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Thursday, April 19
Bowling at three-day United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships
Lincoln, Nebraska

Track and field at three-day Mt. SAC Relays
Torrance, California

Friday, April 20
Baseball vs. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

Softball at University of the Incarnate Word
4 and 6 p.m.
San Antonio

Tennis at Louisiana State University at Alexandria
2 p.m.
Alexandria, Louisiana

Saturday, April 21
2018 Purple and White Spring Football Game
6 p.m.

Alumni soccer game
11 a.m.

Baseball vs. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
2 p.m.

Softball at University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio

Track and field at all-day Michael Johnson Invitational

Sunday, April 22
Baseball vs. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
1 p.m.

Tennis vs. University of the Incarnate Word




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Dr. Courtney Adams Wooten

Assistant professor of English

Wooten co-edited the book “WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions.”

The book shares a variety of professional and personal perspectives about the costs, benefits, struggles, and triumphs experienced by writing program administrators making transitions into and out of leadership positions. Volume contributors serve in various positions, including writing center directors, assistant writing program administrators and writing program administrators.
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Dr. Mario Ajero

Professor of piano

Ajero judged for the 2018 East Texas Music Teachers Association Achievement Auditions at The University of Texas at Tyler. Close to 100 piano students participated in the event.

Ajero provided ratings and constructive criticism to students' performances and helped select young pianists to perform in the event's honors recital.

He is pictured with Elena Daugherty, competition judge, Brian Braquet, chair of the association auditions, and Hyae-jin Hwang, competition judge.

Faculty members presented research at American Educational Research Association annual meeting

A group of faculty from the James I. Perkins College of Education recently presented research at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in New York City.

Presenting faculty included Drs. Lauren Burrow, Jim Ewing, Deborah Williams and Tingting Xu, assistant professors in the Department of Elementary Education; Drs. Chrissy Cross and Ali Hachem, assistant professors, Dr. Heather Olson Beal, associate professor, and Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor, all from the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership; and Dr. Flora Farago, assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences.

News & Announcements

Flags flying at half-staff in memory of Barbara Bush

President Donald Trump ordered flags lowered to half-staff through Saturday night in memory of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92.

SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research to host World War II Exhibit

SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research will host an exhibit on the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot beginning April 26.

A guest speaker from the WAAC’s Veteran Association will serve as guest speaker on opening night April 26 at the depot located at 101 Old Tyler Road. Refreshments and food will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information on SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research, click here.
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Faculty and students presented research projects at Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Convention

SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the Department of Psychology presented research projects and hosted research talks and workshops at the Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Convention.

The presentations were the result of more than 30 research projects in the department. Students voluntarily worked in faculty’s active research teams and laboratories for the majority of the projects, according to Dr. Scott Hutchens, chair of the Department of Psychology.

“I am very proud that we can offer our students transformative learning experiences outside of the classroom where they acquire hands-on experience conducting research using the scientific approach," Hutchens said. "In doing so, we work very closely with our undergraduate and graduate students to mentor them in obtaining invaluable marketable skills."

SFA Gardens to host Art in the Garden

Join SFA art education majors to create sculptures, paintings, collages, eco-art and more from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

“This is a new event at SFA Gardens, and we hope adults and families with children will join us in the garden to create masterpieces and learn from SFA art students,” said Elyce Rodewald, education coordination at SFA Gardens. “This will be a fun and inspiring way to celebrate spring and Earth Day.”

Art in the Garden is a come-and-go event, and participants can register at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building when they arrive. There is no cost for the event, and all materials will be provided.

For more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at (936) 468-1832, or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.
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Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature physician, TV personality

Dr. Jennifer Arnold, medical director for the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, and television personality on The Learning Channel’s docu-drama “The Little Couple” will headline the 2018 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.
Arnold, who is board certified in neonatal medicine, earned her medical degree in 2000 from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and later attended a Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
The speaker series event is free and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom on the SFA campus. A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, SFA associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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SFA - 6 vs. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - 0

Women's golf

Finished eighth at the 2018 Southland Conference Women's Golf Championship

Fine Arts

Festival of New American Plays popular among theatre patrons

Tickets are selling quickly for the biennial Festival of New American Plays at SFA.

The popular staged-reading event, slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 24 through 28, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Downstage Theatre, almost always sells out for each performance, according to Jack Heifner, director of the festival and SFA’s playwright-in-residence.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Modern jazz favorites showcased in Contemporary Ensemble concert

SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble will present a program of modern jazz when the group performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Cole Concert Hall.

“I chose this theme because jazz is some of my favorite music to play and to listen to,” said Andrew Sperandeo, sound recording technology and guitar instructor at SFA and director of the Contemporary Ensemble. “It has always been important to me as an educator to try to expose students to artists they would most likely never encounter in their own musical pursuits in order to broaden their perspectives as musicians.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Friday Film Series offers special screening of ‘Jane’

SFA’s University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night special screening of the documentary “Jane” at 7 p.m. April 27 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized understanding of the natural world.

For more information about the film, click here. For more information about the First Friday Film Series, call (936) 468-1131.
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Jazz concert to feature works by East Texas favorite Dotson tomorrow

A concert by the Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands will feature tunes by jazz greats Chuck Mangione, Pat Metheny and Maynard Ferguson, along with works by guest artist Dennis Dotson, when the student ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m tomorrow in Turner Auditorium.

Highlighting the Axes’ program are Dotson’s “Close to Home” and “Civic Duty,” according to Dr. Deb Scott, director of the Swingin’ Axes. Dotson, a trumpet player, will perform these tunes and others with the Axes.

The Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, will perform an up tempo version of “The Song Is You” arranged by Mark Taylor, Sammy Nestico’s “A Warm Breeze,” and John Clayton’s "I be serious 'bout dem blues."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Tickets for Extravaganza gala available through tomorrow

The SFA Friends of Music and School of Music will honor Dr. Wesley J. Broadnax at Extravaganza 31, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet.

The event is planned for 6:30 p.m. April 27 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Broadnax, who is assistant professor and director of bands at Drexel University, will be recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Music Alumnus.

This year’s Extravaganza, “An Evening with the Stars of SFA,” celebrates the 31st anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, musical performances and the presentation of student awards.

Reservations and payments should be made by noon tomorrow. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for SFA students. Patron level tickets range in prices from $65 to $140, and donations will be accepted for the Friends of Music scholarship fund.

For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Symphonic Band, University Band to perform works of great composers

SFA’s Symphonic Band and University Band will perform works by Henry Fillmore, Karl King, W. Francis McBeth and other great composers when the student ensembles perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in Turner Auditorium.

Among the works to be performed by the University Band will be “Three London Sketches” by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA. Graduate student Brandon Beavers will conduct the piece, which was inspired by Campo’s recent visit to some of his favorite attractions in London – Tower Bridge, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square.

Symphonic Band will open the second half of the concert with Francis McBeth’s “Chant and Jubilo,” conducted by graduate student Gary Jones. “Chant and Jubilo,” a masterwork of the wind band literature, was composed in 1963 for the Four States Bandmasters Convention in Texarkana.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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For more magical fun, click here.

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