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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, March 1
Men's golf at NIT at Omni Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Arizona

Thursday, March 3
Men's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Saturday, March 5
Men's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6
SFA tennis vs. the University of the Incarnate Word

Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas




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News & Announcements

Campus bookstore to close temporarily

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed Saturday, March 5, for a yearly inventory.

Normal business hours will resume Monday, March 7.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to present 'The Vagina Monologues' today

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will present Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" at 6 p.m. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The performance celebrates women and their triumphs, as well as brings awareness to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault against women. Tickets to the show cost $1 at the door and all proceeds are donated to the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas.

Scholarly Writing Speaker Series panel to be held tomorrow

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning will continue its Scholarly Writing Speaker Series from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow with a one-hour panel titled "Publication Tips from Journal/Book Editors."

Faculty members who currently serve or have previously served as editors of peer-reviewed academic journals and/or books will share publication tips from the editorial point of view. Panelists will include Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, chair of the Department of Government; Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication; Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor of secondary education and educational leadership; and Dr. Amanda Rudolph, professor of secondary education and educational leadership. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

A second Scholarly Writing Speaker Series panel will be held Wednesday, April 6, on navigating the revision and re-submission process.

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Lone Star Legislative Summit begins tomorrow at SFA

SFA is scheduled to host the sixth biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3, which will bring more than 20 state lawmakers to SFA's campus to discuss pressing and relevant statewide issues.

"The Lone Star Legislative Summit is an amazing showcase for the university," said Dr. Adam Peck, SFA dean of student affairs and member of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee. "It exposes law and policy makers to our beautiful campus, our expert faculty members and the community in which we reside. Additionally, the event is frequently attended by students who benefit tremendously from the insights of the speakers, moderators and panelists."

Fittingly, the summit also will coincide with the Nacogdoches Tricentennial Celebration.
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Tips to avoid Zika virus while traveling

With the 2016 spring holiday only a few weeks away, Dr. Penny Jeffery, SFA's director of health services, encourages faculty, staff and community members to follow a few precautions to avoid contracting the Zika virus if planning to travel south of the border.

Pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant and their spouses, or sexually active partners should avoid traveling to affected areas until this epidemic is better understood.

Prevent mosquito bites while in the endemic area and here on return for two weeks. Use mosquito repellent with DEET twice a day and after applying any sunscreen. Because 82 percent of infected people have no symptoms, people shouldn't think they aren't infected just because they aren't sick.

Avoid sex with anyone living in the endemic area. Avoid sex for two to three weeks after return from an endemic area. It is unclear how long the virus remains in semen, so this advice may change.

SFA professor weighs in on effects of campus-carry law on curriculum

Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history at SFA, was recently quoted in a Time Magazine article addressing controversy about Texas' campus-carry law, which goes into effect Aug. 1.

She commented on remarks by a University of Houston professor who suggested educators "consider changing curriculum to avoid controversial subjects" once firearms are allowed on the state's university campuses.

The article is available here

Campus Recreation

Spring Wellness Fair scheduled for tomorrow

SFA Campus Recreation’s Spring Wellness Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, will provide resources and services from a variety of SFA and Nacogdoches organizations and businesses, including health screenings, fitness assessments, chair massages, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways.

More than 30 local vendors will be present at the Wellness Fair, when Campus Recreation also will host a blood drive.

To preregister for the blood drive, call the SFA Recreation Center administration office at (936) 468-3507.

The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.


Softball team hosts Texas Southern University in home opener today

The SFA softball team will finally suit up in front of the home fans when the Ladyjacks host Texas Southern University at 3 p.m. today for the home opener at the SFA Softball Field.

The 'Jacks have already faced four ranked opponents and five teams from power five conferences early this season, resulting in a 4-11 overall record despite playing some good softball.
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Monzingo's career round leads Lumberjack golf team in round two in Arizona

Junior SFA golfer Major Monzingo posted his best round in a Lumberjack uniform, firing a 5-under 67 over the second round of the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Arizona.

Monzingo’s score tied for the third-lowest round of the day among 80 competitors as he posted a 3-under 33 through the opening nine holes, including an eagle on hole five, drilling it in the bottom of the cup from 60 yards out with a wedge. He followed that up with a 2-under on the back nine, registering four birdies and a pair of bogeys, giving the junior the lowest round of the season for the Lumberjacks.
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Walkup submits SFA's first triple-double in 43 years as 'Jacks axe the University of the Incarnate Word 84-58

Men's basketball star senior Thomas Walkup is no stranger to breaking program records, and he achieved yet another impressive milestone during the 'Jacks 84-58 victory over the the University of the Incarnate Word last night.

In what may have been his greatest all-around performance, the Pasadena, Texas, native notched 12 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and capped off the first SFA triple-double in 43 years with his 10th assist on a fast-break dunk by Clide Geffrard. The gamed marked the 'Jacks 16th-straght win this season.
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Soccer team opens spring schedule with 3-0 win

The SFA women's soccer team started its spring season on the right foot Saturday afternoon, beating the University of Louisiana - Monroe 3-0 in the offseason opener at the ULM Soccer Complex.

"It was great to get back out on the field in amazing weather and play," said head soccer Coach Wally Crittenden. "Our kids are really fit and have been working very hard in implementing new movements and expectations with how we want to play. There was some really good soccer on Saturday and I am excited about where this could lead throughout the semester.
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Fine Arts

Silver Keys Trio to perform music of Hovatter, Schachter, Williamson

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Silver Keys Trio in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The trio includes faculty members Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Working together at SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to Guenther.
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Artist's talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

The exhibition "Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax" will close Thursday, March 10, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus with a talk by the artist.

Rush will give a gallery talk at the closing reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in the exhibition, which was curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art. Rush's work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two- and three-person shows, and group and competitive shows. Internationally, he also has shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and France.

His exhibition at SFA opened Jan. 20.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

A Cappella Choir to perform works of French composer Fauré

The A Cappella Choir at SFA will present "A Fauré Feast" when the ensemble performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Featuring the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the program will also showcase as soloists SFA music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano; Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Ron Petti, piano; and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello. An orchestra comprised of university faculty members and graduate students will accompany the performance.

Fauré's works to be performed include Requiem in d, "Cantique de Jean Racine," "Tarantelle" and "Élégie."
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SFA faculty recital program to showcase different composition techniques

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present "Gen, Jen and Friends," a concert of 20th century trio music composed for violin, piano and another instrument, at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining pianist Geneva Fung, staff accompanist in the School of Music, will be colleagues Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Dr. Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Dr. Gary Wurtz, trumpet.

Featured on the program are Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti; Space Jump for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 46 by Fazil Say; and Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano by Eric Ewazen.
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Concert to feature program based on works of female composers, poets

SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir will present "In Praise of Women" when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The concert program is based on works by female composers and poets, and on female centered themes, according to Dr. Tod W. Fish, assistant professor and associate director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music.

"Female composers are grossly under-performed, in particular, those from earlier time periods," Fish said. "This concert will display the works of female composers and poets from five different historical periods."
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Guest artists to perform with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines

This year's Schimdbauer Young Artist Competition winner Ethan Le will be among the guest artists performing when the Orchestra of the Pines presents "Vim and Virtuosity" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The evening is a potpourri of music selections - a melting pot of variable delights," said Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA. "We have two guest artists joining us, both of whom are full of vim and virtuosity."

Le, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, will perform the first movement of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major. Le made his orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Houston Civic Symphony as its winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition Junior String Division. In that same year, he also won the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, Junior String Division, and performed with the orchestra. Le won first place at the 2014 Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition and at the 2015 Houston Civic Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition.
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Artist's talk, musical performance added feature of Jones exhibition

SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host an artist's talk and musical performance starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in conjunction with the exhibition "East Texas Impressions: The Art of Charles D. Jones," which is currently showing at the downtown gallery.

The comprehensive catalogue of this exhibition will be available for purchase, and Jones will be available to sign following the 2 p.m. artist talk.

As an "added value" event of the Nacogdoches Music Festival, slated for March 3 through 6 in downtown Nacogdoches, the afternoon's festivities also will feature Jones and the musical group Camino Real, which includes Jon Hall, Craig Smith, Mark McClain and Robbie Roach, performing old-time string band music, Irish tunes and a variety of other songs. Joining them for some special songs will be Michele Smith, Tim Chauvin, Cele Knight, John Guedry and Paul Driver. Admission is free.
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