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This Week's Calendar

Monday, April 7
SFA Men's Golf
Jim West Intercollegiate

Tuesday, April 8
SFA Baseball
vs. New Mexico
6:30 p.m.

SFA Men's Golf
Jim West Intercollegiate

Wednesday, April 9
SFA Baseball
vs. New Mexico
2 p.m.

Friday, April 11
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
6:30 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at NCAA Championships
Cleveland, Ohio

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
San Antonio




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Teaching Excellence Awards 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, SFA will honor some of its top educators. 

The 2014 Teaching Excellence Awards recognize university professors for their knowledge of subject matter, the quality of their lectures and enthusiasm for teaching, among other things. 

This year's recipients are: 

Dr. Keith Hubbard, College of Sciences and Mathematics
Keith R. New, Nelson Rusche College of Business (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
Dr. Stephen Kosovich, Nelson Rusche College of Business
Dr. Jannah Nerren, James I. Perkins College of Education
Dr. Matthew McBroom, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Angela Bacarisse, College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre
Dr. Jeff Roth, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
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Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle Lovett

Extra-credit opportunities available for students

The legendary Lyle Lovett will be this year's featured guest at SFA's Archie McDonald Speaker Series. 

Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career spanning 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.

Lovett has won four Grammy Awards: Best Country Album in 1996; Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal in 1994; Best Pop Vocal Collaboration in 1994; and Best Country Male Vocal in 1989. He received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and he was named the 2011 Texas State Musician. 

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 E. Main St.
Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu.

Lovett is scheduled to appear in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. 
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News & Announcements

Free screenings offered Thursday

The SFA Department of Human Services-Rehabilitation/Counseling Programs will offer free anonymous alcohol use screenings in recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day. Screenings will be held at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.

The counseling/rehabilitation graduate and undergraduate student body are pleased to offer this screening to the community as part of this year's event. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and talk one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. Those who appear to need further evaluation will be given referrals to local treatment services.

NASD Mental Health Screening, held in April as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health Inc. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.

For more information, call the SFA Counseling Clinic at (936) 468-1041.

Hunger Jacks competition continues through Monday

Donate canned goods through April 7, and be a part of Helping Other People Eat. 

Hunger Jacks will pick up canned goods from residence halls, sorority houses, the Interfraternity Council and the Baker Pattillo Student Center convenience store. 

The organization that donates the most cans will win $100.

Undergraduate researchers to be honored April 8

Graduate students and professors add to the volume research produced by SFA; however, undergraduates who've contributed the most will be the individuals recognized next week.  

The Undergraduate Research Conference will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Regents Suites A and B and in the Twilight Ballroom in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The conference will recognize the the best and brightest research projects from last year. 

Refreshments will be served. 
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Global Gateway to Brazil: Presentation sponsored by Office of International Programs

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Brazilian culture given by students from Brazil. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., April 9, in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library. 

Authentic Brazilian food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!  

Director of Emmy-nominated film to attend screening

Emmy-nominated and award-winning director Leo Chiang is coming to SFA Tuesday, April 8. 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will show Chiang's Emmy-nominated film "A Village Called Versailles" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. 

Following the film, Chiang will lead a discussion about his experience directing the film.

"A Village Called Versailles" tells the story of Vietnamese residents at Versailles, an apartment complex on the edge of New Orleans, La. The residents found their homes devastated after Hurricane Katrina smashed into the city in 2005. After rebuilding their tight-knit community, the residents faced a new threat, this time from government authorities who earmarked a plot of land a few miles away for the Chef Menteur Landfill, where toxic debris from the city's rebuilding was to be dumped. 
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SFA Planetarium show: Mars Quest

The SFA Planetarium will be running a new show titled “Mars Quest” at 7 p.m. Fridays through April 11.

For a synopsis of the show, click here.

For more information about the planetarium, click here.

Sign-up ongoing for East Texas Garage Sale

SFA's Student Activities Association is accepting sign-ups for the area-wide East Texas Garage Sale through April 23. Those interested in joining the event can do so at the Student Activities Association office in Room 3.305 of the Bake Pattillo Student Center or call (936) 468-1222. 

There are 50 spaces still available, and those who participate will receive a table and two chairs the day of the event. 

The  sale is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the SFA commuter lot. 

East Texas Garage Sale is an event for SFA students and the Nacogdoches community to come out and sell or buy items in a garage sale format. This event is hosted and publicized by the Student Activities Association.

All sellers are in charge of bringing their items to sale, setting prices and cleaning up their station after the event. They can either take their things with them or donate unsold items to Goodwill. A Goodwill POD will be onsite for donations.

Campus Recreation

Heart Smart series starts in April

Join Employee Wellness for the Heart Smart Series during the month of April. This series will take place in the Multimedia Room at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, right by Starbucks.   

The series runs from 5:15 until 6 p.m. every Wednesday in April. Topics each evening will be different.  

April 9: Sodium Right
April 16: Fats Appropriately
April 23: Sugar Smart
April 30: Putting it All Together

Attendance at each session will enter your name into a drawing to win a door prize at the end of the series.  Attendance at all four sessions is not required, but it is encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu

Family event scheduled for April 12

SFA Athletics will host a kid-friendly activity event from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center's parking lot leading up to the SFA Spring Football Game at 6:30 p.m. in Homer Bryce Stadium. 

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a day of family fun and Lumberjack athletics!


SFA edges Islanders in Sunday thriller

Senior Ricardo Sanchez pushed the SFA Lumberjack baseball team over Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, delivering the game-winning run on an RBI single in the top of the ninth, in a 7-6 win to claim the series 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Chapman Field.

With two outs, Sanchez delivered freshman Matthew Dickey on a single to left field to put SFA (15-15, 6-6 SLC) on top. Dickey singled in the infield and stole second base with one out before advancing to third base on a passed ball following a strikeout.

In another offensive slugfest between the 'Jacks and TAMUCC (17-17, 7-5 SLC), the two teams combined for 34 hits, with Sanchez and freshman Nick Ramos both collecting four hits for the 'Jacks. Sanchez, who finished 4-for-6, picked up two doubles and a single, before collecting his lone RBI of the game with his base-knock in the ninth. Ramos finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
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'Jacks perform well for home crowd

Two days' worth of action brought home one team victory for the SFA women's track and field team. The men's team finished second in scoring at the Skecher's Carl Kight Invitational.

The Ladyjacks were in a tight battle with the Wichita State Shockers throughout the meet and put the final nail in the coffin with a victory in the 4x400 meter relay.

With SFA leading Wichita State by only 3.5 points heading into the final event, the Ladyjacks crossed the line first in 3:42.82. Wichita State was close behind in 3:47.41, but it was SFA that got the women's team victory.
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SFA routs Lady Lions 6-1

The SFA women’s tennis team continued its winning ways, routing Southeastern Louisiana 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

“I am very proud of the girls for taking care of business,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “They are all doing a very good job at enjoying the process, but also playing with urgency and a lot of heart.

“Southeastern Louisiana is a very good team even with the injuries it has had this year. It always feels good to beat last year’s regular season champion in such a convincing way.”

The Ladyjacks (10-7, 6-2 SLC) swept the doubles point from SELU (11-5, 5-4 SLC), and dropped just one match in singles to pick up their second win in as many days.
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SFA volleyball to host Mudbugs & Mudballs

Crawfish season is here, and SFA volleyball will host the 14th Annual Mudbugs & Mudballs event this year to give the Nacogdoches community an opportunity to eat some crawfish and play volleyball in the mud on April 12, prior to the SFA Spring Football Game.

The Ladyjacks will be hosting Mudbugs & Mudballs in the commuter parking lot beginning with a captains meeting at 8 a.m. and play beginning in the mud volleyball tournament at 8:30 a.m. The tournament will feature teams of six and is open to all at a cost of $60 per team when registering before April 9. Cost for registering after April 9 is $72 per team. Teams may be any combination of males and females.

Registration forms can be found at the front desk of the SFA Campus Recreation Center, the SFA Volleyball office or the SFA Women’s Basketball office, both located on the concourse of the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Online registration also is available at championshipvolleyballcamps.com. Click on the Mudbugs & Mudballs tab, located on the left side of the page.
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Celebrations'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of the SFA Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"Celebrations," a concert of band music, will feature guest conductor Kevin "Kit" Thompson, University of Macau, and the world premiere of "Kennecott" by Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA professor of composition.

Thompson will conduct the band in Gordon Jacob's "Old Wine in New Bottles."

"Professor Thompson knew Gordon Jacob well in his native England," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands, "so we are privileged to have this authority conducting our band."

Before joining the faculty of the University of Macau in Macau, China, Thompson was the director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Thompson also led two of the United Kingdom's most progressive performing arts institutions, becoming principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in 1988, and principal of Dartington College in 1993.
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SFA Trombone Choir to celebrate International Trombone Week

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The Trombone Choir will perform a festive concert with a selection of popular and jazz songs that will commemorate International Trombone Week," said Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone at SFA and the director of the Trombone Choir.

"Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday," arranged by Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance in America. Other popular songs on the program will include "Mr. Sandman," "The Ente
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Mix'n Matches to perform concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Mix'n Matches jazz trio in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Mix'n Matches is the professional local group comprised of SFA School of Music faculty members Larry Greer on guitar, Brad Meyer on drums and J.D. Salas on bass. Special guest for this performance will be Eric Chin on keyboards.

The first half of "Mix'n Matches Live" will feature the core group performing some of the all-time jazz standards and some original compositions, according to Salas. The second half of the concert will include Gary Wurtz, trumpet, Deb Scott, trombone, and Bolingbrook, Ill., graduate student Kyle Glavanovits, saxophone. This portion of the program will include selections arranged by the late Darrell Holt, a noted jazz musician and former associate professor at SFA.
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Danceworks recital set for April 10, 11 and 12

The SFA dance program will present Danceworks, a concert featuring faculty, student and guest-artist choreography at 7 p.m., April 10-11 and at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12 in the Dance Studio, Norton H.P.E. Complex Room 201. 

Tickets will be sold at the door in the lobby before each show.  

General admission is $10. SFA faculty and staff members and seniors are $8, and students are $5.  For further information, contact dance@sfasu.edu.

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