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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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SFA Rugby club gives student chance to compete again

Courtesy of The Pine Log

After tearing his meniscus power lifting during his senior year of high school, Ryan Wilkinson’s dream of continuing his football career as a Lumberjack was shattered.

“Right before I enrolled in school, I found out my left meniscus was torn. I talked about it and prayed about it for a long time and decided that football wasn’t the best [for me], so I didn’t even try out,” Wilkinson said.

However, Wilkinson’s desire to compete didn’t remain dormant for long.
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News & Announcements

Ring week begins Monday, March 9

SFA's Spring Ring Week starts Monday, March 9, and runs through Wednesday, March 11.

Each day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Balfour representatives will be in the SFA Tracie D. Pearman Alumni office for assistance with purchasing rings.

All students with 60 or more hours, alumni and friends are welcome to purchase their official SFA ring to participate in the spring 2015 Big Dip scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, May 1.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature plant sale preview

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

SFA Gardens horticulturists Dave Creech, Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Garden Gala Plant Sale." Their combined program will present information, as well as provide images of the new, popular and more unusual plants available at the upcoming sale.

The Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The sale will feature a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and much more. Most of the plants included in this year's sale are produced by the SFA Gardens staff members and volunteers.
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Discounted theme park tickets now available

Discounted tickets for Six Flags Over Texas Arlington are now being sold at the Student Center Information Desk in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Ticket prices are:
One Day Pass: $47
Season Pass: $74
Hurricane Harbor: $29
Operating hours for the information desk are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Make an Impact information session slated for March 12

Would you like to know more about SFA's "Make an Impact at SFA" project? This project is the focus of SFA's Quality Enhancement Plan, and participation across campus is growing.

An introductory-level information session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the Seminar Room of the Center for Teaching and Learning, located on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

General information will be shared about this program including how to become involved.

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 today

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.

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

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.

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.


Softball game against Prairie View A&M postponed

Today's softball game between SFA and Prairie View A&M University at the SFA Softball Field has been postponed due to wet playing conditions and impending wintry weather. The non-conference game will be made up at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Nacogdoches.

SFA will begin Southland Conference play this weekend on the road at Nicholls State University. The Ladyjacks will face the Colonels at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, before completing the series at noon Sunday, March 8.

Ladyjacks and Lady Demons clash on ESPN3

The SFA women's basketball team will look to clinch the 2014-15 Southland Conference regular season title outright with a win against the Lady Demons of Northwestern State University tonight inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks haven't won the title outright since 2006. The 5:30 p.m. game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Lincoln Rose will call the game, and Jim Haller will provide color cometary.

SFA extended its season-best win streak to nine games with wins over the University of the Incarnate Word and Houston Baptist University last week. Saturday's 69-57 victory in Houston helped the Ladyjacks lock up the number one seed in the SLC Tournament and clinch at least a share of their 17th SLC title.
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'Jacks, Demons renew rivalry tonight on ESPN3

SFA will host its two biggest rivals in the final weekend of the regular season, beginning with Northwestern State University on Thursday, March 5, at William R. Johnson Coliseum. The game against the Demons will be broadcast live on ESPN3, marking the first home ESPN3 appearance for the Lumberjacks this season. Lincoln Rose will call the game, and Jim Haller will provide color commentary.

SFA is looking to "Cram the Coliseum." Free tickets to both Thursday and Saturday's games are available at locations all over Nacogdoches, as well as the SFA Fieldhouse and the men's basketball office. In addition to free tickets, there will be a number of promotions taking place Thursday, including the Citizens 1st Bank "Mega Cash Scramble." One fan will have a chance to win $5,000 for making a half court shot in the Chevy Chase Money Shot and another will have a chance to win free Whataburger for the year. In addition, Chief Caddo will be making an appearance at the coliseum to pose for pictures with fans, and the SLC Champion SFA Track and Field teams will sign autographs beginning at 7:30 p.m.
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'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

'The Importance of Being Earnest' - SFA School of Theatre to stage Wilde's classic comedy of manners

Anyone who loves outrageous characters and clever comedy will want to see "The Importance of Being Earnest" when the SFA School of Theatre performs Oscar Wilde's classic play Tuesday through Saturday, March 3 through 7, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

This cheerful and lighthearted comedy of manners, which Wilde called "a trivial play for serious people," is his brilliant tour de force, regarded by many as the wittiest play in the English language, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's playwright-in-residence and director of the show.

"Witty dialogue, mistaken identities and hilarious characters" will enchant the audience, Heifner said.
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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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Reception to honor 'Honey Bucket Charlie' artist's family, Korean War veterans

The poignant drawings of Korean War prisoner of war Benjamin L. Comeau have been compiled by Charles D. Jones, master printer and director of the LaNana Creek Press, in the book "Honey Bucket Charlie: The Korean War POW's Drawings of Benjamin L. Comeau."

A reception to honor Comeau's family and showcase the newly released book will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. The event will feature live music popular during the early 1950s, followed by a brief illustrated talk about the war and the POWs, the drawings and photographs used in the book.

Comeau's drawings "provide us with rare insight into the daily life and conditions of the Korean War POW experience," Jones said.
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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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SFA theatre students to present new works in Scotland

SFA students headed to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this summer will host a local reading of their play, "Mom and Dad," as a fundraiser for the trip.

The play was written by students Allison Day and Nick Pinelli. The fundraiser reading is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Upstage Theatre, which is located on the third floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $25, and can be reserved by calling (936) 468-1126 or emailing abacarisse@sfasu.edu

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