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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 19
Men's golf at the Southland Conference Championship

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

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

Friday, April 22
SFA softball at the University of the Incarnate Word
2 and 4 p.m.
San Antonio

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

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

SFA tennis vs. the University of Central Arkansas
2 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
SFA softball at the University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio

SFA baseball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
2 p.m.
Jaycees Field

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

SFA tennis at the Southland Conference Tournament

SFA track and field at the Michael Johnson Invitational




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Drs. Robbie Steward, Luis Aguerrevere's research proposal accepted for American Psychological Association conference

Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services, and Dr. Luis Aguerrevere, director of the Neuroscience Laboratory and assistant professor in the school psychology and speech and language pathology programs, have been notified that their proposal titled “Same Environment/Multiple Perspectives: A study of variance of perceptions among university students” has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2016 American Psychological Association conference.

Tracy Hallak

Coordinator of the orientation and mobility program

Hallak has been notified that a paper titled “A study of services provided to students with multiple and visual impairments” has been accepted for presentation at the 2016 Association for Education and Rehabilitation International Conference.

Greg Grant

Research associate in SFA Gardens

Grant’s article “Tigers on the Loose,” which discusses tiger swallowtail butterflies, is featured in the May/June issue of Texas Gardener magazine.

News & Announcements

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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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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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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Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal submission deadline scheduled for tomorrow

The Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal is now accepting submissions. Manuscript submission deadline for the fall publication is tomorrow. 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.

Student Activities Association to host Build a Dynasty event tonight

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

Health science program to hold 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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Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory offering discount on soil testing

Spring is here! Is your soil ready? SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory is offering a 10-percent discount to faculty and staff members on all soil testing analysis.

Collect your sample and drop it off at the soils lab located in the Agriculture Building, Room 122, on Wilson Drive. Results include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime requirements that any landowner could use to grow a healthy yard, bumper crop garden or high-yield hay meadow. Each sample costs $9. Information forms are available here.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

Women's self-defense class scheduled for today

SFA's Campus Recreation and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. today 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 tomorrow

Summer pool-only memberships are available to current SFA faculty, staff and Alumni Association members. Memberships will be available beginning tomorrow 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 champion Ladyjacks receive hero's welcome in Nacogdoches

After an incredible run to a national championship Saturday evening, SFA’s bowling team received a hero's welcome back in Nacogdoches Sunday afternoon. But less than 24 hours after clinching SFA’s first Division I national title, it still felt like a dream.

“I don’t think the magnitude of what we just did has hit me yet,” said head coach Amber Lemke. “To be able to accomplish what we did on national TV, and to know that we’ll go down in history as SFA’s first Division I national champion, I don’t think this team realizes how special this is yet.”
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Lumberjacks sixth after opening day of Southland Conference Championships

With the first two rounds of the Southland Conference Championships in the books, SFA’s men’s golf team sits sixth among the 12-team field with a 28-over 604 through the opening two rounds. SFA freshman Angelo Leyvani paced the ’Jacks with a 2-over 146 through the first 36 holes of the championship and is tied for eighth individually.

With less-than-ideal weather in the forecast for the majority of the week, the teams decided to play as many holes as possible Monday. The 12 teams played rounds one and two at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney.
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SFA heads to Little Rock for non-conference battle with Trojans

SFA’s baseball team will battle a non-conference adversary when the ’Jacks duke it out with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans at 6 p.m. today at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Fine Arts

Symphonic, University bands to present ‘Inspiration’ program tonight

The University Band and the Symphonic Band at SFA will present the concert program “Inspiration” when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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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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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SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 29

The SFA Friends of Music will present Extravaganza 29, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

This year’s Extravaganza, “The Rising Stars of SFA,” celebrates the 29th 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. Gary Wurtz, interim director of the SFA School of Music.
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Voltz uses leftover materials to build tiny houses around succulents and cactus plants. So far, Voltz has made 25 structures, including tiny watchtowers, treetop meditation platforms and windmills. Click here to view the structures and to learn more.

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