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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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Department of Psychology

Three psychology students, in collaboration with their faculty members, received research awards at the Southwestern Psychological Association conference in Wichita, Kansas, last weekend.

Deinisha Tryals and Dr. Lauren E. Brewer received a Psi Chi Honor Society Research Award for their work on perceptions of professionalism of Black women based on their hair texture.

Graduate students Kyle Ripley and Margaret Hance, in collaboration with assistant professor Dr. Kyle E. Conlon and Brewer, received a Psi Chi Honor Society Research Award for their work showing that participants are unlikely to read consent forms before signing them.

Each winning project received a cash award of $300. Details about the winning projects can be found in Wednesday's edition of The Pine Log.

News & Announcements

Women's self-defense class to be offered April 28

SFA's Campus Rec and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.  The class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students.  

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex. The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.

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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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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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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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.

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.

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

SFA's ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to host the ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards Tuesday, April 21.

This is an evening purposefully coordinated to recognize SFA students and student organizations for their outstanding leadership and service, as well as award some of SFA's brightest, with the university's top honors.

If you know of a deserving student or student organization, please nominate them for one of the many honors, including Top 23 Freshmen, Student Employee of the Year, Baker Pattillo Student of the Year, Service Organization of the Year, and so many more.

For a complete list of awards and nomination forms click here.


Softball's weekend series against the University of the Incarnate Word altered

Due to anticipated rainfall in the Nacogdoches area over the weekend, the SFA softball double header against the University of the Incarnate Word has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. today at SFA Softball Field. Saturday's finale is still scheduled to start at noon.

SFA has had some bad luck this season regarding bad weather and home games. The Ladyjacks have had five home games canceled or postponed due to rain this season, most recently having two home contests against the University of Louisiana - Monroe washed out on Wednesday.
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SFA track and field sends athletes to California, Baylor

The SFA track and field teams will split up this week to compete in two elite meets. A handful of SFA distance runners will be traveling to the Mt. SAC relays in Walnut, California, on Friday, while the rest of the team will compete in the Michael Johnson Classic at Baylor University on Saturday.

With just two competitions remaining before the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in Hammond, Louisiana, from May 8-10, every race, every throw and every jump becomes more and more important to prepare for the championship season.
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Schneider adds transfer to Ladyjack roster

SFA head women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider has announced the addition of junior transfer Taylor Birchfield to the Ladyjack roster for the 2015-16 season.

Birchfield is a transfer from Lincoln Trail College, a junior college located in Robinson, Illinois, where she averaged 9.4 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting during her sophomore season in 2014-15. The 6-foot-2 forward led the Lady Statesmen with 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, getting the starting nod 27 times in 27 appearances.
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Friday exhibiton against Houston Aces postponed

Friday evening's spring exhibition match between the SFA women's soccer team and the Houston Aces in Conroe has been postponed due to rain.

The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Houston Dutch Lions FC Soccer Facility. No makeup date has been set.
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Fine Arts

Florida artist wins first in Texas National; SFA student earns honorable mention

Artist Jason John, of Jacksonville, Florida, won first place in the 2015 Texas National Competition and Exhibition at SFA

Commenting on the high quality of work entered in the 21st Texas National event, Juror Zhi Lin selected an unprecedented 10 works of art as honorable mentions.

"Mr. Lin had a very difficult time choosing the winners this year," said John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA, "which is why we had an unprecedented number of honorable mentions - 10 in all. Normally there are maybe four honorable mentions, but Mr. Lin could not get the number below 10."

Pictured is John's 2014 "Carrier" work.
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SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Awards recognizes recipients' potential

The SFA College of Fine Arts will recognize four students during the presentation of the annual Dean's Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Megan Eve Henderson, Round Rock junior art major; Amanda J. Sheriff, Houston junior music education major; Kaylea A. Fleming, Kingwood junior music education major; and Shelby K. Gilliland, Frisco junior theatre major, were selected by the faculty members of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, according to Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

The Dean's Awards not only recognize the recipients for what they have already accomplished, but the awards are also designed to inspire them to reach deep from within to aspire to a higher level of excellence, Himes explained. The awards were established by the Dean's Circle, an external support organization of community members founded in 2008 and "dedicated, in part, to nurturing potential young artists within the College of Fine Arts," Himes said.
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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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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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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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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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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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