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

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

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

Wednesday, April 20
Men's golf at the Southland Conference Championship

Thursday, April 21
SFA bowling at the United States Bowling Congress Team Intercollegiate Championships
Wichita, Kansas




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Dr. Heather Olson Beal

Associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and faculty consultant in SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning

The University Professional Women presented Olson Beal with the Woman of the Year Award last week.

Olson Beal received this recognition due to her unwavering dedication to the practice of excellence in education with SFA students, faculty members and the Nacogdoches community. Olson Beal has been at SFA for eight years and has made significant contributions aimed at improving the lives of others.

University Professional Women awards scholarship

The University Professional Women awarded Rani Solomon, senior psychology major, a scholarship for fall 2016.

Each fall, the organization awards a scholarship to an outstanding SFA student. Solomon is a member of SFA’s School of Honors, Psi Chi International Honor Society, an AARC tutor and a research assistant. She also has presented at the Hidden Faces Diversity Conference and is a GenJacks Mentor.

Students present research at 2016 Music Teachers National Association Conference

Members of SFA’s Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association traveled to San Antonio to present at the 2016 MTNA National Conference.

In front of an audience of music teachers from across the country, SFA students delivered a presentation titled "Performance Psychology: From the Practice Room to the Stage," which included research concerning effective strategies on how to prepare their music students for successful public performances.

Dr. Mario Ajero, faculty adviser and associate professor of piano, attended the conference with students Olga Wong, Kelsie Sullivan Arrington, Polina Golubkova, Cassandra DeBolt and Alan Zamarron.

News & Announcements

SFA Regent Nelda Luce Blair speaks at second WiSTEM Luncheon and Style Show

Tables decorated in purple and white and adorned with science-related centerpieces were packed Thursday, April 7, during the second annual SFA Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

SFA Regent Nelda Luce Blair — an attorney and president and owner of the Blair Law Firm in The Woodlands  — presented three guiding principles she said comprise some of women’s “Super Natural” traits.
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In Reel Time production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company

SFA’s dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company performances in the Danceworks production, In Reel Time, which premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201, on campus.

Additional showings will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
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Brazilian musicians to perform in free concert at SFA

Two Brazilian musicians will hold a free public performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, as part of an educational trip to SFA.

“The Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication brings several guest artists, writers and political figures every semester to the SFA campus to give presentations and work with students,” said Dr. Jeana Paul-Ureña, professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages. “This initiative targets artists from countries representing the languages taught in the department and seeks to bring unique cultural experiences to SFA students. This month the department is excited to bring two artists from Brazil.”
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Student Activities Association to host Build a Dynasty event tomorrow

SFA’s Student Activities Association will host Build a Dynasty, an event which focuses on being an entrepreneur, at 7 p.m. tomorrow 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.

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal accepting submissions

The Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal is now accepting submissions. Manuscript submission deadline for the fall publication is Wednesday, April 20. Faculty members are urged to encourage students to submit their research.

LASUR Journal is the first interdisciplinary journal that seeks to inspire and celebrate undergraduate research by publishing work that is blind and peer-reviewed by faculty members from different departments within SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

For more information, click here.

Peace Corps recruiter Holly Van Groll to visit campus, deliver presentation

Peace Corps recruiter Holly Van Groll will be on the SFA campus Wednesday, April 20, to make a presentation and discuss her work in Zambia to an international agriculture development course. Visitors are welcome to attend the class at 5 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 108.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps is welcome to visit Groll from 9:30 a.m. until noon Thursday, April 21, at Java Jacks.

For more information, contact Dr. Leon Young, SFA professor of agriculture, at (936) 468-4544.

Student organizations holding 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, which will last through Friday, April 22.

“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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Health science program to host second Take Back the Night event

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, SFA’s health science program’s senior seminar class will hold the second annual SFA Take Back the Night event beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Take Back the Night aims to provide information about the necessity of sexual consent and to encourage support to victims of sexual violence. During the event, participants will receive information about sexual violence and the resources available on campus.
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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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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.

Campus Recreation

Women's self-defense class scheduled for tomorrow

SFA's Campus Recreation and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow in the gymnastics room of the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education 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.

Summer pool-only memberships on sale April 20

Summer pool-only memberships are available to current SFA faculty, staff and Alumni Association members. Memberships will be available beginning Wednesday, April 20, and will be valid May 16 through August 21.

This membership is great for those who wish to use the outdoor pool and courtyard, but do not need a membership to the entire Recreation Center.

Click here for more information.


National Champions! Ladyjacks down University of Nebraska for program's first NCAA title

For the first time in SFA Athletics' history, a NCAA Division I national championship trophy will reside in Nacogdoches as SFA’s bowling team defeated the University of Nebraska in seven games to capture the 2016 NCAA Division I Bowling Championship Saturday in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

The Ladyjacks continued their impressive run, winning the final six matches of the tournament to avenge last year’s 4-2 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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Three school records broken during weekend out west

SFA’s track and field teams were spread out across the country this weekend with student-athletes competing at five different meets in California, Arkansas and Texas. At each location, Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks shined bright and set big marks.

The SFA distance crew had a big weekend out west in California between the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Norwalk, the Beach Invitational at the California State University - Long Beach and the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University. Three school records were broken in total and several personal bests were set.
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’Jacks hammer Huskies 15-3 in series finale

Taking the fight to Houston Baptist University, SFA’s baseball team sent nine men to the plate in the first inning and scored four runs, providing the opening salvo of a 15-3 series-ending victory Saturday afternoon at Husky Field.

The ’Jacks connected for 15 hits off of four separate HBU hurlers and SFA's Patrick Ledet had a strong performance from atop the hill. SFA opened up a 10-0 lead over the Huskies. Five SFA players wrapped up their Saturday on the diamond with multiple hits, led by junior Slayton Vaughan, who had a 3-for-5, two-run and two-RBIs showing. Senior Matthew Dickey put together a 2-for-5 day, providing game-high four RBIs.
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Ladyjacks drop series finale to Wildcats, 6-1

Taylor Fraccastoro powered her fifth home run of the season, but the bats were otherwise quiet for SFA’s softball team Saturday afternoon in a 6-1 loss to Abilene Christian University at the SFA Softball Field. The Ladyjacks dropped the weekend series 2-1 and fell to 8-9 in Southland Conference play.

Fraccastoro, a sophomore catcher from Orange, scorched a laser over the wall down the left field line in the second inning to put SFA on the board. The solo shot came with one out in the frame and was the only offense the Ladyjacks generated against ACU pitcher Hannah Null.
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Energetic spring game brings 2016 Lumberjacks' spring season to a close

SFA closed out its 2016 spring football season with the annual Purple and White Game at Homer Bryce Stadium. A competitive game on both sides, the defense edged out the offense in the modified scoring system, but head coach Clint Conque was pleased with big plays on both sides Saturday.

“I thought we did a lot of things well, but there also were some big areas we need to improve,” Conque said. “Both sides had their moment to shine, and I thought a lot of younger players really stepped up and took advantage of the opportunity. There were a number of guys that saw their first significant action this spring season, and there were a lot of things we saw that were positives.”
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Fine Arts

Artist’s reception slated for Barnett exhibition

An artist’s reception for Vera Barnett, whose works are showing in SFA art galleries, is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 21.

Barnett’s exhibition, which features oil paintings as well as examples of the artist’s plastic models used to make her paintings, is showing through Friday, May 6, in both the Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus and in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
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Percussionist Armstrong to perform at SFA tonight

The Percussion Ensemble at SFA will welcome a guest artist when the group performs at 6 p.m. tonight 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 tomorrow

The University Band and the Symphonic Band at SFA will present the concert program “Inspiration” when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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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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