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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-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

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.

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

Criminal justice visiting professor to present talk tomorrow

Deborah Sibila, visiting professor in criminal justice, will present a talk on "Gender and Crime" at 4 p.m. tomorrow 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.

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 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.

Family Consumer Sciences Students Organization collecting nonperishable items in food drive

SFA’s Family Consumer Sciences Students Organization is hosting a food drive for the SFA Food Pantry.

Bring donations to the Education Annex Building or the Human Sciences North and South Buildings by Sunday, May 1.

Suggested items include: any canned goods, rice, peanut butter and jelly, and spices.

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Shepherd, assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences, at shepherd@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1413.

Students studying German create virtual museum projects

Immersion is said to be one of the best ways to learn any language. SFA undergraduate students studying German are bringing that adage into the 21st century as they create virtual museums for display on iPads and tablets examining German cultural history from 1942 to 1990.

“The motivation behind this project is twofold,” said Dr. Louise Stoehr, SFA associate professor of German and director of the Language Resource Center. “In an effort to make class assignments more relevant to communication modalities of the 21st century, students create interactive websites instead of writing papers. At the same time, critical thinking skills — learning to ask the difficult questions and seek answers to them — are a focal point of the course. Beyond fostering intermediate-level acquisition of German, the larger goal of this course is to successfully encourage and support mentored undergraduate scholarship.”
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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.


Sheehan earns All-Southland Conference first-team honors

SFA golf senior Luke Sheehan has been named a first team All-Southland Conference selection, and freshman Angelo Leyvani was tabbed an All-SLC honorable mention selection.

Sheehan capped the 2015-16 season with a 72.97 scoring average over 29 rounds, going down as the second-lowest, single-season scoring average in program history and the second best in the Southland Conference this season. Sheehan finished with a pair of top-10 showings and five other top-20 marks, which are highlighted by his tie for fifth overall at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic.
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Southland Conference names Thornell Hitter of the Week

SFA baseball senior infielder Kyle Thornell was recognized as the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week.

Thornell played a big role in helping the ’Jacks win two out of three games against the University of the Incarnate Word. In SFA’s 7-1 series-opening win over the Cardinals, the offense flowed almost exclusively from Thornell’s bat as he slugged a pair of three-run home runs. He wrapped up his Friday night with six RBIs and two runs on the strength of his 2-for-3 showing at the dish.
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SFA, University of Louisiana-Monroe engage in non-conference clash at Jaycees Field

Fresh off a series in which SFA won two out of three games against the University of the Incarnate Word, SFA’s baseball team will drop the curtain on its latest four-game stretch at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Jaycees Field by hosting the University of Louisiana-Monroe for a single, nine-inning matchup.
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Ladyjack softball hosts Louisiana Tech University today for final non-conference game of 2016

SFA’s softball team will wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule today after hosting Louisiana Tech University for a single game beginning at 3 p.m. at the SFA Softball Field.

The Ladyjacks are in the thick of a playoff push for the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament. Currently in fifth place among eligible teams, SFA holds a 2.5 game lead over sixth-place Sam Houston State University and a 3.0 game advantage over Houston Baptist University. Following today’s contest, the Ladyjacks will play three-game sets against Northwestern State University and the Bearkats to close the regular season. The top six teams make the postseason.
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Fine Arts

Choral Masterworks Series to showcase ‘An American Requiem’

SFA's College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral studies at SFA, the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform “An American Requiem” by Richard Danielpour. Guest soloists will be SFA alumni Erin Roth, mezzo-soprano; Richard Novak, tenor; and Casey Jones Parrish, baritone.
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SFA’s Rockin’ Axes to perform music of the ’70s

The Rockin’ Axes at SFA will present “The Sounds of the ’70s, Part II” when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Directed by Andy Sperandeo, instructor in SFA's School of Music’s sound recording technology program, the Rockin’ Axes consists of SRT students who study influential, popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to Sperandeo. The course work helps students develop skills necessary to transcribe, rehearse, arrange and perform in an ensemble setting.
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SFA bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’

SFA bands will present the annual “Concert in the Park” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building.

Performing will be the University Band and the Symphonic Band, both directed by Dr. James Dreiling, acting assistant director of bands at SFA; the Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, acting associate director of bands; and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Campo, acting director of bands while Fred J. Allen is on spring sabbatical.
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Program to feature music for clarinet, bassoon, piano tomorrow

Clarinetist Dr. Mary Druhan will perform in a trio concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow 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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Wind Symphony to present ‘Tin Pan Alley’

The Wind Symphony at SFA will present the program “Tin Pan Alley” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The program will showcase music by early 20th century American composers, such as Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, acting associate director of bands at SFA. The concert also will feature SFA School of Music faculty member Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone.
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