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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, April 18
SFA Baseball at the University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
3 p.m.


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Accomplishments

Dr. Lauren E. Brewer

Department of Psychology

Last weekend, Brewer presented research in collaboration with seven SFA students and one faculty member at the Southwestern Psychological Association's annual conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Senior Bethany Krawietz and Brewer presented a poster on gender differences in perceptions of physicians. Sophomore Mikaela Cloyd and Brewer presented a poster on the upside to being unattractive. Junior Jason Cartwright and Brewer presented a poster on the relationship between perceptions of pain and feelings of empathy. Graduate student Kylee Kudera and Brewer, along with SFA faculty member Dr. Kyle Conlon, presented a poster on belief in miraculous healing and another on lay beliefs about health. Junior Deinisha Tryals and Brewer gave a talk on racial differences in perceptions of professionalism based on Black hair texture (natural versus processed hair).

Graduate students Kyle Ripley and Margaret Hance, along with Conlon, presented research showing how infrequently participants actually read consent forms before signing them.

Brewer received a travel support mini-grant for $750 to support her presentations at this conference.

News & Announcements


Veterans Resource Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs hosting veterans meeting for Diversity Month

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to learn about your student veterans. A panel of student veterans, faculty veterans and professionals will educate you about the various experiences that student veterans go through.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the Veterans Resource Center on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center and is free to attend.

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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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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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!

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.

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.

Athletics


Day earns SLC Hitter of the Week honors

SFA senior softball player Shalie Day has been named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. The SLC weekly award is the first for the Ladyjacks in 2015.

Day had a huge week offensively, leading the Ladyjacks to a 4-0 record in the four games she played in last week, including a 3-0 sweep against Abilene Christian University over the weekend. She hit the ball at an efficient .667 clip (8-for-12), scored five runs, hit two doubles and two home runs, drove in eight RBIs and drew four walks over the span. She also compiled a staggering 1.333 slugging percentage and a .765 on base percentage.
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SFA third after round one at SLC Championships

SFA Ladyjack golf battled through rain delays and wet course conditions to shoot a 23-over 311. The Ladyjacks sit at third after the opening round of the 2015 Southland Conference Championship at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney.

Roughly an hour into the tournament, a heavy storm cell roared through the McKinney area, dumping substantial rain throughout the area and delaying play for nearly five hours. Once play resumed in the mid afternoon, SFA was leading fourth-place Houston Baptist (24-over 312) by one stroke after 18 holes.
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Fine Arts

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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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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Acclaimed saxophonist Carrol to perform at SFA

Renowned saxophonist Shelley Carrol will appear with the Swingin' Axes when the jazz ensemble and the Swingin' Aces perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes, directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, will perform "Li'l Darlin," "Double-O" and "Every Day I Have the Blues" from the Count Basie library, as well as Herbie Hancock's "Driftin'" with Carrol as guest soloist. The Axes' program also will feature Duke Ellington's "Perdido," "Stan Kenton's "Pegasus" and Pat Metheny's "The First Circle."
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SFA to screen 'Mile… Mile and A Half' at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Mile… Mile & A Half" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A documentary film by The Muir Project, "Mile… Mile & A Half" is the story of five friends who leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their goal, according to information at themuirproject.com, is to complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the sights and sounds they encounter along the way.
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SFA to present student-directed 'Springtime'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Springtime" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Center Point senior Sloan Frierson directs this one-act play by Cuban-American avant garde playwright María Irene Fornés about the eternal story of love and betrayal. The cast includes Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Ray; Beaumont freshman Kate Shirley as Greta; and Lake Dallas sophomore Andrea Nelson as Rainbow.

When Greta is diagnosed with tuberculosis, Rainbow does everything she can to take care of her, including breaking the law in order to afford Greta's medicine, explains Frierson.
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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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Steel Band's spring concert to feature popular sing-along tunes

The annual spring concert of SFA's Steel Band will feature pop tunes from "then and now," according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

The concert, slated for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the university campus, will include such popular songs as "Take on Me," "Margaritaville," "Locked Out of Heaven," "Africa" and "Come on Eileen."

"The group will be playing songs that everyone can sing along with," Meyer said. "I want the audience to be much more involved at this concert, so feel free to sing and dance along as the steel band performs some great hits from several decades ago to the present that every generation knows and loves."
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