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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

Men's baseball vs. Dallas Baptist University
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9
Women's golf at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Invitational
McAllen, Texas

SFA softball vs. Louisiana Tech University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

Friday, March 11
Women's basketball Southland Conference Tournament
1:30 p.m.

Men's baseball vs. Central Arkansas
6 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

Men's golf at Border Olympics

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Alabama

SFA softball vs. Nicholls State University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field




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SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host outreach day

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a free student-led forestry outreach and education day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, to engage the community and provide insight into the diverse fields of natural resource study.

“So much of our region’s economic and cultural history is founded in the forests and natural resources of the region,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for the college. “We want to enable the community to explore those elements while also sharing the ways in which the field of forestry is both evolving to meet the modern needs of the public and conserving our natural ecosystems.”
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Council on Undergraduate Research e-newsletter available

The Council on Undergraduate Research provides a variety of opportunities for faculty members and students. View the latest e-newsletter here.

Omicron Delta Kappa accepting nominations for SFA's Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa is accepting nominations for SFA's annual Leadership and Service Awards, which are for individual students as well as organizations.

Awards will be presented Thursday, April 14, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

To review a full list of awards and past recipients, and to submit nominations, click here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 11.

For more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, leadership and service, at (936) 468-1088 or moodymk@sfasu.edu.

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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SFA Gardens Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Georgia conifer expert

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Tom Cox will present "Breaking New Ground with Conifers for the South."

Cox and his wife, Evelyn, started the Cox Arboretum and Gardens in 1990 when they purchased an undeveloped 13-acre land parcel in Canton, Georgia. Over the last 25 years, this has evolved into one of the premier collections of woody taxa in the Southeastern U.S. In 2002 and again in 2014, the arboretum was the host site for the American Conifer Society's national meeting and is now a frequent stop for gardening enthusiasts as well as those involved in serious plant study.

A pioneer in the evaluation of conifers for adaptability in the Southeast, Cox is recognized as one of the leading authorities on growing conifers in the region. The arboretum received full accreditation in 2012 and is now a site for the preservation of rare and endangered plants from around the world.
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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.

Students to host Safe Spring Break event

SFA will host a Safe Spring Break event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Courtyard on the SFA campus.

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, an SFA lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, and students in her senior seminar class are coordinating the event. This year's theme is 'Jacks Play it Safe, SFASB2K16.

"This project gives students the opportunity to learn, develop and apply skills health educators need such as identifying community resources, organizing event logistics, marketing and implementing health-related education, and crafting effective messages for a specific population," Krogen-Morton said.
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Fraccastoro-led Ladyjacks thump Texas Tech University in six innings, 10-1

Sophomore catcher Taylor Fraccastoro launched two homers and drove in six runs to lead the SFA softball team to a 10-1 six-inning thumping of Texas Tech University Sunday morning at Rocky Johnson Field. With a 4-1 overall record during the weekend, the Ladyjacks secured the Texas Tech Invitational team title.

Fraccastoro ended the morning 3-for-4 at the plate with two dingers, six RBIs and three scored runs to propel SFA to the lopsided result. The productive day caps a big week for the native of Orange, Texas, who hit .524 in six games during the last six days.
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Walkup collects second 2015-16 SLC Player of Week Award

Leading the SFA men’s basketball team to its second undefeated Southland Conference regular season schedule in three seasons, senior Thomas Walkup was named the SLC’s Player of the Week.

Walkup saved his best for the Lumberjacks’ last week of conference play, putting up historic numbers in a trio of wins by 20 or more points. On Monday night in San Antonio, he completed SFA’s first triple-double in 43 years, as he scored 12 points and registered new career highs with 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
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'Jacks end series sweep against New Mexico State University in 7-6 setback

Any plans SFA’s baseball team had of exiting New Mexico with a series sweep ended Sunday afternoon with one swing of the bat as New Mexico State University’s Austin Botello hit a two-run, walk-off home run to hand the ’Jacks a 7-6 setback in the four-game series finale between the two institutions.

The ’Jacks saw their three-game winning streak end in a game that featured a game high of 27 combined hits – four of which came off the bat of SFA shortstop Tyler Kendrick. Kendrick was one of four SFA players who had a multihit outing, and he helped the squad build an early 5-1 lead.
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Ladyjacks race past the University of the Incarnate Word, 5-2, to secure first 2016 SLC win

A match at its home venue proved to be just what the SFA’s women’s tennis team needed, as the Ladyjacks halted a five-match skid and secured their first Southland Conference victory of 2016 with a 5-2 triumph against the University of the Incarnate Word Sunday.

“We’re always happy to get a win, especially in conference play, and we needed that one to validate our process,” said head coach Jon McLaughlin. “In order to really excel, we need to play cleaner and take ownership of some of the things we aren’t necessarily doing at a high level in order to make us a more polished team.”
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SFA men’s basketball throttles Sam Houston State University 85-64, completes perfect SLC slate

The SFA men's basketball team took its show on the road to Sam Houston State University to finish its regular season. 

Senior Thomas Walkup put in one last incredible regular season performance for the ’Jacks at the expense of their biggest rival.

Sam Houston State failed to end the nation’s longest winning streak as Walkup closed out the ’Jacks second 18-0 Southland Conference victory in three seasons by notching a career-high 38 points in an 85-64 victory at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum Saturday night.
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Fine Arts

Guest artists to perform with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines tonight

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. tonight 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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A Cappella Choir to perform works of French composer Fauré

The A Cappella Choir at SFA will present "A Fauré Feast" when the ensemble performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Featuring the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the program also will showcase soloists SFA music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano; Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Dr. Scott LaGraff, baritone; Dr. Ron Petti, piano; and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello. An orchestra comprised of university faculty members and graduate students will accompany the performance.

Fauré's works to be performed include Requiem in d, "Cantique de Jean Racine," "Tarantelle" and "Élégie."
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Artist's talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

The exhibition "Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax" will close Thursday, March 10, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus with a talk by the artist.

Rush will give a gallery talk at the closing reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in the exhibition, which was curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art. Rush's work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two- and three-person shows, and group and competitive shows. Internationally, he also has shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and France.

His exhibition at SFA opened Jan. 20.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Silver Keys Trio to perform music of Hovatter, Schachter, Williamson

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Silver Keys Trio in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The trio includes faculty members Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Working together at SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to Guenther.
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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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Concert to feature program based on works of female composers, poets

SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir will present "In Praise of Women" when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The concert program is based on works by female composers and poets, and on female centered themes, according to Dr. Tod W. Fish, assistant professor and associate director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music.

"Female composers are grossly under-performed, in particular, those from earlier time periods," Fish said. "This concert will display the works of female composers and poets from five different historical periods."
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It’s not every day you can look out your window and see the Earth below, but NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly did just that during a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth last Tuesday. View some of the amazing images from their year in space at National Geographic.

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