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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, April 7
SFA Men's Golf
Jim West Intercollegiate
McKinney


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Headlines


Nationally acclaimed artist Witkin to serve as Texas National juror

Jerome Witkin, considered one of America's most important living figurative artists, will serve as juror for the 20th anniversary of Texas National, SFA's annual art competition and exhibition.

"We are very honored to have a juror of such stature as Mr. Witkin for the 20th anniversary of the Texas National," said John Handley, director of SFA galleries. "The art critic Kenneth Baker has said of Mr. Witkin that his only peer was the British painter Lucian Freud. That's quite a compliment."

A highlight of the April 12 opening of Texas National 2014 will be the simultaneous opening of an exhibition of Witkin's own works, both in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St., downtown Nacogdoches.

"Witkin's exhibition demonstrates why he is so critically acclaimed," Handley said. "His art is not for the faint of heart. Although he renders in pencil and paint as skillfully and theatrically as Caravaggio or Rembrandt - he is a modern master of drama and light - his work often carries the blunt force of a wartime journalist or a tabloid reporter."
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Accomplishments

Dr. Anthony J. Duben

College of Sciences and Mathematics

A book review written by SFA's Dr. Anthony Duben, the Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and a professor of chemistry, received honors from the Association for Computing Machinery. 

His analysis of the book "Ontology, epistemology, and teleology for modeling and simulation: philosophical foundations for intelligent M&S applications" was chosen as one of Computing Reviews' Best of 2013. 
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News & Announcements

News about your benefits

Dependent eligibility audit starts this month
Have you added a dependent to your health coverage since April 2011? ERS is working with Aon Hewitt to conduct another eligibility audit of dependents added to Texas Employees Group Benefits Program health insurance coverage since the previous audit in 2011. Read more.

Survey on your GBP coverage coming soon
ERS is working with the University of Texas to send a short survey to all GBP members later this month. The survey will be reported to the Texas Legislature and could shape recommendations on health insurance options for the state workforce. Read more. 

Filing for disability insurance benefits?
Understand the filing process. It's important to know who does what if you take leave due to disability and file for Texas Income Protection Plan benefits. Read more.

Summer research grant deadline approaching

The deadline for Research Pilot Study and Research Grant Development internal grant applications for summer 2014 projects is April 15. 

Guidelines and application forms can be found here.

For more information, call (936) 468-6606.

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

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.

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 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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Archie McDonald Speaker Series: Lyle Lovett

Extra-credit opportunities available for students

The legendary Lyle Lovett will be this year's featured guest at SFA's Archie McDonald Speaker Series. 

Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career spanning 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.

Lovett has won four Grammy Awards: Best Country Album in 1996; Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal in 1994; Best Pop Vocal Collaboration in 1994; and Best Country Male Vocal in 1989. He received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and he was named the 2011 Texas State Musician. 

Free passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center in the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 200 E. Main St.
Campus ID swipes are available to faculty members wishing to offer class credit to students for attendance. For more information, email alsmith@sfasu.edu.

Lovett is scheduled to appear in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. on April 10. 
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Sign-up ongoing for East Texas Garage Sale

SFA's Student Activities Association is accepting sign-ups for the area-wide East Texas Garage Sale through April 23. Those interested in joining the event can do so at the Student Activities Association office in Room 3.305 in the Bake Pattillo Student Center or call (936) 468-1222. 

There are 50 spaces still available, and those who participate will receive a table and two chairs the day of the event. 

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 sale or buy items in a garage sale format. This event is hosted and fully publicized by the Student Activities Association.

All sellers are in charge of bringing their items to sale, setting prices and cleaning up their station after the event is over. They can either take their things with them or donate unsold items to Goodwill. A Goodwill POD will be onsite for donations.

Campus Recreation

Family event scheduled for April 12

SFA's Early Childhood Research Center will host this kid-friendly activity event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the ECRC's parking lot.
Everyone is welcom.

'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.

Athletics

'Jacks hosting Skecher's Carl Kight Invitational

This Friday and Saturday, the SFA Track and Field teams will be hosting the Skecher's Carl Kight Invitational at Homer Bryce Stadium. 

The 'Jacks will host 16 track and field teams from around the country in a two-day track meet. 

For more information on the meet, check out the schedule here.  

Ladyjacks drop heartbreaker at UNT

A three-run home run put the SFA Ladyjacks on top 4-3 in the fourth inning at North Texas on Wednesday evening, but it was not enough to get the road victory over the Mean Green as SFA fell 5-4.

With the Ladyjacks trailing 3-0 in the top of the fourth, SFA proceeded to score four runs and take the lead looking to avenge a loss to UNT earlier this season. Elizabeth Arana started the rally with a one-out infield hit. A walk by Shalie Day and a single by Katelyn Standley loaded the bases for Brittany Lewis.

Arana scored on a wild pitch, and Lewis blasted the ball over the fence to go up 4-3. It was Lewis’ fourth homer of the season and moves her to 27 RBI on the year to lead the team.
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Spring practice report: offensive line

When Clint Conque arrived as SFA’s new head coach in mid-December, each of the players knew they would be learning a new system once spring practices got underway.

The quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs have all had to pore over playbooks, relearn terminologies and work through the new schemes on the field. But the success of the offense will rely heavily on how quickly the Lumberjack offensive line can make the transition, as well.

“We’re installing a new offense, and its different than what they’ve been use to,” said offensive line coach Bill Best. “These kids were all brought here because they could pass protect very well, and they are good at that. Now installing the new aspects of the running game, it’s a lot more and a lot different than what they’re use to. It’s a work in progress and they are at the point we expected them to be in the process of learning a completely new offensive system.”
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SFA volleyball to host Mudbugs & Mudballs

Crawfish season is here, and SFA volleyball will host the 14th Annual Mudbugs & Mudballs event this year to give the Nacogdoches community an opportunity to eat some crawfish and play volleyball in the mud on April 12, prior to the SFA Spring Football Game.

The Ladyjacks will be hosting Mudbugs & Mudballs in the commuter parking lot beginning with a captains meeting at 8 a.m. and play beginning in the mud volleyball tournament at 8:30 a.m. April 12. The tournament will feature teams of six and is open to all at a cost of $60 per team when registering before April 9. Cost for registering after April 9 is $72 per team. Teams may be any combination of male and female.

Registration forms can be found at the front desk of the SFA Campus Recreation Center, the SFA Volleyball office or the SFA Women’s Basketball office, both located on the concourse of the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Online registration also is available at championshipvolleyballcamps.com. Click on the Mudbugs & Mudballs tab, located on the left side of the page.
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Ross named conference Field Athlete of the Week

Up against the best athletes in the nation in his event, SFA pole vaulter Colton Ross finished second at the prestigious Clyde Little Field Texas Relays and was recognized on Wednesday as the Southland Conference Field Athlete of the Week.

Ross cleared a height of 5.05 meters (18-00.50) on his second attempt to finish second in a special invitational competition at the Texas Relays this weekend. He and defending NCAA champion Sam Kendricks were the only competitors in the field to clear 5.05 meters on their first attempts, and Kendricks went on to clear two more bars for the win.

With his mark of 5.05 meters, Ross is currently tied for third in the NCAA this season and was just one centimeter shy of his personal record.
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Fine Arts

Tickets still available for Thursday's SFJAZZ Collective performance

Tickets are still available for the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective's performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. The 10th Anniversary Tour highlights the group's greatest arrangements and original compositions. This "best of" performance includes material from each of the Collective's tribute composers, such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder and Chick Corea. SFJAZZ Collective is represented by Opus 3 Artists.
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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 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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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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