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SFA remembers Sept. 11

7 Sep
Join us for Sept. 11 memorial activities

Join us for Sept. 11 memorial activities

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is sponsoring several activities in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of September 11.

Letters and photos for the troops
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Thursday, Sept. 8, and Friday, Sept. 9 | BPSC Plaza
The SFA community can write letters for our troops, as well as take pictures with signs that show support for the military.

Memorial flag placement
2 to 5 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 9 | Free Speech Area next to BPSC
Help place 3,000 small flags throughout the wooded area next to the student center – any help is appreciated! Sign up to help here!

Free ribbons at Lumberjack football game against Northern Iowa
4:30 to 6 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 10 | Homer Bryce Stadium
Student Affairs and Athletics will provide ribbons for game attendees. Sign up to help pass them out!

Sept. 11 Memorial Service
Noon | Monday, Sept. 12 | BPSC Plaza
A planned memorial service will include a moment of silence, introductory remarks from Dr. Baker Pattillo, and a speech from SFA’s ROTC Commander, Lt. Col. Todd Reichert.

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The Gathering

26 Aug
Student leaders at The Gathering

Student leaders at The Gathering

More than 70 student leaders gathered at SFA’s Piney Woods Conservation Center Aug. 23-24 for The Gathering, a retreat for student leaders from areas across campus to come together to collaborate on how they can work together to make SFA a better place.

Students represented the following areas:

  • Orientation
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Student Activities Association
  • The BIG Event
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Inter-Fraternity Council
  • Panhellenic
  • Traditions Council
  • Involvement Advisers
  • Student Publications
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Organization of Latin Americans
  • African Student Organization
  • Jack Camp
  • Lumberjack Cultural Association
  • Student Government Association
  • Fashion in Motion
The students brainstormed on issues they saw on campus and how they could make an impact in those areas, and ultimately decided as a group to focus on campus beautification. The students will be meeting regularly to follow up with each organization who committed to helping on this project and how they can move forward to make a difference on campus.
The retreat was put on by the Office of Student Affairs Programs and staffed by representatives from Student Activities, Leadership and Service, Greek Life, Orientation, Student Publications, Multicultural Affairs and Campus Recreation.

Welcome Home!

26 Aug
Student organizations assist with moving in to the residence halls

Student organizations assist with moving in to the residence halls

We are excited to welcome all Lumberjacks back to campus! Today begins move-in for the residence halls, which will continue all weekend until classes begin bright and early Monday morning. We have more than 20 student organizations out lending a hand to make this process quick and easy for families.

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is excited to see students back on campus again, and we can’t wait to see you in attendance for our programs and getting involved in your organizations! Axe ’em, Jacks!

Multicultural Affairs offers students a variety of programs

12 Aug

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here. 

By Dr. Terrence Frazier, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is much more than a physical location on campus; it hosts a spirit of family support and unity among the SFA community. Students who take advantage of the OMA will find mentors and develop friendships that last a lifetime.

OMA Students

OMA Students

OMA hosts student organizations such as NAACP, Organization of Latin Americans and Lumberjack Cultural Association. Many of the cultural events throughout SFA’s campus are developed from the student leadership within OMA. If you are willing to open your mind to other cultures, OMA is the place for you! We have educational, cultural and social events throughout the school year.

OMA critically engages students, faculty, staff, administrators and other stakeholders in creating and sustaining a campus culture that enables understanding of one’s own cultural identity. OMA strives to create an understanding of how identities impact our worldview, how to effectively communicate with those of other cultures, how to embrace the diversity and the possibilities of participation in a pluralistic society, and cultivating the personal integrity to act as social justice advocates.

OMA produces many programs that promote positive self-reflection. “Making Money,” scheduled for Sept. 5, is designed to help students manage their finances. It focuses on what students can do with their financial aid refund besides spending the money on immediate wants, such as clothing. Students will gain some tools to help them make their money work for them and not have to work for the money. “Men vs. Women: What’s the real battle?” on Sept. 29 will guide students in understanding how to work with the opposite sex, both professionally and personally.

On Oct. 20, “What’s in your Backpack? Packing for Success” will unpack the things negatively impacting one’s life and repack with tools for success. These are just a few of the many life lesson programs OMA offers.

OMA also produces much of the diversity programming on campus, from Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month to the Tunnel of Oppression. “Taste of Latin America,” set for Oct. 5, will provide students with the experience of tasting authentic Latin cuisine from Cuba, Brazil and other Latin countries. During “The Skin Complexity” on Oct. 19, students will have an open forum discussion about the stereotypes of dark skin versus light skin and the image of beauty.

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive museum that spotlights different types of oppression through interactive theatre and multimedia presentations. In the past the event has shed light on issues ranging from human trafficking, genocide and suicide, just to name a few. The event is open Nov. 7-9.

The Black History Month celebration will include Kevin Powell as the keynote speaker for the NAACP Gala Feb. 9. 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.

“My life calling is to be a servant for the people, period,” Powell said. “Money, fame, status, personal achievements and all that mean very little to me when pain and suffering are still real on this planet. I am interested in the powerless becoming powerful.”

OMA works with more than 25 different student organizations and campus departments in helping to plan programs that will develop productive citizens. OMA reaches across campus to support the mission of SFA from student organizations, fraternities and sororities, residence life, international students, and any SFA Lumberjack looking for a diverse and a unique college experience.

We invite you to visit our office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.101. You can also call us (936) 468-1073 or check us out at http://www.sfasu.edu/multicultural. Don’t forget to friend us on Facebook (search for “MC Center”) so you are kept in the loop about upcoming events and activities.

Workshops can help students ‘ace’ their first year

12 Aug

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here

By Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service

One of SFA’s goals for its incoming students is “achieving college excellence.” To assist in meeting this goal, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs has created the ACE Workshops, a one-day event designed to equip first-year students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college-level reading, math and study skills.

The ACE Workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning in the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Students can sign up by emailing dosa@sfasu.edu or calling (936) 468-7249.

Attendees will be eligible for door prizes, including two book scholarships from Barnes & Noble, video game systems and SFA gear. Students must attend the entire four-hour block of activities to be eligible for door prizes.

Students will attend two workshops, choosing from “Acing College Math” with Dr. Keith Hubbard, “Acing College Level Reading” with Patricia Foster, and “Acing College Study Skills” with M.E. McWilliams. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lesa Beverly, an associate professor in mathematics and statistics. Lunch is included.

The ACE Workshops are offered only for first-year students beginning their first semester at SFA.

First-Year Involvement Center will challenge new students to get involved

12 Aug

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here

By Lacey Claver, Assistant Coordinator of Student Activities

The SFA Involvement Center is excited to announce the opening of the First-Year Involvement Center, located between the two towers of Steen Hall. FYIC is available to all first-year students regardless of where they reside, providing information and resources unique to first-year experiences.

Anchoring this new center is our Peer Involvement Advising Program, which has been featured in national publications such as About Campus, ACUI Bulletin and NACA Programming. It connects first-year students with participating upperclassmen who are specifically trained to introduce advisees to involvement opportunities that suit the interests, academic programs and schedules of each individual.

The FYIC will be open from 1-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 3-8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, contact getinvolved@sfasu.edu.

Represent your fellow students in SGA

12 Aug
Sydni Mitchell, Student Body President

Sydni Mitchell, Student Body President

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here. 

By Sydni Mitchell, Student Body President

The purpose of Student Government Association is to ensure that the students are represented in every phase of their experience on our campus. For more than 70 years, SGA has contributed to the rich, independent tradition of the Lumberjack student. The projects and bills passed by SGA every year are an important stepping stone to real change in the life of the SFA student.

Your student could be part of making changes and making a difference on our campus by applying to be an SGA senator. Applications for senator positions will be available Aug. 29 in the SGA office, Room 3.304 in the BakerPattilloStudentCenter. For any questions or comments you can contact SGA at sga@sfasu.edu or by calling (936) 468-3500.

As student body president, I want to ensure that every student group is represented and that their concerns and issues are addressed. I hope to utilize our resources to their fullest while keeping a realistic mind-set for our goals. A few of the initiatives that I hope to accomplish this year are:

1) to create more resources for veterans on our campus by creating a Veteran’s Resource Center

2) to ensure that the voices of the students are heard on issues such as tuition increases and creating more accountability in the way that student fees are spent

3) to work in partnership with university officials on improving the commuter bus transportation on our campus

4) and to continue the Green Initiative to make SFA a more environmentally friendly campus.

A few of SGA’s recent accomplishments include the passing of resolutions that directly led to the construction of the SFA Student Recreation Center and the renovations to the Baker Pattillo Student Center. By partnering with the University Police Department, we were able to improve lighting and safety protocols on campus. We also have registered more than 500 students to vote in the state and national general elections over the past three years. The students involved in SGA strive to continue making changes on our campus to ensure that the students are able to have the best experience possible.

I am excited to serve SGA this year as the student body president, and I hope to be a resource to all students. During Welcome Week, students can learn more about SGA and its plans for the year at the annual State of the Student Body Address, set for Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. on the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. I look forward to meeting students there and addressing the exciting year ahead of us.

Axe ’em, Jacks!