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This Week's Calendar
Tuesday, Feb. 25
City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet
Cole Concert Hall
Jes Militant Baker
BPSC Multimedia Room
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Thursday, Feb. 27
Faculty Service-Learning Workshop
TEC Conference Room 220C
José Bowen on the Flipped Classroom
TEC Classroom 220A
at New Orleans
vs. Texas Tech
at New Orleans
Friday, Feb. 28
"Oceans in Space"
Kansas City, Mo.
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Jamie Bouldin and Amanda FloresStudent Engagement Programs
Bouldin and Flores presented "The Gathering: A Framework for a Collaborative Student Leadership Retreat," at the National Association of Campus Activities national convention Feb. 17, in Boston..
The session covered the history of The Gathering, a retreat for student leaders from a variety of programming areas, and insights into best practices for this type of event, as well as showcased how SFA's staff utilized the assessment from the event to improve the experience for students.
Bouldin and Flores offered suggestions on how this event could be replicated at other campuses to support leadership development and collaboration across departments and organizations.
Greg GrantSFA Gardens
Grant's article "My Dog Rosie Lives in a Tree" was published in the March/April 2014 edition of "Texas Gardener." The article is about how the memory of his late terrier, Rosie, led him to his now favorite bird, the brown headed nuthatch, and his quest to create pine savannas.
News & Announcements
Faculty Service-Learning Workshop
The Teaching Excellence Center is sponsoring a workshop presented by J.B. Watson Jr. and Jamie Bouldin on the basics of incorporating service-learning into an existing class and other resources, including funding opportunities.
The workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the TEC conference room of the Steen Library.
José Bowen on the Flipped Classroom
Flipping your classroom, a trending course design pedagogy, involves rethinking the way you use your class time and the activities your students complete outside and within your class.
Join José Bowen at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the TEC Classroom of the Steen Library, to design in-class activities for your flipped classroom.
Come prepared with one learning outcome from a course you have and one concept/content area. To get the most out of your time, you’ll want to prepare an assignment in order to work with colleagues in the workshop to improve it.
SFA Soccer offering coaching course
The SFA Soccer coaching staff will be instructing a U6-U8/U10-U12 Coaching Course, on behalf of US Youth Soccer for all-level volunteers, coaches and youth soccer mentors interested in learning more about managing and teaching these age groups and their soccer teams. For registration and more information, please visit here. Registration closes on Feb. 25!
Outstanding graduate student, thesis award nominations
The SFA Graduate School is now accepting nominations for outstanding graduate students and outstanding thesis awards.
The SFA Alumni Association will honor the outstanding graduate student for 2013-14 with the Marilyn Odom Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The completed nomination forms and supporting letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Graduate School by Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Nominations also are being accepted for the William R. Johnson Outstanding Thesis Award. The winner and thesis director will be acknowledged in the May 2014 commencement program, and the winner will receive a plaque from the Graduate School. Submit a copy of the thesis selected from your department (only one per department) along with a nomination form explaining how the thesis fulfills the criteria to the Graduate School on or before Tuesday, Feb. 25.
For more information, click here.
Conscious Speaker Series: Jes Militant Baker
As part of Love Your Genes Week, the Office of Multicultural Affairs presents, "Change your World, Not your Body" featuring Jes Militant Baker. The presentation will be held at noon Feb. 25, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.
Baker is an advocate known for her fiery open letter response to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jeffries' remarks regarding his company marketing to the "cool kids." She uses her blog to "support, contribute and join with other women that also challenge the status quo through their thoughts, lifestyles and self-acceptance."
Baker will explore the historical evolution behind our current idyllic body type, the stigma surrounding mental illness and what we can do individually to reframe the way we perceive ourselves and others. She encourages each person to "change your world, not your body," uses empirical data to explore the correlation between weight and health, and discusses the "Health At Every Size" movement.
Come ready to challenge the notion that beauty is exclusive in this powerful, passionate and progressive presentation. For more information, you can contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073.
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.
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.
Library Survey: Your Library, Your Voice! Deadline Extended
The Ralph W. Steen Library has extended the deadline for the service quality survey to Feb. 28. If you have not completed the survey, please take a few minutes to do so here. Only you can tell us how well we are serving your library needs.
Love Your Genes Week 2014
Love Your Genes Week on campus is the week of Feb. 24 coinciding with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
The theme this year is “Your Body Feels Everything Your Mind Says.”
To show your support in celebrating a culture of healthy self-image and positive self-talk on our campus, the Love Your Genes committee invites you to participate in the week’s events.
The week will feature nationally renowned speaker Jes Baker, a blood drive, a Mindful Eating presentation, Mind over Madness Yoga, "Revolutionizing Selfies: An Interactive Session" and a jeans donation drive for the Women’s Crisis Center.
For a complete list of events, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Kate Houlik Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LYG T-shirts will also be available for $7. If your department would like to purchase T-shirts, email Binta Lorde Brown at email@example.com with your information, including quantity and sizes. LYG accepts FOAP, cash or checks made payable to SFASU.
Last Day to Register for the 5 on 5 Wiffleball TournamentThursday, Feb. 27
1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby and Intramural Office
The double elimination Wiffleball Tournament begins in the HPE Big Gym at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The event is open to men and women and free to enter. The varsity eligibility rule is still in effect. For more information, contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.
Lifeguard Certification CourseFriday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2
The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class provides entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness.
This class is a blended learning class that requires a pre-course skills test as well as both online learning and on-site learning. Class times are Friday 5-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 16. Required pre-course skills test is Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the HPE pool. Register in the Rec Administration Office. For more information, contact Jess Varlack at (936) 468-1810.
Home Opener Postponed due to weather
Due to inclement weather, the SFA Lumberjack baseball team will postpone tonight's home opener against Arkansas-Little Rock until Tuesday, Mar. 4.
SFA will play its first home game of the season on Thursday, Feb. 27, against No. 26 Texas Tech, before beginning a three-game series with University of Tennesse at Martin at Jaycees Field the following evening.
Ward, Phelps tied for first at Moe O'Brien
Two Lumberjacks are tied for first after the opening 36 holes at the Moe O'Brien Intercollegiate in Lake Charles, La. Redshirt freshman Baxter Ward and junior Bradley Phelps both sit atop the leaderboard after the duo shot a 5-under 139 on the first day of the tournament.
Ward set a personal-best in the opening round of the event, firing an even-par 72, then shattered that mark with a 5-under 67 in round two. Phelps posted a 2-under 70 in round one, then tied his career-low with a 3-under 69 in round two competing as an individual. Ward and Phelps head into Tuesday's final round with a one-stroke lead over a pair of golfers currently tied for third.
The duo are two of four SFA golfers currently sitting among the individual top-20 as the Lumberjacks sit third among the team standings with a 1-under 575 through the opening two rounds. SFA was tied for second after round one with a 2-over 290, then carded a 3-under 285.
SFA eighth after day one at Islander Classic
Sophomore Sydney Reed paced SFA through the opening two rounds of the Islander Classic, sitting tied for 11th overall with a 7-over 151. SFA heads into Tuesday's final round in eighth-place among the 16-team field, shooting a 48-over 624 through the opening 36 holes.
Reed opened up the day with a 3-over 75, then followed with a 4-over 76 to just miss cracking the individual top-10. She holds a five-stroke lead over freshman Piper Kyle, who is tied for 30th overall with a 12-over 156 (76-80).
Sophomore Mackenzie Steiner enters the final round two shots back of Kyle, tying for 36th with a 14-over 158 (80-78). Freshman Ann Holcomb (81-80) and senior Aliece Anderson (79-82) both carded a 17-over 161 to round out the SFA scorecard.
Heading into Tuesday's final round, SFA remains well within striking distance of a handful of teams in the standings. The Ladyjacks are just one stroke back of seventh-place Northern Illinois (47-over 623) and are six back of sixth-place Oral Roberts (42-over 618) while trailing fifth-place Central Arkansas (41-over 617) by seven shots.
'Blood Wedding' presents unique creative challenges for directors, student actors
The meaning of anything can be lost in translation. Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA, knows that well.
So when he decided to include Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding" in this year's School of Theatre's Mainstage Series and the College of Fine Arts' University Series, he knew that selecting the best translation for the Spanish-language play was critical to its success.
"There are the inevitable challenges of doing any work in translation," Jones said. "There are several published translations of this play, and we looked at perhaps eight or nine of them."
Assisted by student dramaturges Virginia Arteaga and Crystal Villarreal, who are fluent in Spanish, and by his assistant director Mary Collie and stage manager Nicole Novit, Jones selected the translation by Brendan Kennelly months before last fall's auditions for "Blood Wedding."
"Blood Wedding" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 25 through March 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
SFA's A Cappella Choir to perform its tour concert
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir performing the group's tour concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The concert will feature the program the choir will sing while touring the Houston and Bryan/College Station areas Feb. 23 through 26 for the purpose of recruiting future Lumberjack choral students, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA and the choir's conductor.
"The choir will have nine concerts in three days," King said of the annual tour, adding that special attention goes into the selection of music for this recruitment effort.
"As with any of our concerts, first and foremost we want to present art music with the highest artistic standard," he said. "Secondly, we select music for the educational benefit of our students. And lastly, we want to show our audience, in this case prospective high school students, the wonderful variety in our singing and music."