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Monday, March 28
 Men's golf at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic
Little Rock, Arkansas

Women's golf at the Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational
Sugar Land

Tuesday, March 29
Men's golf at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic
Little Rock, Arkansas

SFA baseball at Wichita State University
6:30 p.m.
Wichita, Kansas

SFA tennis vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Women's golf at the Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational
Sugar Land

Wednesday, March 30
SFA baseball at Wichita State University
3 p.m.
Wichita, Kansas

SFA track and field at Texas Relays

Thursday, March 31
SFA track and field at Texas Relays




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News & Announcements

Application deadline extended for 2016-17 Wisely Fellow Competition

The application deadline for the Wisely Fellow Competition for 2016-17 has been extended to Friday, April 15.

SFA’s School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs sponsors the Wisely Fellowship, which allows Fellows to become more involved in the School of Honors in the fall and to teach an honors course in the spring. The one-year academic fellowship seeks to build community within the School of Honors as well as provide the opportunity for an innovative teaching experience.

For more information, click here or contact Dr. Michael Tkacik, School of Honors director, at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.

Retired ExxonMobil manager, adviser to speak at SFA Patent Lecture Series

Two long-time ExxonMobil employees will deliver presentations this month in continuation of an ongoing science, technology, education and mathematics lecture series organized by SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“The purpose of the Patent Lecture Series is to expose SFA students and faculty members to an array of professionals who share experiences of how a STEM background broadens career opportunities and increases marketability,” said Dr. Jana Redfield, assistant director of the SFA STEM Center. “The speakers range from innovators to entrepreneurs, patentees, business owners, professors, legal counsel for major corporations, engineers, mathematicians and others.”
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Lumberjack Network e-newsletter available

The March issue of “Lumberjack Network,” a monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 45,000 alumni and friends, is now available online. If you aren’t receiving the SFA e-newsletter, click here to subscribe.

School of Human Sciences to host first Research Week March 29 through 31

The School of Human Sciences will celebrate its first Research Week March 29 through 31 to recognize the accomplishments of its students and faculty members.

The students’ poster presentations and reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Human Sciences North Building Lobby. Students and faculty members who have collaborated in research can submit and present their posters. All SFA faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. The Human Sciences Ambassadors are hosting the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at causingf@sfasu.edu.

Spring 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly accepting submissions

The spring 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly is accepting manuscript submissions focusing on global connections in undergraduate research endeavors.

The CUR is focusing on articles that report on the dynamic relationship between undergraduate research and the global community. Additionally, shorter vignettes (300 words) offering concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of how undergraduate research connects to faculty members and students across the globe are being accepted.

Submit a 300-500 word prospectus describing the focus of the proposed article or vignette online by Thursday, March 31. Accepted authors will be notified by Friday, April 15.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length. The final text for review and editing must be submitted by Wednesday, June 15.

To submit a manuscript or to register an account, click here.

Earth Day Celebration planned for Saturday, April 2

SFA's 2016 Earth Day Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center behind the Tucker House and next to the SFA Gardens Spring Plant Sale. 

The event will include live music, food and activities related to sustainability for kids and adults of all ages. The celebration is an opportunity for members of the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community to join together in furthering the vision of a sustainable campus and community.

A guided bike ride is planned to begin at 10:30 a.m. from the Nacogdoches Farmers Market to the celebration.
The Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Pursuits Program, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally and the SFA Health Science Program.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Endless Horizon' beginning Friday

The SFA Planetarium will screen the film “Endless Horizon” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1. The screenings will be every Friday through May 6.

The program details man’s explorations of Earth and the sea of space through which the planet travels. Read a synopsis of the film here. Admission is $2.

For more information, click here.


Clean sweep at singles gives Ladyjacks 6-1 victory over University of New Orleans for third-straight win

SFA’s women’s tennis team swept one-on-one play to capture its third-straight Southland Conference victory with a 6-1 triumph over the University of New Orleans Saturday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

None of the singles bouts went past two sets. During the course of SFA’s last three engagements, the Ladyjacks own a 15-3 record in one-on-one play. The triumph pushed SFA’s record to 10-6 and 4-2 in league standings, elevating the Ladyjacks to fifth place among 12 teams.
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’Jacks sink 4-2 against Northwestern State University

Hanging on to a 2-1 lead over Northwestern State University and in search of their first Southland Conference series win of 2016, SFA’s baseball team saw the Demons plate the game’s final three runs in the home half of the sixth inning Saturday, which sent the ’Jacks to a 4-2 loss at Brown-Stroud Field.
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Kerley, Gleason, Meyer dazzle on final day of Rice Victor Lopez Classic

SFA’s track and field teams had a solid Saturday at the Victor Lopez Classic with sophomores My’Lik Kerley and Kerry Gleason and senior Cameron Meyer having breakout performances. The ’Jacks earned three event titles overall on the day. The classic was hosted by Rice University in Houston.

In his second collegiate 800-meter run, Kerley flirted with a 14-year-old school record with a speedy 1:49.82. He won his section and placed second overall out of 48 men, coming just 0.56 seconds away from Sam Houston State University's Jeffrey Moore for the top spot.
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Guffey sharp in the circle but Southeastern Louisiana University outlasts SFA in extras, 1-0

Sophomore pitcher Callee Guffey turned in a solid start for SFA’s softball team Saturday afternoon at North Oak Park, but it wasn't enough as the Ladyjacks fell to Southeastern Louisiana University 1-0 in eight innings during the series finale.

Despite the setback, SFA won its first Southland Conference series of the year by taking two of three games from the Lady Lions during the weekend.
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Greene fires complete game, gives up two hits to Demons in 4-1 SFA victory

SFA’s baseball team called on staff ace Jarred Greene to try and shut down Northwestern State University in their Friday tilt.

Greene, a junior from Pasadena, Texas, dominated the Demons by tossing a complete game in which he surrendered just two hits and one run in a 4-1 SFA victory at Brown-Stroud Field. By way of this victory, the junior upped his 2016 record to 4-0 and became the only Southland Conference hurler to amass four victories without a loss this season.
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Fine Arts

SFA to exhibit unique Barnett artwork

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present an exhibition of the works of Vera Barnett Wednesday, March 30, through Friday, May 6, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus and in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition will feature oil paintings, as well as examples of the artist’s plastic models used to make her paintings, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA, who first saw Barnett’s work while he was visiting Valley House Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Dallas.

“I found her work unique, curious, humorous and honoring an awareness of art history unlike any I had seen before,” he said. “As with many artists over the years, Barnett is very aware of the history of art — of the great master painters who have lived and worked and to whom all contemporary artists owe a debt.”
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Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

The Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society at SFA will host a playwriting workshop with SFA’s playwright-in-residence, Jack Heifner.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 303, on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students.

Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.
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SFA to present student-directed ‘The Lover’

SFA’s School of Theatre will present the student-directed play “The Lover” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theatre major Robert Malbrough of Houston, “The Lover,” a one-act play by Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter, is a comedy in which a married couple creates sexual games to liven up their relationship.

"‘The Lover’ explores the way we tend to compartmentalize our lives and how that affects our relationships, in particular," Malbrough explains. "The games the characters play serve primarily as a distraction, so the question we have to ask ourselves is: What happens when games aren't enough and we have to face the real issues?"
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Celebrated photographer Morell to serve as Texas National juror

Distinguished photographer Abelardo Morell will serve as juror for the 22nd Texas National, SFA’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens Saturday, April 9, and runs through Saturday, June 11, 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 SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes 93 pieces of art by 98 different artists from 29 states.
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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. tomorrow 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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