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This Week's Calendar

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
11 a.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
11 a.m.

Sunday, April 24
SFA baseball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
1 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA tennis at the Southland Conference Tournament




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News & Announcements

Psychology students win top honors at Dallas conference

Two research projects by students in SFA’s Department of Psychology won top honors this month during the Southwestern Psychology Association conference in Dallas.

Senior undergraduate Stephen Ratliff won a Psi Chi undergraduate research award for his study on the effect of being the target of envy on satisfaction with success. Graduate students Kyle Ripley, Margaret Hance and Stacey Kerr also won a Psi Chi graduate research award for their research looking at ways to increase reading of consent forms in human subjects research. Both projects were conducted in collaboration with Drs. Lauren Brewer and Kyle Conlon, SFA assistant professors of psychology.
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School of Human Sciences to host graduate studies open house

SFA’s School of Human Sciences is hosting a graduate studies open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Culinary Café, located on campus in the Education Annex, Room 121.

This event is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about the online Master of Science in human sciences and graduate certificate program in hospitality administration. Light refreshments will be served and Dr. Richard Berry, dean of SFA’s Graduate School, will speak at 4 p.m.
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Peace Corps recruiter Holly Van Groll to visit campus, deliver presentation today

Peace Corps recruiter Holly Van Groll will be on the SFA campus today to make a presentation and discuss her work in Zambia to an international agriculture development course. Visitors are welcome to attend the class at 5 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 108.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps is welcome to visit Groll from 9:30 a.m. until noon tomorrow at Java Jacks.

For more information, contact Dr. Leon Young, SFA professor of agriculture, at (936) 468-4544.

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal submission deadline today

Today is the manuscript submission deadline for the fall publication of the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal. 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.

Brazilian musicians to perform in free concert at SFA tomorrow

Two Brazilian musicians will hold a free public performance at 7 p.m. tomorrow 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’ tomorrow

SFA’s hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are hosting “Dining in the Dark” from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow 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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"Employers should hire SFA student leaders" explained at Fourth Friday Luncheon April 22

Dr. Adam Peck, SFA assistant vice president and dean of student affairs, will speak on the importance of employing university students locally during the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon beginning at noon Friday, April 22, at Austin Hall, 4603 North St.

"Today’s employers demand students with not only the technical expertise to excel in their first jobs, but also with the interpersonal qualities that can be so hard to teach. These are often referred to as 'soft skills,'” Peck said. "They include such qualities as the ability to communicate, function as a member of a team and solve problems independently. Research conducted at SFA shows that student leaders tend to develop these skills more fully than their peers who are not involved.”
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Health science program to hold second Take Back the Night event Thursday

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. tomorrow 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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Student organizations holding book drive for area children

SFA’s Jacks Council on Family Relations is partnering with SFA’s Residence Hall Association to host a children’s book drive to benefit children at Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start and Early Head Start, which will last through Friday, April 22.

“Research shows one way to help preschoolers prepare for school is by having books at home so parents and caregivers are able to read to them on a regular basis,” said Dr. Jennifer Newquist, SFA assistant professor of child development and family living. “These donated books will go to children to take home and keep.”
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SFA to host Regional UIL One-Act Play Contest

SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the School of Theatre are preparing to host the Region II Conference 5A UIL One-Act Play Contest tomorrow in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The One-Act Play Contest is a precursor to the UIL 2016 Regional Spring Meet for Region II Conference 5A that will take place on the SFA campus Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. In addition to contests in journalism, speech and debate, STEM activities, and theatre and film, UIL offers activities in several other subject areas, including business skills, language arts, social studies and essay contests.
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In Reel Time production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company

SFA’s dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company performances in the Danceworks production, In Reel Time, which premieres at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201, on campus.

Additional showings will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
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Campus Recreation

Summer pool-only memberships on sale today

Summer pool-only memberships are available to current SFA faculty, staff and Alumni Association members. Memberships are available beginning today 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.


Men's golf team closes out 2015-16 season with fifth-place finish at Southland Conference Championships

SFA's men’s golf team finished the 2015-16 season in fifth place at the 2016 Southland Conference Championships Tuesday at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney. The Lumberjacks carded the lowest round of the day with a 1-over 289, finishing with a 29-over 893.

SFA finished the championship with another strong showing from freshman Angelo Leyvani, who registered his third top-10 finish in the last four events and tied for seventh among the 55-player field with a 3-over 219. Leyvani’s 1-over 73 made him the top Lumberjack finisher, ending the contest with four birdies and nine pars in his first championship meet.
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Spring football season wraps up Saturday

The final snaps of the spring season came to a close Saturday night with the conclusion of the 2016 Purple and White game at Homer Bryce Stadium. The season was filled with highs and lows on both sides of the ball, and the team implemented a new offensive scheme and watched many young players state their case for playing time this fall.

The attention now turns to summer workouts and conditioning as the countdown to kickoff against the Red Raiders on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Lubbock officially begins.
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Kyle Keller Basketball Camps to be offered in June

This June, SFA’s head men's basketball coach Kyle Keller will host the Kyle Keller Basketball Camps, which will be open to all boys in second through twelfth grade. 

The camps will be offered at a 22-percent discount for all participants related to SFA employees.

For more information and to register for the camps, click here.

Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts awards first community-established endowed professorship

SFA’s College of Fine Arts’ Dean’s Circle will bestow the first-ever community-established endowed professorship at SFA when the annual Dean’s Awards are presented at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Dr. Charles R. Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music, is the recipient of the inaugural Dean’s Circle Endowed Professorship award, which was created to recognize and honor those who “embody the qualities of the ideal professor that characterize all College of Fine Arts faculty members,” according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.
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Artist’s reception slated for Barnett exhibition tomorrow

An artist’s reception for Vera Barnett, whose works are showing in SFA art galleries, is scheduled for tomorrow evening.

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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Swingin’ Axes, Aces jazz bands to perform tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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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SFA's Steel Band to deliver diverse program

SFA’s Steel Band will present a multifaceted program when the band, also known as Jacks of Steel, performs at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

“The concert will consist of a diverse variety of styles, including traditional, contemporary, pop songs and even some ska music,” said Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for SFA's School of Music.
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Guest pianist An to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The Orchestra of the Pines at SFA will present the program “Stories from Afar” when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The program features music by composers Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. A highlight of the program will be a return performance of guest artist Ning An, who is an assistant professor of piano at California State University, Fullerton, a visiting artist at Lee University and a celebrated concert pianist who has performed in venues worldwide.
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Many moths and butterflies have strikingly different top and underside wings that serve many purposes, such as camouflaging and attracting a mate. While the top wing may have vibrant blues, pinks and greens, the underside may be muted with browns and tans.

National Geographic photographer Robert Clark created composite photographs to display the visual differences in butterfly and moth wings. Click here to see the images and to learn more.

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