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Thursday, April 14
SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
TBA
Walnut, California

Friday, April 15
SFA softball vs. Abilene Christian University
2 and 4 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.
Houston

SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
TBA
Walnut, California

Saturday, April 16
SFA softball vs. Abilene Christian University
1 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball at Houston Baptist University
1 p.m.
Houston

SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA football Purple and White Game
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA track and field at Central Arkansas Invitational
TBA
Conway, Arkansas

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
TBA
Walnut, California

Sunday, April 17
SFA baseball at Houston Baptist University
2 p.m.
Houston


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Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Assistant professor in the school psychology program

Ellis-Hervey has been invited to serve on the newly formed SFA Co-curricular Innovation Committee.

The committee’s mission is to investigate and recommend the implementation of innovative strategies for better integrating the student co-curricular experience with their curricular experience, increasing student engagement with co-curricular programs, and increasing partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs.

Dr. Wendy Killam

Professor in the master’s counseling program

While in Montreal, Canada, Killam received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the American Counseling Association.

News & Announcements


SFA faculty members honored during Teaching Excellence Convocation

Seven SFA faculty members were recognized for their teaching abilities during the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation Wednesday, April 13, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A on the SFA campus.

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.
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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 tomorrow 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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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulture professor tonight

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tonight in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Dr. Mike Arnold, Texas A&M University horticulture professor, will present “Sifting Ashes for a Phoenix and Other Tales from the Former Texas A&M Horticulture Garden.”

Arnold earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University before receiving his doctoral degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University. After a brief stint at Tennessee Tech University, Arnold assumed a position as assistant professor of landscape horticulture at Texas A&M University, where he has progressed through the ranks to professor.
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Peace Corps recruiter Holly Van Groll to visit campus, deliver presentation

Peace Corps recruiter Holly Van Groll will be on the SFA campus Wednesday, April 20, to make a presentation and discuss her work in Zambia to an international agriculture development course. Visitors are welcome to attend the class at 5 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 108.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps is welcome to visit Groll from 9:30 a.m. until noon Thursday, April 21, at Java Jacks.

For more information, contact Dr. Leon Young, SFA professor of agriculture, at (936) 468-4544.

Ralph W. Steen Library to host first Research Open House today

The Research and Instructional Services Department of the Ralph W. Steen Library will host its first Research Open House today.

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.

Application deadline extended for 2016-17 Wisely Fellow Competition

The application deadline for the Wisely Fellow Competition for 2016-17 has been extended to tomorrow.

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.

Student Activities Association to host Build a Dynasty event

SFA’s Student Activities Association will host Build a Dynasty, an event which focuses on being an entrepreneur, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

This free event will feature guest speaker Kenny Burns, a "lifestyle specialist" and music industry influencer, and it is open to the public.

Burns is an entrepreneur, radio and television host, and the senior vice president of brand marketing at Combs Enterprises, a men's clothing store. He also runs the company's television channel, Revolt TV.

Burns worked as a promoter in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, where he also helped market Axe Body Spray. In the early 2000s, he was one of the business people behind the female group, Dream. He also created the upscale clothing line Ryan Kenny, and his own label, Studio 43.

SFA Student Wellness Action Team recruiting peer health educators

The SFA Student Wellness Action Team is recruiting peer health educators for the 2016-17 academic year. Faculty members are encouraged to notify students of this opportunity. Student applications can be found here and are due tomorrow.

SFA SWAT members organize and implement outreach events and provide presentations to academic classes, student organizations and residence halls related to collegiate health issues such as alcohol abuse, sexual violence prevention, stress management and comprehensive wellness.

For more information, click here or contact Cyndra Krogen-Morton, SWAT adviser, at mortonca1@sfasu.edu.

Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches to hold Masquerade Ball

The Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches is hosting a Masquerade Ball beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Nacogdoches Civic Center. SFA and Nacogdoches communities are invited to attend.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Habitat ReStore, or from Lacey Claver, assistant director of student engagement at SFA, at claverla@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1367. Proceeds will benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches.

Sophomore Scholars to host first Dance Marathon tomorrow

Sophomore Scholars will host SFA's first Dance Marathon from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow 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.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore T-shirt sale ends today

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

Campus Recreation


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.

Rec Center offers Parents Night Out tomorrow

The SFA Recreation Center will host a Parents Night Out tomorrow. 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. tomorrow.


Women's self-defense class scheduled for April 19

SFA's Campus Recreation and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex on campus.

This class is open to all women, and attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense. The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack, Campus Recreation promotions and sponsorships coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Athletics


Stephanie Schwartz named National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Year

SFA sophomore Stephanie Schwartz has been the National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Year. Schwartz also was named an NTCA first team All-American, headlining the 2016 list.

The reigning NTCA National Freshman of the Year in 2015, Schwartz continued to rewrite SFA record books in 2015-16, serving as the anchor for head coach Amber Lemke’s bowling team all season. Schwartz competed in 47 individual matches during the year with a 210.85 scoring average — the second-best in Ladyjack program history. She also had 26 matches bowling a 200 or better, including nine games of 250 or better.
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Keller adds junior college transfer Francis to SFA's roster

SFA's head men's basketball coach Kyle Keller announced junior guard Daeshon Francis will be joining the Lumberjacks for the 2016-17 season. Francis signed his national letter of intent Wednesday morning.

"We are excited to have Daeshon join our family at SFA. He is a tough, high-motor and athletic backcourt player," Keller said. "He is a great addition to Lumberjack basketball and what we are building on in this program. Coach Erik Pastrana did a fantastic job in recruiting him, and he fits the culture I inherited here at SFA."
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Head football coach invites faculty, staff members to Purple and White game

Dear SFA Faculty and Staff Members:

Your Lumberjack football team has been very busy this winter and spring preparing for our 2016 football season, which opens Sept. 3 against Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

At 6 p.m. this Saturday, our winter drills and spring football practices will conclude with our annual Purple and White game. I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to attend this final showcase prior to our 2016 season.

My staff members and I recognize the important role you play in our student-athletes’ futures. Their education is the paramount reason they attend SFA. I appreciate the time and effort you give to our student-athletes, as well as to all students on this campus. You are the reason SFA is such a highly regarded educational institution and our graduates are successful, productive citizens.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing and hearing you this Saturday!

Axe ’em, Jacks!

Clint Conque

Head Football Coach


Ladyjacks tie for fourth at 2016 Southland Conference Championships

SFA’s women’s golf team tied for fourth place out of eight teams during the 2016 Southland Conference Championships. The Ladyjacks posted a 29-over 317 during the final 18 holes, closing out the SLC Championships with a 62-over 926.

The fourth-place tie matches the best conference tournament finish in program history, equaling SFA’s fourth-place finish at the 2015 championships. The 926 score also is the second-lowest team total for the Ladyjacks in the SLC championship, nine shots behind the 917 SFA posted last season.
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SFA strength and conditioning's sports performance clinic scheduled for tomorrow

SFA’s strength and conditioning staff members will host a Coaches’ Clinic tomorrow for any athletic coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers and fitness professionals.

Cost of attendance is $20 for students and $40 for athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers and fitness professionals. The clinic costs $30 per individual for professionals who plan on attending with three or more staff members. Cost covers a continental breakfast and a day of presentations from a panel of five athletic training professionals from across Texas.
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Fine Arts

SFA Steel Band to deliver diverse program

SFA’s Steel Band will present a multifaceted program when the band, also known as Jacks of Steel, performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

“The concert will consist of a diverse variety of styles, including traditional, contemporary, pop songs and even some ska music,” said Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for SFA's School of Music.
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Guest pianist An to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The Orchestra of the Pines at SFA will present the program “Stories from Afar” when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The program features music by composers Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. A highlight of the program will be a return performance of guest artist Ning An, who is an assistant professor of piano at California State University, Fullerton, a visiting artist at Lee University and a celebrated concert pianist who has performed in venues worldwide.
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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.

The next film screenings will be 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“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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University Series to feature Texas soprano Pine in concert tonight

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will present soprano Ava Pine in concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in William M. Turner Auditorium as part of the 2015-16 University Series.

A Texas native, Pine continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.
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SFA’s Trombone Choir to present all-jazz program tonight

The Trombone Choir at SFA will perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the choir performing an all-jazz program accompanied by the rhythm section, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music and the choir’s director.
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Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ tomorrow

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present performances of “Rumpelstiltskin” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in William M. Turner Auditorium.

Presented by The Panto Company USA, “Rumpelstiltskin” targets children in prekindergarten through third grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children’s series.

Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.
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Percussionist Armstrong to perform at SFA

The Percussion Ensemble at SFA will welcome a guest artist when the group performs at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Dr. Josh Armstrong, assistant professor of percussion and assistant director of bands at Delta State University, will perform on Ivan Trevino’s piece, “Flow,” which features a soloist who alternates between snare drum and marimba, accompanied by percussion trio, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music.
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