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This Week's Calendar

Friday, May 8
SFA Baseball at Lamar University
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 9
SFA Baseball at Lamar University
2 p.m.

Sunday, May 10
SFA Baseball at Lamar University
1 p.m.

Saturday, May 16
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Hoops for Scholars

SFA students Taylor Raglin and Jason Trevino, recipients of academic scholarships through the Hoops for Scholars program, recently presented a card to members of the Ladyjack Boosters to express appreciation for the support the group provides to SFA students. The Hoops for Scholars endowment was initiated by the Ladyjack Boosters to assist the team in raising funds for academic scholarships awarded through SFA's School of Honors to highly qualified students. Pictured are, from left, Jill Still, vice president for university advancement; Trevino, a freshman theatre major from Houston; Dr. Jane Robertson, Ladyjack Booster; Raglin, a junior journalism major from Frisco; and Dr. Michael Tkacik, director of the School of Honors. For more information about the School of Honors, visit www.sfasu.edu/honors.

Portraits of Freedom exhibit opens June 13

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibit of runaway slaves drawn from the newspaper advertisements aggregated by the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

The exhibition opens Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot for the 26th annual Texas Blueberry Festival. It consists of drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen-prints from students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University, along with interpretative panels contextualizing what's on display. Admission is free.

There is an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Nacogdoches Court House Annex, featuring commentary by Kyle Ainsworth, Texas Runaway Slave Project manager, as well as two lectures placing slavery and freedom in Texas in larger social and geographical contexts. Dr. Douglas Chambers, from the University of Southern Mississippi, will speak about runaway slaves in the Atlantic World and Dr. Daina Berry, from the University of Texas at Austin, will lecture on Juneteenth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For information on the reception, click here. More information about the Texas Runaway Slave Project is located on Facebook and Twitter.

SFA Faculty Senate to meet Wednesday

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, Room 2.201.

Melinda Colby, director of project management, information technology services, will provide a brief overview of the new mySFA redesign and the rollout of Microsoft Office 365 for student emails. Dr. Leslie Cecil, chair of the ethics committee, will present the Ombuds proposal. Outgoing and incoming Senators also will be recognized.

This is the last Faculty Senate meeting of the 2014-15 academic year and all faculty members are invited to attend.

Early Childhood Lab parent-teacher organization offering cookbooks

The SFA Early Childhood Laboratory's parent-teacher organization has created cookbooks to sell as their spring fundraiser. 

The cookbooks make great gifts and have wonderful ideas for feeding your family. They are on sale now in the ECRC for only $15. 

Please stop by and get your copy while supplies last.

Virtual museum exhibition highlights SFA students' experiences in Germany

A group of SFA students will present an exhibition highlighting their travels and experiences during a spring break study abroad program titled "Modern Germany Memory," a virtual museum exhibition, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Students who study German with Dr. Louise E. Stoehr in the Languages, Culture and Communications Department in the SFA College of Liberal and Applied Arts traveled to Germany in March where they experienced first-hand accounts of life in both East and West Germany.

"The students witnessed the installation of a memorial to a Jewish family who had been murdered during the Nazi reign of terror, and they met with the former pastor of the Reformed Protestant Church in the city of Leipzig in the former East Germany," Stoehr said. "Leipzig is the city where on Oct. 9, 1989, demonstrators first overwhelmed the regime with their sheer mass and their peaceful marching. One month later, so many people had joined the movement that the East German government was compelled to open their borders to the West."
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Redesigned mySFA launches tomorrow

A redesigned mySFA will launch Tuesday, May 5. The new layout will boast a clean, intuitive interface and a mobile-friendly layout.
Student email will transition away from the Titan email system (@titan.sfasu.edu) and into Microsoft Office 365 (@jacks.sfasu.edu). The Office 365 platform provides a robust suite of applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and OneNote.
Information for navigating the redesigned mySFA will be sent via email to students prior to release on May 5.

SFA's Pining for Birds Arcadian Adventure set for May 9

Join Greg Grant, SFA research associate at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, and Cliff Shackelford, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ornithologist, on a bird and nature walk from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, in rural Shelby County.

Through annual prescribed burns, regular thinning and standing snags, Grant maintains this 22-year-old, eight acre stand of loblolly pines as a habitat for cavity-dwelling birds and pine savanna wildlife. The sanctuary, "Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary," is named for his outdoor-loving grandfather, who formerly owned the property.

During the hike, attendees can see brown-headed nuthatches, pine warblers, Eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, Eastern phoebes and an assortment of woodpeckers. Participants should prepare to explore approximately one mile on dirt trails and should wear comfortable shoes.

Transportation is provided and will depart from the SFA Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Center at the university's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Group size is limited. Cost of the tour is $30 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

For reservations or more information, contact sfagardens@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1832.


SFA baseball falls to McNeese State University, 7-6

SFA rallied in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, sending its series finale against McNeese State University into extra innings. But, once again, it was the Cowboys that outlasted the Lumberjacks 7-6 in 11 innings.

Trailing 6-5 at the beginning of the eighth inning, freshman Hunter Wilson began the comeback with a single, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Matthew Dickey. Freshman Eric DeJesus then ripped an RBI double, scoring Wilson.
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SFA falls late at SHSU to close season

The SFA softball team had a solid game from senior captain Shalie Day, but couldn't fend off Sam Houston State University Saturday afternoon, dropping a 5-3 heartbreaker at Bearkat Softball Complex in the season finale. The Ladyjacks took one of three games from the Bearkats on the weekend and close the season with a 19-32 record, including an 11-15 mark in Southland Conference play.

The Ladyjacks will finish in eighth place in the league standings -- one spot ahead of the Bearkats (19-28, 10-15 SLC). 
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Johnson signs with the Oakland Raiders

SFA All-American Gus Johnson has signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent. Johnson now looks to become the 72nd Lumberjack to suit up for a National Football League team.

"My lifelong dream has come true," Johnson said. "I'm just happy I get my chance to go out to Oakland and prove myself. This is all I've dreamed about since I started playing football as a little kid. It's a little surreal right now, but I know I've got a lot of work to do."
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Payne wins 10th title of 2015 in Austin

For the 10th time in 2015, SFA's Demi Payne claimed an individual title on the women's pole vault circuit, prevailing over a 28-woman field at the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Austin. She cleared a top height of 14 feet, 9.5 inches to best the second closest competitor by six inches.

Payne opened Saturday's competition at 13 feet, 11.75 inches and then cleared 14 feet, 3.5 inches before passing at the next two heights. With only two women remaining in the hunt, Payne breezed over 14 feet, 9.5 inches on her first attempt while Tori Pena of Ireland was unable to match Payne's efforts.
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Fine Arts

Choral Masterworks Concert to feature Brahms' Requiem

SFA College of Fine Arts and the School of Music will present the final performance of the 2014-2015 University Series, featuring the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral studies at SFA, the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Women's Chorus and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform "Ein deutsches Requiem" (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms. Guest soloists will be School of Music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano, and Chris Turner, baritone.

According to King, The Brahms' Requiem, as it is affectionately called, stands firmly as one of the true masterworks in music's entire repertoire.
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SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'The Lightning Thief'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will conclude the 2014-15 CPAS season with two performances of "The Lightning Thief" on Tuesday, May 12.

"'The Lightning Thief' is a funny, action-packed musical," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "This exciting national touring production is fast-paced and imaginative and targets students in second grade and up."

Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief" is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again, but that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.
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