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Monday, April 9
Women's golf at all-day Lamar Cardinal Match Play Challenge

Tuesday, April 10
Baseball vs. The University of Texas at San Antonio
6 p.m.
San Antonio

Wednesday, April 11
Softball vs. Louisiana Tech University
5 p.m.

Friday, April 13
Baseball at Sam Houston State University
6:30 p.m.

Softball at Houston Baptist University
1 and 3 p.m.

Tennis at Harding University
1 p.m.
Searcy, Arkansas

Track and field at two-day Longhorn Invitational




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Dr. Alexandra Martynova-Van Kley

Professor of biology

Martynova-Van Kley was recently awarded Best Paper at the 2018 Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Chemical Processes annual conference in Singapore for her paper “Catalytic Activities of Pyroccocus horicoshii Mutant Endoglucanase.”

The paper details improvement of the activity of an enzyme from a thermostable microorganism found in the deep sea involved in cellulose breakdown. This means more efficient and cost-effective production of biofuels and bio-products.

Dr. Inga Meier

Assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts

Meier will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation. Meier joined the College of Fine Arts in 2015. She teaches courses in play analysis, theatre history, film history, dramaturgy and more.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature and theatre from Rutgers University, her Master of Fine Arts in dramaturgy with a graduate certificate in cultural studies from Stony Brook University, and her doctoral degree in theatre history and performance studies with a doctoral certificate in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her research is focused on performances of terrorism, violence and trauma. Her writing has been published in Film and History, The Theatre Annual and in the anthology “Recovering 9/11 in New York.” She currently serves as secretary and debut panel coordinator for the Theatre and Social Change Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Dr. Jeremy Stovall

Associate professor of silviculture

Stovall will be honored at this year's Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation. Stovall joined SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Science from Clemson University, his Master of Science from the University of Vermont and his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech.

Stovall teaches dendrology and silviculture, among a number of other graduate and undergraduate courses. Each summer he teaches a travel course on field ecology in the southern Appalachian Mountains. His research focuses on restoring severely disturbed ecosystems using various silvicultural tools, such as herbicides, mechanical site preparation and thinning.

Stovall also serves as the faculty advisor to the Sylvans, SFA’s timbersports team that has won four of the past five Southern Forestry Conclaves.

News & Announcements

SFA to recognize Teaching Excellence Award recipients tomorrow

SFA will recognize seven faculty members during its Teaching Excellence Awards Convocation at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Each of the university's six colleges selects a faculty member to receive the annual award based on knowledge of subject matter, quality of lectures and assignments, enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and availability to students, commitment to continuous improvement, and contribution to the quality of teaching at SFA by assisting and encouraging other faculty members. An adjunct faculty member also is chosen to receive the award.

This event is free and open to the public.

Honorees will be featured in SFA Today's Accomplishments section through tomorrow.
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SFA honoring staff and retirees for years of service

SFA’s 34th annual staff and retiree recognition award ceremony is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, preceded by a reception at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

SFA is honoring employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service and those who have retired within the last year. Additionally, four nominated staff members will receive the President's Award in recognition for outstanding service to the university.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Eddings, Human Resources specialist, at (936) 468-2495 or eddingsjl@sfasu.edu.

Great-grandson enhances C.E. Lowery scholarship

Clayton W. Lowery recently contributed to the C.E. “Charley” Lowery Memorial Scholarship on behalf of his father, John L. Lowery, and his grandfather, O.L. Lowery. His grandfather created the scholarship with the SFA Alumni Association in October 1983 honoring his great-grandfather, the late C.E. Lowery of Nacogdoches.

Clayton’s grandfather, O.L., was born in Smyrna and received a teaching certificate from SFA in 1925. O.L.’s father, C.E., began working for SFA in 1924 — just one year after the university opened — as the first campus security officer.

The C.E. “Charley” Lowery Memorial Scholarship is awarded every spring to an employee of SFA’s University Police Department.
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Renowned German author Utz Rachowski to speak tonight, tomorrow

Hosted by SFA’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, Utz Rachowski, a prominent voice in contemporary German literature, will give two presentations to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities on SFA’s campus.

Rachowski’s first presentation, “The Poet as Political Prisoner: Personal Experiences in a German Dictatorship,” will be at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102. His second presentation, a bilingual poetry reading alongside Dr. Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, will be at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information about the events, contact Dr. Louise Stoehr, associate professor of German, at lstoehr@sfasu.edu.
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Center for Digital Scholarship to hold open access and predatory publishers workshop

Discussions about legitimate open access publishers versus predatory publishers are taking place on university campuses across the country with articles appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education and other academic publications.

To address the concerns and questions many faculty members have on this topic, SFA’s Center for Digital Scholarship will host the workshop “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Open Access and Predatory Publishers” from 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, April 11, in the Steen Library Wyatt Room.

Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian, will draw clear distinctions between legitimate OA publishers and publications and predatory publishers. The information shared at the workshop will help faculty members identify predatory publishers and avoid falling prey to spam email solicitations and predatory publishers’ websites.

Contact cds@sfasu.edu for more information.

Best-selling author, speaker on meaningfulness to present at SFA

Zach Mercurio, author of “The Invisible Leader” and a leading voice in the role of purpose and meaningfulness in life, work and organizations, will discuss “The Power of Purpose” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Mercurio is an expert in purposeful organization design, diagnosing and changing organizational culture, employee engagement and motivation, workplace happiness and well-being, organizational behavior, and storytelling.

This free event is sponsored by SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development and is part of Senior Week, which lasts until Friday, April 13. Faculty members are encouraged to inform senior students of this event.

For more information, contact (936) 468-3305 or ccpd@sfasu.edu.

To view other Senior Week events, click here.

STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series planned for Wednesday

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Math Building, Lecture Hall 101.

The event aims to connect students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, enabling them to learn from leaders in their field as well as other successful STEM students.

James Dickerson, retired senior managing counsel with Dow Chemical Company and former SFA regent, will speak about the emerging opportunities in STEM fields. SFA biochemistry senior Carmel Tovar will discuss her decision to attend the university and her passion for science.

The event is free and open to all majors.
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Campus Recreation

Women's self-defense class scheduled for April 12

SFA's Campus Recreation Department and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the HPE Complex’s gymnastics room.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense from a teacher certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System. This class is open to all women on campus, including employees and students.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.



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Fine Arts

Trombone Choir performance part of international observance

SFA’s 20-piece Trombone Choir will perform a variety of music in concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cole Concert Hall.

The performance is part of International Trombone Week in which musicians around the globe celebrate the trombone. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Steel Band to perform spring concert

SFA’s Steel Band will play a number of favorites when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in Cole Concert Hall.

Directed by Dr. Ben Tomlinson, adjunct professor of percussion at SFA, the Steel Band will perform such popular works as “Dus in deh Face,” “Conga Line,” “Soca Tatie,” “Jump in the Line,” “Soca Pressure,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Fiesta Latina,” “Yellow Bird” and “Marianne.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.

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