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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, April 26
SFA Baseball
vs. Lamar
2 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Lamar
1 and 3 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
J. Fred Duckett Twilight

SFA Track and Field
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday, April 27
SFA Baseball
vs. Lamar
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Lamar
1 p.m.




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SFA announces Texas National 2014 art competition winners

During the opening reception of Texas National 2014 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, juror Jerome Witkin announced the winners of the annual competition and exhibition presented by the SFA's School of Art.

Shelby Shadwell of Laramie, Wyo., received first-place honors for "A Universal Picture 11, 2014," while Pharr, Texas, artist Veronica Jaeger earned second place for "Fallen, 2012," and Columbia, Mo., artist Matthew Ballou won third for "Strategic Influences, 2013."

Honorable mentions went to Serena Stevens of Albuquerque, N.M., for "Playtime, 2014," Nicole Santiago of Williamsburg, Va., for "Baby Cakes Pregnancy Self Portrait, 2013," Zara Feeney of Thousand Oaks, Calif., for "Diaphanous, 2013," and Owen Drysdale of Magnolia, Texas, for "Untitled (Negation), 2013."
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Dr. Treba Marsh

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Marsh’s article “Recognizing Intellectual Capital As An Asset,” written with Mary Fischer of the University of Texas - Tyler, was published in the spring 2014 Journal of Business and Economics Research.

This paper identifies the importance of intellectual capital value, discusses the research emphasis placed on it by others, and develops a fair value measurement model.

News & Announcements

Audio drama set for Saturday

A group of SFA students will bring a decades-old, iconic tale to life Saturday with the audio-drama adaptation of "The Phoenix on the Sword."

The story is the first of Robert E. Howard's fantasy saga that introduced Conan the Cimmerian in the early 1930s. 

The student's performance is set for 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Griffith Fine Arts Building's Upstage Theatre, Room 300. 

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.

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.

Spring Festival set for April 25

The Student Activities Association's annual Spring Fest event is set for April 25 in the circle drive area between Kennedy Auditorium and the Student Center Parking Garage. 

This event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. 

The festival will include inflatables, a zip line, music, food and other activities.

Admission is free to students. 

Global Gateway to Tunisia set for April 26

Join the Nacogdoches community for a presentation on Tunisian culture given by an exchange student from Tunisia. 

The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, 1112 North St. Everyone is welcome. 

Authentic Tunisian food samples will be served. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Higher education degree discussion set for Thursday

On Thursday, faculty members from the Department of Human Services will host an information session on the graduate degree in higher education and student affairs. 

Anyone considering the program is welcome to attend an informational session at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Multimedia Room, near Starbucks in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
If you have questions about the event, feel free to contact Dr. Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu. If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson at lsolmonson@sfasu.edu.

SFA marching band to march in New York City

For more than 90 years, the words "Let's Have a Parade" have signaled the beginning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to revelers along the streets of New York City and tuned in around the world. 

In November 2015, those watching the event will hear the boldest sound from the oldest town - the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band.

The band will take SFA's purple and white to the streets of the Big Apple for the parade on Nov. 26, 2015, the event's organizers announced Tuesday.

The 'Jacks are one of four university bands chosen from more than 175 bands considered to march the 2.5-mile route, said Wesley Whatley, creative director for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"My job is to identify programs and institutions that are among the finest in the country, said Whatley, who shared the news with band members in Cole Concert Hall Tuesday afternoon. "Students here are among the finest in the country."

SFA Band Director Dr. David Campo said the opportunity for the band to march in the parade is an "incredible honor."

SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo said the Lumberjack Marching Band's history of pride, talent and excellence is sure to impress those watching the annual celebration.
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Bright Ideas Conference to highlight SFA faculty research, scholarship and artistry

The 2014 Bright Ideas Conference highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry at Stephen F. Austin State University will be held Thursday, May 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The public is invited, and admission is free.

More than 90 research posters and scholarly exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Spotlight exhibits will be featured in the Twilight Ballroom along with refreshments. An invitation-only awards ceremony and luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The biennial Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Teaching Excellence Center and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
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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 honors its own at Champions Dinner

SFA honored its own Wednesday night as the Department of Athletics hosted its annual Champions Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. More than four dozen SFA student athletes were recognized on the night as each team was able to present its top team awards.

A number of student athletes won a pair of awards, including Leslie Jackson of volleyball (Michelle Reid and Jene' Carter awards), football's Aaron Thomas (Cally Belcher and Dick Wright Sportsmanship awards) and men's basketball's Desmond Haymon (George Johnson Offensive and R.H. "Bob" Shelton awards).

The other major award winners were given to softball's Elizabeth Arana (Kathy McGough Academic Player of the Year) and Nikola Gajic (Steve McCarty Award). Women's track and field's Brarysheyia Simpson was tabbed as the June Irwin Female Athlete of the Year with Jacob Parker of men's basketball being named the Ralph Todd Male Athlete of the Year.
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SFA ties for third at SLC Championships

SFA closed out the 2013-14 season by tying for third at the 2014 Southland Conference Championships at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. The Lumberjacks posted a 34-over 898 over the 54-hole event, marking the 'Jacks' best finish since placing third in 2003.

SFA began the day in second place, just 10 shots back of leader Sam Houston State. But the 'Jacks struggled over the final 18 holes, shooting an 18-over 306 and allowing Southeastern Louisiana to surpass them in the team standings while Central Arkansas pulled even.

Junior Bradley Phelps emerged as the top golfer for SFA, carding a 3-over 75 in round three and finishing tied for eighth overall with a 5-over 221 (76-70-75). Phelps notches the fourth top-10 finish of his Lumberjack career and third this season.
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Gordo and Lorca named Second Team All-SLC

Juniors Malena Gordo and Julia Lorca were named to the All-Southland Conference second team for doubles for the SFA women's tennis team, announced league officials on Wednesday afternoon.

The tandem led the Ladyjacks to a 9-4 record in No. 1 doubles, going 7-3 in conference play. 

SFA will next compete in the SLC Tournament. The tournament will be held April 25-27 at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Complex on the campus of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
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Johnston named conference Athlete of Week again

For the second time this season, junior Madison Johnston has been recognized as the Southland Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week following her latest performance. Johnston broke her own school record in the javelin for the second time this season at the UCA Open to receive the honor.

The Canadian dominated the field at the UCA Open with a toss of 50.06 meters (164-03) to also set a new meet record. Her throw improves her school record by just over two feet and she won the event by nearly 30 feet.

Johnston is currently the top javelin thrower in the Southland Conference and is ranked No. 23 in the NCAA.
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Fine Arts

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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School of Art hosts exhibit on handmade books

The SFA School of Art will host an exhibition of handmade books next week in the Ralph W. Steen Library. 

"Sketchbook: an exhibition of handmande books" runs from April 22 to 25, with a reception planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.   

The display was the idea of SFA printmaking students, who wished to show off their work. 

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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