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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, March 5
SFA Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern State
Cram the Coliseum I
William R. Johnson Coliseum
8 p.m.

Friday, March 6
"The Planets" screening
SFA Planetarium 
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. Central Arkansas
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7
SFA Baseball vs. Central Arkansas
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

SFA Men's Basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
Cram the Coliseum II
William R. Johnson Coliseum
6 p.m.

Sunday, March 8
SFA Baseball vs. Central Arkansas
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

A letter from Gov. Greg Abbott on the late Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong

The State of Texas has lost an honored leader with the passing of former Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong. His service to our state and nation was noteworthy, serving as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Commissioner of the General Land Office and Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of Interior. As a mark of respect for his life and public service, it seems fitting that flags should be lowered to half-staff in memory of this highly regarded leader.

As such, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code and 4 U.S.C. § 7, I direct that the Texas and United States flags on the State Capitol be flown at half-staff statewide on Thursday, March 5, in honor of the life and public service of Armstrong. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect for this admired leader.
The First Lady and I extend our prayers of comfort to his wife Linda Aaker and the Armstrong family during their time of grief and urge all Texans to remember and honor his service to the State of Texas.
Greg Abbott

Career and Internship Expo set for today

SFA Career Services invites you to the spring Career and Internship Expo.

Encourage your students to find an internship or full-time job at the Career Expo. This event is a great opportunity for students and alumni of all majors to network with professional recruiters.

Please also encourage your business contacts to attend.
A list of participating employers is available here.
Students will need:
- Student I.D.
- Résumés to distribute to employers. Help with résumés is available though the SFA Career Services office. 
- Professional dress is required.

Knowledge Exchange Institute executive visits SFA

Want to know more about the Knowledge Exchange Institute and/or leading a faculty-led study abroad program? Stop by SFA's Office of International Programs, Dugas Liberal Arts North Building, Room 402, at 2 p.m. today.

The institute provides support services for a wide range of  program disciplines, including: fashion design, merchandising and visual communications, performing arts, pre-medicine, health and nutrition, tourism and hospitality, brewing and distilling chemistry, biology and business, Spanish and Hispanic studies, psychology, sociology and human behavior, business, finance and marketing.

KEI offers three program models: customized faculty-led programs, integrated faculty-led programs and cooperative programs.

SFA has an affiliation agreement with KEI that gives students access to $1,000 scholarships.

Please RSVP by noon to maxitie@sfasu.edu if you plan to join.

Human Services announces new journal

SFA’s Department of Human Services has announced the launch of a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal with an anticipated first-edition in mid-April.

The Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice will be published online and feature book reviews and articles based on research and practices in disciplines related to human services. The editorial board, which is accepting work for the first issue, will consider manuscripts through a blind-review process. Faculty members, students and practitioners in the field may submit their work for consideration.

Dr. Robbie Steward, executive editor and chair of SFA’s Department of Human Services, said the goal of the biannual journal is to create a high-impact, international publication cited in tier-one research journals.

For information, contact Steward at stewardrj@sfasu.edu.

SFA Regents Professor, Dr. Tim King, to present lecture

Dr. Tim King, professor of music and director of choral activities at SFA, will present "SFA: A Scale for Fine Arts" at the upcoming Regents Lecture.

King, the 2014-15 Regents Professor, will deliver the address at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission charge.

Reserved for exemplary university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon members of the faculty and is held for one academic year.
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SFA student organizations to hold grand opening for food pantry

The SFA Student Government Association and Hunger Jacks, along with the Office of Academic Affairs, will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Food for Thought campus food pantry at noon Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201 on SFA's campus.

The new pantry will serve as an unlimited resource for SFA students on campus. Donations can be made from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays. Student volunteers have already stocked the pantry with items collected from the Monday night Lumberjack basketball game versus Lamar.

"The mission of the Food for Thought food pantry is to help alleviate food insecurity among SFA students," said Dr. Miranda Terry, assistant professor of kinesiology and health science and health science program coordinator at SFA.

All donations are welcome, including canned goods, food items in plastic jars and even funds. For more information about the event or to donate, please contact Terry at (936) 468-2353 or email terryms@sfasu.edu.

Women in STEM luncheon set for this Thursday

The SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics will host its inaugural Women in STEM luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. 

This luncheon will raise awareness of the need for more females entering into STEM disciplines. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nancy Dickey, SFA alumna and first female president of the American Medical Association.

All proceeds will go to fund scholarships for deserving female students in STEM majors at SFA. Tickets are $40 each or a table of eight for $300. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Vicki Shimer at shimervm@sfasu.edu.

Food festival planned for March 9

The SFA International Student Association will host a food festival from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Yellow House Christian Student Center on East College. The lunch will feature food from many different countries prepared by SFA international students.

Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased in the International Office, Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 402.


SFA baseball falls to LSU, 8-1

The Lumberjack baseball team put a scare into second-ranked Louisiana State University through four and a half innings Tuesday night, but the Tigers scored in each of the final four innings to pull away from the Lumberjacks 8-1 at Alex Box Stadium.

With the loss, SFA falls to 4-9 on the season and is 0-3 against ranked opponents in 2015, dropping decisions to 23rd-ranked Texas A&M and 10th-ranked Rice.
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Volleyball spring competition dates announced

SFA head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys has announced three confirmed competition dates for the 2015 spring season. The Ladyjacks will host two spring tournaments and will also travel to Houston for off-season action.

The spring schedule kicks off on Saturday, March 28, with a tournament held in SFA's Shelton Gym. The team will then venture south for a college volleyball tournament at the FAST Complex, a premier club facility, in Houston on Saturday, April 11. Rounding out the list of confirmed dates is Saturday, April 25, when the Ladyjacks again welcome teams to Shelton Gym.
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Today's softball game against UNT canceled

Due to wet playing conditions, today's softball game between SFA and the University of North Texas has been canceled. The game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, but will not be made up.

The Ladyjacks will return to action at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the SFA Softball Field for a game against Prairie View A&M University.

'Cram the Coliseum' games set for this week

SFA men’s and women’s basketball will host Northwestern State University on Thursday, March 5, and Sam Houston State University on Saturday, March 7, for rivalry week in their annual "Cram the Coliseum" games.

Cram the Coliseum I will be at 5:30 p.m. (Ladyjacks) and 8 p.m. (Lumberjacks) Thursday, March 5. The event will feature the Citizens 1st Bank "Mega Cash Scramble," and one lucky fan will have a chance to win free Whataburger for a year.

Cram the Coliseum II will be at 4 p.m. (Ladyjacks)  and 6:30 p.m. (Lumberjacks) on Saturday, March 7. The match-up versus Sam Houston State University will be the Student Activities Association Purple Out game. The first 1,000 fans will receive free SFA Purple Out T-shirts. The "Show for Dough" promotion also will be doubled to $200 for both Thursday and Saturday for the largest student organization at the games.

All games will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.

Fans can print tickets for both days online, or contact the SFA Athletics Marketing office at (936) 468-1259 for more information. These will be the final two home games for both teams.

Fine Arts

Choral Union, Women's Choir to perform 'Reflections from the Camps'

The SFA Choral Union and Women's Choir will present a concert in remembrance of the Holocaust victims of World War II when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The program, "Reflections from the Camps," also will feature Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello; Shirley Watterston, piano; Sherri Fleshner, viola; and SFA vocal area faculty members, narrators and soloists.

"This concert will be a true team effort," said Dr. Tod Fish, director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir. "The entire vocal area is involved in some capacity. Our graduate students, Marissa Maddoux (Burleson) and Andrew Trites (Olathe, Kansas), who have worked tirelessly, will have the opportunity to conduct on this concert."
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Heterodyne Duo recital canceled

A recital by the Heterodyne Duo, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall, has been canceled.

'Coleidoscope' concert honors music patrons

Uncommon combinations of instruments and a wide variety of musical styles will be explored during a Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of chamber music collaborative faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's "invaluable patrons," Ed Cole and the late Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a symbolic gesture of gratitude to the general music patrons in our area," he said.
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Lubbock violinist wins first place in SFA's Schmidbauer Competition

Fiona Shea, a 15-year-old violinist from Lubbock, took first place in the 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA.

As the top contestant in this year's piano and strings competition, Shea will perform the first movement of Khachaturian's Violin Concerto with SFA's premier ensemble, the Orchestra of the Pines, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians, offering prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.
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SFA to screen 'The Art of the Steal'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Art of the Steal" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"The Art of the Steal," directed by Don Argott, follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' $25 billion collection of modern and post-impressionist art.
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Concert to feature music of virtuosic composers Liszt, Granados, Louie

Canadian pianist Janice Fehlauer will perform a guest solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall as part of the School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.

"The Pianist as a Rock Star" features virtuosic composers for the piano and highlights the music of such greats as Franz Liszt, Enrique Granados and Alexina Louie.

"Often referred to as the greatest pianist that ever lived, Liszt was a legend in his time, the 19th century equivalent of a rock star," Fehlauer said.
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'Honey Bucket Charlie' reception set for Sunday, March 8

A celebration for the publication of "Honey Bucket Charlie" will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at SFA's Cole Art Center on Main Street.

The event will feature live music from 1950-53, a brief slide presentation of the drawings and photographs included in the book, and a short talk by author Charles Jones and  Pipp Gillette. Gillette is the son of Guy Gillette, a photographer who was sent to Korea in 1951 to document the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or MASH, units.
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SFA Faculty Trio to perform music for clarinet, violin, piano

The SFA Faculty Trio will present an afternoon of chamber music for clarinet, violin and piano when the ensemble performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The trio features SFA School of Music faculty members Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Geneva Fung, piano; and Jennifer Dalmas, violin. In addition to performing short works for clarinet/piano and violin/piano by Leonard Bernstein and Johannes Brahms, the musicians will perform Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op.157b, which Dalmas described as "a delightful piece, fusing jazz and sometimes Latin elements of music in the contrasting movements."

The trio will perform Aram Khachaturian's Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, which is an early work, but carries the composer's distinct compositional voice, Dalmas said.
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