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Tuesday, March 22

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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, March 22
SFA baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA softball vs. the University of North Texas
2 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

Thursday, March 24
Beginning of Easter holiday for students and faculty members

SFA baseball vs. Northwestern State University
6:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Friday, March 25
SFA tennis vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
11 a.m.

SFA Track and Field at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic

SFA baseball vs. Northwestern State University
6:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA softball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
3 and 5 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

Saturday, March 26
SFA Track and Field at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic

SFA baseball vs. Northwestern State University
2 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA bowling at the Southland Bowling League Championships
Kenner, Louisiana

SFA softball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, Louisiana

SFA tennis vs. the University of New Orleans
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA Sylvans finish second at 59th annual Southern Forestry Conclave

The SFA Sylvans placed second overall at the 59th annual Southern Forestry Conclave hosted by Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Of the 15 schools competing, the SFA Sylvans placed first in physical events and third in technical events, earning a total of 298.5 points overall. Clemson University won first place with 312 points, while North Carolina State University finished third with 283 points.

Dr. Jeremy Stovall, SFA Sylvan’s faculty adviser, said Clemson University had a very strong team and was an excellent event host. SFA will host the 2017 Conclave.
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College of Sciences and Mathematics to host second Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the second annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show in April as part of its ongoing effort to increase college enrollment among science, technology, education and mathematics disciplines.

“The purpose of this luncheon is to raise scholarship funds for female STEM majors at SFA,” said Vicki Shimer, special projects coordinator for the college. “It also is a way to raise awareness of the need to enroll more females in the STEM disciplines and encourage them to pursue STEM-related degrees.”

According to Change the Equation — an organization working to ensure all students are STEM literate through collaboration with schools, communities and states — female STEM students are 6 percent more likely to change their major. Also, only 30 percent of elementary school teachers feel well prepared to encourage girls to participate in science.
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Dr. Adam Peck to present webinar

Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs at SFA, is presenting a webinar titled “Reimaging Leadership Programs to Focus on Academic Achievement and Career Development” at noon Wednesday, March 30.

Session topics will include how to apply the six attributes of effective high-impact practices to student leadership programs; help faculty and student affairs staff members design effective leadership experiences that capitalize on the benefits of active/collaborative learning; and the best practices in student leadership programs.

For more information, click here.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Pakistan

SFA's Office of International Programs will host a Global Gateway to Pakistan at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

A Pakistani SFA student will discuss the country's culture and authentic Pakistani food samples will be available after the presentation and informal discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.


Men place first, women second at University of Texas at San Antonio Invitational

The SFA track and field teams started the 2016 outdoor season off on the right foot this weekend during the University of Texas at San Antonio Invitational at the Park West Athletics Complex in San Antonio. The Lumberjacks blew away the seven-team field with 174 points while the Ladyjacks placed second with 125 points.

The men saw seven individual event champions crowned during the two-day meet, including My’Lik Kerley (800-meter), Cameron Meyer (pole vault), Isiah Pittman (long jump/triple jump), Cody Brown (3,000-meter steeplechase), Will Gibson (400-meter) and the 4x400-meter relay team of Johnathan Joe, D’Lance Sharp, Tedrick Hawkins and Pittman.

Demi Payne led the Ladyjacks with a first-place effort in the women’s pole vault. She cleared 14-7.25 (4.45 meters) to win by more than one foot and collect 10 points for SFA.
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Underwood resigns at SFA, will become new Oklahoma State University head coach

SFA head men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood has submitted his resignation and was announced as the new head men’s basketball coach at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

“There is no question Brad has elevated our men’s basketball program, athletic department and university to a national brand,” said SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill. “We will always be indebted to him for what he was able to accomplish. He ingrained himself into the community and campus and there is no place he isn’t admired and well liked. I expect to see him accepting a national championship trophy before he completes his career. We wish him only the best.”
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Ladyjacks welcome Mean Green to Nac for midweek showdown

SFA's softball team will conclude a four-game homestand when the University of North Texas visits for a midweek contest beginning at 2 p.m. today at the SFA Softball Field.

The Ladyjacks are coming off a 2-1 home series loss to the University of Central Arkansas. After dropping a tight 8-6 affair on Friday, SFA split a Saturday doubleheader with its Southland Conference foe.

Junior Brittany Lewis had a huge week offensively for the Ladyjacks, compiling a .727 batting average and a 1.455 slugging percentage while reaching base in 12 of 15 plate appearances in four games.
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SFA spring football preview: Lumberjack offensive unit

SFA returns the vast majority of its offensive players from a unit that ran one of the most balanced attacks in the Southland Conference in 2015 – rushing for 208 yards and passing for 219 yards per game. The Lumberjacks did see an impressive streak come to an end last year as SFA averaged 28.7 points per game, ending a seven-year streak of averaging 30 points or more.

Many are curious to see how the SFA offensive scheme will change in 2016 following the hiring of Gary Crowton as the Lumberjacks’ offensive coordinator during offseason. A 30-year coaching veteran, Crowton has earned himself a reputation as one of the game’s top offensive minds.
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Spring football practices scheduled to begin tomorrow

SFA is preparing to begin its third spring football schedule tomorrow under head coach Clint Conque. The ’Jacks will conduct a 15-practice slate, wrapping up with the 2016 spring game at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

"I'm very excited to get this spring schedule going and build on the successful offseason we've had," Conque said. "We've made tremendous gains in the weight room and conditioning, and I'm eager to see how that transitions into an improvement, as well as confidence, on the practice field. Our players are starting to fully understand how important the process is, which is something I've tried to instill since coming here."
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Fine Arts

Bassoonist Pool to perform solo recital at SFA

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present bassoonist Scott Pool in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Pool’s program, “The Romantic Bassoon,” will feature music from 19th century Romanticism, either from the era or in its spirit, Pool said.

“The bassoon has a lyrical voice of great expression, which is not often heard in the orchestral setting,” he said. “This solo recital seeks to exploit the melodic nature of the instrument.”
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College of Fine Arts, School of Music to showcase SFA cellist Raychev

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Evgeni Raychev in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Titled “Cello Airs,” Raychev’s concert will feature cello favorites diversified with some violin transcriptions.

“Some works will be familiar to the audience members, while others may not be,” said Raychev, cello instructor in the School of Music. “Everything on the program, however, is taken from the music jewelry box, and I hope the listener will leave the recital with a personal satisfaction and delight."
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SFA Opera Theater to present ‘The Bartered Bride’

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and School of Theatre will present “The Bartered Bride” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 7 through 9, in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The opera, considered Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s most beloved and well-known comedic opera, will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by an orchestra and staged with full set and costumes, according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director. Dalton described the opera as “a brilliant lyric comedy with a strong nationalistic flavor.”

“Composer Bedrich Smetana wrote spirited, tuneful melodies that are firmly rooted in his Czech homeland, but his music has a universal appeal,” Dalton said. “Smetana’s operas truly established him as the father of Czech classical music.”
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