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This Week's Calendar

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.

Monday, April 13
SFA men's golf at the Oral Roberts Shootout
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma




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SFA Teaching Excellence Award recipients announced

SFA's Teaching Excellence program is an opportunity to recognize individuals for their contributions to the university through excellence as teachers. The selection of excellent university teachers is based upon knowledge of subject matter; quality of lectures and assignments; enthusiasm for teaching; interest in and availability to students; sensitivity to the learning environment; effectiveness as a teacher as assessed through student, peer, and alumni evaluations; commitment to continuous improvement of their own classroom teaching; and contributions to the quality of teaching within the university through assistance and encouragement of other faculty members.

Each college selects a member of its faculty to receive a Teaching Excellence Award. During this convocation, each recipient also will be recognized with a University Teaching Excellence Award.

The Teaching Excellence program has been rewarding teaching excellence at SFA since the program's inception in 1994.

This year's awards will take place on Wednesday, April 15. To view the complete list of this year's recipients here.


Dr. Kyle E. Conlon

Department of Psychology

This weekend Conlon, assistant professor of psychology, will present research in collaboration with four SFA students and one SFA faculty member at the Southwestern Psychological Association's annual conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Junior Gracie Diamond and Conlon will present a poster on submissiveness in romantic relationships. Graduate student Kylee Kudera, fellow Psychology faculty member Dr. Lauren E. Brewer and Conlon will present a poster on belief in miraculous healing and another poster on lay beliefs about health. Graduate students Kyle Ripley and Margaret Hance, Brewer and Conlon will present research showing how infrequently participants actually read informed consent forms before signing them.

Conlon received a travel support mini-grant for $750 to present at this conference.

News & Announcements

SFA honors deceased student

The SFA flag on Vista Drive is flying at half-staff today in honor of SFA student Anthony R. Gardner, who recently passed away.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Impact Outreach Ministries, located at 440 FM 2021, Lufkin. The Rev. Rozell Jones of Dallas will officiate.

'How to Help a Friend: What to Say, What to Do and What Not to Do' lecture set for tonight

SFA Student Affairs will present a speaker aimed at helping combat campus violence at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Katie Koestner, a highly regarded and respected speaker and national expert on student safety and relationships concerning dating and sexual violence, will present to a select group of student leaders. This event is being co-sponsored by the Family Crisis Center of East Texas and by SFA Student Affairs in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Koestner has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and many other national television programs. She has been influential in initiatives taken by the U.S. Department of Education targeting women in high-risk communities.
Koestner also will take part in the university's “Take Back the Night Event,” which will immediately follow her presentation. The presentation will give attendees a privileged opportunity to hear directly from a woman at the forefront of the crusade for student safety on campus. By attending her presentation and the "Take Back the Night" event, individuals will learn how to address sexual violence on campus.
“Take Back the Night” begins at 6 p.m. at Spirit Rock on SFA's campus.

Family Fun Day set for this weekend

SFA's 11th Annual Family Fun Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches.

Free food, games, activities and fun are included in the event. This is the kick off for the Week of the Young Child, presented by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

SFA's Department of Psychology strongly represented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference

This weekend, 43 students and faculty members from SFA's Department of  Psychology will present research at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Twenty-eight posters and oral presentations will be given by SFA representatives on the research conducted in the laboratories of 10 faculty members.

Never in the history of the department have there been so many presentations accepted to one conference. For more information about the research being conducted in the Department of Psychology, please view the faculty research Web page.

Read KTRE's coverage of the presentations here.

Disability Pride Parade and Festival set for April 18

The second annual Nacogdoches Disability Pride Parade and Festival, organized in part by SFA's Department of Human Services, is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Festival Plaza behind the Nacogdoches City Hall.

For more information, click here.

Texas Association of Broadcast Educators conference held at SFA

The Texas Association of Broadcast Educators held their annual winter conference on the SFA campus Friday, February 27. 

The SFA Department of Mass Communication hosted broadcast educators from around the state. During each winter conference, TABE honors a Broadcaster of the Year. 

This year’s honoree was 1979 SFA graduate Brad Streit, Raycom Media senior vice president/television. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Al Gruele, SFA Radio/TV faculty member; Streit; Sherry Williford, TABE first vice president and SFA Radio/TV faculty member; and Dr. John Hendricks, chair of the SFA Department of Mass Communication.

SFA receives Desire2Excel Award

SFA has been recognized for its commitment to educating all students - regardless of physical challenges - with the 2014 Desire2Excel Award for Accessibility.

The award is presented by D2L, a global leader in educational technology and the creator of Brightspace, an integrated learning platform used by SFA faculty members and students. The company lauded SFA for demonstrating how such partnerships and technology can make education available to more learners.

"It is one of D2L's core beliefs that education should be accessible to all," said John Baker, president and CEO of D2L. "Brightspace was built and continues to grow with accessibility in mind. We strive to make our integrated learning platform easy for people to navigate and understand using assistive technologies or any and all devices that support their needs."
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Archie McDonald Speaker Series guest Mary Lou Retton kicks off annual Week of Reflection

The annual Week of Reflection program will take place Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.

Highlights of the week include the Archie McDonald Speaker Series featuring Mary Lou Retton, Olympic All-Around Gold Medal winner in women's gymnastics, on Monday, April 13, and the Day of Gratitude on Friday, April 17. Students are invited to stop by the table in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center to write thank you notes to anyone in the SFA community who has helped them grow this year.
View the complete list of events or download our reflection guides for students or faculty members here.

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 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 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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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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Offense finding groove heading into spring game

Through the first three weeks of SFA football's spring practice, it has been no secret the defense has had the upper hand. That one-sided tilt reached a breaking point at the Lumberjacks' second scrimmage, which saw the offense struggle to find any rhythm against their purple counterparts.

"We took a butt-whooping last week, and it seemed to wake them up a little bit," said offensive coordinator Matt Kubik. "When you take a butt-whooping like that, it's okay sometimes as long as your guys respond to it. And I think our guys have definitely responded."
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Payne named SLC Field Athlete of the Week

Senior pole vaulter Demi Payne has been named the Southland Conference Field Athlete of the Week after another impressive performance, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon. The honor is Payne's fourth of the 2015 outdoor season after collecting three similar awards during the indoor season.

In the lone home meet of the outdoor season, Payne didn't disappoint. Hundreds of fans came out to watch her compete at the 2015 Skechers Carl Kight Invitational at Homer Bryce Stadium last Thursday. She recorded a jump of 14 feet, nine inches (4.50m) to win her seventh individual title of the year, break her own SFA outdoor record and set a new Fletcher Garner Track facility standard.
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SFA softball storms back to down Prairie View A&M University, 7-4

The SFA softball team showed a lot of fight Wednesday afternoon at SFA Softball Field, using a five-run fifth inning to rally back and defeat Prairie View A&M University 7-4 in a midweek non-conference game. With the win, the Ladyjacks improve to 12-26 overall on the season, including a 4-3 mark at home.

The Ladyjacks allowed four unearned runs on four hits and three errors in the first inning to fall into an early 4-0 hole.
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Fine Arts

SFA to present student-directed 'Springtime'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Springtime" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Center Point senior Sloan Frierson directs this one-act play by Cuban-American avant garde playwright María Irene Fornés about the eternal story of love and betrayal. The cast includes Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Ray; Beaumont freshman Kate Shirley as Greta; and Lake Dallas sophomore Andrea Nelson as Rainbow.

When Greta is diagnosed with tuberculosis, Rainbow does everything she can to take care of her, including breaking the law in order to afford Greta's medicine, explains Frierson.
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Acclaimed saxophonist Carrol to perform at SFA

Renowned saxophonist Shelley Carrol will appear with the Swingin' Axes when the jazz ensemble and the Swingin' Aces perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The Swingin' Axes, directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, will perform "Li'l Darlin," "Double-O" and "Every Day I Have the Blues" from the Count Basie library, as well as Herbie Hancock's "Driftin'" with Carrol as guest soloist. The Axes' program also will feature Duke Ellington's "Perdido," "Stan Kenton's "Pegasus" and Pat Metheny's "The First Circle."
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SFA to screen 'Mile… Mile and A Half' at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Mile… Mile & A Half" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A documentary film by The Muir Project, "Mile… Mile & A Half" is the story of five friends who leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their goal, according to information at themuirproject.com, is to complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the sights and sounds they encounter along the way.
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SFA Steel Band's spring concert to feature popular sing-along tunes

The annual spring concert of SFA's Steel Band will feature pop tunes from "then and now," according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

The concert, slated for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the university campus, will include such popular songs as "Take on Me," "Margaritaville," "Locked Out of Heaven," "Africa" and "Come on Eileen."

"The group will be playing songs that everyone can sing along with," Meyer said. "I want the audience to be much more involved at this concert, so feel free to sing and dance along as the steel band performs some great hits from several decades ago to the present that every generation knows and loves."
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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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'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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