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Thursday, Jan. 16
Men's Basketball
at Northwestern State
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, La.

Women's Basketball
at Northwestern State
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, La.

Friday, Jan. 17
SFA Bowling
Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.

Saturday, Jan. 18
SFA Bowling
Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.

Sunday, Jan. 19
SFA Bowling
Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.


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News & Announcements

CUR Conference 2014 accepting poster proposals

Council on Undergraduate Research is hosting its 16th National Conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," June 28-July 1 in Washington, DC.

Poster proposal submissions are being accepted until Feb. 21.

Posters are intended to afford a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can share their ideas with other faculty members and administrators across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.  Posters can share work done to develop or strengthen undergraduate research institutionally or share examples of student projects, highlighting the various disciplinary models of undergraduate research. Posters will be on display for an extended time during the conference. 
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International Friendship Program

If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program. A student, faculty, staff or community member is matched with one or two international students. You are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, to celebrate American holidays or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.

The program opens interaction between the local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in “hosting” an international student, please fill out an application form.

The deadline is Monday, Jan. 20. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

Stacey Bess to speak

Join us from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212, to hear educator and author Stacey Bess from Salt Lake City, Utah. Bess penned the memoir "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," which was adapted into the April 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Beyond the Blackboard" starring Emily VanCamp.

For more information, contact Jannah Nerren at (936) 468-2374 or nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu.

Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.

The drum circle will take place  at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.

Admission: $5 for faculty/staff/community members; $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the BPSC Information Desk or here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Registration

Monday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Jan. 16

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby

Teams will play at the same times one night a week, except one week of the season, each team will play a Thursday game also. Sign-ups are first come, first served for days/times. Cost is $30 per team. (Fee must be paid at time of registration.) Games begin on Monday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit the Intramural Sports Page on the Campus Rec website here.

Racquetball Doubles League Registration

Monday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Jan. 16

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby

Players will complete paperwork with their contact information and will be assigned to a league and given a schedule. Leagues will be run through IMLeagues.com. Schedule and play one matchup each week, then report the score to the IMS office or submit through IMLeagues.com. At the end of the regular season, there will be a single-elimination tournament to determine the champions. Please contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775 for more information.

Registration Continues for LadyJack Barbellas

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Walk into any gym with confidence. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. The program will run two days a week, Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m.  Contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835 for more information.

Employee Wellness Updates

Now is the time to join the Employee Wellness Program! All classes and programs will begin on Monday, Jan. 13 and are FREE to university faculty and staff and retired faculty and staff members. Program offerings include open gym use, resistance training, yoga, water aerobics, open swimming, noon basketball, nutrition counseling, Lighten Up East Texas Weight Loss Challenge and more! For registration information and program schedules, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Athletics

Lumberjacks head to Northwestern State

Game 18
SFA (15-2, 4-0 SLC) at Northwestern State (5-10, 1-3 SLC)
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16
Site: Prather Coliseum (3,400)

Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video | NWST Game Notes

Twitter: @SFA_MBB

The SFA men's basketball team has begun defending their 2013 Southland Conference title with a four-game win streak over Lamar, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. With the 4-0 start and other results around the league, the Lumberjacks sit atop the SLC standings and are the only unblemished team in conference play.

SFA, currently riding a 12-game winning streak, are in the midst of a five-game road swing. The ’Jacks will play 2013 SLC tournament championship foe Northwestern State (Jan. 16) in Natchitoches, La., in Week 11.
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Ladyjacks look to depose Demons

SFA at Northwestern State
5:30 p.m.
Jan. 16
Series: SFA leads 52-18

Live Stats | Live Stream
Radio: Q 107.7 FM
Twitter: @SFA_WBB

The SFA women’s basketball team continues its road stint this week with one game at Northwestern State. The Ladyjacks (10-6, 4-0 SLC) take on the Lady Demons at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and look to keep their seven-game winning streak alive.

SFA rides into the contest with two valuable road wins in conference play last week and hope to keep the momentum going. The seven-game streak is the first since winning seven in a row during November and December of 2011 in nonconference play.

The Ladyjacks are coming off an impressive streak of dominant wins as SFA has opened conference play 4-0 with an average margin of victory of 17.25 points.
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SFA lands 92 on SLC fall 2013 honor roll

SFA had 92 student-athletes named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll, announced Wednesday by the league office. In total, 911 student-athletes were named to the honor roll, setting a record number for the fall semester.

The 92 selections for SFA is tied with McNeese State for the second-most selections among Southland institutions, trailing only the 113 honorees from Central Arkansas. Of the 92 'Jacks named to the Honor Roll, 15 boasted a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. The list includes student-athletes who participated in men's and women's cross country, football, soccer and volleyball.
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Fine Arts

Parr piano recital to feature retrospective of past works

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano, in a faculty recital performing "A Retrospective, Past and Present" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This recital is a new look at works learned over three decades ago, but were either never performed or not performed since that time," Parr said. "It has been an interesting process to revisit these 'old friends' and reconnect with the past."

Featured major works on the program are the relatively unfamiliar Theme and Variations, Op. 73 by Gabriel Fauré and the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.

"The Fauré Variations were composed in 1910 for a piano competition at the Paris Conservatory and have long been considered by the French as a masterpiece of the variation form," Parr said. "The Chopin sonata was written toward the end of the composer's life, and it embodies the culmination of his musical language, from the nocturne-like slow movement to the virtuosic finale."

Other works on the program are by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and American composer Charles T. Griffes.
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SFA's Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition shifts focus

The Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA has undergone significant changes since last year. The focus is now on gaining the attention of a younger generation of musicians who are beginning to plan their future careers and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. And, hopefully SFA will be that institution.

This year's competition is slated for Feb. 1 in Cole Concert Hall and is open to high school violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists ages 15 to 18. The semi-finals begin at 1 p.m., followed by the final round at 7:30 p.m.

By focusing solely on this younger age group, officials within the SFA School of Music hope to use the competition as a valuable recruiting tool.

"The Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for these young musicians with prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives and performance opportunities with orchestras," said Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition. "Concerto performances with orchestras are very rare for any musician, let alone a budding high school student. Our hope is that eager young students will be attracted to such lucrative opportunities."
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'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' to open Jan. 24 in Cole Art Center

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined VIII: Maker's Choice" exhibition Jan. 24 through March 29 in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at SFA since 1998, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Each exhibition comes with a theme, and 'Maker's Choice' seemed a good idea as it denotes that these artists are makers of fine art," Handley said. "'Refined VIII: Maker's Choice' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme."

All work must be original and completed within the last two years, and submitted works are open to a full range of processes and materials.
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Internationally celebrated pianist to perform at SFA

Acclaimed pianist Dr. Krassimira Jordan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, Jordan's performance will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

"I invited Dr. Jordan to come to SFA to play, having met her on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, last summer," said Parr, who also served on the Vienna Piano Academy faculty during the summer of 2013.

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, of Russian and Bulgarian parents, Jordan has performed with much acclaim as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major European cities in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Hungary, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. She has appeared as soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker and the Tonkunstler Orchester in Vienna.
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