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Friday, March 11
Women's basketball at the Southland Conference Tournament
1:30 p.m.

Men's basketball at the Southland Conference Tournament
5 p.m.

Men's golf at Border Olympics

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Alabama

SFA baseball at Central Arkansas
6 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

Saturday, March 12
Beginning of spring holidays

Men's golf at Border Olympics

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Alabama

SFA baseball at Central Arkansas
4 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

SFA softball vs. Nicholls State University
1 and 3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA tennis at Abilene Christian University
1 p.m.

Sunday, March 13
SFA baseball at Central Arkansas
1 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

SFA softball vs. Nicholls State University
1 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

Monday, March 14
Women's golf at the SFA/Oral Roberts University Spring Break Invitational
Trophy Club




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Finalists announced


U.S., Texas flags lowered in memory of former first lady Nancy Reagan

Both the United States and Texas flags were lowered to half-staff Monday by an order from United States President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in honor of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, the day of Reagan’s interment.

News & Announcements

SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings, whose name is synonymous with college football, will headline the 2016 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.

Stallings, who served as head football coach for the University of Alabama from 1990-97, had an impressive record, including the team’s 1992 perfect 13-0 season that culminated with a win in the Sugar Bowl and first Bowl Coalition national championship. Stallings was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010.

The speaker series event is free and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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Faculty members to be recognized for years of service, retirement

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. A reception at 11:45 a.m. will precede the luncheon. This annual event recognizes faculty members who are completing 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years of service at SFA as well as faculty members who have announced their retirement.

Formal invitations will be delivered soon and require an RSVP. Click here to review the list of honorees. Notify Dr. Bob Szafran, regents professor, at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu of errors or omissions.

SFA Gardens Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Georgia conifer expert

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tonight in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Tom Cox will present "Breaking New Ground with Conifers for the South."

Cox and his wife, Evelyn, started the Cox Arboretum and Gardens in 1990 when they purchased an undeveloped 13-acre land parcel in Canton, Georgia. During the past 25 years, this has evolved into one of the premier collections of woody taxa in the Southeastern U.S. In 2002 and again in 2014, the arboretum was the host site for the American Conifer Society's national meeting and is now a frequent stop for gardening enthusiasts as well as those involved in serious plant study.

A pioneer in the evaluation of conifers for adaptability in the Southeast, Cox is recognized as one of the leading authorities on growing conifers in the region. The arboretum received full accreditation in 2012 and is now a site for the preservation of rare and endangered plants from around the world.
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Dean of students at Sam Houston State University wears Lumberjack purple

Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs at SFA, has been wagering with John Yarabeck, dean of students at Sam Houston State University, for years regarding the outcome of the Battle of the Piney Woods football game. This year, the pair decided to up the ante and extend the wager to basketball. Both men agreed the opposing school's dean would wear the rival’s polo shirt based on the outcome of Saturday's basketball games.

Victories for both the Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks resulted in Yarabeck having to make good on the bet. Yarabeck wore the Lumberjack purple during a recent staff training retreat, where he received a fair amount of good-natured ribbing from the staff, Peck said.

Nominations due Friday for SFA's Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa is accepting nominations for SFA's annual Leadership and Service Awards, which are for individual students as well as organizations.

Awards will be presented Thursday, April 14, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

To review a full list of awards and past recipients, and to submit nominations, click here. Nominations are due tomorrow.

For more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, leadership and service, at (936) 468-1088 or moodymk@sfasu.edu.

SFA's Society of Physics Students awarded Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-15

The Society of Physics Students at SFA has been awarded the Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-15 by the SPS National Council. This recognition will be printed in an upcoming issue of the SPS Observer.

SPS at SFA has been active since the 1970s. The club is a support organization that serves the department, university and public. SPS activities include public-viewing sessions at the SFA Observatory, physics olympics and physics magic shows for local schools. During the past 18 years, SFA's SPS has won 15 National Outstanding Chapter awards. Each semester students attend SPS meetings held in conjunction with the Texas Sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society.

For more information, call Ali Piran, SPS adviser, at (936) 468-3001.

Spring 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly accepting submissions

The spring 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly is accepting manuscript submissions focusing on global connections in undergraduate research endeavors.

The CUR is focusing on articles that report on the dynamic relationship between undergraduate research and the global community. Additionally, shorter vignettes (300 words) offering concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of how undergraduate research connects to faculty members and students across the globe are being accepted.

Submit a 300-500 word prospectus describing the focus of the proposed article or vignette online by March 31. Accepted authors will be notified by April 15.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length. The final text for review and editing must be submitted by June 15.

To submit a manuscript or to register an account, click here.

Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter available

The Council on Undergraduate Research provides a variety of opportunities for faculty members and students. View the latest e-newsletter here.

Texas Women in Higher Education to host state conference in April

The Texas Women in Higher Education will host the annual state conference Navigating Uncharted Seas from April 3-5.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Monday, March 14. More registration information is available here.

The conference will be held at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, located in the downtown Marina District. The Omni Corpus Christi offers newly renovated rooms with spectacular views of Corpus Christi Bay and proximity to the sports, entertainment and arts district, as well as casual-to-elegant dining opportunities. A group of rooms is reserved at the Omni Hotel at the state rate of $105 per night for single occupancy. For more hotel information, click here.


White records top-10 finish as SFA places sixth at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Invitational

SFA moved up one position during the final 18 holes of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Invitational. SFA finished sixth among the 11-team field with a 107-over 959, registering a 36-over 320 during the final round.

Junior Jessie White led the Ladyjacks in McAllen, Texas, tying for ninth overall with a 20-over 233, following her 6-over 77 in round three. For White, it is the eighth top-10 showing of her SFA career.
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Rainfall alters SFA’s upcoming homestand

The SFA softball team has altered its weekend schedule against Nicholls State University, pushing the games back to Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, due to expected rainfall in the area.

The Ladyjacks will host the Colonels for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the SFA Softball Field before concluding the three-game set at 1 p.m. Sunday. The two teams were originally scheduled to open Southland Conference play on Friday.

SFA also rescheduled its home non-conference matchup with Louisiana Tech University for Tuesday, April 26.

For more updates on SFA softball, follow the team on Twitter.
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Vote for head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood in charitable competition

Voting is ongoing in the 2016 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and SFA's head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is among the top five contenders for $100,000 in charitable funds.

If Underwood wins the competition, which continues through Sunday, March 13, proceeds will be donated to the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Fans are allowed to vote once per day per registered email address. Cast your ballot at voteforbrad.com.

Fine Arts

Artist's talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

The exhibition "Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax" will close tonight 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 tonight

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

Featuring the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the program also will showcase 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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It sounds like something out of a horror movie — high pitched screeching and mysterious rumbles.

Oceanographer Bob Dziak of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and his team captured the first sound bites from 36,000 feet below the ocean surface at Challenger Deep, the deepest known valley on the ocean floor. Listen to the eerie sounds and learn more about the research here.

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