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This Week's Calendar

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

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

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

Friday, Feb. 12
Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida


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Faculty Senate to meet Wednesday, Feb. 10

The Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, Room 2.201.

Dr. Steven Bullard, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost; and John Calahan, coordinator of academic space scheduling and utilization, will speak on academic affairs and classroom/space scheduling. All faculty members are invited to attend.


Interior design program to host senior showcase

Senior interior design students at SFA will showcase their talents during the "Essence of Design" exhibit on display tomorrow through March 4 on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

The exhibit is open to the public and will kick off with an opening reception from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 6.

Each of the 13 students designed, fabricated and installed a freestanding structure on which to display his or her work. The structures are 8 feet wide, 8 feet long and 7 feet tall and reflect each student's design philosophy and personality, as well as provide a backdrop for each display.
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Campus carry forum scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10

SFA's Student Government Association and the University Campus Carry Committee will present an open forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater.

The event will include a presentation by Dr. Keaton Grubbs, professor of business communication and legal studies and chair of the concealed carry on campus committee, as well as Chris Rivers, assistant chief of police.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249 or email dosa@sfasu.edu.


Martin Luther King Jr. celebration scheduled for February

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host an MLK Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Tickets cost $7 for faculty, staff and community members and $5 for students and are available for purchase at the student center information desk. 

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073, multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu or visit the OMA's website.

Blood drive scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25

SFA's Early Childhood Lab will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 211.

Each person who donates receives a free T-shirt. Click here to sign up.

2016 Teaching Showcase presenters named

The Center for Teaching and Learning has named the 10 presenters for the 2016 Teaching Showcase.

This year's speakers include: Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Lauren Burrows, assistant professor of elementary education; Erin Childress, Department of Biology; Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art; Dr. Megan Condis, assistant professor of English; Dr. Chrissy Cross, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Jane Long, associate professor of mathematics and statistics; Dr. Daniel McCleary, assistant professor of human services; Dr. Chris McKenna, assistant professor of business communication and legal studies; Jennifer McLaughlin, Department of English.

Each presenter will deliver a five-minute presentation about an innovative teaching strategy or technique. The showcase is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

The Teaching Showcase is an opportunity for faculty and staff members and teaching assistants to share best practices, recognize colleagues' innovative teaching methods and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

For more information, visit the Teaching Showcase website.


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.

SFA Planetarium show tonight

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Hubble Vision" program will begin at 7 p.m. tonight. The show will run each Friday through March 4.

The program is about the allure of black holes and incorporates several of the latest theories regarding black holes. This 35-minute program is designed for general audiences and is a full-length, animated production featuring 3-D simulations of black holes and the strange physical effects they can create.

Tickets cost $2 each.

For more information, click here.

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.

Athletics


National Girls and Women in Sports Day scheduled for tomorrow

The SFA Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host the National Girls and Women in Sports Day from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow 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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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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Ladyjacks, Hayes overpower Lady Demons, 68-52

SFA's women's basketball team cruised past rival Northwestern State University, 68-52, to pick up its third straight win Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. Freshman guard Chanell Hayes led the team with a career-high 16 points.

Hayes went 6-for-13 from the field, including a 3-for-5 performance from beyond the arc to go along with seven rebounds. Coupled with her 4-of-5 effort from deep last Saturday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Hayes has now made good on seven of her last 10 attempts from the outside.
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Ticket sales closed for men's basketball game at Houston Baptist University

Officials from the Houston Baptist University Department of Athletics have confirmed there are no more tickets available for the Southland Conference men’s basketball game between SFA (15-5, 8-0 SLC) and Houston Baptist University (14-8, 8-1 SLC) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Sharp Gymnasium.

Tickets are still available for the SFA women’s basketball tilt against HBU, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Once the game between the Ladyjacks and Huskies concludes, Sharp Gymnasium will be cleared of all fans and then those who possess a ticket to the men’s game will be readmitted. Those who do not have a ticket for the men’s game at 7 p.m. will be denied entrance.
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Fine Arts


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” tonight.

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. tonight 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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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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Trio Mélange to perform at SFA

Trio Mélange, composed of music faculty members of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, will perform new music for soprano, horn and piano in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. The guest artist recital features Claire Vangelisti, soprano, Richard Seiler, piano, and James Boldin, horn, performing works of Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, Auguste Panseron, Eurico Carrapatoso and Gina Gillie.

Vangelisti's voice has graced both national and international concert and operatic stages, performing repertoire from Bach to Berg. She has performed as concert soloist with organizations such as The San Antonio Symphony, The Temple Philharmonic Orchestra, The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Texas Chamber Consort and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Her stage career includes appearances with Austin Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Southwest Opera and The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin.
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Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform

SFA's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert will both celebrate the great tradition of American music and feature European folk tunes.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. James Dreiling, will begin the performance with a four-movement suite by famed band composer Frank Ticheli entitled "Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs."
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It takes an usual mind to be an innovator, and arguably, there are no minds more unusual than those of children.

So, it's no surprise that some of these sketches and ideas dreamed up in tiny brains are actually pretty ingenious, if not practical. From high-five machines and toothpaste-loaded toothbrushes to handicap accessible payphones and tandem scooters, the kids who participated in the "Inventors!" project in the United Kingdom really showed some initiative. Check out some of the ideas and working prototypes here

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