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This Week's Calendar

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.

Tuesday, May 3
SFA baseball vs. the University of Arkansas-Little Rock
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field




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Fred J. Allen

Director of Bands

Allen attended the premiere of his composition for band titled "Dignity and Strength" Monday, April 25, which the Lamar University Wind Ensemble performed.

The piece was commissioned by band directors in the Beaumont area to commemorate the life of long time band director Diane Baker.

News & Announcements

Strategic Plan campus update scheduled for May 5

Two of the Strategic Plan working groups will update the campus community on their progress and recommendations in Strategy Update Sessions Thursday, May 5, in the Math Building, Room 101. Each of the working groups will make a short presentation followed by audience questions, comments and discussion.

At 1:30 p.m., members of the Career Development Integration Team will present their recommendations for better integrating career development into all years of a student's experience.

At 2:30 p.m., members of the Teaching and Learning Advancement Team will present their recommendations for refreshing classroom spaces across campus.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

For more information, click here, or contact Megan Weatherly, strategic plan coordinator, at (936) 468-1735 or (936) 468-1043.

SFA’s Phi Beta Lambda sweeps state conference, 13 students qualify for nationals

Members of SFA’s professional business student organization, Phi Beta Lambda, won 13 first-place awards in various competitions during the recent 2016 PBL State Leadership Conference in Dallas.

In addition to their record-breaking number of awards, 13 students qualified for the annual National Leadership Conference in multiple events, which Henry Dunn, PBL faculty adviser and lecturer of general business at SFA, said is the university’s largest qualifying group in the organization’s history.
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Criminal justice visiting professor to present talk today

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

Groups of two to three students in Dr. Louise Stoehr's, SFA associate professor of German and director of the Language Resource Center, fourth-semester German course will present in-depth and interactive websites on selected topics from the time period to the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Griffith Art Gallery on campus.
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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.

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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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.

East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for Saturday

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.

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 School of Human Sciences, at shepherd@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1413.

Campus Recreation

Family Fun Night planned for May 6

Curious about the youth programs Campus Recreation has to offer during the summer? For more information, stop by Family Fun Night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Campus Rec Courtyard and pool.

The event will include free food, games, swimming and opportunities to win free sessions. Kids are encouraged to attend. Registration is currently open for swim lessons, Little Jack Rec Camp sessions and Parents’ Night Out.

For more information, contact the Campus Recreation Administration Office at (936) 468-3507, or click here.


Aaron Augustin added to SFA's 2016-17 men’s basketball recruiting class

SFA’s head men's basketball coach Kyle Keller continues to build the ’Jacks 2016-17 roster. Keller received a signed national letter of intent Monday from Aaron Augustin of Suwanee, Georgia, who is a former point guard for Miller Grove High School.

"We have gone on an extensive search trying to find a point guard who fits the mold of what SFA has had, and we think Aaron fits that perfectly," Keller said. "Aaron is a tough, gritty winner and someone who can change the game on both ends of the court. Aaron also is proven by his ability to win at the highest level in the premier high school program in the state of Georgia. We expect Aaron to continue that winning tradition here at SFA.”
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Late scoring helps ’Jacks in 6-2 triumph over University of Louisiana-Monroe

Starting pitcher senior Eric Polivka’s strong performance on the mound and a standout inning for the Lumberjacks helped SFA’s baseball team beat the University of Louisiana-Monroe Tuesday night at Jaycees Field.

Seven of SFA’s 10 hits came in the seventh and eighth innings, and the ’Jacks plated all six of their runs in that span to earn a 6-2 comeback win.
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Welch leads SFA in 3-1 victory over Louisiana Tech University

SFA senior pitcher Hannah Welch kept Louisiana Tech University off balance Tuesday afternoon to lead SFA’s softball team to a 3-1 victory at the SFA Softball Field. The Ladyjacks, now winners of three of their last four games, improve to 22-24 on the season with the win.

Welch (W, 2-5) was in complete control in SFA’s final non-conference game of the season, scattering five hits in seven innings. She gave up just one run in the fifth surrounded by three 1-2-3 frames.
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Fine Arts

SFA’s Latin Lumberjacks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The Latin Lumberjacks ensemble at SFA will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an outdoor concert from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the plaza outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The Latin Lumberjacks is comprised of members of the sound recording technology program within SFA’s School of Music. Directed by Luigi Lazareno, music faculty member, the group will perform a variety of popular songs in salsa style.
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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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Program to feature music for clarinet, bassoon, piano tonight

Clarinetist Dr. Mary Druhan will perform in a trio concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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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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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