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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.

Saturday, April 1
Baseball at University of the Incarnate Word
3 p.m.
San Antonio

Softball at Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.

Sunday, April 2
Baseball at University of the Incarnate Word
1 p.m.
San Antonio

Tennis vs. Abilene Christian University




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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens’ lecture series to feature Chandor Gardens horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Steven Chamblee, director of Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, Texas, will present, “Great Garden Ideas.”

Chamblee has been active in horticulture for 40 years. He began developing his green thumb in the 1970s while transplanting trees with his father.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Office of International Programs hosting Global Gateway to Russia

Faculty and staff members are invited to join the Office of International Programs for a presentation about Russia at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Ferguson Building, Room 479. The event will include a presentation by an SFA international student about Russian culture, traditions and lifestyle, as well as authentic Russian food samples. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Tetyana Kucher, international programs coordinator, at (936) 468-1179 or kucherta@sfasu.edu.

Department of History to host lecture tomorrow featuring LGBT activists

SFA’s Department of History will present a public lecture featuring Dr. Eric Walther and Raymond “Ray” Hill at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102. The lecture is titled “LGBT History: Harvey Milk, Houston Gay Liberation and New Directions in the Movement.”

The lecture will cover the historical fight for LGBT equality in the U.S. with an emphasis on the movement in Texas.

For more information about the lecture or meeting times, contact Dr. Savannah Williamson, SFA visiting assistant professor, at williamssl50@sfasu.edu.
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School of Honors hosting Richman Civil War talk

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. tomorrow in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131.

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

SFA students and faculty, staff and Nacogdoches 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.

Counseling Services offering free suicide prevention workshop tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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.

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. tomorrow 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.

Tickets available for Culinary Café luncheon speaker

The Stone Fort Museum will host speaker Gary Pinkerton, author of the book, “Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North,” during a Culinary Café luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Education Annex, Room 121.

Trammel’s Trace, named for Nicholas Trammell, was the first route from the U.S. into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. From the Great Bend of the Red River, it intersected with El Camino Real in Nacogdoches. By the early 19th century, Trammel’s Trace was largely a smuggler’s trail that delivered horses and contraband into the region. It was a microcosm of the migration, lawlessness and conflict that defined the period. Evidence of Trammel’s Trace remains across seven Texas counties. Pinkerton and a group of fellow “rut nuts” are actively engaged in educating and informing landowners to enlist their support in preserving this part of history.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. For additional payment options or more information, call the museum at (936) 468-2408.

Copies of Pinkerton’s book will be available for purchase at the luncheon.

Judges needed for high school speech and debate tournament

Judges are needed for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association Speech and Debate Tournament that will take place tomorrow through Saturday, April 1, at Calvary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. More than 200 high school students from across the region are expected to participate.
Assistance from more than 150 community members will be needed during the three-day event. Students rely on judges' valuable feedback for improvement, growth and encouragement. No experience is necessary. Judges will receive a quick orientation. Volunteers may judge one round or numerous. Complimentary light meals, snacks and drinks will be provided.
To sign up as a judge, click here. Select Texas on the map and follow instructions to choose your day(s) and time slot(s).
For questions or more information, contact Robin Castillo at (936) 707-0303.

Presentation by David J. Peterson to take place tomorrow

David J. Peterson, linguist, author and creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones," will present a talk, “Conlangs: The art of language invention,” at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Peterson began creating languages in 2000 and has created languages for television shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Emerald City," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed," "The 100" and "Thor 2." He is the world’s first and only professional conlanger and is the go-to person in Hollywood when a new language is needed. He also has authored books “The Art of Language Invention” and “Living Langauge Dothraki.”

For more information, contact Dr. Jessie Sams, associate professor in SFA’s Department of English and Creative Writing, at (936) 468-2101 or samsj@sfasu.edu.

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.


Baseball’s winning streak increases to six after 8-2 win

Until Tuesday, 2011 was the last year SFA’s baseball team earned more than five consecutive wins in a season.
With their 8-2 victory Tuesday over Mississippi Valley State University at Jaycees Field, the Lumberjacks surpassed their previous record and now possess six-straight wins.
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Batista finishes in top-10, SFA places fifth in Sugar Land

SFA women's golf freshman Alexandra Batista registered the third top-10 finish of her SFA career, tying for ninth Tuesday at the 2017 Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational in Sugar Land. Batista carded an 8-over 227 as the team placed fifth among the 13-team field with an 83-over 947.

After shooting a 2-over 74 in round two Monday, Batista took another stroke off her total, posting a 1-over 73 in Tuesday’s final round. After posting a 4-over 40 on the front nine, she recorded a 3-under 33 over the back stretch, finishing with eight total birdies. She ranked first among the 72-player field with 12 birdies over the 54-hole event and was fifth in par-four scoring averaging 4.03 per hole.
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Lewis perfect at plate, overshadowed by 8-0 loss to Louisiana Tech University

SFA’s softball team traveled southeast Tuesday for a match-up against Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Both teams fought through two innings before the Lady Techsters began to slowly build their lead, scoring two runs at a time. LA Tech tagged its seventh and eighth run in the sixth inning, ending the game, 8-0.

Despite the loss, SFA senior Brittany Lewis batted 2-for-2 and won four put-outs at first base.
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Lumberjacks record runner-up finish in Little Rock

SFA’s men’s golf team had three players finish among the individual top-20, led by junior Blake Stock finishing fifth overall with a 1-under 215. That effort paced the Lumberjacks to a runner-up showing at the 2017 University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic, finishing with an 8-over 872.

Entering the day second overall, the Lumberjacks held serve over the final 18 holes despite shooting a 12-over 300.
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Busy weekend for track and field begins today in Austin

SFA’s track and field team will compete today through Saturday in Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays inside the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The Lumberjacks will have a handful of student-athletes at this event, while another small group will travel Friday to the West Coast for the University of California, Los Angeles Bob Larson Long Distance Carnival.

SFA has 29 event entries in the 90th running of the event, which has grown this year to be the largest in its history with 7,700 athletes accepted into the meet. Just under 200 college teams will compete in what is said to be one of the top meets in the country this year. A total of 17 different countries will be represented this weekend along with 37 U.S. states.
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Fine Arts

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 9, in Room 303 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus. Cost is $20 for community members and $10 for students attending any college or university.

Seating is limited to 30, and payment will be taken at the door in cash or check form. Proceeds benefit Alpha Psi Omega scholarships. Participants should RSVP to apobetaphi@gmail.com to reserve a seat.
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Music Preparatory Division recitals to begin April 29

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music will begin presenting student recitals April 29.

The SFA community is invited to attend the recitals, which are the result of quality teaching, disciplined practice habits and the love of music.

Click here to view the recital schedule.

For more information, contact Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division, at (936) 468-1291.

Rockin’ Axes to present ‘The History of Rock’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Rockin’ Axes performing “The History of Rock” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The high-energy concert will feature music originally recorded by rock and pop favorites Elvis Presley; The Beatles; Michael Jackson; Earth, Wind and Fire; and others, according to Andrew Sperandeo, director of the Rockin’ Axes groups.

Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Piccolo Artista is a project that’s turning childrens’ drawings into reality by transforming them into 3-D stuffed puppets.

The project aims to highlight kids’ freedom in the use of colors, and their ability to draw without boundaries. Click here to learn more.

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