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Tuesday, March 18

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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, March 18
SFA Baseball
at Texas Tech
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19
Last day to drop classes

SFA Baseball
at Texas Tech
2 p.m.

Thursday, March 20
SFA Track and Field
Alabama Relays
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Friday, March 21
NCAA: SFA Men's Baskeball
vs. Virginia Commonwealth University
San Diego, Calif. 
6:30 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
6:30 p.m.

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

SFA Track and Field
Alabama Relays
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

SFA Women's Golf
Sam Houston State




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Mayor to issue ‘The BIG Event’ proclamation

On Tuesday, March 18, Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn will present a proclamation declaring March 22 as “The BIG Event Day in Nacogdoches.” University officials will share information about the history and purpose behind this annual SFA service project, and Buzz Dutton, executive director of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, will speak briefly about the impact The BIG Event has had on that nonprofit during the past five years. The mayor also will give remarks before announcing the proclamation. Refreshments will be provided.
More than 1,000 SFA students already have signed up to participate in this year’s The BIG Event. The purpose of The BIG Event is for students to say “thank you” to the community for everything it does to support SFA. Residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations submit job request forms to The BIG Event planning committee. Examples of past jobs completed during The BIG Event  include yard work, interior and exterior painting, and basic household repairs.
The proclamation event will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

SFA to play VCU in NCAA Tourney

SFA men's basketball team learned their seed, opponent and destination for the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon during a watch party at Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Nacogdoches. The Lumberjacks drew a number 12 seed and will play fifth-seeded VCU in the San Diego regional on Friday.

SFA is making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The last time the 'Jacks went to the dance was in 2009, falling to then rout No. 3 seed Syracuse, 59-44, in the South regional in Miami. SFA was a No. 14 seed in the tournament in 2009.

The postseason meeting with VCU will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams on the hardwood.
SFA enters the tournament at or still near the top in its respective win streaks. The 'Jacks picked up their 27th and 28th straight victory in the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament. SFA knocked off Northwestern State in the semifinals and Sam Houston State in the championship game to earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The 'Jacks closed the regular season on a 33-game home win streak, which is tied with sixth and seventh nationally-ranked Duke, who is a No. 3 seed in the tournament. SFA also finished the regular season with 14 overall road wins, which led the nation, and on a 12-game win streak away from its home court that sat second only to second-ranked Wichita State, a No. 1 seed in the big dance.
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New SFA logo to be unveiled March 26

SFA's new logo will be unveiled around noon on March 26 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge.


Center for Regional Heritage Research presents Caddo research at annual conference

Three posters highlighting research into East Texas Caddo Indian culture debuted in Galveston this month at the annual Texas Academy of Science meeting. 

The documents were titled: "At the Confluence of GIS and Geochemistry: Identifying Geochemical Correlates of Ripley Engraved Caddo Ceramics," "Toward a Morphometric Phylogeny of Caddo Ceramics: A Test of 3D Morphometrics" and " Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) of Shell-Tempered Ceramics in the Ancestral Caddo Region: Rethinking Methods."

Each poster detailed research into better understanding the Caddo Indians, a once-prolific group of early residents in the region, including their trade and economic patterns, where pottery and ceramics were created based on chemical composition, and changes in the style of ceramics over the years. 

News & Announcements

Upcoming Campus Program for Minors training

Campus Recreation has two classes of Campus Program for Minors training coming up. The courses are offered at 10 a.m. on March 20 and at 10 a.m. April 3. These classes are free for SFA faculty/staff and students.

Please sign up at the Campus Recreation office or call (936) 468-3507.

These will soon be going to an online format, but for those needing to be trained now, it is still done in person. If you have specific questions about the training, please contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051 or lankfordtc@sfasu.edu.

Screening of 'Chasing Ice' begins March 23

The Organization of Faith, Education and Community will host a screening of the 2012 documentary film "Chasing Ice" and a panel discussion about climate change at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, in room 2.101 in the Baker Patillo Student Center. 

Admission to the screening and discussion is free. 

"Chasing Ice" follows the work of James Balog, a National Geographic photographer who shot time-lapse sequences of changes to the world's glaciers. 
For more information, contact Dr. Jerry Williams at (936) 468-2306.

Dr. Michaela Pohl to speak on "Extremism and Denial"

The School of Honors welcomes Dr. Michaela Pohl of Vassar College as this year’s Wisely Speaker. Dr. Pohl specializes in Soviet and Eurasian history, and she was one of the first Western scholars to conduct oral history interviews in post-Soviet Russia and Kazakhstan in the 1990s. 

At 4 p.m. Wednesday March 19, Pohl will present “The Holocaust and My German Family” in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. She will speak on how ordinary German families in the 1960s-2000s processed their national past across generational divides.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday March 20, Pohl will speak on “Chechens Between Civic Action and Terror” in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. Pohl will discuss the political history of the Chechens in the 1940s and 1950s, before and after Stalin exiled the entire nation to Central Asia. 

For more information, please contact the School of Honors at 468-2813 or Dr. Randi Cox at 468-2428 or rcox@sfasu.edu

Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment

The School of Social Work, Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development and Special Health Resources for Texas is presenting "Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment," a free symposium on HIV/AIDS.

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Regents' Suites A and B in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Discussions will include the Affordable Care Act, services for for HIV/AIDS patients in East Texas and the "Life Giving Project," an international outreach program. The symposium is part of the School of Social Work's celebration of Social Work Month.

Please RSVP to Donna Shelton at dshelton@sfasu.edu. For more information, contact Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant at oliphante@sfasu.edu

Annual symposium to highlight Japanese maples

The 13th annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the newly opened Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building location at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
Matt and Tim Nichols of Nichols Nursery in North Carolina and MrMaple.com will present “Heat-Tolerant Maples for the South” based on their 35 years of experience propagating and growing more than 1,000 kinds of Japanese maples. They will share information about growing maples in a southern climate, demonstrate how the trees are grafted and assist in a guided tour of the nearby Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, which features more than 200 varieties of the ornamental tree.
Cost, including lunch and garden tour, is $35 for SFA Gardens members and $40 for non-members. To register, call (936) 564-7351 or email info@visitnacogdoches.org.
Participants may also register the morning of the event. For more information, email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year

The deadline to nominate your student worker for Student Employee of the Year is March 28. For more information, click here.

Join the celebration for this year’s Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 13-19! The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to the SFA campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students.
View a list of ideas for showing your appreciation to your student employees here.

Campus Recreation

Wellness Walking Tour today

New date: Tuesday, March 18

5:15 to 6 p.m.

The tour will start in the Rec Center Lounge located near the front desk and stop by all dining locations along the one-mile campus tour.

Put on your sneakers and join SFA Dining and Campus Rec for a wellness tour of campus.  The tour will include information on wellness services available through Campus Rec and SFA Dining, as well as tips and tricks on how to be active and eat well in the dining halls and retail outlets throughout campus. To join us for the tour, please RSVP to Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

4 on 4 Axes Up flag football tournament registration

Monday, Jan. 13 through Thursday, March 20

1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office

Format will feature pool play, then a single-elimination bracket. A fee of $20 per team is due at registration. (All proceeds for the tournament will go toward the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for Campus Recreation.) Pool play will begin at the Intramural Fields from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 21. Single-elimination bracket play will be on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. This event is open, so there are no restrictions on male or female participants. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.


SFA faces Texas Tech in midweek series

SFA embarks on a five-game road swing, beginning with a two-game series against Big 12 foe Texas Tech in Lubbock this week. Today's game gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with Wednesday’s tilt scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

SFA enters the week 8-9 overall and 1-2 in Southland Conference play after dropping the opening series against McNeese State. The 'Jacks are 3-5 on the road this season but have already notched a pair of victories over teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA tournament (Alabama and Wichita State).

Heading into this week’s series against Texas Tech, Dan O’Neill leads SFA in batting average (.364) thanks to a productive Sunday against McNeese State. Matthew Dickey has the most at-bats in the leadoff spot for the 'Jacks (73), hitting .329 with 24 hits and six RBI. Mackenzie Handel leads the team in both RBIs (11) and homeruns (2), batting .281 as the designated hitter with Joseph Olson right behind at 10 RBIs.
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Ladyjacks to host Texas State in Women’s Basketball Invitational Thursday

The SFA Ladyjacks have received a bid to host the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational and will take on former conference foe Texas State at 7 p.m. Thursday at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

With the WBI appearance, the Ladyjacks make their 27th postseason appearance in school history and first since playing in the WBI in 2012.

SFA (20-12) won a share of the Southland Conference title this season going 13-5 in league play and tying with Lamar for the crown. The Ladyjacks fell to Northwestern State in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon.

In his four seasons as head coach of the Ladyjacks, Brandon Schneider has led his team to the championship game of the conference tournament twice, and to the WBI twice as well.

The Ladyjacks fell to Northern Iowa in their last postseason appearance with the Panthers, winning in Nacogdoches by the final of 83-67.

Texas State (16-15) heads to the WBI after falling in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference  Championship to Arkansas State. 
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TAMUCC beats SFA in resumed match

In the continuation of Saturday's delayed match with Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, the SFA women's tennis team fell 4-3 on Monday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

"TAMUCC has a deep squad that is well coached and that competes at a high level," said head coach Roberto Aspillaga. "They played a little better than us in singles and took advantage of every inch we gave them to run away with the win. I am proud of the girls for the effort and heart they showed today. We were a few points away from beating last year’s conference finalist.

“It is encouraging to see how much we have improved in doubles in the last few weeks. This will help take pressure from the singles when it comes to playing the top teams in the conference. It was unfortunate that the rain did not allow us to start with doubles against them."
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Fine Arts

Raychev recital to feature works of composer Marcello

Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member, will present “MarCello” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
The faculty recital will also feature Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, and Martha De Luna, graduate student in the SFA School of Music.
“This recital is celebratory,” Raychev said. “I love the month of March, and I love my cello. I am happy that I will be sharing the experience with my colleagues and friends Gene Moon and Martha De Luna.”
The program will include compositions by Fritz Kreisler, Niccoló Paganini, Bohuslav Martinu, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Brahms and Benedetto Marcello.
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SFA’s Fredonia Players to present ‘Broadway in the Downstage’

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre will present the Fredonia Players performing “Broadway in the Downstage” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 20 through 22, in the Downstage Theater. A 2 p.m. performance is slated for Saturday, March 22.

The performance of SFA’s popular theater musical group will feature a compilation of duets, solos and group numbers from Broadway musicals, according to Shari Ellsworth, theater appreciation instructor at SFA and the new director of the Fredonia Players.

“This will be a variety show of musical numbers with some fun and upbeat songs and some lovely ballads,” Ellsworth said. 

The Downstage Theatre is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 486-6407.

Gemini Flute Duo to perform in Cole Series recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Gemini Flute Duo in a guest/faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
The recital will feature performers Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, and Jennifer Keeney, affiliate artist of flute at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, with Geneva Fung, SFA staff accompanist, on piano.
The program will include “Duo Concertant” for two flutes by Louis-Francois-Philippe Drouet; “Currents” for two flutes by Alan Scott; “The Ghosts of Mesa Verde” for two flutes by SFA composition professor Stephen Lias; and Yuko Uebayashi's “Transcending Time” for two flutes and piano.
Keeney plays flute and piccolo with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, among others. She taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp and the Bowling Green University Summer Flute Camp for five years.
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Versatile percussionist Harnsberger to present guest recital at SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andy Harnsberger in a guest percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as "A Master of Musical Nuance," Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer, composer and educator, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion at SFA. Harnsberger, who is assistant professor of music and percussion coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has performed in musical venues across the United States, Australia, Japan and nine countries in Europe. He also presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year.

"Dr. Harnsberger is in demand as a recitalist and clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year," Meyer said. "His compositions have been performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and around the world. Harnsberger was also a recipient of the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music."
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SFA's collaborative 'Pen and Pigment' exhibition to open March 21

A collaborative project between Stephen F. Austin State University student writers and artists will culminate in the annual “Pen & Pigment” exhibition, which opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.
“Pen & Pigment is an annual event created to promote creativity and collaboration between creative writing and fine arts students,” said Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting in the SFA School of Art. “This year, students from advanced poetry and advanced painting are working together to develop a body of work for the art exhibition.”
First, each student starts out making a piece of work inspired by his or her own artistic vision and aesthetics, Roberts explained. Next, the classes exchange work anonymously, and each student chooses a work for which they wish to create a response.
“In the end, the gallery show features around 20 paintings and 20 poems that explore how ‘pen’ inspired ‘pigment’ and ‘pigment’ inspired ‘pen,’” Roberts said.
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SFA’s Jacks of Steel to present annual spring concert

The SFA Steel Band, also known as Jacks of Steel, directed by Director of Percussion Studies Dr. Brad Meyer, will present the ensemble’s annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Jacks of Steel will perform a wide-ranging selection of fun and exciting tunes, including Brian Nozny’s arrangement of “Inspector 8” (from the The Ernies’ popular ska song), “Brown-eyed Girl,” “Guantanamera,” and “Hot Hot Hot.”

SFA’s Steel Band is comprised of 16 music and non-music majors playing Caribbean steel pans, as well as an engine room comprised of a drumset, electric bass and accessory percussion instruments.

The event will be streamed live at www.music.sfasu.edu/stream.php.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

SFA opera production to feature ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and ‘Sister Angelica’

The SFA College of Fine Arts and schools of Music and Theatre will present “Gianni Schicchi” and “Sister Angelica,” two one-act operas sung in English by Giacomo Puccini, at 7:30 p.m. March 27 through 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

These performances are features of the 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts’ University series, “Live Out Loud.” The production will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by orchestra and staged with full set and costumes, said Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director.

Each year, as the opera production team choose the program that will best serve the SFA voice students, much consideration is given the number of students ready to take on a major role and which voice types – soprano, lyric tenor, mezzo-soprano, baritone, bass, etc. – are available, Dalton explained.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
At 7 p.m. March 27 before the opening performance there will be an informative talk about the opera in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. 

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