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Thursday, March 3
Men's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Saturday, March 5
Men's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
7 p.m.
Huntsville

Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
4:30 p.m.
Huntsville

Sunday, March 6
SFA tennis vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
Noon
Nacogdoches

Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas

Monday, March 7
Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas


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Faculty Senate to host State Rep. Travis Clardy

SFA's Faculty Senate will host State Rep. Travis Clardy at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center President's Suite A. Clardy will speak about higher education issues facing the Texas legislative biennium.

The meeting will be live streamed here.

All faculty members are invited to attend.

2016 Bright Ideas Conference proposal deadline extended

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning has extended the deadline for submissions to the 2016 Bright Ideas Conference through Tuesday, March 8.

Proposals may be submitted at the conference website.

This year's conference will be held Wednesday, May 4, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.


Department of Elementary Education to screen documentary

The James I. Perkins College of Education's Department of Elementary Education will host a screening of the documentary "Tested" and a Q&A session with director and writer Curtis Chin at 6:30 p.m. today in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

The film follows the stories of students hoping to be admitted to one of the top public high schools in New York City, and explores issues of equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth.

For more information, contact Dr. Brandon Fox, assistant professor of elementary education, at foxbrand@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2409. Read More

Applications available at SFA Early Childhood Lab

SFA's Early Childhood Lab is currently accepting applications for children and infants through pre-kindergarten to be added to the admissions wait list.

Visit the Early Childhood Research Center to complete an application.

Campus bookstore to close temporarily

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore will be closed Saturday, March 5, for a yearly inventory.

Normal business hours will resume Monday, March 7.

BIG Event service requests due tomorrow

The BIG Event at SFA is now accepting service project requests to help students say thanks to the Nacogdoches community in April.

Faculty and staff members are invited to submit projects here by Friday, March 4.

Students will complete requests from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

For more information, contact The BIG Event at thebigevent@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2870.

Students to host Safe Spring Break event

SFA will host a Safe Spring Break event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Courtyard on the SFA campus.

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, an SFA lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, and students in her senior seminar class are coordinating the event. This year's theme is 'Jacks Play it Safe, SFASB2K16.

"This project gives students the opportunity to learn, develop and apply skills health educators need such as identifying community resources, organizing event logistics, marketing and implementing health-related education, and crafting effective messages for a specific population," Krogen-Morton said.
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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 for kids and adults of all ages related to sustainability. 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.

Athletics


Final women's basketball road swing begins today

Two regular-season games remain for the SFA women’s basketball team before the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament kicks off Thursday, March 10, in Katy, Texas.

The Ladyjacks will try to maintain their 10-game winning streak and reign as the league’s hottest team when they take on Northwestern State University at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The rivalry game will be broadcast live through NSUDemons.com and Rob Meyers will call the game on Q107.7 FM and Q1077.com.
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'Jacks put nation's longest win streak on the line against Demons in Natchitoches

The SFA men’s basketball team takes the nation-leading 16-game winning streak to Natchitoches, Louisiana, to do battle with Northwestern State University at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Live stats and video of the 125th skirmish with the 'Jacks' longtime rival will be available on SFAJacks.com. Rob Meyers will provide play-by-play and analysis of the rivalry tilt on Q107.7 FM in Nacogdoches and online at Q1077.com.

NSU is the only Southland Conference team with a winning all-time record against SFA. Since the series commenced in Natchitoches in 1926, NSU has a 65-59 edge on the 'Jacks, but SFA is 13-7 over the last 20 games of the rivalry and has emerged as the victors in seven straight confrontations.
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Fine Arts

Acclaimed double bassist Bradetich to perform at SFA

Jeff Bradetich, regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of double bass in the U.S., will present a guest recital at 6 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Regents professor of double bass at the University of North Texas, Bradetich is an active lecturer and clinician. His concert is designed to "showcase the incredible sound and expressive palette of the bass as a solo instrument," according to Carlos Gaviria, SFA School of Music faculty member.

"The instrument featured in this concert was made in 1767 by the famous Italian maker Guadagnini and is one of the best instruments in the world," Bradetich said.
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Jazz bands promise exciting program of music

SFA's The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands will perform the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other jazz greats at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"It's an exciting semester for jazz at SFA," said Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone and interim director of the Swingin' Axes for the spring. Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium, is interim director of the Swingin' Aces this semester. Scott and Salas assumed new roles this semester with the reassignment of Dr. Gary Wurtz as interim director of the SFA School of Music.

"Both jazz bands are sounding great and have really exciting new music planned," Scott said.
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First Friday Film Series features 'The Salt of the Earth'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Salt of the Earth" at 7 p.m. tomorrow in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Salt of the Earth" reveals the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who for the past 40 years has traveled through the continents witnessing major events of history - international conflicts, starvation and exodus. This film by his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, and Wim Wenders chronicles his quest to discover pristine territories, wild fauna and flora, and grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project as a tribute to the planet's beauty, according to information at imdb.com.

The film runs 110 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing images of violence and human suffering and for nudity.
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Coming to SFA: ArcAttack most electrifying science show on tour

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will present two performances of ArcAttack Science Show tomorrow.

Described as "the most electrifying science show on tour," ArcAttack was seen in the fifth season of "America's Got Talent." A highlight of an ArcAttack show is the use of two custom-built singing Tesla coils that have been modified to play musical notes.

"Students will explore concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics and lightning through demonstrations and experiments with ArcAttack's signature Tesla coils, capable of throwing electrical arcs up to 12 feet long," said Diane J. Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.
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Theater students to direct performance of 'A Dollar' this weekend

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "A Dollar" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theater major Greg Albright of Palestine, playwright David Pinski's "A Dollar" is about a troupe of traveling players who are tired and penniless and end up arguing over a dollar they find.

"The players, trekking from one town to the next, reach a crossroads at the end of the day and realize they won't be sleeping in a town that night," Albright explained. "Cold, exhausted, hungry and completely broke, they despair. In an attempt to cope with their situation, they begin to dance and sing. They then find a dollar lying on the ground, after which chaos and hilarity ensue."
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Artist's talk, musical performance added feature of Jones exhibition

SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host an artist's talk and musical performance starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in conjunction with the exhibition "East Texas Impressions: The Art of Charles D. Jones," which is currently showing at the downtown gallery.

The comprehensive catalogue of this exhibition will be available for purchase, and Jones will be available to sign following the 2 p.m. artist talk.

As an "added value" event of the Nacogdoches Music Festival, slated for March 3 through 6 in downtown Nacogdoches, the afternoon's festivities also will feature Jones and the musical group Camino Real, which includes Jon Hall, Craig Smith, Mark McClain and Robbie Roach, performing old-time string band music, Irish tunes and a variety of other songs. Joining them for some special songs will be Michele Smith, Tim Chauvin, Cele Knight, John Guedry and Paul Driver. Admission is free.
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Guest artists to perform with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines

This year's Schimdbauer Young Artist Competition winner Ethan Le will be among the guest artists performing when the Orchestra of the Pines presents "Vim and Virtuosity" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The evening is a potpourri of music selections - a melting pot of variable delights," said Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA. "We have two guest artists joining us, both of whom are full of vim and virtuosity."

Le, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, will perform the first movement of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major. Le made his orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Houston Civic Symphony as its winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition Junior String Division. In that same year, he also won the Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, Junior String Division, and performed with the orchestra. Le won first place at the 2014 Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto Competition and at the 2015 Houston Civic Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition.
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Artist's talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

The exhibition "Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax" will close Thursday, March 10, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus with a talk by the artist.

Rush will give a gallery talk at the closing reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in the exhibition, which was curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art. Rush's work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two- and three-person shows, and group and competitive shows. Internationally, he also has shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and France.

His exhibition at SFA opened Jan. 20.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

A Cappella Choir to perform works of French composer Fauré

The A Cappella Choir at SFA will present "A Fauré Feast" when the ensemble performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Featuring the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the program will also showcase as soloists SFA music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano; Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Ron Petti, piano; and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello. An orchestra comprised of university faculty members and graduate students will accompany the performance.

Fauré's works to be performed include Requiem in d, "Cantique de Jean Racine," "Tarantelle" and "Élégie."
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