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This Week's Calendar

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

Friday, April 15
SFA softball vs. Abilene Christian University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball at Houston Baptist University
2 p.m.

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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Dr. Luis Aguerrevere

Director of the Neuroscience Laboratory and assistant professor in the school psychology and speech and language pathology programs

Aguerrevere mentored two students who were finalists in the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference. Alexondrea Jones presented research titled "Effects of Caffeine on Optimism and High-Beta Brain Activity in Caffeine Users Pilot Study." Melissa Lenert conducted research titled "The Effects of Caffeine on Alpha Wave Power in Regular Caffeine Consumers."

Michael Munro

Program director of the visual impairment and orientation and mobility program

Munro was the recipient of the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired 2016 Phil Hatlen Award, which recognizes excellence in leadership and innovative changes in the field of visual impairment. Recipients have been identified as those who have brought about innovative changes and provided outstanding leadership to improved programming and quality of life services for students with a visual impairment.

News & Announcements

Barnes & Noble Bookstore holding T-shirt sale through Thursday

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the SFA Baker Pattillo Student Center is having a flash sale today through Thursday, April 14. All SFA Spirit Apparel tees will be 25 percent off - no exceptions and all vendors are included.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to hold annual Peace Meal tonight

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

The event invites participants to break bread with a diverse community. The Peace Meal will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Yellow House, located at 201 E. College St. The event is free, but space is limited. Click here to RSVP.

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

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. today 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.

By popular demand: Encore screenings of restored Nacogdoches 1938 film planned

The success of the initial screening of “Found Footage: Rediscovering Nacogdoches” during the 2016 Nacogdoches Film Festival has led festival organizers and film producers to schedule subsequent viewings to meet public demand.

“Found Footage” features scenes of Nacogdoches people and businesses in 1938 documented on film. SFA’s College of Fine Arts and Humanities Texas, in association with the Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation, championed the effort to restore the forgotten 16mm film, labeled “Nacogdoches 1938.”
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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.

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 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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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. tomorrow.  

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.

Sophomore Scholars to host first Dance Marathon

Sophomore Scholars will host SFA's first Dance Marathon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Health and Physical Education Gym on campus.

SFA Dance Marathon is partnering with the Children's Miracle Network with 100 percent of the event's proceeds going directly to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. To make a donation, click here.

For more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement-leadership and service, at (936) 468-1088.

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. tomorrow in the Thomas J. Rusk Building, Room 333, on the SFA campus.

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.

Application deadline extended for 2016-17 Wisely Fellow Competition

The application deadline for the Wisely Fellow Competition for 2016-17 has been extended to Friday, April 15.

SFA’s School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs sponsors the Wisely Fellowship, which allows Fellows to become more involved in the School of Honors in the fall and to teach an honors course in the spring. The one-year academic fellowship seeks to build community within the School of Honors as well as provide the opportunity for an innovative teaching experience.

For more information, click here or contact Dr. Michael Tkacik, School of Honors director, at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.

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 is being observed 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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East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for April 30

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

Campus Recreation

Rec Center offers Parents Night Out

The SFA Recreation Center will host a Parents Night Out Friday, April 15. Children can be dropped off as early as 6 p.m. and will enjoy a fun-filled night of camp activities, a meal and a movie. Parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night, but no later than midnight. Cost is $20 per child.

For more information and to register, contact the SFA Recreation Center Administration Office at (936) 468-3507 or CampusREC@sfasu.edu. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

Little Jack Rec Camp registration now open

Every summer, Campus Recreation is proud to offer a recreational day camp for the youth of the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

The Little Jack Rec Camp program is a fun recreational, motivational and educational adventure for children ages 5 through 12. Camp sessions are one week in length. Each day of camp is structured like a normal day of regular school with campers moving through Campus Recreation facilities and participating in different programs daily.

The camp sessions emphasize some of Campus Recreation's core values, such as teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and fun. All activities have a noncompetitive nature and camp staff members work with campers to improve basic skills used in most sports.

This is a non-sport specific camp and all activities are geared toward beginner and intermediate skill levels

For more information, click here.


SFA football holds scrimmage at Marshall High School

The SFA football team held its second spring scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Marshall High School’s Maverick Stadium.

“It was good to get that scrimmage under our belts,” said head coach Clint Conque. “We’re very appreciative of coach Clint Harper and his staff members, who were incredibly accommodating. It’s something we look forward to each spring, and it was good to meet so many people at Marshall High School.”
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White tied for first; SFA sits third after round one at Southland Conference Championships

SFA's women's golf junior Jessie White picked up where she left off last year, sitting tied for first in the individual standings with an even-par 72 following the opening round of the 2016 Southland Conference Championships. White helped guide the team to a third-place showing after 18 holes, posting a 17-over 305 in round one.

Battling wet weather and delays, White opened the day with a 1-under 35 over the front nine, including birdies on the par-three third and the par-five eighth. The reigning SLC champion then posted a 1-over 37 over the back nine as she registered par on 12 of the 18 holes on the day.
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SFA sits eighth after two rounds at Jim West Intercollegiate

SFA's men's golf freshman Angelo Leyvani posted a 1-under 143 in the opening two rounds of the Jim West Intercollegiate tournament. Leyvani is tied for 15th overall while SFA sits eighth among 13 teams with a 9-over 585.

Leyvani, who has registered back-to-back top-10 finishes, opened the day with a respectable 1-over 73 in round one, sitting among the top-25 of the individual leaders. The freshman then came out firing, posting a 2-under 70 in round two, which included seven birdies, to move into the top-20 with the 1-under 143.
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Fine Arts

SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 29

The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Monday, April 18, for Extravaganza 29, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

This year’s Extravaganza, “The Rising Stars of SFA,” celebrates the 29th anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards in an exciting evening of music, according to Dr. Gary Wurtz, interim director of the SFA School of Music.
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Symphonic, University bands to present ‘Inspiration’ program

The University Band and the Symphonic Band at SFA will present the concert program “Inspiration” when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The selected works to be performed were inspired by folk songs and dances, tragic life events and the dream of flight, according to Dr. James Dreiling, interim assistant director of bands at SFA.
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Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to showcase Hendrix music tonight

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. tonight 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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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform compositions tonight dedicated to light, shadow

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the concert “Luminosity: Tributes to Light and Shadow” at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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You might not be able to hear the ocean, but at Shell Grotto, you can still see millions of shells.

Less than six feet below an English neighborhood, a mysterious underground cavern, Shell Grotto, resides with ornate shell designs lining 70 feet of passages. Click here to learn more.

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