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This Week's Calendar

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

Thursday, April 7
SFA track and field at Skechers Carl Kight Invitational
1 p.m.

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

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

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

SFA tennis at Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Saturday, April 9
SFA softball at Houston Baptist University

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

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

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




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Faculty Senate meeting today

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. today 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. Today's meeting will be live streamed here

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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SFA ranked among best schools for a master's degree in special education online

SFA has been ranked 14th among the 30 best schools for a master's degree in special education online by Best Choice Schools, one of the leading free websites for helping college students and adult learners choose the best education path. The ranking was published on the organization's website in January.

Rankings were determined using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Qualifying schools offered an online master's program in special education. To create the top 30 ranking, criteria included school graduation rate, net cost, student-to-faculty ratio and percentage of applicants admitted.
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Office of International Programs to present Global Gateway to China today

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

Health science program to host second Take Back the Night event

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, SFA’s health science program’s senior seminar class will hold the second annual SFA Take Back the Night event beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Take Back the Night aims to provide information about the necessity of sexual consent and to encourage support to victims of sexual violence. During the event, participants will receive information about sexual violence and the resources available on campus.
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In Reel Time production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company

SFA’s dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company performances in the Danceworks production, In Reel Time, which premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201, on campus.

Additional showings will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
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East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for April 30

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

Nelson Rusche College of Business' College to Career Conference begins tomorrow

SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business will host its third College to Career Conference from 12:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow 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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Center for Teaching and Learning presents Scholarly Writing Speaker Series event today

The Center for Teaching and Learning is presenting its second Scholarly Writing Speaker Series event of the spring semester from 1 to 2 p.m. today 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.

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. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

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

College of Sciences and Mathematics to host second Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show tomorrow

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the second annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show in April as part of its ongoing effort to increase college enrollment among science, technology, education and mathematics disciplines.

“The purpose of this luncheon is to raise scholarship funds for female STEM majors at SFA,” said Vicki Shimer, special projects coordinator for the college. “It also is a way to raise awareness of the need to enroll more females in the STEM disciplines and encourage them to pursue STEM-related degrees.”

According to Change the Equation — an organization working to ensure all students are STEM literate through collaboration with schools, communities and states — female STEM students are 6 percent more likely to change their major. Also, only 30 percent of elementary school teachers feel well prepared to encourage girls to participate in science.
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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. tomorrow in the Human Services Building, Room 314.
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Career Services to offer Winning Job Search Strategies for Seniors

Career Services is offering 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.

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.


Walkup tabbed as 2016 Lou Henson Player of the Year

SFA senior guard/forward Thomas Walkup was named the 2016 Lou Henson National Player of the Year. Walkup is the first-ever Southland Conference recipient of the award, which has been presented annually to the nation’s best mid-major player since 2010.

In late March, the native of Pasadena, Texas, became the first player in SFA’s NCAA Division I history and the third ’Jack overall to capture All-America honors back-to-back when he laid claim to Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
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Cardenas claims 200th career win as ’Jacks rough up Texas Southern University, 17-3

Already the coach with the most wins in program history, SFA baseball’s head coach Johnny Cardenas added another entry into his list of coaching milestones by securing his 200th career victory as the ’Jacks hammered Texas Southern University, 17-3, Tuesday evening at Jaycees Field.

Both senior Kyle Thornell and red-shirt junior Brandon Smith finished with two hits as well as four RBIs in the rout that saw the Tigers commit four errors. With the win, SFA closes its latest four-game home stretch with a 3-1 record as it prepares to play its next seven games away from Nacogdoches.
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Fine Arts

SFA to host Regional UIL One-Act Play Contest

SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts and the School of Theatre are preparing to host the Region II Conference 5A UIL One-Act Play Contest Thursday, April 21, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The One-Act Play Contest is a precursor to the UIL 2016 Regional Spring Meet for Region II Conference 5A that will take place on the SFA campus Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. In addition to contests in journalism, speech and debate, STEM activities, and theatre and film, UIL offers activities in several other subject areas, including business skills, language arts, social studies and essay contests.
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SFA making opera accessible for students, audiences

The elaborate opera houses in metropolitan cities aren’t the only places to experience the beautiful sounds and scenery of a full-scale opera production.

Each spring, SFA voice students have the opportunity to perform in an opera on the William M. Turner Auditorium stage on campus, and East Texas audiences have the opportunity to see and hear “beautiful young people with beautiful voices perform,” according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director.

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and School of Theatre will present “The Bartered Bride” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 7, through Saturday, April 9, in Turner Auditorium. Considered Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s most beloved and well-known comedic opera, “The Bartered Bride” will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by an orchestra and staged with full set and costumes.
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While we may not know SFA pole vaulter Demi Payne’s Olympic fate just yet, we do know that 120 years ago, the Olympic Games were reborn in Athens, Greece.

After 1,500 years of being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I, the Olympic Games re-emerged on this day in 1896, according to History.com. Read more here.

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