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Wednesday, March 26
SFA Track and Field
Texas Relays
Austin

Thursday, March 27
SFA Track and Field
Bobcat Invitational
San Marcos

Voices of Strengths Symposium
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regents A and B
BPSC

Friday, March 28
SFA Baseball
vs. Central Arkansas
Nacogdoches
6:30 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
Rice Bayou Classic
Houston

Saturday, March 29
SFA Baseball
vs. Central Arkansas
Nacogdoches
2 p.m.

SFA Softball
at Houston Baptist
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Houston

SFA Tennis
at Louisiana Tech
3 p.m.
Ruston, La.

SFA Track and Field
Rice Bayou Classic
Houston

SFA Track and Field
Texas Relays
Austin

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Headlines



New SFA logo debuts today

SFA's new logo will be unveiled at 12:30 p.m. today 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.


Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle Lovett

Extra-credit opportunities available for students

The legendary Lyle Lovett will be this year's featured guest at SFA's Archie McDonald Speaker Series. 

Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career spanning 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.

Lovett has won four Grammy Awards: Best Country Album in 1996; Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal in 1994; Best Pop Vocal Collaboration in 1994; and Best Country Male Vocal in 1989. He received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and he was named the 2011 Texas State Musician. 

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 E. Main St.
Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu

Lovett is scheduled to appear in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. 
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Accomplishments

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center horticulturist Greg Grant recently attended the the annual meeting of the Southern Garden History Society in Savannah, Ga., where he was elected to a second term on the board of directors. 

The purpose of the society is to stimulate interest in Southern garden and landscape history, historic horticulture, and the preservation of historic gardens and landscapes in the South.  

Grant is a lifetime member of the group.

News & Announcements

SFA to host pre-law experience in June

High school students interested in pursuing a career in law are invited to attend SFA's first-ever Pre-Law Experience set for June 8-14 in Nacogdoches.

The week-long program is open to high school juniors and seniors and is unique in the state of Texas, according to Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

"Many students entering college consider eventual employment in a law-related field but are unsure if it is the correct choice for them," Murphy said. "Moreover, they too frequently make decisions that limit their ability to compete successfully for a position in law school upon graduation. Our Pre-Law Experience is intended to provide an overview of the key elements in planning a future as a lawyer."
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Screening of "Switch" this Wednesday

What does the future of energy really hold? Join energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out.

Tinker explores the world's leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to bio fuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic. 

"Switch" is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum – fossil and renewable, academic and environmental. The student chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and other student groups and faculty members are presenting this highly acclaimed energy documentary Wednesday evening, immediately followed by a discussion on the energy topic. 

The event is free to the public. The film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. Learn more about "Switch" at switchenergyproject.com. For more information about the campus event, call (936) 468-1845.  

Career Services announces spring job postings

SFA Career Services is hosting some upcoming on-campus interviews and is asking SFA faculty and staff to refer their students to these opportunities. 

With the spring term coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about full-time job opportunities for your graduates and internships for your continuing students.

Career Services has a great line-up of on-campus interviews in March and April to help fill those employment and internship needs. To view the openings, students can create an account here. 

More information on SFA's Career Services is available online at sfasu.edu/careerservices.

Rusche College of Business plans career conference

The Nelson Rusche College of Business will host a College to Career conference this week to engage students with business professionals.

The purpose of the C2C conference is to help students effectively bridge the gap into the professional world. 

Nearly 50 business practitioners are scheduled to serve on panels during the two-day conference, addressing a variety of topics including professional behavior, personal wealth management, business ethics and personal branding.

The event begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the McGee Business Building and runs until 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Two companies, Mattress Firm and Fastenal, will hold informational sessions at 3:30 p.m. for students interested in learning more about employment opportunities.

Recycling event set for March 27

An SFA student organization, The Environmental Awareness Movement (TEAM), in conjunction with SFA Dining’s "Bleed Purple, Think Green" campaign, is sponsoring SFA in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament to increase awareness about recycling and green initiatives now through March 27.

It's easy to help them compete. 
 
Step 1: Save recyclables such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, and No. 1 and 2 plastics.
 
Step 2: Drop off recyclables at TEAM’s monthly Recycle Day from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 27 in the center of campus between Ferguson and McKibben buildings.
 
Step 3: TEAM will submit the weight of the recyclables toward SFA’s RecycleMania totals.
 
For details, contact TEAM at teamnac.sfa@gmail.com or adviser Jennifer Crenshaw at jmcrenshaw@sfasu.edu. More information is available here

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 are 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 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

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year

The deadline to nominate your student worker for Student Employee of the Year is March 28. For more information, click here.

Join the celebration for this year’s Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 13-19! The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to the SFA campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students.
 
View a list of ideas for showing your appreciation to your student employees here.

Latest book from SFA Press documents Neches River

The serpentine length of the Neches River, which winds its way over hundreds of miles from East Texas' Van Zandt County to the Gulf Coast, has been documented for the first time in a new book published by the Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

"Let the River Run Wild! Saving the Neches" is the product of more than two years of collaborative work between photographer Adrian F. Van Dellen and SFA Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Francis E. Abernethy. The 152-page photographic odyssey of the river's past, its environment and the efforts to preserve it is intended to inspire people to take a second glance at an often overlooked East Texas treasure.

Abernethy said he hopes the book will show people why the river is worth preserving, especially as organizations devoted to the river continue working to have it designated as a National Wild and Scenic River - a federal status that would protect it from development and preserve the surrounding habitat.
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Athletics

Sheehan paces SFA at UALR First Tee Classic

Behind top-20 finishes from Luke Sheehan and Baxter Ward, Stephen F. Austin closed out the 2014 Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Classic tied for sixth among the 14-team field.

SFA posted a 31-over 319 over the final 18 holes of the tournament, closing out the 54-hole event with a 52-over 916, two shots better than Arkansas State (54-over 918). The Lumberjacks tied for sixth with UT-Martin, five shots back of Missouri State (47-over 911), which place fifth.

Sheehan posted the low round of the day for the ‘Jacks, carding a 6-over 78 to finish with a 10-over 226, tying for 11th-place overall. It is the sixth top-20 finish of the season for Sheehan and the 10th of his career.

Ward joined Sheehan among the top-20 of the individual standings, shooting a 7-over 79 in the final round to finish with a 12-over 228. Ward tied for 17th overall, the third top-20 finish of the redshirt freshman’s career.
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Crawford receives Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow award

SFA's Melanie Crawford has been selected to receive the 2014 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow award. Crawford is a sophomore majoring in sports marketing and has been a key contributor to the Ladyjack bowling team each of the past two seasons.

The award, which provides a $6,000 scholarship, annually recognizes a female USBC Youth bowler for star qualities, including distinguished bowling performances, academic achievement and extracurricular activities. The award is named in honor of the seven-term president of the Women's International Bowling Congress.

"Being selected as The Alberta E. Crowe recipient is such an incredible honor, and without a doubt it earns a spot at the top of the list of things I have been blessed with in my life," Crawford said. "Bowling really carried me through some rough times in the past, and I have had so many people push me and support me, so it's incredible to see the hard work and support of others pay off. And the fact that it has paid off on a scale this high, just makes it so much more meaningful and surreal."
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Lumberjacks fall in midweek tilt with DBU

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team led 6-5 headed into the sixth inning but could not hold on, falling 20-10 to Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night at Jaycees Field.

SFA (10-13) recorded 10 runs with 10 hits in the loss to the Patriots (17-7). The 'Jacks were led at the plate by freshman Brandon Smith and senior Brett Thornell, who both collected a pair of hits on the night. Smith finished two-for-four with a double, RBI and two runs scored, while Thornell turned in nearly the same offensive numbers, in one less at bat and minus the two-bagger. Thornell was two-for-five with an RBI and two runs scored.

On the mound junior Halden Maynard (0-1) wore the loss, his first of the season, as one of eight SFA relievers to see action in place of starter Chris Hassold.
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Underwood named Joe B. Hall COY finalist

SFA first-year head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2014 Joe B. Hall award announced by the award committee on Tuesday.

The award is named in the honor of Joe B. Hall who was given the task of following the legendary Adolph Rupp. In his first season at the University of Kentucky, Hall finished 20-8, won the SEC and advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals.

Underwood, the 2013-14 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, inherited a team that won a program-best 27 games in the Division I era and was the reigning SLC champions from the previous season. He pushed them further, going 32-3 overall and 18-0 in conference this season.
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Fine Arts

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. 

Harp duo to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Haefner-Mitchell Harp Duo in a guest/faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The duo features Dr. Jaymee Haefner, harp senior lecturer at the University of North Texas, Denton, and Emily Mitchell, harp instructor at SFA. Joining them for a portion of the performance will be soprano Bryn Aratyr Jimenez of Houston.

Haefner and Mitchell formed the duo last year. Several concerts are scheduled for the spring and fall at UNT as well as SFA and the harp societies in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and New Orleans. An East Coast tour is being planned.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.
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SFJAZZ Collective to perform at SFA

SFJAZZ Collective, an award-winning jazz ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.
The group’s appearance in Nacogdoches is a feature of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

“If you’re not already familiar with the artists who comprise the SFJAZZ Collective, you will be,” Goodall said. “As soloists, composers and bandleaders, they represent what’s happening now in jazz. They also demonstrate that jazz has truly become an international language. If you like jazz, you do not want to miss this performance.”
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Acclaimed cellist Quint to perform in Cole Performing Arts Series

Misha Quint, an internationally known cellist and chamber music collaborator, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Russian-born cellist Quint "captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique," according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a 'master of probing sentiment,' Quint's repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today, including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis and Alfred Schnitke," Raychev said.
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New SFA music faculty member to present first concert

SFA School of Music voice faculty member Jamie Dahman will present his first recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall.

Accompanied by pianist Ron Petti, Dahman’s performance will feature “An die ferne Geliebte” by Ludwig van Beethoven, which is “considered to be the first song-cycle, a category important in the Art Song genre,” Dahman said, along with “Poeme d’avril” by Jules Massenet.

“Though Massenet is better known as an opera composer, his songs were very popular for a brief period in Parisian salons,” Dahman explained. “‘Poeme d’avril’ is one of the earliest and most important French song cycles.”

Dahman will also perform three songs by Bulgarian composer Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin.
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Duo Karudan to present concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Duo Karudan in a concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in Cole Concert Hall.

Duo Karudan features Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet at SFA, and his wife, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, assistant professor of piano at Baylor University. Joining them will be SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Nathan Nabb, saxophone; and Charles Gavin, horn.

The program will include Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano, by Aram Khachaturian, “The Ox and the Lark,” by Nikola Resanovic, and Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Piano, by Carl Reinecke.

Khachaturian is one of the more well-known Russian composers of the 20th century, along with Shostakovich and Prokofiev, Ayer explained.
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