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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


Teaching Excellence Awards 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, SFA will honor some of its top educators. 

The 2014 Teaching Excellence Awards recognizes university professors their knowledge of subject matter, the quality of their lectures and enthusiasm for teaching, among other things. 

This year's recipients are: 

Dr. Keith Hubbard: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Keith R. New: Nelson Rusche College of Business (Adjunct Teaching Award Recipient)
Dr. Stephen Kosovich: Nelson Rusche College of Business
Dr. Jannah Nerren: James I. Perkins College of Education
Dr. Matthew McBroom: Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Angela Bacarisse: College of Fine Arts School of Theatre
Dr. Jeff Roth: College of Liberal and Applied Arts
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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

Dr. Anthony J. Duben

College of Sciences and Mathematics

A book review written by SFA's Dr. Anthony Duben, 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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Carolyn Conn

School of Theatre

Conn, an assistant professor in SFA's Department of Theatre co-chaired a session last month during the United States Institute of Theatre Technology Conference in Fort Worth. 

She was among a panel of six designers who discussed the methods of communication color within a design team. The session was sponsored by the institute's Lighting Commission. 

Conn also was recently chosen to manage reviews of lighting portfolios at the institute's 2015 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

News & Announcements

Speech-Language Pathology Program receives accreditation

While department-wide accolades bolstered the pride and confidence within the Department of Human Services, one department secured an important landmark. 

The department's Speech-Language Pathology master's program again snagged accredidation for another eight years from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

"It is this kind of reputation and high visibility that sustains their long-standing, large application pools of some of the most academically competitive prospective students," said Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services. 

Steward lauded the efforts of Dr. Nagalapura Viswanath, the program's director. 

"We are proud of your successful application for continued accreditation; your success in recruitment and reputation enhances the department, college, and university overall. Thank you for the excellence that you and the program faculty maintain in training and the subsequent post-graduation employment rates of your alumni," Steward said. 

Steward encouraged SFA's other faculty and staff to congratulate their colleagues on the monumental accomplishment. 

Director of Emmy-nominated film to attend screening

Emmy-nominated and award winning director Leo Chiang will be coming to SFA on Tuesday, April 8. 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be showing Chiang's Emmy-nominated film, "A Village Called Versailles" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater. 

Following the film, Chiang will lead a discussion about his experience directing the film.

"A Village Called Versailles" tells the story of Vietnamese residents at Versailles, an apartment complex on the edge of New Orleans, who found their homes devastated after Hurricane Katrina smashed into the city in 2005. After rebuilding their tight-knit community, the residents faced a new threat, this time from government authorities who earmarked a plot of land a few miles away for the Chef Menteur Landfill, where toxic debris from the city's rebuilding was to be dumped. 
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Undergraduate researchers to be honored April 8

Graduate students and professors add to the volume research produced by SFA; however, undergraduates who've contributed the most will be the individuals recognized next week.  

The Undergraduate Research Conference, will be held form 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Regents Suites A and B and in the Twilight Ballroom in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The conference will recognize the the best and brightest research projects from last year. 

Refreshments will be served. 
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Hunger Jacks competition continues through Monday

Donate canned goods through April 7, and be a part of HOPE (Helping Other People Eat). 

Hunger Jacks will pick up canned goods from residence halls, sorority houses, Interfraternity Council and the Baker Pattillo Student Center convenience store. 

The organization that donates the most cans wins $100.

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.

There will be several important benefit surveys and audits coming up soon. Sign up for the Higher Education newsletter on the ERS website

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.

SFA service-learning class benefits local nonprofit

SFA’s Advertising Cases and Campaigns class, a service-learning course offered by the Department of Mass Communication, is working to raise awareness for Helping Other People Eat, a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental food for those in need in Nacogdoches County.
 
The students are asking all SFA organizations and residence halls to participate in a canned food drive to support HOPE March 31 through April 7. The Hunger Jacks will pick up donations at designated areas, including Steen, Kerr, Wisely, South, North and Todd Halls; Halls 10, 14 and 16; Lumberjack Landing; Lumberjack Lodge, the Baker Pattillo Student Center, the Inter-Fraternity Council office; and all Panhellenic houses. Each of these areas will have a box with the HOPE logo for participants to drop off cans. Each organization is required to fill out a form that will be paired with their donation in order to keep track of contributions. The organization that donates the most cans will win a cash prize of $100. All donations will go to HOPE.

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.

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.

The SFA community is invited to help send off SFA's Spirit Teams ahead of their trip to compete at the national level next week.
 
A special send-off event for the 22-time national champions is planned for 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 in the commuter lot. 

Chopped: East Texas benefits SFA Hospitality

SFA's hospitality administration program is hosting the third annual Chopped: East Texas. 

Teams of two will race the clock to create unique dishes while mastering the use of mystery ingredients. During the live competition, there will be a wine tasting sponsored by Brookshire Brothers, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and drinks. 

All proceeds will go to the Hospitality department for student enrichment.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15. 

Visit www.sfasu.edu/hms to purchase tickets.

Campus Recreation

Heart Smart series starts in April

Come join Employee Wellness for the Heart Smart Series the month of April. This series will take place in the Multimedia Room at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, right by Starbucks.   

The series runs from 5:15 until 6 p.m. every Wednesday in April. Topics each evening will be different.  

April 9: Sodium Right
April 16: Fats Appropriately
April 23: Sugar Smart
April 30: Putting it All Together

Attendance at each session will enter your name into a drawing to win a door prize at the end of the series.  Attendance at all four sessions is not required, but it is encouraged. To RSVP, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu

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

SFA hosts lone home meet of season Friday, Saturday

Fresh off some of the top performances in the nation last week, the SFA track and field team will host its only home meet of the season this week with action on both Friday and Saturday.

The Skecher's Carl Kight Invitational is the largest meet SFA has hosted with 18 teams coming to participate over two days. Action starts Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with field events. A distance carnival begins on the track later that night at 7:15 p.m. with all three distance events scheduled.

The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks boast some of the top athletes in the nation in their respective events as pole vaulter Colton Ross is coming off his runner-up finish at the prestigious Texas Relays last week. His mark of 5.05 meters (18-00.50) ranks third in the nation.

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SFA heads To TAMU-CC

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will close their four-game road swing at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi this weekend. SFA, looking to continue the momentum from its 3-1 win at Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday, returns to Southland Conference action with three games against the Islanders at Chapman Field.

SFA enters the weekend 13-14 overall and 4-5 in Southland Conference play. The 'Jacks are looking for their second SLC series win and second consecutive, after taking the series 2-1 with UCA at home last weekend.

SFA will have its third 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 junior Matt Danton, junior Trevor Belicek and freshman Devin Skapura across the three-game series.
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Nine 'Jacks participate in SFA's Pro Day

SFA hosted a Pro Day Thursday, April 3, on the turf at Homer Bryce Stadium, giving some former Lumberjacks a final impression less than a month before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Brady Attaway, wide receiver Mike Brooks, offensive linemen Ryne Chambers and Andrew Ratliff, defensive linemen Malcolm Mattox and Darren Robinson, linebacker Ronnie Hickman and defensive backs Cedrick Barlow and Caleb Nelson participated in the drills, overseen by a handful of NFL scouts.

Beginning in the weight room, Brooks set the tone early in the standing broad jump, leaping just shy of 10 feet at 9 feet, 7 inches. In the 225-pound bench press, Mattox excited the onlookers by busting out 23 reps. Ratliff also was impressive, completing 20 reps in front of the scouts.
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Ladyjacks set to host two matches

The SFA Ladyjack tennis team will host two matches across a two-day span, with New Orleans on Friday and Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

SFA enters Friday’s match 8-7 overall and 4-2 in Southland Conference play. UNO is 6-5 overall and 3-2 in SLC action, while SELU is 11-3 and 5-2 in league play.

The Ladyjacks are coming off a hard fought 4-3 loss at Northwestern State on March 29. SFA was edged in the doubles point, before splitting with the Lady Demons in singles play. Freshmen Denise Maxl and Macarena Sedano Acosta picked up the lone doubles win, while Malena Gordo, Laura Servise and Valeria Terentyeva picked up victories in singles.
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'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.  

Second scrimmage moved to Saturday in Lufkin

SFA's second spring scrimmage has been moved to Saturday, April 5, as the 'Jacks will take to the road, practicing at Lufkin High School beginning at 4 p.m.

"We're taking our team on the road for the second scrimmage," said head coach Clint Conque. "We're very appreciative of Lufkin High School allowing us to use their facilities for the day. Hopefully this will be a great chance for all the SFA fans in the Lufkin area to come out and see the team in the final scrimmage before the Spring Game."

SFA's second scrimmage was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at Homer Bryce Stadium to not conflict with the 2014 Carl Kight Invitational track meet being hosted by the SFA track and field team. But the change was made to not disrupt the practice schedule for the players and coaching staff and will give the 'Jacks a chance to practice at a different facility.
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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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Fine Arts

Mix'n Matches to perform concert at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Mix'n Matches jazz trio in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Mix'n Matches is the professional local group comprised of SFA School of Music faculty members Larry Greer on guitar, Brad Meyer on drums and J.D. Salas on bass. Special guest for this performance will be Eric Chin on keyboards.

The first half of "Mix'n Matches Live" will feature the core group performing some of the all-time jazz standards and some original compositions, according to Salas. The second half of the concert will include Gary Wurtz, trumpet, Deb Scott, trombone, and Bolingbrook, Ill., graduate student Kyle Glavanovits, saxophone. This portion of the program will include selections arranged by the late Darrell Holt, a noted jazz musician and former associate professor at SFA.
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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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'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.

SFA faculty bassoonist Spring to present recital

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Staci Spring in her first bassoon recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"I am thrilled to present my first faculty recital at SFA," she said. "It has been a wonderful year getting to know the Nacogdoches community, and I hope to see many familiar and new faces at this recital."

Joining her will be colleagues Geneva Fung, SFA staff pianist, and Brad Meyer, director of the percussion studio at SFA.

"The recital will feature a fun and varied program of works by 20th and 21st century composers," Spring said, including Concerto for Bassoon by Nino Rota, Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by John Steinmetz, Sonatine-Tango for Bassoon and Piano by Pierre Max-Dubois and "Get It!" by Gene Koshinski.

"Rota is an Italian composer, most well known for his dramatic film scores, including the famous theme from 'The Godfather, Part II,'" Spring said. "His bassoon concerto is similarly full of character and drama, and it is a delight to perform."
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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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