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Friday, May 2
SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
6:30 p.m.
Huntsville

Saturday, May 3
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 and 3 p.m.
Huntsville

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
2 p.m.
Huntsville

Sunday, May 4
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.
Huntsville

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.
Huntsville

Wednesday, May 7
SFA Softball
Southland Conference Tournament
Hammond, La.


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Headlines


Bright Ideas Conference to highlight SFA faculty research, scholarship and artistry

The 2014 Bright Ideas Conference highlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry at SFA is set for today, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The public is invited, and admission is free.

More than 90 research posters and scholarly exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Spotlight exhibits will be featured in the Twilight Ballroom along with refreshments. An invitation-only awards ceremony and luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The biennial Bright Ideas Conference is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Teaching Excellence Center and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
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Accomplishments

Dr. Darrell Fry

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The School of Honors is delighted to announce that Fry is the 2014-15 academic year Wisely Fellow. Fry will offer an Honors section of Chemistry 133 using innovative pedagogies. 

He will also sponsor a Residential Learning Community to accompany the Honors course. 

His students will engage in local outreach programs to support STEM efforts and hope to present research at the National American Chemical Society Meeting in Spring 2015. The Office of Academic Affairs generously supports the Wisely Fellowship.

News & Announcements

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Alabama horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Alabama Extension Horticulturist Hayes Jackson will present "I've Come All the Way from Alabama to Tell You That Everything's Not Bigger in Texas So Get Over It."

Jackson graduated from Auburn University with a degree in landscape design and ornamental horticulture. After working in southern California with Armstrong Nurseries, he returned to Alabama to work on his master's degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in botany at Jacksonville State University. Hayes is the urban regional extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Anniston where he works with urban horticulture and community-based programs concerning urban horticulture.

An avid horticulturist and true plant collector, Hayes has ventured to places like China, the Himalayas of northern India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Guatemala to look for new plants for Southern landscapes. His gardens have been featured in many publications, including Southern Living and Alabama Gardens Great and Small.
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SFA professor named Fellow of Interior Design Educators Council

Dr. Mitzi Perritt, professor of interior design at SFA, was named a Fellow of the Interior Design Educators Council at the recent National Conference in New Orleans, La.

Perritt has been a member of the council for more than 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors for three years and as the IDEC president in 2003. She also received the Best Research Paper Award at the 1999 and 2004 national conferences. In addition, Perritt is a contributor to the IDEC Foundation and was a presenter at the 2000 World Congress on Environmental Design for the New Millennium in Seoul, South Korea.

The IDEC established a Council of Fellows in 1977 to recognize contributions made in the profession. Fellows are nominated by the membership and approved by the Board of Directors. There are currently only 43 IDEC Fellows nationwide.

Perritt began teaching at SFA in 1985. She currently serves as a professor and graduate coordinator for the School of Human Sciences in the James I. Perkins College of Education.
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Serving Learning Advisory Board doles out honors

The Service Learning Advisory Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Service Learning Excellence Award. 

Dr. Jannah Nerren was recognized as the overall outstanding applicant for a project partnering teacher candidates with elementary-age students from low SES backgrounds for an ongoing mentoring program. Nerren was recognized at the Conference on High-Impact Practices on April 30.
 
The SLAB also named two honorable mentions. Dr. Robin Johnson and Dr. Kathy Sherriff were recognized for a partnership with the Nacogdoches Public Library, where students adapted children’s books using Boardmaker software to serve the needs of a variety of children who have language delays or low incidence disabilities.
 
Dr. Karol Chandler-Ezell was recognized for projects anthropology students completed that benefitted Lufkin’s Ellen Trout Zoo. Students created a zoo map, educational worksheets, a scavenger hunt activity and other resources after working with zoo staff to determine needs.

Music Preparatory adult piano classes start May 19

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers a summer adult piano class that will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on seven consecutive Mondays, beginning  May 19 and concluding June 30.  

The class is taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan and meets in the Yamaha Electronic Piano Lab in Room 302 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.  
The class is designed for adults interested in a low-key, fun and skill-building piano experience. 

Contact Division Director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291 for more information. Registration forms are available online at www.music.sfasu.edu/prep.

Barnes and Noble calling for Fall textbook information

Now is the time of year when students are finding out what textbooks they will need for the fall semester. If you have submitted your textbook request or still need to submit textbook information, visit www.sfasu.bncollege.com.

To view a list of already submitted textbook information, click on the "textbook" tab. To submit fall textbook information, click on the "faculty" tab. 

Currently, the Barnes and Noble bookstore has only received 35percent of the textbook requests for the fall. It is important to provide this information as soon as possible. 

Please email bookstore manager Kristen Christopher at sm044@bncollege.com with questions.

Summer camp website in development

University Marketing Communications is creating a new webpage to promote SFA summer camps. 

Does your department host a camp? If so, please send all the pertinent information (dates, cost, available discounts, etc.) to Shirley Luna, executive director of marketing communications, at sluna@sfasu.edu

If you need further information, please call (936) 468-2605.

Schlief School of Accountancy hosts annual Accounting Awards Banquet

The Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy held its annual accounting awards banquet April 23, hosting more than 185 attendees. There were approximately 40 accounting firms, private organizations, and individual donors in attendance. 

Approximately $162,000 in scholarships was awarded to more than 70 students.  

Next year’s event is scheduled for April 30.

SFA students to host town hall meeting

SFA communication students will host a discussion regarding a proposed community peace and conflict resolution center from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theater on campus. Interested residents of Nacogdoches and surrounding communities are invited to attend.

The students' vision for the center is to provide conflict-resolution alternatives such as mediation for community members; offer awareness training on key issues impacting the community and its citizens; educate citizens on strategies to resolve conflict and seek reconciliation; and function as an outreach for bridging divergent groups in the city.

The town hall meeting will include a presentation by faculty members and students and a time for public dialogue. Organizational representatives from local social justice organizations, churches, synagogues and community assistance organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend, along with governmental officials, local business leaders, faculty members from area schools and colleges, and students.

For more information, contact Dr. R. Ty Spradley at rspradley@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1381.

Ladyjack bowling hosting fundraiser

The Ladyjack bowling team its hosting their annual fundraiser at Texas Pro Bowl at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

For more information, or to register your team, contact coach Amber Lemke at (262) 705-7546.

Athletics

Underwood to remain at SFA

SFA's head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood will remain with the university, contrary to reports on several social media outlets. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Underwood would be offered the head coaching position at Southern Mississippi with an announcement as early as today.

“Coach Underwood has indicated to me that he will remain a Lumberjack," said SFA Athletics Director Robert Hill. "I look forward to another exciting season with him leading our program, and we will continue to move forward with Coach Underwood and what should be a great basketball team.”

Underwood led the Lumberjacks to a 32-3 record in his first season, including a perfect 18-0 Southland Conference record and SFA’s first NCAA Tournament win over Virginia Commonwealth.

Ladyjacks overcome early deficit to win on road

After falling behind 5-1 in the first inning at Texas Southern University, the SFA Ladyjacks were able to right ship and rally from behind for a 10-6 victory.

The Ladyjacks scored four runs in the seventh to get the victory and take a four-game winning streak into this weekend’s series at Sam Houston State.

SFA (22-24) was led at the plate by leadoff hitter Alisa Hamilton with a strong 4-for-4 performance and two RBI. Carlie Thomas got her 15th win of the season coming in to relieve Brittany Lewis in the bottom of the fifth.

Trailing 5-2 in the third inning, the Ladyjacks battled back with three runs to tie it up 5-5, thanks to Brittany Lee grabbing the momentum by stealing home plate to make it 5-3. Elizabeth Arana and Lindsay Campbell also scored for the Ladyjacks to tie the ballgame.
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SFA places ninth in final NTCA poll

SFA closes out its memorable 2013-14 season ranked ninth in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association poll. The Ladyjacks match their highest finish after also placing ninth following the 2012-13 season.

SFA is coming off another memorable season as the Ladyjacks are establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the nation after posting a 76-43 record in 2013-14. SFA placed in the top-five in eight of its 10 tournaments on the year, including capturing the first team championships in program history with victories at the Tulane Invitational and the FDU Jamboree.

The Ladyjacks would also finish second at the USBC regionals in Fort Worth, earning a berth to the 2014 USBC national tournament in Reno where SFA advanced to the fourth round before falling to Lindenwood. SFA also reached a program-high when the Ladyjacks climbed to as high as fourth in the NTCA poll back in January, setting a new program high.
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Lumberjacks No. 33 in latest rankings

With the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week, the SFA Lumberjacks are heading into the meet as one of the top teams in the nation. The latest rankings from the USTFCCCA were released Tuesday, and the Lumberjacks come in at No. 33.

This week's rankings are the first to include only marks from the current season with better marks from last season no longer counting toward the rankings formula, and the Lumberjacks climbed 11 spots from last week.

SFA has five marks that rank in the top 25 in the NCAA this season, including two in the top 10.

Senior pole vaulter Colton Ross moved up to No. 5 in the nation last weekend with his victory at the J. Fred Duckett Invitational. His clearance of 5.52 meters (18-1.25) was a new personal record and earned him his third win of the outdoor season in five meets.
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Fine Arts

Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Laura Ingalls Wilder'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Laura Ingalls Wilder" in two performances on Thursday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by ArtsPower, this beloved story of Laura and her family as they travel across America in search of a place to call home targets children in second through sixth grades, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.
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Heifner selected new member of Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame

Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre's playwright-in-residence, has been selected as a new member of the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame.

It is an honor that reflects the caliber of the SFA theatre faculty, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

"Jack's latest accolade is another reminder of the tremendous asset he has always been to SFA," said Shattuck. "The School of Theatre is a center of excellence because we have teacher-artists of this stature on our faculty."

Best known for his play "Vanities," which ran for five years in New York to become one of the longest running plays in off-Broadway history, Heifner is also author of "Patio/Porch" (which was produced on Broadway), "Natural Disasters," "Running on Empty," "Bargains," "Boys' Play," "Home Fires," "Heartbreak," "Comfort and Joy," "The Lemon Cookie," "Dwarf Tossing" and more than 30 other plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and theatres around the world.
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SFA galleries director co-author of book on Picasso's religious art

John Handley, director of art galleries for SFA, is co-author of "The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso," a book that examines the use of religious imagery in the works of one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

Handley will travel to Berkeley, Calif., in May to join co-author Jane Daggett Dillenberger at a May 6 reception and book signing designed to celebrate the book's publication by the University of California Press.

Dillenberger, who is a Harvard graduate, is the founder of the doctoral program in art and religion in the Graduate Theological Union at UC-Berkeley. She has authored many books over the years, including "Style and Content in Christian Art," "Secular Art with Sacred Themes," and "The Religious Art of Andy Warhol."
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SFA choirs to present annual Choral Masterworks Concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union and Women's Choir performing their annual end-of-the-year celebration in the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The performance will showcase the brass section of the SFA Wind Ensemble with Jeremy Bruns on organ. The concert will feature only two works - both for brass choir and organ - including "Apparebit Repentia Dies" by Paul Hindemith and "Missa Octava" by György Orbán.

"The program is quite diverse with a wide variety," said Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA. "On the one hand you have Hindemith, a naturalized (1940) U.S. citizen born in Germany, who used a complex musical system of both extremely consonant and dissonant music. On the other hand, you have Orbán, a Hungarian composer of Romanian birth whose choral compositions mix traditional renaissance and baroque counterpoint with jazz harmonies."
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