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This Week's Calendar

Monday, April 13
Archie McDonald Speaker Series with Mary Lou Retton
BPSC Grand Ballroom
7:30 p.m.

SFA men's golf at the Oral Roberts Shootout
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 14
SFA men's golf at the Oral Roberts Shootout
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 15
SFA Baseball at the University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
3 p.m.

Friday, April 17
SFA Baseball at the University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
6:30 p.m.




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SFA faculty members recognized by the American Association of University Women

Two SFA faculty members and one alumni took top honors from the American Association of University Women last week.

On Tuesday, April 7, Dr. Gloria Jeanie Gresham, associate professor and assistant department chair of elementary education,  received the Education Honoree Award. Dr. Janet Tareilo, associate dean of the James I. Perkins College of Education, received the Student Support Honoree Award. Wendy Buchanan, SFA alumna and Wells Fargo managing director of investment, received the Woman of the Year Award.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden, research associate for the Center for Regional Heritage Research, was awarded the E. Mott Davis Award for Excellence in Public Outreach by the Council of Texas Archeologists "for the innovative public distribution of a digital, interactive archeology report" this month.

News & Announcements

Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Mary Lou Retton

Extra-credit opportunity available for students

Mary Lou Retton, who catapulted to international fame by winning the All-Around Gold Medal in women’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, will be the featured guest at the 2015 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.

In addition to becoming the first American woman to ever win a gold medal in gymnastics, Retton won silver medals for team and vault, and bronze medals for uneven bars and floor exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics.

The speaker series event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the downtown Visitors Bureau.

Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu.

Student Employee Appreciation Week now underway

Join the celebration for this years' SFA Student Employee Appreciation Week, Sunday, April 12, to Saturday, April 18!

The week provides opportunities for employers to recognize the valuable contributions made by their student employees. Employers are encouraged to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to other students.
Please take this opportunity to show your appreciation to student employees by saying "Thank you!"

Don’t know how? View a list of ideas here.

SFA marketing students compete for scholarship funds, trip to San Francisco

SFA students enrolled in Dr. Marlene Kahla's advertising and promotions class have a unique opportunity that could win them funds for scholarships and five representatives from the class an all-expense-paid trip to San Francisco.

At the beginning of the spring semester, EdVenture Partners, project directors for the American Petroleum Institute, reached out to colleges and universities and asked students to submit creative briefs for an opportunity to help API increase the millennial generation's awareness about career opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
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Stone Fort Museum to present Heritage Preservation Award

The SFA Stone Fort Museum will present the inaugural Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award, honoring those who are dedicated to preserving Nacogdoches and its history.

Officially established in 2009, the award will highlight the CCC of Nacogdoches' commitment to the preservation of the city's cultural and historic landscape. This women's study club, organized in Nacogdoches in 1894, acknowledged the importance of historical preservation with the loss of the Y'Barbo stone house in 1902. Distraught by the demolition of the house, members dedicated their time and efforts to protecting other historic aspects of the community.
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How to play cricket: Presentation sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for a presentation on how to play cricket, given by students from Pakistan. The event will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133 on campus.

Following the presentation, there will be a demonstration of the game outside.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!

SFA Teaching Excellence Award recipients announced

SFA's Teaching Excellence program is an opportunity to recognize individuals for their contributions to the university through excellence as teachers. The selection of excellent university teachers is based upon knowledge of subject matter; quality of lectures and assignments; enthusiasm for teaching; interest in and availability to students; sensitivity to the learning environment; effectiveness as a teacher as assessed through student, peer, and alumni evaluations; commitment to continuous improvement of their own classroom teaching; and contributions to the quality of teaching within the university through assistance and encouragement of other faculty members.

Each college selects a member of its faculty to receive a Teaching Excellence Award. During this convocation, each recipient also will be recognized with a University Teaching Excellence Award.

The Teaching Excellence program has been rewarding teaching excellence at SFA since the program's inception in 1994.

This year's awards will take place on Wednesday, April 15. To view the complete list of this year's recipients here.

Archery shoot and club interest meeting set for April 15

SFA students and faculty and staff members interested in archery should make plans to attend an interest meeting and shoot at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

The meeting will be hosted at the HPE Complex, and participants will have the opportunity to shoot a Genesis bow.

For more information, email Dr. Jay Thornton or visit HPE, Room 218.


SFA finishes as NCAA national runner-up

SFA's run at a national championship came up two games short as the Ladyjacks finish second at the 2015 NCAA Bowling Championship. SFA fell 4-2 to national champion, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, in the championship match. SFA closed out the season as the national runner-up.

A one-seed versus two-seed showdown, SFA and Nebraska showed why they were the top two teams in the country in game one, battling back and forth before the Cornhuskers prevailed 237-232. The Ladyjacks would respond in a major way in game two, racing past Nebraska 253-178.
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SFA stays hot to complete sweep of ACU

The SFA softball team scored nine runs in the final two innings and knocked three home runs, including a grand slam from freshman Taylor Fraccastoro, to beat Abilene Christian 14-7 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Ladyjacks secure their first three-game Southland Conference sweep of the season and improve to 15-26 overall and 7-10 in league play.

In the three-game series against the Wildcats (9-29, 3-15 SLC), SFA scored 40 runs and launched 10 home runs while batting .422 (43-for-102) as a team.
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Nicholls outlasts SFA for 4-3 decision

SFA struck first in its key Southland Conference showdown with Nicholls State University, taking two of the three doubles matches. But the Colonels rebounded to win four of the six doubles matches, edging past the Ladyjacks 4-3 and handing SFA its first Southland Conference loss of the season.

"Hats off to Nicholls as they played really well in singles play and earned every inch of the win," said head coach Roberto Aspillaga. "There was a lot of hustle out there but unfortunately we had to do a bit more than that to win today. We lacked purpose and discipline to deal with the nerves in some courts and ultimately Nicholls was able to execute better under pressure."
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Pugh finishes second; SFA third at Texas A&M

SFA senior Blake Pugh had another impressive performance, finishing with a 4-under 140 and capturing runner-up honors at the 2015 Texas A&M University Reveille Challenge. Pugh paced the Lumberjacks to a third-place showing, finishing the 36-hole event at 1-over 577.

Coming off his individual title at the Jim West Intercollegiate, Pugh continued to play his best in the final tournaments of the season. He posted a pair of 2-under 70s during the one-day tournament, finishing second overall with a 4-under 140.
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Lumberjack defense dominates spring game

SFA's defensive line dominated the 2015 Purple vs. White game for a 109-52 victory using the modified scoring system. SFA's defense finished with 12 sacks and 18 tackles, allowing just three offensive touchdowns.

"I've been very pleased with the defense throughout the spring, and my biggest fear is that they get a false sense of security," said head coach Clint Conque. "Our defensive front has dominated, and they did here tonight. Offensively we had a few nice plays, but the inconsistency is something we need to get fixed."
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Fine Arts

SFA's Trombone Choir to present varied program

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a concert of the Trombone Choir at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The choir will perform a varied concert of traditional trombone choir pieces, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA and the choir's director.

Among the works to be performed are Anton Bruckner's Adagio from Symphony No. 7 arranged by the principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, Jay Friedman. Also on the program is "Marienlieder," Op. 22 by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Ralph Sauer, the retired principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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SFA's University and Symphonic Bands to perform concert

The SFA Symphonic Band and University Band present their last concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Cole Concert Hall.

A presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, "Classics to Modern" features music ranging from Baroque to contemporary, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA.

The University Band, directed by Campo and graduate conductors Lucas Halley of Lockhart and Dwight Watson of Lavon, will begin the concert with Andrew Boysen's "Kirkpatrick Fanfare."
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Education through theatre becomes Fredonia Players' new focus

The Fredonia Players, SFA School of Theatre's outreach performance troupe, has changed its mission and is focused on education through theatre, according to Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, theatre teacher certification program coordinator at SFA.

Evolving over the years from The Original Cast to The (New) Original Cast to the Fredonia Players, the student ensemble has now created a show that brings Texas history to life in a way that conforms to TEKS curriculum requirements. They designed the program especially to be performed for students in fourth and seventh grades.

This latest educational outreach provides a win-win situation for both SFA and the schools and other audiences that will be seeing the work. This new focus of the Fredonia Players gives SFA theatre students who are preparing to be teachers an opportunity to work with children within a classroom environment.
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SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 28

The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Friday, April 17, for Extravaganza 28, the SFA School of Music's annual gala banquet. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Grand Ballroom of SFA's Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Extravaganza, "An Evening with the Stars of SFA," celebrates the 28th 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. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music.

"Extravaganza is the culminating musical event of the year," Brand said. "No other concert has the musical variety and generates as much community and university excitement as Extravaganza."
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SFA Wind Ensemble, A Cappella Choir to collaborate in concert

Two of the major performing ensembles at SFA will combine forces in a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Select members of the SFA Wind Ensemble and the A Cappella Choir will perform the Mass in E Minor by Anton Bruckner.

"This is one of the few pieces where the orchestra supporting a choral work is made up entirely of brass and woodwinds," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA. "Most choral pieces accompanied by instruments use strings, but this one does not." Allen will conduct the work.
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In the Trees concert series to feature 'Inuksuit'

SFA's second annual In the Trees concert series will feature John Luther Adams' monumental work, "Inuksuit."

The free concert will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the university's Free Speech Area, which is located among the trees between SFA's Wright Music Building and Baker Pattillo Student Center. The annual outdoor series is directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

"Written for nine to 99 players, 'Inuksuit' is a piece that was created in order to explore a specific space, typically a large outdoor space," Meyer said. "Players will perform on a myriad of instruments, including conch shells, sirens, tom-toms, bass drums, cymbals, gongs, glockenspiels, triangles and megaphones."
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