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This Week's Calendar
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.
Saturday, March 1
Core Curriculum Assessment Report due for fall
at Southeastern Louisiana
Kansas City, Mo.
at Southeastern Louisiana
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News & Announcements
SFA rebranding campaign updates
SFA's University Marketing Communications has created www.sfasu.edu/branding for information about the university's branding and advertising that will be updated as new information and campaigns are released.
SFA's student organization The Environmental Awareness Movement, in conjunction with SFA Dining’s Bleed Purple, Think Green campaign is sponsoring the university in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament to increase awareness about recycling and green initiatives now through March 27.
Step 1: Save recyclables - paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, and plastics #1 and #2;
Step 2: Drop off recyclables at TEAM’s monthly Recycle Days: Thursdays, Feb. 27, and March 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the center of campus between Ferguson and McKibben Buildings;
Step 3: TEAM will submit weight of recyclables toward SFA’s RecycleMania totals;
For details, contact TEAM at email@example.com, or adviser Jennifer Crenshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM program to attempt world record pyramid
A group of more than 400 high school and SFA students will attempt to break a world record at SFA on Feb. 28.
The students will first attempt to construct a Sierpinski pyramid using 1024 tetrahedrons, then another using 4096 tetrahedrons, in record time as part of the annual SFA STEM Day activities. The construction of the Sierpinski pyramids will start at 11 a.m. in the Mathematics Building. The result should stand just over 13 feet tall.
For more information on all sessions offered at STEM Day 2014 click here.
SFA Gardens to host Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration
SFA Gardens will host the annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.
A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. The seventh annual SFA Earth Day Celebration will coincide with the plant sale and will begin at 10 a.m., featuring informational booths, guest speakers, activities for kids, free local food, live music and more.
Parking is available at the nearby Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.
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.
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.
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.
High-Impact Practices faculty learning community
Interested in enhancing students' higher-order thinking skills? Want to enhance your vitae with student collaborations or evidence of scholarship in your field?
If so, come participate with us in a unique professional endeavor under way here at SFA!
The Office of High-Impact Practices is now accepting applications to participate in the next faculty learning community focused on field-based learning. This refers to a variety of educational activities involving the application of course content in the "real world."
For application and more information click here or contact Ashley Schmitt at email@example.com or (936) 468-7689.
Applications due by 5 p.m. March 1.
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.
SFA Track seeks more SLC titles in Alabama
Championship season is here for indoor track and field as the SFA Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks look to claim Southland Conference Championships again this week. This year’s SLC Indoor Championship will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama on Wednesday and Thursday, where SFA had some success earlier this season.
Action starts Wednesday morning with the combined events. The women will compete in the pentathlon and the first day of the men's heptathlon will begin. Field events and running preliminaries begin in the afternoon. Competition resumes Thursday morning with the conclusion of the heptathlon. Field events are slated to start at 11 a.m. and running finals will start at noon.
The Ladyjacks have been the dominant team in the Southland Confernce, winning five straight titles both indoors and outdoors. That streak of five straight women’s conference title sweeps ranks third in the nation behind Jacksonville’s eight consecutive in/out sweeps in the SWAC and North Dakota State’s six straight in the Summit League.
SFA’s men also won both indoor and outdoor titles last season and the Lumberjacks hope to get another victory and keep SFA atop the league in track and field. Read More
Lumberjacks to close road schedule
The SFA men's basketball team looks to tie No. 2 Wichita State for the nation’s longest active road win streak with games at New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana to close their road schedule.
First-year head coach Brad Underwood and the Lumberjacks (25-2, 14-0 SLC) will head to New Orleans, for a the first meeting with UNO on the hardwood, at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by a Saturday (March 1) afternoon game at SELU.
With a share of the nation’s longest home win streak at 31-straight victories, the ’Jacks have continued to garner national attention, moving up to the No. 2 spot in CollegeInsider.com’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll, the highest ranking in program history. SFA is sixth in the Mid-Major Madness Power 15, for a second-straight week.
For a sixth-straight week SFA is receiving at least one vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll, now with five votes. After their first appearance of the season in Week 15, the ’Jacks also continue to receive votes in the Associated Press’ Top 25, now with 11. SFA received votes in both polls last season and in the 2007-08 year.
Ladyjacks play home opener Wednesday
SFA softball will play its home opener on Wednesday when the Ladyjacks take on Texas Southern at 4 p.m. The Ladyjacks have played 15 games so far this season on the road and look to grab a win at home before heading to another weekend tournament on the road.
SFA (6-9) this season has seen a pair of freshmen step up at the plate early on with Brittany Lewis and Katelyn Standley both performing well last weekend at the Texas Shootout. Sophomore Shalie Day also has been slugging the ball and earned Southland Conference Hitter of the Week honors following the second week of the season.
Senior short stop Elizabeth Arana is one of the top players in the league as she ranked first in the Southland last year in batting average and second in on base percentage a year ago.
Senior Carlie Thomas has performed well for the Ladyjacks on the rubber as well with a complete game shutout of No. 8 Nebraska at a tournament hosted by Houston. That victory helped her win Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir to perform 'Mass Hysteria'
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Choral Union and Women's Choir performing "Mass Hysteria" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The title of the concert was chosen because the ensembles will perform three Mass settings by Gabriel Faure, Emma-Lou Diemer and Franz Schubert, and a Sanctus from Leonard Bernstein's Mass, according to Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor and director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir.
Members of the SFA School of Music voice faculty, including Debbie Berry, Scott LaGraff, and Jamie Dahman, will be soloists for the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major performance.
"This is a youthful work of Schubert," Fish said. "He composed it at the age of 18. It is an accessible work that is composed for syllabic chorus, string orchestra and soloists. It is a wonderful opportunity to display collaboration between the choral, voice and string faculty."
Sanctus from Mass will showcase a small portion of Bernstein's large multi-media work entitled Mass, Fish explained.
"This is going to serve as an upbeat closer for the concert," he said. "It gives us the opportunity to combine the Women's Chorus and Choral Union, as well as show off our wonderful accompanists for both choirs, Dr. Geneva Fung and Michelle Ribeiro."
SFA to screen 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' documentary
The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog documents the oldest cave paintings known created by human hands. More than 30,000 years old, they are almost twice as old as any other discovery of its kind, according to information at www.yidio.com/Cave-Of-Forgotten-Dreams.
Located in southern France, the Chauvet Cave is near the natural Pont d'Arc bridge. In addition to the footage filmed inside the cave and at the Pont d'Arc bridge, the film also includes interviews with historians and scientists.
The general public is not allowed to enter the cave in the interest of preservation, and to film the documentary, director Herzog had to obtain special permission from the French Minister of Culture. Even with permission, the crew faced dangerous conditions and heavy restrictions. Herzog's team of four, which included himself working the lights, were only permitted a total of 24 total hours of filming broken up into six four-hour sessions.
'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.