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This Week's Calendar

Monday, March 2
SFA Men's Basketball vs. University of the Incarnate Word
William R. Johnson Coliseum
7 p.m.

Last day to apply for degrees to be completed in August 2015

Tuesday, March 3
SFA Baseball at Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
SFA Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern State
William R. Johnson Coliseum
8 p.m.

Friday, March 6
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. Central Arkansas
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Food festival planned for March 9

The SFA International Student Association will host a food festival from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Yellow House Christian Student Center on East College. The lunch will feature food from many different countries prepared by SFA international students.

Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased in the International Office, Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402.

SFA's Career Services to host job search event

SFA's Career Services will host a Winning Job Search Strategies event for senior students, and is asking for faculty members to help spread the word.

With the average job search lasting around seven months, the unemployment rate at 8.5 percent (compared to 5.5 percent in 2007), and the underemployment rate at 16.8 percent (compared to 9.6 percent in 2007) for all recent college graduates, the need for job search education could not be more important. The mission of the event is to equip graduating students with information on numerous career options for their major, strategies to enhance the process of securing employment, and goal-oriented action plans needed to beat these statistics and achieve their career goals.
Let’s work together to make sure all of their effort pays off, and help our graduates hit the job market with a competitive edge!
The event will be at for 3 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theatre.

Employee Wellness offering clogging classes

Clogging is Back!

SFA's Employee Wellness program is pleased to announce that clogging is being offered again as part of its fitness classes. Whether you have two left feet or are a clogging professional, this class is for you. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. 

The class is scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m. in the HPE Gymnastics Room. 

For questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or email waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programs within Employee Wellness please visit sfasu.edu/campusrec.

Alumni scholarship established in honor of former student publications director

The SFA Alumni Association recently established the Pat Spence Scholarship for The Pine Log to help support students majoring in mass communication and/or art.

This scholarship was endowed for the former director of student publications by past students and friends of The Pine Log. Spence earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968 and a Master of Arts in communication from SFA in 1987. During the time between her degrees, she worked in the newspaper and public relations industries. Serving almost 30 years as the director and adviser of The Pine Log, Spence retired from SFA in 2014.

The Pat Spence Scholarship for The Pine Log will be awarded to currently enrolled students who are mass communication and/or art majors, with an emphasis on photography and ad design. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average.

Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship may send a check payable to the SFASU Foundation with instructions to apply the gift to the Pat Spence Scholarship for The Pine Log. Donations should be mailed to P.O. BOX 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

Be ready to save a life!

Have you ever been concerned about someone, but unsure about what to say? SFA's Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person at risk. On completion, each participant will receive certification as a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.”

The course will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, March 2, in the Rusk Building Room 333. Call (936) 468-2401 for more information.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents 'The Vagina Monologues'

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will present "The Vagina Monologues" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The performance is a charity production written by Eve Ensler to help stop violence against women. Admission is $1, and all proceeds will go to the Nacogdoches Women's Shelter.

For more information, please visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs' website.

"Game of Thrones" linguist to speak on campus

David Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones" will present “Conlangs: The art of language invention,” in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The presentation is open to the public.

Peterson began creating languages in 2000 and has created languages for TV shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed" and "Thor 2," as well as creating multiple languages for personal use.

He also authored the book "Living Langauge Dothraki." In 2007, he helped establish the Language Creation Society, where he is still a member.

Knowledge Exchange Institute executive visits SFA

Want to know more about the Knowledge Exchange Institute and/or leading a faculty-led study abroad program? Stop by SFA's Office of International Programs, Dugas Liberal Arts North Building, Room 402, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

The institute provides support services for a wide range of  program disciplines, including: fashion design, merchandising and visual communications, performing arts, pre-medicine, health and nutrition, tourism and hospitality, brewing and distilling chemistry, biology and business, Spanish and Hispanic studies, psychology, sociology and human behavior, business, finance and marketing.

KEI offers three program models: customized faculty-led programs, integrated faculty-led programs and cooperative programs.

SFA has an affiliation agreement with KEI that gives students access to $1,000 scholarships.

Please RSVP to maxitie@sfasu.edu if you plan to join.

Women in STEM luncheon set for March 5

The SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics will host their inaugural Women in STEM luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. 

This luncheon will raise awareness of the need for more females entering into STEM disciplines. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nancy Dickey, SFA alumna and first female president of the American Medical Association.

All proceeds will go to fund scholarships for deserving female students in STEM majors at SFA. Tickets are $40 each or a table of eight for $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Vicki Shimer at shimervm@sfasu.edu.

SFA student organizations to hold grand opening for food pantry

The SFA Student Government Association and Hunger Jacks, along with the Office of Academic Affairs, will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Food for Thought campus food pantry at noon Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201 on SFA's campus.

The new pantry will serve as an unlimited resource for SFA students on campus. Donations can be made from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays. Student volunteers have already stocked the pantry with items collected from the Monday night Lumberjack basketball game versus Lamar.

"The mission of the Food for Thought food pantry is to help alleviate food insecurity among SFA students," said Dr. Miranda Terry, assistant professor of kinesiology and health science and health science program coordinator at SFA.

All donations are welcome, including canned goods, food items in plastic jars and even funds. For more information about the event or to donate, please contact Terry at (936) 468-2353 or email terryms@sfasu.edu.

Career and Internship Expo set for next week

SFA Career Services invites you to the spring Career and Internship Expo.

Encourage your students to find an internship or full-time job at the Career Expo. This event is a great opportunity for students and alumni of all majors to network with professional recruiters.

Please also encourage your business contacts to attend.
A list of participating employers is available here.
Students will need:
- Student I.D.
- Résumés to distribute to employers. Help with résumés is available though the SFA Career Services office. 
- Professional dress is required.

2015 Texas Job Fair set for March 31

SFA Career Services encourages faculty and staff members to invite their students to attend the Texas Job Fair - one of the largest college job fairs in the state. This event attracts more than 1,500 students and alumni from the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers institutions, as well as graduates from institutions throughout Texas.

SFA is a member of HACCC and will provide transportation to the fair.
For more information about transportation to the event, click here. For more information about the Texas Job Fair, visit the HACCC website.


Payne wins USA Track and Field Pole Vault title

SFA's Demi Payne has been named a national athlete of the week three times, broken five meet records, won six individual titles and broken the NCAA women's pole vault record three times so far in 2015. She can now add U.S. champion to her impressive resume.

In a field of the best women's pole vaulters in the country, Payne claimed gold at the 2015 USA Track and Field Indoor Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Sunday afternoon. She cleared 14 feet, 11 inches (4.55 m) on her third attempt, beating defending champion Mary Saxer by two inches.
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Ladyjack softball falls to LSU

The SFA softball team ran into one of the hottest teams in the NCAA on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Purple and Gold Challenge. The Ladyjacks fell to seventh-ranked Louisiana State University 14-0 in five innings at Tiger Park.

The Tigers (21-0) scored eight runs in the first inning, one in the second and five more in the third en route to the five-inning victory. The host team hit .542 (13-for-24) on the afternoon.
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SFA clinches share of 17th SLC title

For the second season in a row and the 17th time in program history, the SFA women's basketball team will finish with at least a share of the Southland Conference regular season title after the Ladyjacks defeated Houston Baptist University 69-57 Saturday night. The Ladyjacks improved to 21-6 overall and 14-2 in SLC play.

With just two games remaining in the regular season, and a 1.5 game lead over Lamar University, SFA is tied for first place. Because the Ladyjacks beat the Lady Cardinals in both meetings this year, they hold the tie-breaking win and therefore claim the number one seed in the 2015 SLC Tournament after Thursday night's win.
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SFA baseball takes weekend series against South Dakota State University

SFA split the double-header to win its first series of the 2015 season, taking two out of three games against South Dakota State University at Jaycees Field on Saturday. The Lumberjacks suffered a 12-0 pummeling in game one, but rebounded to rally past the Jackrabbits in game two for an 8-7 victory.

The Lumberjacks struggled in game one, as the Jackrabbits scored three times each in the first, third and fourth innings to race out to a 9-0 lead. SDSU scored three more runs over the sixth and seventh innings and kept SFA off the scoreboard through the duration of the game.
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SFA men's basketball reclaims first with 102-87 win at HBU

Senior Jacob Parker caught fire in the second half to post a season-high 30 points as SFA beat Houston Baptist University 102-87 in a Saturday night shootout inside Sharp Gym. The 'Jacks improve to 24-4 overall and 14-1 in Southland Conference play with the victory.

With Sam Houston State's 61-59 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the win also puts SFA in sole possession of first place in the SLC standings heading into the regular season's final week. The Lumberjacks' 14-1 mark is one game better than the Bearkats' 13-2 record. SFA currently holds the tiebreaker over Sam Houston thanks to its victory in Huntsville last month.
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Fine Arts

Lubbock violinist wins first place in SFA's Schmidbauer Competition

Fiona Shea, a 15-year-old violinist from Lubbock, took first place in the 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA.

As the top contestant in this year's piano and strings competition, Shea will perform the first movement of Khachaturian's Violin Concerto with SFA's premier ensemble, the Orchestra of the Pines, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians, offering prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.
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Schmidbauer Competition winner to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The winner of the 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA will be the guest violinist when the Orchestra of the Pines performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

Fiona Shea, 15, of Lubbock, who took first place in this year's piano and strings competition, will perform as guest soloist when the orchestra performs the first movement of Khachaturian's violin concerto, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA.

"The Khachaturian violin concerto is a powerhouse violin concerto that shows off its soloist in a grand flurry of virtuosity and lyricism," he said.
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'The Importance of Being Earnest' - SFA School of Theatre to stage Wilde's classic comedy of manners

Anyone who loves outrageous characters and clever comedy will want to see "The Importance of Being Earnest" when the SFA School of Theatre performs Oscar Wilde's classic play Tuesday through Saturday, March 3 through 7, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

This cheerful and lighthearted comedy of manners, which Wilde called "a trivial play for serious people," is his brilliant tour de force, regarded by many as the wittiest play in the English language, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence and director of the show.

"Witty dialogue, mistaken identities and hilarious characters" will enchant the audience, Heifner said.

"Jack is in love with Gwendolen, but when it is revealed that both Jack and his best friend, Algernon, are living a very big lie, a delightful comedy with outrageous revelations unfolds," Heifner said. "The play is a swift comedy of manners - good and bad - and is an enchanting love story that satirizes everything in Victorian society."
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Art confiscated by Nazis topic of lecture

"Cornelius Gurlitt and the Art Treasures Confiscated by the Nazis" will be the topic of a lecture Dr. Christoph Zuschlag will present at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room 106 of the SFA Art Annex, located on the university's campus.

Zuschlag, professor of art history at the Landau campus of the University of Klobenz/Landau, Germany, is instrumental in the on-going student exchange between his university and SFA, according to Jill Carrington, professor of art history at SFA.

One of Zuschlag's interests is stolen art, such as the masterworks that were denounced by the Nazis as "degenerate art" yet also "collected" by the Nazis, meaning the works were typically stolen from the rightful owners, who, often being Jewish, became victims of the Holocaust.
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Memphis Woodwind Trio to perform at SFA

The Memphis Woodwind Trio, comprised of flute, clarinet and oboe faculty members from the University of Memphis School of Music, will perform a concert of intimate chamber music for winds at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

Works will range from the serious, such as Thea Musgrave's "Impromptu" for flute and oboe, to the sublime - an Antonin Dvorak string trio, re-imagined. The program also will feature works by J.S. Bach, H. Villa-Lobos, Malcolm Arnold and Leonardo de Lorenzo.

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
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'Coleidoscope' concert honors music patrons

Uncommon combinations of instruments and a wide variety of musical styles will be explored during a Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of chamber music collaborative faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's "invaluable patrons," Ed Cole and the late Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a symbolic gesture of gratitude to the general music patrons in our area," he said.
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SFA Regents Professor, Dr. Tim King, to present lecture

Dr. Tim King, professor of music and director of choral activities at SFA, will present "SFA: A Scale for Fine Arts" at the upcoming Regents Lecture.

King, the 2014-15 Regents Professor, will deliver the address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission charge.

Reserved for exemplary university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon members of the faculty and is held for one academic year.
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SFA to screen 'The Art of the Steal'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Art of the Steal" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Art of the Steal," directed by Don Argott, follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' $25 billion collection of modern and post-impressionist art.
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