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This Week's Calendar

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

Showcase Saturday

Sunday, March 30
SFA Baseball
vs. Central Arkansas
Nacogdoches
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
at Houston Baptist
2 p.m.
Houston

SFA Tennis
at Northwestern State
11 a.m.
Natchitoches, La.


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Headlines



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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News & Announcements

SFA service-learning class benefits local nonprofit

SFA’s Advertising Cases and Campaigns class, a service-learning course offered by the Department of Mass Communication, is working to raise awareness for Helping Other People Eat, a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental food for those in need in Nacogdoches County.
 
The students are asking all SFA organizations and residence halls to participate in a canned food drive to support HOPE March 31 through April 7. The Hunger Jacks will pick up donations at designated areas, including Steen, Kerr, Wisely, South, North and Todd Halls; Halls 10, 14 and 16; Lumberjack Landing; Lumberjack Lodge, the Baker Pattillo Student Center, the Inter-Fraternity Council office; and all Panhellenic houses. Each of these areas will have a box with the HOPE logo for participants to drop off cans. Each organization is required to fill out a form that will be paired with their donation in order to keep track of contributions. The organization that donates the most cans will win a cash prize of $100. All donations will go to HOPE.

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

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.

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

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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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.

Faculty discount for the Junior League of Lufkin Spring Market

The Junior League of Lufkin will host its annual Spring Market from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, March 29.

Reduced admission is available to SFA faculty and staff members from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28. The event will be held at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

Omicron Delta Kappa taking applications for Leadership and Service Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa invites all advisers, students and student organizations to apply for one of its Leadership and Service Awards. Many students put in countless hours of service and put together programs that benefit the community. ODK would like to take the time to recognize these students and these organizations.

A wide variety of awards is available:

• Service Program of the Year
• Program of the Year
• Underclassman Student Leader of the Year
• Top 23 Freshmen
• Service Organization of the Year
• Adviser of the Year
• Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
• Small and Large Organization of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year

To apply, visit www.sfaodk.org to find links to all the award applications. Faculty and staff members are particularly encouraged to tell deserving students about these opportunities. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 28.
 
For more information, contact ODK at sfa.odk@gmail.com.

Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday

The SFA Admissions Department is asking for volunteers to help work Showcase Saturday, the university's largest open house event for prospective students, on Saturday, March 29.

Volunteers are needed for registration from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please email Monique Cossich at cossichm@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Taylor, Johnston earn SLC weekly awards

Two members of the SFA track and field team opened their outdoor campaigns with some of the top marks in the nation over the weekend and were recognized by the Southland Conference for their performances.

Josh Taylor and Madison Johnston both were named SLC Athlete of the Week for the efforts in leading the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks to impressive opening weekends for the outdoor season.

Taylor ran a new personal best time of 51.57 seconds to win the 400 meter hurdles at the Alabama Relays to be named Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. He shaved more than half a second off his previous best time in the event and is currently ranked third in the nation early in the season.
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Ladyjacks Face Cougars in WBI Semifinals

The SFA Ladyjacks travel to South Carolina this week to take on College of Charleston in the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27. SFA will be looking to be the first team in Ladyjack history to win three postseason tournament games.

The Ladyjacks advanced to the semifinals after dominating Boise State in the second half on Saturday night in an 80-59 win. SFA outscored Boise State 49-25 in the second half, shooting over 50 percent from the field while limiting the Broncos to 31.3 percent. The Ladyjacks trailed at halftime 34-31 and closed that gap quickly after the break.

Saturday’s win over Boise State marks the second time in school history the Ladyjacks have posted two wins in a postseason elimination style tournament. The last time SFA won two contests in the postseason was the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

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'Jacks headed to three meets this week

Three different meets are on the slate for the SFA track and field teams this week as the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will spread across the state to take on some strong talent.

A small group of SFA’s top athletes is headed to the 87th Texas Relays in Austin and set for action on Thursday, March 27. Another group is headed to the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Texas State, and more 'Jacks will compete at the Rice Bayou Classic.

SFA will send its men’s 4x100 4x400 relays to the Texas Relays along with its men’s pole vaulters and top throwers. The men’s 4x400 team that just posted the fastest time in the nation so far this season last week will be in action in Austin, including Southland Conference Athlete of the Week Josh Taylor.

Javelin thrower Madison Johnston will look to build on her school-record performance last week that earned her SLC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week at the Texas Relays as well. La’Tricia Griffin and Jessica Spelling also will be throwing for SFA in Austin.
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Faculty/staff appreciation night at Friday baseball game

In an effort to show appreciation to SFA's faculty and staff, the athletics department is offering two free tickets to Friday's SFA vs. Central Arkansas game. 

Faculty and staff members can get the tickets with a valid SFA ID. 

The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at Jaycees Field.

Ladyjacks set sights on USBC championships

SFA will turn its attention to the USBC National Championships next month as the Ladyjacks were left out of the eight-team NCAA Championship field, announced today.

“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed as we put together some great team performances in some of the toughest events of the year,” said head coach Amber Lemke. “But this doesn’t define our season. It has been a remarkable year, and now this will give us some motivation to bowl our best when we head to nationals next month.”

SFA, currently ranked ninth in the latest NTCA coaches poll, was on the outside looking in as the NCAA announced the qualifying teams Wednesday afternoon. Arkansas State, Central Missouri, Nebraska, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Fairleigh Dickinson, Vanderbilt, Sam Houston State and Wisconsin-Whitewater comprise the 2014 championship field.

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Fine Arts

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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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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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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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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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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Large-scale opera production will showcase SFA’s versatility, artistic talents

When the SFA College of Fine Arts and Schools of Music and Theatre present “Gianni Schicchi” and “Sister Angelica,” the directors and student performers will demonstrate their mastery in juggling the challenges of a large-scale opera production.

The main challenge lies in that this year’s SFA opera production, which is actually two one-act operas (sung in English) by Giacomo Puccini, has four large casts, according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director.

As such, the performers must be prepared musically and dramatically in the same time frame that they normally prepare only two casts – one performing the Thursday and Saturday shows and one taking the stage for the Friday night performance. And with two one-act operas, the usual challenges double.

The opera begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. 
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