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Monday, April 10
Women's golf at Hoya Invitational
All Day
Beallsville, Maryland

Tuesday, April 11
Baseball at University of Arkansas at Little Rock
6 p.m.
Little Rock, Arkansas

Men's golf at Jim West Intercollegiate
All Day

Softball vs. University of Houston
5 p.m.

Thursday, April 13
Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.

Bowling at NCAA Championships
All Day
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Softball vs. Houston Baptist University
1 and 3 p.m.

Tennis at University of Houston
2 p.m.

Track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
All Day
Walnut, California




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News & Announcements

Teaching Excellence Convocation to honor faculty members tomorrow

SFA faculty members will be recognized for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theater, located on the second floor of the student center.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Each of the university's six colleges selects a faculty member to receive the annual award based on knowledge of subject matter, quality of lectures and assignments, enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and availability to students, commitment to continuous improvement, and contribution to the quality of teaching at SFA by assisting and encouraging other faculty members. The 2017 recipients are as follows:

Dr. Kyle Jones, associate professor of finance in the Rusche College of Business; Dr. Christina Sinclair, interim associate dean for assessment and accountability and associate professor in the James I. Perkins College of Education; Dr. David A. Lewis, professor of art history in the School of Art; Dr. Joey Bray, chair for the Department of Agriculture and associate professor; Dr. Jessie Sams, associate professor of linguistics in the Department of English and Creative Writing; Dr. Joe Musser, associate professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy; and Marie Kelly, lecturer in the Schlief School of Accountancy.

Spring issue of Sawdust now available online

The spring issue of Sawdust, the magazine of SFA's Alumni Association and SFA, is now available online.

Click here to view the latest stories.

SFA 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 Program, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which will be observed Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the National Week of the Young Child, Nacogdoches will honor young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
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Selden receives grant from National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and National Park Service

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., research associate with SFA's Center for Regional Heritage Research, received a $20,000 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the National Park Service to begin work on a large scale predictive model for the Big Thicket National Preserve.

The grant represents an expansion of a large-scale archaeological inventory on the National Preserve that was funded by another recent grant totaling $94,572 from the National Park Service.

Work on the predictive model is a collaborative project between personnel at SFA's Center for Regional Heritage Research, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the National Park Service. Field tests of the initial iteration of the predictive model will begin July 2017. 

Archie McDonald Speaker Series to take place April 24

Douglas Brinkley, whom CNN has declared, “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive,” will headline the 2017 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Brinkley is an American historian, best-selling author, CNN presidential historian and history professor at Rice University in Houston. He is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has authored books on Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, SFA associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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Undergraduate Research Conference winners announced

SFA’s Office of Academic Affairs and School of Honors are pleased to announce the 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference top scholars and finalists. Click here to view the full list of winners.

Faculty and staff members are invited to join in celebrating these students and their mentors at the Undergraduate Research Conference at 4 p.m. April 18 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Top scholar presentations will be held in the student center theater followed by finalists' poster presentations in the Twilight Ballroom. Food will be served.

Early Childhood Laboratory PTO hosting fajita dinner fundraiser

SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory is selling fajita dinners to help raise funds for the ECHL’s PTO.

The meals are sponsored by Sombrero’s Mexican Bar and Grill and will include fajitas, beans, rice, three tortillas and a cookie.

Tickets are $10 per plate and can be purchased at the ECHL office. Payments are due by Thursday, April 13.

Meals will be available for pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the south entrance of the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.

For more information, contact Lori Harkness, director of the ECHL, at (936) 468-4006.


Lumberjacks win series, sweep Northwestern State University

SFA third baseman Josh Campbell played the role of hero by capping SFA’s two-run ninth inning with a walk-off RBI double that helped push the Lumberjacks to a win against Northwestern State University this weekend in Nacogdoches.

The Angleton freshman became the fourth Lumberjack to deliver a walk-off hit this year, helping the team sweep three straight Southland Conference series for the first time in program history.
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Lumberjacks head to Jim West Intercollegiate for final pre-conference event

SFA’s golf team will close out its regular season with a trip today to Bastrop to compete in the 2017 Jim West Intercollegiate.

The competition, hosted by Texas State University, will be held today and tomorrow at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop, a par-72 course measuring 7,205 yards. The 54-hole event began with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. today.
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Tennis suffers shutout loss at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

A close setback in doubles for SFA’s tennis team led the Ladyjacks to a 7-0 Southland Conference loss at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Sunday at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in Corpus Christi.

“We put ourselves in great position to win the doubles point but then the bubble burst and we just were not tough enough in the moments that required it the most today,” said SFA head tennis coach Jon McLaughlin. “To beat a team as disciplined and committed as Corpus you have to push yourself to the max every point and believe in your game plan.”
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Piper shatters ten year facilities record

SFA junior Aaron Piper had an outstanding run Saturday wrapping up the final day of the Skechers Carl Kight Invitational at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches.

Piper struck 0.4 of a second off his time in the men's 100-meter sprint, rewriting the Fletcher Garner Track Facility's record.
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Ladyjacks to compete in Hoya Invitational in Maryland

SFA’s women’s golf team will close out its regular season with its longest trip of the season, heading east for the 2017 Georgetown Hoya Invitational being held today and tomorrow in Beallsville, Maryland.

The invitational consists of a 54-hole tournament held at Four Streams Golf Club with the par-72 course measuring 6,127 yards. The opening two rounds of the event began at 8 a.m. today and will be followed by the final 18 holes beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
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Fine Arts

Contemporary Ensemble to perform music of rock legend Wonder

The Contemporary Ensemble at SFA will perform selections from critically acclaimed musical performer Stevie Wonder’s “Natural Wonder” concert when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

“Natural Wonder” is a live album Wonder recorded in Osaka, Japan, and released in 1995. Contemporary Ensemble Director Andrew Sperandeo selected this theme because he wanted his students to be exposed to Wonder’s music “to ensure they internalize the elements that make up a great piece of music,” he said.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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School of Theatre to present Wilder’s ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

SFA Playwright-in-Residence Jack Heifner, his teaching colleagues and theatre students will present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Skin Of Our Teeth” April 25 through 29 as part of this year’s Mainstage Series.

It’s a play that Heifner has always admired and wanted to direct, despite its large 20-member cast, extensive scenery and multiple costumes and props.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 25 through 29, in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus. Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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Percussion Ensemble presenting program of varied works tonight

The Percussion Ensemble at SFA will perform a concert of diverse and intriguing works at 6 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The program will feature new and standard compositions for small chamber groups and large ensemble by Daniel Levitan, Rudiger Pawassar, Steven Snowden, Nigel Westlake and Edgard Varèse, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies in the SFA School of Music.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Former SFA director of bands to be honored at Richardson concert tomorrow

A former director of bands at SFA will be honored when SFA's Wind Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.

Honoree John L. Whitwell was director of bands in the School of Music from 1987 to 1993 and was inducted into the SFA Band Directors Hall of Fame in 2011. Whitwell will be honored at the concert for his years of service to the profession and, most notably, for his six years as director of bands at SFA. He will guest conduct "Irish Tune from the County Derry" by Percy Grainger.

SFA’s Alumni Association will host a reception following the concert. Tickets may be purchased online here.
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If you enjoy quiet moments and opportunities to remove yourself from the loud, often hectic situations in day-to-day life, you’ll probably enjoy visiting an art installation on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Titled “PSAD Synthetic Desert III,” the installation uses spiky sound absorbers that help create an atmosphere of almost complete silence. Click here to read more.

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