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This Week's Calendar

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

Friday, March 28
SFA Baseball
vs. Central Arkansas
6:30 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
Rice Bayou Classic




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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 10. 
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News & Announcements

Latest book from SFA Press documents Neches River

The serpentine length of the Neches River, which winds its way over hundreds of miles from East Texas' Van Zandt County to the Gulf Coast, has been documented for the first time in a new book published by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

"Let the River Run Wild! Saving the Neches" is the product of more than two years of collaborative work between photographer Adrian F. Van Dellen and SFA Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Francis E. Abernethy. The 152-page photographic odyssey of the river's past, its environment and the efforts to preserve it is intended to inspire people to take a second glance at an often overlooked East Texas treasure.

Abernethy said he hopes the book will show people why the river is worth preserving, especially as organizations devoted to the river continue working to have it designated as a National Wild and Scenic River - a federal status that would protect it from development and preserve the surrounding habitat.
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SFA's Music Preparatory Division plans 'Pathway to Music' fundraiser

For anyone who appreciates music and would like to help young students enrolled in the Music Preparatory program of the SFA School of Music fulfill their dreams of becoming accomplished musicians, a special opportunity awaits.

The Music Preparatory Division is launching  "Pathway to Music," a scholarship fundraiser. The Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St., is the site of the pathway where bricks will be sold for $100 on the pathway, $200 on the porch steps and $500 for corporate donors. The corporate donors will have two bricks engraved with words of support for the Music Preparatory Division's scholarship fundraiser.

"The scholarship fundraiser's purpose is to raise money to assist students in their study of music," said Pat Barnett, Music Prep division director. "Partial scholarships are awarded each August to those who make application. The scholarship fund has been depleted, so it is imperative to raise more funds."
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Screening of "Switch" this Wednesday

What does the future of energy really hold? Join energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out.

Tinker explores the world's leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to bio fuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic. 

"Switch" is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum – fossil and renewable, academic and environmental. The student chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and other student groups and faculty members are presenting this highly acclaimed energy documentary Wednesday evening, immediately followed by a discussion on the energy topic. 

The event is free to the public. The film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. Learn more about "Switch" at switchenergyproject.com. For more information about the campus event, call (936) 468-1845.  

Rusche College of Business plans career conference

The Nelson Rusche College of Business will host a College to Career conference this week to engage students with business professionals.

The purpose of the C2C conference is to help students effectively bridge the gap into the professional world. 

Nearly 50 business practitioners are scheduled to serve on panels during the two-day conference, addressing a variety of topics including professional behavior, personal wealth management, business ethics and personal branding.

The event begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the McGee Business Building and runs until 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Two companies, Mattress Firm and Fastenal, will hold informational sessions at 3:30 p.m. for students interested in learning more about employment opportunities.

Early Childhood Lab marks National Week of the Young Child

The Early Childhood Lab at SFA and the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start Program asks Nacogdoches to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, April 6 - 12. As part of the National Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, the city is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.

The 10th Annual Family Fun Day will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, downtown in Festival Park for the entire community. 

This activity will be a free event with many fun-filled activities for children and families to do together.  Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn will be there to make a Proclamation for Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

For more information, contact the SFA Early Childhood Lab at (936) 468-4006.

Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday

The SFA Admissions Department is asking for volunteers to help work Showcase Saturday, the university's largest open house event for prospective students, on Saturday, March 29.

Volunteers are needed for registration from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please email Monique Cossich at cossichm@sfasu.edu.

‘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 are 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 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

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

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

Career Services announces spring job postings

SFA Career Services is hosting some upcoming on-campus interviews and is asking SFA faculty and staff to refer their students to these opportunities. 

With the spring term coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about full-time job opportunities for your graduates and internships for your continuing students.

Career Services has a great line-up of on-campus interviews in March and April to help fill those employment and internship needs. To view the openings, students can create an account here. 

More information on SFA's Career Services is available online at sfasu.edu/careerservices.

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.


SFA opens homestand with DBU

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team returns to Jaycees Field, after five games on the road, to begin a four-game homestand. The 'Jacks welcome Dallas Baptist to Nacogdoches for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday night.

SFA enters the week 10-12 overall and 2-4 in Southland Conference play after dropping its series at Northwestern State over the weekend. 

The 'Jacks are 4-3 at home this season, with wins over Tennessee-Martin (3) and McNeese State (1).

Heading into this non-conference meeting with DBU, sophomore Matthew Dickey leads SFA in batting average (.354) and stolen bases (7-13). Dickey has gone 29-for-82 in 18 starts.
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Spring football enters first full week

SFA began the first full week of spring football practices Monday afternoon, going through a 21-period practice session on the grass practice fields behind the SFA Fieldhouse.

It marked the first time this spring the Lumberjacks went with shells (helmet and shoulder pads) after wearing helmets and shorts through the first two practices of the spring season, held Friday and Saturday.

Following the conclusion of Monday's practice session, SFAJacks.com met with first-year head coach Clint Conque to gauge where the 'Jacks were with three spring practice sessions in the books.
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'Jacks sixth at UALR First Tee Classic

SFA currently sits in sixth place among the 14-team field at the Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Invitational. The Lumberjacks posted a 21-over 597 through the first two rounds of the tournament, sitting five strokes out of a top-five showing.

SFA opened up the day with a 13-over 301, led by Luke Sheehan’s 1-over 73 and a 2-over 74 by Blake Pugh, and sat tied for fourth-place after the opening 36 holes.

The 'Jacks then shaved five strokes off their first round total, posting an 8-over 296 in round two, but slipped two spots to occupy the sixth-spot. Major Monzingo was the top SFA performer in round two, posting a career-best with a 1-under 71.
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Fine Arts

SFJAZZ Collective to perform at SFA

SFJAZZ Collective, an award-winning jazz ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

The group's appearance in Nacogdoches is a feature of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series, "Live Out Loud."

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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Harp duo to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Haefner-Mitchell Harp Duo in a guest/faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The duo features Dr. Jaymee Haefner, harp senior lecturer at the University of North Texas, Denton, and Emily Mitchell, harp instructor at SFA. Joining them for a portion of the performance will be soprano Bryn Aratyr Jimenez of Houston.

Haefner and Mitchell formed the duo last year. Several concerts are scheduled for the spring and fall at UNT as well as SFA and the harp societies in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and New Orleans. An East Coast tour is being planned.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
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Acclaimed cellist Quint to perform in Cole Performing Arts Series

Misha Quint, an internationally known cellist and chamber music collaborator, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Russian-born cellist Quint "captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique," according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a 'master of probing sentiment,' Quint's repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today, including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis and Alfred Schnitke," Raychev said.
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New SFA music faculty member to present first concert

SFA School of Music voice faculty member Jamie Dahman will present his first recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall.

Accompanied by pianist Ron Petti, Dahman’s performance will feature “An die ferne Geliebte” by Ludwig van Beethoven, which is “considered to be the first song-cycle, a category important in the Art Song genre,” Dahman said, along with “Poeme d’avril” by Jules Massenet.

“Though Massenet is better known as an opera composer, his songs were very popular for a brief period in Parisian salons,” Dahman explained. “‘Poeme d’avril’ is one of the earliest and most important French song cycles.”

Dahman will also perform three songs by Bulgarian composer Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin.
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Duo Karudan to present concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Duo Karudan in a concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in Cole Concert Hall.

Duo Karudan features Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet at SFA, and his wife, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor of piano at Baylor University. Joining them will be SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Nathan Nabb, saxophone; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The program will include Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, by Aram Khachaturian, “The Ox and the Lark,” by Nikola Resanovic, and Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Piano, by Carl Reinecke.

Khachaturian is one of the more well-known Russian composers of the 20th century, along with Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Ayer explained.
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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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