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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 5
SFA baseball vs. Texas Southern University
4:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

Wednesday, April 6
SFA softball at Texas A&M University
6:30 p.m.
College Station

Friday, April 8
SFA softball at Houston Baptist University
2 and 4 p.m.
Houston

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball at Sam Houston State University
6:30 p.m.
Huntsville

SFA tennis at Tulane University
Noon
New Orleans, Louisiana

SFA track and field at Skechers Carl Kight Invitational
4 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Saturday, April 9
SFA softball at Houston Baptist University
Noon
Houston

SFA baseball at Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
Huntsville

SFA tennis vs. Sam Houston State University
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA track and field at Skechers Carl Kight Invitational
9 a.m.
Nacogdoches


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Braille and Cane Club recognized with award, proclamation

SFA’s Braille and Cane Club within the Department of Human Services has been recognized with the Natalie Barraga Award from the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

In conjunction with the award, the City of Nacogdoches is proclaiming April 7 Braille and Cane Club Day. The first formal reading of the proclamation and display of the Barraga award will be at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Human Services Building, Room 314.
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Center for Teaching and Learning to host Scholarly Writing Speaker Series event

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host its second Scholarly Writing Speaker Series event of the spring semester from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite B.

The event will feature panel discussions where faculty members will offer advice and guidance on navigating the revision and resubmission process for publications. Faculty members are invited to attend to learn how to manage their time and maximize their productivity when revising and resubmitting a piece for publication.

Panelists include Dr. Charlotte Allen, professor of management, marketing and international business; Dr. Heather Olson Beal, associate professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Megan Condis, assistant professor of English; and Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services.


SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings

An extra-credit opportunity is available for students. Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email April Smith, associate director of development, at alsmith@sfasu.edu

Gene Stallings, whose name is synonymous with college football, will headline the 2016 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at SFA.

Stallings, who served as head football coach for the University of Alabama from 1990-97, had an impressive record, including the team’s 1992 perfect 13-0 season that culminated with a win in the Sugar Bowl and first Bowl Coalition national championship. Stallings was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010.

The speaker series event is free and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs to present African drum, dance ensemble

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present Bandan Koro, an African drum and dance ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Admission is free to this traditional and energetic performance. For more information, click here.

Second Lumberjack Psychology Conference scheduled for today

Successful in its first year, the second Lumberjack Psychology Conference is scheduled for today. The conference is aimed at showcasing undergraduate and graduate research and preparing students for the upcoming Southwestern Psychology Association conference.

Three SFA students received awards from the Psi Chi National Honor Society following last year’s SWPA conference in Kansas.
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Nelson Rusche College of Business to host third annual College to Career conference

SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business is hosting its third annual College to Career conference from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

Business executives from across the state will engage in career readiness panels, workshops and presentations throughout the day.

For more information, click here or contact Chelsea Heidbrink, academic adviser in the College of Business, at heidbrinc@sfasu.edu.

Events scheduled throughout April for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and The Family Crisis Center and Nacogdoches S.A.V.E. Coalition will be partnering with SFA organizations to present events throughout the month.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a men’s march against violence, is set for 6 p.m. tomorrow and will begin at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. The Interfraternity Council is hosting the event.

Additional events are scheduled for later in the month. For more information, contact Quinn Runnels, Family Crisis Center campus advocate, at (936) 468-7233.

Office of International Programs to present Global Gateway to China

SFA's Office of International Programs will host the Global Gateway to China at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Chinese SFA students will discuss the country's culture and authentic Chinese food samples will be available after the presentation and discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Faculty Senate voting available until tomorrow

Voting for the SFA Faculty Senate will be available until noon tomorrow.

To locate your ballot, login to mySFA and select the “Faculty” tab. Next, scroll down to “Course Evaluations and Surveys” to find the ballot specific to your college. Clicking the link should launch the ballot, which will allow you to vote. Make sure to hit “Submit” when finished.

Women in STEM event slated for April 7

Jessica Bahizi, former SFA graduation specialist for the College of Sciences and Mathematics, pauses at the end of the catwalk during last year’s Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show donned in fashions from the Town House. The second annual WiSTEM event is slated to begin at noon Thursday, April 7, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Hosted by the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics, the event is part of an ongoing effort to increase college enrollment among science, technology, education and mathematics disciplines.

Campus Recreation

Learn-to-Swim registration spring deadline today

Let SFA Campus Recreation instructors teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water.

The rec center offers an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities. The course is based on progressive skill development to make participants safer and better swimmers.

The course costs $45 for recreation center members and $55 for non-members. Register at the SFA Recreation Center administration office by today.

More information is available here.

Athletics


Ladyjacks clinch spot in Southland Conference Tournament with 5-2 win at Nicholls State University

The SFA women’s tennis team won five of six singles matches en route to a 5-2 victory against Southland Conference foe Nicholls State University Sunday afternoon at the Colonel Tennis Complex.

The Ladyjacks ensured their inclusion in the field for the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament, which will be held April 22 through 24 at the Schlief Tennis Complex.
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Men’s 4x400-meter relay claims gold on final day of Texas Relays

The Lumberjack 4x400-meter relay team stole the show Saturday at the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, ending a great weekend for the SFA track and field teams. SFA student-athletes competed in four meets overall during the weekend, experiencing success at each venue.

SFA captured the men’s 4x400-meter title late Saturday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium, nearly breaking the school record with a time of 3:06.17. D’Lance Sharp, Will Gibson, Garrett Moore and My’Lik Kerley combined for the mark in the finals, edging Texas Christian University by 0.05 seconds.
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Explosive plays on both sides highlight SFA football's first spring scrimmage

SFA’s football team held its first scrimmage of the spring season Saturday, running through 115 plays at Homer Bryce Stadium.

“We got a lot done and had the opportunity to work on every phase of the game extensively,” said head coach Clint Conque. “I thought the effort was really good. We were limited at a few positions due to injuries, which opened things up for some younger players to have some extra opportunities. We had too many turnovers offensively, but that also meant some good plays by the defense, so I thought overall it was a balanced effort on both sides.”
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SFA baseball wins 7-6 over Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, first Southland Conference series win of 2016

After crushing a pair of home runs in Saturday’s game, SFA junior first baseman Slayton Vaughan kept his bat still in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded against Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Sunday at Jaycees Field.

Vaughan sensed the Islanders’ reliever Nolan Holland didn’t want to give Vaughan a chance for another home run as Holland attempted to coax a misplaced swing out of the infielder by working the outside of the plate. Instead of taking his cuts, Vaughan took a six-pitch base on balls to push the game’s winning run across in a 7-6 comeback victory for SFA.
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Ladyjack softball uses Saturday split to win series over Islanders

SFA’s softball team used a doubleheader split against Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field to come away with its second straight 2-1 series victory in Southland Conference play. The Ladyjacks were edged 6-3 in game one before blanking the Islanders 6-0 in the nightcap.

Sophomore Callee Guffey recorded a quality start in the circle to help the Ladyjacks cruise to victory in game two. She allowed just five hits during 7.0 scoreless innings, didn’t surrender a walk and picked up three strikeouts en route to the winning decision.
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Fine Arts


Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to perform Hendrix music

The Contemporary Guitar Ensemble at SFA will perform the music of American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble features students in the SFA School of Music’s Sound Recording Technology program and includes Gavan Maners of Rockwall, Nelson Privette of Winnsboro, Wesley Cortiaus of Friendswood and Kevin Montano of Pasadena on guitar; Austin Gehring of Missouri City on bass; Matthew Coronado of Irving on drums; and Josiah Fling of Eagle Lake, vocals. Joining the ensemble as a guest artist is Lily Reyes of McKinney, vocals and percussion.
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University Series to feature Texas soprano Pine in concert

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will present soprano Ava Pine in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in William M. Turner Auditorium as part of the 2015-16 University Series.

A Texas native, Pine continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.
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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform compositions dedicated to light, shadow

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the concert “Luminosity: Tributes to Light and Shadow” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The concert will feature the music of composers Steven Bryant, Darius Milhaud, Joseph Schwantner and Alexander Scriabin, who was famous for his study of the relationship between light, color and sound, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the ensemble’s conductor.
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Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘Rumpelstiltskin’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present performances of “Rumpelstiltskin” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in William M. Turner Auditorium.

Presented by The Panto Company USA, “Rumpelstiltskin” targets children in prekindergarten through third grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children’s series.

Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.
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SFA’s Trombone Choir to present all-jazz program

The Trombone Choir at SFA will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the choir performing an all-jazz program accompanied by the rhythm section, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music and the choir’s director.
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