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Monday, March 17
Classes resume

Tuesday, March 18
SFA Baseball
at Texas Tech
Lubbock
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19
Last day to drop classes

SFA Baseball
at Texas Tech
Lubbock
2 p.m.

Thursday, March 20
SFA Track and Field
Alabama Relays
Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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Headlines



Lumberjacks headed to big dance

Two rivals traded blows throughout the first half, but in the end it was the regular season champ and SFA Lumberjacks rolling over Sam Houston State to win the Southland Conference Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament with a 69-49 victory on Saturday night in the Leonard E. Merrell Center.

SFA (31-2) dominated the second half to upend the Bearkats (23-10) and win its second SLC Tournament and make its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Sophomore Thomas Walkup provided the early spark for the 'Jacks, scoring the team's first seven points of the ballgame and continuing his assault on SHSU in the second half. He finished the night with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Walkup was named the tournament MVP for his performances Friday and Saturday. Senior Desmond Haymon was named to the SLC All-Tournament Team for his efforts, as well.

Southland Conference Player-of-the-Year Jacob Parker was limited offensively with only 10 points but provided a much needed presence on defense for SFA with 12 rebounds, for his 10th double-double of the season. The 'Jacks won the battle on the glass 35-23 on the night.
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New SFA logo to be unveiled March 26

SFA's new logo will be unveiled around noon on March 26 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge.

Mayor to issue ‘The BIG Event’ proclamation

On Tuesday, March 18, Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn will present a proclamation declaring March 22 as “The BIG Event Day in Nacogdoches.” University officials will share information about the history and purpose behind this annual SFA service project, and Buzz Dutton, executive director of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, will speak briefly about the impact The BIG Event has had on that nonprofit during the past five years. The mayor also will give remarks before announcing the proclamation. Refreshments will be provided.
 
More than 1,000 SFA students already have signed up to participate in this year’s The BIG Event. The purpose of The BIG Event is for students to say “thank you” to the community for everything it does to support SFA. Residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations submit job request forms to The BIG Event planning committee. Examples of past jobs completed during The BIG Event  include yard work, interior and exterior painting, and basic household repairs.
 
The proclamation event will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

News & Announcements

Wisely Fellowship applications due today

The School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs are pleased to sponsor the Wisely Fellowship.
 
The Wisely Fellowship is a one-year position that allows the successful applicant to interact with Honors students both programmatically and academically. Specifically, the Wisely Fellow will spend the fall building relationships with Honors students through programming. The Fellow will then offer a spring core course, uniquely designed for Honors students. For more information, see the Wisely Fellow website or contact Michael Tkacik at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.
 
Electronic applications are due March 17.

Annual symposium to highlight Japanese maples

The 13th annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the newly opened Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building location at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
 
Matt and Tim Nichols of Nichols Nursery in North Carolina and MrMaple.com will present “Heat-Tolerant Maples for the South” based on their 35 years of experience propagating and growing more than 1,000 kinds of Japanese maples. They will share information about growing maples in a southern climate, demonstrate how the trees are grafted and assist in a guided tour of the nearby Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, which features more than 200 varieties of the ornamental tree.
 
Cost, including lunch and garden tour, is $35 for SFA Gardens members and $40 for non-members. To register, call (936) 564-7351 or email info@visitnacogdoches.org.
Participants may also register the morning of the event. For more information, email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Screening of "Chasing Ice" begins March 23

The Organization of Faith, Education and Community will host a screening of the 2012 documentary film "Chasing Ice" and a panel discussion about climate change at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, in room 2.101 in the Baker Patillo Student Center. 

Admission to the screening and discussion is free. 

"Chasing Ice" follows the work of James Balog, a "National Geographic" photographer who shot time-lapse sequences of changes to the world's glaciers. 
For More Information contact Dr. Jerry Williams (936) 468-2306.

Dr. Michaela Pohl to speak on "Extremism and Denial"

The School of Honors welcomes Dr. Michaela Pohl of Vassar College as this year’s Wisely Speaker. Dr. Pohl specializes in Soviet and Eurasian history, and she was one of the first Western scholars to conduct oral history interviews in post-Soviet Russia and Kazakhstan in the 1990s. 

At 4 p.m. Wednesday March 19, Pohl will present “The Holocaust and My German Family” in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. She will speak on how ordinary German families in the 1960s-2000s processed their national past across generational divides.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday March 20, Pohl will speak on “Chechens Between Civic Action and Terror” in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. Pohl will discuss the political history of the Chechens in the 1940s and 1950s, before and after Stalin exiled the entire nation to Central Asia. 

For more information, please contact the School of Honors at 468-2813 or Dr. Randi Cox at 468-2428 or rcox@sfasu.edu

Campus Recreation

Wellness Walking Tour set for Tuesday

New date: Tuesday, March 18

5:15 to 6 p.m.

The tour will start in the Rec Center Lounge located near the front desk and stop by all dining locations along the one-mile campus tour.

Put on your sneakers and join SFA Dining and Campus Rec for a wellness tour of campus.  The tour will include information on wellness services available through Campus Rec and SFA Dining, as well as tips and tricks on how to be active and eat well in the dining halls and retail outlets throughout campus. To join us for the tour, please RSVP to Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

SFA to play VCU in NCAA Tournament

SFA men's basketball team learned their seed, opponent and destination for the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon during a watch party at Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Nacogdoches. The Lumberjacks drew a number 12 seed and will play fifth-seeded VCU in the San Diego regional on Friday.

SFA is making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The last time the 'Jacks went to the dance was in 2009, falling to then rout No. 3 seed Syracuse, 59-44, in the South regional in Miami. SFA was a No. 14 seed in the tournament in 2009.

The postseason meeting with VCU will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams on the hardwood.
SFA enters the tournament at or still near the top in its respective win streaks. The 'Jacks picked up their 27th and 28th straight victory in the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament. SFA knocked off Northwestern State in the semifinals and Sam Houston State in the championship game to earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The 'Jacks closed the regular season on a 33-game home win streak, which is tied with sixth and seventh nationally-ranked Duke, who is a No. 3 seed in the tournament. SFA also finished the regular season with 14 overall road wins, which led the nation, and on a 12-game win streak away from its home court that sat second only to second-ranked Wichita State, a No. 1 seed in the big dance.
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Ladyjacks fall to Lady Demons in conference championship

The SFA Ladyjacks could not complete the Southland sweep on Sunday, falling in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament to Northwestern State by the final score of 62-44.

After winning their first regular season conference championship since 2010, the Ladyjacks could not win the conference tournament and get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006.

SFA (20-12) got another double-double from Porsha Roberts with 14 points and 13 rebounds as she was named to the all-tournament team. Senior Kali Jerrell joined her in double digits with 13 points and also was named to the team.

Northwestern State (21-12) was led by Chelsea Rogers with 16 points as she hit 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Trudy Armstead had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and was named the tournament's MVP. Point guard Jenell Perez also scored in double digits with 10 points and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
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Late rally not enough as SFA baseball falls 10-7

SFA mounted a late rally in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, but it was a case of too little too late as the Lumberjacks dropped a 10-7 decision to McNeese State in the final game of the three-game series.

The Cowboys took the Southland Conference opening series 2-1, winning the suspended 13-inning game 5-4 earlier in the day. SFA falls to 8-9 on the year and 1-2 in SLC play.

McNeese got on the board early, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first but stranded a pair. SFA struggled to get any offense going early in the game as the 'Jacks recorded just one hit through the first four innings.

The Lumberjack bats finally came alive in the fifth, beginning with Zach Marberry notching a leadoff double. Brett Thornell then knocked Marberry home with back-to-back doubles, followed by an RBI single by Matthew Dickey. Dan O’Neill then drove home Gevon Jackson, giving SFA the 3-1 lead after five.
The advantage was short-lived, however, as McNeese answered with three runs in the top of the sixth to reclaim the lead 4-3. The Cowboys then broke the game open in the seventh, piling on five runs to take a commanding 9-3 lead.
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SFA tennis downs Incarnate Word, 6-1

The SFA women’s tennis team bounced back from its weather-delayed match on Friday, downing Incarnate Word 6-1 on Saturday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

“I am happy with the outcome of the match,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We gave our number one player some rest, and everybody had to step up to the plate and play one position higher. The team responded well to the challenge and took care of business.”

The Ladyjacks (7-6, 3-0 SLC) took a 2-1 doubles point to grab a 1-0 lead and followed with strong play in the individual matches with UIW (2-8, 0-2 SLC). The pairings of Malena Gordo and Julia Lorca and Denise Maxl and Macarena Sedano Acosta each took 8-3 victories.

In singles play, Valeria Terentyeva, Andrea Ternera, Gordo and Lorca, all picked up wins to seal the victory.

SFA will be back in action on Saturday, March 22, at Abilene Christian
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Fine Arts

SFA’s Jacks of Steel to present annual spring concert

The SFA Steel Band, also known as Jacks of Steel, directed by Director of Percussion Studies Dr. Brad Meyer, will present the ensemble’s annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Jacks of Steel will perform a wide-ranging selection of fun and exciting tunes, including Brian Nozny’s arrangement of “Inspector 8” (from the The Ernies’ popular ska song), “Brown-eyed Girl,” “Guantanamera,” and “Hot Hot Hot.”

SFA’s Steel Band is comprised of 16 music and non-music majors playing Caribbean steel pans, as well as an engine room comprised of a drumset, electric bass and accessory percussion instruments.

The event will be streamed live at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/stream.php.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

SFA opera production to feature ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and ‘Sister Angelica’

The SFA College of Fine Arts and schools of Music and Theatre will present “Gianni Schicchi” and “Sister Angelica,” two one-act operas sung in English by Giacomo Puccini, at 7:30 p.m. March 27 through 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

These performances are features of the 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts’ University series, “Live Out Loud.” The production will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by orchestra and staged with full set and costumes, said Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director.

Each year, as the opera production team choose the program that will best serve the SFA voice students, much consideration is given the number of students ready to take on a major role and which voice types – soprano, lyric tenor, mezzo-soprano, baritone, bass, etc. – are available, Dalton explained.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
At 7 p.m. March 27 before the opening performance there will be an informative talk about the opera in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. 

Raychev recital to feature works of composer Marcello

Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member, will present “MarCello” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
The faculty recital will also feature Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, and Martha De Luna, graduate student in the SFA School of Music.
“This recital is celebratory,” Raychev said. “I love the month of March, and I love my cello. I am happy that I will be sharing the experience with my colleagues and friends Gene Moon and Martha De Luna.”
The program will include compositions by Fritz Kreisler, Niccoló Paganini, Bohuslav Martinu, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Brahms and Benedetto Marcello.
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Gemini Flute Duo to perform in Cole Series recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Gemini Flute Duo in a guest/faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
The recital will feature performers Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, and Jennifer Keeney, affiliate artist of flute at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, with Geneva Fung, SFA staff accompanist, on piano.
The program will include “Duo Concertant” for two flutes by Louis-Francois-Philippe Drouet; “Currents” for two flutes by Alan Scott; “The Ghosts of Mesa Verde” for two flutes by SFA composition professor Stephen Lias; and Yuko Uebayashi's “Transcending Time” for two flutes and piano.
Keeney plays flute and piccolo with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, among others. She taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp and the Bowling Green University Summer Flute Camp for five years.
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SFA's collaborative 'Pen and Pigment' exhibition to open March 21

A collaborative project between Stephen F. Austin State University student writers and artists will culminate in the annual “Pen & Pigment” exhibition, which opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.
“Pen & Pigment is an annual event created to promote creativity and collaboration between creative writing and fine arts students,” said Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting in the SFA School of Art. “This year, students from advanced poetry and advanced painting are working together to develop a body of work for the art exhibition.”
First, each student starts out making a piece of work inspired by his or her own artistic vision and aesthetics, Roberts explained. Next, the classes exchange work anonymously, and each student chooses a work for which they wish to create a response.
“In the end, the gallery show features around 20 paintings and 20 poems that explore how ‘pen’ inspired ‘pigment’ and ‘pigment’ inspired ‘pen,’” Roberts said.
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Versatile percussionist Harnsberger to present guest recital at SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andy Harnsberger in a guest percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as "A Master of Musical Nuance," Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer, composer and educator, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion at SFA. Harnsberger, who is assistant professor of music and percussion coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has performed in musical venues across the United States, Australia, Japan and nine countries in Europe. He also presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year.

"Dr. Harnsberger is in demand as a recitalist and clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year," Meyer said. "His compositions have been performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and around the world. Harnsberger was also a recipient of the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music."
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SFA’s Fredonia Players to present ‘Broadway in the Downstage’

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre will present the Fredonia Players performing “Broadway in the Downstage” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 20 through 22, in the Downstage Theater. A 2 p.m. performance is slated for Saturday, March 22.

The performance of SFA’s popular theater musical group will feature a compilation of duets, solos and group numbers from Broadway musicals, according to Shari Ellsworth, theater appreciation instructor at SFA and the new director of the Fredonia Players.

“This will be a variety show of musical numbers with some fun and upbeat songs and some lovely ballads,” Ellsworth said. 

The Downstage Theatre is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 486-6407.

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