Archive | July, 2010

Help students move in this fall!

26 Jul

Help students move in this fall!

Beginning Thursday, August 26, hundreds of students will be headed for our on-campus residence halls – some will be returning students, many will be first-time freshmen, and all of them could be interested in YOUR student organization!

The Office of Leadership and Service coordinates move-in volunteers each year as a way for campus organizations to help out students moving into the halls, as well as provide a great way to spread the word about some of the great opportunities we have for getting involved at SFA. The busiest times of move-in are Thursday, August 26 through Saturday, August 28.

If your student organization is interested in signing up for a spot outside one of our residence halls, contact Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service, at or (936) 468-1088, and have the following information handy:

  • Name of organization
  • Contact person and their email address
  • Number of volunteers
  • Residence hall your group wants to work
  • Times your group is available

Jack Camp Revving Up!

19 Jul

The 2010 edition of Jack Camp is ready to launch. This past weekend, more than 60 Jack Camp counselors attended the annual training retreat at Piney Woods Conservation Center where they learned about how to help approximately 600 new students become Lumberjacks. Student Activities Program Coordinator Amanda Horne knows this is when things go from idea to reality. “You really get to see Jack Camp take shape during retreat weekend. The counselors get in their tribes, the competition heats up and school pride begins to grow,” Horne said.  Assistant Coordinator Lacey Claver agrees: “To see the excitement build is awesome! These students are ready to get this (Jack Camp) started.”

The counselors’ weekend training included learning how to facilitate every session they will lead during Jack Camp. In addition, they also received training on how to handle any situation they may encounter. “From students being homesick to an upset stomach, I think we are ready to go,” said counselor Alex Ranc. 

There are still spots open for Jack Camp 2010. Session One runs from August 16-19, and Session Two runs from August 20-23. Interested freshmen can go to for information and to sign up.

Jack Camp Counselors

SFA Jack Camp Counselors are ready for a new year!

SFA Watermelon Bash – July 20

13 Jul

The Student Government Association would like to invite the entire campus to an annual summer tradition, the SFA Watermelon Bash. This event will be held at the SFA Statue and begin at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, July 20. We will continue serving up cold watermelon, sodas and hot dogs while supplies last. Join members of the Student Government Association and Student Affairs Programs staff as they celebrate the summer. This event is free and open to all. For more information call us at 468-1018.

Cooper named to the One Star Service Commission

13 Jul

Student Affairs Programs Graduate Assistant Randi Cooper was recently named to the One Star Service Commission for the state of Texas. She will serve until 2013. The commission works with the OneStar Foundation to further national service initiatives in Texas and administer the AmeriCorps Texas program.

Randi is a graduate of SFA and returned last fall to coordinate service programs such as Service Saturdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the Big Event. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in secondary education. As an undergraduate Randi was the student service coordinator for SFA Volunteers!, a member of the Student Activities Association and an officer for Omicron Delta Kappa Society. Congratulations Randi and Axe em’!

Applications still accepted for Lumberjack Leadership Academy

1 Jul

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is looking for a few more students to round out our 2010-2011 Lumberjack Leadership Academy program. Applications are available here and can be faxed to 936-468-1087 (attn: Jamie Bouldin) or dropped off to BPSC 3.302.

LLA students during the Fall 2009 Ignite Retreat

Lumberjack Leadership Academy is a year-long program designed to help current SFA students improve their leadership skills. Participants will take part in a series of retreats, workshops and activities designed to help students assess their skill sets and gain new abilities as leaders on our campus and in the community. This is the second year for LLA, and this year we will be utilizing the Social Change Model of Leadership Development to make a connection between being a leader and making a difference in the world around you. A list of the year’s activities is available on the application.

The program is free for students! For more information, contact Jamie Bouldin at 936-468-1088 or

SFA ODK Circle helps host national summit

1 Jul

SFA’s Omicron Delta Kappa Circle served as one of two host circles for the 2010 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Summit and Convention June 24-27 in Houston. ODK members served as support staff for the national ODK office, volunteering to run registration tables, serve as guides throughout the conference, lead icebreakers and activities, and much more.

ODK members also presented during the Day 2 Interest Sessions. Sydni Mitchell, outgoing ODK Circle President, Jeff Briggs, incoming ODK Circle President, and Clarissa Ensenberger, ODK SEE Leadership Conference Chair, presented a session on their inaugural SEE Leadership Conference to offer their program as a model for schools interested in implementing a campus-wide leadership conference. ODK will host the second SEE Leadership Conference this fall on October 16, 2010 beginning at 9 a.m. in the BPSC Movie Theater. The SEE Leadership Conference is a receipient of the ODK Clay Grant for 2010.

Jeff Briggs, Clarissa Ensenberger and Sydni Mitchell lead an interest session.

 Michael Preston, Director of Student Affairs Programs, also hosted an interest session for advisers at the conference.

Michael Preston leads advisers in an interest session.

 SFA’s Omicron Delta Kappa Circle accepts membership applications each fall and spring semester from juniors, seniors and graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA and leadership experience in at least one of five areas: student activities and organizations, athletics, fine arts, student media, and government. Prospective members must go through an interview process followed by participation in the Prelim Project. More information on the circle is available on their website,