Archive | January, 2012

Kevin Powell headlines SFA NAACP gala

13 Jan

Kevin Powell headlines SFA NAACP gala


By Dr. Terrence Frazier, director of multicultural affairs


Happy New Year’s, parents! It was a great 2011 for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. One of our outstanding achievements came when the SFA NAACP Chapter won the statewide Ericka Cain College Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the enrichment of the youth through leadership in programming, advocacy, education, activism and community outreach.


To continue the celebration, NAACP and OMA would like to invite parents to the NAACP Black History Month Gala Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The event is a semi-formal dinner hosted in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $20 for non-students. You can purchase your ticket at the BPSC information desk/university ticket office by calling (936) 468-3401.


Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Kevin Powell. Powell has lectured on multiculturalism, American and Black American History, the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the state of hip-hop, and redefining American manhood. He is an activist, writer and businessman and in 2010, was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Brooklyn, N.Y. A fixture on the pop culture landscape the past several years, Powell was a cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World”. He has hosted and produced programming for HBO and BET, written a screenplay, and hosted and wrote an award-winning MTV documentary about post-riot Los Angeles. Of his life’s work, Powell says simply, “My life-calling is to be a servant for the people, period. Money, fame, status, personal achievements and all that means very little to me when pain and suffering are still real on this planet. I am interested in the powerless becoming powerful.”




Student body president to attend AIPAC conference

13 Jan

Sydni Mitchell - SGA President

Sydni Mitchell, SFA’s student body president and graduate assistant in the Office of Student Affairs Programs, was recently offered a full scholarship to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

The annual conference, set for March 4-6, takes place in Washington, D.C. Mitchell is one of 200 student government presidents nationwide selected to attend, and the scholarship covers all costs for travel and the conference. More information about the AIPAC conference can be found at

Mitchell, a graduate student in the Master’s of Public Administration program, is also a former student member of the SFA Board of Regents.

“We are always thrilled to see our students receive opportunities like this,” Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service, said. “Sydni will be able to make so many valuable connections and bring back great experience to use in her involvement at SFA.”

Parents invited to help ‘Cram the Coliseum’

13 Jan

SFA Athletics and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again for Cram the Coliseum, a two-game promotion designed to bring more people from the community to Lumberjack and Ladyjack basketball games.

Free tickets are available for the men’s game against Sam Houston State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and the women’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Both games will take place at SFA’s William R. Johnson Coliseum.

A free printable ticket can be downloaded here ( and more information about the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce can be found here (

Cram the Coliseum is a program of the SFA-Chamber Connection Committee.

Involvement opportunities showcased at fair

13 Jan

The new year is a great time to take a chance and get involved in something new at SFA. The Involvement Fair is the perfect opportunity to see the wide variety of involvement opportunities available for students.

The fair begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Student organizations will be separated by categories, and fair maps will be available at the Involvement Center in BPSC 1.204 during the event.

Organizations at the fair will represent academic and professional opportunities, cultural programs, Greek organizations, religious groups, and special interest organizations. There is something for everyone at SFA, and students are strongly encouraged to come explore their options and find their fit.

For more information, contact the Involvement Center at (936) 468-6721.

Former ODK President awarded prestigious scholarship

13 Jan

By Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service

Jeff Briggs

Jeff Briggs, the president of SFA’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 2010-11, was recently awarded an Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Scholarship.

The ODK Foundation chose 20 students out of more than 140 applicants to receive scholarships to help fund their graduate studies. Briggs, who graduated from SFA in 2011, is a first-year medical student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth and will receive $1,000 toward his studies.

“We were thrilled to hear that Jeff had been awarded an ODK Foundation Scholarship,” Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service, said. “SFA’s ODK members are an amazing group of students, and it is always encouraging when their accomplishments are honored by the ODK national office and foundation.”

Omicron Delta Kappa is SFA’s leadership honor society and is housed within the Office of Student Affairs Programs. Students interested in applying for membership in ODK should have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be a junior, senior or graduate student with leadership experience. Applications will be available Jan. 18 at

Staff Profile Q&A

13 Jan

Name:             Trisha O’Connor

Trisha O'Connor - Spirit Coordinator and Head Cheerleading Coach

Position:        Spirit Coordinator and Head Cheerleading Coach

Department/Office where you work: Student Affairs/Spirit Programs

Number of years at SFA: I have been coaching at SFA for seven years, but I also attended SFA the four years prior, so 11 years total.

Educational background: Bachelor’s degrees in Child and Family Development and Psychology

Tell us how you came to work in your current position:

I was a member of the cheerleading program for four years prior to graduation in 2005. From the moment I became a member of this program, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the coaching staff. After graduation, I approached the head coach at the time, Brad Patterson, and Assistant Director of Student Affairs Michael Preston and let them know that I would like to stay at SFA as a member of the professional staff. At that time, I was hired as the assistant coach for the large coed team. Soon after, the all-girl cheerleading coach resigned and I was given that program as the head coach. After my first year as assistant and head coach in the SFA Cheer Program, the other head coach resigned and I applied for the position of spirit coordinator and head cheerleading coach, and that’s where I am today!

What do you love about working at SFA?

I love my students! I could not ask for a better group to work with. They are highly motivated, work hard and are very much an extended family for me.

What’s one thing you wish you could tell SFA students and parents?

To the students, I would like to say that it’s okay, and encourage them to ask for help. If that is from your professors or other professional staff, if you need help with academics, personal issues or anything else, ask for help. To parents, I would like to say that it’s okay to let your kids handle some problems on their own. Now, this is not to say that your kids no longer need you or want you to help, but sometimes they need to stand on their own two feet, make mistakes and become successful on their own merit. In the end, it will not only help prepare them for life after college, but it will also mean so much more that they have been able to figure out how to handle situations and still reach their goals.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy reading. I read at least a handful of books at any given time and enjoy true crime and non-fiction reading the most. I also enjoy watching television, sewing and any sporting events and activities.

Students invited to Spring Welcome Week

13 Jan

By Veronica Weaver, assistant director of orientation programs

When students move back into the halls for the spring semester, they will be able to attend Orientation Programs’ Jacks Back Spring Welcome Week. Spring Welcome Week is a full schedule of fun and exciting events for the students returning to SFA. The detailed schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 15

10 a.m. Residence halls open for move-in

Monday, Jan. 16

10:30 a.m. MLK Day of Service BPSC Twilight Ballroom

6 p.m. Traditions Expo Surfin’ Steve

Tuesday, Jan. 17

5-7 p.m. Zumbafest Campus Recreation Center Courtyard

7 p.m. SAA Dinner and a Movie: Big Daddy BPSC Movie Theater

Wednesday, Jan. 18 

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ODK Blood Drive BPSC Third-Floor Commons

Noon United Campus Ministries Hot Dogs on the BPSC Plaza

7-9 p.m. Residence Hall Association’s Spring Fling Luau        BPSC Twilight Ballroom

Thursday, Jan. 19

6-8 p.m. Meet the Sororities BPSC Third Floor Commons

7 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Footloose BPSC Movie Theater

8-10 p.m. Blizzard Beach Party Campus Recreation Center

9:30 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Paranormal Activity BPSC Movie Theater

Friday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 22

7 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Footloose BPSC Movie Theater
9:30 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Paranormal Activity BPSC Movie Theater 

Tuesday, Jan. 24

5-7 p.m. Involvement Fair BPSC First Floor