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Friday, April 11
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
Nacogdoches
6:30 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at NCAA Championships
Cleveland, Ohio

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
San Antonio

Saturday, April 12
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
Nacogdoches
2 p.m.

SFA Bowling
at NCAA Championships
Cleveland, Ohio

SFA Softball
vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Tennis
at McNeese State
11 a.m.
Lake Charles, La.

SFA Track and Field
Incarnate Word Invitational
San Antonio

Texas National 2014 Art Competition and Exhibition 
Cole Art Center
6 p.m.

Mudbugs and Mudballs Volleyball Tournament
Commuter parking lot
noon

SFA Spring Football Game
Homer Bryce Stadium
6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 13
SFA Baseball
vs. Oral Roberts
Nacogdoches
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
noon
Corpus Christi

SFA Tennis
at Nicholls State
11 a.m.
Thibodaux, La.

Tuesday, April 15
SFA Baseball
at Arkansas
Fayetteville, Ark.
6:30p.m.

SFA Bowling
USBC Championships
Reno, Nev.

SFA Softball
vs. Louisiana Tech
4 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Women's Golf
SLC Conference Championship
Magnolia


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Headlines


Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle Lovett

Grammy Award-winning Texas-born singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett performs a song at the close of the 2014 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series Thursday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Seated nearby is SFA cinematography lecturer Brad Maule, also an actor and a musician, who conducted the interview. Lovett also received SFA’s Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award during last night’s event.

Newspaper compiling book about NCAA run

The Nacogdoches newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, is collecting SFA's stories about this year's historic run to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. 

If you've got a story about an experience following the men's basketball team this season, you can email it to editor Meghan Waggoner at mwaggoner@dailysentinel.com

The paper is compiling the stories into a book, which is available to be purchased in bulk or individually. The individual price for each book is $24.99 for as many as five. For more than five, the price drops to $19.99 per book and orders for between 100 and 1,000 books result in a bulk price of $16 per book.

Accomplishments

Center for Regional Heritage Research presents multiple works at Caddo Conference in Tyler

At a recent conference in Tyler exploring ongoing research into the Native American Caddo civilization, members of SFA's Center for Regional Geritage Research presented a number of posters and publications about the life of early Pineywoods residents. 

The presentations included:

  • "Toward a Morphometric Phylogeny of Caddo Ceramics: A Test of 3D Geometric Morphometrics" by Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., Dr. Timothy K. Perttula of SFA's Center for Regional Heritage Research, and Dr. Michael J. O'Brien, of Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri.

  • "At the Confluence of GIS and Geochemistry: Identifying Geochemical Correlates of Ripley Engraved Caddo Ceramics," by Selden and Perttula.

  • "Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis of Shell-Tempered Ceramics in the Ancestral Caddo Region: Rethinking Methods," by Selden, Perttula and Dr. David L. Carlson from the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Luis E. Aguerrevere

Human Neuroscience Laboratory, Human Services

Aguerrevere's work was highlighted recently in the 2013 winter issue of SFA's alumni magazine Sawdust.
The article lists key components of a lifestyle that sustain both mental and physical vitality throughout the aging process. One of them is related to making a commitment to maintain a positive perspective.
 
Aguerrevere is being acknowledged as an expert in understanding optimal functioning of the brain. His leadership in the revitalization of the Neuroscience Laboratory, productive engagement in recruitment for the school psychology doctoral program and successful grant-writing activity have brought positive attention to the program.
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News & Announcements

Super Saturday offers numerous SFA athletics events

SFA students, faculty and staff members and Nacogdoches residents can't get away with saying they're bored this weekend. 

Saturday, April 12, promises to be packed with Lumberjack athletic events, with the Mudbugs and Mudballs volleyball tournament and crawfish boil at noon in the commuter parking lot, the 'Jacks baseball team squaring off against Oral Roberts University at Jaycees Field at 2 p.m. and the SFA Football Spring Game at 6:30 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium. 

The kids don't need to stay at home, either, with the Little Jack Family Fun Zone from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. 

More information on all three events is available on the athletics website. 

SFA faculty member writing series of children's novels

Dr. Della Connor, SFA associate professor of community nursing, is as passionate about her career in the medical field as she ever was. But lately, a long-buried interest has become another big part of her life, and it's something she's waited to see happen for years.

Connor first had the idea to write a book when she was working toward her bachelor's degree in nursing at SFA. After many years with the story's plot hanging around in the back of her mind, "Spirit Warriors: The Concealing" is finally in print and receiving rave reviews from bloggers, readers and critics in the U.S. and abroad.

When she was a student, Connor took the idea to a literature professor at the university, but was told the subject matter was just too dark for a children's novel. The advent of a young-adult genre of books that takes on complex and serious topics - in the vein of "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" - made Connor realize something. "This isn't too dark anymore," she said.
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Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha hosting Easter egg hunt

The Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Kappa Aplha fraternity invite Nacogdoches residents to join in a community-wide hunt for 2,000 Easter eggs stashed at Pecan Park. 

This year, the annual hunt gathered more eggs for the hunt than any previous year. 

The hunt kicks off at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13 at Pecan Park, at 826 Starr Ave.

Information session for oil and gas internships on Friday

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to let their students know that QED Energy Associates is actively seeking SFA students for a summer internship program and Engineering Technician Certification program with comprehensive training geared for individuals seeking employment in the oil and gas industry. 

This unpaid internship starts May 19 and will conclude by Aug. 13 in Houston. 

QED’s training inspires technicians to acquire the skills necessary to excel in the oil and gas industry. 

An information session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Math Building, Room 101. QED's entrance exam will be administered immediately afterwards.  QED encourages you to download a study guide at www.QEDea.com and bring a calculator for the abbreviated one-hour entrance exam. 

Contact Dr. Keith Hubbard with questions at hubbardke@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

SFA looks to bounce back against ORU

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will close its five-game homestand at Jaycees Field, hosting Oral Roberts University in a weekend series. SFA, looking to bounce back from being swept by New Mexico in the midweek, will try and snap its two-game losing streak in a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Friday against the Golden Eagles.

SFA enters the week at 15-17 overall and 6-6 in Southland Conference play. In the last conference series for the 'Jacks, they took two of three from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on the road to pick up their second consecutive league series. The 'Jacks also took two of three against Central Arkansas. ORU enters the weekend 16-16 overall and 4-8 in SLC play.

SFA will have its fourth 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 Guillermo Trujillo, senior Gavin Glanz and a pitcher later to be announced, actoss the three-game series.
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Select-A-Seat on tap for Saturday's spring game

The SFA Ticket Office will be hosting a Select-A-Seat event at Homer Bryce Stadium on Saturday in conjunction with the SFA Football Spring Game, giving fans the opportunity to select their season ticket seats in the stadium.

The ticket office will be placing a brightly colored tag on 100 of the best West Side seats currently available for purchase for the 2014 season. Fans can easily pull the tag off the seat and take it to the Game Day Central table located by the southwest concourse entrance of Homer Bryce Stadium to purchase their season tickets.

Current season ticket holders who renew their 2014 SFA season tickets on Saturday, as well as those fans who purchase new season tickets for the upcoming year, will have the chance to win an SFA football helmet signed by head coach Clint Conque.

The Lumberjacks play seven home games on the turf at Homer Bryce Stadium this fall, beginning with new Southland Conference opponent Incarnate Word on Saturday, Sept. 6. Longtime Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce and Weber State round out the non-conference home schedule.
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Spring football report: special teams

As the 2014 SFA spring practice schedule nears the finish line, the Lumberjacks are using the final few sessions to focus on the details of what it takes to win games.

For head coach Clint Conque, those details come in the effectiveness of how well the Lumberjacks execute both on special teams and the two-minute drill.

“You can’t stress how important special teams are,” Conque said. “A big play on special teams can re-energize the offense while allowing one can be a big blow and can cost you a game. This is something we need our players to take as seriously as they would their regular assignments.”

Thursday’s workout focused almost entirely on being able to move the ball down the field when it mattered most. It is something Conque is passionate about, and for good reason. The passion traces back to his 2009 Central Arkansas team when his Bears lost seven games by a combined 23 points, all of which came in the final two minutes of the game.
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Parkhurst, Crawford named NTCA all-americans

SFA bowlers Nicole Parkhurst and Melanie Crawford were announced as National Tenpin Coaches Association All-Americans for 2013-14 on Thursday. Parkhurst was named a second team All-American while Crawford earned third team honors.

"It is a huge accomplishment to have two players recognized by the NTCA for performance on the All-American teams," said head coach Amber Lemke. "They have both had incredible seasons and shining moments at different events during the year. Both have been huge assets to the team and have helped lead the program to one of the best seasons in program history. This is a great honor for both Melanie and Nicole and a big step for the team."

Parkhurst picks up the second All-America honor of her career, being named an honorable mention selection in 2013, earning the distinction as the first All-American in program history. The senior from Utica, N.Y., placed ninteenth at the USBC Team USA Trials in Las Vegas, Nev., in January and has been an integral part of the emergence of the SFA bowling program for the past four seasons.
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'Jacks riding momentum into weekend

After hosting their only home meet of the season, the SFA track and field teams will hit the road this week for two meets looking to build off of impressive performances last weekend.

Four weeks into the outdoor season and with four more to go until the Southland Conference Championship, the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks will test themselves at the UIW Invitational hosted by Incarnate Word.

SFA’s combined events specialists will compete in a heptathlon and decathlon that began Thursday before the bulk of the team competes in open events on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s schedule will only be a handful of field events beginning at 8:30 a.m. Running events and the remainder of field events are slated for an 8 a.m. start Saturday.
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Fine Arts

Opening reception for Texas National exhibit Saturday

The Texas National 2014 art competition and exhibition opens Saturday after a special fundraiser Friday night. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which will featured the work of acclaimed artist Jerome Witkin, who is also a juror for the competition. 

Two special events are planned prior to the exhibitions’ openings. On Friday evening, April 11, a 20th anniversary fundraiser party is planned, according to Handley.

“Attendees will be treated to a fantastic spread of food and drink, as well as performances by master magician Rodney Roberts and singer/songwriters Brad Maule and New York City’s Monica Passin,” he said. Tickets for this event are $85 single or $150 per couple and can be purchased through SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407. Proceeds from this event go toward continuing to bring important contemporary art and artists to East Texas. The party is at 6:30 p.m. at Karon Gillespie’s El Atascossa Ranch.

On Saturday, April 12, Los Angeles art dealer Jack Rutberg will interview Witkin at 5 p.m. in Morning Glory Yoga Studio, 207. E. Main St., which is a block west of the art center. The Witkin exhibition has been provided courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.
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Danceworks recital set for April 10, 11 and 12

The SFA dance program will present Danceworks, a concert featuring faculty, student and guest-artist choreography at 7 p.m., April 10-11 and at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, in the Dance Studio, Norton H.P.E. Complex Room 201. 

Tickets will be sold at the door in the lobby before each show.  

General admission is $10. SFA faculty and staff members and seniors are $8, and students are $5.  For further information, contact dance@sfasu.edu.

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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