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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!

Students should plan ahead for Housing changes

10 Mar

by Jennifer Waters, Assistant Director of Residence Life

The end of another academic year is quickly approaching. For you, that very likely means your student will be coming home. For the Residence Life Department, it means that we will have approximately 4,500 students leaving us for the summer. Before that can happen, students must take care of a number of tasks. We want this to be as smooth of a transition for you and your student as possible. To that end, this article will cover a few of the essential details of which your student needs to be aware. The Residence Life Department greatly appreciates your help in reminding students to take care of these matters.

Students need to decide which hall they would like to live in for the 2011-2012 academic year. We ask all students to log into their mySFA accounts between April 6 and 10 to renew their residence hall contract for next year. Those students who choose to renew their contracts will not be required to pay an additional deposit. Beginning April 12, students will have an opportunity to select their space for next year based upon availability and class standing. Specific details will be provided to the students soon, so they should keep their eyes open.

One of the biggest tasks students have for the end of the year is to move out of their residence hall room. The halls close Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Before students officially check out of their rooms, they need to ensure their rooms are clean – floors swept and mopped, all tape and residue removed, and trash removed. This includes the living room, kitchen (stove, microwave, sink, refrigerator, etc.) and bathrooms for residents who have them. Students will need to remove all of their personal belongings from the room and then go over their room inventories with a community assistant. Once they have completed and signed their room inventories, students will return their keys to a staff member. Students who fail to complete these steps may be charged for cleaning or damages. See for tips on cleaning and a list of damage charges.

It can be very challenging for students to accomplish everything at the same time they are preparing for and taking final exams. The sooner students start this process, the easier it will be for them during finals week. For example, will students need ALL of their winter clothes after spring break? If not, why not take some home now? It will leave that much less to pack at the end of the year!

If your student or you have any questions about what they must do to renew their residence hall contract for next year or to move out at the end of the year, feel free to contact the Residence Life Department at, at (936) 468-2601, or at the offices on the first floor of the Austin Building.