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This Week's Calendar

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

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

Sunday, April 10
SFA baseball at Sam Houston State University
1 p.m.
Huntsville

SFA tennis vs. Lamar University
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulture professor

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Dr. Mike Arnold, Texas A&M University horticulture professor, will present “Sifting Ashes for a Phoenix and Other Tales from the Former Texas A&M Horticulture Garden.”

Arnold earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University before receiving his doctoral degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University. After a brief stint at Tennessee Tech University, Arnold assumed a position as assistant professor of landscape horticulture at Texas A&M University, where he has progressed through the ranks to professor.
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Tipton Ford Lincoln of Nacogdoches sponsoring mass communication students

Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of SFA’s Department of Mass Communication, left, accepts a check from Neal Slaten, president of Tipton Ford Lincoln of Nacogdoches. The dealership is sponsoring mass communication students in an upcoming trip to the National Student Advertising Competition, which will be held Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, in Lubbock.

SFA students have spent two semesters building a campaign for the national client Snapple, which includes research, strategy, paid and earned media, creative, print, broadcast, jingles, digital and retail in-store activation tactics. Students will compete against universities from Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to host workshop tomorrow

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be hosting a workshop on internal grant funding from 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Information Lab 2 of the Ralph W. Steen Library.

The workshop will discuss opportunities available to faculty members to support research, creative interests, travel and publications. Faculty members are encouraged to bring any possible applications or ideas they have with them in order to receive one-on-one assistance.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sherry Tucker, ORSP administrative assistant, at (936) 468-6606 or tuckers1@sfasu.edu.


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. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

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


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. today in the Human Services Building, Room 314.
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College of Sciences and Mathematics to host second Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show today

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the second annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show today 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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Nelson Rusche College of Business' College to Career Conference begins today

SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business will host its third College to Career Conference from 12:30 to 5 p.m. today 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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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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Political science, history experts to attend joint conference at SFA tomorrow

Experts in political science and history will gather at SFA tomorrow to participate in a joint conference aimed at bridging the two disciplines.

The joint mini-conference between SFA and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will task students with the planning, participation and execution of the entire event.

“Both of our universities are committed to undergraduate research and classes that offer high-impact practices and experiential learning,” said Dr. Dana Cooper, SFA associate professor of history and organizer of the event. “Thus, a joint-conference offers the chance to combine all of these priorities in one semester.”
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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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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. tomorrow 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.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host outreach day

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a free student-led forestry outreach and education day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, to engage the community and provide insight into the diverse fields of natural resource study.

“So much of our region’s economic and cultural history is founded in the forests and natural resources of the region,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for the college. “We want to enable the community to explore those elements while also sharing the ways in which the field of forestry is both evolving to meet the modern needs of the public and conserving our natural ecosystems.”
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SFA Gardens invites princesses to annual tea party

Princesses from across East Texas are invited to don their best dress and sip tea with old and new friends during the SFA Gardens’ annual Little Princess Tea Party slated for Saturday, April 9, in the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.

“The tea party introduces people to nature and gardening in a new and enjoyable way. People who might not normally spend time outdoors love coming to the Little Princess Tea Party,” said Elyce Rodewald, tea party organizer and SFA Gardens educational programs coordinator. “Many people and organizations work together to bring this special day to the community, including SFA Gardens staff members and student workers, Nacogdoches Junior Forum volunteers, Alpha Psi Omega and others."
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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.

Athletics


Lumberjack 4x400-meter relay runners named Southland Conference Track Athletes of the Week

SFA’s men’s 4x400-meter relay team members My’Lik Kerley, Will Gibson, D’Lance Sharp and Garrett Moore have been honored as Southland Conference Track Athletes of the Week. It is the first career weekly honor for all four Lumberjacks.

The four athletes teamed up to help SFA win the 4x400 title at the world-famous Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday in Austin. The group posted a winning time of 3:06.17 to bump SFA to No. 7 in the nation in this season's event. The mark is the best in the SLC by nearly six seconds.
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Ladyjacks get no-hit in 9-0 loss at Texas A&M University

SFA’s softball team couldn’t get the bats going against solid pitching by Texas A&M University Wednesday evening, falling 9-0 in five innings against the No. 10 team at the Aggie Softball Complex.

SFA sophomore Taylor Fraccastoro drew a walk in the fourth inning to represent the Ladyjacks’ only base runner in the contest.
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SFA serves as 2016 Skechers Carl Kight Invitational headquarters

SFA's annual home track and field meet is set to run today through Saturday, April 9, at Fletcher Garner Track.

To follow the action, click here. Saturday’s meet will be broadcast live here.
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Fine Arts


Percussionist Armstrong to perform at SFA

The Percussion Ensemble at SFA will welcome a guest artist when the group performs at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Dr. Josh Armstrong, assistant professor of percussion and assistant director of bands at Delta State University, will perform on Ivan Trevino’s piece, “Flow,” which features a soloist who alternates between snare drum and marimba, accompanied by percussion trio, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of 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. tomorrow and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Downstage Theatre on 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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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. tonight through Saturday, April 9, in William M. Turner Auditorium on 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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Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

The Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society at SFA will host a playwriting workshop with SFA’s playwright-in-residence, Jack Heifner.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 303, on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students.

Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.
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Celebrated photographer Morell to serve as Texas National juror

Distinguished photographer Abelardo Morell will serve as juror for the 22nd Texas National, SFA’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens Saturday, April 9, and runs through Saturday, June 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Texas National features an assortment of art, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes 93 pieces of art by 98 different artists from 29 states.
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