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This Week's Calendar

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

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

SFA track and field at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic

Saturday, March 26
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.

SFA track and field at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic

Sunday, March 27
SFA bowling at the Southland Bowling League Championships
Kenner, Louisiana




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U.S., Texas flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Brussels victims

Both the United States and Texas flags were lowered to half-staff Tuesday by an order of United States President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as a mark of respect for the victims of the attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Saturday, March 26.

News & Announcements

College of Sciences and Mathematics to host 96th annual mathematics conference

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the 96th annual Mathematical Association of America – Texas Section conference on campus this spring.

The annual meeting of MAA will take place Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, April 2. Faculty and staff members, students and the community, particularly K-12 teachers, are encouraged to attend.

Events of interest to teachers include a Math Circles gathering Friday, April 1, that focuses on problem-solving.
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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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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.

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.


Timely offense from Stuart, Valenzuela leads ’Jacks to 8-7 win over Houston Baptist University

After seeing a four-run lead vanish in the top of the seventh, the SFA baseball team called on pinch hitters Stephen Stuart and Zach Valenzuela to try and regain some of the lost momentum against Houston Baptist University Tuesday night at Jaycees Field.

In the home half of the seventh, Stuart came up with a big RBI fielder’s choice and the ’Jacks go-ahead run came around to score on the third HBU error of the night. Valenzuela’s sacrifice fly plated the eventual game-winning score in SFA’s 8-7 comeback victory over the Huskies.
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SFA spring football preview: Lumberjack defensive unit

Under the direction of defensive coordinator Matt Williamson, SFA’s defensive unit has made great strides during the past two seasons. SFA has started to establish its reputation as an aggressive defensive unit, allowing 432.6 yards and 32.9 points per game in 2015.

Youth was the name of the game for SFA’s last season as many players saw their first significant collegiate playing time. While that transition provided for some growing pains, the experience began to pay off down the stretch as SFA won four of its last six games and set the tone for spring practices.
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Ladyjacks fall 3-2 to Mean Green Tuesday afternoon

SFA’s softball team gave up the go-ahead run on an error in the sixth inning and couldn’t spark a rally, falling 3-2 to the University of North Texas on Tuesday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field. The loss sets the Ladyjacks back to 12-16 overall on the season.

Alisa Hamilton, Annie Mehringer, Autumn Holloway and Lindsay Campbell each recorded hits during the game with Hamilton and Faith Talley scoring the two SFA runs. Mehringer drove in a pair on the Ladyjacks’ only extra-base hit of the day – a double in the fourth.
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Spring football practices scheduled to begin today

SFA is preparing to begin its third spring football schedule today 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

Goodall to perform final concert with Stone Fort Wind Quintet

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will perform this semester’s final Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A highlight of the concert will be the quintet’s performance of "Variations sur un theme libre" by popular French composer Eugene Bozza and featuring Dr. John W. Goodall in his last performance with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. Goodall, professor of oboe in the SFA School of Music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, has announced his retirement at the end of the academic year, effective Aug. 31. He is a founding member of the group and has performed with the quintet for more than 30 years.
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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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OK — two simple letters with more than 170 years of history.

According to the History Channel website, the slang “OK” was first published in The Boston Morning Post on this day in 1839. “OK” was meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” which was a popular slang misspelling of “all correct.” Learn about the origins of this term here.

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