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

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

Softball vs. University of Central Arkansas
Noon and 2 p.m.

Tennis at Prairie View A&M University
1 p.m.
Prairie View

Track and field at three-day SFA Carl Kight Invitational

Saturday, April 7
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
2 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Soccer at Louisiana Tech University
3 p.m.
Ruston, Louisiana

Softball vs. University of Central Arkansas

Tennis vs. University of the Incarnate Word
11 a.m.

Sunday, April 8
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
1 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Tennis vs. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi

Monday, April 9
Women's golf at all-day Lamar Cardinal Match Play Challenge




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Dr. Gina Harden

Assistant professor of management

Harden will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation. Harden joined the faculty in 2013 after completing her master’s degree at the University of Texas at Tyler and her doctoral degree at the University of North Texas.

Harden teaches management productivity systems and management information systems to both graduate and undergraduate students. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Society for Advancement of Management, a professional student organization.

Her research interests include enterprise social software and knowledge management. She received the 2014 Outstanding Intellectual Contribution Award and the 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award for the College of Business.

Dr. Scott Bailey

Associate professor, educational leadership

Bailey will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation. Bailey is in his sixth year at SFA. Previously, he served as a campus principal, assistant principal, curriculum director and high school chemistry teacher in schools across East Texas.

Bailey also works as a professional service provider and is sanctioned by the Texas Education Agency to assist struggling public school districts and campuses. Additionally, he serves as a trainer for the Texas Teacher Evaluation System where he has trained more than 1,000 teachers and principals about quality instruction and continuous improvement.

As a researcher, Bailey focuses on instructional leadership and improving instruction, especially in the online environment, and effective principal preparation programs.

News & Announcements

SFA to recognize Teaching Excellence Award recipients

SFA will recognize seven faculty members during its Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Each of the university's six colleges selects a faculty member to receive the annual award based on knowledge of subject matter, quality of lectures and assignments, enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and availability to students, commitment to continuous improvement, and contribution to the quality of teaching at SFA by assisting and encouraging other faculty members. An adjunct faculty member also is chosen to receive the award.

This event is free and open to the public.

Honorees will be featured in SFA Today's Accomplishments section today through Tuesday, April 10.
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Keep Texas Beautiful to award Aramark

Keep Texas Beautiful will present Aramark with the Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award, which recognizes businesses with sound environmental principles supporting the Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful mission, during its 51st annual conference in June.

The Keep Texas Beautiful award program identifies individuals, businesses, media outlets and government agencies that have made an impact in their community. Aramark was recognized for its sustainability programs on the SFA campus.

Aramark supported the launch of the first campuswide plastic recycling program at SFA in 2017. It also initiated a 100-percent transition to reusable to-go containers at on-campus dining halls and has since saved more than 230,000 Styrofoam containers from entering the Nacogdoches landfill each year.

Center for Digital Scholarship to host spring forum

The Center for Digital Scholarship in the Steen Library will host its Authors and Publishing Issues Spring 2018 Forum at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Wyatt Room.

The forum topics will include the benefits of open access and publishing. Forum panelists will include Dr. Jennifer Gumm, assistant professor in the Department of Biology; Dr. David Kulhavy, Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Professor in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; and Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art. Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian, will facilitate the forum.

For more information, contact cds@sfasu.edu

STEM faculty members to host iMAS Academy

SFA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty members and district master teachers will hold the Investigations in Math and Science Academy June 25 through 29.

The iMAS Academy will provide an interactive learning experience for students entering the 7th and 8th grade and professional development for teachers. It will challenge and inspire students mathematically and scientifically through real-life learning investigations.

Students will participate in a different science and math module each day throughout the week for approximately three hours each morning. Hands-on activities in areas such as robotics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, geology, physics, engineering and nursing show students that STEM can be interesting and fun!

Registration is $100 and is limited to 100 students. To preregister, call (936) 468-5814, or email stemcenter@sfasu.edu.

Learn about Italy in upcoming Global Gateway today

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join the Office of International Programs for a presentation about Italy at 3 p.m. today in the Ferguson Building, Room 479.

An SFA international student from Italy will discuss her country, traditions and lifestyle, as well as offer authentic Italian food samples. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Tetyana Kucher, international programs coordinator, at (936) 468-1779 or kucherta@sfasu.edu.

Alumni Association to host SFA Sportsman Social tonight

Join the SFA Alumni Association for the second annual SFA Sportsman Social from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun.

The event will include balloon pop archery, live music, food and beverages. The cost to attend is $10, which includes one round of balloon pop archery.

The event is open to everyone. For more information, click here.

SFA Gardens to host Earth Day celebration and plant sale tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Plant Sale and SFA Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions.

The Earth Day celebration features educational booths and activities for kids of all ages, including yoga and tree ID hikes, free local food, a drum circle and more.

For more information and a list of available plants, call (936) 468-4129, or visit sfagardens.sfasu.edu.
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Campus Recreation

Women's self-defense class scheduled for April 12

SFA's Campus Recreation Department and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the HPE Complex’s gymnastics room.

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


Track and field

Competed in Carl Kight Invitational
To view performance outcomes, click here.

Fine Arts

'The Magic Flute' features beautiful voices, costumes

The voices and costumes of SFA Opera Theater’s production of “The Magic Flute” are equally stunning, and audiences won’t want to miss either when the schools of music and theatre present the classic opera at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 12 through 14, in Turner Auditorium.

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 visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform works of composers Mackey, Schwantner

Works by composers John Mackey and Joseph Schwantner will be featured when SFA’s Wind Ensemble presents the program “Eventide” at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in Turner Auditorium.

“The pieces on this concert share a nighttime theme,” said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA. The featured work is Mackey’s “The Night Garden.” Also featured will be Schwantner’s “In Evening’s Stillness,” which will be conducted by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Percussionist Herring to perform with SFA student ensemble

SFA’s Percussion Ensemble will welcome international performer and master pedagogue Dr. Scott Herring when he performs with students in a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in Cole Concert Hall.

Herring, professor of percussion at the University of South Carolina, will be the marimba soloist on Michael Burritt’s “Shadow Chasers.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Festival to feature new works by playwrights Heifner, O’Neal, Swindley

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during SFA’s School of Theatre’s 2018 Festival of New American Plays scheduled for April 24 through 28 on the SFA campus.

This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.

All festival performances will be in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. For more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

The festival is part of SFA’s School of Theatre’s Mainstage Series. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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It is said that no two snowflakes are the same, and it appears that the rule also applies to frozen soap bubbles.

Photographer Chris Ratzlaff and Popular Science magazine partnered up to give its readers a do-it-yourself project that will give you goose bumps.

To view more photographs, click here.

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