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This Week's Calendar

Friday, March 21
NCAA: SFA Men's Basketball
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.

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.

Sunday, March 23
SFA Baseball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m.

Monday, March 24
SFA Men's Golf
First Tee Classic
Little Rock, Ark.




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Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle Lovett

The legendary Lyle Lovett will be this year's featured guest at SFA's Archie McDonald Speaker Series.

Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career that spans 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.

Lovett has won four Grammy Awards: Best Country Album in 1996; Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal in 1994; Best Pop Vocal Collaboration in 1994; and Best Country Male Vocal in 1989. He received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and he was named the 2011 Texas State Musician. Lovett has celebrated more than two decades of acclaimed work and garnered seven top-10 albums on the Billboard charts. Beginning with his 1986 self-titled debut and continuing through his most recent projects, Lovett has taken one artistic chance after another while crafting songs that resonate with fans and critics across the globe.

Lovett is scheduled to appear in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on April 11.
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Free T-shirts and new SFA logo available March 26

SFA's new logo will be unveiled at 12:30 p.m. March 26 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge.

Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president, will participate in the event, along with Chuck Carlberg, principal of the Houston advertising agency Richards/Carlberg.  The Richards/Carlberg agency was appointed by the SFA Board of Regents to develop the new logo as part of SFA’s rebranding initiative.

A new advertising campaign designed by the agency will be revealed at the event and will launch on March 31. 
Free T-shirts will be distributed to everyone in attendance at the event.

News & Announcements

College of Business to host 'Focus on International Students' event

The Rusche College of Business, in conjunction with the Committee on Globalization and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, is hosting a "Focus on International Students" event.  

Please join us at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Room 133 of the McGee Business Building for light snacks and to hear from a few of our international students about their experiences here and abroad.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Keaton Grubbs at jkgrubbs@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.

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.

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 Pattillo 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.

Texas Water: Half Full or Half Empty?

SFA's National Association of Environmental Professionals will host the conference on Texas water resources on Saturday, March 29, The presentations will be held in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry Conference Room.

Topics at the conference include: Texas water resources and future challenges, irrigation, urban water conservation, industrial water use, environmental flow, and wetlands. 

Non-students can purchase a ticket for $10, and students can purchase an $8 ticket by cash or credit card in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture office, Room 103, or by calling (936) 468-3301.

For online registration links and a list of the conference's speakers, click here

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. Please contact Bob Szafran at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu as soon as possible in the case of any errors or omissions.

A list of faculty to be honored at the event is available here.  

Texas Certified Public Manager Program course starts in April

The nationally accredited Texas Certified Public Manager Program at SFA provides an outstanding career development opportunity for SFA employees. This opportunity allows employees to receive training on campus, engage in networking, exchange ideas, and learn about best practices in public management. Participants receive instruction from a variety of successful public managers, professional trainers, and outstanding professors from SFA.

Organizational Communication, Track 3, will start on Friday, April 4, at 8:20 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. in the Human Services Building, and will continue to meet May 2 and June 6. The CPM Program at SFA offers our employees a 20-percent discount for this track. The discounted cost is $476 per person which includes textbooks, class materials, break supplies, and lunches. 

For more information on the Texas CPM Program, please visit www.sfasu.edu/government/160.aspg or contact Dr. Rick Herzog at (936) 468-2446.

SFA joins Institute of International Education’s initiative to increase number of students studying abroad

SFA pledged to join the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. SFA has committed to increasing the number of undergraduate students who study abroad to 3 percent during the next five years.

Leading up to IIE's centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

SFA is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.
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SFA squares off with VCU tonight

The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team opened defense of its 2013 Southland Conference title and never let up, going 15-0 in league play to clinch the 2014 outright championship with three games remaining. The Lumberjacks then followed with three victories to close the conference season 18-0 and picked up two more in the conference tournament to claim the tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. SFA, making just its second appearance in the big dance, drew a No. 12 seed and will play fifth-seeded VCU in the San Diego regional on Friday at 6:27 p.m. on TruTV.

The Lumberjacks became the first Southland team to win 29 games in the regular season and then became the first 30-plus win team in Southland Conference history with two wins in Katy, host site of the league’s tournament. The 29 wins matched the 1985 Louisiana Tech team that finished 29-3 after reaching the “Sweet 16.” SFA finished a perfect 15-0 at home for the second consecutive year, running its home-court win streak to 33 games, which is tied with No. 6/8 Duke for the best in Division I. The team’s 28-game overall win streak obliterated the former conference record of 19 set by Louisiana Tech in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and ranks second in the nation, behind only No. 2 Wichita State. The 'Jacks lead the nation with 14 road wins this season, and their current 12-game road win streak is also tied with Wichita State for the national lead.
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Ladyjacks advance in WBI

The SFA Ladyjacks bested former Southland Conference member Texas State on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational with a 59-51 victory.

Porsha Roberts and Kali Jerrell each posted 14 points in the win as the Ladyjacks posted their first victory in a postseason tournament since 2000. SFA’s last postseason victory came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 14 years ago.

SFA (21-12) built a strong lead in the first half but saw that quickly dwindle and turn into a deficit over the final 6:26 of the opening stanza. With SFA up 18-11, the Ladyjacks went cold and did not score for the remainder of the half. Texas State (16-16) took advantage and went to the locker room ahead of the Ladyjacks 19-18 at the break.

The Ladyjacks rebounded after the break and had one of their better offensive performances of the season, shooting 60 percent in the second half.
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SFA soccer to host SMU in exhibition

Head coach Wally Crittenden and the SFA Ladyjack soccer team will host Southern Methodist University in a home exhibition on Sunday, March 30, at the SFA Soccer Field.

The match is scheduled to being at 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Last season under Crittenden, the 2013 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, SFA repeated as conference champions for a third-straight season, the first three-peat in program history. 
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SFA fans, alumni invited to watch Friday’s NCAA Tournament game locally

SFA basketball fans and alumni from around the country are setting up watch parties for this weekend’s historic clash between SFA and Virginia Commonwealth University at the NCAA San Diego regional. Lumberjacks living and working in the Nacogdoches area can watch the game at Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 4909 North St., Suite 215. Tip-off for the Lumberjacks’ second-ever appearance in the big dance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 Central Standard Time.
“These are not official alumni-hosted events, but we will have Alumni Association Board members or volunteers at the events,” said Craig Turnage, executive director of alumni relations at SFA. “We encourage all Lumberjack alumni to join in this celebration of the success of the SFA basketball team.”

SFA is making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The last time the ’Jacks earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament was in 2009 when they fell to Syracuse in the South regional in Miami. Friday’s game against VCU will be the first-ever meeting between these two basketball teams.

For more information on area alumni chapters and the SFA Alumni Association, visit www.sfaalumni.com.

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. 

Fine Arts

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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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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‘Sound for Film, Video and TV’ topic of guest lecture at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present guest lecturer Guy Mor presenting “Sound for Film, Video and TV” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Mor’s work has been featured on television networks, among them ABC, ESPN, BET and Fuse. He will discuss his experiences working with sound for visual media and exploring both location audio and post production, according to Dr. Kevin Kelleher, director of the Sound Recording Technology program at SFA.

“Mor brings first-hand knowledge and real-world insight in a straightforward manner to students via his interactive lecture style,” Kelleher said. “Because he is currently entrenched in the New York City film industry, this lecture is essential for providing students with the opportunity to hear and learn about relevant and up-to-the-minute techniques and topics. Special attention will be given to career strategies and potential job opportunities after college.”

Admission to the lecture is free. For additional information, contact Kelleher at (936) 468-1116.

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