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This Week's Calendar

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

Wednesday, May 11
SFA softball vs. the University of Central Arkansas at the Southland Conference Tournament
1:30 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Friday, May 13
SFA baseball at Southeast Missouri State University
2 p.m.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Saturday, May 14
SFA baseball at Southeast Missouri State University
3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri




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Graduate Research Conference Committee, Graduate School announce Dean’s Research Awards winners

The Graduate Research Conference Committee and the Graduate School have announced the winners of this year’s Dean’s Research Awards.

Marife Anunciado won best student paper for her work titled “Examination of the Effectiveness of Selected Plant Species for Removing Atmospheric Ammonia.” Dr. Sheryll Jerez was her adviser.

Also, Brittany Fish, Rob McDermand and Katherine Parrish Whitbeck won best student poster for their poster titled “An Evaluation of First Generation College Student-Athletes: Implications for Academic Planning and Student Success." Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink was their adviser.

News & Announcements

State Rep. Chris Paddie to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. Chris Paddie will offer the commencement address during SFA’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 14.

Serving his second legislative term representing the Texas House of Representatives District 9, Paddie, a native of Center, served as the vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee as well as a member of the Transportation and House Administration Committees.
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Psychology Club, Psi Chi psychology honor society to host inaugural research seminar conference

SFA’s Psychology Club and Psi Chi chapter, an international psychology honor society, will host the inaugural Psychology Research Seminar Conference tomorrow in the McKibben Education Building.

“This is a conference that will allow the students in PSY 497 to present their posters for the research that they have conducted all semester,” said Kristopher Nichols, junior psychology major and Psi Chi president. “We believe this would be a great opportunity for students in early psychology classes to see the kind of research opportunities that are possible for undergraduate students.”
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Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches to hold Masquerade Ball

The Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches is hosting a Masquerade Ball beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Nacogdoches Civic Center. SFA and Nacogdoches communities are invited to attend.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Habitat ReStore, or from Lacey Claver, assistant director of student engagement at SFA, at claverla@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1367. Proceeds will benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches.

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, U.S. 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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Men's track and field team wins Southland Conference Outdoor Championship for second straight year

SFA’s men’s track and field team defended its 2015 crown Sunday as outdoor league champions by taking first place during the 2016 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships at Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer and Track Stadium in Corpus Christi.

It is the first time in program history that the SFA men have won outdoor SLC titles in back-to-back years. The ’Jacks have claimed four of the last six outdoor team trophies overall.
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SFA baseball finishes sweep of McNeese State University in 12-6 Mother's Day comeback

SFA’s baseball team secured a dramatic Mother's Day comeback by plating 11 runs during the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to complete their second-straight Southland Conference sweep with a 12-6 victory over McNeese State University Sunday at Jaycees Field.

The ’Jacks racked up five of their 15 hits in the eighth inning. SFA senior Garrett McMullen's two-run single put the ’Jacks ahead for good. Zac Michener also put an exclamation point on SFA's first six-game SLC winning streak since 2008 by launching a three-run, line-drive home run in the eighth.
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Pesek, Kaufmann claim gold for Ladyjacks on day two of Southland Conference Championships

SFA track and field standouts Shelby Pesek and Madeline Kaufmann captured a pair of individual titles, and the Ladyjacks continued to impress Saturday during the 2016 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer and Track Stadium in Corpus Christi.

With the help of two individual event titles, the Ladyjacks made a big move into second place heading into the final day of the meet. The women tallied 47.5 points through two days and chased Sam Houston State University on Sunday.
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Ladyjack softball splits Saturday doubleheader to clinch Southland Conference Tournament five seed

SFA's softball team split its Saturday doubleheader against rival Sam Houston State University at the SFA Softball Field and clinched the number five seed in the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament.

The Ladyjacks dropped the opener against the Bearkats, 9-2, then rallied to win the regular season finale, 2-0, to finish the year 25-27 overall and 13-13 in SLC play.
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SFA baseball hammers McNeese State University, 11-2

SFA baseball senior Kyle Thornell gave another strong performance Saturday as SFA’s baseball team battled McNeese State University at Jaycees Field.

Thornell launched his team-leading 10th home run of 2016 and finished a double shy of the cycle while seven SFA starters registered one RBI in the ’Jacks’ 11-2 demolition of MSU.
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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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SFA’s Music Preparatory Division to present spring recitals

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music will present their spring recitals today through Tuesday, May 17.

“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.

Classical guitar students of Kaleb Benge will perform at 5 p.m. today in the Music Prep performance hall, 3028 Raguet St.
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