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Friday, May 5
Baseball at Nicholls State University
6 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Softball at Abilene Christian University
5 and 7 p.m.
Abilene

Saturday, May 6
Baseball at Nicholls State University
6 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Softball at Abilene Christian University
Noon
Abilene


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Attend a success coach interest meeting this week

SFA’s Student Success Center provides success coaching to Generation Jacks students, which is a program designed to assist first-generation students during their transition to and through SFA.

The program seeks faculty and staff members who exude the ability to connect, engage and assist students through various facets of university life. Success coaches are required to meet with first-generation students twice a month during an academic year.

The SSC will host two interest meetings this week for those who are considering becoming a success coach. The first will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4, and the second will be at noon Friday, May 5, both in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 208. SSC staff members will provide additional information about the opportunity and answer questions.

For more information, contact Chelsea Heidbrink, coordinator of student success, at heidbrinc@sfasu.edu.

Department of Government to host roundtable discussion tomorrow

SFA’s Department of Government will hold a panel and roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102. The panel is titled “Civic Education in the 21st Century: Implications for Democracy, Representation and Liberty.”

The panel will feature Dr. Chapman Rackaway, professor of political science and interim dean of the Graduate School at Fort Hays University, and Dr. Matthew Newton, assistant professor of government at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Dr. Donald Gooch, SFA assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Steve Galatas, SFA associate professor of political science, also will join the roundtable discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Gooch at goochdm@sfasu.edu.
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Education students establish free mini-library to promote literacy

SFA elementary education students are helping promote literacy throughout the Nacogdoches community by creating a free mini-library outside Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School.

“We’ve been working with BQJ on several student-driven projects the past few semesters,” said Dr. Lauren Burrow, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. “After talking with BQJ staff members about how SFA students can be more involved, we discovered the school’s interest in literacy initiatives. They had heard about mini-libraries and asked us if we could do something similar. We said, ‘Sure,’ and went bigger with it.”

The mini-library, known as the Brooks-Quinn-Jones BookJoy Benches and Book Box, was a collaborative project between Burrow, SFA students and a local Girl Scout, Maya Tanner, who made the library her bronze project and constructed the book box.
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Attend Faculty and Staff Breakfast May 3

The last SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast of the spring semester will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the East College Dining Hall. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to help spread the word about this event and invite colleagues to join.

The event will include a $3 all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and will provide opportunities to catch up with colleagues and make new campus contacts. Door prizes will be awarded.

This event is brought to you by the newly formed SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of the “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within the campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social networking events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

Athletics


Men claim first place, women second at Bobcat Classic in San Marcos

SFA’s track and field teams achieved top finishes Friday and Saturday at the two-day Bobcat Classic held at the Bobcat Track and Field Stadium in San Marcos.

SFA claimed nine individual titles as the men’s team finished first with 190 points — 50 more than second-place host Texas State University. SFA’s women’s team finished second with 178 points.
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Lumberjacks’ ninth-inning rally falls short against Southeastern Louisiana University

Facing an eight-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning, SFA’s baseball team plated four more runs before coming up four runs short against Southeastern Louisiana University in the third game of a conference series Sunday at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches.

SFA Junior Josh Evans went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a team-leading 10th homer of the season as part of a three-RBI day. However, the Lions took control early by putting seven runs on the board in the top of the second inning.
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Ladyjacks’ season ends with loss against Islanders

Eighth-seeded SFA's tennis team gave the top-seeded Islanders all they could handle in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament Friday before dropping a dramatic 4-2 match at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center.

“I expected nothing less between two teams that were fighting for their postseason lives,” said SFA head tennis coach Jon McLaughlin. “We took the fight to them every step of the way and, while it would have been great to come out on top, we shouldn’t be disappointed by our performance. Today will help us move forward to the 2018 season.”
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Fine Arts

Exhibition highlights role of pollinators worldwide

The exhibition “Pollinators of the World” will show May 4 through 20 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“Pollinators of the World” is curated by Charles Jones, director of the SFA LaNana Creek Press, and Dr. David Kulhavy, Lawrence C. Walker Distinguished Professor in SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

Artists and student-artists of all levels were invited to create works on paper that reflected important pollinators from their area of the world. Among the submissions to the exhibit are images of bees, bats, birds, moths, butterflies, flies, beetles, lemurs, bush babies and geckos.

Admission is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Register your child for Summer Art Academy

Registration is now open for SFA’s School of Art’s Summer Art Academy, which will be from 1 to 4 p.m. June 5 through 16 in the Art Building on campus. The academy is open to students going into kindergarten through sixth grade.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and more. Seats are limited.

Registration on or before June 1 is $185, which includes art supplies, daily snacks and exhibition expenses. Registration after June 1 is $200. For SFA faculty and staff members, registration costs $175.

An exhibition showcasing student work will be held at 5 p.m. June 16. All work will be taken home at that time.

To register, click here. For more information, contact Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education, at (936) 468-4262 or coatsc@sfasu.edu.

Wind Symphony to perform Boss composition ‘Tetelestai’ tonight

SFA’s Wind Symphony will present “Tetelestai” at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus.

Composer Andrew Boss described his “Tetelestai – A Symphony for Wind Ensemble” as work that “portrays images rather than adhering to a strict narrative,” allowing for “a different interpretation of these images from each listener as he or she engages in a unique aural experience as the music unfolds.”

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Newborn portrait sessions are certainly popular, but have you ever seen one that captures the cuteness of a newborn kitten?

Photographer Kitty Lee documents the beauty of newborns regularly, so when her daughter got a new kitten, she knew what she had to do. Click here to view more.

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