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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

Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations

The SFA Graduate School is now accepting nominations for outstanding graduate students and outstanding thesis awards.

The Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2014-15 with the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School by Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2015 commencement program, and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Click here for more information.

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 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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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.

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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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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New room management software launched

The university recently launched a new educational and general use room scheduling software called Astra Schedule. Astra Schedule is a web-based, university-wide scheduling and calendaring system that coordinates rooms and resources supporting academic schedules and event management through a customizable web portal using mySFA sign on credentials.

In addition to providing increased asset visibility and transparency,  this software will be used to support decisions related to improving the university’s space utilization efficiency score used to measure classroom and class laboratory utilization as reported annually to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Initial training was conducted in January and follow up web-delivered trainings are currently being scheduled. Users will be notified when the trainings are available for registration through myTraining.
Further details on the software, including user setup and help guides are found on the SFA web page. Any requests regarding space management on campus may be directed to the Academic Scheduling &and Utilization Office by email.

Spring Professional Development Series begins next week

The Division of University Affairs will once again be holding its Spring Professional Development Series. All faculty and staff members and students are welcome to attend. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.  Cookies and drinks will be provided.
The series will kick off next week with a webinar presented by SFA’s own Dr. Osaro Airen, director of Multicultural Affairs, titled, “Engaging White Students in the OMA.” This webinar is being presented for schools across the state via the Texas Association of College Student Personnel Administrators.
No RSVP is required. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249 or via email at dosa@sfasu.edu.
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Make a Difference event planned to help orphanage

The Student Activities Association, Share Africa Organization and Harold's House are teaming up to collect items to donate to orphans.

Members of the organizations will be collecting items outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, through Friday, Feb. 13.

Donations might include gently used clothes and shoes, non-perishable food items, books and school supplies. Donations also can be dropped off at the association's office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.305.


Seniors lift SFA over NWLA late, 69-61

Tierany Henderson drilled a three-pointer with 1:12 left to play, Brittney Matthew drained a triple of her own with 30 seconds on the clock and Porsha Roberts sealed the deal at the line to help the SFA women’s basketball team outlast Northwestern State 69-61 on Thursday night in Prather Coliseum.

In a game filled with runs and momentum shifts, the trio of Ladyjack seniors were rock solid down the stretch. With the game tied at 59-59, back-to-back long balls off the hands of Henderson and Matthew all but iced the game.
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Payne named to Bowerman Trophy Watch List

SFA’s Demi Payne has been added to the Bowerman Trophy Women’s Watch List, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday afternoon. She is the first athlete from the Southland Conference to make the Watch List for either gender.

Payne joins nine other women on the 2015 Watch List for collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor as selected by the Bowerman Watch List Committee. She is one of four newcomers from the preseason list that was released on Jan. 8.

In her first year at SFA, after transferring from the University of Kansas, Payne has exploded onto the national scene in just four meets as a Ladyjack. She broke the NCAA women’s pole vault record in just her second week of the season at the Texas A&M Team Invitational on Jan. 17, soaring over 15 feet 2.25 inches (4.63 meters).
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Softball opens season at Baylor

The SFA softball team will begin the 2015 season in Waco as they open the year at the Getterman Classic from Feb. 6 through 8 on the campus of Baylor University. The Ladyjacks start things off against Southland Conference foe Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. before taking on No. 10 Baylor at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, SFA will get a taste of the Missouri Valley Conference when the squad faces off against Wichita State at 10 a.m. That afternoon, seed play will begin depending on the results from the opening round. The championship game of the tournament will be held at noon on Sunday, Feb. 8 while the consolation game will be played at 9:30 a.m.

The 2015 Getterman Classic Tournament appearance marks the third trip for the Ladyjacks. SFA is 6-4 all-time in the event, also participating in 2007 and 2009.
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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

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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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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