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

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
10:30 a.m.
Austin

Thursday, March 31
SFA track and field at Texas Relays
10 a.m.
Austin

Friday, April 1
SFA softball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
9 a.m.
Austin

SFA track and field at the Stanford Invitational
TBA
Palo Alto, California

Saturday, April 2
SFA softball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
1 and 3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA tennis vs. McNeese State University
11 a.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

SFA track and field at Stanford Invitational
TBA
Palo Alto, California

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
10 a.m.
Austin


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Undergraduate Research Conference committee annouces Dr. Richard Jones as Faculty Mentor for 2016

The Undergraduate Research Conference committee has announced Dr. Richard Jones, professor of directing and acting in SFA's School of Theatre, as the Faculty Mentor for URC 2016. Jones has been an active and prolific faculty member at SFA since 2001. He is a teacher, scholar, artist and an outstanding creative and scholarly mentor.

“The challenges of tomorrow will not be met by filling in the right bubble on a standardized test. Problem-solving involves more than the mere accumulation of facts. Rather, solutions are the product of synthesis and interpretation of the available information, the generation of new ideas and the articulation of conclusions — in other words, research,” Jones said. “Research requires not merely hard work (although there is plenty of that), but also critical thinking, integration and skepticism. It inspires conversation and blurs the line between teacher and learner. The best undergraduates make that transition from repeaters to creators of knowledge. I am always pleased to participate in this conference, which celebrates students who have embarked upon that journey.”

News & Announcements

Faculty Senate voting available until April 5

Voting for the SFA Faculty Senate will be available until noon Tuesday, April 5.

To locate your ballot, login to mySFA and select the “Faculty” tab. Next, scroll down to “Course Evaluations and Surveys” to find the ballot specific to your college. Clicking the link should launch the ballot, which will allow you to vote. Make sure to hit “Submit” when finished.

Nacogdoches Federation of Women’s Club to host annual English Tea

The Nacogdoches Federation of Women’s Club is hosting its annual English Tea at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Old University Building in historic Washington Square, 515 North Mound St. in Nacogdoches.

Reservations are required as each seating is limited to 45 people. Tickets cost $20 per person and are available from member organizations.

For more information, call Bernice Wright at (936) 645-7216 or email bwrightsfasu@gmail.com.

SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory offering discount on soil testing

Spring is here! Is your soil ready? SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory is offering a 10-percent discount to faculty and staff members on all soil testing analysis.

Collect your sample and drop it off at the soils lab located in the Agriculture Building, Room 122, on Wilson Drive. Results include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime requirements that any landowner could use to grow a healthy yard, bumper crop garden or high-yield hay meadow. Each sample costs $9. Information forms are available here.

University Women’s Club to host last social April 26

The University Women’s Club is hosting its last social of the year from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at The Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches.

The University Women's Club provides scholarships to deserving students while providing social activities among members, as well as giving assistance and service to the university and the community.

Office of International Programs to present Global Gateway to China

SFA's Office of International Programs will host the Global Gateway to China at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Chinese SFA students will discuss the country's culture and authentic Chinese food samples will be available after the presentation and informal discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Dr. Adam Peck to deliver webinar today

Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs at SFA, is presenting a webinar titled “Reimaging Leadership Programs to Focus on Academic Achievement and Career Development” at noon today.

Session topics will include how to apply the six attributes of effective high-impact practices to student leadership programs; help faculty and student affairs staff members design effective leadership experiences that capitalize on the benefits of active/collaborative learning; and the best practices in student leadership programs.

For more information, click here.

Travel to Pakistan today with Office of International Programs' Global Gateway

SFA's Office of International Programs will host a Global Gateway to Pakistan at 2 p.m. today in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

A Pakistani SFA student will discuss the country's culture and authentic Pakistani food samples will be available after the presentation and informal discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.


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 hosting first Research Week through Thursday

The School of Human Sciences will celebrate its first Research Week through Thursday, March 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. today 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 tomorrow. 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.


Caddo Conference, annual East Texas Archaeological Conference scheduled for April 1-2

The 58th Caddo Conference, combined with the 23rd annual East Texas Archaeological Conference, will be held Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School's Beall Gym.

The Washington Square Mound site is on much of TJR’s campus. There is a $20 registration fee. Friday presentations will feature Caddo archaeology in Texas and a presentation by Dr. John Hart, a student who completed his master's thesis on Washington Square ceramics in 1982.

Saturday presentations will focus on archaeology in Oklahoma and Arkansas, the report of the Caddo house being built at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and various presentations by the Caddo. All are welcome to attend a dance by the Caddo around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Dr. George Avery, cultural heritage research coordinator in the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology, at averyg@sfasu.edu.

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 will 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, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally and SFA Health Science.

Athletics


Walkup selected to play in 2016 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game

SFA senior Thomas Walkup is one of 20 NCAA Division I men’s basketball seniors from around the nation who has been selected to play in the 2016 Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Walkup, who hails from Pasadena, Texas, is one of 10 players on the West team and will be coached by John Lucas, former Maryland great and former NBA head coach. While playing in the tilt, Walkup will be wearing number 21. Admission to the 2016 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game is free.
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Ladyjacks shut out by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in 7-0 home loss

SFA’s women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to the visiting Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Islanders yesterday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

“All of the credit goes to the Islanders,” said head coach Jon McLaughlin. “They came in and truly believed they could win and that proved to be the difference in yesterday’s match. We have to keep our chins up, move on and fight that much harder on Saturday.”
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Crittenden adds Stewart to Ladyjack coaching staff

SFA’s head women’s soccer coach Wally Crittenden has announced Nataki Stewart will be joining the Ladyjack coaching staff. Stewart will serve as a volunteer assistant coach upon his arrival to campus prior to the 2016 season.

Stewart comes to SFA following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of St. Thomas in Houston where he helped establish the program in 2014. During his two seasons, the Celts went 19-11-5, which included an undefeated regular season record of 6-0-2 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Red River Athletic Conference and a place in the 2015 conference championship game.
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Sheehan, Lumberjacks record fifth-place finishes at University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic

SFA men's golf team jumped two spots during the final 18 holes of the 2016 University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic Tuesday, finishing fifth among 15 teams. The Lumberjacks shot a 15-over 303 in the final round of competition, closing out the tournament with a 43-over 907.

Senior Luke Sheehan led the ’Jacks in the final 18 holes, carding a 2-over 74 and closing out the classic with a 5-over 221, tying for fifth individually.
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Steiner, Ladyjacks finish fourth at Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational

Opening the day tied for fifth among the team standings, SFA’s women’s golf team separated itself from the pack Tuesday, finishing fourth at the 2016 Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational. The Ladyjacks posted a 72-over 936 during the 54-hole event, including a 22-over 310 in the final 18 holes.

Senior Mackenzie Steiner tied for fourth individually, carding an 8-over 224 and finishing with a 4-over 76 in round three. For Steiner, this result ties for her best finish as a Ladyjack.
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’Jacks limited to six hits in 10-2 series-opening loss at Wichita State University

SFA baseball senior Zach Valenzuela launched a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the top of the ninth Tuesday against Wichita State University, but that was one of just six hits the ’Jacks amassed in a 10-2 setback to the Shockers at Eck Stadium.

In their first trip to WSU since 2014, the ’Jacks committed five errors that led to four unearned runs by the home team in the opener of a two-game series between SFA and their Missouri Valley Conference antagonists.
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Fine Arts

Bassoonist Pool to perform solo recital tonight at SFA

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present bassoonist Scott Pool in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Pool’s program, “The Romantic Bassoon,” will feature music from 19th century Romanticism, either from the era or in its spirit, Pool said.

“The bassoon has a lyrical voice of great expression, which is not often heard in the orchestral setting,” he said. “This solo recital seeks to exploit the melodic nature of the instrument.”
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SFA film series to feature documentary about Texas National juror

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Shadow of the House” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed during seven years, “Shadow of the House” is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process.
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Goodall to perform final concert with Stone Fort Wind Quintet tomorrow

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will perform this semester’s final Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A highlight of the concert will be the quintet’s performance of "Variations sur un theme libre" by popular French composer Eugene Bozza and featuring Dr. John W. Goodall in his last performance with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. Goodall, professor of oboe in the SFA School of Music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, has announced his retirement at the end of the academic year, effective Aug. 31. He is a founding member of the group and has performed with the quintet for more than 30 years.
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