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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 22
SFA Baseball
at Dallas Baptist
6:30 p.m.

SFA Men's Golf
SLC Championship

Wednesday, April 23
SFA Men's Golf
SLC Championship

Thursday, April 24
SFA Track and Field
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Friday, April 25
SFA Baseball
vs. Lamar
6:30 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.




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SFA Regents Lecture set for April 22

Dr. Harry Downing, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SFA, will present "Physics is Phundamental" at the upcoming Regents Lecture.

Downing, the 2013-14 Regents Professor, will deliver the address at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Miller Science Building Lecture Hall, Room 334, on the SFA campus. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission charge.

Downing said his presentation will focus on examples and demonstrations in the realm of physics "that have proven throughout the years to entertain and stimulate the mind." The lecture will involve the audience, he said.

Downing joined the SFA faculty in 1975 and has served as physics and astronomy chair since 1988. He has taught courses in general physics, introduction to engineering/physics, technical physics, engineering statics, engineering dynamics and mathematical applications in physics.
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Fred Allen

School of Music

Fred J. Allen, SFA's director of bands, recently worked with several area bands in preparation for University Interscholastic League contest. 

Allen worked with bands in Jacksonville, Tyler, Lufkin, Lindale, Carlisle, Carthage and Garrison.

The UIL competition pits grade-school performers against the trained ears of judges, who critique the quality of performances. The bands receive rankings that determine how well they performed their musical compositions. 

SFA staff recognized for 10 years of service

SFA recently honored staff members with 10 years of service. 
Pictured, from left, are: Craig Turnage, alumni afffairs; Sharon Brewer, academic affairs; Gina Oglesbee, audit services; Letitia Hamilton, controller; Jeremy Higgins, environmental health, safety and risk management; Maggie Brown, early childhood lab; Michael Coffee, telecommunication; Kathryn Scott, school of nursing; Joe Strahl, college of education; Mary Hampton, campus recreation; Ray Robberson, physical plant;  Rosa Fuentes, physical plant; Kenneth Langham, residence life; Don Vardeman, physical plant (20 years); Tracey Foster, information technology services; Tierney Twigg, graduate school; Roni Lias, university marketing communications; Carol Levine, school of social work; Daphne Curl, disability services; Francis Burns, physical plant; Kathleen Williamson, finance and administration; Nathan Armer, university affairs system support; and Diane Peterson, college of fine arts. 

Also honored but not pictured were Debra Kiesel, academic advising; Monique Cossich, admissions; Joie Fields, physical plant; Toni Chandler, admissions; and Keeler Doss, physical plant. 

SFA staff recognized for 20 years of service

SFA recently honored staff members with two decades of service. 
Pictured, from left, are: Laura Turner, college of business; Don Strahan, physical plant; Leiah Allen, university police department; Jana Tucker Redfield, science and mathematics; Charlotte Jackson, student affairs support services; Rebecca Shepherd, financial aid; Tammy Gibson, science and mathematics; David McFarland, audit services; Nelda Frederick, human sciences; and Samuel Hunt, physical plant.

Also honored but not pictured were Angela Williams, residence life; Glynn Hartt, physical plant; Shiyou Li, forestry; and Donna Lipschutz, art. 

SFA staff member recognized for 30 years of service

SFA recently honored Tyrone Patton, student center administration, for 30 years of service.

Retiring staff members honored at ceremony

Retiring SFA staff members recently honored for their service included, from left, Margie Renfro, library; Sharon Swindell, admissions; Melissa McCormack, early childhood lab; Kathy Springfield, educator certification; Dale Duren, controller; Linda Boozer, math and statistics; and Wanda Hightower, controller. 

Also honored but not pictured were Melissa Boiles, library; Sue Evans, controller; Richard Kennedy, telecommunication and networking; Benjamin Koerth, forestry; Glenn Maddox, student center administration; Ward Meisch, physical plant; Michael O’Rear, financial aid; James Ricks, residence life; John Thompson, physical plant; Sheila Williams, physical plant; Emma Hagan, secondary education; Madalene Miller, college of business; Mary Moode, elementary education; Patricia Penney, economics and finance; Doreen Stockwell, chemistry; Charles Trotty, physical plant; Sandra Turner and Michael Wilkerson, information technology services. 

Staff members honored with President’s Achievement Awards

The following staff members received the President’s Achievement Award at a recent awards ceremony. 

Staff members receiving the President’s Achievement Award included, from left, David Mohundro, physical plant; Pat Spence, student publications; Gloria Montes, SFA 101; and Chris Rivers, university police.

News & Announcements

Deep East Texas Region celebrates fourth annual GenTX Day

The Deep East Texas P-16 Council is encouraging communities, businesses and schools in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties to join the state of Texas in celebrating GenTX Day by wearing a college T-shirt on Friday, May 2. GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on building a college-going, career-ready culture across the state.

The 15 independent school districts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties have been encouraged to promote the wearing of college T-shirts on GenTX Day. Some area schools are hosting GenTX Day events to help students envision their futures such as AVID classroom discussions at Hudson High School, College T-shirt day at Central Heights where the students will get an extended lunch for wearing their favorite college T-shirt, and a Career Center unveiling in the library of Zavalla High School. Other schools such as Lufkin Middle School and Burley Primary are hosting Career Day/ Week around GenTX Day.

Many East Texas nonprofit organizations and businesses are actively supporting GenTX Day across the region and encouraging broad participation by asking their employees wear college T-shirts for the day.

For more information about participating, call Megan Kelley at (936) 468-1292.

SFA Beef Center to hold family-friendly Farm and Forestry Day

Join the SFA Beef Center and SFA's Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventure Program for "Farm and Forestry Day" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center located 5.5 miles north of Nacogdoches on State Highway 259.

The free barnyard event is a chance for children and their families to be exposed to the farm animals at the SFA Beef Center and gain awareness of the many educational experiences available from SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

"This is a way for the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to give back to the community that supports it and provide community members and their families a memorable experience," said Kerry Lemon, project director of Nacogdoches Naturally.
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SFA receives grant from National Science Foundation

A recent $497,346 grant from the National Science Foundation will make way for critically needed upgrades to Stephen F. Austin State University's cyber infrastructure network, allowing the university to greatly advance capacity and knowledge in data-driven research across a variety of STEM disciplines - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The upgrades will enhance both graduate and undergraduate curricula and increase student participation in data-intensive research across the campus. By mitigating challenges related to the campus' geographic isolation from other major research centers in the state, the advanced networking capabilities also will allow SFA researchers to collaborate much more effectively with other institutions and to drastically increase the availability of SFA research and data to other researchers and entities.

"These upgrades will directly allow for the growth of research and education activities, helping place SFA at the forefront of higher education in Texas," said Michael Coffee, one of the grant's principal investigators.
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Rice University's Baker Institute calling for undergraduate policy research

Please encourage your undergraduate students to consider attending Rice University's Baker Institute Student Forum conference and submit their own policy proposals addressing the world's energy issues.

From the proposals submitted to the conference, 12 finalists will be selected to present their papers to a panel of experts with the Baker Institute. Cash prizes of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,500 are offered for the top three papers. The top three will also be published in Rice University's undergraduate public policy journal, The Rice Cultivator.

The competition is open to all full or part-time students currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at an accredited university and are due June 1.

The conference will be Sept. 19-20. The Baker Institute Student Forum will cover all or part of students' travel expenses.

Please visit our Facebook page Facebook page, website, or email bisf@rice.edu for further information.

Discussion about nonverbal communication set for April 28

The Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication will host "Greetings, Gestures, Gifts and Time: Nonverbal communication across cultures," a discussion with department transnational faculty members and students about how nonverbal behavior communicates beliefs, attitudes, and worldview to others. 

The event will be held in the Ferguson Building, Room 375, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28. The event is open anyone interested in attending.. 

Series on stress begins Thursday

Come join Employee Wellness for the Stress and You two-part series. This series will take place in the Tiered Classroom on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.   

The series runs from 12:15 until 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and May 1. 
April 24: How Stressed Are You?
May 1: Managing Stress
Attendance at both sessions is not required, but it is encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

SFA chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma to honor distinguished alumna

SFA alumna Lou Ann Richardson, an executive vice president and regional head of U.S. sales for Wells Fargo Global Financial Institutions, will be recognized as the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree during an on-campus ceremony Wednesday, April 23.

The annual induction ceremony provides an opportunity for the chapter to honor an individual who has achieved distinction in business and administration and who possesses the qualities fostered by Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Richardson will present the keynote address before she is inducted as a member of the organization along with 33 students and two faculty members. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition one can receive in a business program accredited by AACB International.

Based in Dallas, Richardson manages four business development officers, who cover the entire United States, and also is responsible for managing cross-sell for GFI-U.S. GFI is a relationship-focused business that provides products and services to financial institutions that use credit, trade, international payments, foreign exchange, financial risk management, corporate trust, and treasury and investment management services.
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Sign-up ongoing for East Texas Garage Sale

SFA's Student Activities Association is accepting sign-ups for the area-wide East Texas Garage Sale through April 23. Those interested in joining the event can do so at the Student Activities Association office in Room 3.305 of the Bake Pattillo Student Center or call (936) 468-1222. 

There are 50 spaces still available, and those who participate will receive a table and two chairs the day of the event. 

The  sale is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the SFA commuter lot. 

East Texas Garage Sale is an event for SFA students and the Nacogdoches community to come out and sell or buy items in a garage sale format. This event is hosted and publicized by the Student Activities Association.

All sellers are in charge of bringing their items to sale, setting prices and cleaning up their station after the event. They can either take their things with them or donate unsold items to Goodwill. A Goodwill POD will be onsite for donations.

Reminder to all active and retired SFA employees: Dependent Audit - Keep them covered

ERS has once again secured the company of Aon Hewitt to conduct another eligibility audit of dependents added to Texas Employees Group Benefits (TEGBP) health insurance coverage since the previous audit in 2011.  If you have added a dependent to your Health coverage since April 2011, Aon Hewitt will be in touch with you by letter or email to confirm your dependent status.

Letters from ERS were sent in late March advising everyone that Aon Hewitt would be in contact regarding this audit.  You must provide
Aon Hewitt with the required information or your dependent(s) may lose their health insurance coverage.   Read more here.

There will be several important benefit surveys and audits coming your way in the next couple of months, so be sure to go out to the ERS website and sign up to receive your monthly “News About Your Benefits” from ERS. Make certain that you request the newsletter for Higher Education. 


SFA falls on Senior Day

The SFA women's tennis team fell 5-2 to Lamar on Saturday at the Schlief Tennis Complex to close the regular season for both teams.

SFA (11-10, 7-5 SLC) was only able to manage two victories in singles play, as junior Malena Gordo and sophomore Valeria Terentyeva picked up wins, in the loss to the Cardinals (8-13, 5-7 SLC). Gordo defeated Lamar's Dariya Dashutina 6-4, 7-5 in No. 1 singles, and Terentyeva downed Alicia Porte 6-3, 6-4 in No. 3 singles.

The Cardinals picked up the doubles point, with 8-4 and 8-2 victories in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The momentum carried into singles play, as they took No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles in two sets, also picking up a 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-3) edging in No. 4 singles.
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Ladyjacks lose late to Lions

SFA was able to manufacture runs on Saturday one at a time, but it was not enough to get the series win over Southeastern Louisiana University as the Lions were able to rally over the final three innings to win 4-2.

Alisa Hamilton got things rolling for SFA (18-24, 9-10) in the third inning by leading off the inning with a single. She stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. She then scored on a sacrifice fly by Shalie Day for an old-fashioned manufactured run and to take the lead 1-0.

Another run would come across the plate with some small ball by the Ladyjacks in the fifth. Day singled to start the inning, and Heather Hollingsworth stole second as a pinch runner. Brittany Lewis would drive her in with another single to go up 2-0.

SLU (17-22, 9-12) answered back with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a walk, sacrifice, hit and a throwing error.
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SFA dominates UCA Open

It was another full week of action for the SFA track and field team that included more than a dozen meet records and two new school records.

The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks were at the UCA Open. The meet provided an opportunity for SFA to compete at the facility hosting this year’s Southland Conference Championship and get familiar with the track.

It was a successful trip, with SFA winning 16 events and setting 14 meet records along with one school record at the UCA Open.

The Ladyjacks dominated the meet with 11 of SFA’s 16 victories. Madison Johnston improved on her own school record in the javelin with a throw of 50.06 meters (164-03). She improves her mark by three inches and remains No. 22 in the NCAA this season.
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SFA headed to Dallas Baptist

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will close its five-game road swing tonight at Dallas Baptist University. SFA, looking to bounce back from a series loss at Abilene Christian over the weekend, will try to avenge a 20-10 loss to the Patriots in the conclusion of the home-and-home series between the two teams. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Horner Ballpark.

The 'Jacks enter the week at 16-23 overall and 7-11 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped three-of-four, falling 7-2 at Arkansas and picking up just one win over ACU across a three-game SLC series, the first-ever meeting between the two teams. DBU enters the midweek tilt at 26-13 and 6-3 in Missouri Valley Conference action.

SFA will send junior Halden Maynard to the mound against sophomore Drew Smith. Maynard has been a steady staple for the 'Jacks in the midweek of late, garnering the start each of the last three weeks. Maynard enters Tuesday's game 0-2 on the season through eight appearances and four starts, while Smith carries a 2-2 record through six games (all started) on the season.
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SFA tied for fourth at SLC championships

SFA was tied Monday for fourth place through the opening 18 holes of the 2014 Southland Conference Championships as the Lumberjacks posted an 11-over 299.

SFA was paced by junior Blake Pugh, who fired a 1-over 73 to sit tied for seventh among the individual standings through round one. Redshirt freshman Baxter Ward is one shot off Pugh’s pace, carding a 2-over 74 and currently sits tied for 10th overall.

Junior Bradley Phelps and sophomore Major Monzingo both finished with a 4-over 76 through the opening day at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club as the duo is tied for 18th in the individual standings. Sophomore Luke Sheehan struggled in round one, shooting a 10-over 82 to round out the SFA scorecard.
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Fine Arts

Spring recitals to feature SFA Music Preparatory Division students

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present their spring recitals beginning April 29 and continuing through May 18.

"The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends," said Pat Barnett, division director.

Harp students of Emily Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall. On Sunday, May 4, is the SFA student teachers' students recital and a performance of the piano students of Mario Ajero at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Cole Concert Hall with Dr. Evgeni Raychev, director, and Pavel Baez, assistant director.

Raychev's cello students and the violin/viola students of Dr. Jenifer Dalmas will present their spring recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall.
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SFA faculty recital to feature original compositions

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Stephen Lias, Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. James Pitts performing "Outside In - Inside Out," a faculty recital, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The recital will be comprised of three large works, two of which are world premieres, composed by Lias, who is professor of composition at SFA. Staff pianist Pitts will accompany on two of the program pieces.

"The common thread that runs through the music on this recital is the inspiration drawn from other disciplines in the fine arts," Lias said.

Lias explains that his music reaches into literature, theatre and photography to find universal themes that can be translated into music.

"This process of taking external ideas, internalizing them, and then allowing them to reemerge in a different form is common to both the composer and performer in this case," he said.
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SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed 'No Exit'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "No Exit" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit" will be directed by Weatherford senior theatre major Austin Holt. It is the story of three people - Garcin, Estelle and Inez - who are "stuck in hell with each other," Holt said.

"As the three characters try to determine why they are in hell and how they are to be tormented," she said, "they soon come to the conclusion that they will act as torturers for each other."

The cast features Nnamdi Nwankwo, Pearland junior, as Garcin; Pedro Dominguez, Pharr freshman, as the valet; Jennifer Bush, Edgewood senior, as Inez; and Marley Graham, Port Neches sophomore, as Estelle.
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SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 27

The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Tuesday, April 15, the School of Music's annual gala banquet, Extravaganza 27. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

This year's Extravaganza, "Catch Our Rising Stars," celebrates the 27th anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards. But this year's event has taken on a new and energized approach, according to Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music.

"This year's Extravaganza will be the culminating musical event of the year," Brand said. "No other concert has the musical variety and generates as much community and university excitement as Extravaganza."

Part music student awards ceremony, part formal dinner, and part musical potpourri, Extravaganza will feature jazz, harp, wind ensemble, choir, opera, string quartet, and orchestra. Additional highlights include awarding the "Outstanding Music Alumnus" of the year and "Outstanding Recitalists" of the year.
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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform program of challenging music

The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at SFA will present music never before performed by the School of Music faculty ensemble in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The quintet includes Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The concert will feature "a great variety of music that is challenging and enjoyable to perform," said Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

A highlight of the concert will be the performance of "Rhapsody for Nine Instruments" by Texas native Kerry Turner, which will feature other music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Melissa Nabb, viola; Evgeni Rachev, cello; and Carlos Gavaria, bass; with Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, as guest conductor. A native of Kingsville, Turner is principal horn with the Luxembourg Symphony.
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Trumpet great Bergeron to perform with SFA's Swingin' Axes

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present acclaimed jazz great Wayne Bergeron performing with SFA's Swingin' Axes jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The performance is a feature of the College of Fine Arts' 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."

A much sought-after trumpeter, Bergeron is one of the most active musicians in the world with studio dates, international touring, jazz concerts and guest solo appearances, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"As a sideman, Bergeron's list of CD credits reads like a who's who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day," Goodall said. "It's going to be exciting to see him perform with our jazz band students, and it will be a memorable experience for them."

Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band in 1986 and can be heard on such recordings as "Body & Soul," "Big Bop Nouveau," "Brass Attitude" and "The One & Only Maynard Ferguson," according to his website.
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