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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, March 15
SFA Baseball at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17
SFA Baseball vs. Kansas State
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.




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Envision SFA completes fifth phase

Phase Five of Envision SFA, the collaborative strategic planning process, concluded on Friday, March 6, with a day-long Goals Conference. During this workshop, members of the Strategic Planning Team were joined by approximately 30 colleagues from across campus representing departments and areas, which will have a key role in implementation of the plan that is under development.

At the end of the day, the group had identified more than 40 potential goals, with 16 of these ranked as the most relevant. Now the President’s Cabinet, who also participated in the workshop, will work to refine these goals and solicit feedback from the planning team before a working draft of the strategic plan is presented to the Board of Regents at their April meeting.

Further updates are available at www.sfasu.edu/envision.


Dr. Kathy Sheriff

Department of Human Services

Sheriff, assistant professor of special education, secured a $750 mini-grant from the SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to support her travel to Florida at the end of the month. 

Dr. Alan Larson

Department of Human Services

Larson, associate professor of rehabilitation counseling, recently dedicated his time and efforts into moving the program in the direction of continued accreditation. The Council on Rehabilitation Education's initial report includes wonderful news for this long-standing, grant-supported program. Of the 39 standards reviewed and evaluated, very few required additional attention, which can easily be addressed in a follow-up correction. 

This is an outstanding job for Dr. Larson, who assumed the task as program coordinator during spring 2014. The final, official decision will be forthcoming this summer.

News & Announcements

2015 Texas Women in Higher Education conference set for March 29-31

This year’s Texas Women in Higher Education conference will focus on leadership, higher education policy, and gender and work-life balance.

The conference will provide attendees with a plethora of networking opportunities while revitalizing, recharging and rejuvenating. Take this chance to get swept up in Galveston’s rich history, breathe in the salty air, and experience a special event hosted at Moody Mansion.

Registration for the conference is ongoing. The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, through Tuesday, March 31, at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas.

View the flier for the event here.
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Annual Leadership and Service Awards nominations now being accepted

Do you have an exceptional student worker? Do you advise an amazing organization? Let SFA's Student Affairs Programs office recognize them!

Faculty and staff members can nominate outstanding students and organizations for one of the many honors to be presented at the Ninth Annual Leadership and Service Awards, hosted by Omicron Delta Kappa on Tuesday, April 21.

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

For a full list of awards and the link to the nomination forms click here.

SFA's environmental professional organization to host second annual symposium

SFA's chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals will host its second annual environmental symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Forestry Building, Room 117, on SFA's campus.

This year's event, "Invasive Species: Environmental Menace," will present a range of experts from SFA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the University of Texas at Arlington, who will address the history, effects and status of invasive species locally and across the country.

"We use the symposiums as a way to spread awareness of important ecological topics throughout the community," said Elena Thomas, NAEP president. "Invasive species are one of the most important issues affecting both our local and global community."
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SFA's Greek community raises awareness for cause

The SFA Interfraternity Council will host the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" awareness event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

The SFA council has adopted sexual assault awareness as their philanthropy, and this year's event is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

IFC is seeking donations of high-heel shoes, which will be utilized by all participants. Drop boxes for the SFA community are located in the Involvement Center and the Greek Life office in the BPSC, Room 3.300. Additionally, there is a community drop box at the Women's Shelter Thrift Store - Family Crisis Center of East Texas, 4610 North St., Nacogdoches.
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SFA Today to resume publishing after holiday

SFA Today will publish one final edition tomorrow before going on hiatus for the break.

Any announcements should be emailed to SFAToday@sfasu.edu.

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.

'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.

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! 

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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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.

2015 SFA Undergraduate Research Conference top scholars, finalists released

SFA's 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference has released the names of the finalists and top scholars at the university.

The conference will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theatre and Twilight Ballroom.

To see the full list of finalists and scholars up for awards, click here.

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.

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.


Game times set for SLC Tournament

The brackets have been set for the 2015 Southland Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament to be held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, this weekend.

SFA men’s basketball will play at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, and SFA women’s basketball will play at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The opponents for both games have not been determined.

Fans can purchase tickets for this weekend’s games on Ticketmaster.com.

Come support your Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks as they battle for the opportunity to 'March On' to the NCAA Tournament. Let’s purple out Katy!

For more information, contact the SFA Athletics Marketing office at (936) 468-1259 or the SFA Ticket Office at (936) 468-5225.

Eighth inning dooms SFA in loss to the University of New Mexico

Tuesday night's baseball game at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque seemed promising for SFA, but the tides turned during the Wednesday game when the Lobos crossed the plate six times in the eighth inning to clench an 8-2 victory over the Lumberjacks.

With the loss, SFA falls to 5-13 on the season as the 'Jacks continue to search for those elusive back-to-back wins in 2015.
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SFA softball's weekend series at UCA altered

The SFA softball team's upcoming weekend series in Conway, Arkansas, against the University of Central Arkansas has been shifted to a Saturday doubleheader and a Sunday afternoon game, head coach Gay McNutt announced Wednesday morning. Saturday's twin bill will begin at 1 p.m. and Sunday's game will begin at noon.

The Ladyjacks and Sugar Bears were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday with the third game set for Saturday afternoon.
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Fine Arts

'Re-Western' exhibition features new look at Old West

The paintings and sculpture of Felice House and Dana Younger will be featured in the exhibition "Re-Western" showing Wednesday, March 25, through Saturday, May 2, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Hosted by the SFA School of Art, the exhibition "views 'The West' through a post-modern lens that both challenges and honors this most American of genres," according to the artists' statement.

Through painting and sculpture, husband-and-wife artists Younger and House ask the audience to re-evaluate the archetypes, mythology and values of "The West" while reveling in its richness.
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Student-directed 'The Patient' to be performed at SFA

Agatha Christie's one-act play "The Patient" will be presented by the SFA School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs the play in which a woman, Mrs. Wingfield, falls from a balcony, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak.

"She must determine the cause of the accident, with the help of her doctor," Gibson said. "The suspicion is that Mrs. Wingfield was pushed. It is now up to the doctor and an inspector to get to the bottom of who tried to murder the patient."
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Recital to feature saxophone, piano works from countries around the world

Dr. Nathan Nabb, SFA professor of saxophone, will perform selections from his upcoming performance tour of Taiwan and China when he presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Collaborating with him on piano is Dr. Chialing Hsieh, faculty piano accompanist at Morehead State University. The two are longtime duo partners, performing together regularly since 2005. They will present pieces by David Maslanka, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Richard Lavenda and Piet Swerts.

Maslanka's Sonata for alto saxophone is considered to be a major work for the instrument and a mainstay in the saxophone repertoire, according to Nabb. "A champion of the saxophone, Maslanka writes works very large in scope, often highlighting the full range of its expressive and technical capabilities," he said.
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SFA's voice faculty Turner to perform the music of Brahms

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present voice faculty member Chris Turner performing "The Lieder of Johannes Brahms" at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Being a baritone, Brahms is considered one of the most representative composers of the Lieder genre for the baritone voice," Turner said. "In fact, many of his songs were specifically written for the famed baritone Julius Stockhausen, who was often accompanied by Brahms at the piano singing his songs."

The purpose of this program, Turner explains, is to introduce students to the beautiful melodies Brahms composed, the complexity of his offerings, and how well he wrote for the voice.
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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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