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This Week's Calendar

Monday, April 11
Men's golf at the Jim West Intercollegiate

Women's golf at the Southland Conference Championship

Tuesday, April 12
SFA softball vs. Prairie View A&M University
3:30 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

Men's golf at the Jim West Intercollegiate

Women's golf at the Southland Conference Championship

Wednesday, April 13
Women's golf at the Southland Conference Championship

Thursday, April 14
SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, California




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News & Announcements

SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings tonight

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. tonight 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 hold annual Peace Meal tomorrow

In celebration of Cesar Chavez Day, the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs is inviting SFA students, faculty and staff members, and the Nacogdoches community to the annual OMA Peace Meal.

This event will afford participants the opportunity to break bread with a diverse community. The Peace Meal will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Yellow House, located at 201 E. College St. The event is free but space is limited, so RSVP here.

Two informational meetings scheduled for College of Education graduate programs

SFA faculty members with the counselor education and student affairs and higher education programs will host two informational meetings to answer questions about the clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and student affairs and higher education graduate programs.

The meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Human Services Building, Room 314. Attend to learn more about pursuing a professional career in counseling or student affairs.

Retired ExxonMobil manager, adviser to speak at SFA Patent Lecture Series today

Two longtime ExxonMobil employees will deliver presentations at noon and 1 p.m. today in continuation of an ongoing science, technology, education and mathematics lecture series organized by SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“The purpose of the Patent Lecture Series is to expose SFA students and faculty members to an array of professionals who share experiences of how a STEM background broadens career opportunities and increases marketability,” said Dr. Jana Redfield, assistant director of the SFA STEM Center. “The speakers range from innovators to entrepreneurs, patentees, business owners, professors, legal counsel for major corporations, engineers, mathematicians and others.”
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Family Consumer Sciences sponsoring art auction, food drive

SFA’s Family Consumer Sciences student organization is hosting an art auction daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Sciences North Building lobby.

The auction features work FCS members created. The bidding deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.  

The organization also will be hosting a food drive for the SFA Food Pantry. Bring donations to the Education Annex Building or the Human Sciences North and South Buildings by Sunday, May 1.

Suggested items include: any canned goods, rice, peanut butter and jelly, and spices.

Teaching Excellence Convocation to honor faculty members April 13

SFA faculty members will be recognized for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A on campus.

An opening reception with music and refreshments is scheduled for 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the BPSC Regents’ Suite B on campus. The reception and convocation are open to the public and SFA community.
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Career Services to offer Winning Job-Search Strategies for Seniors

Career Services is offering a Winning Job-Search Strategies for Seniors event from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Thomas J. Rusk Building, Room 333.

Faculty members are urged to encourage students to attend this event where they can learn how to successfully job search and transition into employment after graduation.

Space is limited. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is sponsoring the event.

Tipton Ford Lincoln of Nacogdoches sponsoring mass communication students

Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of SFA’s Department of Mass Communication, left, accepts a check from Neal Slaten, president of Tipton Ford Lincoln of Nacogdoches. The dealership is sponsoring mass communication students in an upcoming trip to the National Student Advertising Competition, which will be held Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, in Lubbock.

SFA students have spent two semesters building a campaign for the national client Snapple, which includes research, strategy, paid and earned media, creative, print, broadcast, jingles, digital and retail in-store activation tactics. Students will compete against universities from Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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Ralph W. Steen Library to host first Research Open House

The Research and Instructional Services Department of the Ralph W. Steen Library will host its first Research Open House Thursday, April 14.

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend this come-and-go event between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wyatt Room, Room 106, of the library.

Library resources valuable to faculty and staff members and students will be introduced and demonstrated. Also, library faculty and staff members will be available to discuss how these resources can provide research and instructional support for faculty members and students.

Light refreshments will be served.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulture professor

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Dr. Mike Arnold, Texas A&M University horticulture professor, will present “Sifting Ashes for a Phoenix and Other Tales from the Former Texas A&M Horticulture Garden.”

Arnold earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University before receiving his doctoral degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University. After a brief stint at Tennessee Tech University, Arnold assumed a position as assistant professor of landscape horticulture at Texas A&M University, where he has progressed through the ranks to professor.
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Early Childhood Lab and GETCAP 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 today 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.

Faculty members to be recognized tomorrow for years of service, retirement

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. A reception at 11:45 a.m. will precede the luncheon. This annual event recognizes faculty members who are completing 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years of service at SFA as well as faculty members who have announced their retirement.

Formal invitations will be delivered soon and require an RSVP. Click here to review the list of honorees. Notify Dr. Bob Szafran at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu of errors or omissions.


McMullen mashes two homers, drives in four as ’Jacks down Bearkats 8-4 in series finale

Garrett McMullen provided the offensive jolt SFA’s baseball team needed to halt a two-game skid by going 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of solo home runs. McMullen’s second home run gave the ’Jacks the lead in an 8-4 win against Sam Houston State University Sunday afternoon.

McMullen tallied four RBIs in the series finale between the longtime rivals, and his two-yard shots tied the SFA single-game record for most home runs in a game. Sunday was the first time since 2014 that an SFA player bashed a pair of long balls in a single game. McMullen joins Kyle Thornell as the only two current players on SFA’s roster who have homered twice in a game.
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Quevedo, Terentyeva celebrate senior day with 5-2 win against Lamar University

Playing in the final regular-season match of their collegiate careers, SFA's women’s tennis seniors Dhanielly Quevedo and Valeria Terentyeva helped lead the Ladyjacks to a 5-2 victory against Lamar University Sunday afternoon.

SFA’s second-straight win pushes the Ladyjacks record to 13-9 and 7-4 in Southland Conference play, meaning they can be seeded no lower than fifth for the upcoming SLC Tournament, which will be held Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24, at the Schlief Tennis Complex.
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SFA women’s golf returns to McKinney for 2016 Southland Conference Championship

SFA's women’s golf will compete in the 2016 Southland Conference Championship today through Wednesday, April 13, at Stonebridge Country Club in McKinney.

SFA will be one of the eight teams vying for the 2016 Southland Conference title as the Ladyjacks enter the tournament ranked fifth among the field in the latest Golfstat rankings.
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SFA dominates on final day of Skechers Carl Kight Invitational

SFA’s track and field teams flexed their muscles Saturday at the 2016 Skechers Carl Kight Invitational at the Fletcher Garner Track inside Homer Bryce Stadium. The ’Jacks won 13 event titles on the final day to bump their weekend total to 16.

Sophomore hurdler Kerry Gleason and senior sprinter Aliyah Davis collected three event titles each to lead SFA. Gleason posted a personal best in the 110-meter hurdles to win in 14.20 seconds. He then crossed in 51.99 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to complete the hurdle sweep. To cap a busy day on the track, Gleason ran the anchor leg for SFA’s winning 4x400-meter relay. Johnathan Joe, Will Gibson and Garrett Moore joined Gleason by posting a time of 3:13.29 to best 11 other teams.
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Lumberjacks head to Jim West Intercollegiate for final tune-up before Conference

SFA's men’s golf will have one final tune-up before the Southland Conference Championship when they compete in the 2016 Jim West Intercollegiate at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Bastrop.

The 2016 Jim West Intercollegiate, hosted by Texas State University, will be a 54-hole event held during two days at Wolfdancer Golf Club. The opening two rounds began with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. today and will continue into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Live scoring for the event will be available through BirdieFire.com.
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Fine Arts

Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to showcase Hendrix music tomorrow

The Contemporary Guitar Ensemble at SFA will perform the music of American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix in concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble features students in the SFA School of Music’s Sound Recording Technology program and includes Gavan Maners of Rockwall, Nelson Privette of Winnsboro, Wesley Cortiaus of Friendswood and Kevin Montano of Pasadena on guitar; Austin Gehring of Missouri City on bass; Matthew Coronado of Irving on drums; and Josiah Fling of Eagle Lake, vocals. Joining the ensemble as a guest artist is Lily Reyes of McKinney, vocals and percussion.
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University Series to feature Texas soprano Pine in concert

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will present soprano Ava Pine in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in William M. Turner Auditorium as part of the 2015-16 University Series.

A Texas native, Pine continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.
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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform compositions tomorrow dedicated to light, shadow

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the concert “Luminosity: Tributes to Light and Shadow” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The concert will feature the music of composers Steven Bryant, Darius Milhaud, Joseph Schwantner and Alexander Scriabin, who was famous for his study of the relationship between light, color and sound, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the ensemble’s conductor.
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SFA’s Trombone Choir to present all-jazz program

The Trombone Choir at SFA will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the choir performing an all-jazz program accompanied by the rhythm section, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music and the choir’s director.
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Whether you’re a fan of Disney’s animated film “Frozen” or not, the majesty of massive ice castles jutting up from the ground is hard to ignore.

Built in remote landscapes, unique and colorful ice castles have been formed for fun and whimsical exploration. These chilly structures are hand crafted by a company fittingly named Ice Castles. Each formation boasts winding tunnels and awe-inspiring views. Take a look at a gallery of ice castle photos here, and watch videos of explorers or learn more about the ice caves here.

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