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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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SFA Regents Professor, Dr. Ray Darville, to present lecture today

Dr. Ray Darville, professor of sociology at SFA, will present “The Seventh Objective: Live a Natural Life” at the upcoming Regents Lecture.

Darville, the 2015-16 Regents Professor, will deliver the address at 5:30 p.m. today in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission charge. The Phi Eta Sigma induction ceremony will follow the lecture.

Reserved for exemplary university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon faculty members and is held for one academic year.
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Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for tomorrow

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

Topics will include faculty member salaries for 2016-17, campus carry recommendations, smoking cessation support and launch, and updates in academic affairs.

The Senate also will recognize the 2016 Adjunct Teaching Excellence college recipients: Elizabeth Gound within the James I. Perkins College of Education, Herbert Midgley within the College of Fine Arts, Walter Scalen within the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, and Dillon Wackerman in the Ralph W. Steen Library.

All faculty members are invited to attend.  


SFA elementary education students working to bring clean water to Africa in service-learning project

Dr. Vicki Thomas, SFA elementary education assistant professor, and students in two of her courses have partnered with H2O for Life to complete a WASH project, which includes raising money for four double-pit latrines and four hand-washing facilities for their partner school in Malawi, Africa.

Students will be launching their fundraising efforts with an event from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. There will be simulations for attendees to experience what it’s like to carry various gallons of water across varied distances, as well as see comparisons between clean and dirty water.
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Celebrate Nacogdoches' history at 'The 1897 Wedding of Jesse and Annie Millard'

Celebrate the history of Nacogdoches at "The 1897 Wedding of Jesse and Annie Millard" with performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at Millard's Crossing. A final performance will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

Tickets cost $10. Tickets are available at Millard's Crossing or their website and at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau downtown. This is an event celebrating the 300th anniversary of Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas.

Faculty and staff members in the historic play include Andra Floyd, head of distance education support in the Center for Teaching and Learning; Don Strahan, electronic technician II; and Dr. Linda Bond, associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication. Tori Bean, a December SFA graduate, will play Annie Millard.

Ralph W. Steen Library to host first Research Open House

The Research and Instructional Services Department of the Ralph W. Steen Library will host its first Research Open House Thursday, April 14.

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend this come-and-go event between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wyatt Room, Room 106, of the library.

Library resources valuable to faculty and staff members and their students will be introduced and demonstrated. Also, library faculty and staff members will be available to discuss how these resources can provide research and instructional support for faculty members and students.

Light refreshments will be served.


Career Services to host Winning Job Search Strategies for Seniors

Career Services is hosting a Winning Job Search Strategies for Seniors event from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Thomas J. Rusk Building, Room 333.

Faculty members are urged to encourage students to attend this event where they can learn how to successfully job search and transition into employment after graduation.

Space is limited. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is sponsoring the event.

Department of Agriculture invites faculty, staff members to Breakfast on the Farm

SFA’s Department of Agriculture invites faculty and staff members to Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center, SFA Beef Farm, 442 CR 123 off Highway 259 North.

This event includes a free pancake breakfast (with ticket). Attendees can explore the farm, see farm animals, take a hayride and enjoy farm activities, all free of charge.

Pick up a breakfast ticket between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning Wednesday, April 13, at the SFA Agriculture Building office, located on Wilson Drive. Tickets are limited.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Brown, associate professor of animal science at SFA, at (936) 468-3705 or browneg@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. today 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 tomorrow

SFA's Office of International Programs will host the Global Gateway to China at 3 p.m. tomorrow 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 ends today

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

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.

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. tomorrow 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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Nelson Rusche College of Business to host College to Career Conference

SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business will host its third College to Career Conference from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Mattress Firm Commons in the R.E. McGee Building.

C2C, a professional development event, will feature sessions throughout the day with speakers from across the state representing companies such as Southwest Airlines, Mattress Firm, Edward Jones and Wells Fargo.
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Campus Recreation


Little Jack Rec Camp registration now open

Every summer, Campus Recreation is proud to offer a recreational day camp for the youth of the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

The Little Jack Rec Camp program is a fun recreational, motivational and educational adventure for children ages 5 through 12. Camp sessions are one week in length. Each day of camp is structured like a normal day of regular school with campers moving through Campus Recreation facilities and participating in different programs daily.

The camp sessions emphasize some of Campus Recreation's core values, such as teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and fun. All activities have a noncompetitive nature and camp staff members work with campers to improve basic skills used in most sports.

This is a non-sport specific camp and all activities are geared toward beginner and intermediate skill levels

For more information, click here.

Summer pool-only memberships on sale April 20

Summer pool-only memberships are available to current SFA faculty, staff and Alumni Association members. Memberships will be available beginning Wednesday, April 20, and will be valid May 16 through August 21.

This membership is great for those who wish to use the outdoor pool and courtyard, but do not need a membership to the entire Recreation Center.

Click here for more information.

Athletics


Kyle Keller selected as head men's basketball coach

Kyle Keller has been named the 12th coach of SFA’s men’s basketball team.

Keller’s formal introduction to the SFA campus community will be at 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 12:30 p.m., and all SFA fans and students are invited to attend the introductory press conference, which also will be streamed nationwide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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First football spring scrimmage, practices encourage staff members

SFA football players competed in scrimmage one Saturday afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium for their first live action of the 2016 season. The positives from Saturday and the spring's first practices have the Lumberjack staff members optimistic.

“I was overall very pleased with Saturday’s scrimmage,” said head coach Clint Conque. “There were a number of things we did well and were certainly a number of things we’d like to improve on. There were a number of younger players who really took advantage of their opportunities and will get some increased chances moving forward.”
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Lewis named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week

SFA junior first baseman Brittany Lewis has been selected as the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week. This is her first SLC weekly award of the 2016 season and the second for the team.

Lewis helped SFA pick up a 2-1 series win over Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi at home during the weekend with big performances in each game. She batted .714 (5-for-7) during the three-game set, recording one double, one home run and six RBIs. She reached base safely in seven of nine at-bats for a .778 on-base percentage and compiled an impressive 1.286 slugging percentage.
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SFA baseball squares off with Texas Southern University today at Jaycees Field

Fresh off a pair of Southland Conference wins that jolted it back into the league’s playoff picture, SFA’s baseball team aims to close out its most recent four-game homestand in strong fashion by hosting Texas Southern University for a single, nine-inning tilt at 4:30 p.m. today at Jaycees Field.
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Fine Arts


SFA Opera Theater to present ‘The Bartered Bride’

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and School of Theatre will present “The Bartered Bride” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, through Saturday, April 9, in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The opera, considered Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s most beloved and well-known comedic opera, will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by an orchestra and staged with full set and costumes, according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director. Dalton described the opera as “a brilliant lyric comedy with a strong nationalistic flavor.”

“Composer Bedrich Smetana wrote spirited, tuneful melodies that are firmly rooted in his Czech homeland, but his music has a universal appeal,” Dalton said. “Smetana’s operas truly established him as the father of Czech classical music.”
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SFA to present student-directed ‘The Lover’

SFA’s School of Theatre will present the student-directed play “The Lover” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theatre major Robert Malbrough of Houston, “The Lover,” a one-act play by Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter, is a comedy in which a married couple creates sexual games to liven up their relationship.

"‘The Lover’ explores the way we tend to compartmentalize our lives and how that affects our relationships, in particular," Malbrough explains. "The games the characters play serve primarily as a distraction, so the question we have to ask ourselves is: What happens when games aren't enough and we have to face the real issues?"
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