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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
3 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
9 a.m.

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
10 a.m.

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.


College of Business faculty members recognized during Federation of Business Disciplines conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. Tim Clipson, professor of business communication and legal studies, received the Outstanding Educator Award for the Southwestern United States division of the Association for Business Communication.

Dr. Susan Jennings, professor of business communication and legal studies, was recognized as the Southwestern United States division of the Association for Business Communication president-elect and program chair.

Dr. S. Ann Wilson, associate dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business, was recognized as the outgoing Federation of Business Disciplines 2015-16 president.

Dr. Treba Marsh, interim director of the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, is currently serving as historian on the Federation of Business Disciplines Board of Directors.

News & Announcements

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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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 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 Gardens invites princesses to annual tea party

Princesses from across East Texas are invited to don their best dress and sip tea with old and new friends during the SFA Gardens’ annual Little Princess Tea Party slated for Saturday, April 9, in the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

“The tea party introduces people to nature and gardening in a new and enjoyable way. People who might not normally spend time outdoors love coming to the Little Princess Tea Party,” said Elyce Rodewald, tea party organizer and SFA Gardens educational programs coordinator. “Many people and organizations work together to bring this special day to the community, including SFA Gardens staff members and student workers, Nacogdoches Junior Forum volunteers, Alpha Psi Omega and others."
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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.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host outreach day

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a free student-led forestry outreach and education day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, to engage the community and provide insight into the diverse fields of natural resource study.

“So much of our region’s economic and cultural history is founded in the forests and natural resources of the region,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for the college. “We want to enable the community to explore those elements while also sharing the ways in which the field of forestry is both evolving to meet the modern needs of the public and conserving our natural ecosystems.”
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Spring football preview: Lumberjack special teams unit

Heading into spring practice, as well as the fall schedule, the Lumberjack special teams unit will be open, giving a number of players opportunities to solidify a position for 2016.

While the rest of the team returns a great deal of experience from last year, special teams lost a number of experienced seniors during offseason.
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SFA baseball resumes Southland Conference play with three-game series at Northwestern State University

Seeking to gain some ground in Southland Conference standings, SFA’s baseball team is traveling to Northwestern State University today for a rare three-game set against the Demons lasting through Saturday, March 26. The ’Jacks will dive right in with their trio of tilts against NSU at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
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Energy, tempo showcased in Lumberjacks' first spring practice

The 2016 spring football schedule officially began yesterday as SFA held the first of 15 spring practices.

"It was great to be out there," said head coach Clint Conque. "I thought the energy was good. We were practicing with more tempo as our offense will be a higher tempo offense. It was a blustery day with a lot of wind, so that provided some distractions and made it more challenging for throwing and catching. But, certainly I thought the energy was there, the tempo was good, and I thought our coaches did a great job of being prepared."
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Fine Arts

SFA film series to feature documentary about Texas National juror

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Shadow of the House” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over seven years, “Shadow of the House” is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process. Morell serves as the juror for the 2016 Texas National Competition and Exhibition of the SFA School of Art. This year’s Texas National runs April 9 through June 11 in The Cole Art Center.
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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, April 7, through Saturday, April 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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