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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!

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.

Student government reps join community leaders in Austin

10 Mar

By Jamie Bouldin, Assistant Director for Leadership and Service

Members of SFA’s Student Government Association (SGA) recently joined a group of University and community representatives for Nacogdoches/SFA Days in Austin, an event that focuses on bringing Nacogdoches and Stephen F. Austin State University to the attention of state legislators and policy-makers.

Students visited the state capitol as part of SFA Days

Eight members of SGA, including Student Government President Andy Teel and Student Government Vice President Sarah Feye, joined the local group and were able to meet many members of Texas’ government, including Gov. Rick Perry.

“Several of us got to visit with Gov. Perry in his office for about 20 minutes as he discussed his goals for higher education with us,” Teel said. “This is a very educational experience in which the SFA students attended legislative briefings with our elected officials, interacted with local business owners, and participated in efforts to advocate for legislation and policies that benefit SFA. This year while our students were there, they developed a legislative agenda to give to senators and representatives from their hometown district offices and talked with elected officials about the goals of our university. Our students also attended a session with Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Wayne Christian as they gave an update on issues within their legislative districts.”

Dr. Adam Peck, dean of students, serves as SGA’s adviser and also took part in the trip.

“SFA Day serves two very important purposes,” Peck said. “It is a valuable learning experience for our students regarding the legislative process, but it also exposes lawmakers to our students and lets them tell their stories that illustrate the importance of their support for our students and higher education in general.”

“It was a great opportunity to represent SFA,” said Feye, a junior from The Woodlands. “We weren’t only representing the students, we were representing the entire University.”

The students were also able to attend a briefing on higher education, giving them insight into many issues that effect their own constituents.

“We got to hear about a lot of changes that are coming because of statewide budget cuts,” Feye said. “This kind of thing directly affects students.”

Opportunities like these do not come along often for SFA students, Teel said.

“It is amazing when we are able to attend events like these,” he said. “I believe that it not only benefits you by networking, but educating yourself on the process of how government and legislation works.”

The student representatives were also able to network with local business owners, Nacogdoches city officials, SFA administrators and representatives from the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, who also attended SFA Days.

The Nacogdoches delegation in Austin

While visiting state officials’ offices, the SGA students handed out The SFA Way lapel pins. The SFA Way (http://www.sfasu.edu/4742.asp) serves as the university’s honor code and provides principles to which students, faculty and staff hold each other accountable.