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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, March 3
Men's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Saturday, March 5
Men's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
7 p.m.

Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
4:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6
SFA tennis vs. the University of the Incarnate Word

Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas

Monday, March 7
Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas




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News & Announcements

Earth Day Celebration planned for Saturday, April 2

SFA's 2016 Earth Day Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center behind the Tucker House and next to the SFA Gardens Spring Plant Sale. 

The event will include live music, food and activities for kids and adults of all ages related to sustainability. The celebration is an opportunity for members of the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community to join together in furthering the vision of a sustainable campus and community.

A guided bike ride is planned to begin at 10:30 a.m. from the Nacogdoches Farmers Market to the celebration.
The Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Pursuits Program, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally and the SFA Health Science Program.

Applications available at SFA Early Childhood Lab

SFA's Early Childhood Lab is currently accepting applications for children and infants through pre-kindergarten to be added to the admissions wait list.

Visit the Early Childhood Research Center to complete an application.

Students to host Safe Spring Break event

SFA will host a Safe Spring Break event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Courtyard on the SFA campus.

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, an SFA lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, and students in her senior seminar class are coordinating the event. This year's theme is 'Jacks Play it Safe, SFASB2K16.

"This project gives students the opportunity to learn, develop and apply skills health educators need such as identifying community resources, organizing event logistics, marketing and implementing health-related education, and crafting effective messages for a specific population," Krogen-Morton said.
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SFA professor weighs in on effects of campus-carry law on curriculum

Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history at SFA, was recently quoted in a Time Magazine article addressing controversy about Texas' campus-carry law, which goes into effect Aug. 1.

She commented on remarks by a University of Houston professor who suggested educators "consider changing curriculum to avoid controversial subjects" once firearms are allowed on the state's university campuses.

The article is available here

Tips to avoid Zika virus while traveling

With the 2016 spring holiday only a few weeks away, Dr. Penny Jeffery, SFA's director of health services, encourages faculty, staff and community members to follow a few precautions to avoid contracting the Zika virus if planning to travel south of the border.

Pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant and their spouses, or sexually active partners should avoid traveling to affected areas until this epidemic is better understood.

Prevent mosquito bites while in the endemic area and here on return for two weeks. Use mosquito repellent with DEET twice a day and after applying any sunscreen. Because 82 percent of infected people have no symptoms, people shouldn't think they aren't infected just because they aren't sick.

Avoid sex with anyone living in the endemic area. Avoid sex for two to three weeks after return from an endemic area. It is unclear how long the virus remains in semen, so this advice may change.

Scholarly Writing Speaker Series panel today

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning will continue its Scholarly Writing Speaker Series from 1 to 2 p.m. today with a one-hour panel titled "Publication Tips from Journal/Book Editors."

Faculty members who currently serve or have previously served as editors of peer-reviewed academic journals and/or books will share publication tips from the editorial point of view. Panelists will include Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, chair of the Department of Government; Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication; Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor of secondary education and educational leadership; and Dr. Amanda Rudolph, professor of secondary education and educational leadership. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

A second Scholarly Writing Speaker Series panel will be held Wednesday, April 6, on navigating the revision and re-submission process.

For more information, click here.

Lone Star Legislative Summit begins today at SFA

SFA is scheduled to host the sixth biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit today and tomorrow, which will bring more than 20 state lawmakers to SFA's campus to discuss pressing and relevant statewide issues.

"The Lone Star Legislative Summit is an amazing showcase for the university," said Dr. Adam Peck, SFA dean of student affairs and member of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee. "It exposes law and policy makers to our beautiful campus, our expert faculty members and the community in which we reside. Additionally, the event is frequently attended by students who benefit tremendously from the insights of the speakers, moderators and panelists."

Fittingly, the summit also will coincide with the Nacogdoches Tricentennial Celebration.
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Campus bookstore to close temporarily

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed Saturday, March 5, for a yearly inventory.

Normal business hours will resume Monday, March 7.

Campus Recreation

Spring Wellness Fair today

SFA Campus Recreation’s Spring Wellness Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, will provide resources and services from a variety of SFA and Nacogdoches organizations and businesses, including health screenings, fitness assessments, chair massages, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways.

More than 30 local vendors will be present at the Wellness Fair, when Campus Recreation also will host a blood drive.

To preregister for the blood drive, call the SFA Recreation Center administration office at (936) 468-3507.

The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.


Early deficit too much to overcome for 'Jacks in 13-5 loss to UT Arlington

The SFA baseball team couldn't dig out of an early deficit handed down by the University of Texas at Arlington yesterday, and the 'Jacks closed a four-game home stand with a 13-5 setback at Jaycees Field.

SFA moved to 5-4 on a night where they struck for nine hits, but also committed three errors that turned into five unearned UTA runs. The 'Jacks stranded 12 runners on the base paths and surrendered four extra base hits and four walks.
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Grand slam secures SFA softball's 9-1 win in home opener

Sophomore Annie Mehringer smacked a pinch-hit grand slam, sophomore Makayla Sikes tossed a beautiful complete game and the SFA softball team routed Texas Southern University 9-1 in its 2016 home opener yesterday at the SFA Softball Field. The Ladyjacks improve to 5-11 with the six-inning victory.

With the bases loaded and one away in the fourth inning, Mehringer was called on to pinch hit for SFA. She worked the count full before sending a bomb over the wall in straightaway center field to blow the game wide open. The sophomore outfielder’s first career homer gave the 'Jacks a 7-1 lead.
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Lumberjack golf team finishes 11th in Arizona

SFA closed out the 2016 National Invitational Tournament in 11th among the 14-team field in Tucson, Arizona. The Lumberjacks posted a 4-over 292 in the final 18 holes of the event, putting together a 54-hole tally of 8-over 872 after consecutive rounds of 290 Sunday and Monday.

The Lumberjacks entered Tuesday in a prime position to move up the leader board, separated from third place by just six shots. The 'Jacks finished one shot shy of New Mexico State University, but extended their lead over the University of Utah and Notre Dame University squads, who finished in 12th and 13th place respectively.
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Fine Arts

Voice faculty member Dr. Chris Turner to present recital

Dr. Chris Turner, assistant professor of voice at SFA, will present a faculty recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Turner, a baritone, will perform the music of George Friedrich Handel, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henri Duparc and Aaron Copland.

A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Turner received his bachelor's and master's degrees in church music and vocal performance, double majoring at the undergraduate level, from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He served as minister of music at several prominent churches for 20-plus years, including First Baptist, Natchez, Mississippi, and First Baptist, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While in Baton Rouge, he began doctoral studies at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Robert Grayson, formerly a tenor at the New York City opera, graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance and a minor in vocal pedagogy. Turner did post-doctoral study in vocal pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music.
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Silver Keys Trio to perform music of Hovatter, Schachter, Williamson

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Silver Keys Trio in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The trio includes faculty members Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Working together at SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to Guenther.
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Artist's talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

The exhibition "Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax" will close Thursday, March 10, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus with a talk by the artist.

Rush will give a gallery talk at the closing reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in the exhibition, which was curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art. Rush's work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two- and three-person shows, and group and competitive shows. Internationally, he also has shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and France.

His exhibition at SFA opened Jan. 20.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

A Cappella Choir to perform works of French composer Fauré

The A Cappella Choir at SFA will present "A Fauré Feast" when the ensemble performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Featuring the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the program will also showcase as soloists SFA music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano; Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Ron Petti, piano; and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello. An orchestra comprised of university faculty members and graduate students will accompany the performance.

Fauré's works to be performed include Requiem in d, "Cantique de Jean Racine," "Tarantelle" and "Élégie."
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Fewer than work days 10 days remain until the spring holiday, and just a little further down the calendar is vacation season. Traveling can be an exhausting and stressful affair, but thanks to Mental Floss, you should be able to put some of those worries out of your mind.

These tips from medieval explorers should at least put things in perspective during the upcoming travel season. 

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