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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, March 29
SFA Baseball at Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
1 p.m.




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Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Mary Lou Retton

Extra-credit opportunity available for students

Mary Lou Retton, who catapulted to international fame by winning the All-Around Gold Medal in women’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, will be the featured guest at the 2015 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.

In addition to becoming the first American woman to ever win a gold medal in gymnastics, Retton won silver medals for team and vault, and bronze medals for uneven bars and floor exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics.

The speaker series event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the downtown Visitors Bureau.

Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu.

News & Announcements

Accessibility Awareness Week continues through Friday

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host Accessibility Awareness Week for SFA faculty members March 23-27. This week-long event offers practical information on how accessibility needs and law compliance impact the teaching and learning process. Sessions will include the following topics:

- Faculty members and former students' perspectives on accessibility

- Overview of the legal landscape in higher education

- Common accommodations and how to prepare digital materials with universal design in mind

- Optional experiential challenges.

Sessions will be held daily at 2 p.m. in Room 220A of the Ralph W. Steen Library. A full schedule of events is available on the CTL website.

For more information on Accessibility Awareness Week, contact Janet Kamps at (936) 468-1818 or kampsjl@sfasu.edu.

April is OMA Diversity Month

The Office of Multicultural Affairs has designated April as Diversity Month. A variety of events are planned during April, including the kick-off at the annual Peace Meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

The Peace Meal will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The events are both fun and educational. We hope that you and your friends will attend. Peace Meal sign-up and information regarding additional events can be accessed here.

SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during a free, action-packed open-house at SFA on Saturday, March 28.

Prospective students will get to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the SFA Showcase Saturday event.

"There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and enjoy the Lumberjack Experience," said Ryan Horne, assistant director of the Office of Admissions.
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Student Employee of the Year nominations due Wednesday

Do you have a stand-out student employee? Nominate him/her for the Student Employee of the Year award! The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

The nomination form is available here.

The Student Employee of the Year will be chosen by a committee of faculty and staff members and students. The award will be announced at the 9th Annual Leadership and Service Awards.

Please use this opportunity to show your appreciation to your student employees by recognizing them.

Service Learning Excellence Award nominations now being accepted

SFA's Service Learning Advisory Board and Office of High Impact Practices are pleased to announce the nomination period has begun for the Service Learning Excellence Award.
One faculty member from each college will be recognized for outstanding use and implementation of a service learning component in a class or classes. In addition, one faculty member will be chosen university-wide for excellence in utilizing service learning. This faculty member will be recognized at the High Impact Practices Conference Thursday, April 30. The Service Learning Advisory Board and HIP staff will determine the recipient from each college, as well as the university-wide recipient.
Candidates for the award must be current, full-time employees of SFA with a minimum of 50 percent of their contractual workload devoted to classroom teaching.
Nomination can be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 using this online form.
Candidates may self-nominate for this award. Contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu with questions or for more information.

Fall 2015 Service Learning Grant applications available online

It's that time of year again! It is time to submit proposals to the Service Learning Advisory Board for the Service Learning Mini Grants for fall 2015. Please visit the Service Learning webpage for proposal guidelines and information about integrating a service learning project into your course.

Proposals are accepted via this online form only.

The deadline for fall 2015 grant proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. For questions or more information, please contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu.

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.

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.

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.


Underwood selected as Hugh Durham Award finalist

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood has been named one of 16 finalists for the 2015 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year award, the awards committee announced Monday.

The Hugh Durham Award is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. The award is named in honor of Hugh Durham, one of just 12 coaches to have led two different programs to the Final Four (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983). He is the only coach in either program's history to lead their school to a Final Four appearance.
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SFA rallies past ACU, 4-3

The SFA women's tennis team used solid performances at the top four singles positions to beat Abilene Christian University 4-3 on Monday afternoon at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

"This was a great win for the team," said head coach Roberto Aspillaga. "I am very proud of the girls, because once again we competed at a high level in all positions. ACU is extremely strong in doubles and in the bottom of the lineup, and although we were not successful in securing any of those points, we certainly put ourselves in a position to win."
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Lumberjack baseball hosts Mountaineers today

SFA takes a step out of Southland Conference play, hosting Big 12 foe West Virginia for a matinee at Jaycees Field. The Lumberjacks and Mountaineers throw the first pitch at 2 p.m.

West Virginia heads to Nacogdoches boasting a 10-10 record, coming off dropping a three-game series to Baylor 2-1. The Mountaineers have played 16 of their 20 games on the road, boasting an 8-8 mark, including a 2-4 mark in Texas. The Mountaineers are batting .277 as a team, led by Cam O'Brien's .371 and Taylor Munden's .352. Munden ranks second on the team in RBIs (14). Kyle Davis is batting .349 with a team-best eight doubles and 15 RBIs. The Mountaineers post a 3.93 ERA, allowing a 4.91 ERA to its opponents, posting 137 strikeouts on the season with 71 walks.
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SFA men's golf one over par after round two in Louisiana

SFA had a strong opening round at the 2015 ULM Wallace Jones Invitational and now sits tied for fourth with a one-over 577. The Lumberjacks posted an even-par 288 in round one, then added one stroke in round two, finishing with a one-over 298.

Freshman Tony Underwood continues his strong play over the last two weeks, firing a career-low even-par 72 in round one, then besting that with a 1-under 71 in round two. Underwood is at 1-under 143 for the event, sitting tied for 11th in the overall standings.
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SFA women's golf tied for ninth at Ocala Spring Invitational

SFA carded a 20-over 308 in the second round of the 2015 Morehead State University Ocala Spring Invitational, falling into a tie for ninth among the 18-team field. The Ladyjacks now sit at 30-over 606, after adding 20 shots to their round-one total of 298.

Sophomore Jessica White is the clubhouse leader for the Ladyjacks, posting her second-straight 3-over 75 in round two to sit at 6-over 150. She is tied for 17th overall. Freshman Erica Lautensack (75-76) and sophomore Ann Holcomb (73-78) are sitting on the doorstep of a top-20 finish, holding strong in a tie for 25th overall with a 7-over 151.
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Fine Arts

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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'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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