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Tuesday, April 10
Baseball vs. The University of Texas at San Antonio
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Wednesday, April 11
Softball vs. Louisiana Tech University
5 p.m.

Friday, April 13
Baseball at Sam Houston State University
6:30 p.m.

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

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

Tennis at Harding University
1 p.m.
Searcy, Arkansas

Track and field at two-day Longhorn Invitational

Saturday, April 14
Baseball at Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.

Soccer vs. Rice University
3 p.m.

Softball at Houston Baptist University




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Todd Barrios

Clinical instructor, Human Sciences

Barrios will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation with the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award, which honors non-tenure track faculty members.

A certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation, Barrios is ServSafe certified in food safety and sanitation and as an instructor. He is a registered ServSafe examination proctor through the National Restaurant Association. Additional focus areas are culinary arts and food service management.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics with a concentration in hospitality and institutional services and a Master of Arts in adult education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Barrios is originally from New Orleans and has extensive restaurant management and culinary experience.

Dr. Sarah Canterberry

Associate professor in the Department of Biology

Canterberry will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation. Canterberry, associate professor in the Department of Biology, teaches courses for biology majors and non-majors and enjoys the diverse population of students.

She is the faculty advisor for several clubs, including Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society, Women in STEM and Yoseikan Budo.

A native of Nacogdoches County, Canterberry began her academic career at SFA and returned as a faculty member in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science in 2001 and her doctoral degree in genetics in 2006, both from Texas A&M University.

She spent two years as a postdoctoral research scientist in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Canterberry’s research interests include surveys of pathogens carried by insects in East Texas and genes associated with normal muscle development.

Dr. Steven Galatas

Associate professor of political science

Galatas will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation. Galatas, associate professor of political science, joined the SFA faculty in fall 2005. Galatas received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ouachita Baptist University, his master’s in political science from Vanderbilt University and his doctoral degree from the University of Missouri.

He teaches basic courses in American and Texas government as well as advanced courses in the politics of the Middle East, European countries and the European Union.

He has led study-abroad programs to Germany, Belgium and Canada. His research examines links between party competition, partisanship and voter turnout in elections in Texas, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

News & Announcements

Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation taking place today

SFA will recognize seven faculty members during its Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation at 1:30 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

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. An adjunct faculty member also is chosen to receive the award.

This event is free and open to the public.
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SFA honoring staff and retirees for years of service tomorrow

SFA’s 34th annual staff and retiree recognition award ceremony is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, preceded by a reception at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

SFA is honoring employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service and those who have retired within the last year. Additionally, four nominated staff members will receive the President's Award in recognition for outstanding service to the university.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Eddings, Human Resources specialist, at (936) 468-2495 or eddingsjl@sfasu.edu.

Hospitality Shindig event to feature Kentucky Derby-themed dining experience

Students in the hospitality administration program are hosting the Hospitality Shindig fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches.

This event will feature a five-course Kentucky Derby-themed dining experience and silent auction. Prior to dinner, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a one-hour reception, which includes a cash bar.

Guests are encouraged to wear fancy hats, bow ties and attire in pastel colors. Tickets cost $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets online, click here.

For more information, contact Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at causingf@sfasu.edu.
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Best-selling author, speaker on meaningfulness to present at SFA tomorrow

Zach Mercurio, author of “The Invisible Leader” and a leading voice in the role of purpose and meaningfulness in life, work and organizations, will present “The Power of Purpose” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Mercurio is an expert in purposeful organization design, diagnosing and changing organizational culture, employee engagement and motivation, workplace happiness and well-being, organizational behavior, and storytelling.

This free event is sponsored by SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development and is part of Senior Week, which lasts until Friday, April 13. Faculty members are encouraged to inform senior students of this event.

For more information, contact (936) 468-3305 or ccpd@sfasu.edu.

To view other Senior Week events, click here.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies to host open house tomorrow

SFA’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies is hosting an open house to showcase their newly combined offices from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 421.

Bring your business card to enter in the drawing.

Center for Digital Scholarship holding open access and predatory publishers workshop

Discussions about legitimate open access publishers versus predatory publishers are taking place on university campuses across the country with articles appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education and other academic publications.

To address the concerns and questions many faculty members have on this topic, SFA’s Center for Digital Scholarship will host the workshop “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Open Access and Predatory Publishers” from 2 to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Steen Library Wyatt Room.

Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian, will draw clear distinctions between legitimate OA publishers and publications and predatory publishers. The information shared at the workshop will help faculty members identify predatory publishers and avoid falling prey to spam email solicitations and predatory publishers’ websites.

Contact cds@sfasu.edu for more information.

STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series planned for tomorrow

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Math Building, Lecture Hall 101.

The event aims to connect students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, enabling them to learn from leaders in their field as well as other successful STEM students.

James Dickerson, retired senior managing counsel with Dow Chemical Company and former SFA regent, will speak about the emerging opportunities in STEM fields. SFA biochemistry senior Carmel Tovar will discuss her decision to attend SFA and her passion for science.

The event is free and open to all majors.
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SFA Gardens to host Art in the Garden

Join SFA art education majors to create sculptures, paintings, collages, eco-art and more from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

“This is a new event at SFA Gardens, and we hope that adults and families with children will join us in the garden to create masterpieces and learn from SFA art students,” said Elyce Rodewald, education coordination at SFA Gardens. “This will be a fun and inspiring way to celebrate spring and Earth Day.”

Art in the Garden is a come-and-go event, and participants can register at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building when they arrive. There is no cost for the event, and all materials will be provided.

For more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at (936) 468-1832, or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.
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Competed at Sam Houston State University Spring Tournament.
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Women's golf

Competed in the Lamar Cardinal Match Play Challenge.
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Fine Arts

Trombone Choir performance part of international observance tonight

SFA’s 20-piece Trombone Choir will perform a variety of music in concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall.

The performance is part of International Trombone Week in which musicians around the globe celebrate the trombone. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Danceworks: Polysemy production to feature largest group of senior choreographers

SFA’s dance program will showcase its largest group of senior choreographers during its production of Danceworks: Polysemy, which premieres at 7 p.m. April 19 in the HPE Complex Dance Studio, Room 201.

True to its theme “Polysemy,” which means the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase, the Danceworks production will feature a variety of dance styles and topics. Danceworks serves as the capstone course for dance seniors.

Each of the 13 senior choreographers created a piece based on research topics ranging from domestic violence, espionage and dementia to confidence, social anxiety and more. Contemporary modern, Broadway, jazz, African tribal dance, Egyptian-themed dance and more will be featured in this production.

The performance is appropriate for all audiences. Additional showings are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 20 and 3 p.m. April 21. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for general admission and can be purchased at the door.
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SFA jazz concert to feature works by East Texas favorite Dotson

A concert by the Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands will feature tunes by jazz greats Chuck Mangione, Pat Metheny and Maynard Ferguson, along with works by guest artist Dennis Dotson, when the student ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m April 20 in Turner Auditorium.

Highlighting the Axes’ program are Dotson’s “Close to Home” and “Civic Duty,” according to Dr. Deb Scott, director of the Swingin’ Axes. Dotson, a trumpet player, will perform these tunes and others with the Axes.

The Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, will perform an up tempo version of “The Song Is You” arranged by Mark Taylor, Sammy Nestico’s “A Warm Breeze,” and John Clayton’s "I be serious 'bout dem blues."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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The trailer of "The Deep," an episode of "The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans" claims that we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the Earth's deepest oceans.

So, it's no surprise that when the “Our Blue Planet” team filmed the sea floor under frozen Antarctica, they found more than was expected.

To dive in to the story, click here.

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