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This Week's Calendar

Monday, April 20
SFA men's golf at the Southland Conference Championships

Tuesday, April 21
SFA Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

SFA men's golf at the Southland Conference Championships

Wednesday, April 22
SFA men's golf at the Southland Conference Championships

Friday, April 24
SFA Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.




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SFA Teaching Excellence Award Recipients announced

Seven SFA faculty members were recently honored for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Each of the university's six colleges selects a member of its faculty to receive the annual award based on knowledge of subject matter, quality of lectures and assignments, enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and availability to students, commitment to continuous improvement, and contribution to the quality of teaching within SFA by assisting and encouraging other faculty members.
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News & Announcements

SFA's Pining for Birds Arcadian Adventure set for May 9

Join Greg Grant, SFA research associate at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, and Cliff Shackelford, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ornithologist, on a bird and nature walk from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, in rural Shelby County.

Through annual prescribed burns, regular thinning and standing snags, Grant maintains this 22-year-old, eight acre stand of loblolly pines as a habitat for cavity-dwelling birds and pine savanna wildlife. The sanctuary, "Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary," is named for his outdoor-loving grandfather, who formerly owned the property.

During the hike, attendees can see brown-headed nuthatches, pine warblers, Eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, Eastern phoebes and an assortment of woodpeckers. Participants should prepare to explore approximately one mile on dirt trails and should wear comfortable shoes.

Transportation is provided and will depart from the SFA Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Center at the university's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Group size is limited. Cost of the tour is $30 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

For reservations or more information, contact sfagardens@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1832.

SFA Repertory to present 'Danceworks'

The SFA Dance Program will present Danceworks, a studio concert featuring student, faculty member and guest artist choreography, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

Senior choreographic projects by dance majors Caitlin Cano, Elena Conde, Stephanie Laranjeira and Rachel Smith will be presented, as well as an independent choreographic project by Ivoryanna McDonald. Student collaborative choreography by members of the SFA Repertory Dance Company, directed by Elizabeth Rhodes, will be performed, along with excerpts from a score composed by School of Music major Josh Coe.

This will be the final performance of "Creed of Fools" choreographed by guest artist Meredith Robertson-Early of the University of Southern Mississippi. The Repertory Dance Company performed Robertson-Early's work in an adjudicated concert held in March at the annual conference of the American College Dance Association in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
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Wisely Fellow Speaker Series to present Dr. Isiah Warner

The SFA School of Honors welcomes Dr. Isiah Warner of Louisiana State University as the 2015 Wisely Fellow Speaker.

Warner has published more than 300 articles in refereed journals since 1975, has given more than 400 invited talks since 1979, and has six patents with four more pending.

Warner will present “Mentoring, Research and Diversity: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. Warner will discuss the hierarchical mentoring model he uses in the HHMI Scholar program, which selects underachiever students and assists them in their undergraduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The graduate rates of the LSU HHMI Scholars are twice that of all LSU STEM students. The rate for students from underrepresented minority groups is three times that of all underrepresented minority students who start in STEM fields. These outcomes are especially noteworthy taking into account that HHMI Scholars are selected because of their academic under performance.

For more information, please contact the School of Honors at (936) 468-2813 or the 2014-2015 Wisely Fellow, Dr. Darrell Fry at (936) 468-1406 or email frydr@sfasu.edu

SFA hosts health careers camp for area students

The SFA Texas AHEC East-Piney Woods Region recently held a health careers camp for students enrolled in Shelby County Independent School Districts.

This year's camp hosted 45 high school students who gained hands-on experiences and knowledge about health careers in their field of interest. The students spent three days participating in activities that educated them in individual health careers, health career training programs and college preparation.

"Students have an opportunity to meet local health care professionals in their communities and build long-lasting relationships," said Mavis Yarbrough, health careers and promotion coordinator for TAE-PWR.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers training

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will launch a new Proposal Clearance Form and process this month. For help navigating the internal requirements for grant submissions, these training sessions are available:
9-10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21
Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
9-10 a.m. Thursday, April 23
Workshops are open to faculty and staff members who register via MyTraining. All workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library. Please contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606 with any questions.

SFA's ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa is proud to host the ninth annual Leadership and Service Awards Tuesday, April 21.

This is an evening purposefully coordinated to recognize SFA students and student organizations for their outstanding leadership and service, as well as award some of SFA's brightest, with the university's top honors.

If you know of a deserving student or student organization, please nominate them for one of the many honors, including Top 23 Freshmen, Student Employee of the Year, Baker Pattillo Student of the Year, Service Organization of the Year, and so many more.

For a complete list of awards and nomination forms click here.


Ladyjacks tennis clinches share of SLC title

SFA closed out the 2015 regular season with a 5-2 victory at Lamar University, clinching a share of the 2015 Southland Conference regular season title. The Ladyjacks finished the regular season with a 16-9 overall record and a 10-1 mark in SLC play, tying Nicholls State University for the conference crown.

"I am so proud of this team," said head coach Roberto Aspillaga. "Nothing has been handed to them throughout the year and their will to win has been tremendous all season long. Lamar is peaking late in the year and we had to deal with some of their best tennis today. They played us tough, but our girls were even tougher, and I am incredibly proud of that."
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Late Cardinal rally dooms Lumberjacks, 5-4

SFA baseball players rallied for four runs in the seventh inning, claiming a 4-3 lead, but the University of the Incarnate Word answered in the bottom of the inning to take the 5-4 lead, holding off the Lumberjacks to take the best-of-three series at Sullivan Field.

SFA falls to 13-27 on the year and 7-13 in SLC play, slipping to 11th in the conference standings. UIW improves to 13-25 and 4-14 in conference play with half of the Cardinals' conference wins coming against the Lumberjacks.
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Softball team cruises past UIW to complete series sweep

The SFA softball team used a complete game gem from Callee Guffey, another monster home run from Brittany Lewis and terrific plays on defense all game long to beat the University of the Incarnate Word 12-0 in five innings Saturday afternoon at SFA Softball Field.

The win completes the three-game sweep of the Cardinals (9-34, 3-18 SLC) and gets the Ladyjacks back to .500 in the Southland Conference at 10-10. SFA has won seven straight to improve to 18-26 for the year.
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Fine Arts

Yapp exhibition features plein air landscapes in oil

The SFA School of Art presents an exhibition of the work of artist David Yapp showing April 16 through June 13 in the Reception Gallery at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"David Yapp: California Landscapes" features plein air (painted outdoors) landscape and seascape paintings.

"This exhibition includes landscape paintings using oils, featuring sweeping views of the California coast in heavy impasto paint with fine brushwork," said John Handley, director of galleries for SFA. "I personally met this artist five years ago and have been closely watching how his paintings have developed over time."
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SFA's Trombone Choir to present varied program

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a concert of the Trombone Choir at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The choir will perform a varied concert of traditional trombone choir pieces, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA and the choir's director.

Among the works to be performed are Anton Bruckner's Adagio from Symphony No. 7 arranged by the principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, Jay Friedman. Also on the program is "Marienlieder," Op. 22 by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Ralph Sauer, the retired principal trombonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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SFA's University and Symphonic Bands to perform concert

The SFA Symphonic Band and University Band present their last concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Cole Concert Hall.

A presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, "Classics to Modern" features music ranging from Baroque to contemporary, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA.

The University Band, directed by Campo and graduate conductors Lucas Halley of Lockhart and Dwight Watson of Lavon, will begin the concert with Andrew Boysen's "Kirkpatrick Fanfare."
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SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Awards recognizes recipients' potential

The SFA College of Fine Arts will recognize four students during the presentation of the annual Dean's Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Megan Eve Henderson, Round Rock junior art major; Amanda J. Sheriff, Houston junior music education major; Kaylea A. Fleming, Kingwood junior music education major; and Shelby K. Gilliland, Frisco junior theatre major, were selected by the faculty members of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, according to Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

The Dean's Awards not only recognize the recipients for what they have already accomplished, but the awards are also designed to inspire them to reach deep from within to aspire to a higher level of excellence, Himes explained. The awards were established by the Dean's Circle, an external support organization of community members founded in 2008 and "dedicated, in part, to nurturing potential young artists within the College of Fine Arts," Himes said.
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Florida artist wins first in Texas National; SFA student earns honorable mention

Artist Jason John, of Jacksonville, Florida, won first place in the 2015 Texas National Competition and Exhibition at SFA

Commenting on the high quality of work entered in the 21st Texas National event, Juror Zhi Lin selected an unprecedented 10 works of art as honorable mentions.

"Mr. Lin had a very difficult time choosing the winners this year," said John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA, "which is why we had an unprecedented number of honorable mentions - 10 in all. Normally there are maybe four honorable mentions, but Mr. Lin could not get the number below 10."

Pictured is John's 2014 "Carrier" work.
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