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Tuesday, March 31
SFA men's golf at the UALR First Tee Classic
Little Rock, Arkansas

SFA Baseball at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1
First day to apply for degrees to be completed in December 2015

Thursday, April 2
Beginning of Easter Holiday for students and faculty

SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 3
SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.




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Alumna addresses SFA students about health care careers

SFA alumna Lara Bunn recently spoke to SFA students about career opportunities in health care. Bunn is the director of population health management for USI Southwest in Houston, a leader in insurance brokerage and consulting.

Bunn joined the Houston benefits division of USI Southwest in 2009. She began her career traveling as a health adviser, and she later worked as a wellness consultant for Methodist Hospital in Houston. While working for the hospital, Bunn implemented major wellness programs for many U.S. corporations along with developing programs for some of Houston’s college and professional sports teams.

Bunn is a member of the Houston Wellness Association and Health Promotion Advocates, which aid in building health promotion into the national agenda.

Bunn received her Bachelor of Science in health science/community health from SFA in 2005. She later received her master’s degree from Texas A&M University in health education.

News & Announcements

SFA's study abroad program receives award

SFA was recently named a top study abroad provider in the fourth annual Study Abroad Rankings, presented by Abroad101, America's first and largest study abroad review website.

SFA's top-10 ranking was awarded based on student reviews of the university's current operations of its study abroad program.

"It is the students' ratings and stories about their experiences with SFA's study abroad program that helped the university gain recognition," said Inés Maxit, study abroad coordinator in the Office of International Programs at SFA.
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Week of Reflection kicks off April 13

The annual Week of Reflection program will take place Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Highlights of the week include the Archie McDonald Speaker Series featuring Mary Lou Retton, Olympic All-Around Gold Medal winner in women's gymnastics, on Monday, April 13, and the Day of Gratitude on Friday, April 17. Students are invited to stop by the table in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center to write thank you notes to anyone in the SFA community who has helped them grow this year.
View the complete list of events or download our reflection guides for students or faculty members here

Swedish students explore East Texas' forest, hospitality industry through SFA partnership

Through a partnership between SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the School of Human Sciences' Hospitality Administration program and Älvdalen Educational Center, a forestry and hospitality post-secondary technical college in Älvdalen, Sweden, 15 Swedish students and two faculty members from the educational center completed a two-week exploration of East Texas.

Robert Nilsson and Matthew Tunn, instructors at Älvdalen's Educational Center, said the partnership greatly benefits the participating students, many of whom have never traveled abroad.

During their stay, students toured sights throughout the region that were focused on their particular area of study.
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Updated information on SFA's marketing campaign

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A reminder from SFA Human Resources

SFA Human Resources would like to remind all employees to make certain they verify all new dependents added to their benefits this fiscal year.

Please follow this link to read about the Aon-Hewitt Dependent Verification.

Service Learning Excellence Award nominations now being accepted

SFA's Service Learning Advisory Board and Office of High Impact Practices are pleased to announce the nomination period has begun for the Service Learning Excellence Award.
One faculty member from each college will be recognized for outstanding use and implementation of a service learning component in a class or classes. In addition, one faculty member will be chosen university-wide for excellence in utilizing service learning. This faculty member will be recognized at the High Impact Practices Conference Thursday, April 30. The Service Learning Advisory Board and HIP staff will determine the recipient from each college, as well as the university-wide recipient.
Candidates for the award must be current, full-time employees of SFA with a minimum of 50 percent of their contractual workload devoted to classroom teaching.
Nomination can be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 using this online form.
Candidates may self-nominate for this award. Contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu with questions or for more information.

Memorial service for F.E. Abernethy set for April 4

Those wishing to honor SFA Professor Emeritus Dr. Frances Abernethy can make plans to attend a memorial service set for April 4.

Applicants sought for pilot program

The SFA Mobile Device Investigation Committee is exploring the possibility of launching a large-scale mobile device initiative. As a part of this effort, the committee launched SFA’s Tablet Enhancement Program in fall 2014 and piloted the use of tablet devices in five classes across campus in spring 2015. Additional information about the committee and the pilot is available on committee's page.
The committee is accepting applications for the second phase of the pilot in fall 2015. The committee plans to utilize the devices in at least five classes and encourages faculty members from across campus to be part of the pilot. Applications will be reviewed blindly.

A preview of the application is available here. The application can be completed here. Faculty members interested in being part of the pilot are asked to complete the application by Tuesday, April 7. Those with questions should contact Dr. Dana Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2224, or Mary Smith at smithmd1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7690.

SFA's Greek community raises awareness for cause

The SFA Interfraternity Council will host the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" awareness event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

The SFA council has adopted sexual assault awareness as their philanthropy, and this year's event is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

IFC is seeking donations of high-heel shoes, which will be utilized by all participants. Drop boxes for the SFA community are located in the Involvement Center and the Greek Life office in the BPSC, Room 3.300. Additionally, there is a community drop box at the Women's Shelter Thrift Store - Family Crisis Center of East Texas, 4610 North St., Nacogdoches.
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April is Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Month

Come out and celebrate the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Month!

The month will kick-off with the annual Peace Meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The event involves wonderful dialogue and delicious food. For more information about the Peace Meal and to sign up, click here.  

The remaining Diversity Month events can be found here.

For more information, contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu.


Steiner's ace highlights first day in Arkansas

SFA junior Mackenzie Steiner's hole-in-one in round one highlighted the first day of the University of Arkansas - Little Rock/Arkansas State University Women's Golf Classic. The Ladyjacks sat at seventh-place among the 15-team field after two rounds Monday. The 'Jacks posted a 39-over 615, sitting six strokes out of the top-five in the team standings.

Steiner hit the ace on the par-three 17th hole, covering the 153 yards with a seven-iron. It was the first hole-in-one of Steiner's career and the second of the season for SFA after freshman Erica Lautensack posted one in her first collegiate tournament in October.
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Walkup receives Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American honors

SFA junior Thomas Walkup has been named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American player, the news organization announced Monday. Walkup becomes the third Lumberjack to earn AP All-American honors, joining Josh Alexander (2008) and Matt Kingsley (2009).

It is the latest in a long line of accolades for Walkup, who is coming off his breakthrough junior season. The 2014-15 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Walkup has already been named a Lou Henson All-American, a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year, and a National Association of Basketball Coaches' First Team All-District 23 selection. He also was the MVP of the Southland Conference tournament for the second-straight year.
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SFA men's golf tied for ninth at the UALR First Tee Classic

SFA posted a 14-over 590 through the opening two rounds of the University of Arkansas - Little Rock First Tee Classic, leaving the Lumberjacks tied for ninth among the 16-team field Monday.

SFA opened the 54-hole event with a 6-over 294 in round one. The Lumberjacks tied for sixth overall following the opening 18 holes. SFA added a pair of strokes to its first round total, carding an 8-over 296 in round two to finish 14-over 590.
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Thornell named SLC Hitter of the Week

SFA junior Kyle Thornell has been named the Southland Conference's Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday. It is the first weekly honor of the season for the Lumberjacks and the first of Thornell's career.

Thornell was a key performer for the Lumberjacks as SFA claimed its first series victory of the season, taking two of three games from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. In the three-game series, Thornell went 9-of-11, logging three hits in each game, for an impressive .818 batting average.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The program will feature a mix of music and will include works by Giuseppe Cambini, Josef Foerster, Daniel Baldwin and György Ligeti. The quintet features School of Music faculty members Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The concert, which is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, opens with a wind quintet standard of the Classical era - Cambini's Quintet No. 2 in D Minor.
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SFA's Opera Theater to present 'The Most Happy Fella'

The SFA School of Music's production of Frank Loesser's musical comedy "The Most Happy Fella" will offer an abundance of great roles that will showcase the talents of SFA voice students.

SFA Opera Theater will present "The Most Happy Fella" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 9 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts' University Series, "Connect."

"When 'The Most Happy Fella' opened on Broadway in 1956, there was so much music and so many great songs that pundits and critics argued whether is was an opera or a musical," said Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA and director of the production. "It really has everything - blockbuster chorus numbers, comedy songs and lush, gorgeous ballads. Read More

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