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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, April 8
A Festival of New American Plays
Downstage Theatre 
7:30 p.m. 

SFA Baseball
vs. New Mexico
6:30 p.m.

SFA Men's Golf
Jim West Intercollegiate

Wind Ensemble
William M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 

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

SFA Trombone Choir concert
Cole Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 10
Mix 'n Matches Faculty Recital
Cole Concert Hall
7:30 p.m. 

Mix 'n Matches Faculty Recital
Cole Concert Hall
7:30 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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Marketing Campaign Update

The SFA marketing campaign has launched! SFA messages featuring our traditional spirit logo are now being delivered on billboards and mall signage, on Internet banner ads and the Pandora music app, and on the home page of the university website and its social media accounts.   

All 26 SFA billboards are in place in Dallas, Houston and East Texas (Nacogdoches, Athens, Huntington, Kilgore, Lufkin, Marshall and Tyler). In order to highlight each profession being advertised in a variety of locations, in one month the vinyl will be removed from each billboard and shipped to a new location. This rotation will occur again in early June, which is the final month of the campaign. 

Mall advertising has been placed in Willowbend Mall in Dallas, Willowbrook Mall in Houston, Broadway Square Mall in Tyler and in Lufkin Mall. In Willowbend and Willowbrook, signage includes 8-feet by 14-feet banners that hang from the ceiling, and in Willowbrook, SFA advertising will be featured as a wrap on the interior and exterior of the elevator.
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SFA's William W. Gibson Entomarium to host open house, dedication ceremony

The Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Biology will host the official opening of the William W. Gibson Entomarium at 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Miller Science Building, Room 209.

In 1962, Dr. William Gibson began teaching in SFA's Department of Biology. He designed the invertebrate natural history collection space for the new E. L. Miller Science Building, which was constructed in 1964. Following this achievement, Gibson, his colleagues and students combined their efforts to build a major natural history collection. This collection has grown into one of the largest collections of invertebrates in Texas and contributes significantly to the research and educational mission of SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics.

The collection includes a variety of specialized sections and highlights Gibson's contributions to the understanding of the beetle family Scarabaeidae, a group of large, economic significance. Gibson is one of the few nationally-recognized specialists who can identify specimens of this family, and he has bestowed a large, invaluable collection of these beetles to the university.
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News & Announcements

SFA opens Center for Digital Scholarship in Steen Library

SFA's Ralph W. Steen Library has opened the Center for Digital Scholarship, which will assist with digital research projects, education and learning programs, scientific data, and digital humanities.

Located on the second floor of Steen Library, the CDS is a service center that offers support and assistance to faculty members, students and community members in the development and creation of digital information.

Services include digitization of documents, photos and maps; multimedia conversion for a variety of analog formats, including audio cassettes, VHS and MiniDV; and collaboration in planning, designing and developing projects.

"I have done more with digital preservation while working with the CDS than anywhere else," said Mark Musquiz, Department of History graduate student. "It let me apply what I learned in class while gaining experience."

The CDS is currently completing projects under the direction of the center's digital archivist, Dillon Wackerman. Several of the completed digital collections are collaborations between the East Texas Research Center and the CDS.
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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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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!  

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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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.

Campus Recreation

Yoga session scheduled for Wednesday

Take a break from your day to find your inner peace. "108 Sun Salutations" will be done collectively as a group and will be led by three certified yoga instructors. Come for one or all 108 sun salutations, or just sit on your mat and reflect. Mats and instruction will be provided, and there will be modifications available for all fitness levels.

No previous yoga experience is necessary. This is a Week of Reflection Event and is free and open to all SFA students and faculty and staff members.
For more information, please contact Kate Houlik, fitness and wellness coordinator for Campus Recreation, at (936) 468-5835 or bridgeska@sfasu.edu.


'Jacks five-under through two at Jim West

SFA fired a pair of subpar rounds over the first day of the Jim West Intercollegiate, firing a 5-under 571. However, competing against a strong field, the Lumberjacks currently sit in eighth place heading into Tuesday’s final round.

SFA opened up the 54-hole tournament with an even-par 288, led by junior Bradley Phelps’ 3-under 69 to tie his career-best. Junior Luke Sheehan checked in with an even-par 72 to help pace the 'Jacks.

Round two saw SFA shave five strokes off its opening round total, tying the program’s season-low round with a 5-under 283. Junior Blake Pugh, sophomore Major Monzingo and redshirt freshman Baxter Ward all carded 2-under 70s over the second 18 holes, giving Monzingo a career-best round after shaving nine strokes off his first round 79.
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Spring practice report: linebackers

When head coach Clint Conque was announced as SFA’s new head man back in December, one of the first names to surface to fill out his staff was his longtime defensive coordinator, Matt Williamson.

Williamson had become just as synonymous with Central Arkansas’ success as Conque had as the two worked side-by-side for the past seven seasons in Conway. During his time as the Bears’ DC, UCA led the Southland Conference in scoring defense for three-straight seasons, including leading the league in total defense in 2009.

By accepting the offer to join Conque in Nacogdoches, he understood the challenge he would face at SFA, inheriting a defense that ranked on the other end of the spectrum statistically for the past few seasons.
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'Jacks Open Homestand With New Mexico

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team, after a four-game road swing, returns to Jaycees Field to begin a five-game homestand. SFA, looking to build upon its two-game win streak, will host New Mexico for a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday, before hosting Oral Roberts in a three-game series beginning Friday.

SFA enters the week .500 on the season at 15-15 overall and 6-6 in Southland Conference play. The 'Jacks are one win away from tying their longest winning streak of the season at three games, having taken both the Saturday and Sunday games at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi over the weekend. New Mexico enters the midweek games 22-11-1 on the season.

SFA will send junior Halden Maynard to the mound on Tuesday against UNM freshman Preston Ryan. Senior Kyle Cross will start for the 'Jacks in the Wednesday tilt opposite a pitcher to be announced.
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Sanchez named SLC Hitter of the Week

SFA senior outfielder Ricardo Sanchez was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Sanchez, a native of Houston, led the Lumberjacks to their second SLC series victory in as many weeks, going 9-for-15 across three games at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Sanchez, who did not play at Arkansas-Little Rock on April 1, recorded multi-hit games in each contest across the series to finish with a .600/.733/.647 split.

Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the series opener and followed with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI and a run scored in the 12-10 win on Saturday for the 'Jacks. In the series conclusion, Sanchez went 4-for-6 with two doubles and scored the game-winning run with a two-out RBI single to left field in the top of the ninth to put SFA on top 7-6.
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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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SFA festival features new works by top playwrights

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during the SFA School of Theatre’s 2014 Festival of New American Plays Tuesday through Saturday, April 8 through 12, 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.

“From 1998 until now, we have brought playwrights to our campus to see their new works,” Heifner said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to view ‘theatre in the making.’”
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