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Tuesday, March 28

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Tuesday, March 28
Baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State University
6:30 p.m.

Men's golf at University of Arkansas at Little Rock
First Tee Classic

All Day
Little Rock, Arkansas

Softball at Louisiana Tech University
5 p.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

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

Wednesday, March 29
Tennis at Louisiana Tech University
2 p.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

Track and field at Texas Relays
All Day

Friday, March 31
Baseball at University of the Incarnate Word
6:30 p.m.
San Antonio

Softball at Sam Houston State University
3 and 5 p.m.




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News & Announcements

James I. Perkins College of Education recognizes award recipients

SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education recently honored several faculty and staff members with the college’s Teaching Excellence Awards.

Honorees include Dr. Leah Kahn, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education; Dr. Paige Mask, associate professor in the Department of Human Services; Dr. Mary Olle, assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences; and Dr. Christina Sinclair, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science and interim associate dean for assessment and accountability within the college. Among the honorees, Sinclair was selected to represent the Perkins College of Education at the university’s Teaching Excellence Convocation, which will be held in April.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hosting two grant workshops

SFA’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting workshops this week and next regarding grants.

The first workshop, titled “Budget Development,” will occur from 10 to 11 a.m. today and from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, both in the Steen Library Wyatt Room. The workshop will assist faculty and staff members with learning how to develop and manage a budget that meets both sponsor and university requirements, as well as covering salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Guidelines for matching/cost sharing and faculty member compensation also will be discussed.

The second workshop, titled “PIVOT Funding Database,” will occur in three different sessions. The first will be from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Steen Library, LINC 102A. The second will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Steen Library Info Lab 2, and the third will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, also in Steen Library, LINC 102A.

To register or for more information, contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606 or Sherry Tucker, administrative assistant, at tuckers1@sfasu.edu.

Faculty and staff members invited to social event Thursday

SFA faculty and staff members are invited to socialize and network with colleagues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at The Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Liberty Bell is providing a free nacho bar for SFA faculty and staff members, as well as half-price appetizers, along with other Thursday night food and drink specials continuing through 10 p.m.

Karaoke will begin at 8 p.m.

SFA’s Social Events Team is charged with planning events that will help foster a culture of engagement within the campus community. To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

School of Honors hosting Richman Civil War talk Thursday

SFA’s School of Honors will welcome Dr. Allen Richman for the academic talk, “Shiloh Meeting House: The Saddest Battle of The Civil War, April 6-7, 1862,” from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in McKibben Education Building, Room 131.

Richman is the former director of the School of Honors, professor emeritus of history and SFA Regents Professor.

Faculty and staff members and students along with local community members are invited to attend. A reception will follow.

For more information, contact the School of Honors at (936) 468-2813 or honors@sfasu.edu.

University Women’s Club hosting social event tonight

The University Women’s Club invites faculty and staff members to a social event from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches. Guests are invited to visit with UWC friends and make new acquaintances. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please.

Recently, the club has been sharing stories about topics such as work and travel, as well as books and funny family happenings. For more information, contact Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre, at abacarisse@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1126.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Brave Space Series discussion tonight

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host March’s Brave Space Series at 5 p.m. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. This series entry is titled “My Body. My Right,” and the discussions will focus on sexual assault and related topics.

OMA hopes to spark discussions that help define sexual assault, consent, toxic gender roles, how to identify the risk factors that lead to sexual assault, and the campus and community resources available to victims.

The event is free and open to the public. OMA invites all students and faculty, staff and community members to contribute to this conversation.

For more information, call OMA at (936) 468-1073.

Counseling Services offering free suicide prevention workshop Thursday

SFA’s Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach skills to identify and help a person in danger of suicide from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Rusk Building, Room 333. On completion of the hour and a half Question, Persuade, Refer session, each participant will receive certification as a “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.”

To register, call (936) 468-2401.

Women's and Gender Studies Academic Conference taking place today

The Women's and Gender Studies Academic Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Social Work Building, Room 201.

Students will present and discuss research projects related to gender studies. The conference is open to the public, and faculty members and students are encouraged to attend.

Faculty members to be recognized for years of service and retirement

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

This annual luncheon recognizes faculty members who are completing 10, 20 or 30 years of service at SFA, as well as faculty members who have announced their retirement. The luncheon will be preceded by a reception starting at 11:45 a.m. Formal invitations will be sent soon.

Faculty members are asked to RSVP. Click here to view the honoree list.

For more information or to report an error or omission, contact Bob Szafran, professor of sociology, at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu.

Fifth plenary campus reading session slated for today

The final session discussing the campus reading, “The Undergraduate Experience,” has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

At this session, attendees will hear from one of the book's authors, Dr. Betsy Barefoot. Barefoot is a senior scholar at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and is renowned for her work on first-year experiences for undergraduates.

During the session, SFA vice presidents also will respond to proposals developed during the Feb. 23 session. Click here to view the full proposals.

All faculty and staff members are welcome to attend and discuss how the campus reading will impact SFA students.

SFA Dance Marathon still accepting donations

Donations are still being accepted for the SFA Dance Marathon, which supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler. The marathon will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Funds raised are used locally and benefit hundreds of families and children in East Texas. 

Fundraising will conclude with a celebration with CMN families, hospital staff members and the fundraising dancers. The event is carnival themed and food, prizes and games will be included.

The event is open to the public. To showcase SFA’s Lumberjack spirit, faculty and staff members and students are challenged to make a donation or fundraise a minimum of $23 with 100 percent going directly to the local CMN hospital. Click here to donate.

For more information or to register, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, at (936) 468-1088 or moodymk@sfasu.edu.

Texas Job Fair taking place today

SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development partners with the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers each spring to host the Texas Job Fair — one of the largest college job fairs in Texas. This event attracts more than 1,500 students and alumni from HACCC institutions, in addition to graduates from institutions throughout Texas.

This year, the fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on the University of St. Thomas campus in the Jerabeck Athletic and Activity Center.

SFA students and alumni are welcome to attend this free event.

To view a list of attending employers, click here. Attendees need to bring copies of their résumé to distribute. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.

For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of CCPD, at (936) 468-3305.


Stock leads field, four Lumberjacks among top-10 in Little Rock

SFA junior Blake Stock shot a 6-under 138 during the opening two rounds of the 2017 University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic yesterday, placing him at the top of the leader board this morning. Stock helped pace SFA’s men’s golf team to a second-place showing after 36 holes, posting a 4-under 572 in Little Rock at the Chenal Country Club.

Coming off his 6-under 65 performance in the final round of the Bob Sitton Invitational, Stock registered two more sub-par rounds yesterday, posting a 2-under 70 in round one, followed by a 4-under 68 in round two. He birdied five of his final seven holes in round one, and then registered four birdies and 14 pars in round two.
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Softball competes against Louisiana Tech University tonight

SFA’s softball team is traveling east for a matchup against Louisiana Tech University beginning at 5 p.m. today at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex in Ruston, Louisiana.

The Ladyjacks, now 10-20 on the season, aim to continue their momentum from the walk-off victory against undefeated Lamar University last week.
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Ladyjacks tied for sixth at Houston Baptist University Invitational

Two Ladyjacks sit among the individual top-20 today as SFA’s women’s golf team is tied for sixth after the opening two rounds of the Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational in Sugar Land.

The Ladyjacks carded a 52-over 628 during the opening 36 holes, highlighted by a 22-over 310 in round two.
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Baseball finishes six-game home stand against Mississippi Valley State University

Armed with a five-game winning streak, SFA’s baseball team will close its longest home stand of the season during a non-conference showdown at 6:30 p.m. tonight against Mississippi Valley State University at Jaycees Field.

SFA freshman left-hander Jackson Gore will play the first start of his collegiate career. The Kirbyville native tossed 2.1 frames of scoreless relief against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff last week.
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Fine Arts

Trombone Choir to perform eclectic program

The Trombone Choir at SFA will celebrate International Trombone Week with a concert showcasing various music styles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The concert will feature a combination of trombone quartets and trombone choir, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in SFA's School of Music and the choir’s director.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children.

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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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform program of woodwind favorites tonight

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Stone Fort Wind Quintet in a recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

This SFA music faculty chamber ensemble features Dr. Christina Guenther, flute; Kerry Hughes, oboe; Dr. Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; and Dr. Lee Goodhew, bassoon. The concert is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. 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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A group of scientists recently used raw spinach leaves to grow human heart cells with hopes of furthering research to someday use the resulting tissue for transplant.

Joshua Gershlak, a biomedical engineer at Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute and first author of the research, said, “When I looked at the spinach leaf, its stem reminded me of an aorta. So I thought, let’s perfuse right through the stem.” Click here to read more.

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