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This Week's Calendar

Friday, April 8
SFA softball at Houston Baptist University
2 and 4 p.m.

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball at Sam Houston State University
6 p.m.

SFA tennis at Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

SFA track and field at Skechers Carl Kight Invitational
4 p.m.

Saturday, April 9
SFA softball at Houston Baptist University

SFA baseball at Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.

SFA tennis vs. Sam Houston State University
11 a.m.

SFA track and field at Skechers Carl Kight Invitational
9 a.m.

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

SFA tennis vs. Lamar University

Monday, April 11
Men's golf at the Jim West Intercollegiate

Women's golf at the Southland Conference Championship




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News & Announcements

Teaching Excellence Convocation to honor faculty members April 13

SFA faculty members will be recognized for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A on campus.

An opening reception with music and refreshments is scheduled for 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the BPSC Regents’ Suite B on campus. The reception and convocation are open to the public and SFA community.
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Political science, history experts to attend joint conference at SFA today

Experts in political science and history will gather at SFA today 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 Faculty Senate recognizes 2016 Adjunct Teaching Excellence recipients

SFA’s Faculty Senate recently recognized the 2016 Adjunct Teaching Excellence recipients at its April meeting. Each honoree received a personalized axe handle.

Recipients, pictured from left, are Elizabeth Gound, visiting instructor within the James I. Perkins College of Education; Herbert Midgley, lecturer within the College of Fine Arts; Dillon Wackerman, archivist in the Ralph W. Steen Library; and Dr. Walter Scalen, adjunct faculty member within the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

Retired ExxonMobil manager, adviser to speak at SFA Patent Lecture Series Monday

Two long-time ExxonMobil employees will deliver presentations Monday, April 11, in continuation of an ongoing science, technology, education and mathematics lecture series organized by SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“The purpose of the Patent Lecture Series is to expose SFA students and faculty members to an array of professionals who share experiences of how a STEM background broadens career opportunities and increases marketability,” said Dr. Jana Redfield, assistant director of the SFA STEM Center. “The speakers range from innovators to entrepreneurs, patentees, business owners, professors, legal counsel for major corporations, engineers, mathematicians and others.”
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Sophomore Scholars to host first Dance Marathon

Sophomore Scholars is hosting SFA's first Dance Marathon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Health and Physical Education Gym on campus.

SFA Dance Marathon is partnering with the Children's Miracle Network with 100 percent of the event's proceeds going directly to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. To make a donation, click here.

For more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement leadership and service, at (936) 468-1088.

Early Childhood Lab partners with GETCAP to celebrate National Week of the Young Child

SFA’s Early Childhood Lab, in partnership with the Greater East Texas Community Action Program’s Head Start, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which will be observed Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 15, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the National Week of the Young Child, Nacogdoches is honoring children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
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SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings Monday

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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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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Family Consumer Sciences sponsoring art auction, food drive

SFA’s Family Consumer Sciences student organization is currently hosting an art auction daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Sciences North Building lobby.

The auction features work FCS members created. The bidding deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.  

The organization also will be hosting a food drive for the SFA Food Pantry. Bring donations to the Education Annex Building or the Human Sciences North and South Buildings by Sunday, May 1.

Suggested items include: any canned goods, rice, peanut butter and jelly, and spices.

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. today 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.

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.

East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for April 30

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

SFA Gardens invites princesses to annual tea party tomorrow

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 tomorrow 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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Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host outreach day tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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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Multi-events open 2016 Skechers Carl Kight Invitational

SFA’s multi-event athletes received various personal bests during the first day of the 2016 Skechers Carl Kight Invitational at Fletcher Garner Track. The men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon opened the three-day home meet for the ’Jacks.

In five events halfway through the decathlon, junior Hunter Key set three new event personal records to post a major day and a personal best of 3,628 points. He leads five Lumberjacks in fourth place out of 14 athletes heading into today’s action.
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’Jacks head south to battle Sam Houston State University in three-game series

Winning three of its last four games, the SFA baseball team travels to Huntsville today to face longtime rival Sam Houston State University in a three-game Southland Conference series beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at Don Sanders Stadium.

Sitting one game back of eighth place in league standings, the ’Jacks will attempt to climb up the conference list by taking aim at the Bearkats, who are in third place.
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Kyle Keller introduced to SFA community today

Kyle Keller has been named the 12th coach of SFA’s men’s basketball team.

Keller’s formal introduction to the SFA campus community will be at 1:15 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 12:30 p.m., and all SFA fans and students are invited to attend the introductory press conference, which also will be streamed nationwide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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SFA gets back to Southland Conference play in weekend match against Houston Baptist University

After taking a break from Southland Conference play for a midweek trip to Texas A&M University, SFA’s softball team will get back to league action this weekend at Houston Baptist University.

The Ladyjacks and Huskies will open up a three-game series with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. today at Husky Field before concluding the set at noon Saturday, April 9.
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SFA tennis begins three-game stretch in final week of 2016 regular season

Now in its final week of the 2016 regular season, SFA’s women’s tennis team will play three matches in three days – one of which will feature a return to head coach Jon McLaughlin’s old coaching stop as the Ladyjacks head to Tulane University today.

That matchup against the Green Wave begins at noon today in City Park Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The match will serve as the Ladyjacks’ final tune-up match before returning home for their final pair of Southland Conference matches against Sam Houston State University and Lamar University Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10, respectively.

Sunday’s match against Lamar will be the final home regular season match for SFA seniors Dhanielly Quevedo and Valeria Terentyeva, who will be honored in a short ceremony prior to the start of the match against the Cardinals.
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Fine Arts

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 and 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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Student-directed ‘The Lover’ premieres tonight

SFA’s School of Theatre will present the student-directed play “The Lover” at 7:30 p.m. tonight 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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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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SFA Wind Ensemble to perform compositions dedicated to light, shadow

The SFA Wind Ensemble will present the concert “Luminosity: Tributes to Light and Shadow” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The concert will feature the music of composers Steven Bryant, Darius Milhaud, Joseph Schwantner and Alexander Scriabin, who was famous for his study of the relationship between light, color and sound, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the ensemble’s conductor.
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Contemporary Guitar Ensemble to showcase Hendrix music

The Contemporary Guitar Ensemble at SFA will perform the music of American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The ensemble features students in the SFA School of Music’s Sound Recording Technology program and includes Gavan Maners of Rockwall, Nelson Privette of Winnsboro, Wesley Cortiaus of Friendswood and Kevin Montano of Pasadena on guitar; Austin Gehring of Missouri City on bass; Matthew Coronado of Irving on drums; and Josiah Fling of Eagle Lake, vocals. Joining the ensemble as a guest artist is Lily Reyes of McKinney, vocals and percussion.
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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 tomorrow 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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Here’s a little Friday fluff to set your weekend off on the right foot — or should we say, paw.

A Japanese-based Beagle named Purin landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records twice. Purin holds the record for being the fastest dog to travel 10 meters on a ball and catching the most mini soccer balls with her paws in one minute. Watch a video of Purin here.

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