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Monday, April 2
Men's golf at two-day Bearkat Invitational
Montgomery, Texas

Wednesday, April 4
Softball vs. Northwestern State University
5 p.m.

Friday, April 6
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
6:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

Softball vs. University of Central Arkansas
4 and 6 p.m.

Tennis at Prairie View A&M University
1 p.m.
Prairie View

Track and field at two-day SFA Carl Kight Invitational

Saturday, April 7
Softball vs. University of Central Arkansas




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Dr. Mario Ajero

Professor of piano

Ajero presented in three sessions at the 2018 Music Teachers National Association National Conference at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

He was a member of a panel discussion titled "Advice From The Other Side: Tips From Faculty Search Committee Members,” which was aimed at giving college students and young professionals perspective of what college search committees look for in candidates for prospective faculty member positions. His second session, "All for One, One for All," shared strategies for teaching piano students of varying skills in a group setting.

His final session was a showcase sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation of America titled "Beyond The Keys: Creative Pathways To 21st-Century Teaching And Artistry.” Ajero demonstrated various ways he enhances piano instruction with keyboard technology for students at SFA.

News & Announcements

Faculty and Staff Breakfast scheduled for Wednesday

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the East College Dining Hall.

For a special price of $3, SFA faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Help spread the word about this event, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

The monthly Faculty and Staff Breakfast is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook.

SFA Horticulture Club to host Thomas Rainer, landscape architect and author of 'Planting in a Post-Wild World'

SFA’s Horticulture Club will host a presentation by landscape architect, teacher and author Thomas Rainer at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Rainer has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and New York Botanical Garden, as well as 100 more gardens along the East Coast. Rainer serves as the principal for the landscape architecture and consulting firm Phyto Studio in Washington, D.C.

The lecture is $20 and is free to students with a student ID. Parking is available at the PNPC and the nearby Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St. Click here to reserve your seat.
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Renowned German author Utz Rachowski to speak on SFA campus

Hosted by SFA’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, Utz Rachowski, a prominent voice in contemporary German literature, will give two presentations to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities on SFA’s campus.

Rachowski’s first presentation, “The Poet as Political Prisoner: Personal Experiences in a German Dictatorship,” will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102. His second presentation, a bilingual poetry reading alongside Dr. Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information about the events, contact Dr. Louise Stoehr, associate professor of German, at lstoehr@sfasu.edu.
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Counselor education program to host National Alcohol Awareness Day

SFA's counselor education program is hosting a National Alcohol Awareness Day event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow on the first floor of the Human Services Building.

National Alcohol Awareness Day is an outreach, education and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects at-risk individuals with treatment options.

The event is open to faculty, staff, students and members of the Nacogdoches community.

Office of Multicultural Affairs launches Diversity Week today

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will launch its annual Diversity Week today. The week will feature social and educational programs that celebrate various aspects of diversity and multiculturalism through meaningful dialogue within the SFA community.
The Diversity Week kickoff event will feature activities that promote cultural awareness. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.
For more information about Diversity Week, click here, or email OMA@sfasu.edu.
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Parent Teacher Organization for SFA’s Early Childhood Lab holding fundraiser

Members of the Parent Teacher Organization for SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory are selling to-go fajita dinners for their spring fundraiser.

Each dinner includes fajitas, beans, rice, three tortillas and a cookie. La Carreta restaurant is sponsoring the meals.

Tickets cost $10 and will be available until April 13. To purchase a ticket, contact Dr. Lori Harkness, director of the Early Childhood Laboratory, at (936) 468-4006.

Meals will be passed out from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center north entrance.



SFA — 1 vs. University of the Incarnate Word — 8
SFA — 7 vs. University of the Incarnate Word — 10
SFA — 3 vs. University of the Incarnate Word — 7


SFA — 7 vs. Sam Houston State University — 1
SFA — 3 vs. Sam Houston State University — 0


SFA — 0 vs. Abilene Christian University — 7

Track and Field

Competed in Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
To view performance outcomes, click here.

Fine Arts

SFA Opera Theater to present Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’

SFA’s School of Music and School of Theatre promises a fairy tale for all ages when it presents W.A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as this year’s SFA Opera Theater.

Taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. April 12 through 14 in Turner Auditorium, “The Magic Flute” is a perennial favorite for audiences and musicians alike, according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA and stage director of the opera.

“In the 2015-16 season, there were more than 500 productions of ‘The Magic Flute’ worldwide, totaling more than 3,000 performances,” Dalton said. “The fairy tale story with prince and princess, magical creatures, and familiar themes of good versus evil appeals to all ages."

As Mozart’s final opera – its premiere was two months prior to his death – the musical score is varied and beautiful, Dalton said.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
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Noted art critic Perl juror for annual Texas National event

Acclaimed art critic and author Jed Perl will serve as juror for the 24th annual Texas National, SFA’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens Saturday, April 14, and runs through June 10 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, SFA’s historic art gallery in downtown Nacogdoches.

Texas National features an assortment of art, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes more than 65 pieces of art by 65 artists from 19 states.

This year’s exhibition also will include entries by four current SFA art students, Austin Cullen, Jacob Moffatt, Tracey King and Erik Ordaz, whose work Perl selected for the competition.

The event opens with the juror’s talk at 5 p.m. followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. where competition winners will be announced.
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Who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt or hidden message?

Triad, a Japanese company, is taking office supplies to the next level with the Omoshiro Block. Through this note pad design, hidden objects, such as a camera, Tokyo Tower, piano and more, emerge as paper is removed.

To uncover more, click here.

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