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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, April 19
SFA Softball
vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Hammond, La.

SFA Baseball
at Abilene Christian
1 p.m.

SFA Tennis
vs. Lamar
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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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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SFA faculty recognized for 10 years service

SFA recently honored faculty members with 10 years of service during an awards luncheon. 

Pictured, from left are: Ronald Wayne Havner, biology; Pauline Marie Sampson, secondary education and educational leadership; George R. Franks Jr., government; Paula Barton Griffin, elementary education; Carl James Pfaffenberg, human sciences; Jeanie Gresham, elementary education; Christopher Kyle Talbot, art; Hilary Paige Dosser, mathematics and statistics; Owen M. Smith, philosophy and classical studies; Michelle Marie Cook, mathematics and statistics; Neill Ford Armstrong, secondary education and educational leadership; Joanie Selman and Erin Elizabeth Bailey, nursing;  David Wayne Campo, music; Erica Chapman, Steen Library; Anne Collins Smith, philosophy and classical studies; and Wendy Kay Killam, human services.  

Also honored but not pictured were Juan Carlos Ureña, languages, culture and communication; Davanna Cay McAninch, elementary education; Lesa Lynn Beverly, mathematics and statistics; Henry Dunn, business communication and legal studies; Hazel Darleen Kimbrough, nursing; Scott Patrick LaGraff, voice; David M. Lawson, human services; Michael John Martin, Christine M. McDermott and John Alexander McDermott, English; Julie Harrelson Stephens, government; Pat Stephens-Williams, forestry; and Jennifer Keri Wade, kinesiology and health science.   

SFA faculty recognized for 20 years service

SFA recently honored faculty members with two decades years of service during an awards luncheon. 

Faculty members included, from left, Linda K. Robinson Harris, social work; Fred J. Allen, music; and Michele Rogers Harris, chemistry and biochemistry. Greta Eugenia Haidinyak and Tamara Harris, nursing faculty members, also were honored but are not pictured.

SFA faculty recognized for 30 and 40 years service

SFA recently honored faculty members with 30 and 40 years of service during an awards luncheon. 

Honorees at a recent faculty service awards luncheon at Stephen F. Austin State University included, from left, Volker W. Gobel, 40 years of service, geology; Charles R. Gavin, 30 years of service, music; and Larry R. O’Neal, 30 years of service, management, marketing and international business.  Other 30-year honorees included Peter Andrew and Gary Russell Parker, art; and Wilbur Rhea Clark, accounting. 

Retiring faculty honored at luncheon

Retiring SFA faculty members recently honored for their service included, from left, Ronald E. Anderson, music; Deborah D. DuFrene, business communication and legal studies; Melanie Jephson McGill, special education; and Robert Choate, human services.  Also honored were Susan Jacobs Barber, elementary education; J. Kelly Cunningham, statistics; Michael O. Doughty, social work; Herbert Ninness and Robin Rumph, human services; Joseph Ormsby, management, marketing and international business; Bernice Wright, Steen Library; and Frank Shockley and Jimmie Yeiser, forestry. 

News & Announcements

Lyle Lovett's SFA performance

If you missed Lyle Lovett's Archie McDonald Lecture Series presentation, don't worry, you can catch a part of his appearance at SFA online. 

Lovett performed a live song, which was captured on video and is now available on SFA's YouTube channel. 
Watch Lovett's performance here

Global Gateway to Tunisia set for April 26

Join the Nacogdoches community for a presentation on Tunisian culture given by an exchange student from Tunisia. 

The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, 1112 North St. Everyone is welcome. 

Authentic Tunisian food samples will be served. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Applications for Service Learning Excellence Award due today

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.

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. 

Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of Development at SFA by April 18. A nominee will be selected this summer, and the professorship will be awarded at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship was awarded to Dr. Dean Coble in 2012 and Dr. Ty Spradley in 2013 for their dedicated mentorship of SFA students.

For information on nomination criteria and submission materials, please click here.

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. 

Campus Recreation

Basketball camp discount offered to staff and faculty members

The Brad Underwood Basketball Camp is pleased to announce a special discount for SFA faculty and staff members. 

Boys, from grades two to 12, whose parents are faculty or staff members are eligible for a 20-percent discount to any of the Brad Underwood Basketball Camp sessions. 

To receive the discount, parents will have to print off and fill out the paper application which is linked on the website. For more information on each particular camp please click here. If you have question, please call the SFA Basketball Office at (936) 468-3108.

Heart Smart series starts in April

Join Employee Wellness for the Heart Smart Series during the month of April. This series will take place in the Multimedia Room at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, near Starbucks.   

The series runs from 5:15 until 6 p.m. every Wednesday in April. Topics each evening will be different.  

April 9: Sodium Right
April 16: Fats Appropriately
April 23: Sugar Smart
April 30: Putting it All Together

Attendance at each session will enter your name into a drawing to win a door prize at the end of the series.  Attendance at all four sessions is not required, but it is encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu


Ladyjacks fall late to Lady Techsters

In a battle to the wire that saw both the SFA Ladyjacks and Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters struggle to produce much offense until late in the game, the Ladyjacks fell 3-2 after taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

SFA (17-22) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Elizabeth Arana was hit by a pitch to start the inning then advanced on a wild pitch. After advancing on a groundout, Brittany Lewis drove her in with a single up the middle.

Both teams struggled to manufacture any runs until the bottom of the sixth when Katelyn Standley just missed a home run off the fence in left field to get a leadoff double. Brittany Lee came in to pinch run for Standley and stole third base to put the pressure on LaTech. Then, Taylor Vick hit a deep fly ball to center to drive Lee in and take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
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Bowling seniors set for final bow

SFA gets set to close out its memorable 2013-14 season as the Ladyjacks are in Reno, Nev., competing in the 2014 USBC Championships. The four-day event gets underway Tuesday, April 15, before wrapping up on Friday, April 18.

The Ladyjacks qualified for the event by placing second at the USBC Regional in Fort Worth last month as SFA will look to build on its performance from 2012 when it advanced to the semifinals. Despite just missing out on qualifying for the NCAA tournament, the Ladyjacks have put together quite a memorable season, including top-five finishes in eight of their 10 tournaments and reaching as high as fourth in the NTCA media poll, the highest in school history.

Last week SFA also reached another program milestone as two players were named NTCA All-Americans for the 2013-14 season. Senior Nicole Parkhurst became the first two-time All-American as she was named a second team honoree (honorable mention in 2013), while sophomore Melanie Crawford was a third team selection.
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Kyle tied for first at SLC Championships

Led by freshman Piper Kyle’s 1-under 71, SFA currently sits fourth following the opening round of the 2014 Southland Conference Championships. The Ladyjacks fired a 23-over 310 through the opening 18 holes as Kyle is tied for first individually.

Kyle had a strong start for SFA, recording birdies on four of the first six holes before bogeys on seven and eight left her with a 2-under 34 through nine. Kyle then notched a pair of birdies and three bogeys on the back nine, finishing with the 1-under 71 and setting a program record for the lowest tournament score in the SLC tournament.

Sophomore Sydney Reed is tied for 13th overall in the individual standings after carding a 5-over 77 through the first 18 holes, including a 1-over 37 over the front nine. Freshman Jessica White and senior Aliece Anderson both shot a 9-over 81 on the day with freshman Ann Holcomb rounding out the scorecard with an 11-over 83.
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SFA falls 7-2 at Arkansas

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team fell 7-2 to Arkansas on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

SFA (15-21) recorded eight hits against the Razorbacks (23-15), as three Lumberjacks recording multi-hit games. Seniors Mackenzie Handel and Ricardo Sanchez joined sophomore Matthew Dickey with two hits apiece. Handel, who finished 2-for-3, was the only SFA player to record an extra-base hit with a double.

Junior Halden Maynard (0-2) took his second loss of the season, surrendering six runs (three earned) in five innings pitched. Maynard, a native of Brenham, Texas, was taxed for eight hits, issuing just two walks in 23 batters faced.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Broadway, Movies and Music III'

SFA will present the university's flagship orchestral ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, performing its final concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"Broadway, Movies and Music III" will feature famous movie soundtracks and Broadway tunes, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"The pops concert has always been a highly anticipated event for the students and community," Moon said. "The music of Broadway and motion pictures has become an important facet of our musical culture. While audiences enjoy hearing classical music, a dash of popular music always adds a special zing of flavor to our musical experience."

Special guest performers will be Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Ron Anderson, vocals. Dalmas will join the orchestra in a popular piece, "Por una cabeza" by Carlos Gardel, a work made famous in the movies "Scent of a Woman," "True Lies" and "Titanic." Anderson will sing a personal favorite of his, "How to Handle a Woman," from the musical "Camelot."
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SFA Bands' 'Concert in the Park' planned for April 27

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Bands performing the annual "Concert in the Park" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building.

All SFA concert bands will perform, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands. Opening the concert will be the University Band under the direction of graduate assistant Stephen Morman of Athens who will conduct "Spirals of Light" by Sean O'Loughlin. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will perform the march "Circus Days" by Karl L. King, among other pieces. The Wind Symphony, directed by David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform three selections, including "Stars and Bars," a march by Robert Jager. Under the direction of Allen, the Wind Ensemble will play music by Gershwin and Sousa. In addition, graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct Alfred Reed's "Festival Prelude."

SFA's Director of Bands Emeritus Melvin B. Montgomery created the idea for the "Concert in the Park" setting. Admission is free. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating is limited.
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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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