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This Week's Calendar

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

Friday, March 21
NCAA: SFA Men's Basketball
vs. Virginia Commonwealth University
San Diego, Calif. 
6:30 p.m.


SFA Baseball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
6:30 p.m.

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

SFA Track and Field
Alabama Relays
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Saturday, March 22
SFA Baseball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
2 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Tennis
at Abilene Christian
11 a.m.
Abilene

SFA Track and Field
Alabama Relays
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Sunday, March 23
SFA Baseball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Headlines


SFA fans, alumni invited to watch Friday’s NCAA Tournament game locally

SFA basketball fans and alumni from around the country are setting up watch parties for this weekend’s historic clash between SFA and Virginia Commonwealth University at the NCAA San Diego regional. Lumberjacks living and working in the Nacogdoches area can watch the game at Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 4909 North St., Suite 215. Tip-off for the Lumberjacks’ second-ever appearance in the big dance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 Central Standard Time.
 
“These are not official alumni-hosted events, but we will have Alumni Association Board members or volunteers at the events,” said Craig Turnage, executive director of alumni relations at SFA. “We encourage all Lumberjack alumni to join in this celebration of the success of the SFA basketball team.”

SFA is making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The last time the ’Jacks earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament was in 2009 when they fell to Syracuse in the South regional in Miami. Friday’s game against VCU will be the first-ever meeting between these two basketball teams.

For more information on area alumni chapters and the SFA Alumni Association, visit www.sfaalumni.com.


Free T-shirts and new SFA logo available March 26

SFA's new logo will be unveiled at 12:30 p.m. March 26 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge.

Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president will participate in the event, along with Chuck Carlberg, principal of the Houston advertising agency Richards/Carlberg.  The Richards/Carlberg agency was appointed by the SFA Board of Regents to develop the new logo as part of SFA’s rebranding initiative.

A new advertising campaign designed by the agency will be revealed at the event and will launch on March 31.  
 
Free T-shirts will be distributed to everyone in attendance at the event.

News & Announcements

Texas Water: Half Full or Half Empty?

SFA's National Association of Environmental Professionals will host the conference on Texas water resources on Saturday, March 29, The presentations will be held in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry Conference Room.

Topics at the conference include: Texas water resources and future challenges, irrigation, urban water conservation, industrial water use, environmental flow, and wetlands. 

Non-students can purchase a ticket for $10, and students can purchase an $8 ticket by cash or credit card in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture office, Room 103, or by calling (936) 468-3301.

For online registration links and a list of the conference's speakers, click here

Texas Certified Public Manager Program course starts in April

The nationally accredited Texas Certified Public Manager Program at SFA provides an outstanding career development opportunity for SFA employees. This opportunity allows employees to receive training on campus, engage in networking, exchange ideas, and learn about best practices in public management. Participants receive instruction from a variety of successful public managers, professional trainers, and outstanding professors from SFA.

Organizational Communication, Track 3, will start on Friday, April 4, at 8:20 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. in the Human Services Building, and will continue to meet May 2 and June 6. The CPM Program at SFA offers our employees a 20-percent discount for this track. The discounted cost is $476 per person which includes textbooks, class materials, break supplies, and lunches. 

For more information on the Texas CPM Program, please visit www.sfasu.edu/government/160.aspg or contact Dr. Rick Herzog at (936) 468-2446.

SFA joins Institute of International Education’s initiative to increase number of students studying abroad

SFA pledged to join the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. SFA has committed to increasing the number of undergraduate students who study abroad to 3 percent during the next five years.

Leading up to IIE's centennial celebration in 2019, Generation Study Abroad will engage educators at all levels and stakeholders in the public and private sectors to drive meaningful, innovative action to increase the number of U.S. students who have the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, as well as internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

SFA is among the lead partners who have committed to specific, measurable actions that will help reach this ambitious goal; the result will be thousands more American students graduating with the international experience necessary for success in a globalized world.
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Greek Life to host faculty/staff breakfast

Greek Life will be hosting a Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast as a part of the annual Greek Week festivities.

The breakfast will be a come-and-go event from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.201.

The members of the SFA Greek system would like to show their appreciation for your hard work and support throughout the year. 

Upcoming Campus Program for Minors training

Campus Recreation has two classes of Campus Program for Minors training coming up. The courses are offered at 10 a.m. on March 20 and at 10 a.m. April 3. These classes are free for SFA faculty/staff and students. 

Please sign up at the Campus Recreation office or call (936) 468-3507. 

These will soon be going to an online format, but for those needing to be trained now, it is still done in person. If you have specific questions about the training, please contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051 or click here.  lankfordtc@sfasu.edu.

Global Gateway to Pakistan set for Saturday

Join the Nacogdoches community for a presentation on Pakistani culture given by exchange students from Pakistan. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, 1112 North St. 

Authentic Pakistani food samples will be served. The students will talk about their culture and wedding traditions and give demonstrations of Pakistani dances. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

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 Pattillo 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 at (936) 468-2306.

Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment

The School of Social Work, Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development and Special Health Resources for Texas is presenting "Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment," a free symposium on HIV/AIDS.

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Regents' Suites A and B in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Discussions will include the Affordable Care Act, services for for HIV/AIDS patients in East Texas and the "Life Giving Project," an international outreach program. The symposium is part of the School of Social Work's celebration of Social Work Month.

Please RSVP to Donna Shelton at dshelton@sfasu.edu. For more information, contact Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant at oliphante@sfasu.edu

Athletics

SFA Blasts Past No. 25 Texas Tech 6-3

A two-run blast in the eighth inning for Mackenzie Handel vaulted SFA to a 6-3 victory over 25th-ranked Texas Tech at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock. It marks the third victory this season for the Lumberjacks over a 2013 NCAA tournament team (Alabama, Wichita State).

Handel finished the day going 2-for-3 against the Red Raiders with three RBI and two runs scored. Zach Marberry went 4-for-5 for the 'Jacks with a pair of RBIs and a run scored while Matthew Dickey was 3-for-5, scoring two of SFA’s runs on the day.

Starter Kyle Cross went three innings for SFA (9-10), allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts. Then the SFA bullpen, consisting of Chris Hassold, Cameron Gann, Dillion Mangham and Tyler Wiedenfeld limited the Red Raiders (17-6) to one hit over the final six innings as Mangham picked up the win and Wiedenfeld notched the save.

One night after suffering a 20-4 loss on a game that was delayed two hours due to wind and dust, SFA came out aggressive Wednesday afternoon. The 'Jacks struck in the top of the first as Handel used a sacrifice fly to score Ricardo Sanchez, giving SFA the early 1-0 lead.
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Lumberjacks Set For NCAA Tournament Stage

The 2013-14 Southland Conference regular season and tournament champion SFA men's basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament looking for the program's first win in the big dance in program history.

The Lumberjacks (31-2, 18-0 SLC) are making their second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. SFA made their first appearance in 2009, as a No. 14 seed, falling to then No. 3 seed Syracuse 59-44 in the South regional in Miami.

SLC Coach of the Year Brad Underwood, with 31 wins and also a Coach of the Year candidate according to ESPN's Seth Greenberg, moved into the NCAA's top 10 best career starts at the Division I level with two wins to close out the regular season. Underwood, currently in a three-way third place in the all-time list, can pull into sole possession of the mark with a win over No. 5 seed VCU on Friday. Underwood is currently tied with Steve Prohm (Murray State, 31-2, 2012) and Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh, 31-5, 2004). Bill Guthridge recorded the best head coaching start at the Division I level, finishing 34-4 at North Carolina in 1998.
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Underwood named Jim Phelan Coach of the Year finalist

First-year head coach Brad Underwood was named one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Jim Phelan award on Wednesday.

Underwood, the 2013-14 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, has guided the Lumberjacks to the NCAA Tournament for just the second-ever time in program history in his first year at the helm.

Already with 31 wins, Underwood has broken into the national ranks with one of the NCAA’s top 10 best career starts at the Division I level. The Coach of the Year candidate, according to ESPN’s Seth Greenberg, is currently in a three-way tie for third place on the all-time list, tied with Steve Prohm (Murray State, 31-2, 2012) and Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh, 31-5, 2004).

SFA joined top-ranked Florida and second-ranked Wichita State as the only schools to go undefeated in conference play this season. The 'Jacks became the 18th team all-time to do so at the Division I level.
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Ladyjacks Set to Take on Texas State today

The SFA Ladyjacks host the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational at 7 p.m. tonight against former Southland Conference foe Texas State.

The Ladyjacks (20-12) return to the postseason after falling in the first round of the WBI two years ago to Northern Iowa at home. Teams in SFA’s portion of the bracket are No. 1 seed Grand Canyon and No. 8 seed Boise State. Grand Canyon and Boise State face Thursday night as well. 

This is SFA’s 28th postseason appearance in program history with 18 NCAA Tournaments, three WNITs, five AIAW Tournaments and now two appearances in the WBI.

The Ladyjacks enter the WBI after losing the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament to Northwestern State. That loss snapped a 7-game winning streak after defeating McNeese State in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Ladyjacks have posted two winning streaks of seven contests this season.
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Fine Arts

‘Sound for Film, Video and TV’ topic of guest lecture at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present guest lecturer Guy Mor presenting “Sound for Film, Video and TV” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Mor’s work has been featured on television networks, among them ABC, ESPN, BET and Fuse. He will discuss his experiences working with sound for visual media and exploring both location audio and post production, according to Dr. Kevin Kelleher, director of the Sound Recording Technology program at SFA.

“Mor brings first-hand knowledge and real-world insight in a straightforward manner to students via his interactive lecture style,” Kelleher said. “Because he is currently entrenched in the New York City film industry, this lecture is essential for providing students with the opportunity to hear and learn about relevant and up-to-the-minute techniques and topics. Special attention will be given to career strategies and potential job opportunities after college.”

Admission to the lecture is free. For additional information, contact Kelleher at (936) 468-1116.

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.

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 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. 

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