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Friday, March 24
Bowling at Southland Bowling League Championships
All Day
Jonesboro, Arkansas

SFA Planetarium
"Oceans in Space"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
6:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Lamar University
1 and 3 p.m.

Track and field at Roadrunners Invitational
San Antonio

Saturday, March 25
Track and field at Roadrunners Invitational
San Antonio

Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
2 p.m.

Bowling at Southland Bowling League Championships
All Day
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Softball vs. Lamar University
1 p.m.

Tennis vs. Northwestern State University

Sunday, March 26
Bowling at Southland Bowling League Championships
All Day
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens to host spring plant sale April 1

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches.
The sale will feature a variety of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees with an emphasis on pollinator-friendly selections, as well as exclusive SFA introductions. The featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens.
For more information and a list of available plants, call (936) 468-4404, or click here.
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Judges needed for high school speech and debate tournament

Judges are needed for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association Speech and Debate Tournament that will take place Thursday, March 30, through Saturday, April 1, at Calvary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. More than 200 high school students from across the region are expected to participate.
Assistance from more than 150 community members will be needed during the three-day event. Students rely on judges' valuable feedback for improvement, growth and encouragement. No experience is necessary. Judges will receive a quick orientation. Volunteers may judge one round or numerous. Complimentary light meals, snacks and drinks will be provided.
To sign up as a judge, click here. Select Texas on the map and follow instructions to choose your day(s) and time slot(s).
For questions or more information, contact Robin Castillo at (936) 707-0303.

STEM speaker series slated for March 27

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Math Building, Lecture Hall 101.

The event aims to connect students to STEM professionals and will feature two guest speakers, including professional Kristi L. Owens, vice president and wealth management advisor for the Greater Collin County office of Merrell Lynch, and current SFA STEM student Brook Busbee.

Faculty members are encouraged to inform students of the event. Admission is free and open to students of all majors.

For more information, contact Kim Carmona, project coordinator for SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics, at (936) 468-5197.

Graduate Research Conference submission deadline tomorrow

The deadline for submissions for the upcoming Graduate Research Conference is tomorrow.

Faculty members are asked to encourage graduate students to visit the conference website and submit abstracts for posters and presentations before this date.

The conference will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Showcase Saturday tomorrow

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

Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the SFA Showcase Saturday event.
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Center for Teaching and Learning hosting two workshops today

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host two workshops today.

The first session, “D2L #3 — Discussions, Dropboxes and Groups,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon today in Steen Library, Room 219. This session will be facilitated by Laura Osborne, faculty training and certification coordinator for the CTL.

The second session, “Introduction to the Virtual Reality Lab,” will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Virtual Reality Lab located on the first floor of Steen Library behind InfoLab 1. The session will be facilitated by Megan Weatherly, instructional designer for the CTL; Kreg Mosier, head of library web services; and Edward Iglesias, web services librarian.

Click here for full workshop descriptions. To register, log in to mySFA, choose the employee tab, select myTraining and browse for the training title.

SFA Gardens invites princesses to annual tea party tomorrow

Princesses from across East Texas are invited to don their best gown and sip tea with old and new friends during SFA Gardens’ annual Little Princess Tea Party slated for tomorrow in SFA’s 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.

One hundred tickets are available and will be split between two tea party sessions. The first session will be at 10 a.m. and the second at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

For information, call (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Lumberjacks battle Abilene Christian University tonight in first conference series

SFA’s baseball team will compete against Abilene Christian University in a three-game Southland Conference series beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches.

After midweek non-conference triumphs against both Louisiana Tech University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the Lumberjacks are in search of their first Southland Conference win of the season after falling in three games during their first conference series of the season at McNeese State University last weekend.
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Track and field team traveling to San Antonio for Roadrunner Invitational

SFA’s track and field team is competing today and tomorrow in the Roadrunner Invitational at the Park West Athletics Complex on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio. The three-day invitational features seven schools.
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Softball to compete in weekend series against Lamar University

Due to expected inclement weather, SFA’s softball team has changed its weekend series schedule against Lamar University. A double-header match-up is now scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. today at the SFA Softball Complex, followed by a single game at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

The Ladyjacks are aiming for redemption after losing their first Southland Conference series to Nicholls State University, 1-2, last weekend.
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Bowling heads to Arkansas for Southland Bowling League Championships

The seventh-ranked SFA bowling team will begin post-season defense of its national championship this weekend during the 2017 Southland Bowling League Championships at the Hijinks Entertainment Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The championship will feature all eight Southland Conference teams and will be a double-elimination tournament, using a best-of-three match format.
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Fine Arts

Distinguished artist Huerta to serve as Texas National juror

Acclaimed artist Benito Huerta will serve as juror for the 23rd Texas National, SFA’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens April 8 and runs through June 10 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Texas National features an assortment of art, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of the SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes over 90 pieces of art by 81 artists from 29 states, and will include entries by Sarah Jentsch and Korey Burns, SFA art students whose work Huerta selected for the competition.

Huerta will give an artist/juror talk at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the art center, followed by the announcement of this year’s Texas National winners during the exhibitions’ opening reception, which begins at 6 p.m.
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A Cappella Choir to perform ‘Messiah’

SFA’s A Cappella Choir will present a full performance of G.F. Handel’s great oratorio, “Messiah,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on campus.

“This is one of the most well-known masterworks in all of music’s history,” said Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA. “In the places that perform the complete ‘Messiah,’ it is a grand event, and in some cases, a yearly event.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students and children. All seats are reserved. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Scott releasing ‘Playing Favorites’ CD at recital, reception tonight

Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, will release a newly recorded CD during a recital and reception at 6 p.m. tonight at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches.

“Playing Favorites” features Scott on trombone, accompanied by Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying for SFA's School of Music, on piano. Scott and Petti have been touring to promote the release of the CD with recent performances at Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma and, forthcoming, the University of Alabama.

For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Warhol exhibition closing with open house tomorrow

The exhibition “Andy Warhol: Art Is Anything You Can Get Away With,” showing in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, will close with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The exhibition features a small slice of the renowned artist’s enormous oeuvre, in particular, his “Silver Clouds” – helium-filled silver clouds that drift in the air. The exhibition also includes three of his large screen prints and several of his Polaroid photos.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Young Nacogdoches pianist performing on ‘From The Top’ tomorrow

Twelve-year-old Nacogdoches pianist Antonio “Nio” Ajero has been invited to perform on “From The Top” with host Christopher O’Riley when it comes to LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Longview.

“From the Top” is considered America’s largest and most prestigious national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents and character of classically trained young musicians. The show, distributed by National Public Radio, has an audience of more than a half million listeners tuned in to more than 220 radio stations nationwide. Red River Radio and the Belcher Center are sponsoring the performance. Nio will perform Caprice á la Scarlatti in G major by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Tickets to the performance are available for purchase at the Belcher Center website.

A recording of the show will be broadcast the week of May 29 on NPR and also on “From The Top’s” website and podcast. Click here for more information.
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Lias composition premieres at Kennedy Center

Another composition by Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composition at SFA, will have its world premiere on a national stage when the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra performs it at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

“All the Songs that Nature Sings,” written as a commission for the Boulder Philharmonic with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, will premiere during “SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestra.” The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts are collaborating to present the inaugural SHIFT Festival from March 27 through April 1.

For more information about Lias and his work, click here.
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In modern forms of communication, such as texting and messaging, emojis seem to be capable of adding extra expression and excitement that “just words” seem to lack. Fortunately for all emoji-heavy communicators, a new selection of the digital stickers is scheduled to be released in June.

The addition is expected to comprise an array of new images, including added facial expressions, elves, a brain and more. Click here to read more.

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