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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 15
SFA Baseball
at Arkansas
Fayetteville, Ark.
6:30 p.m.

SFA Bowling
USBC Championships
Reno, Nev.

SFA Softball
vs. Louisiana Tech
4 p.m.

SFA Women's Golf
SLC Conference Championship

Wednesday, April 16
SFA Bowling
USBC Championships
Reno, Nev.

SFA Women's Golf
SLC Conference Championship

Thursday, April 17
SFA Baseball
at Abilene Christian
6:30 p.m.

Easter break begins

SFA Bowling
USBC Championships
Reno, Nev.

SFA Women's Golf
SLC Conference Championship

Friday, April 18
SFA Baseball
at Abilene Christian
2 p.m.

SFA Bowling
USBC Championships
Reno, Nev.

SFA Softball
vs. Southeastern Louisiana
4 and 6 p.m.
Hammond, La.

SFA Tennis
vs. Sam Houston State
11 a.m.

SFA Track and Field
Central Arkansas Open
Conway, Ark.

SFA Track and Field
Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.




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Former Ladyjacks coach Joe Curl passes away

Former SFA Ladyjack basketball head coach Joe Curl passed away early Monday morning after a lengthy battle with heart disease at the age of 59.

In his only season as head coach of the Ladyjacks, Curl led SFA to a Southland Conference title and the NCAA Tournament. The Ladyjacks went 23-7 that year and lost to Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Curl later went on to become the winningest head women’s basketball coach at the University of Houston. His teams won 193 games during his 12 seasons at Houston and went to five postseasons, including advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after a school record 28 victories.
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Newspaper compiling book about NCAA run

The Nacogdoches newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, is collecting SFA's stories about this year's historic run to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. 

If you've got a story about an experience following the men's basketball team this season, you can email it to editor Meghan Waggoner at mwaggoner@dailysentinel.com

The paper is compiling the stories into a book, which is available to be purchased in bulk or individually. The individual price for each book is $24.99 for as many as five. For more than five, the price drops to $19.99 per book and orders for between 100 and 1,000 books result in a bulk price of $16 per book.


Dr. Treba Marsh

School of Accountancy

Marsh, of the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, along with Dr. Mary R. Fischer and Douglas Brown of the University of Texas at Tyler, published their paper “Water Woes:  A Critical Texas Situation” in the March 2014 issue of Oil Gas & Energy Quarterly.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr. presented research indicating that the Caddo tribes may have used earthen ovens to cook their foods at a recent conference in Tyler. 

Excavations near Carthage in 2013 yielded carbonized remains of an aquatic tuber in the family Nymphaeaceae. The tubers are most likely a pondlily or the white waterlily. Historic consumption of waterlily and especially pondlily tubers is documented for native people of the Northeast, California, Oregon, Montana, Wisconsin, the Great Plains, and the southern Great Lakes region.

For the Caddo area, historical accounts mention consumption of "roots" and "ground nuts," but these seem to refer to terrestrial tubers, which have been identified at several East Texas sites, and the seeds and stems of plants with aquatic tubers have been recovered from several sites in Arkansas and Texas. The carbonized tubers found in the area site represent the first direct evidence of tuber consumption in addition to previously documented seed consumption and the use of nymphaeaceae stems for medicinal purposes. 

Pondlily and waterlily tubers require between 36 and 72 hours of cooking at low heat to become edible. The burned tubers at the Murvaul Creek site thus point toward an East Texas tradition of earth oven cooking, parallel to the camas bulb cooking of the Plains and the agave/sotol traditions of the Southwest.

Center for Regional Heritage Research presents Caddo research at annual conference

At a recent conference in Tyler exploring ongoing research into the Native American Caddo civilization, members of SFA's Center for Regional Heritage Research presented a number of posters and publications about the life of early Pineywoods residents. 

They included 
  • "On Caddo Corn: Using Chronometric Hygiene and Bayesian Statistics to Model the Entrance, Preservation, and Recovery of Zea mays within the Ancestral Caddo Territory," by Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr. with Michael Dee of the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. 
  • "Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis in the Ancestral Caddo Territory" by Selden. 
  • "Archaeological Investigations at the Wade (GC-38) and Estes (GC-49) Sites in the Sabine River Basin, Gregg County, Texas" by Selden, Dr. Timothy K. Perttula and Bo Nelson. 
  • "Caddo Ceramic Vessels from the Sipes Hill Site (41RK602) along Martin Creek in the Sabine River Basin in East Texas" by Selden, Perttula and Nelson.

News & Announcements

Sexuality presentation planned for Tuesday

Students from SFA's School of Honors, who are enrolled in Dr. Dusty Jenkins' honors human sexuality class, will deliver a presentation from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Early Childhood Research Center Room 212. 

The presentation is intended to inform elementary education majors about issues related to childhood sexuality that could arise in the classroom setting, including gender identity, normative sexual behaviors, and potential signs of sexual abuse. 

Faculty and staff members are welcome to attend, and also are encouraged to promote student attendance. 

This project is supported by a service learning grant awarded to Dr. Jenkins by SFA's Office of Student Engagement - Leadership and Service.

SFA, TJR develop fine arts partnership

The results of a newly formed partnership between the SFA School of Theatre and the Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts will be showcased in a Fine Arts Gala at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the movie theatre in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Developed last fall, the artistic partnership between the Nacogdoches ISD arts school and SFA School of Theatre was the idea of Dr. Fred Hayes, NISD superintendent, who wanted the district's magnet schools to "reach out into the community and create a partnership of some form to start building relationships that could prosper and continue to grow with these campuses in the future," according to TJR theatre teacher Heidi Rouse, who is also a graduate of SFA.

Rouse organized a meeting that included Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, lecturer in the School of Theatre, Dr. Sandra Stewart, NISD assistant superintendent, and Roxanne Lathan, TJR principal.
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Chopped: East Texas benefits SFA Hospitality

SFA's hospitality administration program is hosting the third annual Chopped: East Texas. 

Teams of two will race the clock to create unique dishes while mastering the use of mystery ingredients. During the live competition, there will be a wine tasting sponsored by Brookshire Brothers, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and drinks. 

All proceeds will go to the Hospitality department for student enrichment.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15. 

Visit www.sfasu.edu/hms to purchase tickets.

Faculty recognition luncheon set for April 15

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will be held this spring on Tuesday, April 15, in the Grand Ballroom. This annual luncheon recognizes faculty who are completing 10, 20, 30, or 40 years of service at SFA, as well as faculty who have announced their retirement.

The 12:15 p.m. luncheon is preceded by a reception starting at 11:45 a.m.

Formal invitations will be going out soon. Please RSVP to those invitations since an accurate count for the luncheon is very important. Please contact Bob Szafran at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu as soon as possible in the case of any errors or omissions.

A list of faculty to be honored at the event is available here.  

Summer research grant deadline approaching

The deadline for Research Pilot Study and Research Grant Development internal grant applications for summer 2014 projects is April 15. 

Guidelines and application forms can be found here.

For more information, call (936) 468-6606.

Faculty and undergraduate research funding seminar on Tuesday

Dr. Leslie Cecil, associate professor of anthropology in SFA's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, recently attended the Council for Undergraduate Research Dialogues conference. She was able to talk to representatives from various grant agencies about how to fund undergraduate research and grants for faculty members. 

She'll host a seminar based on what she learned in the Teaching Excellence Center in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Room 220A, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. 
In this seminar, Cecil will present some information about what they are looking for in grants, and when it is the best time to submit applications. The agencies covered will be National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic, McNair Foundation and Community-Based Learning.

Spring Festival set for April 25

The Student Activities Association's annual Spring Fest event is set for April 25 in the circle drive area between Kennedy Auditorium and the Student Center Parking Garage. 

This event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. 

The festival will include inflatables, a zip line, music, food and other activities.

Admission is free to students. 

Library sets special hours for Easter holiday

The Ralph W. Steen Library will change its hours next week around the Easter Holiday. 

On April 17 and 18, the library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On April 19 and 20, the library will be completely closed. 

Regular hours will resume April 21. 

Teaching Excellence Awards 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, SFA will honor some of its top educators. 

The 2014 Teaching Excellence Awards recognize university professors for their knowledge of subject matter, the quality of their lectures and enthusiasm for teaching, among other things. 

This year's recipients are: 

Dr. Keith Hubbard, College of Sciences and Mathematics
Keith R. New, Nelson Rusche College of Business (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
Dr. Stephen Kosovich, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Dr. Jannah Nerren, James I. Perkins College of Education
Dr. Matthew McBroom, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Angela Bacarisse, College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre
Dr. Jeff Roth, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
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Applications being accepted for Service Learning Excellence Award

The Service Learning Advisory Board and the Office of High Impact Practices announce a call for nominations for the Service Learning Excellence Award, given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom by implementing service learning projects into courses.
The application can be found on the service learning website and is due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 to Jamie Bouldin. Applications can be emailed to jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.
The award will be presented at the High Impact Practices Conference on April 30.


Ladyjacks host Lady Techsters on Tuesday

With just three weeks left in the regular season, the SFA softball team will host its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday as the Ladyjacks take on Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. at the SFA Softball Field.

SFA (17-21) looks to bounce back from a 1-2 performance at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend and remain undefeated at home against non-conference opponents this year.

LaTech (15-25) comes into the game well rested after a weekend off from Conference USA action. The Lady Techsters won their only game last week at Southeastern Louisiana 7-0.

The Ladyjacks dropped the first two games at TAMUCC last weekend, but look to take some momentum into this week by winning 4-0 in nine innings on Sunday. SFA put together a strong offensive inning to bring an end to the pitchers duel with four hits and four runs in the second extra frame.
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SFA heads to Arkansas tonight

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will open a four-game road swing today, traveling to Arkansas. SFA, looking to bounce back from being swept by Oral Roberts University and the University of New Mexico last week, will try to snap its season-long, five-game losing streak in a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against the Razorbacks.

The 'Jacks enter the week at 15-20 overall and 6-9 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped a pair of midweek contests to UNM, before being swept in a three-game SLC series with ORU across a five-game homestand. Arkansas enters the midweek tilt 22-15 overall and 7-8 in SEC play.

SFA will start junior Halden Maynard against Arkansas’ Alex Phillips. Maynard enters the game 0-1 on the season through seven appearances and three starts, while Phillips carries a 3-0 record in six games (all started) on the season.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Symphonic, University bands to present spring concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual spring concert of SFA's Symphonic Band and University Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Led by graduate conductor Stephen Morman of Athens, the University Band will present a variety of works influenced by Irish music, including Frank Ticheli's moving setting of "Loch Lomond," commissioned by Nigel Durno, for the Stewarton Academy Senior Wind Ensemble of East Ayrshire, Scotland. Influencing the original song is the Celtic legend of the Battle of Culloden Moor and the imprisonment of two Scottish soldiers, one of whom was to be executed and the other to be set free. According to Celtic legend if someone dies in a foreign land, his spirit will travel to his homeland by "the low road," or the route for the souls of the dead. In the song, the spirit of the dead soldier shall arrive first, while the living soldier will take the "high road" over the mountains, to arrive afterwards, explained David W. Campo, associate director of bands.
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SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 27

The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Tuesday, April 15, the School of Music's annual gala banquet, Extravaganza 27. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Extravaganza, "Catch Our Rising Stars," celebrates the 27th anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards. But this year's event has taken on a new and energized approach, according to Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music.

"This year's Extravaganza will be 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."

Part music student awards ceremony, part formal dinner, and part musical potpourri, Extravaganza will feature jazz, harp, wind ensemble, choir, opera, string quartet, and orchestra. Additional highlights include awarding the "Outstanding Music Alumnus" of the year and "Outstanding Recitalists" of the year.
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School of Art hosts exhibit on handmade books

The SFA School of Art will host an exhibition of handmade books next week in the Ralph W. Steen Library. 

"Sketchbook: an exhibition of handmande books" runs from April 22 to 25, with a reception planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.   

The display was the idea of SFA printmaking students, who wished to show off their work. 

Trumpet great Bergeron to perform with SFA's Swingin' Axes

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present acclaimed jazz great Wayne Bergeron performing with SFA's Swingin' Axes jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The performance is a feature of the College of Fine Arts' 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."

A much sought-after trumpeter, Bergeron is one of the most active musicians in the world with studio dates, international touring, jazz concerts and guest solo appearances, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"As a sideman, Bergeron's list of CD credits reads like a who's who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day," Goodall said. "It's going to be exciting to see him perform with our jazz band students, and it will be a memorable experience for them."

Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band in 1986 and can be heard on such recordings as "Body & Soul," "Big Bop Nouveau," "Brass Attitude" and "The One & Only Maynard Ferguson," according to his website.
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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform program of challenging music

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will present music never before performed by the School of Music faculty ensemble in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The quintet includes Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The concert will feature "a great variety of music that is challenging and enjoyable to perform," said Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

A highlight of the concert will be the performance of "Rhapsody for Nine Instruments" by Texas native Kerry Turner, which will feature other music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Melissa Nabb, viola; Evgeni Rachev, cello; and Carlos Gavaria, bass; with Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, as guest conductor. A native of Kingsville, Turner is principal horn with the Luxembourg Symphony.
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