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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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Lumberjack Marching Band brings continued recognition to SFA

The Lumberjack Marching Band has put SFA in the national spotlight once again.

A video of the band's performance last fall at the Battle of the Piney Woods in NRG Stadium in Houston is among 10 videos selected nationwide of marching band performances that will be showcased during the College Band Directors National Association convention Wednesday, March 25, through Saturday, March 28, in Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. David Campo, SFA associate director of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, and Dr. Tamey Anglley, SFA assistant director of bands, will attend the convention to represent the university.
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Dr. Lauren E. Brewer

Department of Psychology

Brewer, assistant professor of psychology, received a $410 mini-grant to support her research on the relationship between perception of physical pain and empathy.

These funds procured a Wagner Instruments FPX 25 Algometer for use in Brewer's research lab to measure physical pain tolerance and threshold.

Dr. Paige Mask

Department of Human Services

Mask, associate professor of special education, continues to increase the national visibility of SFA's Special Education Diagnostician Master of Education online program.

In the last month, Mask has received inquiries from Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona and Arkansas. This success in spreading the reputation of the program has been without additional expenses to the department or university.

Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson

Department of Human Services

Solmonson, associate professor of school counseling, is engaging in innovative work to extend visibility of the counseling programs through the use of social media.

She has revamped the program website and created Facebook and Twitter accounts for the SFA Counseling Education Program, which has been found to boost recruitment and retention at other institutions.

Visual Impairment, Orientation and Mobility programs

Department of Human Services

SFA's Visual Impairment program and Orientation and Mobility program are models for having a strong SFA collective presence at professional conferences.

The programs had a strong showing at the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Statewide Conference. The programs were represented by individual presenters, collaborative presenters, cross-institutional collaborative presentations and in leadership positions. SFA was represented by: Deborah Cady, Tracy Hallak, Heather Munro, Michael Munro and Dr. Phoebe Okungu.  

News & Announcements

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 that 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.

SFA's School of Social Work to present lecture

The SFA School of Social Work is partnering with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's East Texas Geriatric Education Consortium to present a lecture series this month.

The series will cover a number of topics pertaining to senior citizens, and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in SFA's School of Social Work Building, Room 204. Seating is limited to only 30 attendees. Call (936) 468-5105 to register.

SFA Today to resume publishing after holiday

SFA Today will resume regular publishing on Monday, March 23.

Enjoy your break, 'Jacks!

Deadline for The BIG Event job requests is today

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.

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.

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.

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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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.


SFA seeks to defend SLC Tournament title

SFA heads to Katy, Texas, to defend its 2014 Southland Conference Tournament title. The Lumberjacks closed out the regular season with a 27-4 record and were 17-1 in SLC play, capturing the regular season title for the third-straight year and earning the top overall seed in the SLC Championship.

SFA clinched its third-straight SLC title Saturday, March 7, outlasting rival Sam Houston State University 64-55 in front of 7,328 fans at SFA's William R. Johnson Coliseum. Led by junior Thomas Walkup's third-straight double-double (19 points and 11 rebounds), SFA pulled away in the second half to notch its 10th-straight victory over the rival from Huntsville. Junior Clide Geffrard also played a key role in the Lumberjack victory, finishing with 11 points.
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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.

Fine Arts

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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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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