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This Week's Calendar

Friday, May 6
SFA softball vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball vs. McNeese State University
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships
9:30 a.m.
Corpus Christi

SFA Ring Big Dip ceremonies
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Saturday, May 7
SFA softball vs. Sam Houston State University
1 and 3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball vs. McNeese State University
2 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships
8:45 a.m.
Corpus Christi

Sunday, May 8
SFA baseball vs. McNeese State University
1 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships
10 a.m.
Corpus Christi

Tuesday, May 10
SFA baseball at Texas Christian University
6:30 p.m.
Fort Worth




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Susan Williams

Special assistant to President Baker Pattillo

Williams was one of four recipients chosen for the 2016 President’s Staff Recognition Award. Williams has worked at SFA for 35 years and was nominated for her “unselfish and loyal devotion to the university.”

Williams’ coworkers said no setbacks have prevented her from giving her all to SFA. She is an expert in building and maintaining relationships, both on and off campus, and handles difficult situations skillfully.

News & Announcements

Barnes & Noble Bookstore hosting faculty, staff member appreciation day today

Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus is hosting a faculty and staff member appreciation day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to stop by the bookstore to enter a raffle and to pick up a goody bag. Raffle items include a Coca-Cola retro cooler, Kindle Fire (16GB), Raising Cane’s gift basket, Auntie Pasta’s/Clear Springs and Cotton Patch dinner-for-two coupons, and CC’s Smokehouse gift cards.

Cookies and drinks will be served.

Dr. Brian Oswald named to Alumni Hall of Fame

Dr. Brian Oswald was named a 2016 recipient of the University of Idaho’s Alumni Hall of Fame Award.

According to the University of Idaho’s announcement, Oswald earned a doctoral degree from the university’s College of Natural Resources in 1992. Following graduation, he served as assistant professor of forestry at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1995, Oswald joined SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture faculty, where he currently holds the Joe C. Denman Distinguished Professorship in fire ecology, silviculture and range management.
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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature U.S. National Arboretum geneticist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Lisa Alexander, United States National Arboretum geneticist, will present “Improving the World One Plant at a Time.”

Alexander is a U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist working to improve woody ornamental landscape plants for the USNA. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she conducted research on American chestnut tree restoration.
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SFA Planetarium to show final 'Endless Horizon' tonight

The SFA Planetarium will show the final screening of the film “Endless Horizon” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Math Planetarium Building.

The program details man’s explorations of Earth and the sea of space through which the planet travels. Read a synopsis of the film here. Admission is $2.

For more information, click here.

Campus Recreation

Family Fun Night planned for today

Curious about the youth programs Campus Recreation has to offer during the summer? For more information, stop by Family Fun Night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Campus Rec Courtyard and pool.

The event will include free food, games, swimming and opportunities to win free sessions. Kids are encouraged to attend. Registration is currently open for swim lessons, Little Jack Rec Camp sessions and Parents’ Night Out.

For more information, contact the Campus Recreation Administration Office at (936) 468-3507, or click here.


’Jacks clash with Cowboys in pivotal Southland Conference series

SFA’s baseball team hopes to extend its three-game Southland Conference winning streak and solidify a place in the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament when it hosts McNeese State University for a pivotal three-game series beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at Jaycees Field.

Tonight’s series opener will see junior Patrick Ledet take the hill in search of his sixth win of the season. Saturday’s game will begin at 2 p.m., and the final game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
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Track and field aims for repeat sweep at Southland Conference Outdoor Championships

One year after sweeping the team titles in Hammond, Louisiana, SFA’s track and field teams will go for a repeat performance this morning through Sunday afternoon at the 2016 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer and Track Stadium.

All 12 Southland Conference men’s and 13 women’s programs will be competing at this year’s championships.
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Fine Arts

Harpist Mitchell releases new collection

Harpist Emily Mitchell, newly appointed artist-in-residence and professor of harp in SFA’s School of Music, has released her fourth CD of compositions by American flutist and composer Gary Schocker.

Recorded under the Albany Records label, “Changes” includes three pieces for solo harp, a piece for flute and harp on which Schocker joins Mitchell in the performance, and two pieces for harp duo with Mitchell and harpist Jaymee Haefner, assistant professor of harp and director for undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas.
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University to host free screening of ‘Thunder Soul’ today

The Audio Engineering Society at SFA will present a free screening of “Thunder Soul,” a documentary about bandleader Conrad “Prof” Johnson and the Kashmere High School Stage Band, at 2 p.m. today in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Produced by Jamie Foxx and directed by Mark Landsman, the film tells the story of alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved bandleader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s, according to IMDb.
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Barnett artwork exhibit ends today

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art's exhibition featuring Vera Barnett's works ends today in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus and in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition features oil paintings, as well as examples of the artist’s plastic models used to make her paintings, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA, who first saw Barnett’s work while he was visiting Valley House Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Dallas.

“I found her work unique, curious, humorous and honoring an awareness of art history unlike any I had seen before,” he said. “As with many artists over the years, Barnett is very aware of the history of art — of the great master painters who have lived and worked and to whom all contemporary artists owe a debt.”
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Watch tonight: ‘An American Requiem’

SFA's College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus. The concert will be live streamed here.

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 “An American Requiem” by Richard Danielpour. Guest soloists will be SFA alumni Erin Roth, mezzo-soprano; Richard Novak, tenor; and Casey Jones Parrish, baritone.
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SFA film series to feature Academy Award-winning ‘Ida’ tonight

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Ida” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film tells the story of Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation, according to IMDb.
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Meyer’s ‘In the Trees’ series to feature world premiere of ‘LI’ tomorrow

SFA's College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Brad Meyer, professor of percussion studies at SFA, performing "LI" as part of the "In the Trees" series at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Free Speech Area on campus.

This concert will feature the world premiere of Meyer's latest percussion ensemble composition, "LI," which stands for "Lines of Inspiration."

"The composition is an abstract, semi-improvisation structure to help facilitate an atmosphere of interactive music and art," Meyer said.
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