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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, March 25
SFA Baseball
vs. Dallas Baptist
6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, March 26
SFA Track and Field
Texas Relays

Thursday, March 27
SFA Track and Field
Bobcat Invitational
San Marcos

Voices of Strengths Symposium
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regents A and B




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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.

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 spanning 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. 

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 E. Main St.
Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu

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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News & Announcements

Annual benefit for foster children set for April

The annual "Diaper Drive," which benefits the Nacogdoches-based Rainbow Room, is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the parking lot of Walmart at 4810 North St. 

The Rainbow Room is a direct resources center dedicated to providing for children in foster care, backed by the Nacogdoches Community Partners, operates completely on donations. 

Diapers, bathing supplies, clothes and monetary donations are welcome. The event is staffed by SFA Social Work interns and volunteers. 

Those unable to stop by the drive on April 3 are welcome to bring their donations, to the School of Social Work, 420 E. Starr Ave., where donations will be accepted throughout the month. 

For questions or concerns, please contact  Rachel Ellis at (936) 229-6613. More information about the Rainbow Rooms program is available here

‘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.

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.  

Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment

The School of Social Work, Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development and Special Health Resources for Texas is presenting "Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment," a free symposium on HIV/AIDS.

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Regents' Suites A and B in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Discussions will include the Affordable Care Act, services for for HIV/AIDS patients in East Texas and the "Life Giving Project," an international outreach program. The symposium is part of the School of Social Work's celebration of Social Work Month.

Please RSVP to Donna Shelton at dshelton@sfasu.edu. For more information, contact Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant at oliphante@sfasu.edu

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 and Agriculture 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 discount for the Junior League of Lufkin Spring Market

The Junior League of Lufkin will host its annual Spring Market from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29.

Reduced admission is available to SFA faculty and staff members from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. The event will be held at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year

The deadline to nominate your student worker for Student Employee of the Year is March 28. For more information, click here.

Join the celebration for this year’s Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 13-19! The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to the SFA campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students.
View a list of ideas for showing your appreciation to your student employees here.

Omicron Delta Kappa taking applications for Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa invites all advisers, students and student organizations to apply for one of its Leadership and Service Awards. Many students put in countless hours of service and put together programs that benefit the community. ODK would like to take the time to recognize these students and these organizations.

A wide variety of awards is available:

• Service Program of the Year
• Program of the Year
• Underclassman Student Leader of the Year
• Top 23 Freshmen
• Service Organization of the Year
• Adviser of the Year
• Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
• Small and Large Organization of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year

To apply, visit www.sfaodk.org to find links to all the award applications. Faculty and staff members are particularly encouraged to tell deserving students about these opportunities. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 28.
For more information, contact ODK at sfa.odk@gmail.com.

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.

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.  

Recycling event set for March 27

An SFA student organization, The Environmental Awareness Movement (TEAM), in conjunction with SFA Dining’s "Bleed Purple, Think Green" campaign, is sponsoring SFA in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament to increase awareness about recycling and green initiatives now through March 27.

It's easy to help them compete. 
Step 1: Save recyclables such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, and No. 1 and 2 plastics.
Step 2: Drop off recyclables at TEAM’s monthly Recycle Day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 27 in the center of campus between Ferguson and McKibben buildings.
Step 3: TEAM will submit the weight of the recyclables toward SFA’s RecycleMania totals.
For details, contact TEAM at teamnac.sfa@gmail.com or adviser Jennifer Crenshaw at jmcrenshaw@sfasu.edu. More information is available here

Campus Recreation

Capes and Crowns 1K and 3K

Get ready to get your kids active with this fun run! The Capes and Crowns 1K and 3K fun run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or princess. Each child will receive their choice of a superhero mask and cape or a tiara and wand.

Kids may choose between a 1K or 3K course and will receive a ribbon upon completion of the race. Parents are encouraged to run with their kids.

The cost for all participants (parents included) is $15. All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

Register here. 

This is a fun run and is not being chip timed. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249 or email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Sign up for the Mystery Run and you could win $500

This unique 5K run could pay off big time!

The first person or team to solve the mystery will win $500. Runners sign up as individuals but can compete as teams. As you run the course, you will be given cards with clues on them. These cards include weapons, locations and suspects. As with the game "Clue," if you have it on your card, you can rule it out.  At the end, each person will be able to use their cards to rule out as many suspects, weapons and locations as possible. Larger groups will have a major advantage. The first to turn in a correct guess wins! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite detectives or characters from Clue!

All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

The first 150 to register will be guaranteed a FREE T-shirt! This race is not chip timed.

This event will be held Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Check-in and packet pick-up will be on the day of the race only and begins at 4 p.m. The race will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Register here.


Ladyjacks win series over Lady Demons

Coming into this season, the SFA Ladyjacks were picked to finish ninth in the Southland Conference, but with another stellar pitching performance from Carlie Thomas on Sunday, the Ladyjacks won this weekend’s series against preseason favorite Northwestern State, with a 4-1 victory.

SFA (14-15, 5-3 SLC) got a second complete game of the weekend from Thomas as she threw all seven innings and fanned nine batters. She had 21 strikeouts on the weekend with 12 on Saturday.

Thomas allowed just four hits, just like her start on Saturday, and gave up a solo home run late in the game to Cassandra Barefield. NSU’s lone run in Thomas’ other start Saturday was a solo home run, as well.

NSU (13-14, 5-4) could not string together hits or get on base with SFA mistakes. Thomas only walked two batters, giving the Demons only six base runners the whole game.
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Memorable run ends in third-round round loss To UCLA

The SFA men's basketball team's memorable season came to an end in a 77-60 loss to 20th-ranked UCLA in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.

The Lumberjacks (32-3) suffered their first defeat since Nov. 23 to end their 29-game overall win streak, which led the nation after second-ranked Wichita State's loss to Kentucky earlier in the day.

Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded his fourth double-double of the season, with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds, to pace SFA against the Bruins (28-8). The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished 10-of-17 from the field with two free throws.

Senior Desmond Haymon finished with 17 points, on 3-of-11 shooting, with all coming beyond the arc, and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, and senior Nikola Gajic finished with 10 points.

Junior Jacob Parker was limited to five points, but pulled in nine boards, seven on the defensive end, in the loss.
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Sprinters shine in outdoor opener

Outdoor track and field season got underway this weekend at the Alabama Relays for SFA, and both the men’s and women’s teams started with some solid performances.

Javelin thrower Madison Johnston posted a victory on Friday with a new personal best mark of 49.39 meters (162-0.00). She bested the field by nearly five feet. Her throw is sixth in the nation with most teams opening their outdoor schedules this weekend. Johnston also finished 10th in the discus.

Jamal Peden won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.55 meters (24-9.25). It is early in the outdoor season, but Peden’s mark ranks fifth in the nation so far. Trey Darty placed eighth in the long jump, as well.

Johnston and Peden were not the only SFA student athletes to see success over the three-days of action as the sprinters started their outdoor seasons off strong.
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Ladyjacks roll Broncos in second half

With a commanding second half, the SFA Ladyjacks posted an 80-59 victory over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Saturday night. The Ladyjacks hit eight 3-pointers in the second half to pull away and keep their season alive.

SFA (22-12) will now head to Charleston, S.C., for a semifinal match at College of Charleston to be played Wednesday or Thursday.

The victory marks only the second time in school history SFA has had two postseason wins in an elimination style postseason tournament. The only other occasion was the 1996 NCAA Tournament when the Ladyjacks reached the Sweet 16. The Ladyjacks have never had three wins in a postseason tournament.

SFA trailed 34-31 at halftime but started to get hot near the end going on a 9-3 run to close the gap at the break. The Ladyjacks came out in the second half and continued to apply pressure and hit a string of 3-pointers from Tierany Henderson and Brentney Branch to reclaim the lead.
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Ladyjacks take close match at ACU

The SFA women’s tennis team improved to 4-1 in Southland Conference play, edging Abilene Christian 4-3 on Saturday at the Eager Tennis Pavilion.

"I am so proud of the girls for stepping up to the plate in singles today,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We did not play well in doubles and gave ACU a lead that could have cost us big. The team responded well after being 1-0 down and played solid tennis across the board. We are becoming tougher every week and this shows what we are capable of. We will be even tougher when we can compete at this level from begging to end."

The Ladyjacks (8-6, 4-1 SLC), after dropping the doubles point, rallied in singles play against the Wildcats (11-4, 3-2 SLC). After dropping the first two completed doubles matches, SFA’s seniors Laura Servise and Rachel Pierce downed Erin Walker and Brittney Reed 8-6 in the No. 2 singles to avoid the sweep, heavily contesting both loses.

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Fine Arts

SFA’s Jacks of Steel to present annual spring concert

The SFA Steel Band, also known as Jacks of Steel, directed by Director of Percussion Studies Dr. Brad Meyer, will present the ensemble’s annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Jacks of Steel will perform a wide-ranging selection of fun and exciting tunes, including Brian Nozny’s arrangement of “Inspector 8” (from the The Ernies’ popular ska song), “Brown-eyed Girl,” “Guantanamera,” and “Hot Hot Hot.”

SFA’s Steel Band is comprised of 16 music and non-music majors playing Caribbean steel pans, as well as an engine room comprised of a drumset, electric bass and accessory percussion instruments.

The event will be streamed live at www.music.sfasu.edu/stream.php.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

SFA opera production to feature ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and ‘Sister Angelica’

The SFA College of Fine Arts and schools of Music and Theatre will present “Gianni Schicchi” and “Sister Angelica,” two one-act operas sung in English by Giacomo Puccini, at 7:30 p.m. March 27 through 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

These performances are features of the 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts’ University series, “Live Out Loud.” The production will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by orchestra and staged with full set and costumes, said Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director.

Each year, as the opera production team choose the program that will best serve the SFA voice students, much consideration is given the number of students ready to take on a major role and which voice types – soprano, lyric tenor, mezzo-soprano, baritone, bass, etc. – are available, Dalton explained.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
At 7 p.m. March 27 before the opening performance there will be an informative talk about the opera in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. 

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