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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, April 12
SFA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist University
Jaycees Field
1 p.m.




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Dr. Adam Peck and Kendall Dotson

Office of Student Affairs

Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of Student Affairs, and Kendall Dotson, a senior communication major, co-authored the article, “Four Conversations about Careers in Student Affairs: A Guide for Mentors” in the March 2015 edition of Campus Activities Programming.

Peck was recently appointed to the position of State Director for Texas for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He already serves as President-Elect of the Texas Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

News & Announcements

The Pine Log will not be published this week

The Pine Log student newspaper will not be published on Wednesday, April 8.

Editors are attending the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition and conference in San Antonio. The Pine Log will resume its regular weekly publishing schedule on Wednesday, April 15.

SFA Sylvans win 2015 Southern Forestry Conclave

The SFA Sylvans, a timbersports team, captured its third consecutive championship title at the 58th annual Southern Forestry Conclave in Mississippi.

The team of 35 students, composed primarily of forestry majors, competed in technical and physical events against 14 other Southern forestry schools, including Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Jeremy Stovall, assistant professor of silviculture in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and the Sylvans' faculty adviser, said the rigorous coursework undertaken by students in SFA's forestry program is a key component of the team's success.
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SFA Greek Life to host campus-wide basketball game today

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.

Faculty Senate meets this afternoon

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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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!

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 Gardens to host popular spring plant sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches.

A variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, unusual species and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants at this year's sale are extensively trialed in the university's gardens before being offered to the public. Additionally, most of them are produced by the SFA Gardens staff members and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs offered at SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 students of all ages on a yearly basis.
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Pugh claims Jim West Intercollegiate title

SFA senior golfer Blake Pugh captured his second individual tournament title, shooting a career-low 9-under 207 to win the 2015 Jim West Intercollegiate in Austin. Pugh paced SFA to a third-place finish as the Lumberjacks wrapped up the 54-hole event with a 3-over 867.

Pugh entered the final 18 holes tied for first with a 6-under 136. He then proceeded to card a 3-under 69 in the final round to clinch the individual title. The 9-under 207 shattered his previous career low of 210, set at the Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational in 2013. The 207 score is tied for the second-lowest 54-hole total in SFA program history, tying former teammates Mitchell McLeroy (2012), Brian Grossman (2003) and Trevor Sauntry (2002).
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Parker, Walkup named First Team All-Academic

SFA senior Jacob Parker and junior Thomas Walkup were both named first team selections to the 2014-15 Southland Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic Team, the league office announced Tuesday. It is the third-straight all-academic honor for both players.

Walkup's award added to his impressive postseason collection, as he also was named an Associated Press and Lou Henson All-American Player, a First Team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 23 selection and is a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year. The Southland Conference Player of the Year, Walkup posted a breakout season for the Lumberjacks, leading the team in scoring, shooting percentage and rebounds, which ranks him among the Southland Conference leaders in several categories.
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LeFlore's home run not enough in loss at TSU

The SFA softball team erased a four-run deficit thanks in part to sophomore Taylor LeFlore, but the Ladyjacks couldn't finish off Texas Southern University, falling 6-4 at Memorial Park Tuesday night. SFA drops to 11-26 this season with the loss.

Three Ladyjacks had a multi-hit afternoon. Junior Heather Hollingsworth and LeFlore each finished 2-for-3 while sophomore Lora Blackwell went a perfect 2-for-2. All three drew a walk in the game to reach base safely on three separate occasions.
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Fine Arts

SFA Wind Ensemble, A Cappella Choir to collaborate in concert

Two of the major performing ensembles at SFA will combine forces in a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Select members of the SFA Wind Ensemble and the A Cappella Choir will perform the Mass in E Minor by Anton Bruckner.

"This is one of the few pieces where the orchestra supporting a choral work is made up entirely of brass and woodwinds," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA. "Most choral pieces accompanied by instruments use strings, but this one does not." Allen will conduct the work.
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Hudson's organizational skills keep opera productions on track

Nita Hudson has one of "those" kinds of minds. She's organized, meticulous and detail-oriented. She thrives on planning and scheduling, which means her projects meet deadlines. No duty is too difficult; no responsibility is too great. She makes sure people are where they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to be doing.

That's why she is slightly annoying (in a good way) and thoroughly endearing (in the best way) as assistant director, production stage manager and properties manager for the SFA School of Music's annual opera theater production.
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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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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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'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.

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