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

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

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

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

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

Track and field at two-day Longhorn Invitational
Austin

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

Soccer vs. Rice University
3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Softball at Houston Baptist University
Noon
Houston

Sunday, April 15
Baseball at Sam Houston State University
1 p.m.
Huntsville

Tennis at University of Central Arkansas
Noon
Conway, Arkansas


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Two faculty members translated book on The Best Books of 2017 list

Drs. Anne Collins Smith and Owen M. Smith, professors of philosophy and classical studies, co-translated the book "Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869" by Alex Alice into English.

The fanciful tale of a 19th-century space race was published in September 2017 by First Second Books, and has been named one of The Best Books of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews.

Dr. Scott Hutchens

Professor and chair of the Department of Psychology

Hutchens was selected as SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts representative for the Symposium on Arts and Research Spotlight Award for excellence in research and scholarship.

Hutchens’ research titled “Students Teaching Students in General Psychology Courses: Is it An Effective Strategy?” demonstrated a more effective and interactive teaching strategy in which students worked in groups to answer discussion questions and lead group discussions.

Students were able to develop and practice marketable skills such as oral communication, critical thinking and teamwork skills every class period of their general psychology course. Hutchens served as the facilitator of the group discussions.

News & Announcements


SFA honoring staff and retirees for years of service today

SFA’s 34th annual staff and retiree recognition award ceremony is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. today 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.

Human Resources to host financial representative Terry Mebane tomorrow

Terry Mebane, representative for Voya Financial Inc., will be on campus tomorrow and is offering free individual counseling sessions for established optional retirement, tax shelter annuity and Texas$aver Voya accounts and for anyone needing financial assistance.

For more information, visit the Human Resources website.

Mark your calendar for Meal with a Mentor

Meal with a Mentor is scheduled during the Week of Reflection, which is April 23 through 27. Meals are buy-one-get-one-free during the week when students and faculty and staff dine together in the East College Dining Hall or student center dining hall.

Invite a student who is struggling and needs encouragement or one who is thriving to encourage them to challenge themselves. If fairness is a concern, email the class and take the first student who responds. Also, don't be surprised if a student invites you.

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs created a guide to help you get the conversation started. For more information, email dosa@sfasu.edu.

Brave Space Series to discuss Islamophobia

The Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Brave Space Series is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

This month's session focuses on the hateful rhetoric used toward Muslims and the impact of Islamophobia on Americans.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies to host open house today

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

Open access and predatory publishers workshop today

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 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.

Student Wellness Action Team recruiting for fall semester

SFA’s Student Wellness Action Team is a peer health education program that trains SFA students to deliver wellness-related content to their peers.

Topics include alcohol, tobacco, sexual health, sexual violence, mental health, stress management and comprehensive well-being. SWAT members develop presentation, leadership, behavioral influence and event planning skills.

If you know a student who would make a good candidate, direct them to the SWAT website.

STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series planned for today

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. today 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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College of Sciences and Mathematics to host Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host its fourth annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show at noon Tuesday, April 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for a gallery walk poster presentation highlighting STEM research accomplishments by SFA students and faculty.

The luncheon and style show is a scholarship fundraising event benefiting students committed to the advancement of women pursuing STEM degrees at SFA.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 13. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. For more information about the event or to make a reservation, call (936) 468-2805, or email kdcarmona@sfasu.edu.
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Parent Teacher Organization for SFA’s Early Childhood Lab holding fundraiser

Members of the Parent Teacher Organization for SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory are selling to-go fajita dinners for their spring fundraiser.

Each dinner includes fajitas, beans, rice, three tortillas and a cookie. La Carreta restaurant is sponsoring the meals.

Tickets cost $10 and will be available until Friday, April 13. To purchase a ticket, contact Dr. Lori Harkness, director of the Early Childhood Laboratory, at (936) 468-4006.

Meals will be passed out from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center north entrance.

Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Amanda McWhirt tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dr. Amanda McWhirt, assistant horticulture professor at the University of Arkansas, will present “I Have a Thorny Issue to Discuss: Blackberry Basics.”

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Campus Recreation

Women's self-defense class scheduled for tomorrow

SFA's Campus Recreation Department and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow in the HPE Complex’s gymnastics room.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense from a teacher certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System. This class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students, and also is open to females in the community.

To register, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Athletics

Baseball

SFA - 5 vs. The University of Texas at San Antonio - 1

Fine Arts

SFA Opera Theater: ‘The Magic Flute’ features new, veteran voices beginning tomorrow

Veteran voices heard during recent years in SFA’s Opera Theater will share the stage with some of the university’s younger voice performance students when SFA presents “The Magic Flute” tomorrow through Saturday, April 14, in Turner Auditorium.

Sophomores with their first leading roles and graduate students completing their master’s degrees will showcase the depth and versatility of talent within SFA's School of Music when the students perform in W.A. Mozart’s fairy tale for all ages.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets to “The Magic Flute” are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 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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