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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, March 4
Conscious Speaker Series: Dr. Dianne Dentice
noon
BPSC Tiered Classroom

SFA Baseball
vs. Arkansas-Little Rock
Nacogdoches

Wednesday, March 5
Global Gateway to South Korea
2 p.m.
Wyatt Room
Steen Library

Thursday, March 6
Men's Basketball
vs. Oral Roberts
8 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Women's Basketball
vs. Oral Roberts
6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, March 7
SFA Baseball
at Wichita State
Wichita, Kan.
3 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at Music City Classic
Smyrna, Tenn.

SFA Tennis
at Louisiana–Lafayette
2 p.m.
Lafayette, La.


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Headlines


STEM Day Sierpinksi pyramid

SFA students and faculty members constructed a Sierpinski pyramid in world-record time Friday during the annual SFA STEM Day. More than 400 area students and teachers attended the event, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Participants also investigated black holes, looked at the science behind the spread of influenza, discovered the mathematics underlying music and the chemistry within cooking, and much more.


News & Announcements

SFA Gardens to host Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

SFA Gardens will host the annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, “Texas tough” plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions.  The seventh annual SFA Earth Day Celebration will coincide with the plant sale and will begin at 10 a.m., featuring informational booths, guest speakers, activities for kids, free local food, live music and more.

Parking is available at the nearby Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

Contributions of American Women with Dr. Dianne Dentice

In honor of women's history month, the Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to have a conversation about the many contributions that American women have made to education, politics and the economy. The event will take place at noon March 4 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Tiered Classroom.

Dentice, associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, will discuss some of the barriers women have faced along with the many victories they have achieved. U.S. women continue to play a significant role in shaping American social policies through grassroots activism, election to public office and creation of public awareness of women's healthcare and workplace issues.

Global Gateway to South Korea presentation

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Korean culture given by students from South Korea. The event will take place at 2 p.m. March 5 in the Wyatt Room of the Steen Library.

Authentic Korean food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

Wisely Fellowship applications due in March

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.


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.

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.

Campus Recreation

Last Day to Register for Spring Break at Big Bend

Monday, March 3

Register by 7 p.m. in the Outdoor Center

What are you doing this spring break? How about the adventure of a lifetime March 8-15? This is a weeklong excursion to one of the most extreme parks in Texas: Big Bend National Park.

We'll hike up Emory Peak and eat lunch above the clouds, then canoe our way through Boquillas canyon while admiring the beautiful backdrop of the American Southwest. Cost of $515 includes round-trip transportation, rental of paddling equipment and safety gear, rental of backpacks and all camping equipment, meals and experienced Outdoor Pursuits trip guides. For more information or to register, please visit the Outdoor Center or call (936) 468-6055. Space is limited, sign up today!

Wellness Walking Tour

Tuesday, March 4

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 1 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 throughout campus. To join us for the tour, please RSVP to Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, March 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Twilight Ballroom

SFA observes seven dimensions of wellness: intellectual, environmental, socio-cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional, and career-financial. Learn how you can embody total wellness by visiting with vendors from all over the wellness spectrum. For more information, please contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835.

Get Your Splash On Outdoor Pool Opening

Wednesday, March 5

3 to 6 p.m. in the Rec Outdoor Pool and Courtyard

Join us for the spring opening of the outdoor pool! Celebrate with Campus Rec and SAA at our Hawaiian celebration with fun games as well as a dive-in movie and a cornhole (bags) doubles and washers tournament in the Courtyard.

Soak up some sun and enjoy an afternoon out on the pool deck with Campus Rec and SAA!


Athletics

SFA closes SLC road slate unscathed

Senior Desmond Haymon became the SFA men's basketball team's all-time winningest player in the Division I era, in a 75-62 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday evening in University Center.

With the win, SFA (27-2, 16-0 SLC) closed its Southland Conference road slate undefeated at 9-0, the first time the ’Jacks have done so in the Division I era. SFA also became the first SLC team to reach 27 wins in the regular season, tying the program's most in the Division I era, with two games remaining before the conference tournament. The 'Jacks had 26 regular season wins in 2012-13.

Before SFA's win over the Lions (11-16, 6-10 SLC), the last conference team that was truly recognized for going undefeated on the road was Arkansas State in 1966-67 when it was 8-0 SLC and 4-0 on road. In 1972-73, Louisiana-Lafayette finished 6-0 (12-0 SLC), but all wins were later forfeited due to NCAA sanctions. Louisiana Tech is listed as 8-0 in league play in 1971-72, but it technically was 6-2 in conference and 3-1 on the road. It was later awarded two league wins (one road win) when ULL forfeited all eight league games that season.
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Ladyjacks cruise past Lady Lions

Heading into Saturday’s contest, junior center Porsha Roberts had only missed two shots in her career against Southeastern Louisiana. That number increased by only one as she and the SFA Ladyjacks rolled to a 92-79 victory. It was the first time since Feb. 29, 2011, the Ladyjacks scored 90 or more points against a conference opponent.

Roberts was 9-of-10 from the field and scored 18 points while pulling down nine rebounds and swatting three blocks.

Tierany Henderson got hot for the Ladyjacks beyond the arc, hitting on 5-of-10 from deep to score 15 points. Kali Jerrell, Brentney Branch and Antionette Carter joined them in double digits with 15, 12 and 12 points, respectively.

SFA shot an impressive 56.5 percent from the field and tallied 23 assists on 35 makes for an efficient game on offense. It marked the fifth time in nine games the Ladyjacks have hit at least half their shots.
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Baseball sweeps Saturday doubleheader

SFA recorded its first series victory of the season as the ’Jacks took a pair of games from UT-Martin Saturday afternoon at Jaycees Field. The ’Jacks rallied to score six times in the eighth inning to notch the 10-6 victory in game one, followed by a 1-0 decision in the seven-inning second game of the doubleheader.

With the victories, SFA improves to 6-5 on the season while UT-Martin falls to 1-10.

SFA once again struck quickly in the opening game of the doubleheader as a double by Mackenzie Handel drove in Ricardo Sanchez, giving SFA the early 1-0 lead.

UT-Martin responded in the top of the fourth to knot the game at 1-1, to which the ’Jacks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. SFA loaded the bases with no outs before Conner Fikes drove in a run off a single, followed by a sacrifice fly by Sanchez to score Zach Marberry, giving the ’Jacks the 3-1 lead.

Following a Skyhawk run in the top of the fifth, Fikes drove in his second run of the game off a sacrifice fly to score Marberry for the second time as the ’Jacks maintained a two-run lead at 4-2.
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SFA places third at shortened UCM Invitational

SFA notched its sixth top-five finish of the 2013-14 season and its second-highest showing of the year, placing third at the Central Missouri Invitational. The Ladyjacks went 3-2 on the day, closing out the tournament at 6-4 with 9,877 total points.

The UCM Invitational, originally scheduled to conclude tomorrow with the three best-of-seven baker bracket play, was cut short due to the winter weather expected to hit much of the nation and allow participating teams to travel home.

SFA started out the day meeting up with rival Sam Houston State and ended up falling to the Bearkats 1,072-919. Three Ladyjacks finished in the 200s, led by a team-best 212 from Whitney McCoy. Nicole Parkhurst logged a 207 for SFA with Melanie Crawford adding a 203.

The Ladyjacks responded in the second match of the day, defeating Elmhurst 999-838, led by a score of 233 from Parkhurst. Crawford scored a 211 while Chelsea King just missed joining her teammates in the 200-pin club, finishing the match with a score of 199.

SFA met up with McKendree in match three and despite a 248 from Crawford, the highest round of the day for the Ladyjacks, SFA dropped the match 967-899. McCoy bowled a 218 for the Ladyjacks, but the two were the only ones to bowl higher than a 175 for the match.
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Ladjacks drop two at Woo Pig Classic

SFA could not ride the momentum of a win over a ranked opponent on Friday night into Saturday’s action at the Woo Pig Fastpitch Classic as the Ladyjacks fell to Drake and LaTech to close the weekend. SFA lost to Drake 8-0 and then to Louisiana Tech 5-3.

The Ladyjacks had hot bats against No. 24 Arkansas on Friday night, but they went cold against Drake with only three hits in an 8-0 loss. Drake slapped 12 hits and took advantage of three SFA errors on defense to score its eight runs.

It was tied up in a scoreless game heading into the bottom of the third inning when Drake began to produce at the plate. The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in the third and proceeded to score in each of the next three innings to get the 8-0 win in six innings. Drake scored three in the bottom of the sixth to cut the game short by an inning.
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Fine Arts

Concerto/aria winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines performing with the 2014 SFA Concerto/Aria winners in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Taking Center Stage" will feature SFA music students Cairee Mayfield, Carly Hood, Kyle Glavanovits, Lindsay Lymer and Susanna Campbell.

"The Orchestra of the Pines is pleased to feature outstanding student soloists in our upcoming concert," said Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA. "The competition is an annual tradition that highlights outstanding students and reflects the incredible faculty and their pedagogy."
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SFA to screen 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' documentary

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog documents the oldest cave paintings known created by human hands. More than 30,000 years old, they are almost twice as old as any other discovery of its kind, according to information at www.yidio.com/Cave-Of-Forgotten-Dreams.

Located in southern France, the Chauvet Cave is near the natural Pont d'Arc bridge. In addition to the footage filmed inside the cave and at the Pont d'Arc bridge, the film also includes interviews with historians and scientists.

The general public is not allowed to enter the cave in the interest of preservation, and to film the documentary, director Herzog had to obtain special permission from the French Minister of Culture. Even with permission, the crew faced dangerous conditions and heavy restrictions. Herzog's team of four, which included himself working the lights, were only permitted a total of 24 total hours of filming broken up into six four-hour sessions.
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SFA's Choral Union and Women's Choir to perform 'Mass Hysteria'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Choral Union and Women's Choir performing "Mass Hysteria" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The title of the concert was chosen because the ensembles will perform three Mass settings by Gabriel Faure, Emma-Lou Diemer and Franz Schubert, and a Sanctus from Leonard Bernstein's Mass, according to Tod Fish, visiting assistant professor and director of the Choral Union and Women's Choir.

Members of the SFA School of Music voice faculty, including Debbie Berry, Scott LaGraff, and Jamie Dahman, will be soloists for the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major performance.

"This is a youthful work of Schubert," Fish said. "He composed it at the age of 18. It is an accessible work that is composed for syllabic chorus, string orchestra and soloists. It is a wonderful opportunity to display collaboration between the choral, voice and string faculty."

Sanctus from Mass will showcase a small portion of Bernstein's large multi-media work entitled Mass, Fish explained.

"This is going to serve as an upbeat closer for the concert," he said. "It gives us the opportunity to combine the Women's Chorus and Choral Union, as well as show off our wonderful accompanists for both choirs, Dr. Geneva Fung and Michelle Ribeiro."
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