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Tuesday, March 21
Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech University
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22
Baseball vs. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
6:30 p.m.

Softball vs. University of Louisiana at Monroe
6 p.m.

Friday, March 24
SFA Planetarium "Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
6:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Lamar University
3 p.m.

Saturday, March 25
Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
2 p.m.

Bowling at Southland Bowling League Championships
All Day
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Softball vs. Lamar University
1 p.m.

Softball vs. Lamar University
3 p.m.

Tennis vs. Northwestern State University




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Dr. Karen Embry Jenlink

Professor of doctoral studies in educational leadership

Embry Jenlink recently accepted the gavel and will serve as national president of the Association of Teacher Educators during the 97th annual meeting held in Orlando, Florida.

"With SFA's long-standing history as a teachers college, it is an honor to represent SFA as the 98th president of ATE," Embry Jenlink said.

The ATE was founded in 1920 as a professional member organization devoted to the improvement of educator preparation for school-based and university teacher educators. Its members represent more than 700 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems, and a majority of state departments of education within 41 active state and regional affiliated units.
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Dr. Le’Ann Solmonson

Professor in SFA's counselor education program and chair-elect of the Faculty Senate

Solmonson has been named the American Association of University Women’s Woman of the Year for higher education.

“I love what I do and feel a huge responsibility for shaping the future of my profession,” Solmonson said. “Counselor education allows me to be a part of watching students grow personally as well as professionally. It is a very rewarding career.”

Founded in 1881, the American Association of University Women is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women.
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News & Announcements

SFA staff members contribute to new book

A new book titled, “Engagement and Employability: Integrating Career Learning Through Cocurricular Experiences in Post-Secondary Education,” was recently released by the press of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrations. The book was edited by Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs, who authored or co-authored six chapters in the book. Dr. Steve Westbrook, vice president for university affairs, and Jamie Bouldin, director of SFA's Center for Career and Professional Development, also contributed chapters.

Westbrook and Peck participated in a book signing at the recent NASPA conference in San Antonio with nearly 7,000 members in attendance. The book examines the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate career skills through cocurricular experiences. It focuses on the top skills employers seek when hiring recent college graduates.

Center for Teaching and Learning to host three workshops this week

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host three workshops this week.

The first session, “Using D2L to Improve Student Success: 15 Tips and Techniques,” will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Steen Library, Room 219. The session will be facilitated by Laura Osborne, faculty training and certification coordinator for the CTL.

The second session, “D2L #3 — Discussions, Dropboxes and Groups,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 24, in Steen Library, Room 219. This session also will be facilitated by Osborne.

The final session, “Introduction to the Virtual Reality Lab,” will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Virtual Reality Lab located on the first floor of Steen Library behind InfoLab 1. The session will be facilitated by Megan Weatherly, instructional designer for the CTL; Kreg Mosier, head of library web services; and Edward Iglesias, web services librarian.

Click here for full workshop descriptions. To register, log in to mySFA, choose the employee tab, select myTraining and browse for the training title.

Fifth plenary campus reading session slated for March 28

The final session discussing the campus reading, “The Undergraduate Experience,” has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

At this session, attendees will hear from one of the book's authors, Dr. Betsy Barefoot. Barefoot is a senior scholar at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and is renowned for her work on first-year experiences for undergraduates.

During the session, SFA vice presidents also will respond to proposals developed during the Feb. 23 session. Click here to view the full proposals.

All faculty and staff members are welcome to attend and discuss how the campus reading will impact SFA students.

SFA to host Earth Day celebration

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and SFA Gardens will host an Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center located at 2900 Raguet St.

The event, held in conjunction with the SFA Gardens Mast Arboretum spring plant sale, is a family-friendly gathering that aims to engage the community in the outdoors and sustainable living.
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Presentation by David J. Peterson to take place next week

David J. Peterson, linguist, author and creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones," will present a talk, “Conlangs: The art of language invention,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Peterson began creating languages in 2000 and has created languages for television shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Emerald City," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed," "The 100" and "Thor 2." He is the world’s first and only professional conlanger and is the go-to person in Hollywood when a new language is needed. He also has authored books “The Art of Language Invention” and “Living Langauge Dothraki.”

For more information, contact Dr. Jessie Sams, associate professor in SFA’s Department of English and Creative Writing, at (936) 468-2101 or samsj@sfasu.edu.

East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for next month, spots available

SFA’s Student Activities Association will host the annual East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, in SFA’s commuter parking lot. SFA students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to bring items they’d like to sell in the largest garage sale of the year.

Garage sale spots are free, and SAA will provide one table and two chairs for each participant. 

To reserve a spot, contact SAA at (936) 468-1222, or email Canaan Daniels, coordinator of student engagement, at danielscL1@sfasu.edu.

Undergraduate Research Conference to take place April 18

Faculty and staff members are invited to join in celebrating top scholars and finalists along with their mentors at the Undergraduate Research Conference April 18. Top scholar presentations will begin at 4 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater, followed by poster presentations, which will begin at approximately 6 p.m. in the Twilight Ballroom. Food will be served.

Click here for more information, including the full list of winners.


Baseball to begin six-game home stand tonight against Louisiana Tech University

A pair of teams looking to end three-game losing streaks will compete at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Jaycees Field when SFA’s baseball team hosts Louisiana Tech University for a non-conference match-up.

SFA’s four-game week began successfully last Tuesday in Houston when the Lumberjacks produced their first road win of the season – a 9-2 non-conference triumph against Houston Baptist University. Eight of SFA’s nine runs came in the top of the sixth inning.
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Fine Arts

Parr to present ‘Contrasts in Romantic Piano Music’ tonight

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andrew Parr in a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

A presentation of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the recital will feature Parr performing “Contrasts in Romantic Piano Music.” The program includes Johannes Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 1 and a group of pieces by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz from his “Iberia Suite.”

Recital tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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If you’re a fan of the Disney classic "Beauty and the Beast," you’re probably aware a remake is now in theaters starring Emma Watson as Belle.

If you're a die-hard fan, you might like to know you also can visit the two French villages that inspired the backdrop for Belle’s hometown — Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé. Click here for a quick glance.

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