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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 4
Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Saturday, Feb. 6
Men's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University
7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University
4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 8
Men's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Thursday, Feb. 11
Women's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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SFA launches service project with Soles4Souls

The SFA track and field and cross country programs have teamed up with a global, non-profit organization called Soles4Souls, and will be collecting shoes to donate to individuals and communities in need around the world.

Collection bins have been placed inside and around the SFA field house, and the SFA and Nacogdoches communities are encouraged to drop off new and used shoes of any kind - tied together - to donate to the cause. Donations will be accepted until the end of the 2015-16 academic year in May.
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News & Announcements

Reading Circle begins Tuesday, Feb. 9

This spring, Dr. Randi Cox, associate professor of history, will host a Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Circle open to all faculty and staff members.

Participants will be reading and discussing Ken Bain's "What the Best College Teachers Do." Copies of the book will be provided to all participants.

The reading circle begins Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will meet on selected Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. For specific dates and to register, click here.

Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday registration

SFA's Office of Admissions is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to help register students attending Showcase Saturday on Feb. 13.

Volunteers are needed between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, at cossichm@sfasu.edu to volunteer.

Department of Biology to host Darwin Day celebration

SFA's Department of Biology will host the university's first Darwin Day celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Texas A&M University's Dr. Gil Rosenthal will deliver a seminar titled "Mate Choice and its Consequences; Genomic and Behavioral Insights from Natural Hybrid Zones" in the Miller Science Building, Room 139.

The event is free and open to the public. Darwin Day is a celebration of Charles Darwin's contributions to science and the humanities.

SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally hosting Great Backyard Bird Count

SFA Gardens and Nacogdoches Naturally are sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

This free, outdoor event will have activities designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of birds for youth and adults. A variety of family-friendly, hands-on learning activities will be set up, including using binoculars, learning bird identification skills, playing bird games and making bird-related crafts.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in the national Great Backyard Bird Count as participants count birds for science with assistance from the Pineywoods Audubon Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department non-game ornithologist, Cliff Shackelford.
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SFA Gardens to host landscape design seminar

A landscape design seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Make plans to explore the fundamentals of landscape design through presentations, discussions and hands-on activities led by SFA alumnus Seth Rodewald-Bates, a landscape architect for Spackman Mossop and Michaels, an international landscape architecture and urban design practice with offices in Sydney, Australia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rodewald-Bates has worked on a variety of projects, including numerous campus, waterfront, urban and mixed-use developments. Currently, he is assisting on the design of MCCNO Park, a $60 million linear park in downtown New Orleans. Previously, Rodewald-Bates worked for Sasaki Associates in Boston, Newton Landscape Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary arts museum in Marfa, Texas. Read More

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation to host Parent's Night Out this month

Enjoy a night out with your Valentine courtesy of SFA Campus Recreation. Register your child or children today for Parent's Night Out, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12. 

Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m. and may pick up campers at any time throughout the night. Campers must be picked up no later than midnight. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie. Cost is $20 per child.

For more information and to register, contact the SFA Recreation Center at (936) 468-3507 or CampusREC@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjack soccer adds five student-athletes in 2016 signing class

Five student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to play for the SFA women's soccer team, adding themselves to a program that has won five consecutive Southland Conference Championships.

The 2016 class is made up of all high school recruits from Texas. The group consists of defenders Carli Arthurs, Mari Gillespie and Brooke Shirley. Forwards Ravyn Hoelscher and Katie Jennings also will join the 'Jacks.
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SFA football adds 19 players on 2016 National Signing Day

SFA head football coach Clint Conque announced the addition of 19 players to the 2016 Lumberjack football roster on National Signing Day. Seventeen of those additions are high school seniors signing their National Letters of Intent to play for SFA, as well as a junior college transfer student and a preferred non-scholarship athlete.

“I’m very excited about this class we have coming in, and for the young men who will be joining our program,” Conque said. “I can’t say enough about our coaching staff members and the diligence they have shown. It’s been a sprint the last few weeks with a lot of miles and a lot of visits. I feel this class has been thoroughly vetted from a character and academic standpoint. We are getting players who not only will be great athletes on the field but great representatives of our program and the university.”
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National Girls and Women in Sports Day scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6

The SFA Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host the National Girls and Women in Sports Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The free clinic is offered to girls between 7 and 12 years of age. Student-athletes from SFA women's athletic programs will provide attendees with new athletic opportunities and the chance to get hands-on experience.
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Fine Arts

'Dracula' show set for tonight

Tickets are still available for the radio theatre presentation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2015-2016 University Series, this performance is presented by L.A. Theatre Works, the foremost radio theater company in the United States. For more than two decades, LATW, under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances in more than 300 small towns and major cities across the nation.
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SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘The Lightning Thief’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present two performances of “The Lightning Thief” tomorrow.

Also featured during the 2014-2015 children’s series, “The Lightning Thief” was so popular that some audiences missed their chance at seeing the show last year, “so we decided to bring it back,” said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, “The Lightning Thief” is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
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'What Happened, Miss Simone?' to be featured in First Friday Film Series

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "What Happened, Miss Simone?" at 7 p.m. tomorrow in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Liz Garbus, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" is the 2015 biographical documentary about Nina Simone, a classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse and black power icon dubbed the "High Priestess of Soul," according to information at ninasimone.com.
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2016 Schmidbauer Competition winners selected

Winners of the 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA are, front row, from left, Ethan Le, violin, first prize; Eric Chen, piano, second prize; and Alexander Davis-Pegis, cello, third prize. With the young musicians are, back row, from left, Carolyn Andrews, SFA Friends of Music Schmidbauer Committee chairwoman; Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts; Dr. Gary Wurtz, interim director of the School of Music; and Dr. Gene Moon, competition chairman. Guest adjudicator for this year's event was Dr. Clifton Evans, director of orchestras at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The annual competition for piano and strings offers prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.

Coleidoscope to feature music of Busch, Higdon, Williams

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Coleidoscope at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The faculty recital is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series and features chamber music for saxophone, strings and piano. The program explores a number of interesting chamber music combinations, according to Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the School of Music.

Among the selections to be performed is the Quintet for Saxophone and String Quartet by Adolf Busch.
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Faculty pianist to perform recital with his children

Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The piano concert, which also features Ajero's children, Antonio, 11, and Olivia, 7, is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, and is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Ajero has performed before SFA audiences on several occasions with his son, who is an award-winning pianist.
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A Turkish photographer apparently took notes when watching the 2010 Christopher Nolan movie "Inception."

Aydin Büyüktas decided it wasn't enough that Istanbul was home to incredible architecture and history, it had to look wild. Using drone photography and photo manipulation, Aydin warps images of his city to feel more like a roller coaster ride than a cityscape. You can read Wired.com's profile of him here, or check out his work on Facebook. Buckle your seat belt, though.

Aydin said Edwin Abbot’s book "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" inspired the photo series.

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