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This Week's Calendar

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

Friday, April 29
SFA softball at Northwestern State University
3 and 5 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball at Abilene Christian University
6 p.m.

Saturday, April 30
SFA softball at Northwestern State University
1 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA baseball at Abilene Christian University
2 p.m.

Sunday, May 1
SFA baseball at Abilene Christian University
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA researchers seek to improve understanding of forest reclamation techniques on Gulf Coast mining sites

Researchers at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture are working with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to augment the science and success of mine reclamation in the Western Gulf Coast region of the U.S.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas was the country’s sixth largest coal producer in 2013, generating more than 42,000 tons of lignite coal. Surface mining, in which heavy machinery is used to remove layers of earth to access the resource, is the primary technique used in the state.
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Criminal justice visiting professor to present talk

Deborah Sibila, visiting professor in criminal justice, will present a talk on "Gender and Crime" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Ferguson Building, Room 372.

The event is open to the university community and is sponsored by the women's and gender studies minor. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Levitt, SFA associate professor of communication studies, at (936) 468-1236.

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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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.

University to screen 'The Hunting Ground' documentary tomorrow 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. tomorrow 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.

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 today through Friday, April 29, 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.

School of Human Sciences to host graduate studies open house

SFA’s School of Human Sciences is hosting a graduate studies open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Culinary Café, located on campus in the Education Annex, Room 121.

This event is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about the online Master of Science in human sciences and graduate certificate program in hospitality administration. Light refreshments will be served and Dr. Richard Berry, dean of SFA’s Graduate School, will speak at 4 p.m.
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East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for April 30

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory offering discount on soil testing

Spring is here! Is your soil ready? SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory is offering a 10-percent discount to faculty and staff members on all soil testing analysis.

Collect your sample and drop it off at the soils lab located in the Agriculture Building, Room 122, on Wilson Drive. Results include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime requirements that any landowner could use to grow a healthy yard, bumper crop garden or high-yield hay meadow. Each sample costs $9. Information forms are available here.

Department of Agriculture invites faculty, staff members to Breakfast on the Farm

SFA’s Department of Agriculture invites faculty and staff members to Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center, SFA Beef Farm, 442 CR 123 off Highway 259 North.

Pick up a breakfast ticket between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the SFA Agriculture Building office, located on Wilson Drive. Tickets are limited.

This event includes a free pancake breakfast (with ticket). Attendees can explore the farm, see farm animals, take a hayride and enjoy farm activities, all free of charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Brown, associate professor of animal science at SFA, at (936) 468-3705 or browneg@sfasu.edu.


SFA excels in sprints, field events Saturday at Baylor University

SFA’s track and field teams grabbed 10 top-five finishes on Saturday at the Michael Johnson Invitational hosted by Baylor University inside the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium. The meet served as the final team competition for the ’Jacks before the 2016 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, which begin Friday, May 6.

The SFA men and women each tallied five top-five performances between sprints/hurdles and field events.
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’Jacks denied sweep of University of the Incarnate Word after Cardinals claim 14-4 win in series finale

SFA’s baseball team was unable to sustain its strong offense during the final game of a three-game Southland Conference set Sunday afternoon at Jaycees Field. The Lumberjacks fell 14-4 to the University of the Incarnate Word in an eight-inning loss.

With the score standing at three-all after the first third of the league contest, the visitors proceeded to score at least one run in the final six frames, forging ahead to the win by plating four runs in the top of the fourth.
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Thornell, McMullen drive in seven as SFA eases to 11-1 win over University of the Incarnate Word

SFA baseball senior Kyle Thornell hammered a three-run long ball in the top of the third, and fellow senior Garrett McMullen connected on a fifth-inning grand slam as the ’Jacks blasted the University of the Incarnate Word 11-1 at Jaycees Field Saturday afternoon.
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Thornell launches two three-run homers, helps ’Jacks clobber Cardinals 7-1

On Friday night during the ’Jacks first game back at Jaycees Field, senior Kyle Thornell clubbed a pair of three-run home runs to finish with a line of 2-for-3 and six RBIs as the ’Jacks downed the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals 7-1 in the opener of a three-game Southland Conference series.
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SFA softball blanks University of the Incarnate Word 5-0 behind Sikes’ complete game shutout

SFA softball sophomore pitcher Makayla Sikes tossed her first complete game shutout of the year to lift SFA’s softball team to a 5-0 blanking of the University of the Incarnate Word Saturday afternoon at Cardinals Field. With the result, the Ladyjacks head back to Nacogdoches with a 2-1 series victory.

Sikes (W, 6-9) scattered four hits – all singles – across 7.0 scoreless frames and didn’t issue a single walk on the day. She induced 15 groundouts and four flyouts while striking out a pair in the winning decision.
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Fine Arts

Guest pianist An to perform with Orchestra of the Pines tonight

The Orchestra of the Pines at SFA will present the program “Stories from Afar” when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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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College of Fine Arts awards first community-established endowed professorship

SFA’s College of Fine Arts’ Dean’s Circle will bestow the first-ever community-established endowed professorship at SFA when the annual Dean’s Awards are presented at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Dr. Charles R. Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music, is the recipient of the inaugural Dean’s Circle Endowed Professorship award, which was created to recognize and honor those who “embody the qualities of the ideal professor that characterize all College of Fine Arts faculty members,” according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.
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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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SFA festival features new works by playwrights Heifner, Cariani, Miyagawa

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during SFA’s School of Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New American Plays scheduled for tomorrow through Saturday, April 30, on campus.

This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.
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