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Wednesday, April 1
First day to apply for degrees to be completed in December 2015

Thursday, April 2
Beginning of Easter Holiday for students and faculty


SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 3
SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

Saturday, April 4
SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
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Headlines



Archie McDonald Speaker Series guest Mary Lou Retton kicks off annual Week of Reflection

The annual Week of Reflection program will take place Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Highlights of the week include the Archie McDonald Speaker Series featuring Mary Lou Retton, Olympic All-Around Gold Medal winner in women's gymnastics, on Monday, April 13, and the Day of Gratitude on Friday, April 17. Students are invited to stop by the table in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center to write thank you notes to anyone in the SFA community who has helped them grow this year.
 
View the complete list of events or download our reflection guides for students or faculty members here.

News & Announcements


The Arthur Weaver Collection display reception set for next week

SFA's East Texas Research Center will host a reception for the opening of the Arthur Weaver Collection from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library on SFA's campus. The reception is open to the public.

Weaver was a Nacogdoches businessman for 60 years, NAACP president for 20 years and a community advocate for most of his life. His entrepreneurial spirit took him into many different directions over the years. If he felt something was lacking in the community he found a way to make things happen. He was committed to community service, feeding the hungry, clothing the unclothed and encouraging people was his sole mission. He believed in equal justice for all and was a fierce civil rights advocate.


Interfraternity Council to host awareness walk

The SFA Interfraternity Council will host the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" awareness event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

The SFA council has adopted sexual assault awareness as their philanthropy, and this year's event is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

IFC is seeking donations of high-heel shoes, which will be utilized by all participants. Drop boxes for the SFA community are located in the Involvement Center and the Greek Life office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.300. Additionally, there is a community drop box at the Women's Shelter Thrift Store - Family Crisis Center of East Texas, 4610 North St., Nacogdoches.


SFA Greek Life to host campus-wide basketball game

SFA's Interfraternity Council will host a basketball game, which will feature faculty and staff members and students playing together and against each other, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

For more information, contact Dare Chronister at (936) 468-6292 or email dchronister@sfasu.edu.


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A reminder from SFA Human Resources

SFA Human Resources would like to remind all employees to make certain they verify all new dependents added to their benefits this fiscal year.

Please follow this link to read about the Aon-Hewitt Dependent Verification.


SFA's study abroad program receives award

SFA was recently named a top study abroad provider in the fourth annual Study Abroad Rankings, presented by Abroad101, America's first and largest study abroad review website.

SFA's top-10 ranking was awarded based on student reviews of the university's current operations of its study abroad program.

"It is the students' ratings and stories about their experiences with SFA's study abroad program that helped the university gain recognition," said Inés Maxit, study abroad coordinator in the Office of International Programs at SFA.
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Service Learning Excellence Award nominations now being accepted

SFA's Service Learning Advisory Board and Office of High Impact Practices are pleased to announce the nomination period has begun for the Service Learning Excellence Award.
 
One faculty member from each college will be recognized for outstanding use and implementation of a service learning component in a class or classes. In addition, one faculty member will be chosen university-wide for excellence in utilizing service learning. This faculty member will be recognized at the High Impact Practices Conference Thursday, April 30. The Service Learning Advisory Board and HIP staff will determine the recipient from each college, as well as the university-wide recipient.
 
Candidates for the award must be current, full-time employees of SFA with a minimum of 50 percent of their contractual workload devoted to classroom teaching.
 
Nomination can be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 using this online form.
 
Candidates may self-nominate for this award. Contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu with questions or for more information.


Memorial service for F.E. Abernethy set for Saturday

Those wishing to honor SFA Professor Emeritus Dr. Frances Abernethy can make plans to attend a memorial service set for Saturday, April 4.

Applicants sought for pilot program

The SFA Mobile Device Investigation Committee is exploring the possibility of launching a large-scale mobile device initiative. As a part of this effort, the committee launched SFA’s Tablet Enhancement Program in fall 2014 and piloted the use of tablet devices in five classes across campus in spring 2015. Additional information about the committee and the pilot is available on committee's page.
 
The committee is accepting applications for the second phase of the pilot in fall 2015. The committee plans to utilize the devices in at least five classes and encourages faculty members from across campus to be part of the pilot. Applications will be reviewed blindly.

A preview of the application is available here. The application can be completed here. Faculty members interested in being part of the pilot are asked to complete the application by Tuesday, April 7. Those with questions should contact Dr. Dana Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2224, or Mary Smith at smithmd1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7690.

April is Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Month

Come out and celebrate the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Month!

The month will kick-off with the annual Peace Meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The event involves wonderful dialogue and delicious food. For more information about the Peace Meal and to sign up, click here.  

The remaining Diversity Month events can be found here.

For more information, contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


White, SFA women's golf record top-five finishes in Arkansas

Sophomore Jessica White notched her third-straight top-10 showing as SFA rebounded to finish tied for fifth at the 2015 University of Arkansas - Little Rock/Arkansas State University Women's Golf Classic. The Ladyjacks shot a 57-over 921 for the 54-hole event, finishing in a four-way tie for fifth place.

This marks the fifth time this season the Ladyjacks have posted a top-five showing, and the third in the last four events.
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Lumberjacks look impressive at NFL Pro Day

SFA football held its annual NFL Pro Day Tuesday at Homer Bryce Stadium. A number of NFL scouts were on hand to witness the talent of Lumberjack seniors.

Six Lumberjacks worked out for the scouts, including wide receivers Tyler Boyd and DJ Ward, linebacker Collin Garrett, defensive back Maurice Poullard and former Lumberjacks Keith Lawson and Caleb Nelson.
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Parker to play in Reese's Senior All-Star Game

SFA senior forward Jacob Parker has been selected as one of 21 seniors invited to play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Reese's Division I College All-Star Game to be held this Friday, the NABC announced this week.

The senior all-star game is part of the festivities surrounding the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and will be played Friday, April 3, at Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the 2015 Final Four. The all-star teams were selected by member coaches of the NABC.
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'Jacks dominate Trojans for 8-0 road win

SFA baseball gained an early lead, then relied on strong pitching, to shut out the University of Arkansas - Little Rock 8-0 at Gary Hogan Field Tuesday. The victory improves SFA to 10-19 on the year as the Lumberjacks notch their first back-to-back wins of the season.

SFA set the tone early as Matthew Dickey and Hunter Wilson reached base safely. Kyle Thornell then was able to bring both home on an error, giving the 'Jacks the 2-0 lead. Cameron Salvaggio then ripped a single, scoring Thornell and giving SFA the early 3-0 lead.
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Fine Arts


Texas National 2015 features esteemed Chinese artist Lin as juror

Chinese artist Zhi Lin will serve as juror for the 21st Texas National, SFA's acclaimed annual art competition and exhibition.

The SFA School of Art's annual juried competition and exhibition attracts entrants from across the United States, providing artists an opportunity to have their work juried by highly acclaimed artists and critics, such as Lin. This year's exhibition, which opens Saturday, April 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, includes 93 pieces of art by 82 different artist from 26 states.
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Internationally acclaimed pianist Ruiz to perform at SFA

Steinway artist Sergio H. Ruiz will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Ruiz, who is professor of music and chair of the music department at Georgia College and State University, is in high demand as a performer, adjudicator and clinician, according to Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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Guest artist Knight to perform with SFA Percussion Ensemble

SFA's Percussion Ensemble will perform with guest artist Dr. Joshua Knight at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, the ensemble will perform the music of Dwayne Rice and Nathan Daughtrey, among others.

Meyer and Knight, who is director of percussion studies at McMurry University, will collaborate to perform Blake Tyson's "Vertical River," a duet for marimba and vibraphone that reflects the good times Tyson and co-composer John Parks enjoyed during a rafting trip on the Boise River.
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SFA's Opera Theater to present 'The Most Happy Fella'

The SFA School of Music's production of Frank Loesser's musical comedy "The Most Happy Fella" will offer an abundance of great roles that will showcase the talents of SFA voice students.

SFA Opera Theater will present "The Most Happy Fella" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 9 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts' University Series, "Connect."

"When 'The Most Happy Fella' opened on Broadway in 1956, there was so much music and so many great songs that pundits and critics argued whether is was an opera or a musical," said Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA and director of the production. "It really has everything - blockbuster chorus numbers, comedy songs and lush, gorgeous ballads.
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