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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 29
SFA Baseball
vs. TCU
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30
SFA Softball
at Texas Southern
4 p.m.

Friday, May 2
SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 3
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
2 p.m.




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Bright Ideas Conference to highlight SFA faculty research, scholarship and artistry

The 2014 Bright Ideas Conference highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry at Stephen F. Austin State University will be held Thursday, May 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The public is invited, and admission is free.

More than 90 research posters and scholarly exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Spotlight exhibits will be featured in the Twilight Ballroom along with refreshments. An invitation-only awards ceremony and luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The biennial Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Teaching Excellence Center and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
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Dr. Kelly Noe

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Noe, an assistant professor in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Learning award in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. 

Dr. Marlene Kahla was recognized as a finalist for the award.

Dr. Marsha Bayless

Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies

Bayless, a professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies, is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Service Award in the Nelson Rusche College of Business.

The award is based on meritorious service to the department, college, university, profession or a combination of such service.  Other finalists for the award were:  Marie Kelly, Dr. Banker Phares and Dr. Elton Scifres.

Keith New

Department of General Business, Department of Management, Marketing and International Business

New has been named the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member for 2014 in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. New teaches courses in the Department of General Business and Department of Management, Marketing and International Business.  

The award recognizes adjunct faculty members for innovative instruction and excellence in teaching.

News & Announcements

Teacher Job Fair set for May

The Spring Teacher Job fair is quickly approaching. Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend and hopes you will encourage your students and alumni seeking teacher positions to attend, as well. 

Please advise students to dress professionally, bring copies of their résumés for distribution, bring their student ID and prepare for the event by viewing the online workshop: "How to Work a Teacher Job Fair." 

The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2, at the Norton H.P.E Complex.
Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.
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Discussion about nonverbal communication set for April 28

The Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication will host "Greetings, Gestures, Gifts and Time: Nonverbal communication across cultures," a discussion with department transnational faculty members and students about how nonverbal behavior communicates beliefs, attitudes, and worldview to others. 

The event will be held in the Ferguson Building, Room 375, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 28. The event is open anyone interested in attending.. 

SFA to offer new engineering degree in fall 2014

A new four-year engineering degree program to be offered by SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Thursday.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering physics with an emphasis in mechanical or electrical engineering at SFA. Graduates will be prepared to enter such diverse areas as mechanical controls, digital and analog electronics, instrumentation, robotics, and manufacturing process control.

"With opportunities for a student to major in any of the sciences, technology (computer science) and/or mathematics, the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics now adds to that list the opportunity for a student to major in engineering. Thus, SFA now offers degree opportunities in all of the STEM disciplines," said Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
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Deep East Texas Region celebrates fourth annual GenTX Day

The Deep East Texas P-16 Council is encouraging communities, businesses and schools in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties to join the state of Texas in celebrating GenTX Day by wearing a college T-shirt on Friday, May 2. GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on building a college-going, career-ready culture across the state.

The 15 independent school districts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties have been encouraged to promote the wearing of college T-shirts on GenTX Day. Some area schools are hosting GenTX Day events to help students envision their futures such as AVID classroom discussions at Hudson High School, College T-shirt day at Central Heights where the students will get an extended lunch for wearing their favorite college T-shirt, and a Career Center unveiling in the library of Zavalla High School. Other schools such as Lufkin Middle School and Burley Primary are hosting Career Day/ Week around GenTX Day.

Many East Texas nonprofit organizations and businesses are actively supporting GenTX Day across the region and encouraging broad participation by asking their employees wear college T-shirts for the day.

For more information about participating, call Megan Kelley at (936) 468-1292.

SFA to screen award-winning 'Chasing Ice' documentary

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Chasing Ice" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski with photography by James Balog, "Chasing Ice" is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of the Earth's changing planet.

According to information at www.chasingice.com, environmental photographer Balog was given a National Geographic assignment in 2005 to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. He eventually began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
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Fund your research and professional development in Australia

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships comprise the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides funds for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to $253,043 for eligible non-Australians, including Americans and Canadians, to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a master's or doctorate level, either by coursework or research, in any field in Australia for up to four years.
Endeavour Research Fellowships provides up to $22,750 for American and Canadian post-graduate research students and post-doctoral researchers to undertake four to six months of research in Australia.
Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides up to $17,179 for professional development opportunities of one to four months for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.
Applications close June 30..
For more information or to apply, visit http://orau.org/endeavourscholarships.


'Jacks falter in series finale against Lamar

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team led 4-1 but could not hold on in a 5-4 loss to Lamar on Sunday morning at Jaycees Field.

SFA (17-26, 8-13 SLC) was scoreless after the fourth inning, as the Cardinals (26-17, 12-9 SLC) won their fourth-straight Southland Conference series.

Sophomore Matthew Dickey led the 'Jacks at the plate, going 3-for-6 with an RBI and run scored. Senior Mackenzie Handel went 2-for-3, with a pair of singles, while Ricardo Sanchez, Brett Thornell, Nick Ramos and Will Vest each collected one hit.

Freshman Patrick Ledet suffered the loss, falling to 0-4 on the season, allowing one run (unearned) in one inning of relief pitched. Junior Tyler Wiedenfeld took a no decision in his first start of the season. Usually called in to close games for SFA, Wiedenfeld scattered six hits, two runs (one earned) in four innings pitched.
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Walk-off homer gives SFA sweep

On Senior Day, it was one of the six seniors who provided the dramatic finish to Sunday’s win with a walk-off two-run home run from shortstop Elizabeth Arana.

With SFA trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh and one out, Arana blasted a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left field to drive in Brittany Lewis and win the game 8-7. The victory completed the sweep over Lamar (20-25, 12-11) this weekend and helped catapult the Ladyjacks from seventh place in the Southland Conference standings at the beginning of the weekend all the way into third.

“We were just trying to get one hit at a time, base hit after base hit. It just happened to be a bigger hit and something that everyone had hoped for,” Arana said after the game. “SFA has been such a big part of my career. I just wanted to give it back to the girls, to the team to the university.
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SFA wins six events at Duckett Twilight

It was another record-breaking performance for the SFA track and field team on Saturday. This time it was the men's 4x100 meter relay team that did the trick at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight hosted by Rice University.

The tandem of Hampton Hawkins, Cass Brown-Stewart, Jared Love and Trevon Caudle teamed up to cross the line in 40.24 seconds to win the 4x100 and tie the school record. The time is the fastest in the Southland Conference this year and ranks in the top 50 in the NCAA this season.

SFA posted victories in five other events at the Duckett Twilight.

The women's 4x100 relay posted its fastest time of the season, finishing in 45.81 seconds. The Ladyjacks also won the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:39.25, besting second-place UT-San Antonio by nearly six seconds.
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SFA's season ends in loss to Northwestern

The SFA women’s tennis team had its season come to a close in a 4-1 loss to top-seeded Northwestern State in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament Saturday at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

"I am very proud of the way the girls battled today,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “Northwestern State is a very well coached team, and their doubles was rock solid today. They got very confident with the momentum earned in doubles and started very strong in singles. Our girls did not give up, and we pushed them against the fence in four singles matches that could have gone either way."

Junior Malena Gordo defeated NWST’s (20-5) Polina Konop 6-1, 6-4 in No. 1 singles to record the only win for SFA (12-11), as the Ladyjacks were eliminated from the tournament.
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Fine Arts

Spring recitals to feature SFA Music Preparatory Division students

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present their spring recitals beginning April 29 and continuing through May 18.

"The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends," said Pat Barnett, division director.

Harp students of Emily Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall. On Sunday, May 4, is the SFA student teachers' students recital and a performance of the piano students of Mario Ajero at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Cole Concert Hall with Dr. Evgeni Raychev, director, and Pavel Baez, assistant director.

Raychev's cello students and the violin/viola students of Dr. Jenifer Dalmas will present their spring recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall.
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SFA Wind Symphony to perform commissioned piece honoring director of bands

The SFA State University Wind Symphony, under the direction of David W. Campo, will present “Stars and Dreams – Music of the Spheres” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and will feature the world premiere a selection commissioned to honor Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA.

“About a year ago, I approached composer L. Mark Lewis with the idea of a commission in honor of Mr. Allen,” Campo said. “Considering Mr. Allen’s significant contribution to Texas music education, coupled with the fact that he has just celebrated his 20th year at Stephen F. Austin State University, I thought it was important to mark this occasion with a work that celebrates this contribution.”
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SFA Percussion Ensemble to perform high-intensity program

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, performing its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert - "Pieces for a Crowded Stage" - is so titled because all the compositions being performed are either for small chamber ensembles (five performers or less) or use multiple performers playing on one instrument, according to Meyer.

"'Trio per Uno' by Nebojša Zivkovic is an exciting and raucous trio that has all three performers surrounding a single concert bass drum played horizontally," Meyer explained. "Each player performs interlocking rhythms between the shared bass drum and the metal instruments located between the players."

John Tadlock, sophomore music education major, will be the featured, marimba soloist on Andy Harnsberger's "Palmetto Moon." Harnsberger describes the piece by saying, "imagine yourself on a beach with your favorite person in the world. The moon is out, the stars are bright and you can hear the water rolling into the shore."
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