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Friday, March 11
Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University at the Southland Conference Tournament
1:30 p.m.
Katy

Men's basketball vs. Houston Baptist University at the Southland Conference Tournament
5 p.m.
Katy

Men's golf at Border Olympics
TBA
Laredo

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
TBA
Birmingham, Alabama

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

Saturday, March 12
Beginning of spring holidays


Men's golf at Border Olympics
TBA
Laredo

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
TBA
Birmingham, Alabama

SFA baseball at University of 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.
Abilene

Sunday, March 13
SFA baseball at University of 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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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 today, 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.

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal accepting submissions

The Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal is now accepting submissions. Manuscript submission deadline for the fall publication is Wednesday, April 20. Please encourage students to submit their research.

LASUR Journal is the first interdisciplinary journal that seeks to inspire and celebrate undergraduate research by publishing work that is blind and peer-reviewed by faculty members from different departments within SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

For more information, click here.


SFA hospitality administration, visual impairment programs to host “Dining in the Dark”

SFA's hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are hosting “Dining in the Dark” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center to raise awareness about visual impairment.

The event is a sensory encounter designed to prompt blindfolded guests to use their senses beyond vision throughout a four-course meal. It also will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction. Every table will have an ambassador from the visual impairment program to assist guests.

“We are pleased to bring this event back for a second year where guests capture an unforgettable journey that will challenge their senses,” said Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator.

Tickets are $50 per person and tables of eight also are available. Seating is limited, and tickets are available here. Event proceeds will benefit both programs.

For more information, contact Lucas Fandry, marketing committee chair, at fandrylk@jacks.sfasu.edu or Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at (936) 468-1411 or causingf@sfasu.edu.

Nominations due today 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 today.

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

SFA Gardens invites princesses to annual tea party

Princesses from across East Texas are invited to don their best dress and sip tea with old and new friends during the SFA Gardens’ annual Little Princess Tea Party slated for Saturday, April 9, in the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

“The tea party introduces people to nature and gardening in a new and enjoyable way. People who might not normally spend time outdoors love coming to the Little Princess Tea Party,” said Elyce Rodewald, tea party organizer and SFA Gardens educational programs coordinator. “Many people and organizations work together to bring this special day to the community, including SFA Gardens staff members and student workers, Nacogdoches Junior Forum volunteers, Alpha Psi Omega and others."
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SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host outreach day

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a free student-led forestry outreach and education day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, to engage the community and provide insight into the diverse fields of natural resource study.

“So much of our region’s economic and cultural history is founded in the forests and natural resources of the region,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for the college. “We want to enable the community to explore those elements while also sharing the ways in which the field of forestry is both evolving to meet the modern needs of the public and conserving our natural ecosystems.”
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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.

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.

School of Human Sciences to host first Research Week March 29-31

The School of Human Sciences will celebrate its first Research Week March 29-31 to recognize the accomplishments of its students and faculty members.

The students’ poster presentations and reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Human Sciences North Building Lobby. Students and faculty members who have collaborated in research can submit and present their posters. All SFA faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. The Human Sciences Ambassadors are hosting the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at causingf@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


SFA, Houston Baptist University to compete in Southland Conference Tournament semifinals today

SFA’s men’s basketball team will face off against Houston Baptist University at 5 p.m. tonight at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy when the two institutions compete in the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals.

The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Rob Meyers will provide radio commentary on Q107.7 FM.
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Ladyjacks open Southland Conference Tournament today against the Bearkats

SFA's women's basketball team will open up play in the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament at 1 p.m. today inside the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy with a quarterfinal matchup against Sam Houston State University.

The Ladyjacks swept the Bearkats in two meetings during the regular season and will need a third win to advance to Saturday's semifinals. The rivalry contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with David Saltzman and Van Chancellor on the call. Rob Meyers will provide radio commentary on Q107.7 FM.
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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


Goodall to perform final concert with Stone Fort Wind Quintet

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will perform this semester’s final Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A highlight of the concert will be the quintet’s performance of Variations sur un theme libre by popular French composer Eugene Bozza and featuring Dr. John W. Goodall in his last performance with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. Goodall, professor of oboe in the SFA School of Music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, has announced his retirement at the end of the academic year, effective Aug. 31. He is a founding member of the group and has performed with the quintet for more than 30 years.
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