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This Week's Calendar

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.

Tuesday, April 28
SFA Baseball at Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana
6 p.m.




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Dr. Kimberly Childs

College of Sciences and Mathematics

Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded the SFA University Professional Women's 2015 Woman of the Year Award.

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.

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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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.

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.

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's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host Farm and Forestry Day

The SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host its annual Farm and Forestry Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.

The family friendly event aims to expose the community to the outdoors and agriculture by providing free, exploratory opportunities, including hayrides, face painting, outdoor cooking and nature-based activities through Nacogdoches Naturally, an outdoor adventure program of SFA Gardens.

"We just want to give the community an opportunity to see farm animals and also expose them to what goes on at the farm," said Dr. Erin Brown, SFA associate professor of animal science.

SFA's Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center is located on County Road 123, off U.S. Highway 259 North in Nacogdoches.

For more information, contact Brown at (936) 468-3705.

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.

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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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.


Payne claims title to open Drake Relays

In the first event final of the 106th annual Drake Relays, SFA junior Demi Payne clinched another title with a huge jump in the women's pole vault competition held on Court Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa.

Up against professional athletes from around the world, Payne used an outdoor personal best jump of 15 feet, 1.50 inches (4.61m) to win her ninth individual title of 2015 and break her own SFA outdoor record. The mark is the second highest height cleared during an outdoor season in NCAA history.

After surpassing 15 feet, 1.50 inches and clinching the win, Payne raised the bar to 15 feet, 2.25 inches (4.63m) in attempt to break the NCAA outdoor record. She came up just short in three quality runs at the height.
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SFA finishes seventh at the SLC Championships

SFA closed out the 2015 Southland Conference Championships in seventh place, finishing with a 69-over 933. The Lumberjacks shot a 27-over 315 during the final 18 holes, slipping three spots in the final round of competition.

SFA began the final day tied with Lamar University for fourth. Due to a five-hour lightning delay during Tuesday's second round, the conclusion of the suspended round was completed Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, SFA added five shots to both of its first-round scores, slipping to seventh among the 11-team field.
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Kulicke, Quevedo garner SLC major honors

SFA claimed a pair of Southland Conference major tennis awards, announced by the league office Wednesday. Vivienne Kulicke was named the SLC's Freshman of the Year while junior Dhanielly Quevedo was tabbed the conference's Newcomer of the Year for the 2014-15 season.

Kulicke also was named a first team All-SLC selection in the singles competition, and senior teammate Malena Gordo was named a second team All-SLC singles selection. Kulicke and doubles teammate Valeria Terentyeva also were recognized as an All-SLC doubles second team selection.
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Symphony to perform Boysen's powerful composition

SFA's Wind Symphony will perform Andrew Boysen's monumental Symphony No. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Commissioned by Andrew Mast, director of bands at Lawrence University, the 2010 composition "is indeed grand in scale and scope," said Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the symphony's conductor.

Boysen and Mast are long-time close acquaintances, and when Mast asked his friend to write a piece for the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Boysen said he knew he was trusted to "write whatever I wanted without expectation or pressure."

"The symphony is presented in one continuous structure that includes the traditional four movements of a symphony, connected by three transition sections," Boysen said. "Each time the tonal center shifts, it is treated as a mode change rather than a key change, allowing each of the sections of the symphony to have their own character.
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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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