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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, April 25
SFA Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.

Sunday, April 26
SFA Baseball vs. Abilene Christian University
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, was recently published in the May/June issue of Texas Gardener magazine.

His piece, "Crapemyrtles - Rooted in Love" is about his life-long love affair with old surviving heirloom crapemyrtles.

Dr. Robin Johnson and Carolyn Stufft

Department of Elementary Education

Two SFA elementary education faculty members presented research on the best practices in undergraduate pre-service teaching candidates' reflective and higher-order thinking skills in the field at the 2015 American Educational Research Association held April 16-20 in Chicago.
Johnson and Stufft's findings contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning field by providing support for peer groups to promote critical thinking and reflective practices.

The discussant for this session was Dr. Tingting Xu, who is a Department of Elementary Education faculty member at SFA.

News & Announcements

SFA to host UIL competition this weekend

High school students hoping to advance to the state University Interscholastic League competition will arrive at SFA Friday afternoon for a regional two-day tournament.
SFA Admissions staff members will be available at an information tent located in front of the Rusk Building beginning at 1 p.m. Friday and will lead hourly tours throughout the day specifically for the competitors and their family members. On Saturday, the Admissions Office will be open from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m., and tours will be available at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
All faculty and staff members are encouraged to welcome these guests to campus and help showcase everything that makes SFA great.

Women's self-defense class to be offered April 28

SFA's Campus Rec and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. The class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students.  

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex. The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.

UNT professor to discuss tenure dossiers, professional portfolios

Dr. Cynthia Mohr, associate professor and chair of the Design Department at the University of North Texas' College of Visual Arts and Design, will present a lecture on how to put together professional portfolios and tenure dossiers from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Human Services North, Room 102.

The entire campus community is welcome to attend.

2015 Teaching Showcase set for today

The 2015 Teaching Showcase will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the SFA Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

The showcase provides faculty and staff members, and teaching assistants the opportunity to share best practices, recognize colleagues' innovative teaching methods and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students. Presentations will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., and open discussion will follow from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments also will be served.

The 10 faculty members who will present are: Adam Akerson (elementary education); CC Conn (theater); Randi Cox (history); Casey Hart and  Phillip Madison (mass communications); Brad Meyer (music); Volha Minich (biology); Chay Runnels and Theresa Tkacik (human sciences); and Louise Stoehr (languages, cultures and communications).

For more information, visit the Teaching Showcase page on the Center for Teaching and Learning website.

SFA's environmental science program receives national ranking

SFA's environmental science program was named as one of the nation's top 50 programs by environmentalscience.org, an organization that serves as an advocate for environmental science education and careers.

According to the organization's website, the rankings were determined through an analysis of published surveys, student, school and career data, as well as data from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and National Center for Education Statistics.

"I think the thing that we strive for is to make sure that our students receive the training that will lead them to a career in environmental science," said Dr. Kenneth Farrish, director of SFA's Division of Environmental Science. "Our philosophy is to produce graduates who are problem solvers."
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Digitize your Bright Ideas Conference poster with the Center for Digital Scholarship

SFA's Center for Digital Scholarship invites you to include your Bright Ideas Conference abstract and poster in SFA ScholarWorks, the University's digital archive.  ScholarWorks provides visibility and access to your research, and it also will allow the CDS to continue to promote the conference and the academic achievements of the SFA community.
Send a PDF copy of your poster, abstract and title to the CDS at cds@sfasu.edu. If you have any questions or issues with converting your poster to a PDF, please contact Ashley Thompson at thompsonashle3@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1445.

Redesigned mySFA launches in May

A redesigned mySFA will launch Tuesday, May 5. The new layout will boast a clean, intuitive interface and a mobile friendly layout.
Student email will transition away from the Titan email system (@titan.sfasu.edu) and into Microsoft Office 365 (@jacks.sfasu.edu). The Office 365 platform provides a robust suite of applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and OneNote.
Information for navigating the redesigned mySFA will be disseminated via email to students prior to release on May 5.

SFA hosts Nacogdoches ISD Leaders of Tomorrow

Immediately after Dr. Roger Masse, assistant professor of wildlife in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, completed his lecture on safety and the best techniques for finding vertebrates like salamanders and lizards, 25 eighth-graders from Nacogdoches County ISD middle schools enthusiastically ventured out into the sun-dappled forest floor of SFA's Tucker Woods, turning over logs and peering into thickets for the elusive creatures.

The enthusiasm for their surroundings and willingness to take on new challenges is exactly what the sponsors had in mind for the Leaders of Tomorrow, or LOT Crew.

The LOT Crew program began 14 years ago as a leadership-development initiative, hosted in collaboration with SFA, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County ISDs. Since then, the program has provided immersive, community-based experiences for hundreds of local students.
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Fall 2015 Service Learning Grant applications available online

It's that time of year again! It is time to submit proposals to the Service Learning Advisory Board for the Service Learning Mini Grants for fall 2015. Please visit the Service Learning webpage for proposal guidelines and information about integrating a service learning project into your course.

Proposals are accepted via this online form only.

The deadline for fall 2015 grant proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. For questions or more information, please contact Molly Moody at moodymk@sfasu.edu.

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications for FLC X

Do you teach a junior or senior-level course that could be enhanced by introducing students to rigorous academic research? Have you ever wanted to mentor students as they review literature, research and compose a substantive academic work?

The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications for FLC X: Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship.
The Faculty Learning Community experience will help give you the tools needed to mentor undergraduate students as they conduct their own research. For more information and to complete an application, please click here.
Please email any questions to makeanimpact@sfasu.edu.

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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'Jacks stumble against LaTech, 9-2

SFA baseball allowed Louisiana Tech University to gain a five-run first inning lead and never recovered, dropping a 9-2 decision to the Bulldogs Tuesday at Jaycees Field. The loss drops SFA to 13-28 on the season. The Lumberjacks have dropped nine of their last 10.

Louisiana Tech took control of the game early. Starter Ryan Manz lasted only 0.1 innings, giving up five runs on no hits and walking five. The Bulldogs then added another run in both the second and third innings, breaking the game open with a 7-0 lead after two and a half.
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Midweek softball game at UNT canceled

Due to heavy rainfall in the Denton area over the past week, SFA's softball double header against the University of North Texas, set for Wednesday afternoon, has been canceled. The games will not be made up.

The Ladyjacks and Mean Green were scheduled to play two games on Wednesday afternoon in Denton starting at 3 p.m. The second game of the twin bill was a makeup from a contest washed out in Nacogdoches on March 4. SFA has now had five games canceled in 2015 due to rain.

The Ladyjacks will play on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, against Southland Conference foe Northwestern State University at the SFA Softball Field. The three-game series is tentatively scheduled to start with a double header at 1 p.m. Friday. The series finale is currently set for 1 p.m. Saturday. All times are subject to change due to potential weather in the area.
For up to the minute updates on start times, follow SFA Softball on Twitter.
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Fine Arts

SFA School of Theatre production of 'August: Osage County' to feature stage veterans Simmons, Maule

When the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre present "August: Osage County," some familiar professional actors will be seen on stage appearing alongside SFA's talented student performers.

Directed by Scott Shattuck and featuring Nacogdoches residents Rhonda Plymate Simmons and Brad Maule, "August: Osage County" focuses on what happens to the Weston family when their patriarch disappears and they hurriedly assemble at the rural Oklahoma home of his hilariously caustic, pill-popping wife. Their outrageous conflicts and lies collide to launch the corrosive comedy that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and became the basis for the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

"August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 28 through May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee is also scheduled.
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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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Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

The Beta Phi cast of SFA's Alpha Psi Omega national theater honors society will host a playwriting workshop with SFA's playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Room 303 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students attending any college or university.

Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.

Seating is limited to 30, and payment will be taken at the door in cash or check form. To reserve a seat, RSVP to apobetaphi@gmail.com.

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Musical Portraits'

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines will present "Musical Portraits" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Cole Concert Hall of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Among the highlights of the concert is a performance of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," arranged by Maurice Ravel. Other program features include a solo performance by Dr. Chris Ayer, SFA professor of clarinet, and the orchestra performing "Gates of the Arctic," written by Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA's composer-in-residence.

Lias composed "Gates of the Arctic" while serving as artist-in-residence at Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska in 2012, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.
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