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This Week's Calendar

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.

Monday, March 30
SFA men's golf at the UALR First Tee Classic
Little Rock, Arkansas




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, will publish his article "Repeat After Me - The Landscape Design Element that Tops them All" in the March/April edition of Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine.

The piece focuses on the importance of repetition in a continuing series on basic landscape design principles.

Dr. Dana Cooper

Department of History

Cooper, associate professor in SFA's department of history, has been chosen as Nerdwallet.com's "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire" for 2015.

Professors were chosen "based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter," according to information provided by the website. Professors are nominated by students, alumni and faculty members from several hundred institutions nationwide.

Read Cooper's profile for the award here.

Dr. Karol Chandler-Ezell

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

The Center for a Public Anthropology has awarded Chandler-Ezell, assistant professor of anthropology at SFA, the Franz Boas Global Citizenship Award. The award recognizes Chandler-Ezell's exceptionally effective participation in Public Anthropology’s Community Action Online Project, as well her wider activities in the public sphere. The award is named for the most publicly engaged of American anthropology’s early founders. Fewer than one percent of faculty members teaching anthropology courses across North America receive this award.

Chandler-Ezell is commended for how she takes classroom knowledge and applies it to real world challenges. She encourages students to be responsible global citizens, following the example of Franz Boas. In actively addressing important ethical concerns within anthropology, Chandler-Ezell is providing students with the thinking and writing skills needed for active citizenship.

News & Announcements

East Texas Garage Sale set for May

SFA's Student Activities Association will host its annual East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, in the commuter lot near Homer Bryce Stadium on SFA's campus

The association is currently taking reservations for those interested in selling items. Reserve your spot by calling (936) 468-1222.

Student Employee of the Year nominations due today

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

SFA's ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to host the ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards Tuesday, April 21.

This is an evening purposefully coordinated to recognize SFA students and student organizations for their outstanding leadership and service, as well as award some of SFA's brightest, with the university's top honors.

If you know of a deserving student or student organization, please nominate them for one of the many honors, including Top 23 Freshmen, Student Employee of the Year, Baker Pattillo Student of the Year, Service Organization of the Year, and so many more.

For a complete list of awards and nomination forms click here.


Eight-run first inning costly in SFA loss

The SFA baseball team allowed three home runs, including a grand slam, in an eight-run first inning. The Lumberjacks fell 14-5 to West Virginia State University, and the loss drops the 'Jacks to 7-18 this season. This wraps up a four-game home stand.

The Mountaineers (11-10) did most of their damage in the first inning of the non-conference contest, scoring eight runs on five hits in the opening frame. After building a 2-0 lead, Shaun Wood hit a grand slam to right field and Taylor Munden hit a two-run home run to make it an 8-0 game before the 'Jacks even stepped to the plate.
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Lumberjacks resume spring practice schedule

SFA resumed football practices under the lights at Homer Bryce Stadium Tuesday night, kicking off the bulk of the 2015 spring schedule.

"We're excited to get back out on the field and build off the successes we had in 2014," said head coach Clint Conque. "It's going to be an interesting spring schedule as we have to fill some key positions, especially the running back and defensive secondary positions. All positions are open at this point so we're ready to see which guys step up and take ownership."
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SFA men's golf finishes fourth at the Wallace Jones Invitational

Freshman Tony Underwood continued his stellar play, finishing tied for fifth overall with a 2-under 214, as SFA placed fourth at the 2015 University of Louisiana - Monroe Wallace Jones Invitational. The Lumberjacks closed out the 54-hole event at 9-over 873, their fourth top-five finish of the year.

Heading into Tuesday's final round at 1-over 577, SFA added eight strokes to its final round total, posting an 8-over 296. The 'Jacks finished six shots back of third-ranked Louisiana Tech. They were only 12 strokes back of both Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas-Little Rock (3-under 861), who tied for the overall team title.
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White finishes sixth; Ladyjacks 10th in Florida

Sophomore Jessica White notched an even-par 72 over the final round of the 2015 Morehead State University Ocala Spring Invitational, finishing tied for sixth among the individual standings. She helped pace SFA to a 10th-place finish, posting a 49-over 913.

SFA shaved one stroke off its second round score, carding a 19-over 307 over the final 18 holes of the event. The Ladyjacks finished nine shots better than 11th-place Akron (58-over 922), trailing ninth-place Stetson (45-over 909) by only four shots and were five strokes back of eighth-place Morehead State (44-over 908).
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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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Fine Arts

Guest artist Knight to perform with SFA Percussion Ensemble

SFA's Percussion Ensemble will perform with guest artist Dr. Joshua Knight at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, the ensemble will perform the music of Dwayne Rice and Nathan Daughtrey, among others.

Meyer and Knight, who is director of percussion studies at McMurry University, will collaborate to perform Blake Tyson's "Vertical River," a duet for marimba and vibraphone that reflects the good times Tyson and co-composer John Parks enjoyed during a rafting trip on the Boise River.
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SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The program will feature a mix of music and will include works by Giuseppe Cambini, Josef Foerster, Daniel Baldwin and György Ligeti. The quintet features School of Music faculty members Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The concert, which is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, opens with a wind quintet standard of the Classical era - Cambini's Quintet No. 2 in D Minor.
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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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