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

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

Men's basketball at the Southland Conference Tournament
5 p.m.

Men's golf at Border Olympics

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Alabama

SFA baseball at Central Arkansas
6 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

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

Saturday, March 12
Beginning of spring holidays

Men's golf at Border Olympics

NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships
Birmingham, Alabama

SFA baseball at Central Arkansas
4 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

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

SFA tennis at Abilene Christian University
1 p.m.

Sunday, March 13
SFA baseball at Central Arkansas
1 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas




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U.S., Texas flags lowered in memory of former first lady Nancy Reagan

Both the United States and Texas flags were lowered to half-staff Monday by an order from United States President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in honor of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, the day of Reagan’s interment.

News & Announcements

SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings, whose name is synonymous with college football, will headline the 2016 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.

Stallings, who served as head football coach for the University of Alabama from 1990-97, had an impressive record, including the team’s 1992 perfect 13-0 season that culminated with a win in the Sugar Bowl and first Bowl Coalition national championship. Stallings was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010.

The speaker series event is free and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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School of Human Sciences to host first Research Week March 29-31

The School of Human Sciences will celebrate its first Research Week March 29-31 to recognize the accomplishments of its students and faculty members.

The students’ poster presentations and reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Human Sciences North Building Lobby. Students and faculty members who have collaborated in research can submit and present their posters. All SFA faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. The Human Sciences Ambassadors are hosting the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at causingf@sfasu.edu.

Faculty members to be recognized for years of service, retirement

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. A reception at 11:45 a.m. will precede the luncheon. This annual event recognizes faculty members who are completing 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years of service at SFA as well as faculty members who have announced their retirement.

Formal invitations will be delivered soon and require an RSVP. Click here to review the list of honorees. Notify Dr. Bob Szafran, regents professor, at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu of errors or omissions.

Dean of students at Sam Houston State University wears Lumberjack purple

Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs at SFA, has been wagering with John Yarabeck, dean of students at Sam Houston State University, for years regarding the outcome of the Battle of the Piney Woods football game. This year, the pair decided to up the ante and extend the wager to basketball. Both men agreed the opposing school's dean would wear the rival’s polo shirt based on the outcome of Saturday's basketball games.

Victories for both the Ladyjacks and Lumberjacks resulted in Yarabeck having to make good on the bet. Yarabeck wore the Lumberjack purple during a recent staff training retreat, where he received a fair amount of good-natured ribbing from the staff, Peck said.

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. tomorrow 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. During the past 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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Spring 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly accepting submissions

The spring 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly is accepting manuscript submissions focusing on global connections in undergraduate research endeavors.

The CUR is focusing on articles that report on the dynamic relationship between undergraduate research and the global community. Additionally, shorter vignettes (300 words) offering concrete, creative suggestions with regard to any aspect of how undergraduate research connects to faculty members and students across the globe are being accepted.

Submit a 300-500 word prospectus describing the focus of the proposed article or vignette online by March 31. Accepted authors will be notified by April 15.

Final articles will be 2,000 to 3,500 words in length. The final text for review and editing must be submitted by June 15.

To submit a manuscript or to register an account, click here.

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.

Students to host Safe Spring Break event today

SFA will host a Safe Spring Break event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today 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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SFA's Society of Physics Students awarded Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-15

The Society of Physics Students at SFA has been awarded the Distinguished SPS Chapter for 2014-15 by the SPS National Council. This recognition will be printed in an upcoming issue of the SPS Observer.

SPS at SFA has been active since the 1970s. The club is a support organization that serves the department, university and public. SPS activities include public-viewing sessions at the SFA Observatory, physics olympics and physics magic shows for local schools. During the past 18 years, SFA's SPS has won 15 National Outstanding Chapter awards. Each semester students attend SPS meetings held in conjunction with the Texas Sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society.

For more information, call Ali Piran, SPS adviser, at (936) 468-3001.

Texas Women in Higher Education to host state conference in April

The Texas Women in Higher Education will host the annual state conference Navigating Uncharted Seas from April 3-5.

Attendees are encouraged to register by Monday, March 14. More registration information is available here.

The conference will be held at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, located in the downtown Marina District. The Omni Corpus Christi offers newly renovated rooms with spectacular views of Corpus Christi Bay and proximity to the sports, entertainment and arts district, as well as casual-to-elegant dining opportunities. A group of rooms is reserved at the Omni Hotel at the state rate of $105 per night for single occupancy. For more hotel information, click here.


Ross, Schippers claim individual Southland Conference honors

SFA women’s basketball junior Taylor Ross has been selected to the All-Southland Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team. Senior Taylor Schippers also has earned the title of SLC Newcomer of the Year and was placed on the All-SLC Honorable Mention list.

Ross was honored with a position on the first team after establishing herself as one of the premier guards in the league during the 2015-16 season. It is her second all-conference selection after she gained second team recognition in 2015.

A native of Pflugerville, Texas, Ross ended the regular season ranked near the top of the league in almost every statistical category. After playing 27 games, she was fourth in scoring (15.9 ppg), second in assists (4.1 apg), fourth in steals (2.3 spg), sixth in field-goal percentage (.484) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
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Mehringer honored as Southland Conference Hitter of the Week

SFA sophomore outfielder Annie Mehringer has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week. It is the first weekly honor for Mehringer and the first individual weekly award for the Ladyjacks this season.

Mehringer had a breakout week, leading SFA to a 5-1 record and a team title at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock during the weekend. She hit .533 (8-for-15) with four runs, one double, two homers and eight RBIs in six games – five starts – during the span. She also compiled a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .611 on-base percentage.
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Walkup earns position on All-District VII Team

The United States Basketball Writers Association revealed its list of 2015-16 Men’s Basketball All-District Teams Tuesday, and representing SFA on the 11-member All-District VII Team was Thomas Walkup, the reigning two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year.

A senior from Pasadena, Texas, Walkup is no stranger to the spotlight and has ensured that a number of them will be shining in his and the Lumberjacks’ direction during their final campaign.

On Monday, Walkup became the first man in 23 years to capture back-to-back SLC Player of the Year titles and did so by averaging 17.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Additionally, Walkup was placed on both the All-SLC First Team and the SLC All-Defensive Team.
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Lumberjacks’ afternoon game at Dallas Baptist University washed out

SFA’s baseball game at No. 25-ranked Dallas Baptist University originally scheduled for 3 p.m. yesterday was canceled due to poor weather conditions in the Dallas area.

A storm system that will bring heavy amounts of rain to the Dallas area and various portions of Texas has forced the cancellation of the non-conference game.

The ’Jacks will be in action next when they travel to Conway, Arkansas, to take part in their first Southland Conference series of the season at Central Arkansas. The three-game series is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Bear Stadium.
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SFA slips to seventh after round two at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Invitational

SFA shaved 25 strokes off its opening round score but slipped to seventh in the team standings with a 71-over 639 through 36 holes at the 2016 University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Invitational.

The Ladyjacks fired a 23-over 307 in round two. SFA’s 25-shot improvement was reflected across the board as four players shot sub-80 rounds with the highest score being an 81, matching the low score from Monday’s opening round. Junior Jessie White maintained her position tied for 15th overall after posting a 4-over 75 to give her a 14-over 156 through two rounds.
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Vote for head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood in charitable competition

Voting is ongoing in the 2016 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and SFA's head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is among the top five contenders for $100,000 in charitable funds.

If Underwood wins the competition, which continues through Sunday, March 13, proceeds will be donated to the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Fans are allowed to vote once per day per registered email address. Cast your ballot at voteforbrad.com.

Fine Arts

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. tonight 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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Artist's talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

The exhibition "Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax" will close tomorrow 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.

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. tomorrow 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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