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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, March 22
SFA Baseball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
2 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SFA Tennis
at Abilene Christian
11 a.m.

SFA Track and Field
Alabama Relays
Tuscaloosa, Ala.




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More than 1,200 expected to participate in 'The BIG Event'

More than 1,200 SFA students are expected to participate in "The BIG Event" this coming Saturday, March 22. The annual event was recognized by a proclamation read by Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn (right) on campus Tuesday.

Students plan The BIG Event to thank the community for all it does to support the university throughout the year. On Saturday, teams of student volunteers will fan out to Nacogdoches residences, businesses and nonprofit organizations that have requested assistance with yard work, interior and exterior painting, basic household repairs, and other projects.

Also pictured is Solomon Delaney, executive student director of The BIG Event.

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. 


Dr. Robert Z. Selden

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden, a research associate at SFA's Center for Regional Heritage Research has been appointed by a unanimous vote as the Anthropology Section Chair of the Texas Academy of Science.  

Selden, a Texas native, completed his doctoral research into the Caddo Indian culture in 2013 at Texas A&M university. 

The Texas Academy of Science is a professional association of scientists focused on increased communication among scientists and the public and providing specialists to the state government and agencies. 

Dr. Fred Allen

School of Music

Allen, SFA's director of bands, unexpectedly found one of his pieces of music among the competition pieces for some musicians away from home.

Allen was conducting bands in rehearsal at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Macau band when he discovered an arrangement of his, "When the Stars Began to Fall," was among the required music that bands from Hong Kong public schools would play during their spring competitions. 

Dr. Wendy Killam

Department of Human Services

Killam will receive the Presidential Service Award from the Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the American Counseling Association, on March 28 at the ACA Conference in Hawaii. 

AADA is a national organization with a focus on adult lifespan development issues. Killam has been a leader in AADA for several years and has served in various roles within the organization including, president, treasurer, secretary and co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. 

Killam started a doctoral mentoring program within the organization. She has recently again been elected President-Elect of AADA and her terms starts in July 2014. 

News & Announcements

Global Gateway to Pakistan set for Saturday

Join the Nacogdoches community for a presentation on Pakistani culture given by exchange students from Pakistan. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, 1112 North St. 

Authentic Pakistani food samples will be served. The students will talk about their culture and wedding traditions and give demonstrations of Pakistani dances. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Faculty recognition luncheon set for April 15

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will be held this spring on Tuesday, April 15, in the Grand Ballroom. This annual luncheon recognizes faculty who are completing 10, 20, 30, or 40 years of service at SFA, as well as faculty who have announced their retirement.

The 12:15 p.m. luncheon is preceded by a reception starting at 11:45 a.m.

Formal invitations will be going out soon. Please RSVP to those invitations since an accurate count for the luncheon is very important. The following is a list of those persons to be honored. Please contact Bob Szafran at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu as soon as possible in the case of any errors or omissions.

More than 50 university employees will be recognized at the event. 

Greek Life to host faculty/staff breakfast

Greek Life will be hosting a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast as a part of the annual Greek Week festivities.

The breakfast will be a come-and-go event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201.

The members of the SFA Greek system would like to show their appreciation for your hard work and support throughout the year. 

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

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.

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

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

4 on 4 Axes Up flag football tournament registration

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.


Ladyjacks 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 also 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 Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon. 
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SFA To Face TCU in 2015

SFA football has announced an agreement to face Texas Christian University in fall 2015. The game will be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The Lumberjacks and Horned Frogs have met once previously in 2008 as TCU is one of three current Big 12 schools SFA has faced in its program history (Baylor, Texas Tech). The 'Jacks open up the 2014 season at Big 12 foe Kansas State on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Manhattan, Kan.

SFA opens up its 2014 spring practice schedule this Friday at 4 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium. The 'Jacks have 14 practices scheduled, leading up to the 2014 Spring Game at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. 

Texas Tech too much for SFA

After a delayed start due to high winds in Lubbock, the SFA Lumberjack baseball team took a 1-0 lead before eventually falling 20-4 to No. 25 Texas Tech on Tuesday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

SFA (8-10) and the Red Raiders (17-5) were delayed until 2:30 p.m. due to high winds that reached upwards of 40 mph.

Senior Mackenzie Handel highlighted the night for the 'Jacks, belting his third homer of the season in a 1-for-4 performance with two RBI and a run scored. SFA recorded eight hits in all, with sophomore Matthew Dickey and freshman Conner Fikes accounting for four between the two of them. Dickey and Fikes each finished 2-for-4, with Dickey scoring once.
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Fine Arts

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.

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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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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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.

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