of his team-high 15 points during the game’s final two minutes while senior Dallas Cameron added five of his 10 with 60 seconds left, cutting the Bearkats’ 12-point lead to 69-63 with 24 seconds left. Despite the Lumberjacks' efforts, the Bearkats hit three free throws and managed to maintain their one-game lead for first place in conference standings.
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Track and field to compete in Air Force Team Challenge today

SFA’s track and field team has been selected for the first time to compete at the United States Air Force Academy beginning at 3 p.m. today in the Cadet Field House in Colorado Springs, Colorado. SFA is one of four teams that will be taking part in this sixth-annual Air Force Challenge.

The event will include the women’s and men’s weight throw, women’s pole vault, men’s and women’s long jump and women’s high jump. The 60 meter hurdles and the 60 meter sprint will take place on the track.
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Fine Arts

School of Theatre to present ‘Intimate Apparel’ in Mainstage Series

Guest artist Jiles King will direct American playwright Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” when SFA’s School of Theatre presents the award-winning play in five nightly performances Feb. 28 through March 4 on campus as part of the school’s Mainstage Series.

One of Nottage’s best-known plays, “Intimate Apparel” was co-commissioned and produced at Baltimore’s Center Stage where it premiered in 2003. It was highly acclaimed in its off-Broadway production in 2004, starring Viola Davis.

Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or click here.
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SFA to screen ‘horse whisperer’ documentary ‘Buck’ tonight

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Buck” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

“Buck” provides an overview of the life of acclaimed “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, who suffered from years of abuse as a child and became a noted expert in the interactions between horses and humans. Brannaman was the lead equine consultant for the Robert Redford film “The Horse Whisperer.” His training philosophy is to communicate with horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.

The film runs 88 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements, mild language and an injury.
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