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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, March 10
SFA Baseball at the University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11
SFA Baseball at the University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
3 p.m.

Friday, March 13
SFA Baseball at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Beginning of spring holiday

SFA Baseball at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 p.m.




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SFA Regents appoint forestry dean to endowed chair position

The SFA Board of Regents has honored the dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture by appointing him as the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Forestry. Dr. Steven Bullard, who has served as dean of the college since 2009, will serve both roles concurrently.
The Rockwell Chair was established by the SFA Board of Regents in 1989 following receipt of an endowment from the estate of Henry M. Rockwell, a lumberyard owner with facilities in Houston and other cities in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
In conjunction with his role as dean of forestry and agriculture at SFA, Bullard has served as president of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs and recently was honored by the Society of American Foresters with the W.D. Hagenstein Communicator of the Year Award.

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Dr. Alyx Frantzen

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Frantzen, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, has been selected as the 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the Undergraduate Research Council.
Frantzen teaches chemistry and has sponsored two top scholars and five posters at the URC since 2009.
This years' Top Scholar for Science and Mathematics is Megan Jenkins, mentored by Frantzen, whose presentation is entitled "The Origin of Sulfur Content in the Mineral Springs of Lampasas, Texas."

News & Announcements

Faculty members to be recognized for years of service, retirement

This spring's Faculty Recognition Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 14, in SFA's Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The annual luncheon recognizes faculty members who are completing 10, 20, 30 or 40 years of service at SFA, as well as those who have announced their retirement.

A reception at 11:45 a.m. will precede the 12:15 p.m. luncheon. Formal invitations will be going out soon. Please RSVP to those invitations to ensure an accurate headcount for the luncheon.

View the complete list of those being honored here

In case of any errors or omissions, contact Dr. Bob Szafran at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu as soon as possible.

Registration ongoing for Weeks of Welcome

The 2015 fall semester's Jacks Back Weeks of Welcome event will be held from Friday, Aug. 28, to Friday, Sept. 11.

The purpose of the event is to welcome new students to campus and introduce them to campus life. For returning students, Jacks Back is a way for individuals to become involved and interact with new students and campus organizations. 

Hosting an event during Weeks of Welcome is a great way to advertise your department or organization. Anyone interested in hosting an event needs to complete the event request form available here.

The deadline for event request forms is Monday, March 23. If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Weaver at weavervb@sfasu.edu.

Faculty Senate to meet Wednesday

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the tiered classroom in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.201.

Danny Gallant, vice president for finance and administration, will be the guest speaker. All faculty members are invited to attend.

April is Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Month

Come out and celebrate the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Month!

The month will kick-off with the annual Peace Meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The event involves wonderful dialogue and delicious food. For more information about the Peace Meal and to sign up, click here.  

The remaining Diversity Month events can be found here.

For more information, contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu.

'Beyond the Millennials: What’s Next?' lecture set for Thursday

SFA's Dr. Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, will deliver a special presentation at noon Thursday, March 12, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201.

Much has been made of the millennial generation; its preferences, its advantages and its challenges. Many base their impressions on “Millennials Rising” by Strauss and Howe. This work is now 15 years old. Additionally, the last individuals that will call themselves Millennials were born in 2004. That means that in seven short years, we’ll be learning about a new generation of college students. This session will help us understand today’s students and prepare for the future.
This event is sponsored by the University Affairs Professional Development Series and is open to anyone.

American Association of University Women meet today

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Regions Bank in downtown Nacogdoches.

SFA students help improve the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center

As spring approaches, the City of Jefferson and Collins Academy, a program developed to create educational and economic opportunities for the community, prepare to institute land management recommendations provided by students in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture for the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center.

Developed by students enrolled in the college's forest management plans course, the recommendations focused on the creation of a Geographic Information Systems database, which will assist the center in achieving land-management goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the basic infrastructure for the center in June 2013. However, until the partnership with SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the park operated without a written management plan.

The purpose of our recommendations is to remove invasive species, enhance wildlife habitat and add enriching educational experiences to area visitors, said Courtney Threadgill and Tamara Bennett, senior forestry students at SFA.
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Make an Impact information session slated for March 12

Would you like to know more about SFA's "Make an Impact at SFA" project? This project is the focus of SFA's Quality Enhancement Plan, and participation across campus is growing.

An introductory-level information session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the Seminar Room of the Center for Teaching and Learning, located on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

General information will be shared about this program including how to become involved.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature plant sale preview

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

SFA Gardens horticulturists Dave Creech, Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Garden Gala Plant Sale." Their combined program will present information, as well as provide images of the new, popular and more unusual plants available at the upcoming sale.

The Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The sale will feature a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and much more. Most of the plants included in this year's sale are produced by the SFA Gardens staff members and volunteers.
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Global Gateway to Grenada presentation sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Join the Office of International Programs and students from Grenada for a presentation on Grenadian culture at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Grenadian food will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

Deadline approaching for The BIG Event job requests

Job site requests for SFA's 2015 The BIG Event are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 13.

All services are provided at no cost to the requesting party and this year, SFA faculty and staff members are eligible as well! The BIG Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11. The event is SFA's one big day of thanks through service to the Nacogdoches community.

Job request forms are available here.

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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SFA's ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to host the ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards Tuesday, April 21.

This is an evening purposefully coordinated to recognize SFA students and student organizations for their outstanding leadership and service, as well as award some of SFA's brightest, with the university's top honors.

If you know of a deserving student or student organization, please nominate them for one of the many honors, including Top 23 Freshmen, Student Employee of the Year, Baker Pattillo Student of the Year, Service Organization of the Year, and so many more.

For a complete list of awards and nomination forms click here.

Archery shoot and club interest meeting set for April 15

SFA students and faculty and staff members interested in archery should make plans to attend an interest meeting and shoot at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

The meeting will be hosted at the HPE Complex, and participants will have the opportunity to shoot a Genesis bow.

For more information, email Dr. Jay Thornton or visit HPE, Room 218.

Campus Recreation

SFA Wellness Fair set for Wednesday, March 11

Learn how to embody total wellness from SFA campus partners and local businesses at the SFA Wellness Fair! This year's Wellness Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Services offered for free are:

• Health screenings
• Fitness assessments
• Resources and educational materials
• Refreshments
• Giveaways

For more information, please contact Kate Houlik, fitness and wellness coordinator at SFA, at HoulikKA@sfasu.edu.


Underwood, Walkup headline SFA All-SLC honors

SFA captured two of the major Southland Conference's men's basketball postseason awards the league office announced Monday. Junior Thomas Walkup was named the SLC Player of the Year and head coach Brad Underwood again received the conference's Coach of the Year award.

Walkup also earned a first team All-SLC selection and was selected to the SLC's All-Defensive team for the second year in a row. Additionally, senior Jacob Parker was named a second team All-SLC selection.
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SFA tied for third at Lady Eagle Invitational

SFA has four Ladyjack golfers sitting among the top 20 of the individual standings, which ties the university for third after the opening round of the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle Invitational. SFA posted a 16-over 304 in round one to tie with Houston Baptist University in the team standings.

The Ladyjacks were led by sophomore Jessica White, who shot a 2-over 74 and is currently tied for fifth in the individual standings. She leads sophomore teammate Ann Holcomb (4-over 76), who is tied for 14th.
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Fine Arts

Works of Houston artist Peacock showing at SFA's Cole Art Center

The exhibition "Emily Peacock: Soft Diet" will show Wednesday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, April 11 in the Hallway Reception Gallery at SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Houston-based artist will present a talk about her work at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the SFA Art Building, located off Wilson Drive on the SFA campus.

According to a review by Ryder Richards posted at glasstire.com, "Soft Diet" contains "highly compelling work, which is made more interesting because the constituent elements are, for the most part, fairly common. Alternating moments of empathy with moments of gentle disgust, Peacock's present actions engage and partially eradicate the past. The process feels like melded fragments of youthful summers where hierarchies of food, play, wounds and celebration were entwined without judgment."

Peacock has exhibited at venues including the Galveston Art Center, Houston Center For Photography and Lawndale Art Center, and her work can be seen in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The exhibition is presented by the SFA School of Art. Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Flute, piano duo to perform guest recital at SFA

Terri and Gabriel Sánchez will perform a guest flute and piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the recital will feature the music of Frédéric Chopin, Katherine Hoover, George Barrère, George Chave, Joachim Andersen and Cecile Chaminade.

Terri Sánchez is the visiting assistant professor of flute at the University of Texas at Arlington and has won many national flute competitions. She also performed with the Southern Methodist University Meadows and the University of North Texas Symphony orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions. She has given pedagogy presentations that revolve around a positive, creative approach to flute performance at the National Flute Association Convention, the San Diego Flute Guild Festival, the Texas Flute Symposium, as well as many universities.
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Choral Union, Women's Choir to perform 'Reflections from the Camps'

The SFA Choral Union and Women's Choir will present a concert in remembrance of the Holocaust victims of World War II when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The program, "Reflections from the Camps," also will feature Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello; Shirley Watterston, piano; Sherri Fleshner, viola; and SFA vocal area faculty members, narrators and soloists.

"This concert will be a true team effort," said Dr. Tod Fish, director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir. "The entire vocal area is involved in some capacity. Our graduate students, Marissa Maddoux (Burleson) and Andrew Trites (Olathe, Kansas), who have worked tirelessly, will have the opportunity to conduct on this concert."
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Staged reading of 'Mom and Dad' to help fund School of Theatre's Scotland trip

An upcoming SFA School of Theatre event will help raise funds for theater students to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, in August where they will present an SFA student-written play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

During the two-week trip to Edinburgh, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including "Hate Mail" by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written "Mom and Dad" by Nick Pinelli and Allison Day. Pinelli, The Woodlands senior, and Day, San Antonio senior, wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

A staged reading of "Mom and Dad" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.
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