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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

Tuesday, April 26
SFA softball vs. Louisiana Tech University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball vs. the University of Louisiana at Monroe
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field


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2016 Stone Fort yearbooks available now

To purchase one or more yearbooks for your SFA department, email Student Publications Coordinator Rachel Clark at clarkr1@sfasu.edu. Also, include fund, organization, account and program numbers for interdepartmental transfer in the email. The 2016 yearbooks are $67 each.

While supplies last, there also are many past years’ Stone Fort yearbooks available for the bargain price of $30 each. To purchase any past yearbooks, include the desired years in your email.

Yearbooks will be delivered promptly to your department. If you have any questions, call SFA Student Publications at (936) 468-4703.


Free seminars to be offered during Money Smart Week

SFA’s Ralph W. Steen Library, Career Services, Student Financial Aid and the Nelson Rusche College of Business will host seminars for Money Smart Week in the Wyatt Room located on the first floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library. Events are free and refreshments will be provided. Also, there will be free giveaways and financial resources.

For more information, click here, or contact Marlinda Karo, research librarian, at karom@sfasu.edu; or Dr. Anjum Najmi, librarian, at najmia@sfasu.edu.

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

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 today 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’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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Student organizations' book drive ends today

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 ends today.

“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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In Reel Time production to showcase senior choreographic works, company performances tonight

SFA’s dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company performances in the Danceworks production, In Reel Time, at 7 p.m. tonight and 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201, on campus.

This semester's show will present a "cinematic" feel, according to Heather Samuelson, co-coordinator of SFA's dance program. She said the In Reel Time theme was chosen to reflect the variety of dance genres and content that will be showcased.
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SFA to screen 'The Hunting Ground' documentary for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, SFA will be screening the documentary “The Hunting Ground” followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. The event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend. 

The Hunting Ground highlights a number of issues associated with sexual assault on college campuses and makes a call to action for everyone to get involved in eliminating the problem of sexual violence on campus. The panel will include members from student affairs, Greek life, athletics and the University Police Department to address how reported sexual assault is handled at SFA and to answer questions.

Student Activities Association will provide free snacks from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the Student Action Wellness Team will host a Sexual Assault Prevention trivia contest.

Please note the film contains some graphic language and descriptions of sexual assault. Click here for more information.

Athletics


White named second team All-Southland Conference selection

SFA's women's golf junior Jessie White has been named a second team All-Southland Conference selection. It is the second All-SLC honor of White’s career after picking up first-team honors in 2015.

White had another strong season, finishing the year with a 77.50 scoring average, the third-lowest single-season round in program history, while also registering four top-10 finishes. She registered a second-place showing at the University of the Incarnate Word Lady Cardinal Classic while tying for 10th at the Southland Conference Championship, making her the first player in program history to record two-straight top-10 finishes at the conference tournament.
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’Jacks begin last leg of April home schedule with three games against University of the Incarnate Word

For the first time in almost three weeks, SFA’s baseball team returns home to Jaycees Field and will try to force its way back into the Southland Conference playoff picture when it battles the University of the Incarnate Word in a three-game series.

The first game is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight, and game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow. The final game will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
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SFA plays host to 12 teams for Southland Conference men's, women's tennis tournaments

For the first time since 2012, a combined 12 men's and women's tennis teams will convene today through Sunday, April 24, at the Schlief Tennis Complex on the SFA campus to compete in the Southland Conference Tournament.

The action begins at 11 a.m. with the women's quarterfinal bouts. Once each field is whittled down to four teams, the semifinals will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow for the men and 2 p.m. for the women. Sunday's championship matches are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. for the men and 2 p.m. for the women.
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Ladyjacks prepare for three-game set with the University of the Incarnate Word

After enjoying a four-game homestand, SFA’s softball team returns to the road this weekend for a three-game series at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

The Southland Conference contest will begin at 2 p.m. today with a doubleheader at Cardinals Field and will conclude with a single contest noon Saturday.
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Fine Arts

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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SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 29 tonight

The SFA Friends of Music will present Extravaganza 29, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet, at 6:30 p.m. tonight 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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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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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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College of Fine Arts Dean's Awards recognizes students' potential

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will recognize four students during the presentation of the annual Dean's Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Award recipients include Kaylee Jo Bruggeman, art education major from Katy; Mikayla Stillwell, music education major from Desoto; Allison A. Adams, music education major from Gladewater; and Taylor Dobbs, theatre major from Baytown. Students were selected by 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.
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What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to marvel at some artistic satellite images of our planet taken from 500 miles above us.

While the stills inform researchers of Earth’s changes, they also reveal a unique beauty. Click here to view the photos or check out the U.S. Geological Survey’s traveling art exhibition, Earth as Art 4, for more stunning images.

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