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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, May 13
SFA Baseball
at Creighton
Omaha, Neb.
12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 15
SFA Men's Golf
NCAA Regional

Friday, May 16
SFA Baseball
at Houston Baptist
3 p.m.

SFA Men's Golf
NCAA Regional

Saturday, May 17
SFA Baseball
at Houston Baptist
2 p.m.

SFA Men's Golf
NCAA Regional




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New SFA core repository aiding in student research

A new addition to SFA's Department of Geology is fueling opportunities for geology students and faculty research and strengthening the university's connections to the petroleum industry.

The East Texas Core Repository serves as a final resting place for valuable geologic samples originally obtained through prospecting and drilling activity that have been donated to SFA for research purposes. The repository houses cores, slabs and plugs that consist of layered earth and rock. Students and other researchers can study the samples to learn about the geological history of the land from which they were extracted. The scientific terms for this type of research are stratigraphy and sedimentology.

Dr. Kevin Stafford, assistant professor in the Department of Geology in SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics, said the samples will be especially beneficial to graduate students conducting thesis research on the composition of rocks being studied in East Texas fields.

"When drilling a new well, you want to understand the geology of the land before investing in it," Stafford said. "Cores are valuable. They show what the subsurface consists of."
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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant recently published a piece about his life-long passion for home vegetable gardens in the horticulture magazine "Neil Sperry's Gardens."

The piece, entitled "Picking and Grinning: An East Texas Gardener's Ode to Homegrown Vegetables" appears in the May/June edition of the magazine. 

News & Announcements

Student Activities Association announces summer movie series

The Student Activities Association would like to invite you to check out our summer movie series. We show a movie twice a week at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our movie theater is located on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center next to Starbucks. 

Prices are $2 for students with student ID, $3 for faculty and staff members with SFA ID, and $4 for community. The concession stand also will be open at these showings, where you can get a drink, popcorn and candy all for only $2 with our combo pack deal. 

Large group reservations for any of these showings this summer can be made by calling our office at: (936) 468-1222.

3 and 4: Frozen (PG)
10 and 11: The Nut Job (PG)
17 and 18: Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy (G)
24 and 25: Planes (PG)
8 and 9: The Lego Movie (PG)
15 and 16: The Lorax (PG)
22 and 23: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)
29 and 30: The Princess and The Frog (G)
5 and 6: Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 

SFA to test emergency preparedness

If you see firefighters, police officers, paramedics and sheriff's deputies flocking to campus Wednesday, don't panic. It is only a drill.

Emergency responders and SFA employees will run a full-scale emergency operation preparedness exercise from 1 to 5 p.m. May 14. In addition to university police officers, the Nacogdoches Police Department and fire department, county sheriff's office and EMS will participate.

The drill will be confined mainly to the south part of campus, near Lumberjack Village. Use of the outdoor siren and JackAlert system will be part of the training drill.

For the public's safety, as well as the effectiveness of the drill, anyone not participating in the event is asked to stay clear of the area. This will maintain the integrity of the exercise and also allow for the best understanding of SFA's preparedness.

For more information, call (936) 468-2605.

Registration underway for SFA Summer Art Academy

Registration has begun for the annual Summer Art Academy offered by the SFA School of Art for the two-week camp that will meet June 9 through 20.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll in classes that include drawing, painting and sculpture.

"The academy offers an exciting introduction to the visual arts and an immersion into specific media," said Gary Parker, SFA art instructor and director of the academy.

Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Art Building on Wilson Drive. The students' work will be exhibited at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the Art Building. Afterward, the students may take their work home.
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Discount offered to faculty/staff for upcoming youth football camps

Kids of SFA faculty and staff members can attend the upcoming summer football camps led by head coach Clint Conque at a discounted rate. 

The camp, from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 18, is aimed at kids from third to eighth grade. 

Cost for the camp to the general public is $60. Faculty and staff members can take advantage of a 20 percent discount.

To receive the discount, contact Diana at (936) 468-3502. This discount is not available in the online registration.

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SFA to host pre-law experience in June

High school students interested in pursuing a career in law are invited to attend SFA's first-ever Pre-Law Experience set for June 8-14 in Nacogdoches.

The week-long program is open to high school juniors and seniors and is unique in the state of Texas, according to Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

"Many students entering college consider eventual employment in a law-related field but are unsure if it is the correct choice for them," Murphy said. "Moreover, they too frequently make decisions that limit their ability to compete successfully for a position in law school upon graduation. Our Pre-Law Experience is intended to provide an overview of the key elements in planning a future as a lawyer."
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Schedule for upcoming basketball camps released

Head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood has spots still available for this summer's Brad Underwood Basketball Camps. Underwood and his staff will be hosting three separate camps; Session I - Overnight Camp from June 22-25, a High School/AAU Team Camp from June 27-28 and Session II - Day Camp from July 29-August 1.

The session camps will stress fundamentals with a heavy emphasis on the skills of shooting, dribbling, passing, and team play. The camps will adhere to a 10-1 camper-coach ratio, which provides for a safe and well-supervised learning environment.

The daily schedule includes a balanced mix of drills, contests, and games, which allows for a fun-filled learning experience. During team play, unselfish basketball, team offense and team defense will be emphasized. More importantly, campers will have an opportunity to learn valuable life skills and develop relationships.
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"Playing the Angel" wins best cover design award

Courtesy of the Penn State Altoona

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards has selected Kenneth Womack’s novel Playing the Angel for Best Cover Design in its annual fiction awards category. Womack designed the book’s cover art with assistance from Roseanna Shumskas, who designed the book’s logo. Playing the Angel was published by the SFA Press in August 2013.

Womack is Penn State Altoona's senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, as well as the Penn State Laureate for the 2013-14 academic year. He is the author of two other novels: John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), which earned ForeWord Reviews’ Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, and The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), which won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Regional Fiction.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation to host Family Fun Night

Do you want to learn more about what SFA Campus Recreation has to offer for summer programming?  If so, join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Rec Center Courtyard and Pool.  

This event gives patrons the opportunity to learn about and discuss a variety of summer events offered. Representatives will be on hand to give information on our learn-to-swim program, little jack rec camp, employee wellness, personal training, group axe classes and summer pool memberships. The event also will have games, food and prizes for attendees. 

If you are interested or have further questions please contact Scott Wagner at wagners1@sfasu.edu, or visit our  website.


SFA overcomes adversity to take 2nd

It was an uphill climb all week for SFA's track and field teams at the Southland Conference Championship, and the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks both nearly overcame the challenge.

Due to an entry mistake, none of SFA’s relay teams were allowed to compete at the championship meet. Without running the 4x100 or 4x400 meter relays on either side, the men’s and women’s teams finished second in the team standings.

SFA’s men led throughout most of the meet for three days, not being overtaken by Southeastern Louisiana until two events remained. The Lumberjacks scored nine points in the 5,000 meters after falling behind to take a seven-point lead into the final event of the meet – the 4x400 relay.
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Ladyjack run ends in SLC semifinals

SFA continued its run through the Southland Conference tournament, knocking off rival Sam Houston State 8-6 before falling to top-seeded McNeese State 9-0 in the semifinals.

After a dominating 5-0 victory over Central Arkansas to open the day, the Ladyjacks went head-to-head with third seeded Sam Houston State with a trip to the semifinals on the line. SFA carried over its momentum from game one, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the first off a double from Shalie Day that scored Cadie Weaver.

SFA extended that lead in the third as back-to-back singles by Day and Katelyn Standley led to a three-run blast by Brittany Lewis over the left centerfield wall, giving the Ladyjacks the 4-0 lead.

Not long after Lewis' blast, heavy rains began to fall once again in the Hammond area, causing a 45-minute delay. The delay seemed to cool down the Ladyjack bats as Sam Houston State responded with two runs in the third, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth as the Bearkats took a 5-4 lead over the Ladyjacks who had yet to record a hit since the delay.
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'Jacks fall 5-3 on Senior Day

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team attempted a late rally, but could not overcome a 5-0 deficit in a 5-3 loss to Nicholls State on Senior Day at Jaycess Field on Sunday.

SFA (18-32, 9-18 SLC) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on a bases-clearing triple from freshman Conner Fikes, who scored on a throwing error on the play to pull within two runs before a groundount two batters later ended the rally and sealed the series win for the Colonels (29-24, 18-9 SLC).

The 'Jacks were narrowly outhit 9-8, as three SFA batters turned in two-hit games. Fikes led the way with his triple in a 2-for-4 performance, collecting three RBI and a run scored. Senior Ricardo Sanchez and Gevon Jackson also picked up two hits. Sanchez finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Jackson was 2-for-4.

Seniors Brett Thornell and Zach Marberry both recorded one hit in 1-for-2 and 1-for-3 performances, respectfully.
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Fine Arts

SFA theatre peer mentoring program debuts to rave reviews

In a world where visionaries in most professions are trying to figure out how to do more with less, the School of Theatre is tapping into one of its most valuable resources - the students - to help underclassmen understand the level of commitment necessary for a successful collegiate career.

The SFA School of Theatre has initiated a peer mentoring program in which junior and senior theatre majors are guiding freshmen and new students - appropriately called "understudies"- through what can be an overwhelming immersion in university-level dramatic arts.

"SFA School of Theatre is a lot of theatre really fast, which is great, but it is also very intimidating for freshmen coming in," explained CC Conn, assistant professor of lighting and sound design at SFA. "Freshmen are intimidated by faculty, so we're trying to give them a junior or senior student who will help them - someone they can talk to."

Conn attended a mentoring conference at the University of New Mexico in fall 2012 where speakers described a variety of mentoring approaches, including formal, informal and group programs.
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