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Friday, April 28

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Friday, April 28
SFA Planetarium
"The Planets"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
2 and 5:30 p.m.

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

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

Saturday, April 29
Track and field at Bobcat Classic Invitational
All Day
San Marcos

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




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News & Announcements

Attend Faculty and Staff Breakfast May 3

The last SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast of the spring semester will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the East College Dining Hall. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to help spread the word about this event and invite colleagues to join.

The event will include a $3 all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and will provide opportunities to catch up with colleagues and make new campus contacts. Door prizes will be awarded.

This event is brought to you by the newly formed SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of the “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within the campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social networking events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

SFA community invited to vigil in remembrance of Dunn tonight

SFA faculty and staff members, students and alumni are invited to a vigil in remembrance of Carl "Henry" B. Dunn at 8 p.m. tonight at the Surfin’ Steve statue on campus.

Dunn, former lecturer of legal studies in SFA’s Rusche College of Business, served as advisor for the college’s Phi Beta Lambda student organization from 2004 until his death. He impacted hundreds of students in the classroom and within the organization.

Arrangements for Dunn’s funeral are through Laird Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. Tonight’s vigil is sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda.

For more information, contact Dr. S. Ann Wilson, professor of business communication and associate dean in the Rusche College of Business, at (936) 468-4654.

Submit undergraduate research highlights by May 17

Undergraduate research highlights are due by Wednesday, May 17, for the fall 2017 SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, a quarterly publication by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Undergraduate research highlights briefly describe peer-reviewed research or scholarly work in academic journals, book and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances that have occurred within the past six months.

Submissions must be in print and must have one or more undergraduate coauthors. Click here for more information.

Environmental philosophers to present today

Environmental philosophers Drs. Clare Palmer and Gary Varner will present “Animal Ethics in Context: Pets and Sustainable Communities" from noon to 1 p.m. today 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.

Department of Agriculture hosting Breakfast on the Farm tomorrow

SFA’s Department of Agriculture will host Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Todd Agricultural Research Center Beef Center, located at 442 CR 123 off Highway 259 North.

The event will include a free pancake breakfast, a hayride, and opportunities to explore the farm to view animals and witness Southwest Dairy milking demonstrations at 10 and 11 a.m.

For more information, call (936) 468-3705, email Dr. Erin Brown, SFA associate professor of animal science, at browneg@sfasu.edu, or click here.

Attend the East Texas Garage Sale tomorrow

SFA’s Student Activities Association will host the annual East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon tomorrow in SFA’s commuter parking lot. SFA students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to bring items they’d like to sell in the largest garage sale of the year.

Garage sale spots are free, and SAA will provide one table and two chairs for each participant. 

To reserve a spot, contact SAA at (936) 468-1222, or email Canaan Daniels, coordinator of student engagement, at danielscL1@sfasu.edu.

Department of Biology hosting J.H. Burr Distinguished Lecture Series tonight

SFA’s Department of Biology will host the 28th J.H. Burr Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Biology at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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.


Track and field team at Bobcat Classic in San Marcos

SFA's track and field team is traveling to compete today and tomorrow at the Bobcat Classic hosted by Texas State University at the Bobcat Track and Field Stadium in San Marcos.

The first event will be the women's hammer throw, which will begin at 3 p.m. today.
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Ladyjacks fall to McNeese State University, 9-1

The first at bat for SFA’s softball team showed a lot of promise against the No. 1-ranked McNeese State University Cowgirls Thursday at Cowgirl Field in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but the momentum quickly swung the other way after McNeese scored a fourth-inning homer that led the Cowgirls to a 9-1 lead.

SFA’s single RBI came from senior Brittany Lewis who was 1-for-2 on the day. Freshman Kiriany Hornberger registered the run after slugging a lead-off double from three appearances. Other hits for SFA were made by junior Amber Landry and freshman Katie Clark.
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Ladyjacks to face Islanders in opening round of conference tournament

For the 10th-straight season, SFA’s tennis team has secured a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. The eighth-seeded Ladyjacks will start their latest tournament run by competing against top-seeded and two-time defending league champion Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. today at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center.

The Ladyjacks are in search of their first conference tournament victory since a 4-1 triumph over Nicholls State University in the opening round of the 2014 tournament.
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Lumberjacks hosting Southeastern Louisiana University for three-game series

Back at its home field following a five-game road trip, SFA’s baseball team looks to maintain its standing as one of the top-tier teams in the Southland Conference when it welcomes Southeastern Louisiana University at 2 p.m. today at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches for a three-game set.

The series is presented by Nacogdoches Memorial Health.
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Fine Arts

Topeka artist wins first place in Texas National

Yeqiang Wang, an artist from Topeka, Kansas, was selected as having the winning entry in the 2017 Texas National Competition and Exhibition at SFA.

Juror Benito Huerta chose Wang’s “Return to Classic” for the top honor in this year’s prestigious competition that garnered more than 90 pieces of art by 81 artists from 29 states as entries.

SFA School of Art faculty members agreed that this year's competition was "unusually strong," according to John Handley, director of SFA Galleries.
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‘In the Trees’ outdoor concert series to feature SFA’s carillon

Dr. Brad Meyer, percussion studio director at SFA, will continue his “In the Trees” contemporary/new-music concert series with a performance of his original composition “For Whom …” featuring the carillon atop the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus.

The performance will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, with audience outdoor seating in the green space between Griffith Fine Arts Building and the entrance to Cole Concert Hall in Wright Music Building.

Admission is free. For more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Friends of Music honoring Wright at Extravaganza 30 tonight

The SFA Friends of Music will host Extravaganza 30, SFA’s School of Music’s annual gala banquet, at 6:30 p.m. tonight 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. tonight and tomorrow 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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Music Preparatory Division recitals to begin tomorrow

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music will begin presenting student recitals tomorrow.

The SFA community is invited to attend the recitals, which are the result of quality teaching, disciplined practice habits and the love of music.

Click here to view the recital schedule.

For more information, contact Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division, at (936) 468-1291.

Double Bass Quartet to perform at SFA tomorrow

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Double Bass Quartet will present a master class and perform at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Music Recital Hall on campus.

The quartet is UTRGV’s most recently formed ensemble and it is in residence at the university’s Edinburg campus. The ensemble includes undergraduate students Andrés Vela and Daniel Morehead and graduate student Gabriel Preusse, all of whom have collected accolades and awards for their performances at the state, national and international level. Their professor, Dr. George Amorim, leads the ensemble.

Admission is free. For information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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SFA bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’ Sunday

SFA bands will present the annual “Concert in the Park” Sunday, April 30, in the wooded area along Vista Drive and in front of the Wright Music Building on campus. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

SFA alumnus Doice Grant, owner of Tatum Music Company in Longview, will be honored with an induction into the SFA Band Directors’ Hall of Fame. Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SFA where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity and was selected “Outstanding Bandsman” of the Lumberjack Marching Band. Grant taught at Carthage and Center ISDs before joining the leadership of Tatum Music in 1994.

KKY 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 SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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