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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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News & Announcements

Transportation available for the 2015 Texas Job Fair

SFA Career Services is requesting that faculty members encourage their students to attend the 2015 Texas Job Fair - one of the largest college job fairs in the state - by sharing this information with them.

This event attracts more than 1,500 students and alumni from the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers institutions, in addition to graduates from institutions throughout Texas. SFA is a member of HACCC and will be taking vans to the fair, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Houston Baptist University.
Click here for more information about transportation.
Information about the Texas Job Fair is available here.

Memorial service for F.E. Abernethy set for April 4

Those wishing to honor SFA Professor Emeritus Dr. Frances Abernethy can make plans to attend a memorial service set for April 4.

Swedish students explore East Texas' forest, hospitality industry through SFA partnership

Through a partnership between SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the School of Human Sciences' Hospitality Administration program and Älvdalen Educational Center, a forestry and hospitality post-secondary technical college in Älvdalen, Sweden, 15 Swedish students and two faculty members from the educational center completed a two-week exploration of East Texas.

Robert Nilsson and Matthew Tunn, instructors at Älvdalen's Educational Center, said the partnership greatly benefits the participating students, many of whom have never traveled abroad.

During their stay, students toured sights throughout the region that were focused on their particular area of study.
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SFA Gardens to host popular spring plant sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches.

A variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, unusual species and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants at this year's sale are extensively trialed in the university's gardens before being offered to the public. Additionally, most of them are produced by the SFA Gardens staff members and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs offered at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students of all ages on a yearly basis.
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Parents’ Night Out tonight

Parents may drop kids off as early as 6 p.m. at the SFA Recreation Center. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie.

Attendees must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper.

For more information and to register, please contact the administration office of the SFA Rec Center at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

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.

Faculty Senate nominations now open

The SFA Faculty Senate is now accepting nominations for three-year terms for the school years 2015-16 to 2017-18. The list of current senators can be found here. The election committee would like to solicit nominations from the following colleges and departments:

- Nelson Rusche College of Business: one new senator from any department.
- James I. Perkins College of Education: three new senators, excluding nominees in the Department of Elementary Education.
- College of Liberal and Applied Arts: two new senators, excluding nominees in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communications.
- College of Sciences and Mathematics: one new senator, excluding nominees from the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing.

Two new adjunct faculty representatives will be elected by the Faculty Senate.

To nominate yourself or someone, contact Dr. Mary Olle, elections chair, at ollemary@sfasu.edu, by 5 p.m. Friday, March 27.
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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.

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.

'Little Princess' Tea Party set for March 28

Introduce your favorite little girl to the beauty and joy of the garden at this special party, complete with refreshments, party favors, and entertainment planned to delight you and spark her imagination.

The 2015 tea party celebrates the uniqueness of each flower, snowflake, and girl as we “Let It Go” and party like a true princess. Two parties are scheduled at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. in the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

Bring your camera to capture this day! Please let your girl wear her favorite princess, fairy or garden party costume. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets cost $25 each for adults and children and are sold at the SFA Agriculture Office, 1924 Wilson Drive, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact SFA Gardens at (936) 468-1832 for more information.

2015 Texas Women in Higher Education conference set for March 29-31

This year’s Texas Women in Higher Education conference will focus on leadership, higher education policy, and gender and work-life balance.

The conference will provide attendees with a plethora of networking opportunities while revitalizing, recharging and rejuvenating. Take this chance to get swept up in Galveston’s rich history, breathe in the salty air, and experience a special event hosted at Moody Mansion.

Registration for the conference is ongoing. The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, through Tuesday, March 31, at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas.

View the flier for the event here.
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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.

SFA's environmental professional organization to host second annual symposium

SFA's chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals will host its second annual environmental symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Forestry Building, Room 117, on SFA's campus.

This year's event, "Invasive Species: Environmental Menace," will present a range of experts from SFA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the University of Texas at Arlington, who will address the history, effects and status of invasive species locally and across the country.

"We use the symposiums as a way to spread awareness of important ecological topics throughout the community," said Elena Thomas, NAEP president. "Invasive species are one of the most important issues affecting both our local and global community."
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Walkup named Lou Henson All-American player

SFA junior Thomas Walkup has been named a finalist for the 2014-15 Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year award, CollegeInsider.com announced Thursday. Walkup secured a spot among 31 finalists for the 2014-15 season to be named player of the year on April 3. All finalists are members on the Lou Henson All-American Team.

The Lou Henson Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson, who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005, he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the the most successful coach at both the University of Illinois and New Mexico State University. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
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SFA baseball heads to Corpus Christi for weekend series

SFA resumes its Southland Conference schedule heading on the road for a three-game weekend series against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Game one against the Islanders gets underway at 6 p.m. today, followed by game two at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30.
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SFA softball returns to SLC action in Corpus Christi

The SFA softball team returns to Southland Conference play with a three-game series on the road against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. The Ladyjacks and Islanders will play a double header starting at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon at Chapman Field before going head-to-head at noon Saturday in the finale.
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Innis, Mathenge run well to start Texas Relays

SFA distance runners Brittany Innis and Charles Mathenge performed well, earning a pair of top-five finishes in Thursday's action at the 88th Annual Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. Cody Rhodes also completed the grueling competition in the men's decathlon while Cameron Meyer fared well in the men's pole vault.

Innis posted the best finish of the day for the Ladyjacks, running and leaping her way to a fourth place showing in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase final. The freshman completed the race in 10:51.82, which was eight seconds ahead of Purdue's Kristin Fritts, capturing the third-best collegiate time out of 13 competitors.
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Fine Arts

Student-directed 'The Patient' to be performed at SFA

Agatha Christie's one-act play "The Patient" will be presented by the SFA School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs the play in which a woman, Mrs. Wingfield, falls from a balcony, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak.

"She must determine the cause of the accident, with the help of her doctor," Gibson said. "The suspicion is that Mrs. Wingfield was pushed. It is now up to the doctor and an inspector to get to the bottom of who tried to murder the patient."
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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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