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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, March 9
SFA Baseball
at Wichita State
Wichita, Kan.
1 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at Music City Classic
Smyrna, Tenn.

SFA Softball
vs. Nicholls State

SFA Tennis
at Oral Roberts
11 p.m.
Tulsa, Okla.




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Is SFA this season's Florida Gulf Coast?

USA Today Sports

Its laid back leading scorer has long hair, wears tie-dyed shirts and is called Sunshine. Its point-power forward helps videotape a nonsensical shooting routine before every road game that teammates plan to release to the public at season's end. And its best on-ball defender will pause if you ask about the team's rap song.
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Drs. Owen Smith, Anne Smith, Kelly Salsbery and Ben Dixon

Multidisciplinary Programs

Four members of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs participated in a panel at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 20. Chaired by Salsbery, the panel was entitled "The Metaphysics of Alternate Realities in Speculative Fiction." Each panelist presented a paper.

Owen Smith presented "Where Have All the Fear and Nameless Dread Gone? Contemporary Constructions of Reality and the Inverted Bipolarity of Nature in the Weird Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft."

Anne Smith presented "It's Real for Her: Wizard Rock, Petunia Evans and the Ontological Status of Hogwarts."

Salsbery presented  "Does Anyone Really Know What Timeline It Is?" Dixon presented "Hegel's Uncanny Philosophy of History: Critical Themes from "X-Men" Mythology."

News & Announcements

SFA Spring Plant Sale, Earth Day Celebration set for April 5

SFA Gardens will host the annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 17,000 students and other visitors annually.

The seventh annual SFA Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by Campus Recreation's Outdoor Pursuits program, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition and SFA Gardens, will coincide with the plant sale and will begin at 10 a.m., featuring informational booths, guest speakers, activities for kids of all ages, free local food, live music and more. The celebration is an opportunity for members of the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community to work together toward a sustainable campus and community.
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Omicron Delta Kappa taking applications for Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa invites all advisers, students and student organizations to apply for one of its Leadership and Service Awards. Many students put in countless hours of service and put together programs that benefit the community. ODK would like to take the time to recognize these students and these organizations.

A wide variety of awards is available:

• Service Program of the Year
• Program of the Year
• Underclassman Student Leader of the Year
• Top 23 Freshmen
• Service Organization of the Year
• Adviser of the Year
• Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
• Small and Large Organization of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year

To apply, visit www.sfaodk.org to find links to all the award applications. Faculty and staff members are particularly encouraged to tell deserving students about these opportunities. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 28.
For more information, contact ODK at sfa.odk@gmail.com.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature plant sale preview

SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

SFA Gardens horticulturists Dave Creech, Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present a "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Garden Gala Plant Sale." Their combined program will present information and images of many 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 held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

The sale features a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of these are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens.
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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

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.

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.

Wisely Fellowship applications due in March

The School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs are pleased to sponsor the Wisely Fellowship.
The Wisely Fellowship is a one-year position that allows the successful applicant to interact with Honors students both programmatically and academically. Specifically, the Wisely Fellow will spend the fall building relationships with Honors students through programming. The Fellow will then offer a spring core course, uniquely designed for Honors students. For more information, see the Wisely Fellow website or contact Michael Tkacik at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.
Electronic applications are due March 17.

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.

Faculty discount for the Junior League of Lufkin Spring Market

The Junior League of Lufkin will host its annual Spring Market from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29.

Reduced admission is available to SFA faculty and staff members from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. The event will be held at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

Campus Recreation

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.


Ladyjacks in hunt for conference crown

Game 29 - Oral Roberts at SFA          
Date: 6 p.m., March 6.

Game 30 - Central Arkansas at SFA
Date: 4 p.m., March 8.

The SFA Ladyjacks come into the final week of the regular season with a chance to win the Southland Conference title on the line. The Ladyjacks (17-11, 11-5 SLC) are currently one game behind Central Arkansas (18-9, 12-4), and the Sugar Bears come to William R. Johnson Coliseum on Saturday. SFA takes on Oral Roberts (9-17, 8-8) on Thursday night at home looking to keep pace and stay in the hunt for the title. SFA faces the Golden Eagles at 6 p.m. Thursday and tangles with the Sugar Bears at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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SFA looks to close season undefeated

Game 30 - SFA (RV) (27-2, 16-0 SLC) vs. Oral Roberts (16-13, 10-6 SLC)
Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 6 • 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Game 31 - Stephen F. Austin (RV) (27-2, 16-0 SLC) vs. Central Arkansas (8-19, 5-11 SLC)
Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 8 • 6:30 p.m. (CT)

SFA, currently riding a 24-game win streak after knocking off SELU, will close its regular season and home schedule with two games inside William R. Johnson Coliseum in Week 18. The ’Jacks will host Oral Roberts on Thursday, Mar. 6, and Central Arkansas on Saturday, Mar. 8. The Saturday season finale with UCA will be streamed on ESPN3 and will also serve as senior night for Desmond Haymon, Nikola Gajic and Deshaunt Walker.

SFA Athletics in conjunction with Tipton Ford will give one lucky fan an opportunity to drive away from Thursday's games in a new car. Fans can sign up at the game for the contest to possibly win a new Ford Fiesta during the men's game. The first 500 fans to the game Thursday will receive a free pair of SFA sunglasses.
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'Jacks ready to close regular season

First-year head coach Brad Underwood nears elite company as the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team looks to close its regular season undefeated at home for a second consecutive year.

With 27 wins, Underwood is a Coach of the Year candidate according to ESPN's Seth Greenberg and he is one win shy of cracking into the NCAA's top-10 best career starts at the Division I level. Underwood can join Keno Davis (Drake - 28-5, 2008), Mick Cronin (Murray State - 28-6, 2004) and Anthony Grant (VCU - 28-7, 2007), with a win against either Oral Roberts or Central Arkansas to close out the 2013-14 regular season schedule. Bill Guthridge recorded the best head coaching start, finishing 34-4 at North Carolina in 1998.

SFA (27-2, 16-0 SLC), with the nation's most road wins at 14 victories and a share of the longest active road win streak at 12 straight, has continued to garner national attention, holding the No. 2 spot in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The ’Jacks are second for a second straight week, the highest ranking in program history, and are also fifth in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15.
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Ladyjack soccer hosts coaches clinic

The SFA Ladyjack soccer coaching staff hosted the first of many collaborative coaching education efforts with South Texas Youth Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer on Sunday. The clinic was meant to create a coaching education hub for the many volunteers and managers of youth soccer teams here in East Texas.

“This was the first of many future courses we will host to help provide a platform for our program to achieve one of it missions, which is education extension into the communities of East Texas,” head coach Wally Crittenden said. “It is critical that we make our program, and our staff, accessible to help better position youth soccer mentors and volunteers to be successful in improving the experience of young soccer players so that retention rates in our area rise. With improved resources and better-prepared coaches, the experience and longevity of everyone involved will increase.

“STYSA and U.S. Youth Soccer do a fantastic job developing relevant and current coaching education material, and I am thrilled that we are able to execute these programs at a local level. I have to commend both the Nacogdoches Youth Soccer Association as well as the coaches who attended for having the vision and acknowledging the need for professional development. It was a special day, and I look forward to building on these relationships throughout the year.” 
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Fine Arts

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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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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