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Tuesday, April 28
SFA Baseball at Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, Louisiana
6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
Bright Ideas Conference
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand and Twilight Ballrooms

Friday, May 1
SFA Baseball at McNeese State University
Lake Charles, Louisiana
6:30 p.m.

SFA Big Dip Ring Ceremony

Saturday, May 2
SFA Baseball at McNeese State University
Lake Charles, Louisiana
2 p.m.


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Spring in the Park slated for May 3

SFA's Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega national theatre honor society will host Spring in the Park, a community-wide afternoon of family fun, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in Pioneer Park.

The annual fundraiser will feature face painting, carnival games, a kickball tournament, field day events and a pie-in-the-face booth. Individual event tickets are $1, or a $15 unlimited games wristband will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for incoming freshmen in SFA's School of Theatre.

Pioneer Park is located at 501 Lenwood St. For more information email apobetaphi@gmail.com.


Women's self-defense class to be offered April 28

SFA's Campus Rec and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.  The class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students.  

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex. The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.


SFA Fashion Gallery to hold grand opening

The SFA School of Human Sciences fashion merchandising program invites university alumni and friends to Fashion Icons: A Legacy of Style Fashion Gallery Opening and Costume Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Education Annex, 1620 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Featured speaker will be Houston fashion industry insider, Roz Pactor, who will give a video message to guests at 6 p.m. in the Culinary Café followed by a ribbon cutting to officially open the Fashion Gallery and viewing of the new exhibition.

Pactor, a fashion/marketing consultant and fashion lifestyle blogger based in Houston, has more than three decades experience in fashion retailing with Foley's Department Stores, Bloomingdales NYC and Neiman Marcus. She was most recently employed as the vice president/fashion director at Foley's before starting her own company, The Pactor Group. She currently serves as chair of the advisory board at the University of Houston for Retail Merchandising Careers.
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Athletics


SFA wins three events at Rice

The SFA track and field teams came away from the J. Fred Duckett Twilight with three individual titles, a school record and several more top-five finishes on Saturday at Rice University in Houston.

Junior Jessica Spelling took first in the women's discus with a personal best throw of 152 feet (46.33m). She also posted a second place throw of 46-1.25 (14.05m) in the shot put and was sixth in the hammer after a top toss of 152-5 (46.46m) to cap a busy but very successful meet.
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Payne sets NCAA Outdoor pole vault record

SFA track and field standout Demi Payne has broken yet another NCAA women's pole vault record. On Friday night in the Beijing World Championship Preview Pole Vault competition at the Drake Relays, Payne soared over 15-3.5 (4.66m) to claim the new collegiate outdoor standard.

For the second time this year, Payne plucked an NCAA record from the grasp of Arkansas State University's Sandi Morris, this time less than two weeks after Morris broke the outdoor record with a jump of 15 feet, 1.75 inches (4.62m) at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. During the indoor season, Payne initially secured the NCAA record of 15-2.25 (4.63m) just one day after Morris claimed the top height.
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'Jacks shut out Wildcats on Senior Day

SFA baseball closed out the 2015 home season by sending the seniors out winners as the Lumberjacks defeated Abilene Christian University 3-0 at Jaycees Field. The 'Jacks won the series against the Wildcats, improving to 15-29 on the year and 9-14 in Southland Conference play.

The win over ACU gives SFA its third SLC series win of the season and keeps the team in the chase for the final spot in the 2015 Southland Conference Championship. The 'Jacks sit 10th with just a pair of games separating them from eighth-place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and ninth-place Lamar University.
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Ladyjacks fall short on Senior Day

The SFA softball team lost a heartbreaker Sunday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field, dropping a 2-1 decision to first-place-ranked Northwestern State University. The Lady Demons closed out the three-game sweep of the Ladyjacks with the win on SFA's Senior Day.

The Ladyjacks move to 10-13 in Southland Conference play after the weekend, falling to the eighth position in the league standings. SFA will need three wins next weekend against Sam Houston State University and help from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Nicholls State University to squeeze their way into the sixth and final spot for the SLC Tournament.
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Symphony to perform Boysen's powerful composition

SFA's Wind Symphony will perform Andrew Boysen's monumental Symphony No. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Commissioned by Andrew Mast, director of bands at Lawrence University, the 2010 composition "is indeed grand in scale and scope," said Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the symphony's conductor.

Boysen and Mast are long-time close acquaintances, and when Mast asked his friend to write a piece for the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Boysen said he knew he was trusted to "write whatever I wanted without expectation or pressure."
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SFA School of Theatre production of 'August: Osage County' to feature stage veterans Simmons, Maule

When the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre present "August: Osage County," some familiar professional actors will be seen on stage appearing alongside SFA's talented student performers.

Directed by Scott Shattuck and featuring Nacogdoches residents Rhonda Plymate Simmons and Brad Maule, "August: Osage County" focuses on what happens to the Weston family when their patriarch disappears and they hurriedly assemble at the rural Oklahoma home of his hilariously caustic, pill-popping wife. Their outrageous conflicts and lies collide to launch the corrosive comedy that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and became the basis for the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

"August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 28 through May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A 2 p.m. Saturday matinee is also scheduled.
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SFA School of Social Work partners with UTMB to present lecture

The SFA School of Social Work in partnership with the University of Texas Medical Branch East Texas Geriatric Education Consortium will present Susan Chandler from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the School of Social Work, Room 201.

Chandler will present "Exercising Your Brain: An Informative Session and Brain Work-Out for Healthy Aging." There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. Register before Thursday, April 30, by calling (936) 468-5105. 


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