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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
11 a.m. and 2:30 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

Monday, April 18
Men's golf at the Southland Conference Championship
TBA
McKinney

Tuesday, April 19
SFA softball vs. the University of Houston
3:30 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

Men's golf at the Southland Conference Championship
TBA
McKinney

SFA baseball at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
6 p.m.
Little Rock, Arkansas


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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.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Colleges select 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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Student organizations hosting book drive for area children

SFA’s Jacks Council on Family Relations is partnering with SFA’s Residence Hall Association to host a children’s book drive to benefit children at Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start and Early Head Start.

“Research shows one way to help preschoolers prepare for school is by having books at home so parents and caregivers are able to read to them on a regular basis,” said Dr. Jennifer Newquist, SFA assistant professor of child development and family living. “These donated books will go to children to take home and keep.”
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"Employers should hire SFA student leaders" explained at Fourth Friday Luncheon April 22

Dr. Adam Peck, SFA assistant vice president and dean of student affairs, will speak on the importance of employing university students locally during the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon beginning at noon Friday, April 22, at Austin Hall, 4603 North St.

"Today’s employers demand students with not only the technical expertise to excel in their first jobs, but also with the interpersonal qualities that can be so hard to teach. These are often referred to as 'soft skills,'” Peck said. "They include such qualities as the ability to communicate, function as a member of a team and solve problems independently. Research conducted at SFA shows that student leaders tend to develop these skills more fully than their peers who are not involved.”
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Sophomore Scholars to host first Dance Marathon today

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


Hospitality administration, visual impairment programs to host ‘Dining in the Dark’

SFA’s hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are hosting “Dining in the Dark” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center to raise awareness about visual impairment.

The event is a sensory encounter designed to prompt blindfolded guests to use their senses beyond vision throughout a four-course meal. It also will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction. Every table will have an ambassador from the visual impairment program to assist guests.

“We are pleased to bring this event back for a second year where guests capture an unforgettable journey that will challenge their senses,” said Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator and associate professor of human sciences.
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2016-17 Wisely Fellow Competition application deadline today

Today is the application deadline for the Wisely Fellow Competition for 2016-17.

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.

Department of Agriculture invites faculty, staff members to Breakfast on the Farm

SFA’s Department of Agriculture invites faculty and staff members to Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center, SFA Beef Farm, 442 CR 123 off Highway 259 North.

Pick up a breakfast ticket between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the SFA Agriculture Building office, located on Wilson Drive. Tickets are limited.

This event includes a free pancake breakfast (with ticket). Attendees can explore the farm, see farm animals, take a hayride and enjoy farm activities, all free of charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Brown, associate professor of animal science at SFA, at (936) 468-3705 or browneg@sfasu.edu.

Family Consumer Sciences Students Organization collecting nonperishable items in food drive

SFA’s Family Consumer Sciences Students Organization is hosting a food drive for the SFA Food Pantry.

Bring donations to the Education Annex Building or the Human Sciences North and South Buildings by Sunday, May 1.

Suggested items include: any canned goods, rice, peanut butter and jelly, and spices.

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Shepherd, assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences, at shepherd@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1413.

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 today 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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East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for April 30

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

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 today.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

Rec Center offers Parents Night Out this evening

The SFA Recreation Center will host a Parents Night Out today. Children can be dropped off as early as 6 p.m. and will enjoy a fun-filled evening of camp activities, a meal and a movie. Parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the evening, 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.


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.


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

SFA strength and conditioning's sports performance clinic scheduled for today

SFA’s strength and conditioning staff members will host a Coaches’ Clinic today for 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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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


SFA goes 1-4 on opening day of 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships

Currently ranked fifth, SFA’s bowling team opened up the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships Thursday with a 1-4 record through the first five games at Brunswick Zone Carolier Bowl in North Brunswick, New Jersey. The Ladyjacks are ranked eighth following day one, averaging a 954.6 through five games.

The reigning NCAA national runners-up opened the first day of round-robin-pool play with rival Sam Houston State University. The Ladyjacks fell to the Bearkats 1,042-1,003 in the opening match of the tournament. Freshman Dakotah Hazlewood had a strong start in her first NCAA action, bowling a team-high 221, with fellow first-time junior Carly Larson bowling a 214. They were the only two to finish above 200 against SHSU with junior Paige Kraushaarregistering bowling a 191 and freshman Paige Beeney bowling a 190.
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SFA softball continues homestand with weekend series against Abilene Christian University

SFA’s softball team continues its homestand with a three-game series against Southland Conference foe Abilene Christian University this weekend, using an altered schedule due to the threat of inclement weather. The teams will play two games at 2 p.m. today before wrapping up the set at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the SFA Softball Field.

The Ladyjacks took a break from league action Tuesday for a midweek matchup with Prairie View A&M University. SFA saw a balanced offensive attack and great pitching from sophomore Callee Guffey to rough up the Lady Panthers by a final score of 7-2. Read More

'Jacks face Houston Baptist University in three-game SLC set this weekend

In the middle leg of a seven-game road trip, the SFA baseball team travels to Houston today for a three-game, Southland Conference set with Houston Baptist University. Seeking to string together consecutive league wins for the first time this season, SFA and HBU will duke it out twice today with the doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. The series will close with a single, nine-inning tilt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The ‘Jacks are stationed in eighth place in the most recent league standings, sharing a similar 5-10 SLC record with Nicholls State University. Read More

Fine Arts

SFA’s Swingin’ Axes, Aces jazz bands to perform

Saxophonist and vocalist David Caceres will join the Swingin’ Axes jazz band at SFA when the Axes and Swingin’ Aces perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

As a vocalist, Houston-based Caceres will perform Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady” and Michael Buble’s “Can’t Buy Me Love.” He will sing and play on Al Jarreau’s “Roof Garden.”
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Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ today

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present a performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” at 12:30 p.m. today 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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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. tomorrow 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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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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Symphonic, University bands to present ‘Inspiration’ program

The University Band and the Symphonic Band at SFA will present the concert program “Inspiration” when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The selected works to be performed were inspired by folk songs and dances, tragic life events and the dream of flight, according to Dr. James Dreiling, interim assistant director of bands at SFA.
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Currently, the museum, located in Washington, D.C., exists as an immersive artwork with its debut exhibition, which features nine leading contemporary artists. Check out the artwork and learn more here.

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