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Tuesday, April 11
Women's golf at Hoya Invitational
8 a.m.
Beallsville, Maryland

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

Men's golf at Jim West Intercollegiate
All Day
Bastrop

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

Bowling at NCAA Championships
All Day
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

Tennis at University of Houston
2 p.m.
Houston

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

Friday, April 14
Bowling at NCAA Championships
All Day
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
2 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Top Scholars to present at Undergraduate Research Conference

Faculty and staff members are invited to join in celebrating top scholars and finalists along with their mentors during the Undergraduate Research Conference, April 18. Top scholar presentations will begin at 4 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater, followed by poster presentations, which will begin at approximately 6 p.m. in the Twilight Ballroom.

If faculty members would like to assign this conference as an extra-credit opportunity, student ID card swipe machines will be available from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. in the Twilight Ballroom.

To utilize the extra-credit opportunity, contact Dr. Elizabeth Tasker-Davis, associate professor of English, at taskerea@sfasu.edu.

Click here for more information, including the full list of winners.


Teaching Excellence Convocation to honor faculty members today

SFA faculty members will be recognized for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater.

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 of 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.
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SFA spirit teams receive awards, national championships in Florida

SFA’s spirit teams competed at the 2017 National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Collegiate Championships last week in Daytona, Florida.

SFA was named national champions in team performance dance. The all-girl cheer and pom dance squads also were named national champions. The small coed cheer squad received second place, while the large coed cheer squad received third. The hip-hop dance squad received fourth.

Click here to view additional competition photos.

Graduate school fair taking place tomorrow

SFA’s graduate school fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

A total of 15 SFA graduate programs will be represented, along with five visiting graduate programs from LeTourneau University, Tarleton State University, Texas Woman's University, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas.

Additional questions related to graduate school will be answered during a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to noon in the student center Multimedia Room.

Faculty members are encouraged to inform students about this opportunity.

For more information, contact Trina Menefee, graduate school academic advisor, at (936) 468-1037.

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful names Barnes recipient of Sustainability Award

Dr. Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, received the 2017 Sustainability Award from the Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful organization during SFA's Earth Day Celebration held April 1.

Since joining SFA's faculty in 2014, Barnes has made great strides in reaching his goal of doubling enrollment in SFA’s horticulture program. Two years into a five-year project time frame, the program is only two students short of achieving the goal.

“I focused on developing programs with edibles and reinvigorating the gardens around the agriculture building that would make the horticulture program more attractive and relevant to potential students,” Barnes said.
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Register your child for Summer Art Academy

Registration is now open for SFA’s School of Art’s Summer Art Academy, which will be from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 through 16 in the Art Building on campus. The academy is open to students going into kindergarten through sixth grade.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and more. Seats are limited.

Registration on or before June 1 is $185, which includes art supplies, daily snacks and exhibition expenses. Registration after June 1 is $200. For SFA faculty and staff members, registration costs $175.

An exhibition showcasing student work will be held at 5 p.m. June 16. All work will be taken home at that time.

To register, click here. For more information, contact Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education, at (936) 468-4262 or coatsc@sfasu.edu.

East Texas Garage Sale taking place April 29

SFA’s Student Activities Association will host the annual East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, in SFA’s commuter parking lot. SFA students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to bring items they’d like to sell in the largest garage sale of the year.

Garage sale spots are free, and SAA will provide one table and two chairs for each participant. 

To reserve a spot, contact SAA at (936) 468-1222, or email Canaan Daniels, coordinator of student engagement, at danielscL1@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


SFA mourns passing of Lumberjack letter-winner Spike Dykes

SFA mourns the passing of Lumberjack letter-winner "Spike" Dykes, who passed away recently at age 79. Dykes, a 1959 SFA graduate, was a legendary Texas football coach at both the high school and collegiate levels.

"The SFA athletics family is saddened to hear of Coach Dykes' passing," said Robert Hill, director of athletics. "We send our deepest sympathies to his family."
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Leyvani tied for second at Jim West Intercollegiate

SFA sophomore Angelo Leyvani notched back-to-back sub-par rounds Monday during the opening two rounds of the Jim West Intercollegiate in Bastrop.

Leyvani paced SFA to a seventh-place showing at 4-over 580 and began today's play tied for second with a 5-under 139.
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Lautensack currently fourth at Hoya Invitational

SFA redshirt sophomore Erica Lautensack, remaining in the hunt for an individual title, posted a 1-over 145 Monday at the 2017 Hoya Invitational in Beallsville, Maryland. She sits fourth in individual standings going into today's final-round play.

Lautensack paced her team to a 47-over 623, helping them sit ninth among the 15-team field.
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Lumberjacks competing against Trojans in Little Rock tonight

SFA’s baseball team, winners of 12 of its last 13 games, is traveling for a 6 p.m. battle tonight against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for a non-conference clash with the Trojans.

SFA senior left-hander Erik Nouis is set to make his seventh start of the season.
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Fine Arts


Former SFA director of bands to be honored at Richardson concert tonight

A former director of bands at SFA will be honored when SFA's Wind Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. tonight 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.
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Theatre students to present Lonergan's 'This is Our Youth'

SFA's School of Theatre will present the student-directed, full-length play "This is Our Youth" by Kenneth Lonergan at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Downstage Theatre on campus.

Houston senior theatre student Jason Trevino is the director. He describes the play as the story of "three pot-smoking teenagers" who, in 1982, "resoundingly reject the 1960s ideals of their affluent parents."

Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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New York recording artist Davila to perform with SFA jazz band

SFA's Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands will present a diverse program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

A highlight of the evening will be an appearance by New York recording artist and composer Jose Davila, who will perform jazz trombone, euphonium and sousaphone with the Swingin' Axes.

Concert 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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Bob Dylan, American songwriter, singer and recent recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, played his first major gig in New York on this day in 1961.

He opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City. Click here to read more. 

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