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Thursday, April 27
Regents Professor Dr. Kenneth Farrish to present lecture "Intestines of the Earth"
5:30 p.m.
Math Building, Room 101

Softball at McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Friday, April 28
SFA Planetarium
"The Planets"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Softball at McNeese State University
3 and 5 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Tennis vs. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
2 p.m.
Beaumont

Saturday, April 29
Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
2 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Track and field at Bobcat Classic Invitational
All Day
San Marcos

Sunday, April 30
Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Graduate Research Conference Dean’s Research Awards announced

The Graduate Research Conference Committee and the Graduate School would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Graduate Research Conference Dean’s Research Awards.

In the Department of Geology, Lilly O’Shay and Jonah Morris won best poster for their research on “The Characterization and Mobilization of Gypsic Soil to Create Suffosion Caves along RM 652 in Culberson County, Texas.” Dr. Kevin Stafford served as the advisor.

From the Department of Forestry, Ryan Assenheimer won an honorable mention for “Utilizing Phenology to Improve Seedling Survival in Degraded Bottom-land Hardwood Forest of the Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah Ecoregions of East Texas, USA.” Drs. Hans Williams, Jeremy Stovall and Christopher Comer served as advisors.

From the interdisciplinary studies program, Amber Middleton won best paper for “Studying the Impact of First-Year Seminar Completion on First-Generation Academic Success." Drs. Lee Payne, Steve Westbrook, Tim Clipson and Joyce Johnston served as advisors.

From the School of Human Sciences, Audrey Bogue won an honorable mention for “Sickle Cell Disease and Nutrition Case Study.” Dr. Darla O’Dwyer served as advisor.

Department of Biology to host J.H. Burr Distinguished Lecture Series tomorrow

SFA’s Department of Biology will host the 28th J.H. Burr Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Biology at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s Twilight Ballroom. Dr. Michael Hitchcock will present “Behind the Scenes of Personalized Medicine: Cancer Treatment in the Era of Human Genomics.”

Hitchcock received his Master of Science in biology from SFA and graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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Environmental philosophers to present tomorrow

Environmental philosophers Drs. Clare Palmer and Gary Varner will present “Animal Ethics in Context: Pets and Sustainable Communities" from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. SFA’s Philosophy and Sustainability Clubs are sponsoring this presentation.

Palmer, a graduate of Oxford University in England, has written three single-authored books, including “Animal Ethics in Context,” and has recently co-authored “Companion Animal Ethics.” She served as president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics from 2007-10 and is currently co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation grant Genomics and Society. Palmer serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Environmental Values, Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, and Environmental Humanities.

Varner wrote one of the first dissertations on environmental ethics and has since published three books and more than 50 shorter pieces on related topics, including hunting, animal agriculture and human nutrition, medical research, cloning and pet ownership, as well as philosophical issues associated with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the property takings debate. His current work focuses on applying Harean two-level utilitarianism (Kantian) to questions about the moral and legal status of animals.


Third STEM speaker series installment taking place today

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the third installment of the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today in Kennedy Auditorium on campus.

The event aims to connect students to STEM professionals and will feature two guest speakers, including professional Dr. Scott H. Coleman, SFA regent and Houston-area dentist, and current SFA STEM student Marlon Walls.

Faculty members are encouraged to inform students of the event. Admission is free and open to students of all majors.

For more information, contact Kim Carmona, project coordinator for SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics, at (936) 468-5197.

Department of Psychology to host speaker series today

SFA’s Department of Psychology will host a speaker series titled, “Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychology,” beginning at 4 p.m. today in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131, on campus.

Dr. Iqnoor Bains, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Tri-County Behavioral Health in Conroe, and Dr. Rachel Wolfe, a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist practicing at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, will each present during the event.

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Shutterstock images available through University Marketing Communications

Shutterstock images for use by SFA campus departments for work-related projects may now be acquired through SFA's Office of University Marketing Communications. 

UMC was recently required by Shutterstock to purchase a corporate subscription and the revised cost is more than double what has been paid in years past. As part of this subscription, UMC’s registered users can download images for official university use by any campus department.

To request Shutterstock images, contact Kim Gaynor, marketing communications specialist of project services, at (936) 468-2605. She will download and email the requested files.   

Requests must come from full-time SFA employees. UMC will download up to three image files per department on an annual basis free of charge. If more than three image files are needed, a fee of $10 per image will be charged to help offset UMC’s costs.   

For more information, contact Gaynor at kgaynor@sfasu.edu or Dr. Shirley Luna, executive director of UMC, at sluna@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


Lumberjacks register runner-up finish at 2017 Southland Conference Championships

SFA’s men’s golf team used a final round surge to capture runner-up honors at the 2017 Southland Conference Championship in McKinney, posting a 14-over 302 in the final 18 holes. The effort gave the Lumberjacks a 54-hole total of 58-over 922, four shots out of the conference title.

It was SFA’s best showing at the conference tournament since the Lumberjacks won the SLC title in 1999. The runner-up showing marks the third time SFA has finished second at the season-ending meet, matching the result from 1993 and 1990.
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Weather alters SFA vs. McNeese State University Series

SFA’s softball team goes on the road for its final two series of the 2017 season. The team's first trip will be to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to face the Cowgirls of McNeese State University.

The three-game series has been moved up to today due to weather forecasts. The first game will now get underway at 6 p.m. today followed by a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.
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Fine Arts

Friends of Music to honor Wright at Extravaganza 30

The SFA Friends of Music will host Extravaganza 30, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet, at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The event will honor Dr. Peggy Wright of Nacogdoches as Outstanding Music Alumna.

This year’s Extravaganza, “Golden Stars of SFA,” celebrates the 30th anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards in an exciting evening of music, according to Dr. Gary Wurtz, director of SFA's School of Music.

For more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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SFA School of Theatre presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

SFA theatre students, from left, Daniel Hicks, Richmond sophomore; Kara Bruntz, Southlake senior; Avery Tindol, Tenaha senior; and Sarah Lovelady, Leander sophomore, perform in a scene from Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” being presented at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday, April 29, in Turner Auditorium on campus.

The play is about the Antrobus family, which narrowly escapes one disaster after another, from ancient times to the present. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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This internet sensation has become so popular it even developed its own pupper language of sorts. Take a look at the language of borks, frightens, bleps and mlems.

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