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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

Call for undergraduate research highlights for fall CUR Quarterly

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the fall 2015 issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until Wednesday, June 10.

Highlights are brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.
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Spring Teacher Job Fair set for Friday

SFA's Spring Teacher Job fair will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 8, at the HPE Complex. SFA Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend and encourages current students seeking teacher positions to attend as well.

Job seekers should follow these guidelines:

1. Professional dress is required.
2. Bring copies of resume for distribution.
3. View Online Workshop: How to Work a Teacher Job Fair to prepare for the event.
Click here to view a current list of participating school districts. Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

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.

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.

SFA Faculty Senate to meet today

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.

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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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.


Day and Lewis named Second Team All-SLC

The SFA softball team is well represented on the 2015 All-Southland Conference team, the league office announced Tuesday morning. Designated player sophomore Brittany Lewis and first baseman senior Shalie Day were each named to the second team, while freshmen Callee Guffey and Taylor Fraccastoro received honorable mention accolades.

The second-team placement is the second career all-conference honor for Day after she was selected to the first team in 2014. Lewis cracks the postseason list for the first time as a sophomore.
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Fine Arts

Berry, Turner to perform as soloists in University Series concert

Two members of the SFA School of Music faculty will be soloists in the end-of-semester Choral Masterworks Concert to be presented 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 Choir and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform "Ein Deutsches Requiem" (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series. Guest soloists will be Debbie Berry, soprano, and Chris Turner, baritone.
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SFA's Music Preparatory Division presents spring recitals

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music will continue to present their spring recitals through Friday, May 22.

"The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends," said Pat Barnett, division director.
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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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