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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.
Nacogdoches

Saturday, April 23
SFA softball at the University of the Incarnate Word
Noon
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
Nacogdoches

SFA track and field at the Michael Johnson Invitational
11 a.m.
Waco

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

SFA tennis at the Southland Conference Tournament
Nacogdoches


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SFA’s online Bachelor of Business Administration degree program ranked as one of nation’s top 50

The online Bachelor of Business Administration degree program within SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business is ranked among the top 50 best online undergraduate business programs in the nation, according to College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students discover the right college.

The publication recognized SFA as the 28th best program in the nation based on the university’s reputation and affordability.
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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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In Reel Time production to premiere tonight

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. tonight 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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Sustainable community development degree program hosting guest speaker today

The sustainable community development degree program will host a guest speaker at 3:30 p.m. today on the ground floor of the Ferguson Building, Room G78.

Advisers and students can learn from returned Peace Corps volunteer Holly Van Groll about community development practices in Africa, as well as learn about the new major, minor and four-course certificate program in sustainable community development.

For more information, contact Dr. William Forbes, associate professor in the Department of Geography, at (936) 468-2373.


Brazilian musicians to perform in free concert at SFA tonight

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

SFA’s hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are hosting “Dining in the Dark” from 6 to 9 p.m. today 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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Health science program to hold second Take Back the Night event tonight

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. tonight 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 tomorrow.

“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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"Employers should hire SFA student leaders" explained at Fourth Friday Luncheon tomorrow

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 tomorrow 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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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 today 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 tomorrow 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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East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for April 30

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

Athletics


Schwartz qualifies for Intercollegiate Singles Championship Saturday

SFA sophomore Stephanie Schwartz continued her impressive postseason run Tuesday, qualifying for the Intercollegiate Singles Championship Saturday, April 23, in Wichita, Kansas.

Bowling three head-to-head individual games per round, Schwartz qualified as the number eight seed among the 16-competitor field, earning a bye in the opening round. She defeated ninth-seeded Nicole Troha of the University of St. Francis, 723-649, and advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Verity Crawley of Webber International University. Schwartz raced out to a commanding lead after two games, and then closed out the match with a 663-623 victory, advancing to Saturday’s semifinal.
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Trio of Ladyjacks gain All-Southland Conference recognition

Three SFA women’s tennis players found themselves on the receiving end of Southland Conference accolades. Freshman Liza Aginskaya landed All-SLC First Team singles honors while senior Dhanielly Quevedo claimed All-SLC Second Team singles honors. Freshman Vanesa Calvo Pardo received All-SLC Honorable Mention singles laurels. 

“Any time we have individual success, it’s a direct reflection of the hard work we put in on a day-to-day basis and how dedicated the girls are when it comes to honing their abilities,” said SFA head coach Jon McLaughlin. “These individual honors would not have been possible, however, without every team member pushing each other in practices and in matches to play to the best that they can. I’m proud of Liza, Dhanielly and Vanesa for what they have accomplished, but hopefully their best is yet to come.”
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Kerley named Southland Conference Track Athlete of the Week after record-breaking weekend

For the second time in the last three weeks, SFA sophomore My’Lik Kerley has been named the Southland Conference Track Athlete of the Week. Kerley also picked up the conference honor as part of SFA’s 4x400-meter relay on April 6.

Kerley broke a 14-year-old school record last Friday in the 800-meter run at the world famous Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Norwalk, California. A native of Taylor, Kerley was clocked at 1:48.86 to win his section and place fifth overall out of 58 of the fastest runners from around the world.
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Fine Arts


Program to feature music for clarinet, bassoon, piano

Clarinetist Dr. Mary Druhan will perform in a trio concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building at SFA.

Druhan, associate professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University Commerce, will be joined by TAMU-Commerce colleague Dr. Luis Sanchez, piano, and Dr. Sue Barber, professor of bassoon at James Madison University, when they present works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Julius Fucik, Karl Goepfart and Mikhail Glinka.
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Artist’s reception slated for Barnett exhibition today

An artist’s reception for Vera Barnett, whose works are showing in SFA art galleries, is scheduled for this 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 tonight

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. tonight 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 tomorrow

The SFA Friends of Music will present Extravaganza 29, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet, at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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