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Friday, April 1
SFA softball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
9 a.m.
Austin

SFA track and field at the San Francisco State University Distance Carnival
11:50 a.m.
San Francisco, California

Saturday, April 2
SFA softball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
1 and 3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA tennis vs. McNeese State University
11 a.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
10 a.m.
Austin

Sunday, April 3
SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
1 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA tennis vs. Nicholls State University
1 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Tuesday, April 5
SFA baseball vs. Texas Southern University
4:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field


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Braille and Cane Club recognized with award, proclamation

SFA’s Braille and Cane Club within the Department of Human Services has been recognized with the Natalie Barraga Award from the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

In conjunction with the award, the City of Nacogdoches is proclaiming April 7 Braille and Cane Club Day. The first formal reading of the proclamation and display of the Barraga award will be at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Human Services Building, Room 314.
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Political science, history experts to attend joint conference at SFA

Experts in political science and history will gather at SFA Friday, April 8, to participate in a joint conference aimed at bridging the two disciplines.

The joint mini-conference between SFA and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will task students with the planning, participation and execution of the entire event.

“Both of our universities are committed to undergraduate research and classes that offer high-impact practices and experiential learning,” said Dr. Dana Cooper, SFA associate professor of history and organizer of the event. “Thus, a joint-conference offers the chance to combine all of these priorities in one semester.”
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SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings

An extra-credit opportunity is available for students. Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email April Smith, associate director of development, at alsmith@sfasu.edu

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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Office of Multicultural Affairs to present African drum, dance ensemble

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present Bandan Koro, an African drum and dance ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Admission is free to this traditional and energetic performance. For more information, click here.

Early Childhood Lab partners with GETCAP to celebrate National Week of the Young Child

SFA’s Early Childhood Lab, in partnership with the Greater East Texas Community Action Program’s Head Start, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which will be observed Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 15, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the National Week of the Young Child, Nacogdoches is honoring children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
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SFA Student Wellness Action Team recruiting peer health educators

The SFA Student Wellness Action Team is recruiting peer health educators for the 2016-17 academic year. Faculty members are encouraged to notify students of this opportunity. Student applications can be found here and are due by Friday, April 15.

SFA SWAT members organize and implement outreach events and provide presentations to academic classes, student organizations and residence halls related to collegiate health issues such as alcohol abuse, sexual violence prevention, stress management and comprehensive wellness.

For more information, click here or contact Cyndra Krogen-Morton, SWAT adviser, at mortonca1@sfasu.edu.

Women in STEM event slated for April 7

Jessica Bahizi, former SFA graduation specialist for the College of Sciences and Mathematics, pauses at the end of the catwalk during last year’s Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show donned in fashions from the Town House. The second annual WiSTEM event is slated to begin at noon Thursday, April 7, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Hosted by the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics, the event is part of an ongoing effort to increase college enrollment among science, technology, education and mathematics disciplines.

SFA partners with Lone Star College to offer bachelor’s, master’s degrees in northwest Houston

Nearly three years after discussions began, the first physical off-site branch of SFA has opened at Lone Star College’s University Center at Montgomery and, pending approval, will begin offering courses this fall.

Hosted through SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts, two bachelor’s and one master’s degree will be offered through the partnership to individuals seeking to build on associates degrees, vocational or technical training programs, military training, and occupational licensure or certification, or to advance in any social work industry.
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Events scheduled throughout April for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and The Family Crisis Center and Nacogdoches S.A.V.E. Coalition will be partnering with SFA organizations to present events throughout the month.

The first event will take place at the Spring Fling from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a men’s march against violence, is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and will begin at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. The Interfraternity Council is hosting the event.

Additional events are scheduled for later in the month. For more information, contact Quinn Runnels, Family Crisis Center campus advocate, at (936) 468-7233.


Caddo Conference, annual East Texas Archaeological Conference kicks off today

The 58th Caddo Conference, combined with the 23rd annual East Texas Archaeological Conference, begins today and will continue tomorrow at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School's Beall Gym.

The Washington Square Mound site is on much of TJR’s campus. There is a $20 registration fee. Today's presentations will feature Caddo archaeology in Texas and a presentation by Dr. John Hart, a student who completed his master's thesis on Washington Square ceramics in 1982.

Tomorrow's presentations will focus on archaeology in Oklahoma and Arkansas, the report of the Caddo house being built at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and various presentations by the Caddo. All are welcome to attend a dance by the Caddo around 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

For more information, contact Dr. George Avery, cultural heritage research coordinator in the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology, at averyg@sfasu.edu.


SFA Gardens' popular spring plant sale, Earth Day Celebration starts tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the SFA 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 unusual species. Most of the plants are trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public and are produced by the SFA Gardens staff members 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. More than 15,000 students of all ages are reached on a yearly basis through SFA Gardens programs.
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College of Sciences and Mathematics hosts 96th annual mathematics conference

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics is hosting the 96th annual Mathematical Association of America – Texas Section conference on campus.

The annual meeting of MAA will end tomorrow. Faculty and staff members, students and the community, particularly K-12 teachers, are encouraged to attend.

Events of interest to teachers include a Math Circles gathering today that focuses on problem-solving.
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SFA Planetarium 'Endless Horizon' screening begins tonight

The SFA Planetarium will screen the film “Endless Horizon” beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. The screenings will be every Friday through May 6.

The program details man’s explorations of Earth and the sea of space through which the planet travels. Read a synopsis of the film here. Admission is $2.

For more information, click here.

Second Lumberjack Psychology Conference to be held Monday at SFA

Successful in its first year, the second Lumberjack Psychology Conference will be held Monday, April 4, and is aimed at showcasing undergraduate and graduate research and preparing students for the upcoming Southwestern Psychology Association conference.

Three SFA students received awards from the Psi Chi National Honor Society following last year’s SWPA conference in Kansas.
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Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory offering discount on soil testing

Spring is here! Is your soil ready? SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory is offering a 10-percent discount to faculty and staff members on all soil testing analysis.

Collect your sample and drop it off at the soils lab located in the Agriculture Building, Room 122, on Wilson Drive. Results include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime requirements that any landowner could use to grow a healthy yard, bumper crop garden or high-yield hay meadow. Each sample costs $9. Information forms are available here.

Athletics


McGregor, Pesek lead SFA on day one of Texas Relays

SFA’s track and field athletes held their own against the nation’s best yesterday in their first day of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Distance runners Quinlin McGregor and Shelby Pesek each ran well en route to top five finishes. McGregor posted his fastest time in the 1,500-meter run in two years, checking in at 3:53.09 to place third out of 11 competitors.
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Walkup captures spot on Southland Conference All-Academic First Team

For the fourth time in his career and for the third consecutive season, SFA's men’s basketball senior Thomas Walkup parlayed his hard work in the classroom to a spot on the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team.

Carrying a 3.12 GPA in marketing, Walkup is the only four-time SLC All-Academic Team selection among the 10 men who comprise the 2015-16 first and second teams.
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Ladyjacks host Islanders for three-game set starting today

SFA’s softball team returns home this weekend for a three-game series against Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi at the SFA Softball Field.

The Southland Conference battle will open with a single game at 3 p.m. today before the two foes meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, for a doubleheader.
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’Jacks return to Jaycees Field for Southland Conference battles with Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

SFA’s baseball team returns to its home digs of Jaycees Field to begin a stretch of nine Southland Conference confrontations in 10 games by hosting Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi for a three-game set.

Winners of their last two home games, the ’Jacks will take the field at 6:30 p.m. tonight for their series opener against the Islanders.
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Fine Arts

SFA film series to feature documentary about Texas National juror tonight

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Shadow of the House” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over seven years, “Shadow of the House” is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process.
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Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

The Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society at SFA will host a playwriting workshop with SFA’s playwright-in-residence, Jack Heifner.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 303, on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students.

Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.
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