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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, Feb. 15
SFA Baseball vs. University of Texas - Arlington
Jaycees Field
3 p.m.

“Making History: The Story of the OUB” play
Old University Building, 515 N. Mound St.
2:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
SFA Baseball vs. Washington State
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball at University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
7 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Call for undergraduate research highlights: Summer 2015 issue of the 'CUR Quarterly on the Web'

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Summer 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until Sunday, March 15. 

Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, book and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.
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Envision SFA update

During a nine-week period last fall, the Strategic Planning Team (SPT) engaged with more than 2,100 people.

The purpose of this engagement was to hear what these internal and external stakeholders believed was most important for us to consider as we developed the next strategic plan.  A huge amount of input was collected.  To manage this, the SPT conducted a day-long “Sense-making Workshop” facilitated by Dr. Pat Sanaghan to identify the most prevalent themes so we could focus our efforts.
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SFA Gardens and Nacogdoches Naturally to host Great Backyard Bird Count

SFA Gardens, in partnership with Nacogdoches Naturally, will host the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

This family outdoor event is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of our feathered friends. A variety of family friendly, hands-on learning activities will be offered, including how to use binoculars, bird identification skills, Bird Olympics and bird-related crafts.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in the national Great Backyard Bird Count as we count birds for science with assistance from the Pineywoods Audubon Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department non-game ornithologist, Cliff Shackelford. Winter is considered the ideal time for bird watching, and the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center is a haven for local birds.
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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.

Nominations for the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship now being accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted to the SFA Office of Development. The Nomination deadline is Friday, May 1.  A nominee will be selected this summer and the professorship will be awarded at the beginning of the 2015 fall semester.

In 2014, Dr. Ty Spradley was awarded the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship for his dedicated mentorship of SFA students.

The purpose of the fund is to support a professorship for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty at SFA who is actively engaged in mentoring SFA students.  The professorship will assist in promoting and sustaining a mentoring culture within the university community while honoring the mentoring legacy of Jim Towns.
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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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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.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature university's horticulture professor

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Headed Down South from the Land of the Pines: Reflections on the Plants, People, and Places of North Carolina."

At SFA, Barnes pursues how to best cultivate plants and connect students with horticulture. He manages the Sprout Garden along Starr Ave., a trial ground for edibles and perennials in East Texas.
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Spring 2015 Teaching Circle to launch next week

The Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a Teaching Circle during the spring 2015 semester. Teaching Circles are a form of faculty learning communities that offer opportunities to explore teaching and learning topics in a semester-long time frame.

The Spring 2015 Teaching Circle will be led by Carolyn Stufft, instructor in the Department of Elementary Education, and the topic for the circle will be the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants will meet six times during the semester to discuss readings from two books.

All faculty members are welcome to join the Teaching Circle, which begins Thursday, Feb. 12. To join or to learn more, contact Carolyn Stufft at stufftcj@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjacks grind out win over HBU, 72-67

For the second game in a row, a trio of seniors made big plays down the stretch to help the SFA women’s basketball team earn a big Southland Conference victory over Houston Baptist, 72-67, on Saturday evening inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

After a long battle all afternoon, the Ladyjacks (15-6, 8-2 SLC) and the Huskies (9-13, 3-8 SLC) were all square at 65-65 with 2:16 left in the game. The SFA four-year seniors, Porsha Roberts, Brittney Matthew and Tierany Henderson all knocked down key shots in the closing minutes to help SFA claim its third straight victory.

Roberts broke the tie with a slick layup off a pass from Taylor Ross to make it 67-65. With 39 seconds to play, Henderson drilled a three-pointer from the right wing to make it a five point game. Matthew iced the game after a pair of free throws with 17 ticks on the clock to put the finishing touches on a hard-fought affair.
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Mid-major report: Lumberjacks chopping toward March again

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

What if I told you that there was a team with a top 30 offense that hasn’t lost since the week of Thanksgiving? That this team is a year removed from knocking off everyone’s darling, VCU, in last year’s NCAA tournament? And that its mascot is a beefy dude in a flannel shirt holding a giant axe?

You’d be pretty excited to hop on the bandwagon, too. Climb aboard the Stephen F. Austin Express. As of the beginning of February, there’s still plenty of room.

A year after finishing 32-3 and capturing the first NCAA tournament win in program history, the Lumberjacks are rolling once again. They’re currently 18-3 (8-0 in Southland Conference play) and are riding a 17-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s matchup against Houston Baptist.
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Ladyjacks bounce back to beat Texas State 5-2

The SFA women's tennis team bounced back from a tough loss on Saturday to claim a 5-2 win over Texas State on Sunday afternoon at Schlief Tennis Complex.

"This was an incredibly hard-fought win," head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. "Texas State took the doubles point and carried that momentum into singles. It took an important collective effort across the board to turn it around.

"I am extremely proud of the girls for their resiliency today, especially after having a heartbreaking loss yesterday. It was very windy, and we didn't play our best tennis, but we out competed Texas State, and that is something to be happy about."
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SFA edged by No. 10 Baylor in finals

Freshman Makayla Sikes had a solid afternoon in the circle, but the SFA softball team couldn’t get the bats going on Saturday in a 3-0 loss to No. 10 Baylor in the championship game of the Getterman Classic. The Ladyjacks leave the season-opening tournament with a 2-3 record and a runner-up finish.

Junior outfielder Lindsay Campbell, sophomore pitcher/infielder Brittany Lewis and freshman catcher Taylor Fraccastoro were each named to the Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team after Sunday’s contest.

The group made big plays all weekend long for the Ladyjacks. Lewis hit a three-run home run in extra innings to lift SFA to a thrilling 6-3 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the season opener on Friday. Fraccastoro had a pair of timely home runs, including a solo shot in the semifinals against Wichita State to help her team advance to the championship game. Campbell hit .333 (3-for-9) for the weekend, drew four walks, scored a run and captained the Ladyjack outfield.
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Payne prevails in national pole vault battle

In one of the most anticipated women’s pole-vaulting showdowns in recent NCAA history, SFA’s Demi Payne outlasted two previous NCAA record holders and a strong 41-woman field to win her fourth straight individual title at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday afternoon. She won the event with a 15 foot, 3.50 inch (4.66m) vault.

As expected, Payne found herself in a battle with Sandi Morris of Arkansas and Kaitlin Petrillose of Texas in the late stages of Saturday’s competition. The event marked the first time that the decorated trio faced off in 2015. Both Payne and Morris entered into the fray at 14 feet, 3.50 inches (4.36m) and cleared on their first attempts. The pair left Petrillose, the 2014 NCAA indoor pole vault champion, behind at the next bar set at 14 foot, 7.50 inches (4.46m).

Payne went up and over 14 foot, 11.50 inch (4.56m) and 15 foot, 3.50 inch (4.66m) on her first runs while Morris failed to surpass the latter height. With victory securely in her hands, Payne raised the bar to a new NCAA record height of 15 foot, 7.25 inch (4.76m) but just narrowly missed in three cracks at breaking her own record.
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Walkup, SFA collars Huskies, 95-59

Junior Thomas Walkup netted a career-high 34 points and senior Jacob Parker became SFA's all-time winningest player at the Division I level in a 95-59 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Parker recorded his 98th career victory for the Lumberjacks (19-3, 9-0 SLC) to surpass former teammate Desmond Haymon, who set the previous mark of 97 wins last season.

Walkup paced SFA against the Huskies (10-10, 5-5 SLC), finishing 13-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the foul line. The native of Pasadena, Texas, also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five assists and tied another career-high with three steals.
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Fine Arts

Award-winning Cho to present recital of classical piano repertoire at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present pianist James Cho in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Currently on the piano faculty at Sam Houston State University, Cho was invited to present a recital of classical piano repertoire at SFA, according to Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

Cho's program contains some lesser-known pieces by J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, plus two Nocturnes, Op. 62, of Frédéric Chopin, which were composed near the end of his life, Parr said. The major work on the program is Igor Stravinsky's "Three Movements from Petrushka,"
which Parr described as "a highly colorful and virtuosic piano work based on the composer's ballet of the same title."
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Renowned percussionist McClung to perform guest recital at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present percussionist Dr. Matthew McClung in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

An associate professor of Music at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and the principal percussionist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, McClung will perform Steve Reich's "Marimba Phase" with special guest Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

The program also features "Conversation" by Akira Miyoshi, "XY" by Michael Gordon and "Warm It Up" by Thomas Osborne.
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Concert at SFA to feature internationally renowned flutist, pianist

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Francesca Arnone performing a guest flute recital with pianist Jeffrey Peterson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Their program will feature Canzone, Op. 38a by Samuel Barber, Sonata for Flute and Piano, H. 306 by Bohulav Martinu, Fantasy für Flöte, Op. 55 by Carl Frühling and Sonatina for Flute and Piano by Eldin Burton.

The recital is a feature of the School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.
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SFA Repertory Dance Company in Concert

A performance by the SFA Repertory Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 will feature works by SFA faculty members and works by guest artists from Texas and Mississippi.

The works presented during the concert are part of this year's repertory for the company. Guest artist choreography features "The Other One," a work that debuted at SFA in spring 2014 by Min Kim of the University of Texas Pan American. Senior dance major Elena Conde dances the solo role of "the other" in the work, which has a clear thematic message of isolation and acceptance.

"Creed of Fools" is a three-part suite choreographed by Meredith Robertson-Early of the University of Southern Mississippi. "It is abstract yet emotional," said Libby Rhodes, professor of dance in SFA's Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. "It contains gestural and postural motifs inspired by Ms. Early's upbringing in the Catholic Church in New Orleans. The powerful work is danced so strongly by the company that it has been selected by the dance faculty to represent SFA at the upcoming conference of the Central Region of the American College Dance Association hosted by Southeast Missouri State University."
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SFA's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band to present concert of classics

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert of "Classics: British and Otherwise" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will begin the concert with "Intrada: Two Baroque Fanfares" transcribed by Kenneth Singleton. The first fanfare is from the opening chorus of Claudio Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610," "O God, Make Haste to Save Me." The second fanfare is Benedetto Marcello's opening chorus from "Psalm 19," "The Heavens Declare."

"Both fanfares were originally composed for voices and instruments - winds, strings and keyboards," Anglley said.
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Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts will present Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus as part of the 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

"Flamenco Vivo brings an exciting evening of flamenco to Turner stage and features accomplished artists from the U.S. and Spain in a performance that will include celebrated repertoire as well as new works," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, is performing in its 32nd season. Carlota Santana serves as artistic director of the company, while Antonio Hidalgo is associate artistic director.
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