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This Week's Calendar

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
6:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, April 19
SFA Baseball at the University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio
1 p.m.




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SFA Board of Regents approves renewal of marketing campaign

The SFA Board of Regents heard a report from the agency in charge of the university's marketing campaign and approved an extension of the campaign for the next fiscal year.

During the board's annual spring meeting, the Richards/Carlberg agency reported that a variety of metrics show the campaign is having the desired effect - attendance at Showcase Saturday events has increased, applications are up 8 percent as compared to this time last year, and both admitted students and housing applications are up 14 percent.

"While these numbers look great, we know that we have to wait until the 12th class day this fall to be able to call this a success with certainty," said Chuck Carlberg, principal of the Richards/Carlberg agency.
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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, recently published an article about his lifetime of developing and introducing novel new plants, while also restoring his grandparent's farm, home and woodland.

The article also plugged the SFA Gardens Spring Plant Sale and pointed out that many of Grant's plant introductions are available there each year.

The piece was published in the March/April edition of "IN Magazine."

Dr. Dusty Jenkins

Department of Psychology

Jenkins, assistant professor of psychology, along with student co-authors Charles White and Allison Pratt, presented work at the Southwestern Psychological Association’s annual convention in Wichita, Kansas, Saturday, April 11.

Their project focused on evaluating the effectiveness of utilizing service learning as a pedagogical tool in a human sexuality course. Pictured, from left, are Jenkins and Pratt. White is not pictured.

The group also will present their work at SFA's Bright Ideas Conference on Wednesday, April 29.

News & Announcements

SFA mourns loss of Temple family member

Arthur “Buddy” Temple III, an Angelina County businessman and conservationist, died Tuesday at age 73.

The SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry is named in honor of the Temple family’s contributions to the study of forestry in East Texas.  

“The contributions made by the Temple family to SFA have benefited thousands of our students and will continue to shape our educational offerings for years to come,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president.  “Buddy Temple and his family created a legacy through their generosity and as advocates for environmental stewardship.”
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Faculty and staff appointments approved by Board of Regents

New dean among appointments approved by SFA Board of Regents

Dr. Timothy Bisping was officially appointed dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business during the SFA Board of Regents meeting Tuesday. Bisping, currently interim dean of the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University, is expected to begin his duties as dean and professor of economics at SFA in July.

Bisping received his doctorate in economics from Oklahoma State University and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Wichita State University. Prior to his appointment at Louisiana Tech University, Bisping served as associate dean of graduate programs and research and associate professor of economics at Louisiana Tech University.
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Flags lowered to honor American forefather

From Governor Greg Abbott

The President of the United States of America has proclaimed April 15, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. He has called upon all Americans to honor his life and legacy with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. The President also has called upon the Governors of the United States and its Territories and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct flags be flown at half-staff on the Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. He also has encouraged all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.
As such, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code and 4 U.S.C. § 7, I direct that the Texas and United States flags be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in honor of the life and public service of President Abraham Lincoln. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect for this admired leader. Flags should return to full-staff the following day. 

SFA honors students killed in car accident

The SFA flag on Vista Drive is at half mast today in honor of students Chikosolu Ughanze and Qudus Jacobs, who lost their lives Monday, April 13, in an automobile accident.

Our university is diminished by this tragic loss and our thoughts are with their families and friends.

SFA Fashion Gallery to hold grand opening

The SFA School of Human Sciences fashion merchandising program invites university alumni and friends to Fashion Icons: A Legacy of Style Fashion Gallery Opening and Costume Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Education Annex, 1620 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Featured speaker will be Houston fashion industry insider, Roz Pactor, who will give a video message to guests at 6 p.m. in the Culinary Café followed by a ribbon cutting to officially open the Fashion Gallery and viewing of the new exhibition.

Pactor, a fashion/marketing consultant and fashion lifestyle blogger based in Houston, has more than three decades experience in fashion retailing with Foley's Department Stores, Bloomingdales NYC and Neiman Marcus. She was most recently employed as the vice president/fashion director at Foley's before starting her own company, The Pactor Group. She currently serves as chair of the advisory board at the University of Houston for Retail Merchandising Careers.
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Wisely Fellow Speaker Series to present Dr. Isiah Warner

The SFA School of Honors welcomes Dr. Isiah Warner of Louisiana State University as the 2015 Wisely Fellow Speaker.

Warner has published more than 300 articles in refereed journals since 1975, has given more than 400 invited talks since 1979, and has six patents with four more pending.

Warner will present “Mentoring, Research and Diversity: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. Warner will discuss the hierarchical mentoring model he uses in the HHMI Scholar program, which selects underachiever students and assists them in their undergraduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The graduate rates of the LSU HHMI Scholars are twice that of all LSU STEM students. The rate for students from underrepresented minority groups is three times that of all underrepresented minority students who start in STEM fields. These outcomes are especially noteworthy taking into account that HHMI Scholars are selected because of their academic under performance.

For more information, please contact the School of Honors at (936) 468-2813 or the 2014-2015 Wisely Fellow, Dr. Darrell Fry at (936) 468-1406 or email frydr@sfasu.edu

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications for FLC X

Do you teach a junior or senior-level course that could be enhanced by introducing students to rigorous academic research? Have you ever wanted to mentor students as they review literature, research and compose a substantive academic work?

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications for FLC X: Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship.
The Faculty Learning Community experience will help give you the tools needed to mentor undergraduate students as they conduct their own research. For more information and to complete an application, please click here.
Please email any questions to makeanimpact@sfasu.edu.

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.

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.

Disability Pride Parade and Festival set for April 18

The second annual Nacogdoches Disability Pride Parade and Festival, organized in part by SFA's Department of Human Services, is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Festival Plaza behind the Nacogdoches City Hall.

For more information, click here.


SFA softball begins five-game homestand Wednesday

Fresh of its first Southland Conference sweep of the season, the SFA softball team will look to carry that momentum into a double header against the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Wednesday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and game two will start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
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White, Ladyjacks in third at SLC Championships

SFA solidified its hold on third place at the 2015 Southland Conference Championships, posting a 10-over 298 in the tournament's second round. The Ladyjacks entered Wednesday's final round with a 33-over 609, holding a seven-stroke lead on fourth-place Houston Baptist University.

Sophomore Jessica White continued her impressive play in the spring season, shooting an even-par 72 on the second 18 holes to sit at 6-over 150. White enters the final round tied for third overall, seeking her fourth-straight top-six finish to close out the year. Sophomore Ann Holcomb also posted an even-par 72 on the day and is one shot back of White with a 7-over 151, sitting among the top-10 individual standings, tied for sixth.
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SFA baseball falls to Arkansas, 8-2

SFA gave up five runs through the first three innings and was unable to recover from the early deficit, falling 8-2 to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville Tuesday evening. The loss is the fifth-straight for SFA who falls to 12-24 on the season.

Playing its third Southeastern Conference school of the season, SFA found itself in a big hole early, giving up one run in the first inning and two runs each in both the second and third innings, allowing Arkansas to take an early 5-0 lead. The Razorbacks added a run each in both the fifth and sixth innings, extending their lead to 7-0.
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Fine Arts

Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

The Beta Phi cast of SFA's Alpha Psi Omega national theater honors society will host a playwriting workshop with SFA's playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Room 303 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students attending any college or university.

Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.

Seating is limited to 30, and payment will be taken at the door in cash or check form. To reserve a seat, RSVP to apobetaphi@gmail.com.

SFA School of Theatre production of 'August: Osage County' to feature stage veterans Simmons, Maule

When the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre present "August: Osage County," some familiar professional actors will be seen on stage appearing alongside SFA's talented student performers.

Directed by Scott Shattuck and featuring Nacogdoches residents Rhonda Plymate Simmons and Brad Maule, "August: Osage County" focuses on what happens to the Weston family when their patriarch disappears and they hurriedly assemble at the rural Oklahoma home of his hilariously caustic, pill-popping wife. Their outrageous conflicts and lies collide to launch the corrosive comedy that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and became the basis for the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

"August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 28 through May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee is also scheduled.
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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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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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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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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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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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