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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 1
SFA Baseball
at Arkansas-Little Rock
6 p.m.
Little Rock, Ark.

SFA Women's Golf
HBU Women's Intercollegiate

Wednesday, April 2
SFA Softball
at North Texas
6 p.m.

Friday, April 4
SFA Baseball
at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
6 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at NCAA Championships

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

Math Building Planetarium
7 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
Skecher's Car Kight Invitational
5 p.m.

Saturday, April 5
Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pineywoods Native Plant Center

SFA Baseball
at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
5 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Abilene Christian
3 p.m.

SFA Tennis
vs. Southeastern Louisiana
11 a.m.

SFA Track and Field
Skecher's Car Kight Invitational
9 a.m.




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Spirit Teams host competition showcase

The SFA Spirit Teams will host their annual Nationals Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4. All four Spirit Teams will be performing their nationals routines, as well as a few guest performances.  

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Spirit Teams' office at (936) 468-1604 or visit us in the Student Center, Room 1.203.


Jeana Paul-Ureña and Juan Carlos Ureña

Department of Languages, Cultures and Communications

Drs. Jeana Paul-Ureña and Juan Carlos Ureña will both serve integral roles in the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies in the coming year. 

Juan was named executive director of the council and Jeana was named president, as well as editor of the organization's journal. 

SCOLAS is an interdisciplinary organization that was created in 1966, that welcomes participation by scholars and students interested in Latin America, including studies of immigration, transnationalism, and U.S. Hispanic history, literature, and culture. SCOLAS has strong participation from both the United States and Mexico, and enjoys one of the largest bases of any regional Latin American conference in the United States.

For the next two years, the organization will be based out of SFA and Texas State University. 

News & Announcements

SFA and El Centro College sign articulation agreement

El Centro College of the Dallas County Community College District and the School of Human Sciences at SFA have agreed to a comprehensive articulation agreement between the institutions' hospitality programs.

Under the new collaborative agreement, students will be able to transfer up to 66 total credit hours to SFA, including 30 hours from El Centro's food and hospitality program. They will then be able to transfer and complete remaining requirements for the Bachelor of Science in hospitality administration from SFA.

This articulation agreement represents an example of President Barack Obama's "Building American Skills Through Community Colleges" initiative to make higher education more accessible, affordable and attainable for all American families, representatives from the two schools said. The agreement also aligns with the state's "College for All Texans" strategic plan seeking to prepare individuals for a changing economy and workforce.
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Global Gateway to Brazil: Presentation sponsored by Office of International Programs

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Brazilian culture given by students from Brazil. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., April 9, in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library. 

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

Inclusion discussion planned for Tuesday

Please join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Disability Services for a conversation about practicing inclusion at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Tiered Classroom. 

The panel will consist of an array of faculty and staff members and students who will be sharing their meaning behind inclusion and how we can practice inclusion on the SFA campus, Nacogdoches community and with ourselves. 

The panel will be facilitated by Tiffany Rivers, director of disability services. Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information about this program and Diversity Week, please visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs website at www.sfasu.edu/multiculturalor contact Amanda Flores at floresa6@sfasu.edu.

Grammy-winning executive speaking at summit

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the music industry? The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting a Hip Hop Summit with Grammy-Award-winning record and brand marketing executive Amir Windom.

Windom has worked with a variety of music superstars including Pharrell Williams, Madonna, T.I., Bruno Mars and Kayne West.

The summit is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu or by (936) 468-1073.

Annual benefit for foster children set for April

The annual "Diaper Drive," which benefits the Nacogdoches-based Rainbow Room, is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the parking lot of Walmart at 4810 North St. 

The Rainbow Room is a direct resources center dedicated to providing for children in foster care, backed by the Nacogdoches Community Partners, operates completely on donations. 

Diapers, bathing supplies, clothes and monetary donations are welcome. The event is staffed by SFA Social Work interns and volunteers. 

Those unable to stop by the drive on April 3 are welcome to bring their donations, to the School of Social Work, 420 E. Starr Ave., where donations will be accepted throughout the month. 

For questions or concerns, please contact  Rachel Ellis at (936) 229-6613. More information about the Rainbow Rooms program is available here

World Bank representative to speak Thursday

Rebecca Schutte, recently of the World Bank, will present "An Insider's Look at International Development: Lessons from the Field" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in Liberal Arts North, Room 142. Students, faculty members, and the public are invited to the event.  

Schutte will offer insights from her experiences working with anti-poverty programs of the World Bank, especially work in the area of human development, particularly in East Africa. Schutte is an international development professional who, prior to her time at the World Bank, spent time with the non-profit Washington, D.C.-based Center for Global Development. 

She has also worked with the  U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Schutte also spent time with the U.S. Peace Corps as a volunteer for girls' education and empowerment in Burkina Faso.  Her field work had taken her to Liberia, Mozambique and Haiti. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.

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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Chopped: East Texas benefits SFA Hospitality

SFA's hospitality administration program is hosting the third annual Chopped: East Texas. 

Teams of two will race the clock to create unique dishes while mastering the use of mystery ingredients. During the live competition, there will be a wine tasting sponsored by Brookshire Brothers, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and drinks. 

All proceeds will go to the Hospitality department for student enrichment.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15. 

Visit www.sfasu.edu/hms to purchase tickets.

Early Childhood Lab marks National Week of the Young Child

The Early Childhood Lab at SFA and the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start Program asks Nacogdoches to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, April 6 - 12. As part of the National Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, the city is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.

The 10th Annual Family Fun Day will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, downtown in Festival Park for the entire community. 

This activity will be a free event with many fun-filled activities for children and families to do together.  Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn will be there to make a Proclamation for Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

For more information, contact the SFA Early Childhood Lab at (936) 468-4006.


Spring practice report: running backs

When it comes to finding a leader among the SFA roster, you don't have to look hard before Gus Johnson emerges to the forefront.

And for good reason. At 5 feet 10 inches tall and 225 pounds, Johnson has already established himself as one of the top returning running backs in the Southland Conference.

After rushing for 1,061 yards in 2013 - the fifth-best single-season performance in program history - the second team All-SLC senior knows all eyes will be focused on him this fall, with the majority of those eyes coming from beyond the facemask of his teammates.
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Holcomb's career day paces SFA in Houston

Behind a career-low round from freshman Ann Holcomb, SFA sits sixth following the first two rounds of the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational. The Ladyjacks shot a 62-over 638, sitting just two strokes shy of cracking the top-five.

Holcomb opened up the day with a 9-over 71, then shaved six strokes off that total in round two, firing a career-low 3-over 75 and currently sits tied for 14th in the individual standings with a 12-over 156. She leads fellow freshman Piper Kyle by one stroke as Kyle sits in sole possession of 19th with a 13-over 157 (78-79).

Sophomore Sydney Reed is tied for 26th overall with a 17-over 161 (81-80), three shots better than freshman Jessica White's 20-over 164 (81-83). Senior Aliece Anderson rounds out the SFA scorecard with a 26-over 170 (87-83).
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Baseball opens road swing at UALR

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will head to Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday, to begin a four-game road swing. SFA and the Trojans will play at 6 p.m. at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock, Ark.

The 'Jacks enter the week 12-14 overall opposite of UALR, which is 11-13. SFA will start junior Halden Maynard against the Trojans' Chad Bradford.

Heading into the weekend, senior Mackenzie Handel and sophomore Matthew Dickey lead the team in several offensive categories. Handel leads both the team and league with six home runs, while ranking third in slugging percentage (.553). The native of Chandler, Ariz., also leads the team and is tied for league mark with 24 RBI. Dickey currently bolsters a .337 batting average and is SFA's current leader in hits (32-of-95) and stolen bases (8-of-14), which ranks eighth in the Southland Conference. 
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Second scrimmage moved to Saturday in Lufkin

SFA's second spring scrimmage has been moved to Saturday, April 5, as the 'Jacks will take to the road, practicing at Lufkin High School beginning at 4 p.m.

"We're taking our team on the road for the second scrimmage," said head coach Clint Conque. "We're very appreciative of Lufkin High School allowing us to use their facilities for the day. Hopefully this will be a great chance for all the SFA fans in the Lufkin area to come out and see the team in the final scrimmage before the Spring Game."

SFA's second scrimmage was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at Homer Bryce Stadium to not conflict with the 2014 Carl Kight Invitational track meet being hosted by the SFA track and field team. But the change was made to not disrupt the practice schedule for the players and coaching staff and will give the 'Jacks a chance to practice at a different facility.
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Fine Arts

Acclaimed cellist Quint to perform in Cole Performing Arts Series

Misha Quint, an internationally known cellist and chamber music collaborator, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Russian-born cellist Quint "captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique," according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a 'master of probing sentiment,' Quint's repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today, including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis and Alfred Schnitke," Raychev said.
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SFJAZZ Collective to perform at SFA

SFJAZZ Collective, an award-winning jazz ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.
The group’s appearance in Nacogdoches is a feature of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

“If you’re not already familiar with the artists who comprise the SFJAZZ Collective, you will be,” Goodall said. “As soloists, composers and bandleaders, they represent what’s happening now in jazz. They also demonstrate that jazz has truly become an international language. If you like jazz, you do not want to miss this performance.”
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Danceworks recital set for April 10, 11 and 12

The SFA dance program will present Danceworks, a concert featuring faculty, student and guest-artist choreography at 7 p.m., April 10-11 and at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12 in the Dance Studio, Norton H.P.E. Complex Room 201. 

Tickets will be sold at the door in the lobby before each show.  

General admission is $10. SFA faculty and staff members and seniors are $8, and students are $5.  For further information, contact dance@sfasu.edu.

SFA festival features new works by top playwrights

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during the SFA School of Theatre’s 2014 Festival of New American Plays Tuesday through Saturday, April 8 through 12, on the SFA campus.

This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.

“From 1998 until now, we have brought playwrights to our campus to see their new works,” Heifner said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to view ‘theatre in the making.’”
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SFA faculty bassoonist Spring to present recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Staci Spring in her first bassoon recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"I am thrilled to present my first faculty recital at SFA," she said. "It has been a wonderful year getting to know the Nacogdoches community, and I hope to see many familiar and new faces at this recital."

Joining her will be colleagues Geneva Fung, SFA staff pianist, and Brad Meyer, director of the percussion studio at SFA.

"The recital will feature a fun and varied program of works by 20th and 21st century composers," Spring said, including Concerto for Bassoon by Nino Rota, Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by John Steinmetz, Sonatine-Tango for Bassoon and Piano by Pierre Max-Dubois and "Get It!" by Gene Koshinski.

"Rota is an Italian composer, most well known for his dramatic film scores, including the famous theme from 'The Godfather, Part II,'" Spring said. "His bassoon concerto is similarly full of character and drama, and it is a delight to perform."
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Harp duo to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Haefner-Mitchell Harp Duo in a guest/faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The duo features Dr. Jaymee Haefner, harp senior lecturer at the University of North Texas, Denton, and Emily Mitchell, harp instructor at SFA. Joining them for a portion of the performance will be soprano Bryn Aratyr Jimenez of Houston.

Haefner and Mitchell formed the duo last year. Several concerts are scheduled for the spring and fall at UNT as well as SFA and the harp societies in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and New Orleans. An East Coast tour is being planned.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
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