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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, April 10
Mix 'n Matches Faculty Recital
Cole Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. 

Mix 'n Matches Faculty Recital
Cole Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. 

Friday, April 11
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
6:30 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at NCAA Championships
Cleveland, Ohio

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
San Antonio

Saturday, April 12
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
2 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at NCAA Championships
Cleveland, Ohio

SFA Softball
vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SFA Tennis
at McNeese State
11 a.m.
Lake Charles, La.

SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
San Antonio

Texas National 2014 Art Competition and Exhibition 
Cole Art Center
6 p.m.

Mudbugs and Mudballs Volleyball Tournament
Commuter parking lot

SFA Spring Football Game
Homer Bryce Stadium
6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 13
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi

SFA Tennis
at Nicholls State
11 a.m.
Thibodaux, La.




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Texas' largest azalea garden in full bloom

After a slight delay due to a late East Texas cold snap, the eight-acre Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden – the largest azalea garden in Texas –  is now putting on a dazzling show for visitors. 

The garden is expected to remain in full bloom through Easter weekend and provides an ideal backdrop for springtime family photos. 

Dedicated in 2000, the garden features more than 550 varieties of rhododendron (mostly azaleas), 100 types of camellia, more than 200 different hydrangeas and a wealth of other beautiful flora. Since 1985, the SFA Gardens have grown from a quarter-acre patch on the south side of the Agriculture Building to 128 acres of carefully tended grounds that feature an amazing diversity of plant life. 

The Mize Azalea Garden, along with the Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Gayla Mize Garden and the 60-acre SFA Recreational Trails and Gardens, are big reasons why Nacogdoches recently was designated “The Garden Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature.

Opening reception for Texas National exhibit Saturday

The Texas National 2014 art competition and exhibition opens Saturday after a special fundraiser Friday night. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which will featured the work of acclaimed artist Jerome Witkin, who is also a juror for the competition. 

Two special events are planned prior to the exhibitions’ openings. On Friday evening, April 11, a 20th anniversary fundraiser party is planned, according to Handley.

“Attendees will be treated to a fantastic spread of food and drink, as well as performances by master magician Rodney Roberts and singer/songwriters Brad Maule and New York City’s Monica Passin,” he said. Tickets for this event are $85 single or $150 per couple and can be purchased through SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407. Proceeds from this event go toward continuing to bring important contemporary art and artists to East Texas. The party is at 6:30 p.m. at Karon Gillespie’s El Atascossa Ranch.

On Saturday, April 12, Los Angeles art dealer Jack Rutberg will interview Witkin at 5 p.m. in Morning Glory Yoga Studio, 207. E. Main St., which is a block west of the art center. The Witkin exhibition has been provided courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.
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Dr. Frank Brister

Department of Human Services

Brister, associate professor in the speech and language Paathology program, has been noted with appreciation for his contribution as a reviewer in the development of a newly published textbook, "Introduction to Audiology" (12th edition) from Pearson Publishing.
Brister’s name was listed as one of the selected reviewers, each being a leader in his field, representing Mercy College, Utah State University, and Minnesota State University-Mankato.

News & Announcements

International Student Association hosting fashion show

The International Student Association will be hosting a fashion show at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 14, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center movie theater. 
The show will feature both traditional and modern clothing from around the world, world music, and dance performances from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The show is free and open to the public.

Library sets special hours for Easter holiday

The Ralph W. Steen Library will change its hours next week around the Easter Holiday. 

On April 17 and 18, the library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On April 19 and 20, the library will be completely closed. 

Regular hours will resume April 21. 

Faculty and undergraduate research funding seminar on Tuesday

Dr. Leslie Cecil, associate professor of anthropology in SFA's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, recently attended the Council for Undergraduate Research Dialogues conference. She was able to talk to representatives from various grant agencies about how to fund undergraduate research and grants for faculty members. 

She'll host a seminar based on what she learned in the Teaching Excellence Center in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Room 220A, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. 
In this seminar, Cecil will present some information about what they are looking for in grants, and when it is the best time to submit applications. The agencies covered will be National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic, McNair Foundation and Community-Based Learning.

Outstanding graduate student and outstanding thesis awarded

Jake Ross McAdams from The College of Liberal and Applied Arts was selected to receive the Alumni Association's Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. McAdams graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in history. The Alumni Association will honor McAdams with a framed certificate.

Daniel Alexander Riser-Espinoza from the School of Science and Mathematics was selected to receive the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. Riser-Espinoza completed his Master of Science degree with a major in statistics in May 2013. The title of his thesis was "Recovering a Random Variable from Conditional Expectations using Reconstruction Algorithms for the Gauss Radon Transform." He and his thesis director, Dr. Jeremy J. Becnel, will be acknowledged in the May 2014 commencement program. The Graduate School will honor Riser-Espinoza with a plaque with the appropriate information inscribed on it.

Free screenings offered Thursday

The SFA Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation/Counseling Programs will offer free anonymous alcohol use screenings in recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day. Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.

The counseling/rehabilitation graduate and undergraduate student body are pleased to offer this screening to the community as part of this year's event. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.

NASD Mental Health Screening, held in April as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health Inc. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

For more information, call the SFA Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.

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.

Information session for oil and gas internships on Friday

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to let their students know that QED Energy Associates is actively seeking SFA students for a summer internship program and Engineering Technician Certification program with comprehensive training geared for individuals seeking employment in the oil and gas industry. 

This unpaid internship starts May 19 and will conclude by Aug. 13 in Houston. 

QED’s training inspires technicians to acquire the skills necessary to excel in the oil and gas industry. 

An information session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Math Building, Room 101. QED's entrance exam will be administered immediately afterwards.  QED encourages you to download a study guide at www.QEDea.com and bring a calculator for the abbreviated one-hour entrance exam. 

Contact Dr. Keith Hubbard with questions at hubbardke@sfasu.edu.

Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle Lovett

Extra-credit opportunities available for students

The legendary Lyle Lovett will be this year's featured guest at SFA's Archie McDonald Speaker Series. 

Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career spanning 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.

Lovett has won four Grammy Awards: Best Country Album in 1996; Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal in 1994; Best Pop Vocal Collaboration in 1994; and Best Country Male Vocal in 1989. He received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and he was named the 2011 Texas State Musician. 

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 E. Main St.
Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu.

Lovett is scheduled to appear in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. 
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SFA Gardens lecture series to feature Texas tomato specialist

SFA Gardens hosts the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Retired Texas A&M Extension Vegetable Specialist Dr. Jerry Parsons will present “Growing the Best Tomatoes in Texas.”

He has been a popular Extension Service personality for more than three decades, becoming something of a cult figure in the agricultural world of South Texas. Parsons has been responsible for educating and entertaining the Alamo City and surrounding area with weekly horticultural information on TV and radio and in newspapers for 34 years.

Parsons is often described as the most popular public gardening speaker in the Lone Star State, sometimes deriding but always delighting gardeners with his enthusiastic combination of irreverent and educational humor.

A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series fund always are appreciated. Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.


New Mexico sweeps series from SFA

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team committed four errors for a third-straight game in a 6-3 loss to the University of New Mexico on Wednesday afternoon at Jaycees Field.

Freshman Nick Ramos and senior Ricardo Sanchez both recorded two hits for SFA (15-17). Ramos went 2-for-3 with a walk and Sanchez finished 2-for-5 with an RBI against the Lobos (24-11-1).

Freshman Will Vest finished 1-for-2 with a double after subbing in for the 'Jacks in the fifth inning.

Senior Kyle Cross (0-4) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings pitched. The native of Pearland finished with three strikeouts, issuing just one walk, in 23 batters faced. SFA used five pitchers in all.

UNM tagged Cross for two unearned runs in the third inning, capitalizing on two infield errors, before adding one in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead over the 'Jacks through four innings.
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Peden named conference athlete of the week

With one victory and a runner-up performance last week, SFA’s Jamal Peden has been named Southland Conference Field Athlete of the Week.

Peden opened the Lumberjacks’ home meet on Friday night with a win in the long jump as he leapt 7.56 meters (24-9.75) to get the win by 5.5 inches. He backed that up with a second-place finish on day two of the Skecher's Carl Kight Invitational in the triple jump.

In his first triple jump competition of the outdoor season Peden jumped 14.77 meters (48-5.50) to take second place and score a total of 18 points for the Lumberjacks in the team scored meet.
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Fine Arts

SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 27

The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Tuesday, April 15, the School of Music's annual gala banquet, Extravaganza 27. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Extravaganza, "Catch Our Rising Stars," celebrates the 27th anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards. But this year's event has taken on a new and energized approach, according to Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music.

"This year's Extravaganza will be the culminating musical event of the year," Brand said. "No other concert has the musical variety and generates as much community and university excitement as Extravaganza."

Part music student awards ceremony, part formal dinner, and part musical potpourri, Extravaganza will feature jazz, harp, wind ensemble, choir, opera, string quartet, and orchestra. Additional highlights include awarding the "Outstanding Music Alumnus" of the year and "Outstanding Recitalists" of the year.
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Mix'n Matches to perform concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Mix'n Matches jazz trio in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Mix'n Matches is the professional local group comprised of SFA School of Music faculty members Larry Greer on guitar, Brad Meyer on drums and J.D. Salas on bass. Special guest for this performance will be Eric Chin on keyboards.

The first half of "Mix'n Matches Live" will feature the core group performing some of the all-time jazz standards and some original compositions, according to Salas. The second half of the concert will include Gary Wurtz, trumpet, Deb Scott, trombone, and Bolingbrook, Ill., graduate student Kyle Glavanovits, saxophone. This portion of the program will include selections arranged by the late Darrell Holt, a noted jazz musician and former associate professor at SFA.
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SFA, TJR develop fine arts partnership

The results of a newly formed partnership between the SFA School of Theatre and the Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts will be showcased in a Fine Arts Gala at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the movie theatre in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Developed last fall, the artistic partnership between the Nacogdoches ISD arts school and SFA School of Theatre was the idea of Dr. Fred Hayes, NISD superintendent, who wanted the district's magnet schools to "reach out into the community and create a partnership of some form to start building relationships that could prosper and continue to grow with these campuses in the future," according to TJR theatre teacher Heidi Rouse, who is also a graduate of SFA.

Rouse organized a meeting that included Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, lecturer in the School of Theatre, Dr. Sandra Stewart, NISD assistant superintendent, and Roxanne Lathan, TJR principal.
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