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This Week's Calendar

Friday, April 10
SFA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” screening
SFA Planetarium
7 p.m.

Saturday, April 11
SFA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

Sunday, April 12
SFA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.

Monday, April 13
Archie McDonald Speaker Series with Mary Lou Retton
BPSC Grand Ballroom
7:30 p.m.

SFA men's golf at the Oral Roberts Shootout
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma




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News & Announcements

Texas secretary of state visits SFA

Newly sworn-in Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos spoke to SFA economics students Wednesday about the strengths and challenges of Texas and the importance of understanding their community.

Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott shortly after his election in November, Cascos spoke to the class of approximately 100 students during a stop on a statewide tour. Cascos said the tour was to learn more about the different areas of Texas while educating residents about local, state and federal issues.
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Mast Student Investment Roundtable members win award

Students participating in SFA's Mast Student Investment Roundtable are proving they have what it takes to be top-notch financial portfolio managers.

The group, comprising 15 SFA students who have demonstrated exemplary performance in specific investment courses, won first place in the competition's growth category at the ENGAGE International Investment Education Symposium held in March.

ENGAGE is one of the largest student investment conferences in the U.S. The annual event was held this year at Wayne State University in Detroit to provide students with the opportunity to participate in discussions with today's leading investment professionals in preparation for their role as tomorrow's financial leaders.
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Stone Fort Museum to present Heritage Preservation Award

The SFA Stone Fort Museum will present the inaugural Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award, honoring those who are dedicated to preserving Nacogdoches and its history.

Officially established in 2009, the award will highlight the CCC of Nacogdoches' commitment to the preservation of the city's cultural and historic landscape. This women's study club, organized in Nacogdoches in 1894, acknowledged the importance of historical preservation with the loss of the Y'Barbo stone house in 1902. Distraught by the demolition of the house, members dedicated their time and efforts to protecting other historic aspects of the community.
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SFA marketing students compete for scholarship funds, trip to San Francisco

SFA students enrolled in Dr. Marlene Kahla's advertising and promotions class have a unique opportunity that could win them funds for scholarships and five representatives from the class an all-expense-paid trip to San Francisco.

At the beginning of the spring semester, EdVenture Partners, project directors for the American Petroleum Institute, reached out to colleges and universities and asked students to submit creative briefs for an opportunity to help API increase the millennial generation's awareness about career opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
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Cheerleaders squaring off in Florida

SFA's cheerleaders are competing at the National Cheerleading Association's College Nationals event in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Good luck, 'Jacks!

SFA partners with GETCAP to celebrate National Week of the Young Child

The SFA Early Childhood Lab, in partnership with the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start Program, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which will be observed Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the National Week of the Young Child celebrated across the U.S., Nacogdoches is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
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Sylvans win 2015 Southern Forestry Conclave

The SFA Sylvans, a timbersports team, captured its third consecutive championship title at the 58th annual Southern Forestry Conclave in Mississippi.

The team of 35 students, composed primarily of forestry majors, competed in technical and physical events against 14 other Southern forestry schools, including Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Jeremy Stovall, assistant professor of silviculture in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and the Sylvans' faculty adviser, said the rigorous coursework undertaken by students in SFA's forestry program is a key component of the team's success.
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Planetarium to screen 'Two Small Pieces of Glass' in April

The SFA Planetarium will screen the show "Two Small Pieces of Glass"  at 7 p.m. each Friday in April, as well as Friday, May 1.

The show traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years and is produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages!
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SFA receives Desire2Excel Award

SFA has been recognized for its commitment to educating all students - regardless of physical challenges - with the 2014 Desire2Excel Award for Accessibility.

The award is presented by D2L, a global leader in educational technology and the creator of Brightspace, an integrated learning platform used by SFA faculty members and students. The company lauded SFA for demonstrating how such partnerships and technology can make education available to more learners.

"It is one of D2L's core beliefs that education should be accessible to all," said John Baker, president and CEO of D2L. "Brightspace was built and continues to grow with accessibility in mind. We strive to make our integrated learning platform easy for people to navigate and understand using assistive technologies or any and all devices that support their needs."
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SFA Gardens to host popular spring plant sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches.

A variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, unusual species and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants at this year's sale are extensively trialed in the university's gardens before being offered to the public. Additionally, most of them 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. The educational programs offered at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students of all ages on a yearly basis.
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Family Fun Day set for this weekend

SFA's 11th Annual Family Fun Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches.

Free food, games, activities and fun are included in the event. This is the kick off for the Week of the Young Child, presented by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Mary Lou Retton

Extra-credit opportunity available for students

Mary Lou Retton, who catapulted to international fame by winning the All-Around Gold Medal in women’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, will be the featured guest at the 2015 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.

In addition to becoming the first American woman to ever win a gold medal in gymnastics, Retton won silver medals for team and vault, and bronze medals for uneven bars and floor exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics.

The speaker series event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the downtown Visitors Bureau.

Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu.

Student Employee Appreciation Week begins April 12

Join the celebration for this years' SFA Student Employee Appreciation Week, Sunday, April 12, to Saturday, April 18!

The week provides opportunities for employers to recognize the valuable contributions made by their student employees. Employers are encouraged to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to other students.
Please take this opportunity to show your appreciation to student employees by saying "Thank you!"

Don’t know how? View a list of ideas here.


SFA softball heads to Abilene for three-game set

The SFA softball team will make the long trip to Abilene for a three-game road series against Abilene Christian University, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The Ladyjacks and Wildcats will open with a double header, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, before closing out the series at noon Saturday.

SFA had two midweek non-conference games against Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University on Tuesday and Wednesday. Despite being without their biggest offensive weapon, sophomore Brittany Lewis, the Ladyjacks managed to split the two contests against the Southwestern Athletic Conference schools.
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Key, Kaufmann set personal records on first day of Angelo State University meet

Sophomores Hunter Key and Madeline Kaufmann each put up big numbers on day one of the David Noble Angelo State University Multi Meet Thursday afternoon, leaving each SFA athlete sitting in ninth place in their respective event going into day two.

Both Key and Kaufmann notched personal best first-day totals in the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon at the multi-event meet, hosted by Angelo State University.
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SFA bowling goes 4-1 in first day of NCAA Championships

SFA got off to a strong start during the opening day of the 2015 NCAA Bowling Championships, posting a 4-1 record through the first five matches of pool play. The Ladyjacks are tied with top-seeded Nebraska for first place heading into the final two pool play matches.

The seventh-seeded Ladyjacks opened the championship on the wrong side of the score sheet, falling to eighth-seeded Wisconsin-Whitewater 1,137-1,064, despite four SFA bowlers finishing above 200. Freshman Stephanie Schwartz bowled a 257, the highest total of the day for the Ladyjacks, followed by 209s from senior Chelsea King and sophomore Paige Kraushaar. Sophomore Kiara Grant also posted a 202 for the Ladyjacks.
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'Jacks to close out home stand against Houston Baptist University

SFA baseball will close out a six-game Southland Conference home stand against Houston Baptist University at Jaycees Field. Due to expected rainy weather, the 'Jacks and Huskies are scheduled to play a double header beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, with the series finale tentatively scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Schwartz, Lemke garner NTCA honors

SFA claimed two of the National Tenpin Coaches Association's major awards, which were announced at the 2015 NCAA Bowling Championship Banquet held Wednesday evening.

Freshman Stephanie Schwartz was tabbed the NTCA Freshman of the Year for Division I, as well as garnering first team All-America honors. Head coach Amber Lemke was named the NTCA Coach of the Year for the Division I level, as well.
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Fine Arts

In the Trees concert series to feature 'Inuksuit'

SFA's second annual In the Trees concert series will feature John Luther Adams' monumental work, "Inuksuit."

The free concert will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the university's Free Speech Area, which is located among the trees between SFA's Wright Music Building and Baker Pattillo Student Center. The annual outdoor series is directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

"Written for nine to 99 players, 'Inuksuit' is a piece that was created in order to explore a specific space, typically a large outdoor space," Meyer said. "Players will perform on a myriad of instruments, including conch shells, sirens, tom-toms, bass drums, cymbals, gongs, glockenspiels, triangles and megaphones."
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Hudson's organizational skills keep opera productions on track

Nita Hudson has one of "those" kinds of minds. She's organized, meticulous and detail-oriented. She thrives on planning and scheduling, which means her projects meet deadlines. No duty is too difficult; no responsibility is too great. She makes sure people are where they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to be doing.

That's why she is slightly annoying (in a good way) and thoroughly endearing (in the best way) as assistant director, production stage manager and properties manager for the SFA School of Music's annual opera theater production.
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Tolan's 'Stay Carl Stay' to be performed in SFA's Downstage Theatre

Playwright Peter Tolan's "Stay Carl Stay" is featured among the SFA School of Theatre's spring student productions.

Directed by Brownsville senior theater major Anna Goldberg, "Stay Carl Stay" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Downstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

In "Stay Carl Stay," an introverted young woman, dominated and taken for granted by her boyfriend, adopts a dog on the advice of an eccentric therapist, Goldberg explains. Pandemonium ensues when Carl, the dog, who is far better behaved than the boyfriend, learns to dance and talk and wins his mistress' heart, according to the play's description at barnesandnoble.com.
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'The Most Happy Fella' opens Thursday at SFA

The citizens of Napa Valley agree that Tony, played by Houston senior Cairee Mayfield, is "The Most Happy Fella" in a rehearsal of the musical by Frank Loesser.

The SFA School of Music 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. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

SFA to screen 'Mile… Mile and A Half' at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Mile… Mile & A Half" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A documentary film by The Muir Project, "Mile… Mile & A Half" is the story of five friends who leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their goal, according to information at themuirproject.com, is to complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the sights and sounds they encounter along the way.
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Acclaimed saxophonist Carrol to perform at SFA

Renowned saxophonist Shelley Carrol will appear with the Swingin' Axes when the jazz ensemble and the Swingin' Aces perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes, directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, will perform "Li'l Darlin," "Double-O" and "Every Day I Have the Blues" from the Count Basie library, as well as Herbie Hancock's "Driftin'" with Carrol as guest soloist. The Axes' program also will feature Duke Ellington's "Perdido," "Stan Kenton's "Pegasus" and Pat Metheny's "The First Circle."
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