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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, March 10
SFA Baseball at the University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11
SFA Baseball at the University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
3 p.m.

Friday, March 13
SFA Baseball at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Beginning of spring holiday

SFA Baseball at New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
2 p.m.




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SFA students help improve the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center

As spring approaches, the City of Jefferson and Collins Academy, a program developed to create educational and economic opportunities for the community, prepare to institute land management recommendations provided by students in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture for the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center.

Developed by students enrolled in the college's forest management plans course, the recommendations focused on the creation of a Geographic Information Systems database, which will assist the center in achieving land-management goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the basic infrastructure for the center in June 2013. However, until the partnership with SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the park operated without a written management plan.

The purpose of our recommendations is to remove invasive species, enhance wildlife habitat and add enriching educational experiences to area visitors, said Courtney Threadgill and Tamara Bennett, senior forestry students at SFA.
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Dr. Scott Alan Hutchens

Department of Psychology

Hutchens, chair of the Department of Psychology, presented research concerning faculty perspectives on student textbook reading at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology’s 27th annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, Feb. 28.

The research was a collaborative effort with Dr. Tiffany Culver, Hutchens’ colleague at Sul Ross State University – Rio Grande College.

News & Announcements

American Association of University Women meet tomorrow

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at Regions Bank in downtown Nacogdoches.

Archery shoot and club interest meeting set for April 15

SFA students and faculty and staff members interested in archery should make plans to attend an interest meeting and shoot at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

The meeting will be hosted at the HPE Complex, and participants will have the opportunity to shoot a Genesis bow.

For more information, email Dr. Jay Thornton or visit HPE, Room 218.

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.

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.

Ring week begins today

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 Wellness Fair set for Wednesday, March 11

Learn how to embody total wellness from SFA campus partners and local businesses at the SFA Wellness Fair! This year's Wellness Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Services offered for free are:

• Health screenings
• Fitness assessments
• Resources and educational materials
• Refreshments
• Giveaways

For more information, please contact Kate Houlik, fitness and wellness coordinator at SFA, at HoulikKA@sfasu.edu.

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 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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Global Gateway to Grenada presentation sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Join the Office of International Programs and students from Grenada for a presentation on Grenadian culture at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

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


Ladyjack basketball beats SHSU for 11th straight win

The SFA women's basketball team finished the season strong on Saturday night inside SFA's William R. Johnson Coliseum, defeating Sam Houston State University 79-65 on Senior Night. While the Ladyjacks had already secured the 2014-15 Southland Conference Championship and the number one seed in the SLC Tournament next week, the victory capped an 11-game winning streak to close out the regular season.

The Ladyjacks have won 15 straight games at home dating back to Nov. 18, meaning the team holds the 10th-longest active streak in the NCAA.
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Lumberjack basketball wins third straight SLC title with 64-55 victory against SHSU

The SFA men's basketball team beat rival Sam Houston State University 64-55 to capture its third-straight Southland Conference regular season title in front of a record 7,328 fans at the SFA William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Lumberjacks close out the regular season 27-4 overall and 17-1 in SLC play.

SFA locked up the number one overall seed in the upcoming 2015 Southland Conference tournament in Katy with the win and received a bye to the semifinals. The Lumberjacks' first game will be Friday and their opponent will be determined Thursday night.
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SFA baseball falls to UCA twice Saturday

SFA dropped another extra-inning heartbreaker to the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday, then saw the Bears roar to a convincing win as they swept SFA in the three-game Southland Conference opening series at Jaycees Field.

SFA fell to 4-12 on the year and 0-3 in SLC play while extending its losing skid to four games. UCA improved to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in conference action.
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Ladyjack softball falls to Nicholls State University on walk-off single

For the second game in a row, the SFA softball team lost in walk-off fashion against Nicholls State University as the Colonels used a seventh-inning RBI single to win 2-1 Sunday afternoon. The Ladyjacks fall to 7-12 on the season and 1-2 in conference play with the loss.

In a defensive battle, SFA was held to just one hit on the afternoon off the bat of junior Lindsay Campbell. After Nicholls scored a run in the fourth, Campbell broke up a no-hit bid by Hannah Haydel to start the sixth inning. The outfielder advanced to second on a grounder, stole third base and then traveled the rest of the way home after a Colonel error on a ball hit by Shalie Day.
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Fine Arts

Schmidbauer Competition winner to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The winner of the 2015 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA will be the guest violinist when the Orchestra of the Pines performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall.

Fiona Shea, 15, of Lubbock, who took first place in this year's piano and strings competition, will perform as guest soloist when the orchestra performs the first movement of Khachaturian's violin concerto, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA.

"The Khachaturian violin concerto is a powerhouse violin concerto that shows off its soloist in a grand flurry of virtuosity and lyricism," he said.
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Works of Houston artist Peacock showing at SFA's Cole Art Center

The exhibition "Emily Peacock: Soft Diet" will show Wednesday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, April 11 in the Hallway Reception Gallery at SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The Houston-based artist will present a talk about her work at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the SFA Art Building, located off Wilson Drive on the SFA campus.

According to a review by Ryder Richards posted at glasstire.com, "Soft Diet" contains "highly compelling work, which is made more interesting because the constituent elements are, for the most part, fairly common. Alternating moments of empathy with moments of gentle disgust, Peacock's present actions engage and partially eradicate the past. The process feels like melded fragments of youthful summers where hierarchies of food, play, wounds and celebration were entwined without judgment."

Peacock has exhibited at venues including the Galveston Art Center, Houston Center For Photography and Lawndale Art Center, and her work can be seen in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The exhibition is presented by the SFA School of Art. Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Flute, piano duo to perform guest recital at SFA

Terri and Gabriel Sánchez will perform a guest flute and piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in SFA's Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the recital will feature the music of Frédéric Chopin, Katherine Hoover, George Barrère, George Chave, Joachim Andersen and Cecile Chaminade.

Terri Sánchez is the visiting assistant professor of flute at the University of Texas at Arlington and has won many national flute competitions. She also performed with the Southern Methodist University Meadows and the University of North Texas Symphony orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions. She has given pedagogy presentations that revolve around a positive, creative approach to flute performance at the National Flute Association Convention, the San Diego Flute Guild Festival, the Texas Flute Symposium, as well as many universities.
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Choral Union, Women's Choir to perform 'Reflections from the Camps'

The SFA Choral Union and Women's Choir will present a concert in remembrance of the Holocaust victims of World War II when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The program, "Reflections from the Camps," also will feature Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello; Shirley Watterston, piano; Sherri Fleshner, viola; and SFA vocal area faculty members, narrators and soloists.

"This concert will be a true team effort," said Dr. Tod Fish, director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir. "The entire vocal area is involved in some capacity. Our graduate students, Marissa Maddoux (Burleson) and Andrew Trites (Olathe, Kansas), who have worked tirelessly, will have the opportunity to conduct on this concert."
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Staged reading of 'Mom and Dad' to help fund School of Theatre's Scotland trip

An upcoming SFA School of Theatre event will help raise funds for theater students to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, in August where they will present an SFA student-written play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

During the two-week trip to Edinburgh, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including "Hate Mail" by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written "Mom and Dad" by Nick Pinelli and Allison Day. Pinelli, The Woodlands senior, and Day, San Antonio senior, wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

A staged reading of "Mom and Dad" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.
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