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Monday, March 23
SFA men's golf at the Wallace Jones ULM Warhawk Intercollegiate
Delhi, Louisiana

Tuesday, March 24
SFA men's golf at the Wallace Jones ULM Warhawk Intercollegiate
Delhi, Louisiana

SFA Baseball vs. West Virginia
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27
SFA Baseball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28
SFA Baseball at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
2 p.m.

Showcase Saturday
1 to 5 p.m.




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SFA loses a legend

SFA lost a legendary faculty member over the weekend with the death of Dr. F.E. Abernethy, professor emeritus of English.

In 1965, Abernethy came to Nacogdoches and SFA, where he taught Shakespeare, folklore and world literature, among other courses. During his time at SFA, he became the secretary-editor emeritus of the Texas Folklore Society, publishing more than two dozen books between 1965 and 2000. He carved his office out underneath a staircase in the Rusk Building on campus. Pictures and mementos from his travels decorated every inch of available wall space in the tiny office.

He retired from the faculty in 1997 after 46 years of teaching, as a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and Distinguished Regents Professor Emeritus. You can read the Daily Sentinel's profile of Abernethy here.

Our thoughts are with his family.

A habit or a hindrance: Social media in the spotlight

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

An SFA assistant professor’s research shows that people with little self-control spend more time engaged in social-media activities.

“Our general finding is that people who report using social-media sites the most also have the lowest levels of the trait of self-control,” said Dr. Lauren E. Brewer.
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News & Announcements

Applicants sought for pilot program

The SFA Mobile Device Investigation Committee is exploring the possibility of launching a large-scale mobile device initiative. As a part of this effort, the committee launched SFA’s Tablet Enhancement Program in fall 2014 and piloted the use of tablet devices in five classes across campus in spring 2015. Additional information about the committee and the pilot is available on committee's page.
The committee is accepting applications for the second phase of the pilot in fall 2015. The committee plans to utilize the devices in at least five classes and encourages faculty members from across campus to be part of the pilot. Applications will be reviewed blindly.

A preview of the application is available here. The application can be completed here. Faculty members interested in being part of the pilot are asked to complete the application by Tuesday, April 7. Those with questions should contact Dr. Dana Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2224, or Mary Smith at smithmd1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7690.

Envision SFA completes fifth phase

Phase Five of Envision SFA, the collaborative strategic planning process, concluded on Friday, March 6, with a day-long Goals Conference. During this workshop, members of the Strategic Planning Team were joined by approximately 30 colleagues from across campus representing departments and areas that will have a key role in implementation of the plan that is under development.

At the end of the day, the group had identified more than 40 potential goals, with 16 of these ranked as the most relevant. Now the President’s Cabinet, who also participated in the workshop, will work to refine these goals and solicit feedback from the planning team before a working draft of the strategic plan is presented to the Board of Regents at their April meeting.

Further updates are available at www.sfasu.edu/envision.

Registration ongoing for Weeks of Welcome

The 2015 fall semester's Jacks Back Weeks of Welcome event will be held from Friday, Aug. 28, to Friday, Sept. 11.

The purpose of the event is to welcome new students to campus and introduce them to campus life. For returning students, Jacks Back is a way for individuals to become involved and interact with new students and campus organizations. 

Hosting an event during Weeks of Welcome is a great way to advertise your department or organization. Anyone interested in hosting an event needs to complete the event request form available here.

The deadline for event request forms is Monday, March 23. If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Weaver at weavervb@sfasu.edu.

Lumberjack Marching Band brings continued recognition to SFA

The Lumberjack Marching Band has put SFA in the national spotlight once again.

A video of the band's performance last fall at the Battle of the Piney Woods in NRG Stadium in Houston is among 10 videos selected nationwide of marching band performances that will be showcased during the College Band Directors National Association convention Wednesday, March 25, through Saturday, March 28, in Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. David Campo, SFA associate director of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, and Dr. Tamey Anglley, SFA assistant director of bands, will attend the convention to represent the university.
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SFA's School of Social Work to present lecture

The SFA School of Social Work is partnering with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's East Texas Geriatric Education Consortium to present a lecture series this month.

The series will cover a number of topics pertaining to senior citizens, and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in SFA's School of Social Work Building, Room 204. Seating is limited to only 30 attendees. Call (936) 468-5105 to register.

'Little Princess' Tea Party set for March 28

Introduce your favorite little girl to the beauty and joy of the garden at this special party, complete with refreshments, party favors, and entertainment planned to delight you and spark her imagination.

The 2015 tea party celebrates the uniqueness of each flower, snowflake, and girl as we “Let It Go” and party like a true princess. Two parties are scheduled at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. in the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

Bring your camera to capture this day! Please let your girl wear her favorite princess, fairy or garden party costume. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets cost $25 each for adults and children and are sold at the SFA Agriculture Office, 1924 Wilson Drive, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact SFA Gardens at (936) 468-1832 for more information.

SFA's environmental professional organization to host second annual symposium

SFA's chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals will host its second annual environmental symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Forestry Building, Room 117, on SFA's campus.

This year's event, "Invasive Species: Environmental Menace," will present a range of experts from SFA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the University of Texas at Arlington, who will address the history, effects and status of invasive species locally and across the country.

"We use the symposiums as a way to spread awareness of important ecological topics throughout the community," said Elena Thomas, NAEP president. "Invasive species are one of the most important issues affecting both our local and global community."
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Series finale against Northwestern State University canceled

SFA baseball's series finale against rival Northwestern State University scheduled for 1 p.m. today has been canceled. The game will not be made up.

The heavy rains that passed through the Nacogdoches area left Jaycees Field unplayable. Standing water was visible throughout the field, especially in foul territories and by both team's dugouts. SFA and Northwestern State University split the first two games of the series Friday, with the Lumberjacks winning the first game 5-3 and the Demons capturing a 6-3 victory in game two.
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Ladyjacks golf tied for third at the Ocala Spring Invitational

SFA posted a 10-over 298 in the first round of the 2015 Ocala Spring Invitational, hosted by Morehead State University. The Ladyjacks are tied for third overall, sitting five shots back of leader - the University of South Alabama (5-over 293).

The 10-over 298 is the fifth-lowest round in SFA program history, four shots back of the program-best 294 set on two separate occasions. The Ladyjacks have now cracked 300 three times in 2014-15, setting a new program record for sub-300 rounds in a season.
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Finale with Southeastern Louisiana University canceled

The final day of the John Mitchell Alabama Relays featured some of the meet's premier competitions, with the SFA track and field teams finishing near the top in several events at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium on the University of Alabama campus Saturday.

The men's 4x400-meter relay highlighted the final day of the three-day meet, as the team of Johnathan Joe, My'Lik Kerley, Kerry Gleason and Joshua Taylor took first with a time of 3:09.10. The group just edged the relay team from Mississippi State University by 23 hundredths of a second to claim first place, SFA's first of the outdoor season. Overall, there were 23 teams that competed in the event.
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SFA eliminated at Southland Bowling Tournament

SFA posted a 1-2 record over the opening day of the inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship at Del Mar Lanes in Houston. The two losses eliminated the Ladyjacks from championship contention at the double-elimination tournament.

The number two seed entering the event, SFA met up with seventh-seeded Monmouth University in the opening match. After dropping the opening game 204-198, SFA claimed the second 203-170 to even the best-of-seven series. The Hawks responded and won the next three matches 194-185, 218-184 and 206-179, sending SFA into the loser's bracket.
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Fine Arts

'Re-Western' exhibition features new look at Old West

The paintings and sculpture of Felice House and Dana Younger will be featured in the exhibition "Re-Western" showing Wednesday, March 25, through Saturday, May 2, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Hosted by the SFA School of Art, the exhibition "views 'The West' through a post-modern lens that both challenges and honors this most American of genres," according to the artists' statement.

Through painting and sculpture, husband-and-wife artists Younger and House ask the audience to re-evaluate the archetypes, mythology and values of "The West" while reveling in its richness.
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Recital to feature saxophone, piano works from countries around the world

Dr. Nathan Nabb, SFA professor of saxophone, will perform selections from his upcoming performance tour of Taiwan and China when he presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Collaborating with him on piano is Dr. Chialing Hsieh, faculty piano accompanist at Morehead State University. The two are longtime duo partners, performing together regularly since 2005. They will present pieces by David Maslanka, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Richard Lavenda and Piet Swerts.

Maslanka's Sonata for alto saxophone is considered to be a major work for the instrument and a mainstay in the saxophone repertoire, according to Nabb. "A champion of the saxophone, Maslanka writes works very large in scope, often highlighting the full range of its expressive and technical capabilities," he said.
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Student-directed 'The Patient' to be performed at SFA

Agatha Christie's one-act play "The Patient" will be presented by the SFA School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs the play in which a woman, Mrs. Wingfield, falls from a balcony, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak.

"She must determine the cause of the accident, with the help of her doctor," Gibson said. "The suspicion is that Mrs. Wingfield was pushed. It is now up to the doctor and an inspector to get to the bottom of who tried to murder the patient."
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