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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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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!

Party later, save the world now on ASB trip

12 Aug
2010 Alternative Spring Break Group

2010 ASB students in New Orleans

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

What better way to “be the change you want to see in the world” than to use your time to make a difference? If your student is already considering plans for Spring Break, the Office of Student Affairs Programs offers an option that’s both fun and meaningful – the Alternative Spring Break program.

Leadership and Service Programs will take 16 students on its 2012 ASB trip, in addition to two student team leaders who help to plan and lead the trip. The team will be selected this fall through an application and interview process. You can find the ASB team application here. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 7. Interviews will take place Oct. 10-15 and involve both a service project and a sit-down interview with staff and team leaders.

We make sure to have good conversations with each student who is interested in going so we can ensure that the students want to go for the right reasons and that the team members we pick have something to learn from each other. We look for students who have been active in community service in the past, as well as students who haven’t been engaged in service, but truly are interested in helping others.

Students who take part in our ASB trip work hard on their service projects, but we also allow them to take advantage of the sights and sounds of our host city. There’s definitely time for work and play, and the students will learn a lot about social issues that impact our destination.

This year, the ASB destination is being kept under wraps until the first team meeting, after the student team is chosen. The location will be revealed in a fun and exciting way by the team leaders.

Team members will have to put down a non-refundable $50 deposit at the first team meeting and are responsible for another $50 in the spring, either through personal donation or by fund raising with the ASB team. There will be multiple opportunities for fund-raising activities. The more money the team is able to raise, the more “fun” activities we will be able to plan.

For more information, send me an e-mail at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1088, or contact Sydni Mitchell, Student Affairs Programs graduate assistant, at sfavolunteers@gmail.com or (936) 468-2870.

SFA students make an impact through service projects, trip

10 Mar

By Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service

SFA students give back to their community in a variety of ways – during this semester, students have had several opportunities to get involved in service.

The third annual The BIG Event takes place on Friday, April 29. SFA’s The BIG Event promotes unity between campus and community as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the Nacogdoches community.

Individuals and not-for-profit agencies can apply to have jobs completed by students. Because The BIG Event is focused on saying “thanks,” the recipients are not limited by need or socioeconomic status. Anyone in the community, as long as they are not an SFA student, can apply for a job. Students will be performing tasks like yardwork, housecleaning, organization, painting and other jobs throughout Nacogdoches County.

Students can get involved by signing up online at www.sfasu.edu/thebigevent or visiting the Involvement Center to fill out a participant form. Students should be prepared to serve from 2 to 6 p.m. on the day of the event, and they must sign up by Friday, April 8.

Another annual service opportunity is the Alternative Spring Break program. Rather than spending spring break at home or on vacation, a select group of students will spend their break performing service projects in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the annual Alternative Spring Break trip March 13-19.

Eleven students, two student team leaders, a graduate assistant and a professional staff member will assist the Mid-South Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of Memphis and Shelby Farms.

Pre-trip activities, including fundraising and discussions on poverty and Memphis’ rich music and cultural history, have added to the teambuilding nature of the trip.

ASB team members are chosen through an application and interview process each fall. Students are  responsible for only $100 of the trip costs, making ASB an affordable alternative to traditional Spring Break plans, in addition to enriching the experiences of the students who take part.

Finally, earlier this semester, 130 students made Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service a day on, not a day off. Volunteers went to local nursing homes and senior centers to interact with elderly residents and assist the staffs of these facilities.

MLK Day of Service participants

Students played bingo, organized dances, performed karaoke, and helped with office maintenance and organization.

For more information about service opportunities at SFA, visit http://www.sfasu.edu/studentaffairs/97.asp, or contact Jamie Bouldin at (936) 468-1088 or jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

‘Dresses for Dreams’ puts old formalwear to good use

10 Mar

By Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service

Does your student have a closet full of dresses that she’s not going to wear again? Encourage her to donate them! Omicron Delta Kappa, SFA’s leadership honor society, takes gently used casual and formal dresses and puts them to work for local charities each year.

ODK collects donations of dresses, shoes and accessories, and then sells them for no more than $40 each at its annual “Dresses for Dreams” event. This event serves a dual purpose by offering an affordable local outlet for the community to shop for the upcoming prom seasons, as well as benefiting a deserving local group. This year, all proceeds will be donated to Solid Foundation, a Nacogdoches-based group that provides after-school tutoring programs and mentoring partnerships for at-risk students.

Through the years, this event has raised thousands of dollars for a good cause, as well as providing ODK students valuable experience in managing a fundraising event.

This year’s dress sale will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and is open to the public. The event coincides with the March Showcase Saturday event and will be held on the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Cash and checks are accepted.

ODK is accepting donations through March 23. Donations should be brought to the third floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.302. Contact Lauren Doggett at sfa.odk@gmail.com or (936) 468-2870 for more information. ODK can provide a receipt for tax purposes.

130 students take part in second annual MLK Day

20 Jan

The second annual MLK Day of Service, sponsored by Student Affairs Programs and Multicultural Affairs, was a huge success – 130 student volunteers took part in 11 projects at nursing homes and senior centers, as well as helping to plan and execute the event. The opening ceremonies featured speaker Mabel Cannings, a local activist and author.

This year’s event was covered extensively by local media – seeing our students in the spotlight for actively engaging in service projects is always exciting! You can view some of the coverage here:

SFA’s MLK Day of Service is also provided additional financial support from North Carolina Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each year, hundreds of universities take part in MLK service programs. This year, universities that received a grant from NCCC and CNCS engaged 11,554 volunteers in 520 service projects.

What’s your legacy? Find out at the MLK Day of Service

7 Jan

200 people took part in the 2010 MLK Day of Service.

The Stephen F. Austin State University offices of Leadership and Service and Multicultural Affairs will hold the second annual MLK Day of Service beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The theme of the event will be “What’s Your Legacy?” and service projects will center on helping local nursing homes and senior centers. About 150 student volunteers are needed to help host events and interact with nursing home residents, and participants will receive a free lunch and event T-shirt.

For the past two years, SFA has received a grant from the North Carolina Campus Compact and Corporation for National and Community Service to implement the MLK Day of Service on campus, according to Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service. Numerous other colleges across the nation participate in the annual event.

The first MLK Day of Service at SFA in 2010 focused on helping Nacogdoches schools prepare for the new semester. This included painting benches, creating leadership-themed art projects and revitalizing landscaping.

“It’s exciting that SFA students can be part of such a widespread movement to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through giving back to their community,” Bouldin said. “This year’s projects will be very interactive, so students really have a chance to talk to the residents and learn about their lives.”
Bouldin said she hopes students will also pause to think about their own personal legacies, including the impact they will have at SFA and what they will leave behind after graduation.

Participating students will be assigned to teams as they arrive at the Twilight Ballroom. Groups will be chosen randomly to give students the opportunity to work with people with whom they don’t regularly interact. Spots will be assigned on a first come-first served basis, so Bouldin suggests arriving as close to 11 a.m. as possible to secure a spot.

“We can’t send out more students than are needed to the nursing homes and senior center – we do not want to overwhelm the residents or staff at these facilities,” Bouldin said. “We want to accommodate everyone who wants to participate, but once the spots are full, they’re full.”

Congress passed legislation in 1983 to commemorate the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on the third Monday of January, was named a national day of service and is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

“We are so excited that students have the chance to make a difference in the community through the MLK Day of Service,” Bouldin said. “We hope this event continues to grow and benefit the community in many ways.”

For more information, contact Bouldin at (936) 468-1088 or jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.