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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, March 5
Global Gateway to South Korea
2 p.m.
Wyatt Room
Steen Library

Thursday, March 6
Faculty Senate Coffee and Donuts
9-11 a.m.
McKibben, Room 252

Men's Basketball
vs. Oral Roberts
8 p.m.

Quick statistics in the classroom
2 p.m.
Steen Library, Infolab 2

Women's Basketball
vs. Oral Roberts
6 p.m.

Friday, March 7
SFA Baseball
at Wichita State
Wichita, Kan.
3 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at Music City Classic
Smyrna, Tenn.

SFA Tennis
at Louisiana–Lafayette
2 p.m.
Lafayette, La.

Saturday, March 8
Men's Basketball
at Central Arkansas
6 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Wichita State
Wichita, Kan.
2 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at Music City Classic
Smyrna, Tenn.

SFA Softball
vs. Nicholls State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Spring Break Starts

Women's Basketball
vs. Central Arkansas
4 p.m.




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New director, old ties

Story by Kasi Dickerson, The Pine Log editor-in-chief

With a week under his belt, Craig Turnage has begun settling into his new office as executive director of alumni relations.

"It's been challenging and rewarding all at the same time. It's only going to get better every day," Turnage said. "It's just like any new job. It's a time of transition."

In 2008, Turnage joined SFA's Office of Development and began working as the major gifts officer and was later promoted to senior development officer. Turnage was responsible for going out and raising targeted and directed funds for programs here on campus, departments, major gifts for buildings and brick and mortar projects. Prior to 2008, Turnage worked at Lon Morris for two years as a director of student activities and Tyler Junior College as director of enrollment management.

Turange was one of three finalists for the alumni position, which became available after Jeff Davis, former alumni director, resigned. After undergoing an extensive interview process with alumni and University staff members, Turnage was selected as the new executive director of alumni relations.

"I think that we have an opportunity here to only make things better and to forge partnerships together and continue to advance the University in the best ways possible," Turnage said.
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SFA a part of National Read Across America Day

SFA Charter School students observed National Read Across America Day Monday by participating in “Read Across SFA.” Many campus leaders played host to the students throughout the day, including SFA President Baker Pattillo, pictured here visiting with Stephanie Creel’s kindergarten class in his Austin Building office. The first lady, Dr. Janice Pattillo (center), later read “The Ugly Duckling” to the class. Also pictured is Susan Williams, special assistant to the president.

News & Announcements

Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment

The School of Social Work, Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development and Special Health Resources for Texas is presenting "Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment," a free symposium on HIV/AIDS.

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Regents' Suites A and B in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Discussions will include the Affordable Care Act, services for for HIV/AIDS patients in East Texas and the "Life Giving Project," an international outreach program. The symposium is part of the School of Social Work's celebration of Social Work Month.

Please RSVP to Donna Shelton at dshelton@sfasu.edu. For more information, contact Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant at oliphante@sfasu.edu

Global Gateway to South Korea presentation

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Korean culture given by students from South Korea. The event will take place at 2 p.m. March 5 in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.

Authentic Korean food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

Faculty Senate to host adjunct faculty dialogue over coffee and donuts

Join Dr. David McKemy and Dr. Gregory Smith, from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, in McKibben Education Building, Room 252. All adjunct and part-time faculty members are invited and encouraged to voice their concerns to the Senate.

The SFA Faculty Senate hosts a series of coffee and donut mornings throughout the semester. The event is held the first Thursday of each month during the semester.

Quick statistics in the classroom

Dr. Heather Olson-Beal and Dr. Norm Markworth will present a seminar on how to use Poll Everywhere and Clicker in your classroom at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Infolab 2 in the Steen Library.

Have you ever wondered what students were thinking during class? Would you like to have an immediate statistic to see if the students understand the lecture/topic? This will be a hands-on seminar that addresses text message-based polling and student and audience response system technology.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year

The deadline to nominate your student worker for Student Employee of the Year is March 28. For more information, click here.

Join the celebration for this year’s Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 13-19! The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to the SFA campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students.
View a list of ideas for showing your appreciation to your student employees here.

SFA Planetarium show: Mars Quest

The SFA Planetarium will be running a new show titled “Mars Quest”, at 7 p.m. Fridays at  from March 21 through April 11.

For a synopsis of the show, click here.

For more information about the planetarium, click here.

Campus Recreation

Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, March 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Twilight Ballroom

SFA observes seven dimensions of wellness: intellectual, environmental, socio-cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and career-financial. Learn how you can embody total wellness by visiting with vendors from all over the wellness spectrum. For more information, please contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835.

Get Your Splash On Outdoor Pool Opening

Wednesday, March 5

3 to 6 p.m. in the Rec Outdoor Pool and Courtyard

Join us for the spring opening of the outdoor pool! Celebrate with Campus Rec and Student Activities Association at our Hawaiian celebration with fun games as well as a dive-in movie, and a cornhole (bags) doubles and washers tournament in the Courtyard.

Soak up some sun and enjoy an afternoon out on the pool deck with Campus Rec and SAA!

Wellness Walking Tour Rescheduled

New date: Tuesday, March 18

5:15 to 6 p.m.

The tour will start in the Rec Center Lounge located near the front desk and stop by all dining locations along the one-mile campus tour.

Put on your sneakers and join SFA Dining and Campus Rec for a wellness tour of campus.  The tour will include information on wellness services available through Campus Rec and SFA Dining, as well as tips and tricks on how to be active and eat well in the dining halls and retail outlets throughout campus. To join us for the tour, please RSVP to Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.


SFA men's and women's basketball to play ORU

The SFA men's and women's basketball teams will be hosting the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles this Thursday, March 6. The Ladyjacks play at 6 p.m., and the Southland Conference Champion Lumberjacks play at 8 p.m.

There will be an SFA Basketball Sunglasses Giveaway, as well as an opportunity to win a free car from Tipton Ford Lincoln. The SFA softball and track and field teams will be at the doubleheader to sign posters. The Ladyjacks are also hosting their Academic Shootout fundraiser.

Fine Arts

SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir to perform 'Mass Hysteria'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Choral Union and Women's Choir performing "Mass Hysteria" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The title of the concert was chosen because the ensembles will perform three Mass settings by Gabriel Faure, Emma-Lou Diemer and Franz Schubert, and a Sanctus from Leonard Bernstein's Mass, according to Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor and director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir.

Members of the SFA School of Music voice faculty, including Debbie Berry, Scott LaGraff, and Jamie Dahman, will be soloists for the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major performance.

"This is a youthful work of Schubert," Fish said. "He composed it at the age of 18. It is an accessible work that is composed for syllabic chorus, string orchestra and soloists. It is a wonderful opportunity to display collaboration between the choral, voice and string faculty."

Sanctus from Mass will showcase a small portion of Bernstein's large multi-media work entitled Mass, Fish explained.

"This is going to serve as an upbeat closer for the concert," he said. "It gives us the opportunity to combine the Women's Chorus and Choral Union, as well as show off our wonderful accompanists for both choirs, Dr. Geneva Fung and Michelle Ribeiro."
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SFA to screen 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' documentary

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

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog documents the oldest cave paintings known created by human hands. More than 30,000 years old, they are almost twice as old as any other discovery of its kind, according to information at www.yidio.com/Cave-Of-Forgotten-Dreams.

Located in southern France, the Chauvet Cave is near the natural Pont d'Arc bridge. In addition to the footage filmed inside the cave and at the Pont d'Arc bridge, the film also includes interviews with historians and scientists.

The general public is not allowed to enter the cave in the interest of preservation, and to film the documentary, director Herzog had to obtain special permission from the French Minister of Culture. Even with permission, the crew faced dangerous conditions and heavy restrictions. Herzog's team of four, which included himself working the lights, were only permitted a total of 24 total hours of filming broken up into six four-hour sessions.
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