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Wednesday, April 25
Men's golf at three-day Southland Conference Championship
McKinney

Friday, April 27
Baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University
6 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

Softball vs. McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Saturday, April 28
Baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University
2 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

Softball vs. McNeese State University
Noon and 2 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Sunday, April 29
Baseball at Southeastern Louisiana University
1 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana


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Dr. John Brannon Gary

Assistant professor of chemistry

Gary has been selected for a research and creative activity grant for his research titled "Bioinspired D Catalysis: Using Nature as an Inspiration for Developing New Chemistry."

Gary’s research seeks to develop new chemical models based on natural enzymes rather than the more expensive metals used in current practices to produce many commodity chemicals. These new systems could potentially impact areas such as alternative energy and the development of new drugs. Gary hopes to use this preliminary data to garner external funding in the future to continue to research using other types of experiments, such as water oxidation.

Dr. Xiaozhen (Jenny) Han

Assistant professor of chemistry

Han has been selected for a research and creative activity grant for her research titled "The Preparation of Multi-Target Anticancer Prodrugs: Ru(II) (Arene) Complexes with Selenium-Containing Flavonols."

Han seeks to develop water-soluble, multi-target anticancer drug agents by combining certain flavonols with metal fragments. The multi-target anticancer drugs are important with diseases as complex as cancer. The use of certain metal ions that possess a lower toxicity could help reduce side effects of cancer treatments.

Candace Hicks

Assistant professor of art

Hicks has been selected for a research and creative activity grant for her research titled “Many Mini Murder Scenes."

Hicks’ project will expand on the standard theatrical diorama display to incorporate audience participation elements in her crime scene dioramas based on fictional stories. The result will be a public exhibition, including a guidebook that allows the viewer to unravel the clues in the crime scene — not to solve the crime, but to delve into the cultural significance of the mystery.

News & Announcements

SFA announces recipients of 2018 research grants

SFA’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies has announced the recipients of its annual Research and Creative Activity and Research Pilot Study grants.

Dr. Steve Bullard, provost and vice president for academic affairs, approved the award of six RCA grants based on the recommendations of The University Research Council. Additionally, the URC approved two spring RPS grants. Both of these programs are awarded through an annual competition and are funded from the university’s Research Enhancement Fund, which encourages and enhances research, offers scholarly and creative opportunities for faculty members, serves as support for innovative research, and provides seed monies to attract external financial support.

We will feature the winners in SFA Today throughout the week.

Languages, Culture and Communications to host ‘Strings of the World’ tonight

SFA’s Department of Languages, Culture and Communications is hosting “Strings of the World” as part of its International Art Series.

The free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Center for Digital Scholarship to host spring forum tomorrow

The Center for Digital Scholarship in the Steen Library will host its Authors and Publishing Issues spring 2018 forum at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Wyatt Room.

The forum topics will include the benefits of open access and publishing. Forum panelists will include Dr. Jennifer Gumm, assistant professor in the Department of Biology; Dr. David Kulhavy, Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Professor in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; and Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art. Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian, will facilitate the forum.

For more information, contact cds@sfasu.edu.

Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps World War II exhibit opens tomorrow

SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research will host an exhibit on the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps opening tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot.

Ms. Adrieene Evans-Quickley will serve as the guest speaker opening night, discussing her time in the military during the Vietnam era. 

"The military needed more women at that time," said Evans-Quickley. "There were a lot of men out there, but I could do what they could." During her service she saw women in many different roles.

For more information on SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research, click here.
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Counseling Services to offer ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ workshop

Counseling Services is hosting free workshops to teach the skills that identify and help a person in danger of suicide. The sessions are scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

On completion of the 1 ½ hour QPR session, each participant will receive certification as a suicide prevention gatekeeper.

For more information or to register, call (936) 468-2401.

SFA Army ROTC to host ‘Clash of the Jacks’

SFA’s Army ROTC is challenging students, faculty and staff to participate in the 2018 Clash of the Jacks, a team race to celebrate the grand opening of the new obstacle course, at 8 a.m. Friday, April 27, at the SFA intramural fields.

All participants with receive a free T-shirt and the winners will receive a $500 prize.

Test your teamwork, endurance and strength by forming a team today. To register, visit imleagues.com.

Social Events Team hosting faculty and staff happy hour

SFA faculty and staff are invited to a social event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Front Porch Distillery, located at 7905 U.S. Highway 59 in Nacogdoches.

Food trucks are scheduled to open at 6 p.m. and live music from Jonathan Webster will start at 7 p.m. Discounted tour tickets will be available for the SFA faculty and staff group for $10 each. No pre-registration is required.

This event is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

Athletics

Baseball

SFA - 5 vs. Texas Christian University - 15

Men's golf

Third place heading into the final round of the 2018 Southland Conference men's golf championship

Fine Arts

Modern jazz favorites showcased in Contemporary Ensemble concert tomorrow

SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble will present a program of modern jazz when the group performs at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall.

“I chose this theme because jazz is some of my favorite music to play and to listen to,” said Andrew Sperandeo, sound recording technology and guitar instructor at SFA and director of the Contemporary Ensemble. “It has always been important to me as an educator to try to expose students to artists they would most likely never encounter in their own musical pursuits in order to broaden their perspectives as musicians.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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The Smithsonian is celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month by featuring art inspired by the rich sounds, rhythms and colors of jazz.

Artist Romare Bearden painted jazz scenes using various media to create lively art varying as much as jazz music itself.

To see more of Bearden’s work, along with other artists featured in the exhibit, click here.

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