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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, April 2
SFA Softball
at North Texas
4 p.m.
Denton

Friday, April 4
SFA Baseball
at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
6 p.m.

SFA Bowling
NCAA Championships
Cleveland

SFA Planetarium Show
"Mars Quest"

Math Building Planetarium
7 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
Skecher's Car Kight Invitational
5 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Saturday, April 5
Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pineywoods Native Plant Center

SFA Baseball
at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
5 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Abilene Christian
Nacogdoches
3 p.m.


SFA Tennis
vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Nacogdoches
11 a.m.

SFA Track and Field
Skecher's Car Kight Invitational
Nacogdoches
9 a.m.

Sunday, April 6
SFA Baseball
at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Abilene Christian
noon
Nacogdoches


SFA Tennis
vs. New Orleans
11 a.m.
Nacogdoches


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SFA Spring Plant Sale, Earth Day Celebration set for April 5

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, 2900 Raguet St.

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. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 17,000 students and other visitors annually.

The seventh annual SFA Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by Campus Recreation's Outdoor Pursuits program, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition and SFA Gardens, will coincide with the plant sale and will begin at 10 a.m., featuring informational booths, guest speakers, activities for kids of all ages, free local food, live music and more. The celebration is an opportunity for members of the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community to work together toward a sustainable campus and community.
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Accomplishments

Marie Kelly and Nikki Shoemaker

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Marie Kelly and Nikki Shoemaker, both of SFA, presented "The Learning Styles of College Business Students" at the Southwest meeting of the American Accounting Association. The presentation discussed the learning styles of college business students and the methods that can be used to improve their learning.

Kelly and Shoemaker also presented "Financial Statement Racing" at the association's meeting. The presentation discussed an active learning game used in accounting principles classes.

Esther Bunn and Dr. Treba Marsh

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Esther Bunn and Dr. Treba Marsh of SFA and Mary Fischer of the University of Texas at Tyler published their paper "Does The Classroom Delivery Method Make A Difference?" in the American Journal of Business Education, Second Quarter 2014, Volume 7 Number 2. 
 
This study seeks to determine if a difference exists in student performance and participation between an online and face-to-face Accounting Intermediate I class taught by the same professor. Contrary to prior research, the students enrolled in the online sections did not perform as well as the face-to-face students.

News & Announcements

Applications being accepted for Service Learning Excellence Award

The Service Learning Advisory Board and the Office of High Impact Practices announce a call for nominations for the Service Learning Excellence Award, given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom by implementing service learning projects into courses.
 
The application can be found on the service learning website and is due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 to Jamie Bouldin. Applications can be emailed to jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.
 
The award will be presented at the High Impact Practices Conference on April 30.

Grammy-winning executive speaking at summit

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the music industry? The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting a Hip Hop Summit with Grammy-Award-winning record and brand marketing executive Amir Windom.

Windom has worked with a variety of music superstars including Pharrell Williams, Madonna, T.I., Bruno Mars and Kayne West.

The summit is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu or by (936) 468-1073.

World Bank representative to speak Thursday

Rebecca Schutte, recently of the World Bank, will present "An Insider's Look at International Development: Lessons from the Field" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in Liberal Arts North, Room 142. Students, faculty members, and the public are invited to the event.  

Schutte will offer insights from her experiences working with anti-poverty programs of the World Bank, especially work in the area of human development, particularly in East Africa. Schutte is an international development professional who, prior to her time at the World Bank, spent time with the non-profit Washington, D.C.-based Center for Global Development. 

She has also worked with the  U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Schutte also spent time with the U.S. Peace Corps as a volunteer for girls' education and empowerment in Burkina Faso.  Her field work had taken her to Liberia, Mozambique and Haiti. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.

Annual benefit for foster children set for April

The annual "Diaper Drive," which benefits the Nacogdoches-based Rainbow Room, is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the parking lot of Walmart at 4810 North St. 

The Rainbow Room is a direct resources center dedicated to providing for children in foster care, backed by the Nacogdoches Community Partners, operates completely on donations. 

Diapers, bathing supplies, clothes and monetary donations are welcome. The event is staffed by SFA Social Work interns and volunteers. 

Those unable to stop by the drive on April 3 are welcome to bring their donations, to the School of Social Work, 420 E. Starr Ave., where donations will be accepted throughout the month. 

For questions or concerns, please contact  Rachel Ellis at (936) 229-6613. More information about the Rainbow Rooms program is available here

Texas Certified Public Manager Program course starts in April

The nationally accredited Texas Certified Public Manager Program at SFA provides an outstanding career development opportunity for SFA employees. This opportunity allows employees to receive training on campus, engage in networking, exchange ideas, and learn about best practices in public management. Participants receive instruction from a variety of successful public managers, professional trainers, and outstanding professors from SFA.

Organizational Communication, Track 3, will start on Friday, April 4, at 8:20 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. in the Human Services Building, and will continue to meet May 2 and June 6. The CPM Program at SFA offers our employees a 20-percent discount for this track. The discounted cost is $476 per person which includes textbooks, class materials, break supplies, and lunches. 

For more information on the Texas CPM Program, please visit www.sfasu.edu/government/160.aspg or contact Dr. Rick Herzog at (936) 468-2446.

Spirit Teams host competition showcase

The SFA Spirit Teams will host their annual Nationals Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4. All four Spirit Teams will be performing their nationals routines, as well as a few guest performances.  

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are available in the Spirit Office $2. Tickets at the door are $3. 
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Spirit Teams' office at (936) 468-1604 or visit us in the Student Center, Room 1.203.

SFA and El Centro College sign articulation agreement

El Centro College of the Dallas County Community College District and the School of Human Sciences at SFA have agreed to a comprehensive articulation agreement between the institutions' hospitality programs.

Under the new collaborative agreement, students will be able to transfer up to 66 total credit hours to SFA, including 30 hours from El Centro's food and hospitality program. They will then be able to transfer and complete remaining requirements for the Bachelor of Science in hospitality administration from SFA.

This articulation agreement represents an example of President Barack Obama's "Building American Skills Through Community Colleges" initiative to make higher education more accessible, affordable and attainable for all American families, representatives from the two schools said. The agreement also aligns with the state's "College for All Texans" strategic plan seeking to prepare individuals for a changing economy and workforce.
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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.

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.

Athletics

Four 'Jacks named to SLC All-Academic teams

SFA landed a league-high four Lumberjacks on the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic teams, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Jacob Parker, Desmond Haymon and Thomas Walkup were named to the first team, while Nikola Gajic was named to the second team.

Parker, a native of Bixby, Okla. (Bixby HS), was an automatic selection for his first team all-conference honors at the conclusion of the regular season. The 2013-14 SLC Player of the Year, who has maintained a 3.19 GPA in kinesiology, picked up his second academic honor of his career, also making the first team as a sophomore. He also has been named a candidate for the 2014 Lou Henson award and a member of the 2013-14 Lou Henson All-America team.
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Solid pitching helps SFA pocket Trojans


Behind strong pitching and early runs, the SFA Lumberjack baseball team downed Arkansas-Little Rock 3-1 on Tuesday night at Gary Hogan Field.

Freshman Jarred Greene (2-1) picked up the win for SFA (13-14), logging two scoreless innings in relief of starter Halden Maynard. Greene, a native of Pasadena, Texas, surrendered just one hit and recorded two strikeouts against the Trojans (11-14). Junior Josh Keith pitched the final three innings to pick up the first save of his career.

Senior Mackenzie Handel led the way for the ‘Jacks with a 2-for-3 night. Handel, who hits his team-leading seventh homerun of the season and a single, accounted for two of SFA’s three runs scored with an RBI and run scored.
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Freshmen lead SFA to fifth-place finish

Led by the freshmen duo of Ann Holcomb and Piper Kyle, SFA moved up one spot over the final day of the 2014 HBU Husky Invitational. The Ladyjacks finished fifth among the 13-team field, posting an 81-over 945.

SFA closed out the 54-hole event with a 19-over 307 over the final round, shaving 10 strokes off its second-round total of 317. The 307 is tied for the eighth-best round in program history while the 945 currently sits as the 11th-best 54-hole score since the program’s inception in 2009-10.

Kyle posted the low round of the day for SFA, shooting a 3-over 75 to finish the Husky Invitational at 16-over 232 (78-79-75) and tied for 13th in the individual standings. Joining her in the tie was Holcomb, who shot a 4-over 76 to also finish tied for 13th overall (81-75-76). It marks the third top-20 finish of Kyle’s career while Holcomb recorded her first career top-20 finish.
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Ladyjacks play at Mean Green Wednesday

The SFA softball team heads to North Texas this week for a non-conference game at 4 p.m. Wednesday against the Mean Green. The game was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. but has been moved to 4 p.m.

The Ladyjacks are coming off a 1-2 weekend at Houston Baptist that saw SFA (15-17, 6-5) drop a one-run game and win another against the Huskies.

SFA lost to UNT (22-13) earlier this season at the Mean Green’s home tournament in February.
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Fine Arts

SFA Trombone Choir to celebrate International Trombone Week

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"The Trombone Choir will perform a festive concert with a selection of popular and jazz songs that will commemorate International Trombone Week," said Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone at SFA and the director of the Trombone Choir.

"Eleanor Rigby" and "Yesterday," arranged by Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance in America. Other popular songs on the program will include "Mr. Sandman," "The Ente
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SFA Wind Ensemble to present 'Celebrations'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of the SFA Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"Celebrations," a concert of band music, will feature guest conductor Kevin "Kit" Thompson, University of Macau, and the world premiere of "Kennecott" by Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA professor of composition.

Thompson will conduct the band in Gordon Jacob's "Old Wine in New Bottles."

"Professor Thompson knew Gordon Jacob well in his native England," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands, "so we are privileged to have this authority conducting our band."

Before joining the faculty of the University of Macau in Macau, China, Thompson was the director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Thompson also led two of the United Kingdom's most progressive performing arts institutions, becoming principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in 1988, and principal of Dartington College in 1993.
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'In the Trees' series debuts Saturday

SFA's Free Speech Area, between the Griffith Fine Arts Building and the Baker Pattillo Student Center, will be the first location for a new series of live music performances. 

Dr. Brad Meyer, SFA's director of percussion studies, will lead musicians in the performance of a 1964 piece entitled "In C" from Terry Riley. The piece was written to contrast increasingly complex and dissonant works of music being produced in the 20th century.  

This piece is indicative of the relaxed, free nature of the 1960s as it allows for an ensemble of any size and instrumentation. The composition utilizes 53 "melodic fragments," which are repeated at liberty by each individual performer, creating an atmosphere of interlacing musical segments. Performances of In C can last from as short as 20 minutes to well over three hours, however, the performance this Saturday at SFA will last about an hour.

The performance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Admission is free to the public. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Cole Concert Hall.

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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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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