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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 7
SFA Baseball vs. Texas Southern University
Jaycees Field
3 p.m.

SFA men's golf at the Jim West Intercollegiate

Wednesday, April 8
SFA Baseball vs. Texas Southern University
Jaycees Field
3 p.m.

Friday, April 10
"Two Small Pieces of Glass" screening
SFA Planetarium
7 p.m.

SFA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
Jaycees Field
6:30 p.m.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” screening
SFA Planetarium
7 p.m.

Saturday, April 11
SFA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
Jaycees Field
2 p.m.




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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Austin horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Matt Welch, a horticulturist for Madrone Landscaping, a design firm specializing in large-scale residential projects throughout the state, will present "Plants, Planting and Pushing the Envelope in Austin Landscapes."

With a degree in horticulture from SFA and graduate studies in plant ecology, Welch has spent half of his 20-year career in horticulture working to connect the two sciences.
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SFA Press book takes top honor

A book of poetry published by the SFA Press received the poetry award from the Society of Midland Authors, a 100-year-old literary organization celebrating the work of authors in the midwest.

Grace Bauer's "Nowhere All At Once" collection of poetry will be recognized at the society's annual awards ceremony on Friday, May 1, in Chicago.

Other publishers with books in the contest included W.W. Norton, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Northern Illinois University Press, National Geographic Children’s Books and Scholastic Press.

How to play cricket: Presentation sponsored by the Office of International Programs

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for a presentation on how to play cricket, given by students from Pakistan. The event will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library on campus.

Following the presentation, there will be a demonstration of the game outside.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!

Applicants sought for pilot program

The SFA Mobile Device Investigation Committee is exploring the possibility of launching a large-scale mobile device initiative. As a part of this effort, the committee launched SFA’s Tablet Enhancement Program in fall 2014 and piloted the use of tablet devices in five classes across campus in spring 2015. Additional information about the committee and the pilot is available on committee's page.
The committee is accepting applications for the second phase of the pilot in fall 2015. The committee plans to utilize the devices in at least five classes and encourages faculty members from across campus to be part of the pilot. Applications will be reviewed blindly.

A preview of the application is available here. The application can be completed here. Faculty members interested in being part of the pilot are asked to complete the application by Tuesday, April 7. Those with questions should contact Dr. Dana Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2224, or Mary Smith at smithmd1@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-7690.

April is Office of Multicultural Affairs Diversity Month

Come out and celebrate the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Month!

The month will kick-off with the annual Peace Meal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. The event involves wonderful dialogue and delicious food. For more information about the Peace Meal and to sign up, click here.  

The remaining Diversity Month events can be found here.

For more information, contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu.

SFA's Greek community raises awareness for cause

The SFA Interfraternity Council will host the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" awareness event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on SFA's campus.

The SFA council has adopted sexual assault awareness as their philanthropy, and this year's event is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

IFC is seeking donations of high-heel shoes, which will be utilized by all participants. Drop boxes for the SFA community are located in the Involvement Center and the Greek Life office in the BPSC, Room 3.300. Additionally, there is a community drop box at the Women's Shelter Thrift Store - Family Crisis Center of East Texas, 4610 North St., Nacogdoches.
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SFA Greek Life to host campus-wide basketball game

SFA's Interfraternity Council will host a basketball game, which will feature faculty and staff members and students playing together and against each other, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

For more information, contact Dare Chronister at (936) 468-6292 or email dchronister@sfasu.edu.

Food drive underway now

The SFA James I. Perkins College of Education is teaming up with Food for Thought - the student food bank recently established on campus - to help alleviate hunger among students with a non-perishable food drive.
The drive will take place from Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 17. A collection box will be set up in each department's office, as well as in the advising office in McKibben Building, Room 118. Please help fill up your department's collection box. 

Financial contributions also are accepted. Contact Heather Olson Beal at olsonbehk@sfasu.edu for instructions.
Let's show our students that the Perkins College of Education faculty and staff members care about them!

Faculty Senate to meet tomorrow

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.201. 

Dr. Steve Westbrook, vice president of University Affairs, and Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor and SFA Strategic Plan co-chair, will highlight Envision SFA, the new strategic plan for the university.

All faculty members are invited to attend.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Two Small Pieces of Glass' in April

The SFA Planetarium will screen the show "Two Small Pieces of Glass"  at 7 p.m. each Friday in April, as well as Friday, May 1.

The show traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years and is produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages!
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"Pining for Birds Arcadian Adventure" set for May 9

Join ornithologist Cliff Shackelford and horticulturist Greg Grant on a bird and nature walk through Grant’s beloved backyard "Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary" in rural Shelby County from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9. 

With annual prescribed burns, regular thinning and standing snags, Grant maintains this 22-year-old, eight acre stand of loblolly pines as a habitat for cavity-dwelling birds and pine savanna wildlife. He named the sanctuary for his outdoor loving grandfather who formerly owned the property. 

During the hike, attendees can see brown-headed nuthatches, pine warblers, eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, eastern phoebes and an assortment of woodpeckers. Prepare to explore approximately one mile on dirt trails and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Transportation is provided and will depart from the SFA Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Center at the university's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches.  Group size will be limited. Cost of the tour is $30 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

For reservations, contact sfagardens@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1832.

National Alcohol Screening Day set for 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 from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Human Services Telecommunications Building Lobby.

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

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


Pugh tied for first at the Jim West Intercollegiate

Senior golfer Blake Pugh is tied for first through the opening two rounds of the 2015 Jim West Intercollegiate, firing a 6-under 138 through the opening 36 holes. The senior's performance has paced SFA, which is tied for third at 2-over 578 following the first day.

Pugh opened with a solid 2-under 70 in round one, but was the second-lowest SFA golfer behind senior Bradley Phelps, who shot 4-under 68. Pugh then matched Phelps' production in round two, shaving four strokes off his total for 6-under 138, tying him with Pep Angles from the University of Central Arkansas for the tournament lead.
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Fine Arts

'The Most Happy Fella' opens Thursday at SFA

The citizens of Napa Valley agree that Tony, played by Houston senior Cairee Mayfield, is "The Most Happy Fella" in a rehearsal of the musical by Frank Loesser.

The SFA School of Music will present "The Most Happy Fella" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 9 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

Tolan's 'Stay Carl Stay' to be performed in SFA's Downstage Theatre

Playwright Peter Tolan's "Stay Carl Stay" is featured among the SFA School of Theatre's spring student productions.

Directed by Brownsville senior theater major Anna Goldberg, "Stay Carl Stay" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Downstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

In "Stay Carl Stay," an introverted young woman, dominated and taken for granted by her boyfriend, adopts a dog on the advice of an eccentric therapist, Goldberg explains. Pandemonium ensues when Carl, the dog, who is far better behaved than the boyfriend, learns to dance and talk and wins his mistress' heart, according to the play's description at barnesandnoble.com.
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Guest artist Knight to perform with SFA Percussion Ensemble

SFA's Percussion Ensemble will perform with guest artist Dr. Joshua Knight at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, the ensemble will perform the music of Dwayne Rice and Nathan Daughtrey, among others.

Meyer and Knight, who is director of percussion studies at McMurry University, will collaborate to perform Blake Tyson's "Vertical River," a duet for marimba and vibraphone that reflects the good times Tyson and co-composer John Parks enjoyed during a rafting trip on the Boise River.
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