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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, April 2
Beginning of Easter Holiday for students and faculty

SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 3
SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

Saturday, April 4
SFA Baseball vs. Sam Houston State University
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.

Monday, April 6
SFA men's golf at the Jim West Intercollegiate




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Mast Student Investment Roundtable members take conference award

Dr. Kyle Jones, associate professor of finance in the SFA Nelson Rusche College of Business, and four Mast Student Investment Roundtable students attended the Engage Conference in Detroit on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27. They participated in the Student Portfolio Competition and captured first place in the growth category. Congratulations to Jones and students Neel Warren, Ryan Swor, Steven Hawkins and Blake Moore.

To view SFA student Ryan Swor's interview discussing the win on CNBC, click here.

News & Announcements

Texas Folklore Society to hold annual meeting

The Texas Folklore Society will hold its annual meeting April 10-12 at Kerrville's YO Ranch Hotel and Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker St., in Kerrville.

The society's 99th annual meeting will feature a variety of activities, including a "hootenanny" on Friday night, which will embrace a mix of music, poetry and storytelling.

Held in the city of art, music and history, this year's meeting will offer a number of destinations for art lovers and history and nature buffs, as well as die-hard shoppers.
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Student Employee Appreciation Week begins April 12

Join the celebration for this years' SFA Student Employee Appreciation Week, Sunday, April 12, to Saturday, April 18!

The week provides opportunities for employers to recognize the valuable contributions made by their student employees. Employers are encouraged to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to other students.
Please take this opportunity to show your appreciation to student employees by saying "Thank you!"

Don’t know how? View a list of ideas here.

SFA's Student Activities Association to host annual garage sale

The SFA Student Activities Association will host its annual East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, in the commuter parking lot, located near Homer Bryce Stadium on SFA's campus.

The association is taking reservations for those interested in selling items. For more information or to reserve your space, call the SAA at (936) 468-1222 or visit www.sfasu.edu/saa.

Faculty Senate to meet April 8

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.201. 

Dr. Steve Westbrook, vice president of University Affairs, and Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor and SFA Strategic Plan co-chair, will highlight Envision SFA, the new strategic plan for the university.

All faculty members are invited to attend.

Archie McDonald Speaker Series guest Mary Lou Retton kicks off annual Week of Reflection

The annual Week of Reflection program will take place Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Highlights of the week include the Archie McDonald Speaker Series featuring Mary Lou Retton, Olympic All-Around Gold Medal winner in women's gymnastics, on Monday, April 13, and the Day of Gratitude on Friday, April 17. Students are invited to stop by the table in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center to write thank you notes to anyone in the SFA community who has helped them grow this year.
View the complete list of events or download our reflection guides for students or faculty members here.

SFA's study abroad program receives award

SFA was recently named a top study abroad provider in the fourth annual Study Abroad Rankings, presented by Abroad101, America's first and largest study abroad review website.

SFA's top-10 ranking was awarded based on student reviews of the university's current operations of its study abroad program.

"It is the students' ratings and stories about their experiences with SFA's study abroad program that helped the university gain recognition," said Inés Maxit, study abroad coordinator in the Office of International Programs at SFA.
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Service Learning Excellence Award nominations now being accepted

SFA's Service Learning Advisory Board and Office of High Impact Practices are pleased to announce the nomination period has begun for the Service Learning Excellence Award.
One faculty member from each college will be recognized for outstanding use and implementation of a service learning component in a class or classes. In addition, one faculty member will be chosen university-wide for excellence in utilizing service learning. This faculty member will be recognized at the High Impact Practices Conference Thursday, April 30. The Service Learning Advisory Board and HIP staff will determine the recipient from each college, as well as the university-wide recipient.
Candidates for the award must be current, full-time employees of SFA with a minimum of 50 percent of their contractual workload devoted to classroom teaching.
Nomination can be submitted until 5 p.m. Friday, April 3 using this online form.
Candidates may self-nominate for this award. Contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu with questions or for more information.

Memorial service for F.E. Abernethy set for Saturday

Those wishing to honor SFA Professor Emeritus Dr. Frances Abernethy can make plans to attend a memorial service set for Saturday, April 4.

April is Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Month

Come out and celebrate the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Month!

The month will kick-off with the annual Peace Meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The event involves wonderful dialogue and delicious food. For more information about the Peace Meal and to sign up, click here.  

The remaining Diversity Month events can be found here.

For more information, contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu.

Interfraternity Council to host awareness walk

The SFA Interfraternity Council will host the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" awareness event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

The SFA council has adopted sexual assault awareness as their philanthropy, and this year's event is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

IFC is seeking donations of high-heel shoes, which will be utilized by all participants. Drop boxes for the SFA community are located in the Involvement Center and the Greek Life office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.300. Additionally, there is a community drop box at the Women's Shelter Thrift Store - Family Crisis Center of East Texas, 4610 North St., Nacogdoches.

Applicants sought for pilot program

The SFA Mobile Device Investigation Committee is exploring the possibility of launching a large-scale mobile device initiative. As a part of this effort, the committee launched SFA’s Tablet Enhancement Program in fall 2014 and piloted the use of tablet devices in five classes across campus in spring 2015. Additional information about the committee and the pilot is available on committee's page.
The committee is accepting applications for the second phase of the pilot in fall 2015. The committee plans to utilize the devices in at least five classes and encourages faculty members from across campus to be part of the pilot. Applications will be reviewed blindly.

A preview of the application is available here. The application can be completed here. Faculty members interested in being part of the pilot are asked to complete the application by Tuesday, April 7. Those with questions should contact Dr. Dana Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2224, or Mary Smith at smithmd1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7690.

SFA Greek Life to host campus-wide basketball game

SFA's Interfraternity Council will host a basketball game, which will feature faculty and staff members and students playing together and against each other, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

For more information, contact Dare Chronister at (936) 468-6292 or email dchronister@sfasu.edu.


SFA to host Skechers Carl Kight Invitational

The SFA track and field programs are set to host the lone home meet of the season this Thursday and Friday, as the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks welcome nine teams to Homer Bryce Stadium for the annual Skechers Carl Kight Invitational.

The two-day meet will feature schools from three different states. The University of Central Arkansas and Northwestern State University will make the trip to Nacogdoches representing the Southland Conference, along with the University of Louisiana - Monroe, who will serve as the fourth Division I program. Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, Jarvis Christian College, the University of Texas - Tyler, Texas College and Wiley College round out the field of 10.
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Defense dominates in SFA football's second scrimmage

SFA's second football scrimmage of spring practice at Homer Bryce Stadium was all about defense, with a familiar group stepping up to lead the way for the Lumberjacks.

"Our defensive line was the star of the night, and that's how its been the entire spring practice," said head coach Clint Conque. "They're our most experienced group, they've got size, they've got speed and they've got a knowledge of what they need to do, and it shows. They created havoc all night."
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White named SLC Women's Golfer of the Month

SFA sophomore Jessica White was named the Southland Conference Women's Golfer of the Month, the league office announced Wednesday. This is the first SLC honor for White, as SFA claimed Women's Golfer of the Month honors for the second-straight month.

White recorded three top-10 finishes in March. She tied for fifth at the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle Invitational, shooting 2-over 74. White also tied for sixth at the Morehead State University Ocala Spring Invitational, shooting a 54-hole career-best of 222. She placed fourth at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock/Arkansas State University Women's Golf Classic with a 10-over 226.
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Ladyjack softball drops pair to Texas A&M

The SFA softball team pushed No. 22 Texas A&M University to the brink in the first game of a double header Wednesday night at Aggie Softball Complex in College Station, but the Ladyjacks couldn't close the deal in a 3-2 loss. The team dropped the second game 6-0 and are now 9-24 on the season heading into their weekend series against Houston Baptist University.

The Ladyjacks scored early on the Aggies (27-9) in the first game thanks to sophomore Brittany Lewis. The designated player wasted little time putting SFA on the board, sending a Rachel Fox pitch over the left field wall to lead off the game.
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Fine Arts

Tolan's 'Stay Carl Stay' to be performed in SFA's Downstage Theatre

Playwright Peter Tolan's "Stay Carl Stay" is featured among the SFA School of Theatre's spring student productions.

Directed by Brownsville senior theater major Anna Goldberg, "Stay Carl Stay" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Downstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

In "Stay Carl Stay," an introverted young woman, dominated and taken for granted by her boyfriend, adopts a dog on the advice of an eccentric therapist, Goldberg explains. Pandemonium ensues when Carl, the dog, who is far better behaved than the boyfriend, learns to dance and talk and wins his mistress' heart, according to the play's description at barnesandnoble.com.
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Texas National 2015 features esteemed Chinese artist Lin as juror

Chinese artist Zhi Lin will serve as juror for the 21st Texas National, SFA's acclaimed annual art competition and exhibition.

The SFA School of Art's annual juried competition and exhibition attracts entrants from across the United States, providing artists an opportunity to have their work juried by highly acclaimed artists and critics, such as Lin. This year's exhibition, which opens Saturday, April 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, includes 93 pieces of art by 82 different artist from 26 states.
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Internationally acclaimed pianist Ruiz to perform at SFA

Steinway artist Sergio H. Ruiz will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Ruiz, who is professor of music and chair of the music department at Georgia College and State University, is in high demand as a performer, adjudicator and clinician, according to Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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Guest artist Knight to perform with SFA Percussion Ensemble

SFA's Percussion Ensemble will perform with guest artist Dr. Joshua Knight at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, the ensemble will perform the music of Dwayne Rice and Nathan Daughtrey, among others.

Meyer and Knight, who is director of percussion studies at McMurry University, will collaborate to perform Blake Tyson's "Vertical River," a duet for marimba and vibraphone that reflects the good times Tyson and co-composer John Parks enjoyed during a rafting trip on the Boise River.
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