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This Week's Calendar

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.

Monday, April 20
SFA men's golf at the Southland Conference Championship




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Dr. Robert Polewan

Department of Psychology

Last weekend at the Southwestern Psychological Association's annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Robert Polewan presented seven research posters in collaboration with 11 SFA students and one faculty member.

Four posters were presented as collaborations with students from the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Master's degree candidate Jared Datzman presented research on the memory processing of emotional faces, as well as research on supernatural belief and the media. Graduate student Rebecca Showalter and senior Robyn Bashaw presented research on the cognitive ability of dogs. Graduate students Machael Cortez and Rebecca Showalter presented research on how personalities can match between an owner and dog.

In addition, posters were presented by graduate students Margaret Hance, Kyle Ripley, and Kylee Kudera, along with SFA faculty member Dr. Sarah Savoy, on how relationships can alter body image satisfaction. Graduate students Daniel Harmon, Samantha Honnert and Michael Aguilar-Moreno presented research on how exercise and extracurricular participation can affect test anxiety. Finally, graduate students Rebecca Showalter, Machael Cortez and Brooke Bugni presented research how stress can be reduced when owning a small pet.

Professors, alumnus receive award

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Left to right: Dr. Marsha Bayless, professor of business communication; SFA alumnus Mark Leonard and Dr. Tim Clipson, professor of business communication and legal studies, received the 2015 Distinguished Paper Award from the Association for Business Communication's Southwest chapter.

Their paper, "Media Selection in Managerial Communication: Exploring the Relationship between Media Preference, Personality and Communication Aptitude," was presented at the Federation of Business Disciplines Conferences in Houston in March.

News & Announcements

Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp is tomorrow

Parents can drop their children off as early as 6 p.m. and the children will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and movie.

Attendees must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper.

For more information and to register, please contact the administration office of the SFA Rec Center at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

SFA hosts health careers camp for area students

The SFA Texas AHEC East-Piney Woods Region recently held a health careers camp for students enrolled in Shelby County Independent School Districts.

This year's camp hosted 45 high school students who gained hands-on experiences and knowledge about health careers in their field of interest. The students spent three days participating in activities that educated them in individual health careers, health career training programs and college preparation.

"Students have an opportunity to meet local health care professionals in their communities and build long-lasting relationships," said Mavis Yarbrough, health careers and promotion coordinator for TAE-PWR.
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Summers awarded Edna Wilkin Teagarden Award at SFA

SFA awarded the 2015 Edna Wilkin Teagarden Award for Exemplary Service in Human Sciences to an SFA alumna with 40 years experience as an educator.

Jeannie Summers, who is the director of career and technical education at Nacogdoches ISD, accepted the award during the School of Human Sciences Honors Convocation. The annual award recognizes an SFA human sciences graduate who exemplifies extraordinary professional achievement in the human sciences field.

Summers earned her bachelor's degree in vocational home economics from SFA in 1975. She continued her education at SFA and earned a master's degree in 1979.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers training

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will launch a new Proposal Clearance Form and process this month. For help navigating the internal requirements for grant submissions, these training sessions are available:
9-10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21
Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
9-10 a.m. Thursday, April 23
Workshops are open to faculty and staff members who register via MyTraining. All workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library. Please contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606 with any questions.

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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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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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.

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


White captures 2015 SLC Championship crown

Sophomore Jessica White captured the 2015 Southland Conference individual title, winning a one-hole playoff to become the first SLC champion in program history. White closed out the 54-hole event with a program-low 4-over 220, highlighted by a 2-under 70 in the final round.

After tying Lamar University's Wendy Chang after 54 holes, White birdied the first playoff hole, then watched as Chang's putt was short, cementing the title. It is the best individual finish by a Ladyjack at the SLC Championship, topping the third-place finish by Piper Kyle in 2014.
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SFA hosting Northern Arizona University in 2015 opener

SFA has announced a change to its 2015 football schedule as the Lumberjacks will now open the season hosting Northern Arizona University on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Homer Bryce Stadium. The game will take the place of the previously scheduled game against Division II foe Tarleton State University.

The game against Northern Arizona now gives SFA 10 games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents for the 2015 season, including the nine-game Southland Conference schedule. The Lumberjacks' game at nationally ranked Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on Saturday, Sept. 12, will round out SFA's 11-game slate for 2015.
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SFA outlasts UCA for 4-3 home victory

SFA tennis needed a sweep in the doubles competition to finally outlast the University of Central Arkansas 4-3 at the Schlief Tennis Complex. The win keeps SFA in the hunt for at least a share of the Southland Conference regular season title, improving 8-1 in SLC play and 14-6 overall.

It took a while to finally get the Ladyjacks and Bears on the court facing each other as the original date in March was rained out, then relocated to Shreveport, Louisiana, before being shifted a final time to the Schlief Tennis Center. But once the two teams took to the court, it proved to be worth the wait.
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Pugh named SLC Golfer of the Month

SFA senior Blake Pugh has been named the Southland Conference Golfer of the Month, the league office announced Wednesday. It is the first SLC monthly honor for Pugh and the second for SFA during the 2014-15 season.

Pugh had an impressive week for the Lumberjacks, recording a first and second-place showing while shooting a combined 13-under par. He captured the second individual title of his career at the Jim West Intercollegiate in Bastrop, firing a 9-under 207 and winning the tournament by two strokes. The 207 is a new career-low for Pugh and is tied for the second-lowest 54-hole score in Lumberjack program history, shooting a season-low 68 in round two.
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Arkansas races past Lumberjacks, 15-3

SFA once again spotted the University of Arkansas an early lead and the Razorbacks took advantage, racing past the Lumberjacks 15-3 at Baum Stadium to sweep the two-game midweek series. SFA dropped its sixth-straight game, falling to 12-25 on the season.
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Fine Arts

Yapp exhibition features plein air landscapes in oil

The SFA School of Art presents an exhibition of the work of artist David Yapp showing April 16 through June 13 in the Reception Gallery at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"David Yapp: California Landscapes" features plein air (painted outdoors) landscape and seascape paintings.

"This exhibition includes landscape paintings using oils, featuring sweeping views of the California coast in heavy impasto paint with fine brushwork," said John Handley, director of galleries for SFA. "I personally met this artist five years ago and have been closely watching how his paintings have developed over time."
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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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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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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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SFA's Trombone Choir to present varied program

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a concert of the Trombone Choir at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The choir will perform a varied concert of traditional trombone choir pieces, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA and the choir's director.

Among the works to be performed are Anton Bruckner's Adagio from Symphony No. 7 arranged by the principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, Jay Friedman. Also on the program is "Marienlieder," Op. 22 by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Ralph Sauer, the retired principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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