Jamal Smith of Killeen and Jessica Patterson of Texas City were chosen as the 2011 recipients of the Mr. and Miss SFA Awards presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association.
The Mr. and Miss SFA titles are awarded each year to exemplary student representatives of SFA. The Mr. SFA Award was established in honor of the late Stan McKewen, a 1934 SFA graduate. The Miss SFA Award was established in honor of Arnodean Covin, who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.
Smith is a senior at the university and is majoring in business. A 2007 graduate of North Mesquite High School, he is the son of Kassandra Smith of Killeen.
Smith has been honored with the bronze, silver and gold Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for his service to SFA and the community. He received the National Orientation Directors Association Student Leadership Award in 2010 for his service as an orientation leader and supervisor at SFA. Smith was a student instructor for SFA 101 and is a member of the Order of Omega, demonstrating outstanding leadership and academics as a member of the Greek community.
Smith’s community volunteer work includes service in the Theta Chi fraternity. He organized and implemented the first Theta Chi Give Back Week, served as the community service chairman and worked as a new member educator for the fraternity. As a member of the SFA Student Activities Association, Smith volunteers his time to coordinate and assist with many campus events. He is a volunteer with Driving Jacks, and he served as a Jack Camp counselor for two years.
Patterson is a senior majoring in communication studies. A 2007 graduate of Texas City High School, she is the daughter of Michael and Wendy Patterson of Texas City.
Patterson has held many leadership positions at SFA. Most recently, she served as president of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity. In 2008, she was voted the Zeta Tau Alpha Miss SFA for her involvement on campus. Patterson coordinated the Houston Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and co-produced an awareness video with the Nacogdoches Medical Center to debut its “Simply Pink” fashion show.
She was awarded a Texas City Rotary Club Scholarship for leadership and academic excellence and was inducted into the Order of Omega. Patterson was a student instructor for SFA 101 and served as an orientation supervisor and leader. She was employed by the Academic Assistance Resource Center as a supplementary instruction leader.
Her volunteer work includes service with Driving Jacks, the Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club, the Adopt-a-Highway program, and Relay for Life.
Award recipients are selected based on their scholarship, participation and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities, citizenship and service, and loyalty to the university. Selections were made by a committee of faculty and staff members, students and alumni.