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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.

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

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

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




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Dr. Sheryll Jerez

Associate professor of environmental science

Jerez has been selected for a research and creative activity grant for her research titled "Comparison of Benzene and Other Volatile Compounds in Ambient Air near the Eagle Ford Shale Area."

Jerez will develop standard operating procedures for certain analyses performed with the new gas chromatography/flame ionization detector system. In addition, she will research the air quality impacts on people in rural East Texas from fracking sites. The standard operating procedures will be invaluable as Jerez and other faculty seek to expand their research capacities.

Dr. Christopher Schalk

Assistant professor of forestry

Schalk has been selected for a research and creative activity grant for his research titled "Examining Terrestrial Food-web Structure in Managed and Unmanaged Forests in East Texas."

Schalk will concentrate on forest management practices and how they impact food webs (consumer-resource relationships). Such research data will help land managers make more informed decisions concerning forestry practices in addition to providing seed data for Schalk to be competitive in external funding.

Dr. Jacob Turner

Assistant professor of mathematics and statistics

Turner has been selected for a research and creative activity grant for his research titled "Robustness to Model Selection in Longitudinal Gene Expression Studies."

Turner will research high throughput gene expression data to develop new theoretical and methodological approaches to improve current standards of practice, which will be useful to the bioinformatics and biostatistics research communities.

News & Announcements

Memorial service for Dr. Alan Nielsen scheduled for May 6

A memorial service for Dr. Alan Nielsen, professor emeritus of theatre, is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 6 in Turner Auditorium.

Nielsen passed away on March 26. He was loved by many and will be missed.

Stroud named distinguished alumnus

Sid Stroud was named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture during the college's annual scholarship banquet held this month.

Stroud graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from SFA in 1978, and has served in a wide array of positions in his nearly 44 years with Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, the largest coal mining operation in Texas.

Stroud has chaired Luminant's unique environmental research program, which has provided more than $5 million in research funding since 1971 for the completion of 110 graduate student theses and dissertations from various Texas universities, including 25 studies from SFA students. In 2017, SFA's Board of Regents recognized Luminant for the company's contributions to environmental education and the advancement of research, scholarship, and student and faculty development at SFA for nearly 50 years.
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Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps World War II exhibit opens tonight

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

Guest speaker Adrieene Evans-Quickley will discuss her time in the military during the Vietnam era. 

"The military needed more women at that time," Evans-Quickley said. "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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Department of Biology to host J.H. Burr Distinguished Lecture Series tomorrow

SFA’s Department of Biology will host the 29th annual J.H. Burr Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

SFA alumna Laura Livingston will present “The World is your Ostreoidea: The Diversity of Opportunities in Health Professions.”

The speaker series is endowed in honor of Professor J.H. Burr who taught at SFA from 1951 to 1986 and hosts speakers who discuss topics relating to biological research.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Biology at (936) 468-3601.
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Social Events Team hosting faculty and staff happy hour tomorrow

SFA faculty and staff are invited to a social event from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow 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 preregistration 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.

Breakfast on the Farm scheduled for Saturday

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is hosting a free pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at the Walter C. Todd Agriculture Research Center Beef Farm.

Explore the farm, see animals, take a hayride and enjoy a day of farm activities.

Tickets will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through tomorrow at the Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau Office, located at 2302 NW Stallings Drive. Tickets are limited.

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

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. 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 session, each participant will receive certification as a suicide prevention gatekeeper.

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


Men's golf

Finished third at the 2017-18 Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship

Fine Arts

Contemporary ensemble concert canceled

A concert by SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight has been canceled.

For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

SFA’s combined choirs, orchestra to perform Mozart’s Requiem

SFA’s combined choirs along with the Orchestra of the Pines will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem KV 626 (completed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr) at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in Turner Auditorium.

Conducted by Dr. Michael Murphy, this masterwork concert will feature SFA’s A Cappella Choir, Murphy, director; Choral Union and Women’s Choir, Dr. Tod Fish, director; and the Orchestra of the Pines, Dr. Gene H. Moon, director.

The performance also will feature faculty soloists Debbie Berry, Nita Hudson, Dr. Richard Berry and Dr. Chris Turner from the School of Music.

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.

Friday Film Series offers special screening of ‘Jane’ tomorrow

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night special screening of the documentary “Jane” at 7 p.m. tomorrow in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized understanding of the natural world.

For more information about the film, click here. For more information about the First Friday Film Series, call (936) 468-1131.
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Children’s series presents ‘The Ugly Duckling’ tomorrow

The Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA will celebrate a classic tale of friendship and self-confidence when Virginia Repertory Theatre presents “The Ugly Duckling” in two performances tomorrow on the SFA campus.

This production targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. An online study guide assists teachers in incorporating classroom activities into their curriculum, including having students write their own fairy tales. Other core instructional activities focus on elements of history, science and social sciences.

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.
To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Click here for additional information.
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SFA bands to present annual Concert in the Park

The SFA bands will present the annual Concert in the Park at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the wooded area along Vista Drive and in front of the Wright Music Building.

The concert is free to the public. All four SFA concert bands will perform.

A meeting of the Lumberjack Band Alumni Association will be held in the Band Hall following the concert.

Kappa Kappa Psi 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 the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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It may be difficult to wrap your mind around the vastness of our galaxy, which is thought to possess 100 billion stars.

However, that number is minute compared to the image above, which shows more than 48,000 galaxies each of which holds billions of stars, planets and asteroids. This image is only one-twentieth of the night sky.

When you hear the phrase "reach for the stars,” remember you have plenty to choose from. To read more, click here.

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