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This Week's Calendar

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.

Monday, March 31
SFA Women's Golf
HBU Women's Intercollegiate
Sugarland


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Headlines


SFA professor creates ballet based on Alaskan folk tale

When Dr. Mark Turner set out to put together a ballet at the request of a colleague, he wanted to create a big production with student performers in mind. He wanted something challenging, a body of music that would break up the endless cycle of Nutcracker Suite performances young student musicians inevitably play each year. So the Stephen F. Austin State University associate professor of elementary and early childhood music education turned to a folk tale from his native Alaska.

That work of music will be released in May as part of a package for the children's book "A Winter Tale: How Raven Brought Light to the World," which was illustrated by former SFA art student Emily Graves.

Turner said he approached Peter Andrew, who heads the advertising design program in the SFA School of Art, about having students illustrate a section of the folk tale, which tells how a raven stole light out of the box and gave it to the world, illuminating the planet. Grave's illustration won a juried competition, and she was chosen to illustrate the entire book.
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News & Announcements

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.

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.

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.

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 and Agriculture 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

Early Childhood Lab marks National Week of the Young Child

The Early Childhood Lab at SFA and the Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start Program asks Nacogdoches to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child, April 6 - 12. As part of the National Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, the city is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children's lives.

The 10th Annual Family Fun Day will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, downtown in Festival Park for the entire community. 

This activity will be a free event with many fun-filled activities for children and families to do together.  Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn will be there to make a Proclamation for Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including child care and Head Start programs, preschools, and elementary schools, to hold activities to bring awareness to the needs of young children.

For more information, contact the SFA Early Childhood Lab at (936) 468-4006.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

'Pump You Up' now restructured as 'Drop in Fitness' with new hours

The Norton H.P.E. Complex weight room will be available for drop-in recreation and fitness for all faculty and staff including:
A variety of cardio machines (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes), a total body resistance training circuit and free weights and a certified personal trainer on site to serve as a resource for exercise programming and instruction. 
                       
The new hours of Drop in Fitness are as followed:

Monday:
Faculty/staff noon-1:30 p.m.; students 4-10 p.m.
Tuesday: Faculty/staff noon-1:00 p.m.; students 4-10 p.m.
Wednesday: Faculty/staff noon-1:30 p.m.; students 4-10 p.m.
Thursday: Faculty/staff noon-1 p.m.; students 4-10 p.m.
Friday: Faculty/staff noon-1:30 p.m.; students 4-8 p.m.

Heart Smart series starts in April

Come join Employee Wellness for the Heart Smart Series the month of April. This series will take place in the Multimedia Room at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, right by Starbucks.   

The series runs from 5:15 until 6 p.m. every Wednesday in April. Topics each evening will be different.  

April 9: Sodium Right
April 16: Fats Appropriately
April 23: Sugar Smart
April 30: Putting it All Together

Attendance at each session will enter your name into a drawing to win a door prize at the end of the series.  Attendance at all four sessions is not required, but it is encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu

Sign up for the Mystery Run and you could win $500

This unique 5K run could pay off big time!

The first person or team to solve the mystery will win $500. Runners sign up as individuals but can compete as teams. As you run the course, you will be given cards with clues on them. These cards include weapons, locations and suspects. As with the game "Clue," if you have it on your card, you can rule it out.  At the end, each person will be able to use their cards to rule out as many suspects, weapons and locations as possible. Larger groups will have a major advantage. The first to turn in a correct guess wins! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite detectives or characters from Clue!

All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

The first 150 to register will be guaranteed a FREE T-shirt! This race is not chip timed.

This event will be held Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Check-in and packet pick-up will be on the day of the race only and begins at 4 p.m. The race will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

Register here.


Capes and Crowns 1K and 3K

Get ready to get your kids active with this fun run! The Capes and Crowns 1K and 3K fun run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the SFA intramural fields off Wilson Drive. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or princess. Each child will receive their choice of a superhero mask and cape or a tiara and wand.

Kids may choose between a 1K or 3K course and will receive a ribbon upon completion of the race. Parents are encouraged to run with their kids.

The cost for all participants (parents included) is $15. All proceeds will benefit the Freshman Leadership Academy’s trip to Romania this summer.

Register here. 

This is a fun run and is not being chip timed. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468-7249 or email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Taylor advances at Texas Relays

A busy week of action for the SFA track and field teams got underway Thursday at the Texas Relays and Bobcat Invitational.

At the Texas Relays, Cameron Meyer opened the day with a mark of 5.05 meters (16-6.75) to finish in a tie for fifth in Section B of the university/college division of the pole vault.

On the track for SFA at the Texas Relays, Josh Taylor continued running well after posting a new personal record last week. This week he ran, 51.48 seconds to advance through the preliminaries of the 400 meter hurdles. He finished second in his heat to earn the bid to the next round. For the women on Thursday, Stephanie White ran 1:04.31 to finish 54th.
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Spring practice report: Quarterbacks

There are a number of storylines surrounding SFA's spring football camp as the Lumberjacks gear up for the 2014 season, but few are more prevalent than who will be taking the snaps once the 'Jacks take the field at Kansas State on August 30th.

It is a valid question for SFA football fans who are coming off a seven-year stretch that completely rewrote not just the program record books, but the Southland Conference' as well.

From 2007-13, Jeremy Moses and Brady Attaway combined for 24,508 passing yards, an average of 3,501 yards per season, and 207 touchdowns. The top two passers in program history, the duo's names are plastered all over the SFA passing record book, appearing a combined 50 times among the single game, season and career marks.
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Ladyjacks advance to WBI Championship game

The historic season for SFA basketball continues as the Ladyjacks defeated the College of Charleston Cougars 78-74 to advance to the championship game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

The victory marks the first time in the storied history of the Ladyjacks basketball program that SFA has won three games in a postseason tournament. Now, the Ladyjacks will attempt to win their first-ever postseason tournament.

Porsha Roberts had another stellar game for the Ladyjacks, leading the way with 28 points. It is the second straight game she has had a season-high in scoring after posting 27 points against Boise State on Saturday. Roberts was 11-of-15 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds. She also had four blocks.
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SFA returns to SLC play with UCA

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will close its four-game homestand with Central Arkansas this weekend. SFA, looking to bounce back from a 20-10 loss to Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, returns to Southland Conference action with three games against the Bears. 

SFA enters the week 10-13 overall and 2-4 in Southland Conference play. The 'Jacks are still looking for their first SLC series win.

SFA will have its second run through its weekend rotation with junior Cameron Gann on Friday, junior Dillon Mangham on Saturday and senior Kevin Bishop on Sunday. The three 'Jack starters will see sophomore Connor Gilmore, junior Chris Caudle and a pitcher to be announced later across the three-game series.
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Underwood named Hugh Durham COY finalist

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood was named one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Hugh Durham award announced by the award committee on Wednesday evening.

The Hugh Durham Award is given annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. The award is named in honor of Hugh Durham, who retired at the end of the 2004-05 season. Durham is one of just 12 coaches to have led two different programs to the NCAA Final Four (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983). He is the only coach among that group to have led both schools to their lone Final Four appearance.

Underwood, the 2013-14 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, is also a finalist for the 2014 Joe B. Hall and the Jim Phelan awards.
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SFA soccer to host SMU in exhibition

Head coach Wally Crittenden and the SFA Ladyjack soccer team will host Southern Methodist University in a home exhibition on Sunday, March 30, at the SFA Soccer Field.

The match is scheduled to being at 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Last season under Crittenden, the 2013 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, SFA repeated as conference champions for a third-straight season, the first three-peat in program history. 
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Fine Arts

SFA festival features new works by top playwrights

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during the SFA School of Theatre’s 2014 Festival of New American Plays Tuesday through Saturday, April 8 through 12, on the SFA campus.

This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.

“From 1998 until now, we have brought playwrights to our campus to see their new works,” Heifner said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to view ‘theatre in the making.’”
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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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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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