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Tuesday, April 4
Baseball at Louisiana Tech University
6 p.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

Wednesday, April 5
Softball at University of North Texas
6 p.m.

Friday, April 7
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
6:30 p.m.

Softball at University of Central Arkansas
4 and 6 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

Track and field at Skechers Carl Kight Invitational
All Day

Saturday, April 8
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
2 p.m.

Softball at University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas

Tennis at University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio




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News & Announcements

Faculty and staff members invited to breakfast tomorrow

SFA’s Social Events Team will host a come-and-go faculty and staff breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. tomorrow in the East College Dining Hall.

For $3, faculty and staff members can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts. Door prizes will be awarded.

These events are brought to you 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 events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

Center for teaching and learning hosting three seminars this week

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host three workshops this week.

The first session, “Faculty Activity Report Workshop,” will begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Steen Library, Room 219. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Heather Olson Beal, associate professor in SFA’s College of Education.

The second session, “Make and Take: Instructional Video,” will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Steen Library, Room 220A. The session will be facilitated by Megan Weatherly, instructional designer for the CTL; Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, assistant professor of human services; and Randy Watson, technology coordinator for the CTL.

The third session, “Mentoring Conversation Circle,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Steen Library Wyatt Room. The session will be facilitated by Carolyn Conn, assistant professor of lighting and sound design.

The CTL also will host a D2L Quizzes tool workshop at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, in the CTL faculty lab, followed by a workshop on closed captioning videos in YouTube at 3 p.m. in the CTL seminar room. 

For more information, contact Weatherly at (936) 468-1735, or click here.

Linguist, author and creator of the Dothraki language speaks at SFA

David J. Peterson, linguist, author and creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones," spoke to a packed house Thursday night at SFA about the art of language invention.

Peterson began creating languages in 2000, and he is one of the world’s first full-time professional conlangers, someone who creates artificial languages. He has created languages for television shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Emerald City," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed," "The 100,” “Dr. Strange” and "Thor 2." He also has authored the books “The Art of Language Invention” and “Living Language Dothraki.”
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College of Sciences and Mathematics hosting luncheon and style show today

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will present its third annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show at noon today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon is an effort to raise funds to create scholarships for women who are majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines at SFA.

For more information about the event, including ticket and table reservations, email Kim Carmona, project coordinator for the College of Sciences and Mathematics, at kdcarmona@sfasu.edu.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs hosting Diversity Week events

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting Diversity Week with events that promote cultural awareness.

A Peace Meal with guest speaker Hoan Do, student success coach and author of “Succeeding in the Real World,” will be at 6 p.m. tonight at The Yellow House, located at 201 E. College St.

A Microaggressions Workshop will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Tiered Classroom followed by Salsa Magic from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the student center plaza.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, click here, or contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hosting grant workshops this week

SFA’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting grant workshops today and tomorrow.

The first workshop, titled “Budget Development,” will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today in the Steen Library Wyatt Room. The workshop will assist faculty and staff members with learning how to develop and manage a budget that meets both sponsor and university requirements, as well as covering salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Guidelines for matching/cost sharing and faculty member compensation also will be discussed.

The second workshop, titled “PIVOT Funding Database,” will occur in two different sessions. The first will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today in the Steen Library Info Lab 2, and the second will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today in Steen Library, LINC 102A.

To register or for more information, contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606 or Sherry Tucker, administrative assistant, at tuckers1@sfasu.edu.

Extra-credit opportunity available at Archie McDonald Speaker Series

Faculty members are encouraged to utilize an extra-credit opportunity for students at the upcoming Archie McDonald Speaker Series Monday, April 24. Dr. Douglas Brinkley — an American Historian, best-selling author, CNN presidential historian and history professor at Rice University in Houston — will be the featured speaker.

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

Undergraduate Research Conference to take place April 18

Faculty and staff members are invited to join in celebrating top scholars and finalists along with their mentors at the Undergraduate Research Conference Tuesday, April 18. Top scholar presentations will begin at 4 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater, followed by poster presentations, which will begin at approximately 6 p.m. in the Twilight Ballroom. Food will be served.

Click here for more information, including the full list of winners.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation hosting Parents Night Out Friday

Campus Recreation is hosting a Parents Night Out Friday, April 7. Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m.

Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night of camp activities, pizza and a movie. Parents may pick up their children any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per camper. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information and to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

Women's self-defense class offered today

SFA's Student Recreation Center and the university police department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. today in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex on campus.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense from a teacher certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

The class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students.  

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.


Lumberjacks put nation’s second-longest winning streak on the line tonight

SFA’s baseball team, which currently possesses the nation’s second-longest winning streak, will compete in a 6 p.m. game tonight against Louisiana Tech University at the J.C. Love Field at Patterson Park in Ruston, Louisiana. 

In addition to aiming for a 10th-straight win, the Lumberjacks also are shooting for consecutive wins against the Bulldogs for the second time in program history.
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Fine Arts

‘Messiah’ to feature talented student, faculty voices

Student and faculty member voices will be featured when the A Cappella Choir at SFA presents a full performance of G.F. Handel’s great oratorio, “Messiah,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities in SFA's School of Music, will conduct Handel’s best-known work. The performance will showcase many of King’s colleagues as soloists.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Concert to premiere SFA’s best music students

The Orchestra of the Pines at SFA will present the final round of the annual Concerto/Aria Competition at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Each year, SFA's orchestra program hosts a competition inviting students to perform and vie for a spot as guest artist with the orchestra in the next concert season.

For more information, contact SFA's School of Music at (936) 468-4602.
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Theatre students to produce student-written play at Scotland festival

SFA theatre students traveling to Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer to produce the student-written play “Closed For Repairs” recently performed it before the playwright’s home audience at the Brazosport Center of Arts and Sciences.

The semi-autobiographical play by Bobby Britton, senior theatre student from Angleton, was performed as a fundraiser to help defray the students’ expenses for the trip. The Brazosport venue is where Britton got his start in community theatre, according to SFA Professor of Theatre Angela Bacarisse. SFA School of Theatre alumnus Wes Copeland is chairman of the board for Brazosport Center Stages.
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Trombone Choir to perform eclectic program tonight

The Trombone Choir at SFA will celebrate International Trombone Week with a concert showcasing various music styles at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

The concert will feature a combination of trombone quartets and trombone choir, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in SFA's School of Music and the choir’s director.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children.

For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Succulents — small, cactus-like plants that require very little water — are becoming quite the decorative craze.

Ivenoven, an Indonesian artist, is combining the visually satisfying plants with baking and is creating cakes that look almost too good to eat. Click here to view more.

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