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Monday, April 24
Men's golf at Southland Conference Championship
All Day
McKinney, Texas

Tuesday, April 25
Baseball at Texas Christian University
6:30 p.m.
Fort Worth

Men's golf at Southland Conference Championship
All Day
McKinney, Texas

Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building naming and dedication ceremony
11 a.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza

Wednesday, April 26
Men's golf at Southland Conference Championship
All Day
McKinney, Texas

Friday, April 28
Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Softball at McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Tennis vs. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
2 p.m.
Beaumont


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Department of Government hosting guest speaker Wednesday

SFA’s Department of Government will host a lecture featuring Bill Whittle at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Dugas Liberal Arts Building, Room 102. Whittle's lecture is titled "The Implications for Liberty in the Wake of the 2016 Election and President Donald J. Trump."

Whittle began his career as a freelance television editor and has worked with The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and NBC. He has written for National Review Online and the Daily Wire and is a frequent contributor to Breitbart news.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Government at (936) 468-4408.
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Online bachelor’s degree in special education ranked eighth in nation

College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students find the right college, recently ranked SFA eighth among the best 15 schools in the nation for its online bachelor’s degree in special education.

College Choice used several factors to rate the schools, including academic quality, return of investment, academic reputation, tuition, acceptance rates and early-career salaries. Additionally, in order to qualify, institutions were required to hold local accreditation, and SFA’s online program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

For more information, click here.
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Campus community invited to Lehmann Chemistry Building dedication tomorrow

A dedication ceremony celebrating the unveiling and naming of the Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza, located at the front entrance to the Chemistry Building.

SFA's Board of Regents voted to name the building in the Lehmanns' honor in January.

"Dr. Robert and Kathy Lehmann are a part of this university," said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president. "They have dedicated time, expertise and financial resources to SFA, and we are honored to express our admiration and gratitude to them with this recognition."
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SFA partnering with GETCAP to celebrate National Week of the Young Child

SFA’s Early Childhood Lab, in partnership with the Greater East Texas Community Action Program's Head Start Program, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which will be observed today through Friday, April 28, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the National Week of the Young Child, Nacogdoches will honor young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.
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Archie McDonald Speaker Series taking place tonight

Douglas Brinkley, whom CNN has declared, “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive,” will headline the 2017 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Brinkley is an American historian, best-selling author, CNN presidential historian and history professor at Rice University in Houston. He is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has authored books on Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, SFA associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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Faculty members to be recognized for years of service and retirement tomorrow

The Faculty Recognition Luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

This annual luncheon recognizes faculty members who are completing 10, 20 or 30 years of service at SFA, as well as faculty members who have announced their retirement. The luncheon will be preceded by a reception starting at 11:45 a.m.

Faculty members are asked to RSVP. Click here to view the honoree list.

For more information, contact Bob Szafran, professor of sociology, at (936) 468-2009 or rszafran@sfasu.edu.

School of Social Work celebrating 20th year of graduate program today

SFA’s School of Social Work will commemorate the 20th anniversary of its graduate social work program from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Social Work Building.

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant, social work graduate program director and professor in the School of Social Work, at (936) 468-4020.

Athletics


Defense owns the day in Lumberjacks’ annual spring game

SFA’s football team closed out its spring season Saturday during the annual Purple and White Spring Game at Homer Bryce Stadium. The team's defense dominated the game and earned a convincing 92-51 victory in SFA head football coach Clint Conque’s modified scoring system.

“I thought there was passion and energy on both sides of the ball and I was pleased with a lot of what we accomplished,” Conque said. “Obviously, the defense seemed to be in control for much of the game and they have made strides all spring. Offensively, we did do some good things and there is a lot we still have to work on. But it was a productive five weeks and there were a lot of positives as we head toward the fall.”
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Big vaulting day for Mayr at Michael Johnson Invitational

Despite some unfavorable weather, SFA’s track and field team posted some high numbers Saturday at the Michael Johnson Invitational hosted by Baylor University at Clyde Hart Track in Waco.

SFA sophomore Dakota Mayr was in the spotlight after she cleared a height of 4.06-meters (13-03.75) in the women’s pole vault competition. The height was a new personal best and an increase of more than 6.5 inches from Mayr's jump last week at the Texas Invitational. The 13-foot jump is the second-best height achieved in the Southland Conference and the 27th best in the west region.
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Lumberjacks handle Islanders in series finale, 5-1

Any questions that were asked about the resolve of SFA’s baseball team following a disappointing loss Saturday against Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were answered Sunday by SFA junior Tony Grabowske and the Lumberjacks' relief pitching staff at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi.

Grabowske surrendered just two hits through six shutout innings, and Zac Michener kick-started SFA’s offense by cracking a solo homer in the fourth. The efforts helped the Lumberjacks win their fifth-straight Southland Conference series by defeating the Islanders 5-1.
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Extra innings upset Ladyjacks' sweep over University of the Incarnate Word

SFA’s softball team honored its graduating senior, Brittany Lewis, before Saturday’s game against the University of the Incarnate Word at SFA's Softball Complex in Nacogdoches. The senior day marked the last home game of the 2017 season.

The Ladyjacks came into the third game of the series with a doubleheader win. SFA’s celebratory day, however, was spoiled by a 3-2 loss to UIW in extra innings.
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Men’s golf to compete in Southland Conference Championship in McKinney

SFA’s men’s golf team will close out the season at the 2017 Southland Conference Championship today through Wednesday, April 26, at the Stonebridge Country Club in McKinney, Texas.

The 10 teams that compete in the conference will be present at this week’s event and the tournament champion will earn an automatic NCAA regional bid. Based off the latest GolfStat rankings as well as head-to-head match-ups throughout the year, SFA enters the tournament as the number two seed overall, trailing only reigning champion McNeese State University.
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Fine Arts

Double Bass Quartet to perform at SFA

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Double Bass Quartet will present a master class and perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall on campus.

The quartet is UTRGV’s most recently formed ensemble and it is in residence at the university’s Edinburg campus. The ensemble includes undergraduate students Andrés Vela and Daniel Morehead and graduate student Gabriel Preusse, all of whom have collected accolades and awards for their performances at the state, national and international level. Their professor, Dr. George Amorim, leads the ensemble.

Admission is free. For information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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SFA bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’

SFA bands will present the annual “Concert in the Park” Sunday, April 30, in the wooded area along Vista Drive and in front of the Wright Music Building on campus. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

SFA alumnus Doice Grant, owner of Tatum Music Company in Longview, will be honored with an induction into the SFA Band Directors’ Hall of Fame. Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SFA where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity and was selected “Outstanding Bandsman” of the Lumberjack Marching Band. Grant taught at Carthage and Center ISDs before joining the leadership of Tatum Music in 1994.

KKY and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary band service fraternity and sorority, will sell hamburger plates beginning at 1 p.m. Plates are $5 each and will include a burger, chips and beverage.

For more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Wind Symphony to perform Boss composition ‘Tetelestai’

SFA’s Wind Symphony will present “Tetelestai” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus.

Composer Andrew Boss described his “Tetelestai – A Symphony for Wind Ensemble” as work that “portrays images rather than adhering to a strict narrative,” allowing for “a different interpretation of these images from each listener as he or she engages in a unique aural experience as the music unfolds.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Symphonic, University bands to present ‘Songs of the Earth’ tomorrow

SFA's Symphonic Band and University Band will perform their final concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The "Songs of the Earth" program will include selections by composers ranging in style from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ryan George.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Wilder play challenges students with large-scale production, complex characters

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Skin of Our Teeth" provides a study in "how we move forward through the problems of life with optimism and courage," according to Jack Heifner, playwright-in-residence at SFA.

SFA’s School of Theatre's cast and production team for Wilder's "funny, touching, sensible and absurd" play is learning that very lesson. From summoning the courage to develop multi-faceted characters to hanging a record number of lights in Turner Auditorium, everyone involved with the production is beginning to understand Wilder's vision as the play comes to life.

"The Skin of Our Teeth" will be presented at 7:30 p.m., April 25 through 29, in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior, and $7.50 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or click here.
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Orchestra of the Pines to perform works of Bartók, Berlioz tonight

The Orchestra of the Pines at SFA will present the program "Bartók and Berlioz" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on campus.

The title signifies the "magnitude of the two composers whose works are to be performed," according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA. The program includes two "firsts" in the history of SFA's Orchestra of the Pines.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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