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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

Barnes & Noble hosting flash sale

Barnes & Noble is having a flash sale tomorrow only!

All clearance merchandise is 50 percent off the ticketed price. Stop in for great deals on SFA merchandise.

Tell us about your summer camp

University Marketing Communications is creating a new Web page to promote SFA summer camps. Does your department host a summer camp?

If so, please send all pertinent information (dates, cost, available discounts, etc.) to Bryan Patton, online communication specialist, at pattonbryan@sfasu.edu.

If you have questions, call (936) 468-7320.

Call for presentations for 2015 Teaching Showcase

Proposals for presentations at the 2015 Teaching Showcase are currently being accepted. The Teaching Showcase will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. The event will provide faculty and staff members and teaching assistants the opportunity to share best practices, recognize colleagues' innovative teaching methods, and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Teaching Showcase topics can include but are not limited to: stimulating critical thinking, learning from failure, teaching with technology, increasing cultural awareness, and innovative applications of teaching and learning theory.

Any innovation you use in the physical or online classroom that you believe enhances the learning experience qualifies. Each presenter will have five minutes to present in a fun, informal manner. Individuals from across the university are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due by Sunday, Feb. 22, and may be submitted via the form found here. For more information, visit the Center for Teaching & Learning website.

SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to launch scholarly journal in spring 2015

This spring, the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, in partnership with SFA, will début a scholarly journal exploring the applications of geospatial technology in natural resource management.

The Journal of Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources will publish double-blind peer-reviewed articles that utilize geospatial technology to quantify, qualify, map, monitor and manage natural resources.

Dr. Daniel Unger, professor of spatial science for the college and the journal's editor-in-chief, said the new publication will fill a long-needed niche for natural resource managers in the spatial science field.
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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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Check out the Brad Underwood Coaches Show

Join the Lumberjack basketball team every Wednesday this season for the Brad Underwood Coaches Show.

The radio show will be broadcast live each week from 6 to 7 p.m. from Wingstop on North St. The restaurant will be offering a "Dream Bigger Discount" at each radio show for 10 percent off all combo meals (dine-in only).

Fans will have the opportunity to ask Coach Underwood questions live on the radio as well as win prizes. For more information, visit SFAJacks.com.

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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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.

Fine Arts

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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Some people never grow up. Just ask the engineers at Caterpillar, who created a version of Jenga incorporating eight tons of wooden blocks. They shuffled them around - removing one piece from the base and placing it on top of the pile - using only Cat machinery until the whole thing came crashing down.

Check out the video here and the company's website for the game here.

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