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Friday, April 25
SFA Baseball
vs. Lamar
Nacogdoches
6:30 p.m.


SFA Track and Field
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Saturday, April 26
SFA Baseball
vs. Lamar
Nacogdoches
2 p.m.


SFA Softball
vs. Lamar
1 and 3 p.m.
Nacogdoches

SFA Track and Field
J. Fred Duckett Twilight
Houston

SFA Track and Field
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday, April 27
SFA Baseball
vs. Lamar
Nacogdoches
1 p.m.

SFA Softball
vs. Lamar
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Tuesday, April 29
SFA Baseball
vs. TCU
Nacogdoches
6:30 p.m.


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Accomplishments

Rusche Business recognizes second annual faculty scholars

The Nelson Rusche College of Business’ Research Committee initiated a new award last year to recognize excellence in intellectual contributions. The second annual Rusche Faculty Scholars are the “top 11 researchers” in the college based upon the last two academic years.

Interim Dean Dr. Geralyn Franklin announced this year’s winners at the Rusche Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty and Staff Successes and Awards Luncheon. The honorees in alphabetical order are:  Dr. Marsha Bayless, Dr. Rob Culpepper, Dr. Debbie DuFrene, Dr. Jack Ethridge, Dr. Emiliano Giudici, Dr. George Hunt, Dr. Susan Jennings, Dr. Treba Marsh, Dr. Kelly Noe, Dr. Mark Schaub, and Dr. Ann Wilson.

Dr. Kelly Noe

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Noe, an assistant professor in the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy, has been recognized as the Outstanding Faculty Member in the Nelson Rusche College of Business for 2014.

The award recognizes the recipient’s cumulative achievements in teaching, research, and service over the past annual reporting period. 

The college also recognized these award finalists:  Dr. Susan Jennings, Dr. Matt Lindsey, and Dr. Mark Scanlan.

Dr. Justin Blount

Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies

Blount, assistant professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies, is this year’s Outstanding Researcher in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. 

The recognition is for the faculty member with the most significant research productivity in the most recent annual reporting period.

Faculty recognized as finalists for the award were: Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, Dr. Matt Lindsey, and Dr. Dale Spradling.

Dr. Tim Clipson

Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies

Clipson, a professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies, is this year’s winner of the Nelson Rusche College of Business Teaching Innovation Award. 

The award recognizes a faculty member for a specific innovative instructional practice that enhances student learning. 

Other finalists for the award were: Dr. Charlotte Allen, Dr. Kelly Noe, and Dr. Ryan Phelps.

Dr. Gina Harden

Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business

Harden, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business, has been awarded the Outstanding Intellectual Contribution Award for 2014 in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. 

The award recognizes the faculty member with the best refereed research in the most recent faculty reporting period. 

Other finalists for the award were: Dr. Parker Ballinger, Dr. Justin Blount, Dr. Robert Culpepper, Dr. Keaton Grubbs, Dr. Treba Marsh, Dr. Kyle Post, and Dr. Mark Schaub.

Dr. Stephen Kosovich

Department of Economics and Finance

Kosovich, associate professor in the Department of Economics and Finance, has been recognized as the recipient of the Marlin C. Young Teaching Excellence Award for 2014 in the Nelson Rusche College of Business.  

Interim Dr. Dean Geralyn Franklin presented the award to him during the Rusche Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty and Staff Successes and Awards Luncheon. 

The award recognizes outstanding teaching. Other finalists for the award included:  Dr. Susan Jennings, Ms. Marie Kelly, and Dr. Susan Jennings.

News & Announcements

Teacher Job Fair set for May

The Spring Teacher Job fair is quickly approaching. Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend, and hopes you will encourage your students and alumni seeking teacher positions to attend, as well. 

Please advise students that professional dress is required, to bring copies of their resume for distribution, to bring their student ID and to prepare for the event by viewing the online workshop: How to Work a Teacher Job Fair. 

The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2, at the Norton H.P.E Complex.
 
Click here to view a current list of participating school districts. Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

Fund your research and professional development in Australia

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides up to AU$272,500 for study, research or professional development opportunities between Australia and the world.
 
Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship provides up to AU$272,500 ($253,043.50 in U.S. dollars) for eligible non-Australians, including Americans and Canadians, to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a masters or doctorate level, either by coursework or research, in any field in Australia for up to four years.
 
Endeavour Research Fellowships provides up to AU$24,500 ($22,750.70 in U.S. dollars) for American and Canadian postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers to undertake four to six months of research in Australia.
 
Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides up to AU$18,500 ($17,179.10 in U.S. dollars) professional development opportunities of (one to four months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from eligible participating countries.
 
Applications close June 30, 2014 (Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)).
 
For more information or to apply, visit http://orau.org/endeavourscholarships.

SFA to offer new engineering degree in fall 2014

A new four-year engineering degree program to be offered by SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Thursday.

Beginning this fall, students will be able to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering physics with an emphasis in mechanical or electrical engineering at SFA. Graduates will be prepared to enter such diverse areas as mechanical controls, digital and analog electronics, instrumentation, robotics, and manufacturing process control.

"With opportunities for a student to major in any of the sciences, technology (computer science) and/or mathematics, the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics now adds to that list the opportunity for a student to major in engineering. Thus, SFA now offers degree opportunities in all of the STEM disciplines," said Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
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Spring Festival set for April 25

The Student Activities Association's annual Spring Fest event is set for April 25 in the circle drive area between Kennedy Auditorium and the Student Center Parking Garage. 

This event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. 

The festival will include inflatables, a zip line, music, food and other activities.

Admission is free to students. 

SFA Beef Center to hold family-friendly Farm and Forestry Day

Join the SFA Beef Center and SFA's Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventure Program for "Farm and Forestry Day" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center located 5.5 miles north of Nacogdoches on State Highway 259.

The free barnyard event is a chance for children and their families to be exposed to the farm animals at the SFA Beef Center and gain awareness of the many educational experiences available from SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

"This is a way for the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to give back to the community that supports it and provide community members and their families a memorable experience," said Kerry Lemon, project director of Nacogdoches Naturally.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Broadway, Movies and Music III'

SFA will present the university's flagship orchestral ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, performing its final concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"Broadway, Movies and Music III" will feature famous movie soundtracks and Broadway tunes, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"The pops concert has always been a highly anticipated event for the students and community," Moon said. "The music of Broadway and motion pictures has become an important facet of our musical culture. While audiences enjoy hearing classical music, a dash of popular music always adds a special zing of flavor to our musical experience."

Special guest performers will be Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Ron Anderson, vocals. Dalmas will join the orchestra in a popular piece, "Por una cabeza" by Carlos Gardel, a work made famous in the movies "Scent of a Woman," "True Lies" and "Titanic." Anderson will sing a personal favorite of his, "How to Handle a Woman," from the musical "Camelot."
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Global Gateway to Tunisia set for April 26

Join the Nacogdoches community for a presentation on Tunisian culture given by an exchange student from Tunisia. 

The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, 1112 North St. Everyone is welcome. 

Authentic Tunisian food samples will be served. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

BP engineer to speak at research symposium

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting a research symposium in conjunction with its annual awards dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Room 101 of the Math Building.

Senior chemistry and biochemistry students will present their research as a part of the department’s capstone experience. Underclassmen will present their work in a poster session. Several alumni will be returning to campus to serve as evaluators for the presentations and will provide feedback to the students. These alumni also will be available to provide career advice to the chemistry and biochemistry students.
 
The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. James Garrett, principle engineer in bioprocess development for British Petroleum. Garrett received his B.S. in chemistry from SFA in 1990. He continued his education at Texas A&M University where he earned his doctorate in chemistry, and he did post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. The title of his talk will be "The Solution is Chemistry" which will include information about his career path and how chemistry and other science courses at SFA provided a good foundation for his career. 

East Texas Garage Sale set for Saturday

The available spaces for the SFA Student Activities Association's East Texas Garage Sale have all been snapped up by seller. 

The sale is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the SFA commuter lot. 

East Texas Garage Sale is an event for SFA students and the Nacogdoches community to come out and sell or buy items in a garage sale format. This event is hosted and publicized by the Student Activities Association.

Athletics

Kyle named SFA's first All-SLC Honoree

SFA freshman Piper Kyle has been named a second team All-Southland Conference selection, the league office announced Thursday. Kyle becomes the first Ladyjack golfer in the program's five-year history to earn All-SLC honors.

"This is a great honor for Piper, and one that is very deserving," said head coach Trey Schroeder. "She came in very competitive and wanted to win right away, and in the spring season she really found her groove. Piper is one of the main reasons for the success we've had this season and it is a big step for both her and the program. She will continue to be a leader for SFA going forward."

The honor caps an incredible freshman campaign for Kyle who recorded one of the top seasons in SFA women’s golf history. She finishes the year with a 77.56 scoring average over 27 rounds, the lowest single-season scoring average in program history. Kyle ended her freshman season tying for third at the Southland Conference Championships, the highest-ever tournament finish for the Ladyjacks.
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SFA volleyball hosts alumni weekend

As spring volleyball workouts wind down, the SFA Ladyjacks will host SFA Volleyball Alumni Weekend this Friday and Saturday.

Head coach Debbie Humphreys and her team will welcome back former players to Nacogdoches for the weekend for a scrimmage against Louisiana Tech and some alumni games.

SFA will face Louisiana Tech at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Shelton Gym to close its spring schedule and then host a tailgate for the former players in attendance. An alumni match is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the current Ladyjacks then taking on the alumni at 3 p.m.
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SFA set to open homestand with Lamar

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team, after a five-game road swing, returns to Jaycees Field to host Lamar in a three-game Southland Conference series. The series with the Cardinals begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, opening a four-game homestand for SFA that will culminate in a midweek tilt with TCU on Tuesday, April 29.

The 'Jacks enter the weekend at 16-24 overall and 7-11 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped three-of-four, falling 7-2 at Arkansas and picking up just one win over ACU across a three-game SLC series, the first-ever meetings between the two teams. The 'Jacks recently played at Dallas Baptist (April 22), falling 7-6 in 10 innings after holding a 6-0 lead after three innings. Lamar University enters the midweek tilt at 24-16 overall and 10-8 in SLC action.

SFA will change their rotation after four weekends with the same run through, with junior Dillon Mangham on Friday, senior Kyle Cross on Saturday and a pitcher to be determined on Sunday. Mangham, who has been a staple in the weekend rotation all season with his nine starts, will be making his first appearance in the opening game of a series. Mangham made two appearances in the finale of the weekend, before moving to game two for his last seven starts. The ‘Jack starters will see sophomore Will Hibbs, junior Chase Angelle and senior David Carver across the three-game series.
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Fine Arts

SFA to screen award-winning 'Chasing Ice' documentary

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Chasing Ice" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski with photography by James Balog, "Chasing Ice" is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of the Earth's changing planet.

According to information at www.chasingice.com, environmental photographer Balog was given a National Geographic assignment in 2005 to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. He eventually began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
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SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Broadway, Movies and Music III'

SFA University will present the university's flagship orchestral ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, performing its final concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"Broadway, Movies and Music III" will feature famous movie soundtracks and Broadway tunes, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"The pops concert has always been a highly anticipated event for the students and community," Moon said. "The music of Broadway and motion pictures has become an important facet of our musical culture. While audiences enjoy hearing classical music, a dash of popular music always adds a special zing of flavor to our musical experience."

Special guest performers will be Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Ron Anderson, vocals. Dalmas will join the orchestra in a popular piece, "Por una cabeza" by Carlos Gardel, a work made famous in the movies "Scent of a Woman," "True Lies" and "Titanic." Anderson will sing a personal favorite of his, "How to Handle a Woman," from the musical "Camelot."
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SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed 'No Exit'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "No Exit" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, "No Exit" will be directed by Weatherford senior theatre major Austin Holt. It is the story of three people - Garcin, Estelle and Inez - who are "stuck in hell with each other," Holt said.

"As the three characters try to determine why they are in hell and how they are to be tormented," she said, "they soon come to the conclusion that they will act as torturers for each other."

The cast features Nnamdi Nwankwo, Pearland junior, as Garcin; Pedro Dominguez, Pharr freshman, as the valet; Jennifer Bush, Edgewood senior, as Inez; and Marley Graham, Port Neches sophomore, as Estelle.
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School of Art hosts exhibit on handmade books

The SFA School of Art will host an exhibition of handmade books next week in the Ralph W. Steen Library. 

"Sketchbook: an exhibition of handmande books" runs from April 22 to 25, with a reception planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.   

The display was the idea of SFA printmaking students, who wished to show off their work. 

SFA faculty recital to feature original compositions

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Stephen Lias, Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. James Pitts performing "Outside In - Inside Out," a faculty recital, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The recital will be comprised of three large works, two of which are world premieres, composed by Lias, who is professor of composition at SFA. Staff pianist Pitts will accompany on two of the program pieces.

"The common thread that runs through the music on this recital is the inspiration drawn from other disciplines in the fine arts," Lias said.

Lias explains that his music reaches into literature, theatre and photography to find universal themes that can be translated into music.

"This process of taking external ideas, internalizing them, and then allowing them to reemerge in a different form is common to both the composer and performer in this case," he said.
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SFA Bands' 'Concert in the Park' planned for April 27

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Bands performing the annual "Concert in the Park" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building.

All SFA concert bands will perform, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands. Opening the concert will be the University Band under the direction of graduate assistant Stephen Morman of Athens who will conduct "Spirals of Light" by Sean O'Loughlin. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will perform the march "Circus Days" by Karl L. King, among other pieces. The Wind Symphony, directed by David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform three selections, including "Stars and Bars," a march by Robert Jager. Under the direction of Allen, the Wind Ensemble will play music by Gershwin and Sousa. In addition, graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct Alfred Reed's "Festival Prelude."

SFA's Director of Bands Emeritus Melvin B. Montgomery created the idea for the "Concert in the Park" setting. Admission is free. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating is limited.
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