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This Week's Calendar

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 8
Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas




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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens invites princesses to annual tea party

Princesses from across East Texas are invited to don their best dress and sip tea with old and new friends during the SFA Gardens’ annual Little Princess Tea Party slated for Saturday, April 9, in the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

“The tea party introduces people to nature and gardening in a new and enjoyable way. People who might not normally spend time outdoors love coming to the Little Princess Tea Party,” said Elyce Rodewald, tea party organizer and SFA Gardens educational programs coordinator. “Many people and organizations work together to bring this special day to the community, including SFA Gardens staff members and student workers, Nacogdoches Junior Forum volunteers, Alpha Psi Omega and others."
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Stone Fort Museum Heritage Preservation Award recognizes Abernethy

Ben Abernethy, Maggie Abernethy-Duffin and LuAnna Cole recently visited SFA to accept The Stone Fort Museum’s 2015 Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award in honor of their father, the late Dr. Francis “Ab” Abernethy, Nacogdoches author and historian.

“The award recognizes Dr. Abernethy for his vision and perseverance in the development of the Lanana Creek Trail,” said Carolyn Spears, director of the Stone Fort Museum, “and for preserving the historic landscape and the stories that connect us with our shared history.”
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Texas Women in Higher Education to host state conference in April

The Texas Women in Higher Education will host the annual state conference Navigating Uncharted Seas from April 3-5.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Monday, March 14. More registration information is available here.

The conference will be held at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, located in the downtown Marina District. The Omni Corpus Christi offers newly renovated rooms with spectacular views of Corpus Christi Bay and proximity to the sports, entertainment and arts district, as well as casual to elegant dining opportunities. A group of rooms is reserved at the Omni Hotel at the state rate of $105 per night for single occupancy. For more hotel information, click here.

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.

BIG Event service requests due today

Today is the last day The BIG Event at SFA will accept service project requests to help students say thanks to the Nacogdoches community in April.

Faculty and staff members are invited to submit projects here.

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.

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, 1620 Raguet St., 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.


’Jacks destroy Demons, 95-55, in largest win ever over Natchitoches

No man - or combination of them - on the Northwestern State University roster could halt the SFA men's basketball team as the ’Jacks battered the Demons, 95-55, in Prather Coliseum Thursday night.

The 40-point win served as the ’Jacks largest triumph margin over their longtime Louisiana rivals in the 125 all-time meetings between the two programs. It seemed almost impossible for the ’Jacks to miss in the final 20 minutes, as they connected on 63.9 percent (23 of 39) of their shots in that span.
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SFA women’s basketball has 10-game win streak snapped at Northwestern State University

The SFA women’s basketball team fell to Northwestern State University, 72-51, Thursday evening inside Prather Coliseum. The loss snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Ladyjacks and drops them to 17-11 on the season and 11-6 in Southland Conference play.

Junior center Adrienne Lewis set a new career mark with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting to lead all scorers. She also hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds to secure her third double-double of the season.
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Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts, Children's Performing Arts Series presents ArcAttack today

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

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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Jazz bands promise exciting program of music

SFA's 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. tonight 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. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ 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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Theatre 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. tonight and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theatre 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 catalog 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, which continues through March 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 Michelle 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 Schmidbauer 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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Voice faculty member Dr. Chris Turner to present recital

Dr. Chris Turner, assistant professor of voice at SFA, will present a faculty recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Turner, a baritone, will perform the music of George Friedrich Handel, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henri Duparc and Aaron Copland.

A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Turner received his bachelor's and master's degrees in church music and vocal performance, double majoring at the undergraduate level, from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He served as minister of music at several prominent churches for 20-plus years, including First Baptist, Natchez, Mississippi, and First Baptist, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While in Baton Rouge, he began doctoral studies at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Robert Grayson, formerly a tenor at the New York City opera, graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance and a minor in vocal pedagogy. Turner did post-doctoral study in vocal pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music.
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“Volcanoes have something that inspire and remind you about the power of creation and how the Earth makes marvelous things,” Tapiro said. View his dramatic and award-winning photography of the volcano here.

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