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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Dr. Andrew Parr
piano recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Thursday, Jan. 30
Men's Basketball
vs. Abilene Christian
8 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Women's Basketball
vs. Abilene Christian
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, Jan. 31
Children's Performing Arts Series
"Wizard of Oz"
9:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Planetarium Show:
"Oceans in Space"
7 p.m.

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational
Arlington

Saturday, Feb. 1
Men's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Bowling
Prairie View A&M Invitational
Arlington

Women's Basketball
vs. Incarnate Word
4 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Headlines


SFA's Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building officially opened

The SFA Board of Regents joined members of the administration, faculty, staff, student body and Nacogdoches community at a ribbon-cutting Monday, marking the official opening of the newly constructed Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

The new facility, located in SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center on Raguet Street, will assist with the development and presentation of environmental education programs year-round, rain or shine. Funded entirely through private donations, the building is designed to integrate educational and outreach programs offered to the more than 17,000 SFA Gardens visitors each year.

According to Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, SFA is working to increase understanding of how food, fiber and other goods are produced within our society.

"The new building will allow us to reach individuals with a true conservation message, emphasizing the need to sustain both the ecology and the economy of our community," Bullard said.

The facility is named in honor of Tyler philanthropist Ina Brundrett, who serves on both the SFA Gardens and Native Plant Center boards of advisers. A member of three garden clubs, Brundrett is a former president of the Texas Garden Clubs and a Certified Master Gardener. The backyard of her Tyler residence has been declared a wildlife habitat by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the National Wildlife Federation.
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SFA Charter School receives Texas Honors Circle Award from comptroller

The SFA Charter School is a recipient of the Texas Comptroller's 2013 Texas Honors Circle Award, which recognizes districts and campuses that achieve academic success through cost-effective operations. Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared to their fiscal peers.

"We are so honored to have received this award," said Lysa Hagan, CEO and principal of the school. "This award was possible because of the huge support provided by the university and the James I. Perkins College of Education, the expertise of our classroom instructional leaders, the proficiency with financial responsibility of our administrative managers, and the strong cooperation of our school families."

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has announced that 55 Texas school districts and 317 school campuses received the Texas Honors Circle Award as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2013 Financial Allocation Study for Texas.

FAST, mandated by the 2009 Texas Legislature, is an annual study that examines both academic performance and financial efficiency to identify school districts, charter operators and campuses that deliver high-quality education at relatively low costs. Combs created the Texas Honors Circle Award program to recognize districts and schools that receive high marks in the FAST analysis.
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News & Announcements

SFA Board of Regents meetings

The SFA Board of Regents will convene a two-day Board Meeting and Committee Meetings in room 307 of the Austin Building beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The published agenda can be found here.

ORSP workshops

Join the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for sessions designed to help get your projects funded! Workshops are held in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library starting at 2 p.m. and are open to all faculty and staff members. Register via MyTraining.

Internal Funding
Feb. 6
Learn about the revisions to our two internal funding programs (faculty research grant and mini grant) that allow more options for faculty and decrease the wait time between applications and awards. Eligibility requirements, application instructions and competition deadlines will be covered.

Steps to Submitting a Grant at SFA
Feb. 13
All grants submitted on behalf of the university must receive institutional approval prior to submission. This session details the internal processes and forms that are required during the proposal process.

Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Feb. 20
Learn how to develop your grant concept, the difference between a good and bad abstract and reviewer's pet peeves.

Budget Development and Management
Feb. 27
This session will cover budget development, salary, fringe benefit calculation, capital outlay and more. Also covered are SFA's guidelines for items such as matching/cost sharing and faculty compensation.

Steen Library LibQUAL+ survey

The Ralph W. Steen Library is conducting the LibQUAL+ survey, to obtain feedback from the university community regarding the quality of its services. The survey will be conducted from Jan. 27 through Feb. 15. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to express their opinions and thoughts regarding Steen Library services. Results of the survey will help the library to identify best practices, analyze deficits and effectively allocate resources to develop services that better meet users’ expectations.

To encourage student participation, prizes from campus vendors and departments will be given away in random drawings. Students may enter their email address at the conclusion of the survey to be automatically entered in the drawing. 

The LibQUAL+ survey instrument was developed collaboratively by the Association of Research Libraries and the Texas A&M Libraries and was launched in 2000.

Take the survey here.

Valentine's Day Parent's Night Out

The Freshman Leadership Academy is sponsoring a Parent's Night Out on Valentine’s Day to raise money for their upcoming trip to Romania. Kids can be dropped off and picked up anytime between 6 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The location is Westminster Presbyterian Church at 903 North St. in Nacogdoches. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including crafts, snacks, movies and games. Dinner will be served.
 
The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for any additional children. Spots are limited. To reserve yours, email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu or RSVP here.

PDK Chalk Walk Fun Run

The SFA chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association in education, invites you to participate in the third Annual Chalk Walk Fun Run honoring educators. This year, the event will feature official timing.

This fun event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 22, beginning in the Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. 

Contact Jannah Nerren at nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu for more information.

Sign up online here.

Find the TEDxSFA red X on campus

The second TEDxSFA event is happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets can be purchased in the BPSC or online.

Until then look for the red X on the SFA campus. If you find it and send a photo of your group with the X to TEDxSFA@gmail.com, your group could be the TEDxSFA Facebook page cover. Congratulations to the SFA Football team who recently found the TEDxSFA big red X on campus.

Campus Recreation

4 on 4 Axes Up flag football tournament registration

Monday, Jan. 13 through Thursday, March 20

1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office

Format will feature pool play, then a single-elimination bracket. A fee of $20 per team is due at registration. (All proceeds for the tournament will go toward the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for Campus Recreation.) Pool play will begin at the Intramural Fields from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 21. Single-elimination bracket play will be on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. This event is open, so there are no restrictions on male or female participants. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.

LadyJack Barbellas registration deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Cost: $25 for Rec Members and $35 for Non-Members

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is a 6-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Ladyjack BarBellas is structured to provide a concept and practice-based understanding of implementing resistance training into your exercise program. 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. Ignite your fitness fire!

Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. You must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins Wednesday, Jan. 29. and will run two days a week, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Fridays. For more information, contact John McElrath at (936) 468-1436.

Last day to register for Learn to Swim Group Session I

Friday, Jan. 31

Let us teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water. We offer an American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.

The cost for group swim is $45 per level for Rec members and $55 for non-members. This fee is non-refundable. Please visit the Administrative Office located in the lobby of the Student Recreation Center to register. Classes may fill quickly, so please sign up early or join the waiting list for the next available slot. Class will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27. For more information, please contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.

Massage Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 11

6 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. It helps reduce stress and produces deep relaxation. Learn proper massage techniques from our certified massage therapist Therese Hostetter. Be sure to bring a friend or significant other! Pre-register in the Rec Administration Office to save your spot, but walk-ins are also welcome!

Parents' Night Out

Feb. 14, March 28, April 11

SFA Campus Recreation is hosting three sessions of Parents’ Night Out programs during the spring semester for children ages 5-12. The cost per child is $20 and will include dinner and activities. Parents will drop their children off at 6 p.m. and are free to pick them up any time until midnight that night. For more information, contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051, lankfordtc@sfasu.edu, or Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775, kuykendarc@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

SFA finishes fifth at Kutztown Invitational

SFA capped is final day of the Kutztown Invitational with an impressive showing, taking all three of its best-of-seven matches to vault into fifth-place in the overall standings. The Ladyjacks closed out the three-day event with an 11-4 mark, capturing their fourth top-five tournament finish of the season.

Entering Sunday's final round in eighth-place among the 26-team field, SFA drew Norfolk State in the first of its three best-of-seven baker matches. The Ladyjacks squeaked out a 193-192 victory in the first game, then proceeded to take the next two 210-178 and 225-205. The Spartans would take the fourth 214-185 before SFA closed out the match in five, taking the final game 205-167.

Up next for the Ladyjacks was North Carolina A&T as once again SFA raced out to a commanding 3-0 lead after the first three games, winning the first 190-182, the second 181-139 before notching an overwhelming 277-170 victory in the third. After dropping the fourth 209-167, the Ladyjacks responded with a 222-181 fifth-game tally, giving SFA 10 victories for the tournament.

The final match of the tournament put SFA head-to-head against eighth-ranked Valparaiso, a team that seemed to have the Ladyjacks number this season. It proved to be one of SFA's most memorable matches of the season, beginning with two impressive games as the Ladyjacks raced out to a 2-0 lead behind commanding 266-168 and 242-153 victories.
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SFA claims NCAA statistical championship

With the 2013 football season in the books, SFA has been named the NCAA Statistical Champion for passing offense in 2013. The Lumberjacks led the nation, averaging 389 passing yards per game, and set a new school record, surpassing the 362.3 average set by the 1989 squad.

In 12 games this season, SFA threw for 4,668 yards, the second-most in program history behind the 5,435 through 15 games in 1989. Establishing a reputation as one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country, SFA ranked second nationally in total offense per game as well, averaging 572.0 yards per game, just shy of Eastern Illinois' 589.5 average per game.

It was one of the 11 school records the ’Jacks either set or tied during the 2013 campaign as SFA continued to rewrite the program offensive record books. The 2013 football team also took down a handful of records that had stood for a significant portion of time, including three that were set during the 1969 season.
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SFA extends streaks, beat UCA 66-49

Junior Jacob Parker recorded his seventh double-double of the season and senior Deshaunt Walker added 19 points off the bench to push the SFA men's basketball team over Central Arkansas 66-49 Saturday afternoon inside Farris Center.

SFA (18-2, 7-0) extends its nation-leading road-win streak to eight-straight games and 15 consecutive wins overall, which ranks fifth nationally. The `Jacks also improve to 11-0 all-time against UCA (4-14, 1-6 SLC), having not dropped a decision since the Bears made the transition from Division II and joined the Southland Conference in the 2006-07 season.

Head coach Brad Underwood recorded his 18th win as head coach, the most for a coach in their first season in Nacogdoches.

Parker recorded his second double-double of the season for SFA in league play, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The native of Bixby, Okla., finished 7-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line, while grabbing 8 of his 11 rebounds on the defensive end.

Parker and Walker were the only two ’Jacks to score in double figures against UCA.
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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 Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform music of notable composers

The SFA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform their first concert of the spring semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The theme of the concert is "Tribute," and it will feature the music of notable American and British composers, according to Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA.

The Symphonic Band will open the first half of the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs." Originally intended to be the final movement of Williams' Folk Song Suite, "Sea Songs" is a march medley of three well-known sea shanties: "Princess Royal," "Admiral Benbow" and "Portsmouth."

Next, the Symphonic Band will perform "Rhosymedre" by Vaughan Williams. Written in 1920, "Rhosymedre" began as a prelude for organ based on a Welsh hymn. The setting for band was arranged in 1972 and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands and the Symphonic Band's director.

The Symphonic Band will end its half of the concert with "Blue Bells of Scotland" by Arthur Pryor, featuring faculty member soloist Dr. Debra Scott on trombone.
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Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Wizard of Oz'

The SFA College of the Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Wizard of Oz" in two performances on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by American Family Theater, this classic tale of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow targets children in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.

"Students can join in Dorothy's adventures with Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and, of course, the Wizard himself," Peterson said. "This is a fun-filled, original musical adaptation based on L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.'"

Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.cpas.sfasu.edu.

Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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