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A Tradition of Spirit Second generation Lumberjack Gordon Booker II continues his family’s legacy


New SCHOLARSHIPS

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urs is most truly and emphatically the cause of liberty, which is the cause of philanthropy, of religion, of mankind; for in its train follow freedom of conscience, pure morality, enterprise, the arts and sciences, all that is dear to the noble minded and the free, all that renders life precious. ~Stephen F. Austin, 1836 The cause of liberty Stephen F. Austin was a man of great vision. Tempered with diplomacy, his relentless pursuit of liberty for early Texas colonists transformed an unsettled badlands into a thriving state. He made a difference in the lives of many by way of his philanthropy, ambition and hard work. Austin’s legacy embodies the cornerstone ideals for his namesake – Stephen F. Austin State University. As SFA moves toward a century of opportunity for young scholars, a keystone of muchneeded financial aid is in place. The SFA Alumni Association and SFA Alumni Foundation have provided millions of dollars in scholarships and awards for deserving students. These funds help diminish financial obligations, giving students the freedom to learn. Much like the early Texas settlers, bright scholars need a place to develop and flourish. But each year, many worthy applicants are turned down due to lack of funds. By helping a student experience the intellectual environment at SFA, you can liberate a great mind.

Creating your legacy As a scholarship donor through the SFA Alumni Foundation, you will ensure your name lives on through your endowed scholarship. The endowment will be held in perpetuity; only the endowment earnings will be used, securing educational opportunities for generations of future SFA students. SFA Alumni Association endowed scholarships may be created with various charitable giving vehicles, including: •Cash Gifts •Gifts of Property/Minerals •Corporate Matching Gifts •Charitable Trusts •Gifts of Stock/Bonds •Bequests & Estate Gifts •Life Insurance Policies •Memorial Contributions

Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association P.O. Box 6096-SFA Station Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6096 Phone: 936-468-3407 Toll Free: 800-765-1534 Fax: 936-468-1007 alumni@sfasu.edu www.sfaalumni.com

The Bill & Muriel Meazell Memorial Scholarship The Bill and Muriel Meazell Memorial Scholarship benefits a Meazell heir who attends the university. In the absence of an eligible heir, the scholarship will benefit a student with financial need and who is employed at least part-time. On Dec. 17, 2003, the Meazells and their beloved dog Spike were enroute to Nacogdoches in their propjet for the Christmas holidays and to attend the SFA graduation of Justin Armstrong, their oldest grandson. Their plane went down 10 miles outside Daytona Beach, and all aboard died in the accident. Three days after the accident, the Meazells’ grandson Armstrong graduated from SFA. As a way to honor his grandparents, the 2003 graduate suggested the Meazell family set up the Bill and Muriel Meazell Memorial Scholarship. The Meazells lived in Nacogdoches for almost 30 years. They had seven children and 11 grandchildren. The couple made friends all over the country through their love of cars, racing and flying.

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Vol. 36 Issue 3

Fall 2009

HIGHLIGHTS 8

SFA vs SMU tailgaters

Photo highlights

17 Can you dig it? Alum hits paydirt with iPhone app

26 Carrying on the tradition

Father, son share the SFA experience

17 DEPARTMENTS

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8 SAWDUST STAFF

Editor...........................................Rhonda Minton ‘90 & ‘99 Design and Layout..................... Rhonda Crim-Tumelson University Photographer...................Hardy Meredith ‘81 Contributors.....................................Shirley Luna ‘85 & ‘06 Amy Roquemore ‘93, Kayli Steger ‘08 Cover Photo..........................................Hardy Meredith ‘81 The Sawdust is the official publication of the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association and is published four times a year. For membership information or service, call or write: SFA Alumni Association, PO Box 6096-SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX, 75962, (936) 468-3407 or (800) 765-1534 or alumni@sfasu.edu via email. Subscriptions are included in association memberships. The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the alumni, friends and current students of Stephen F. Austin State University through programs, scholarships and activities that create an attitude of continued loyalty and support.

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The Vista

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Annual Report

8 Alumni News 12 Class Notes 20 Alumni Chapters 22 Faculty Viewpoint 23 Campus News 26 Athletics 34 All Hail to SFA 35 New Life Members SAWDUST 3


The VISTA

A word from the Association

Mike Harbordt

Tevye sings in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof ” that tradition empowers and saves his people during hard times. Traditions can be embedded in our cultures, weave common visions and they can change. A tradition may be for an academic or other excellence, or as SFA student Amanda told me, she loves the SFA trees. We expect them to always be here, reassuring even after hurricanes. I was nurtured by SFA when there were Pine Burrs and Sawyers, and while some traditions may have gone, they are replaced by new ones such as the Mentor Ring. One tradition that is still a favorite on campus is Homecoming, and I hope that attending Homecoming is one of your traditions. You will be rewarded as you visit the campus and your SFA family and help to grow new Lumberjacks. So, whether a new tradition or old, come join the activities. . . and, wear purple! We do have some business to conduct as part of Lumberjack Bash at Homecoming. Your annual membership meeting is on Oct. 23; you will vote to revise our by-laws and to elect officers for 2010-2011. Our recommended nominees are committed to the success of our association. I know they will enjoy your support and guidance if elected. When you elected me your president for 2008–2009, I introduced some expectations, and we worked with changes suggested by association members and the Board of Directors. Our SFA Alumni Association staff gave us sound counsel as we considered these. They embraced changes and even when it may not have been easy, these true professionals gave us a smile, their energy and enthusiasm. Success rode partly on their shoulders. Success was driven, too, by your contributions of your resources and those of the board and committee volunteers. I would thank each by recounting the details of all of their contributions, but that would be too much of good things. Some visible examples are the improved Sawdust, new web site, Mentor Ring program growth, increased membership, tailgate parties and other events. Others are less visible, such as business process improvements, financial management, awards programming and scholarships. I want to thank SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo for his vital and steadfast support. The breadth of SFA support was wide, ranging from students to faculty and the administration, from the Student Foundation, Student Activities, the Board of Regents, Steve Westbrook, Robert Hill, John Branch, Dr. Rick Berry, Bob Wright, Danny Gallant, University Development, Public Affairs, Human Services, Yvette Clark and others. Community leaders, businesses and organizations joined in this, too. We thank each of you and hope we have earned your continued support. In closing, I thank my wife, Jackie Ward Harbordt, for her constant support, participation in our efforts and the travel. I know, too, that Jeff Davis appreciates wife Jenny’s help as well, and the other staff members in the association office are equally thankful for the support of their families. I hope to see you at Homecoming and thank you again for your support and the opportunity to have served you. With best wishes and blessings to each of you. ✯

Mike Harbordt ‘63 President, SFA Alumni Association

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The VISTA Officers of the Alumni Association Mike Harbordt ‘63 - President Chuck Tomberlain ‘84 - President-Elect Shirley Crawford ‘58 & ‘70 - Past President

From the 3rd Floor We are enjoying a record-breaking fall semester at Stephen F. Austin State University! With 12,845 students enrolled in classes, we have set a new record for the highest enrollment in the university’s history, breaking our previous record from 1990, when we had 12,815 students enrolled. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has had a part in this achievement, especially our faculty, staff members and administrators who work on a daily basis to provide the very best educational experience to our students. I’m also grateful for our alumni and friends who support our mission and help spread the word about the valuable educational opportunities that abound on our campus. After an eventful summer, we are heading into a busy fall. We welcomed a great group of SFA supporters to campus in July to celebrate with us as we opened the Early Childhood Research Center. Changes on our campus landscape will continue in December when Garner Apartments will be removed to make way for a new 400-bed freshman residence hall and parking garage. The projected completion date for the residence hall is summer 2011, and the parking garage, with spaces for 1,000 vehicles, should be available next summer. A major landscaping project is under way on the corner of East College and North streets that will complement the new university signage and transform the area into a park-like environment. In conjunction with Homecoming festivities in October, the area will be dedicated to Dr. A.W. Birdwell, SFA’s first president. We will continue to honor Dr. Birdwell’s historical contributions to SFA on this former site of the Birdwell Building by designing a beautiful and peaceful area on campus that is sure to become another campus landmark. Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined us on campus in August to sign the legislation that ensures the name of SFA will not change. Senate Bill 596 was sponsored by Sen. Robert Nichols and its House companion bill by Rep. Wayne Christian passed during the 81st Legislative session. Great things are happening at our alma mater, and more great things are in store. I look forward to seeing you at Homecoming on Oct. 23-24 as we continue to celebrate the spirit of SFA. ✯

Dr. Baker Pattillo

Association Board Rob Atherton ‘73 Wendy Buchanan ‘85 Don Cox ‘71 & ‘76 Robin Dawley ‘77 Karen Gantt ‘95 Kent Hutchison ‘92 Ron Hunt ‘90 & ‘94 Don Keasler ‘61 Katie Nelms ‘05 Susan Roberds ‘75 Roger Robinson ‘92 Phillip Scherrer ‘99 Curtis Sparks ‘85 Steve Whitbeck ‘75 Chris Woelfel ‘95 Courtney Harvey ‘10 Student Government Association Cole Tomberlain ‘11 Student Foundation Association Alumni Foundation Governors Shirley Crawford ‘58 & ‘70 - Chairman Brad Bays ‘91 Lewie Byers ‘68 Ford Cartwright ‘69 James Hamilton ‘77 Mike Harbordt ‘63 Bill McGaughey ‘57 Andy Mills ‘91 Bill Roberds ‘75 Alumni Association Staff Jeff Davis ‘02 Executive Director of Alumni Affairs (Fundraising) Rhonda Minton ‘90 & ‘99 Director of Marketing & Membership (Legislative Affairs & Public Relations) Mitzi Blackburn Director of Alumni Activities (Activities & Events) Katy Crawford Assistant to the Executive Director of Alumni Affairs (Operations) Rhonda Crim-Tumelson Communication Coordinator Emily Payne ‘99 & ‘01 Chapter Coordinator Beverly Smith ‘96 Accountant (Finance) Alicia Roland Chatman Gifts & Records Specialist

Axe ’em, ’Jacks!

Mo Davis ‘09 Scholarship Coordinator

Baker Pattillo ‘65 & ‘66, President, Stephen F. Austin State University SAWDUST 5


Alumni NEWS

2008-2009 Annual Report Dear Alumni & Friends

As we begin this year, we take time to reflect on the past year with pride. It has been a positive year for your Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association, and the future looks to be even more exciting. The SFA Alumni Association continues to be a primary conduit to the university by providing alumni and friends many opportunities to interact with SFA. This annual report is designed to give you a quick update on this past year’s highlights and accomplishments within the SFA Alumni Association. We thank you for your continued, generous support. Even with significant challenges from the economic climate over the past year, the association had many positives in 2008-2009. We experienced an 8.2% growth in overall memberships and an 8.0% growth in annual memberships. The staff at the association is dedicated to staying in touch with you, increasing its services to alumni and discovering ways to help alumni and friends maintain their connection to SFA. Thank you to our members who support their alma mater in so many ways and to the more than 97,000 alumni nationwide who make us proud every day. You are what has helped make this past year successful!

Jeff Davis ‘02 Executive Director of Alumni Affairs

Mission The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association is a non-

profit organization dedicated to serving the alumni, friends and current students of Stephen F. Austin State University through programs, scholarships and activities that create an attitude of continued loyalty and support.

Activities & Events

Ceremonies Distinguished Alumnus Award, Outstanding Young Graduate Award, Chapter Awards, Distinguished Professor Award, Outstanding Graduate Awards, Class of 1958 “Golden ‘Jacks” Reunion, Athletic Hall of Fame, Jacks of Honor, Lumberjack Legends, Pine Burrs Reunion, Coaches Awards Two Tuition Drawings (Fall 2008 for freshmen and Spring 2009 for all SFA students) Two Senior Send-Off Parties for SFA graduates in December and May Represented the SFA Alumni Association at professional and civic events: Alumni Professionals of Texas, Council for Advancement & Support of Education District IV, College Alumni Assocation Executives, Affiliated Student Advancement Programs, Council of Alumni Marketing & Membership Professionals, Nacogdoches Rotary, Nacogdoches Jaycees, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs and SFA Connection committees, Nacogdoches Safe & Drug Free, State Future Farmers of America Convention Supported University programs: Orientation, Jack Camp, Showcase Saturday, 85th Anniversary Committee, SFA 101, University Professional Women’s Club, SFA Faculty/Staff Picnic, three commencements, ROTC commissioning, SFA President’s Christmas Party, Creativity Conference, Career Fairs, Grad Fairs, Showcase Saturday, Student Life Awards banquet, departmental award banquets and “Meet the Jacks” events Homecoming Seven fundraising and networking events during Homecoming weekend—golf tournament ($19,700), Lumberjack Bash, silent auction ($16,966), alumni coffee, picnic and Duck Dash ($18,060) and the Benefit Drawing ($19,769)—raised approximately $74,495 for the SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. AK 121 3

WA 375 13

Membership Breakdown 2007-08 Members

Annual Life Total

466 6,449 6,915

OR 240 10

2008-09 Members

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ID 101 8 NV 167 10

840 6,634 7,484

CA 1,339 79

An increase of 559 members in FY 08-09 from FY 07-08.

Texas Alumni 97,591; 88% of all SFA alumni live in Texas

MT 95 4

HI 65 5

ND 13 0 SD 51 4

WY 74 3

UT 106 8

AZ 809 32

MN 163 3

IA 97 5

NE 100 3 CO 1,083 61

NM 375 16

WI 133 3

KS 240 15 OK 708 39

TX 97,591 6,466

MO 385 25 AR 809 45 LA 1,388 75

IL 420 16

MI 202 10 IN 179 4

OH 278 10 KY 193 13

TN 573 43 MS 287 16

AL 322 16

GA 701 47

WV 38 0

SC 197 11

FL 882 58

# of Alumni # of Association Members

NH VT 63 ME 47 24 0 3 0 MA 183 11 NY RI 377 23 10 CT 2 126 PA NJ 8 329 239 20 9 DC DE MD 30 64 VA 220 3 1 12 666 52 NC 588 38


Alumni NEWS SFASU Alumni Association Financial Statements (Unaudited) July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

SFASU Alumni Foundation Financial Statements (Unaudited) July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

Balance Sheet Cash: Investments: Property, Plant & Equipment: Other Assets: Total Assets:

Balance Sheet Cash: Investments:

Current Liabilities: Total Net Assets: Total Liabilities & Net Assets:

$227,077.77 1,658,891.15 20,896.03 114,650.33 $ 2,021,515.28

$

Statement of Activities Revenues: Net Realized & Unrealized Investment Gains/(Losses): Fundraising Expenses: General & Admin. Expenses: Change in Net Assets:

(14,395.00) 2,035,910.28 $ 2,021,515.28

$ 635,823.54 (250,931.81) (38,664.17) (599,606.07) $ (253,378.51)

Scholarships Alumni and friends made more than $727,000 in contributions to the SFA Alumni Association and SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund. Nearly $600,000 was awarded to 650 students in FY 2008-09.

Scholarships established: • Floyd “Dock” and Fannie Baldwin Watson Scholarship • Grandma and Grandpa Christian Fellowship Scholarship • Alma Louise Simmons Memorial Scholarship • Siggins/Turell TKE Memorial Scholarship Scholarships initiated: • Gerald Pickett Football Scholarship • Colvert Family Scholarship • Steve Mitchell First Generation Scholarship • Jeremy Chris Gilliam Memorial Scholarship A complete list of scholarships and recipients is available online at www.sfaalumni.com

Alumni Chapters 47 Alumni Chapter

events with approximately 1,300 total participants (Freshman Send-Off Parties, networking luncheons, happy hours, TCU Tailgate party, golf tournament, coaches nights, game watching parties); 19 Chapters operating at various levels of activity; three prospective Chapters.

Other Assets: Total Assets:

Current Liabilities: Total Net Assets: Total Liabilities & Net Assets:

$885,453.28 13,041,095.39 837,550.24 $14,764,098.91

Statement of Activities Revenues: Net Realized & Unrealized Investment Gains/(Losses): Program Expenses: Other Expense: Change in Net Assets:

$ 81,410.47 14,682,688.44 $ 14,764,098.91

$ 1,025,742.95 4,364,504.76) (835,559.63) (202,419.12) $(4,376,740.56)

Affinity Programs The SFA Alumni Association has agreements with the following affinity partners: Bank of

America MasterCard, Liberty Mutual home and auto insurance; American Insurance Administrators health and life insurance programs, Wordyisms diploma frames, Alma Mater Pro Shop, ShopSFA online e-commerce. These programs added more than $137,000 to the association.

Communication Newly designed

website and continuing progress of its use; modified SFA Alumni eNews Update newsletter; established presence on social media sites LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Creation and production of two “Jacks of All Trades” e-video broadcasts; improved Sawdust alumni magazine both in content and design.

Mentor Ring

• 349 rings sold • Two Big Dip Mentor Ring presentation ceremonies with Dr. Scott Beasley, retiring dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, and D’Nese Haddox, associate director of Residence Life, honored as the “mystery dipper” during the December and May cereomonies, respectively • 150 alumni participating in the program as Mentors. • The ring sales event was moved into the Pearman Alumni Center.

SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors Mike Harbordt ‘63 - President Chuck Tomberlain ‘84 - President Elect Shirley Crawford ‘58 & ‘70 - Past President Association Board Rob Atherton ‘73 Wendy Buchanan ‘85 Don Cox ‘71 & ‘76 Robin Dawley ‘77 Karen Gantt ‘95 Kent Hutchison ‘92 Ron Hunt ‘90 & ‘94 Don Keasler ‘61 Katie Nelms ‘05 Susan Roberds ‘75 Roger Robinson ‘92 Phillip Scherrer ‘99 Curtis Sparks ‘85 Steve Whitbeck ‘75 Chris Woelfel ‘95 Courtney Harvey ‘10 Student Government Association Cole Tomberlain ‘11 Student Foundation Association

SFA Alumni Foundation Board of Governors Shirley Crawford ‘58 & ‘70 - Chairman Brad Bays ‘91 Lewie Byers ‘68 Ford Cartwright ‘69 James Hamilton ‘77 Mike Harbordt ‘63 Bill McGaughey ‘57 Andy Mills ‘91 Bill Roberds ‘75

SFA Alumni Association Staff Jeff Davis ‘02 Executive Director Rhonda Minton ‘90 & ‘99 Dir., Marketing & Membership Mitzi Blackburn Dir., Alumni Activities Katy Crawford Asst. to the Executive Director Rhonda Crim-Tumelson Communication Coordinator Emily Payne ‘99 & ‘01 Chapter Coordinator Beverly Smith ‘96 Accountant Alicia Roland Chatman Gifts & Records Specialist Mo Davis ‘09 Scholarship Coordinator SAWDUST 7


Alumni NEWS

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Lumberjacks at SMU. More than 1,200 alumni and friends attended the tailgate party!

Jeff Davis ‘02, executive director of the SFA Alumni Association, assists alums at the alumni tent.

Erika Tolar ‘02 of Keller and son Gavin Leroy.

Alumni Association board member Don Cox ‘71, Mike Harbordt ‘63, president of the SFA Alumni Association and wife Jackie Harbordt, all of Nacogdoches.

Couples enjoy the festivities in Dallas.

A menu of brisket and pulled pork was served to our guests.

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Susan Roberds ‘75 of Dallas, SFA Alumni Association board member and former SFA Regent.

The SFA band showed off its school spirit.


Alumni NEWS

Many thanks to our tailgate sponsors!

Dr. Baker Pattillo ‘65 & ‘66, president of SFA.

CHAPTER Dr. David Campo, associate director of ElaRuth ‘66 and Dr. Jack McCullough bands and director of the Lumberjack ‘62 of Nacogdoches. Marching Band with his family.

Students flash their axes.

Dallas residents Philip ‘99, Alumni Association board member, and wife Ivey Scherrer ‘01, Dallas Chapter leader.

Steve Westbrook ‘81, vice-president for university affairs, with son Reed and Sam Smith, director of student services at SFA.

Dr. Malcolm Rector ‘55 & ‘61 and wife LaWanda ‘54 & ‘81.

Jenny Davis ‘04, assistant director of career services, and Miette CrimTumelson.

Members of an area soccer team show their purple pride.

Betty Ford of Nacogdoches and Shirley Crawford ‘58 & ‘70 of Henderson, president of the SFA Alumni Foundation

Happy tailgaters wait to fill their new purple koozies.

Curtis Sparks ‘85 of Bullard and sister Dede.

Alumni Association board member Kent ‘92 and Elizabeth Sultenfuss Hutchison ‘88 of Nacogdoches with daughters Sarah and Megan. SAWDUST 9


Alumni NEWS

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Alumni NEWS

Alumni Association welcomes new staff member The newest addition to the SFA Alumni Association team is Mo Davis, who graduated in May 2009 with bachelor’s degree in speech communication. Davis joined the staff at the start of 2009 as the receptionist. She became the scholarship coordinator on July 27, following Libby Butt who left the alumni association after seven years to pursue a second degree through University of Texas Medical Branch. A native Texan, Davis was born and raised in Houston. After completing high school in 2005, she made her way to East Texas as a freshman at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville. Following graduation from Lon Morris, she transferred to SFA to continue her education. Davis plans to pursue her Master in Interdisciplinary Studies degree this spring. As a student, she held many officer positions with campus organizations including Student Body President at Lon Morris College and a position on the Student Body President’s Cabinet for the Student Government Association at SFA. Upon transferring to SFA, she landed a position with the SFA Davis 101 Freshman Success Program, where she created and coordinated the freshman student handbook. With firm beliefs in education, she trusts that Martin Luther King Jr. said it best when he said that “intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.” She desires to one day pursue a career in higher education as an administrator and professor. In her spare time she likes to have a Blockbuster night with friends, catch up on sleep, go shopping and Facebook. “Ever since I started working at the alumni association there has never been a day where I didn’t hop out of bed not excited about going to work. I love my job, as well as the students and staff I get to work with on a daily basis,” she said. “It’s such a comfortable, friendly and home-like environment, who wouldn’t want to work here?” To learn more about the alumni association individuals who work to serve you, visit www.sfaalumni.com. ✯

The SFA Alumni Association invites you to share your thoughts!

Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey about our programs and services. The first 200 to complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card from Amazon.com. Visit www.sfaalumni.com /?page=survey to begin the survey. CORRECTION: In the Summer 2009 Sawdust issue, we neglected to mention in the Page 6 article about 1986 SFA graduate John Dickson’s second American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award that Dickson is the son of Martha Dickson, who retired from SFA after nearly 40 years of service, and that his parents established the John Dickson Music Scholarship that is awarded each year through the SFA Alumni Foundation. We apologize for the omission.

Support the SFA Alumni Association! Two ways you can help

1) become a member and 2) recruit a fellow Lumberjack to join the association! ❏

YES! I want to support the SFA Alumni Association by becoming a member ❏ $25 Student Annual ❏ $400 Student Life ❏ $25 First Year Grad Annual ❏ $750 Life Membership ❏ $50 Annual ❏ $1000 Joint Life (Husband/Wife) ❏ $75 Joint Annual (Husband/Wife) ❏ $500 Senior Life (65 years+) ❏ $750 Joint Senior Life

❏ I am already a member, but I want to make an unrestricted gift of: ❏ $100 ❏ $250 ❏ $500 ❏ $1,000 ❏ Other_____ Please fax to 936-468-1007 or mail this form to: SFA Alumni Association, PO Box 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962 BILLING

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Name:___________________________________________ Maiden Name (if applicable):__________________________ Social Security # / Campus ID#:____________________ Date of Birth:_____________________________________ Graduation Date/Last SFA Attendance:______________ Degree:____________________Major:_________________ Address:_________________________________________ City:_ ___________________________________________ State:_______________________ Zip:_________________ Telephone: h)_____________________________________ w)_ ___________________________________ E-mail:_ _________________________________________ Employer:_______________________________________ Title:____________________________________________ You can join the SFA Alumni Association securely online at www.sfaalumni.com or call 1-800-765-1534 or 936-468-3407. SAWDUST 11


Class NOTES

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Class Notes Meagan Jones ‘07 and Brandon Schmidt of Lufkin were married March 14.

Justin and Lindsey McFaul ’04 of Longview Rachel Coulter ‘08 and Wilannounce the liam Massingill of Lufkin were April 14 birth of married April 11. Emerson Kyle. McFaul Leah Arnold Zach Carnley ’06 of Lamand David pasas was valedictorian for Polk ‘01 of Los the spring 2009 graduating Angeles, Calif., class of the Dallas Institute of were married Funeral Service. May 9. David Polk is employed Pamela Morris ‘01 of Lanas a feature film character caster is the superintendent of animator at Rhythm and Hues Lancaster Schools. Studios. Christine Richardson ‘09 of Kingwood is working at an accounting firm in Houston. Jill Quarles ’08 of Duncanville won first place at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference in general column writing in the newspaper category. Bridgett and Jason Hicks ’03 of Newton announce the June 22 birth of Jaden Lawayne. Jonathan ’05 and Paige Healey ’02 of Spring announce the June 9 birth of Alexander Texas. Army Spc. Phillip R. Chester ‘04 of Mansfield graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. Ryan Anthony ‘06 of Tomball is employed as a strength and conditioning coach at Rosehill Christian School. Hillary Simms ‘05 of San Augustine was “Teacher of the Month” for San Augustine High School. SAWDUST 12

Christine Kirkpatrick ‘03 of Dallas is the organization’s development coordinator for The Network of Community Ministries. Dr. Jason McCullough ‘07 of Mount Pleasant is superintendent in China Spring ISD. Troy Carrell ‘03 of Bremond is girls athletic director for Bremond High School. Stuart Meisenheimer ‘02 of Jacksonville joined the Austin Bank Jacksonville as an assistant vice-president in the loan department. Amber Hernandez ‘07 of Woodsboro is a recent graduate of University of Texas Hernandez MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Laboratory Science program. She became a certified medical technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and is employed by Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Lindsay Wright ‘08 of Corrigan is a first grade educator at C-CISD.

was commissioned by Texas Parks and Wildlife as one of Texas’ newest wardens.

Kendra Banks ‘08 of Mount Pleasant is a special education Speech therapist at Marshall ISD

Linnea Robinson ‘97 of Crockett works at Winfield Healthcare as a social worker.

Jami Hill ‘09 of Bonham is an assistant with the varsity volleyball and softball programs at Royse City High School. DaVana Sanders ‘09 of Jasper is the special education teacher at Jasper Junior High School. Chad Frost ‘02 of Houston is the safety/hazard communication compliance officer for the City of Houston. Justin R. Sawyers ‘05 of Syracuse, N.Y., is director of marketing and communicaSawyers tions for the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology. Josh Sorensen ‘05 and Mary Derkowski ‘08 of Houston were married June 27. Jamie Bouldin ‘05 is the assistant director of student life at SFA. David White ‘07 of Austin is the political director of Gov. Rick Perry’s re-election campaign. Cassidy Fears ‘02 of Mansfield is the head cheer coach at Legacy High School.

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Todd Long ‘95 of Gladewater

Rick Gates ’98 of Mount Vernon teaches algebra I, TAKS math and is also the head coach of boy’s basketball at Mount Vernon ISD. Craig Watson ’93 of Mount Vernon is an assistant principal. Jennifer Montalvo ‘92 & ‘95 of Tyler was named Region 7 “Elementary Teacher of the Year.” Jill Nehls ’96 of Rosenberg is the principal at Long Elementary. Daryl Perkins ’99 of Newcastle, Okla., is southwest basin operations manager at Schlumberger. Tim Harrison ’90 of Edna is a coach and history teacher in Edna ISD. Brent Thompson ’90 of Jacksonville and Julie Lester of Flint were married June 20. Shirley Boothe ‘90 of Houston was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of social work. Angela Putnam ‘96 of Baytown received “Elementary Teacher of the Year” honors. Amy Hunt ‘92 of Wylie is employed as a social studies educator at Wylie High School. Catherine McDaniel ‘94 of


Class NOTES Edmond, Okla., received her doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

Col. Chad McRee ’88 of Fayetteville, N.C., graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. Shown with his wife Julie McRee ‘87.

Rick Ivey ‘99 of New Boston is the new pastor of Tapp United Methodist Church. Chris Peace ‘94 of Terrell is the acting chief appraiser for the Kaufman County Appraisal District.

Kathy Bagley ‘83 & ‘86 of Cameron is a fourth grade teacher at Cameron Elementary. Glenn A. Beard Jr. ‘87 & ‘94 of Leander has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army National Guard and is currently serving at Camp Mabry in Austin. Sherry Griffin ‘82 of Ferris is the advertising director for the Ellis County Press.

Bridgette White ‘99 of Jasper is a second grade educator at Few Primary.

Ashly Kubicek ‘99 of Victoria is administrative officer for The founder and marketing direc- Links, Incorporated. Lance Johnson ‘94 of Houston tor of El Grado Spirits, LLC. George Faber ‘80 of Tyler is is the new superintendent for Teri Pruitt ‘90 of Canton is the the director of visual and perEvant ISD. office manager for John Crow forming arts for Tyler ISD. Grant Girouard ‘91 of Friend- Pontiac Buick GMC. Vicki Stevens ‘87 of Rosenswood owns and manages The Mandy ‘98 & ‘00 and Thomas berg is the principal at Cora Cake Lady Bakery. ‘00 of Ponchatoula, La., anThomas Elementary. nounce the July 8 birth of Tami Howard Melissa ManCarr ‘93 of Dal- their third child James Thomas ning ‘88 of las is the execu- Wayne. James Thomas is welcomed by his big brothers Spring was tive eroducer Caleb and Luke. named to of Good Day the editorial Dallas. Carr review board Manning of H Magazine, Duane Barber ‘99 of JacksonTodd Pfaff ’86 of Longview is the official publication of the ville is the new principal at headmaster at Christian HeriHouston Livestock Show and Whitehouse High School. tage School of Longview. Rodeo. Wesley Basham ‘98 of Paul Cauley ’83 of Dallas Ruth Cocking ‘87 of Dayton Corsicana completed the has been appointed the CLE is a bilingual kindergarten Initial Probation and Pre-Trial Program Chair for the Interna- teacher for the Dayton ISD. Services Training Academy in tional Association of Defense Charleston, S.C. Counsel for the 2010 Midyear Meeting. Jason Buddin ‘92 of Austin is vice-president at Lake Travis Ford “Sparky” CartRick Maxey ‘83 of Tyler wins Independent School Board. writght ‘69 of Lufkin, Cascades Golf Title. president of the SFA Mark ‘98 and Lettermen’s AssociaGary Bagley ‘83 of Cameron Miranda Sheltion, qualified for the is the pastor for the Cameron ton Bruderer U.S. Senior Amateur First United Methodist Church. ‘98 of Spring, Golf Tournament held have two chilat the Beverly Country Brenda Farmer ‘82 of Joaquin dren, Maxwell Club in Chicago, Ill. Bruderer John born May was inducted into the Tenaha ISD Hall of Fame. 18, 2007 and Matthew Ryan born Jan. 28, 2005. Kristie Patton Foster ‘88 of Washington, D.C., is the chief

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Jimmie Lapier ‘85 of Lake Jackson is the employee/labor relations manager for Caliber Service. Penny Williams Holloway ‘84 of Nacogdoches was voted the “Favorite Teacher of the Year” at Nacogdoches ISD.

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Kara Quinton ‘76 of Baytown is a retired educator after being named Highlands Elementary “Teacher of the Year” for 2009. Richard Gaulden ‘79 of Marshall is a new director of Sullivan Funeral Home. Dwight Denman ‘78 of Aberdeen, S.D., is the head coach for the men’s and women’s golf programs at Northern State University.

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Class NOTES Diana Patton ‘75 of Karnes is the new positive action teacher in the reconnecting youth program at Runge ISD.

Helping others achieve their dreams of a college degree

Carol Turner ’76 of Baytown is the new pastor of Cedar Bayou United Methodist Church. Jim Stouffer ‘78 of Little Rock, Ark., of counsel with Kutak Rock, L.L.P. Nancy Folger Malone ‘72 of Dallas is a referral associate for the Ebby Alumni Group for Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Joe Green ‘60 of Tyler received the 2009 Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award.

Alumni and friends of Stephen F. Austin State Four Lumberjacks attended at the recent Ducks Unlimited state convention in League City. From left, J.E. “Yazoo” Thomas ‘77 of Center, East Texas regional director for Ducks Unlimited, Shea Larson of Nacogdoches, SFA student, Amy Hahn of Nacogdoches, SFA student, and Mike Hahn ‘76 of Seabrook, chairman of the event.

Margaret Blackmon ’59 of Springtown married Charles Birdsong.

ing endowed scholarships

stocks, life insurance, cash and wills. For more information about

Carol ‘66 and Dick Voigtel ‘53 of Nacogdoches recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

1950

loved ones by establish-

through gifts of real estate,

Lynn Vincent ‘60 of Carthage received a 50-year banker award during a luncheon from The Texas Bankers Association.

David Irwin ‘64 of Tyler is the managing partner of Tyler Ford.

University are honoring

scholarship endowments, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (800) 765-1534 Former SFA students from the freshman class of 1968 and residents of Dorm 15, Griffith Hall. From left, Teri Cerwinsky Knouse ‘72 of Lafayette, La., Jean Allison Bunyard ‘71 of Carthage, Chris Simpson Fox ‘71 of San Antonio, Nancy Folger Malone ‘72 of Sanger, Gail Butler Bradbury of Bryan, Vicki Jackson ‘72 of Garland and Michael Ann Everitt of Spring.

or (936) 468-3407.

You may also visit the Scholarships link at www.sfaalumni.com for giving information.

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Class NOTES

In Memoriam Brent Johnson ‘83 of Fort Worth, July 12. Lillie Ruth Williamson ’41 of Nacogdoches, Sept. 6. Maurvice “Sally” Lloyd Stallcup of Garland, July 31. Marcus Reynolds ’96 of Bullard, Aug. 14. Frances Cox ‘59 of Longview, Aug. 20. Keith Frank Thomas ’91 of Nacogdoches, Feb 8. Kenneth Fitzgerald ‘00 of Frankston, July 8. Brett Ray Johnson ‘83 of Dallas, July 12. Bryan McKerley ‘06 of Tyler, June 27. Amanda Susan Ferguson Wingerd ‘72 of Longview, May 5. Patrick Joseph “Joe” Driggers ’87 of Fort Worth, June 12. Anne K. Wallace ‘62 of Nacogdoches, June 5. Barry J. Larkin ’86 of Ames, Iowa, May 28. Pauline M. Merrill ’42 of Salt Lake City, Utah, June 6. Thelma B. Baysek ’78 of Longview, June 3. Zane S. Bennett ’87 of Oakhurst, June 13. Lennie P. Dauphine ’69 of Orange, June 18. Reginald L. McDaniel ‘51 of Lake Cherokee, June 19. Kevin Wade Bass ’82 of Houston, June 21. Sarah Jean Sheffield ’02 of Moscow, Idaho, June 24. Earlene Malone ’75 of Lufkin, May 26. Bryan D. McKerley ’06 of Oklahoma City, Okla., June 27. Brian T. Littleton ’96 of Fort Worth, June 29. Jay F. Fosdick ’81 of Fort Worth, June 29. Joanne Nall ’72 of Nacogdoches, June 23. Billie J. Cardwell ’58 & ’64 of Lufkin, July 6. Peter E. Hyland ’70 of Baytown, July 7. Helen Chambers Hill ’50 of Lufkin, June 13. Jimmy G. Day ’50 of Longview, July 16. Maxine M. Bass ’48 of Houston, July 15. Jay P. Siler ’71 of Lake Jackson, July 15. Louise A. Carter ’51 of Shreveport, La., Aug. 11. Jesse Borner ’73 of Jasper, Aug. 18. Virgil R. Blundell ’72 & ’75 of Houston, Aug. 6. J. B. Stubbelfield ’49 of Plano, Aug. 19. Murphy George of Lufkin, Former SFA Foundation Board Trustee, Aug. 27. Donna Peterson Davis ‘81 of Houston, March 21, 2008. Willie Tolbert ‘75 of Missouri City, June 28. Stacy Haynes ‘74 of Dallas, Sept. 11. Frank Melton ‘71 of Jackson, Miss., May 6. Don Sargent ‘79 & ‘80 of Nacogdoches, Sept. 19. Beth Metzger Robichaux ‘66 of Katy, August 1. Roger Aker ‘98 of Nacogdoches, Aug. 27. Donald Barnett ‘62 & ‘64 of Nacogdoches, Sept. 24.

Thomas Jackson Stanly ‘32, of Nacogdoches, died Aug. 30. Stanly was born August 8, 1926 in Leesville, La. He enrolled in college at the age of 17, and volunteered to serve in the Navy during World War II, 1944-45, on a destroyer escort in the Pacific. He married the love of his life, Rebecca, in 1948. They met at Louisiana State University, and later they had four daughters. Stanly was a college professor for many years. Holding a master’s and doctoral degrees in agriculture education, he joined SFA in 1969 as professor and chairman of the Department of Agriculture. He remained chair until 1985 when he requested to step down to teach full time. He was awarded the SFA Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award in 1989 and the Regents Professor Award in 1990. At his retirement in 1991, he was honored as Professor Emeritus. He was appointed as a congressional lobbyist for three years for the education section of the budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was also a member of the accrediting committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Stanly was an active member of Westminister Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir for 40 years. He was one of the organizers and board members of Security National Bank. Stanly was inducted into the Nacogdoches Rotary Club in 1970. ✯

Joseph Cary Touchstone ‘43 of Rosemont, Penn., prominent research scientist and a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, died July 26. After earning a bachelor’s degree from SFA, Touchstone earned a master’s degree in organic chemistry from Purdue University. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry and organic chemistry from St. Louis University, where he was awarded the Theelin Fund Fellowship. In 1952 he joined Penn’s School of Medicine as a research associate and met his future wife, Phyllis Kistler, a nursing student at Penn. In 1956, he was appointed research professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Touchstone was a pioneer in biochemical chromatography, the technique for separating or analyzing a mixture of gases, liquids or dissolved substances. Using chromatography, he studied amniotic fluid to determine the level of fetal lung viability in women who were at risk of having premature infants. He also conducted research on steroids and, with a colleague from the University of Texas, he researched techniques to leach sodium out of the body to prevent hypertension and conducted research on steroids. Touchstone lectured all over the world, published more than 300 papers and 15 books, and trained many postdoctoral students and fellows in his laboratory at Penn. He cofounded the Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley. When his three sons were growing up, he attended all their athletic events and volunteered with their Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops. The family went on camping trips every summer in the United States or Canada. SAWDUST 15


Alumni NEWS

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Alumni NEWS

Can you dig it?

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photo by Van Redin ‘75

Thanks to 1999 graduate, you can . . .

apitalizing on the fascination of searching for buried treasure has struck gold for Bradley Lewis of Cedar Park, art director for InMotion Software. As the artist for “I Dig It,” Lewis said the popularity of the downloadable game, which reached the No. 1 Top Paid Apps in Apple’s iTunes App Store this summer, has been a welcomed surprise. “When we set out to make ‘I Dig It,’ I knew all along we were making a quality title,” the 1999 SFA graduate said. “However, we really had no idea it would be as successful as it was.” Lewis said they excitedly watched the game climb the list of the Top Paid Apps for a few days and put another project on hold as they monitored its progress. “We kind of sat around the office refreshing the lists as it went higher and higher to the top,” he said. “After it hit No. 1 for sure, we exchanged high-fives and cheers, and went right to work on updates for ‘I Dig It,’ and shelved the other project for the time being.” Lewis joined the software company earlier this year and was the only artist on the “I Dig It” project. He was responsible for creating and integrating into the game the environment, the digging machine, character illustrations, user interface and the promotional and marketing materials. “Coming up with projects to work on at InMotion is a group effort. We entertain all ideas and as a group settle on the game idea we would all want to play and go from there,” Lewis said.

“This game came about after we had just finished ‘Dungeon Defense,’ our first large-scale title for iPhone, and were looking for a short project to do between larger titles.” Lewis said he thinks there are several reasons why “I Dig It” has been popular. “Mainly that it is a high quality, high production value casual game in a landscape of casual games that are not high quality, and non-casual console games that are $40 to $60 each,” he said. “ ‘I Dig It’ also taps into the vein that many popular digging games of the past tapped into. Dig up treasure, pay off something, go back in. Rinse. Repeat.” At age six, Lewis saw the movie “Star Wars” and decided he wanted to artwork and models for the movie industry. As a junior college student, he got into computer graphics and 3D animation and continued his studies in the SFA Department of Art. “Dr. Michael Roach was kind enough to let me venture out on my own and learn 3D in the back of the art department’s computer lab,” he said. In August, MacWorld reviewed the game and rated with four and half mice out of five and called it “a remarkably featureladen game that’s packed with replay value.” “Having good reviews on something you’ve worked very hard on makes you proud and happy, but then you realize you have to do it again, and it gets a bit daunting to try and repeat the formula of a successful title,” Lewis said. ✯ SAWDUST SAWDUST 17 17


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Sylvans Forestry Club Lumberjac tug-o-war, pole climb and more

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Lumberjack Bash, Baker Pattil Reception with heavy hors d’ Silent Auction, Golden ‘Jacks 50th Association Business Meeting reserved seating is $10 per seat first-served basis

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8:30 p.m. Torchlight Parade Kick-Off Party

Lumberjack Bash Reserved Seating $10 (Lumberjack Bash admission is free, seat reservations optional)

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Golden ‘Jacks Breakfast

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Alumni Picnic (kids 7 & younger eat free)

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Proceeds from the Homecoming weekend’s fundraising events benefit the SFA Alumni Scholarship Fund.


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Saturday 8 a.m.

Golden ‘Jacks Reunion Breakfast, Hotel Fredonia Banita Ballroom. Join the 1959 SFA graduates in celebrating their 50-year reunion. $20

8:30 a.m. Lettermen’s Breakfast, Baker Pattillo Student Center Regent’s Suite. $10 9 a.m.

Early Bird Coffee, Hotel Fredonia lobby. Grab a donut and a cup of coffee before heading to the parade. FREE

10 a.m. Homecoming Parade in Downtown Nacogdoches. FREE 11 a.m.

SFA Bass Club ‘Kid Fish Catfish Tournament,’ SFA Ag Pond Contact Doug James at (936) 615-2742 for more information, ends at 2 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Alumni Picnic at Lumberjack Alley. Enjoy a hamburger or hotdog at the Alumni Association’s tailgate spot, ends at 1:30 p.m. $5 Noon

Duck Dash at Lumberjack Alley. Ducks are $5 each, 6 for $25

2 p.m.

SFA vs Sam Houston State University. Watch one of Texas’ oldest football rivalries square off in Homer Bryce Stadium. $10 general admission ticket

7: 30 p.m. African American Alumni Chapter Networking Social; 10:30 p.m. African American Alumni Chapter Party, The Link, 603 Old Tyler Road 10:30 a.m. Sunday Oct. 25, African American Alumni Chapter Brunch and Prayer Service; The Link, 603 Old Tyler Road Visit our website for schedule updates www.sfaalumni.com

Register you and your team for the annual Homecoming SFA Alumni Golf Tournament. Entry fee is $150 and includes tournament play, cart, refreshments, box lunch and posttournament hors d’oeuvres. Registration forms are available online at www.sfaalumni.com.

Sponsor a duck for the 19th Annual Duck Dash where toy rubber ducks race to win prizes totalling $2,400. Ducks are $5 each or 6 for $25. Deadline to sponsor is Oct. 16.

Mix and mingle with SFA alumni and university representatives. Bid on items in the silent auction. Celebrate with the Class of 1959 at its Golden ‘Jacks 50th reunion. Join in the ceremony to honor the recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Reserved seating is $10 in advance on a firstcome, first-served basis. Dress is business casual, cowboy boots and hats welcome.

The SFA Alumni Association will hold its annual open business meeting at Lumberjack Bash Oct. 23 at the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. The meeting will include changing of by-laws, electing new association officers and committee members for the SFA Alumni Association and SFA Alumni Foundation. See www.sfaalumni.com or call the office at 800-765-1534 for more info. SAWDUST 19


Alumni CHAPTERS

Freshmen Send-Off winners

Freshmen Send-Offs a success

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his summer five of our chapters hosted Freshman SendOff parties. Each party was unique in its location allowing diversity in showing freshman many ways to enjoy their time at college. We would like to thank each chapter and the leaders for organizing and hosting the events! We had tremendous turnouts at every Send-Off. Along with the hospitality, each Send-Off also presented one of its attending students with a $100 textbook scholarship courtesy of SFA Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Congratulations to the following students: Austin- Ray Bailey Dallas- Brooke Donaldson Houston- Anthony Vernuccio Longview- Taylor Murphy San Antonio- Trey Heideman Upon the completion of all Send-Offs, a drawing from the names of all students who attended the parties was held for a $1,000 Jack Backers College Bookstore scholarship to be awarded for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters ($500 each semester.) Darian Butler of Houston was chosen as the scholarship winner. Thanks to SFA Barnes and Noble Bookstore and Jack Backers College Bookstore for their support of our Send-Off parties. If you are not involved in a chapter, please contact your local chapter leader to become involved in the fun, exciting events that your local chapter offers. For more information on chapters and to join your chapters online group, please visit www.sfaalumni.com. Click on Chapters (on the left side) and then click on Alumni Chapters to see a list of active chapters. Our chapters would love your involvement! ✯ For more information visit www.sfaalumni.com, email Emily Payne: emilypayne816@yahoo.com or call us: 1-800-765-1534 936-468-3407

Austin Chapter Send-Off scholarship winner: Ray Bailey (middle).

Houston Chapter Send-Off scholarship winner: Anthony Vernuccio (third from right).

Longview Chapter Send-Off scholarship winner: Taylor Murphy (fourth from left).

Houston Chapter Send-Off scholarship winner: Trey Heideman.

Houston freshman Darian Butler (second from right) was the winner of the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Jack Backers College Bookstore during the Freshman Send-Off Party events. Shown with Butler are Jeff Davis ’02, executive director of the SFA Alumni Association, and Jack Backers College Bookstore owners, SFA alumni Alan ’98 and Pam Fitch ’93.

SFA freshmen pose by the pool at the home of Sean ‘89 and Katy Guerre ‘88 at the Houston Freshman Send-Off party SAWDUST 20


Alumni CHAPTERS

Calendar

Find a Chapter

Alumni, Campus and Local events OCTOBER

Regional Chapters Austin Coastal Bend

6-10 SFA College of Fine Arts “Woyzeck” 10

Athletic Hall of Fame Day, SFA vs. McNeese State

Dallas

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Alumni Foundation Meeting

Denver

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Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

Tarrant County

23-24 Homecoming

Houston

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Longview

SFA vs. Sam Houston State

Nacogdoches

28-29 Mentor Ring Sale Days 31

Ohio

Halloween

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Chili Cook-off, SFA vs Nicholls State

SFA Service Saturday

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Tuition Drawing for Spring 2010

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SFA Showcase Saturday

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SFA vs. Northwestern State “Battle for Chief Caddo”

Oregon Oklahoma San Antonio Southeast Texas Tyler Victoria

26-27 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

DECEMBER 7

Senior Send-Off Party

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Big Dip

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Winter commencement

Special Interest Chapters African-American Agriculture Interior Design Nursing

24-31 Christmas Holiday Break

visit www.sfaalumni.com for event details

ROTC Rugby Tau Kappa Epsilon

Join a Chapter

promote the SFA spirit beyond campus Chapters provide SFA alumni, friends and parents the opportunity to play a positive role in the future of SFA and the SFA Alumni Association. Alumni and friends join together in the spirit of SFA by forming and joining regional and special interest chapters. Get involved today, and experience the incredible social, fundraising and networking opportunities available to Chapter members. SAWDUST 21


Faculty VIEWPOINT

Spirit

by Dr. Archie P. McDonald

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verything is “Texas sized” in the Lone Star State, and that includes school spirit. Each of our state’s hundreds of high schools and over 150 institutions of collegiate education nurtures that sense of belonging which transcends logical explanation, and partisans of each are quick to inform even the uninterested that “We Are No. 1!” No disrespect to those who are loyal to those hundreds of training schools and degree mills, but anyone with discernment can plainly see that We Who Wear Purple are really No. 1. Partisans of other places will disagree, and I would expect such loyalty from those whose alma mater flies a different flag. My wife, who wears purple with the pride of a graduate, still cherishes the motto “The Sun may set and the Sun may rise, but Greenie pride never dies.” There is room enough in her big heart for the ‘Jacks and for the Greenies, mascots of South Park High School in Beaumont, Texas, where she attended twelve graduations of learning and led the cheers for her team. Even I have taken turns as a Buffalo (French High School), a Cardinal (bachelor’s degree), an Owl (master’s) and a Tiger (doctorate), a Thoroughbred (first teaching assignment), and a Wildcat (visiting professorship). But add all those years together and they amount to far less than half the time I have been a Lumberjack. If nothing else, time is on the purple side for me. School spirit surfaces most obviously during athletic con-

“If nothing else, time is on the purple side for me.”

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tests in what we all know as “home field advantage.” The point makers quantify that as equal to a touchdown or its equivalent in all other sports. It is impossible to look spirit in the eye or hold it in your hand but it is there, nonetheless, in that power, that energy, which enables a quicker step or longer throw or faster run that distinguishes the victor. Real school spirit doesn’t just show up on game day—it is there, day in and day out, win or lose, in the hearts of True Believers. I come face to face with the personification of school spirit, SFA style, every time I see June Irwin, former student and also former chairman of what we once called women’s physical education—or Joyce Swearingen, or Peggy Wright, or Sonny Whitaker, and scores more, especially current students, faculty, and administrators who have caught the spirit. Their school spirit may shine with special strength dressed in purple on game day at Homer Bryce, William R. Johnson, or any of the other venues in which our sports games or matches play out, but really it is present every day. Spirit is a commitment to something larger than self, a feeling of belonging, a sense of home, where those who have it take their stand. All hail to SFA. ✯ Archie P. McDonald has taught history at Stephen F. Austin State University for 45 years and served as director of the East Texas Historical Association and editor of the Association’s Journal for 37 years. He is author/editor of more than 20 books on historical topics. McDonald currently serves Stephen F. Austin State University as the university/community liaison.


Campus NEWS

SFA reports highest enrollment in its history Stephen F. Austin State University has reported a fall student enrollment of 12,845, surpassing last year’s figure of 11,990 by 7.1 percent and breaking the university’s all-time enrollment record set almost two decades ago. The number of SFA students attending classes grew by 855 between fall 2008 and fall 2009, marking the seventh consecutive reporting period with an enrollment increase. The highest previous SFA enrollment was recorded in fall 1990 with 12,815 students. “This record enrollment is a significant achievement for SFA,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president. “I am thankful for the recruiting and retention efforts of our enrollment management team, as well as the entire faculty and staff, which have led to this historically high enrollment for the university. What a great way to begin the academic year.” SFA also recorded an increase in the retention rate for first-time, full-time freshmen. The rate increased from 62.9 percent in fall 2008 to 65 percent in fall 2009. Increasing enrollment and retention are among the major initiatives included in photo by Thomas Motyka / The Pine Log the university’s latest strategic plan, which was adopted last year by the Board of Regents. Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, said various long-term recruiting initiatives, including a re-tooled communication plan that reaches students as early as the seventh grade, have resulted in the markedly upward trend in enrollment. The newly adopted “Purple Promise,” which guarantees full tuition for low-income students, aggressive outreach programs and a more personal approach to recruiting new students also have contributed. ✯

McDonald, Meredith author two books Community liaison Dr. Archie P. McDonald and SFA Office of Public Affairs photographer Hardy Meredith have published two books which explore the history of the SFA athletics program and the town of Nacogdoches. Jacks, from the publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University opened its doors in 1923, and its administrators instituted intercollegiate athletics almost immediately. Over the next eight decades, the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks—team names derived from the area’s predominant forest products industries—participated successfully in the Lone Star, Gulf Star and Southland Conferences. Such outstanding Lumberjacks as James Silas, Mark Moseley and Jeremiah Trotter have even gone on to successful careers in the NBA and NFL. This book offers readers a retrospective look at the success of SFA’s athletic programs, as well as the players, coaches and fans that led them to victory. Nacogdoches, from the publisher: Nacogdoches derives its name from the Caddo tribe that once lived in central East Texas along Banita and LaNana Creeks. Franciscan father Antonio Jesus de Margil established a mission for the Caddo people there in 1716. In 1779, Antonio Gil Y’Barvo founded the puebla of Nacogdoches and built the Stone House, or Stone Fort, the town’s most enduring symbol of European influence. Nacogdoches served as headquarters for one of three administrative districts in Texas under Mexican authority and played a significant role in the Texas Revolution before stabilizing into a predominately rural and agricultural society. Two notable 20th-century developments—the selection of Nacogdoches as the home of Stephen F. Austin State University and the founding of Texas Farm Products, the city’s first major industry—changed the community into a regional education, medical and commercial center. Jacks is currently available at bookstores as well as online. Nacogdoches will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 9. ✯ Hardy Meredith ‘81 has been the SFA photographer for 13 years, Daily Sentinel photographer for 14 years and Pine Log photographer 1978-1981. He has won numerous awards, including two from Best of Cox newspapers and 19 from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE awards include five Grand Awards, six Awards of Excellence, seven Achievement Awards and, one Specialty Award. He is a member of the Texas Professional Photographers and University of Professional Photographers. He teaches basic digital photography and photojournalism at SFA. SAWDUST 23


Campus NEWS

SFA opens Early Childhood Research Center The new 120,000-square-foot facility brings under one roof the nationally accredited Early Childhood Laboratory, “exemplary” rated University Charter School and award-winning Department of Elementary Education. SFA is the only university in the state of Texas operating both an early childhood laboratory and a charter school in conjunction with educator-preparation programs with a proven track record of success. “This arrangement is what allows us to teach in our college classrooms the innovative techniques and cutting-edge curriculum that are modeled in our high-performing lab and charter school,” said Dr. Janice Pattillo, chair of the Department of Elementary Education. “That day-to-day collaboration has always been unique to SFA, and this new building will expand our ability to integrate our teacher preparation courses and our children’s education programs.” The mission of the Early Childhood Research Center is twofold, Pattillo said. First, it is to improve the quality of life for children and families in rural East Texas by integrating teaching, research and dissemination of information. Secondly, it is to

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conduct research related to the results of quality instruction on student learning, teacher preparation and retention, as well as the long-term effects of the instructional model used in the Early Childhood Laboratory and the University Charter School. In addition to supporting SFA’s academic endeavors, the center will provide outreach programs and services to area school districts and community agencies. The Department of Elementary Education enrolls about 1,200 college students in early childhood through sixth-grade and fourth- through eighth-grade preparation programs, as well as a variety of master’s programs. It is part of the James I. Perkins College of Education, which is fully accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. “SFA was originally founded as a teachers college more than 85 years ago, and the completion of this building will help us build on that strong tradition of teacher preparation while expanding our research capacity to positively impact many future generations of Texas school children,” said Dr. Mel Finkenberg, interim dean of the Perkins College of Education. ✯


Campus NEWS

Texas Governor signs legislation at SFA On Aug. 24, Gov. Rick Perry visited campus to sign legislation ensuring the name of the university will not change. The governor was joined by Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Wayne Christian for the signing. “Senate Bill 596, authored by Sen. Nichols during the Texas Legislature’s 81st session, preserves the contributions made by Stephen Fuller Austin to the state and permanently links the “Father of Texas” to the university,” said SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo. “This legislation was especially timely, as it was authored during the year we celebrated SFA’s 85th anniversary. “I appreciate the efforts of our legislators and the governor to ensure that SFA’s rich heritage will be protected and preserved,” he said. ✯

Gov. Rick Perry signs legislation ensuring the name of Stephen F. Austin State University will never change. Also pictured are, from left, SFA Regents Melvin White and Bob Garrett, SFA President Baker Pattillo, Regent Valerie Ertz, Sen. Robert Nichols, Regent Scott Coleman, Student Regent Morgan Tomberlain, Rep. Wayne Christian and Regent Steve McCarty.

Lufkin native graduates with 4.0 grade-point average

Art that looks good enough to eat Artist Mindy Sue Meyers presented her work at the “Eats & Treats,” exhibit in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. The exhibit was presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art. Meyers’ soft sculptures of sweets and pastries explore themes related to indulgence, temptation, comfort and security. Drawing inspiration from vintage cookbooks, Betty Crocker and Martha Stewart, Meyers uses common materials such as felt, insulation foam, glitter and sponges to create her realisticlooking desserts. “The sculptures hold a social context to domesticity and parallel the current trend of ‘do-it-yourself ’ home crafting, explained Christian Cutler, director of SFA galleries. ✯

Julie Philpott of Lufkin completed her undergraduate career in August at SFA with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Philpott, a 2005 Lufkin High School graduate, received her bachelor’s degree in business management. She plans to pursue a career in human resources after graduation. Many late nights during her four years at SFA were spent working on group projects and planning business financing solutions and pay systems. Her love Philpott of people and the encouragement from her favorite professor, Dr. David Gunderson, made her decision to study human resources a simple one. “My instructors prepared me for my career by assigning a lot of hands-on work,” Philpott said. “This allowed me to truly understand and grasp the material and prepare me for the workplace.” Philpott attributes her achievements to her mother who encouraged her along the way to always do her best. “My mom was so influential to me and taught me to work hard toward my goals, just as her mother taught her,” Philpott said. Philpott is the daughter of Brenda and George Greer of Lufkin and Wayne Philpott of Lufkin. ✯

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Athletics NEWS

Carrying on the Tradition

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Athletics NEWS

W

hen Gordon Booker II suits up on game day, the Longview sophomore realizes he has big shoes to fill. Booker not only is representing the Lumberjack football team, but he also is following in the footsteps of his father, All-American Gordon Booker, who played for the ‘Jacks in the early 1970s. The younger Booker is majoring in kinesiology with a minor in education and sports marketing. After earning his degree, Booker hopes to start a coaching career as a high school coach and work his way toward a dream job of coaching in the NFL. During his freshman season as a Lumberjack in 2008, he recorded a career-high 10 tackles in the season finale against Northwestern State University and played in 10 games on the season. He’s working hard to improve his game this year, and at six-foot, 290 pounds, he can make his presence known on the field. Sitting in the stands at almost every game is the sophomore’s proud father. The former Lumberjack defensive tackle played from 1971 to 1974 before graduating in 1975 with bachelor’s degree. He added a master’s degree in education in 1981. Today, the all-conference player is an operator for Eastman Chemical Texas Division in Longview. “Knowing how great of a college experience I had at SFA not only was I proud of him, but I was happy for him as well,” Booker said of his son’s choice to attend SFA. “I met my wife at SFA and established a number of lifelong friendships while there. I knew he would be happy with his choice.” Booker said he coached his son when he first started playing football in the third grade. He supported him during high school when Booker racked up honors and helped lead the Longview Lobos to a 2004 regional final appearance and a 2006 bi-district title. He was proud when the younger Booker received first-team All-East Texas honors as a senior and also was named to the third-team all-state according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Today, Booker says watching his son in a Lumberjack uniform is an incredible feeling. “It brings back a lot of memories,” he said. “Watching him run onto the field from out of same tunnel we came out of is special. “Of course, SFA football has come a long way since my heyday,” he said. “Same stadium, but the event seems to be bigger. The tailgating, student support and quality of play just seems to be at a higher level. If someone hasn’t been to an SFA game lately, I think they will be surprised and in for a real treat with the product that is displayed today.” One of Booker’s favorite memories as a Lumberjack occurred when his parents and a favorite and uncle came from Houston to watch SFA play Texas A&I University. “It was the only time they got to watch me play, ever,” Booker said. “I can’t remember if I had a good game or not, but knowing they were watching me for the first time, I left it all on the field. “For that reason, I have made it to all of my son’s high school games and all of the ‘Jacks home games and road games within

Gordon Booker, Sr. on the field in 1974 / 1974 Stone Fort Yearbook

driving distance,” he said. The father and son duo have more in common than simply football. Both belong to the same fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, and during a campus visit, they discovered they shared the same university housing. When Booker and his wife walked into their son’s university apartment, the couple realized it was the same apartment they first lived in as married students. Wherever the younger Booker goes, his father’s presence is always nearby. “I’m proud to be following in his footsteps,” Booker said. ✯

“Watching him run onto the field from out of same tunnel we came out of is special.”

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Athletics NEWS

Former Lumberjacks to continue basketball careers

Ten SFA alumni coaches honored

Former Lumberjacks basketball stars Matt Kingsley and Josh Alexander have signed contracts to take their playing to the professional level. After wrapping up one of the most successful careers in program history, Kingsley has signed a professional contract to play for BC Siauliai in the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). “I always thought that I might be able to play professionally, but I never realistically thought Kingsley about it,” Kingsley said. “I knew it was a possibility because of my size, but I didn’t really expect to get the chance until things started happening for me the last couple of years.” Over the last two years, Kingsley has helped lead SFA to 50 combined wins and two straight Southland Conference championships—the first SLC titles in program history. Additionally, the ‘Jacks made a postseason tournament at the end of each campaign, competing in the NIT in 2008 and earning the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Alexander will play this season with Polonia Warsaw, a club based in Warsaw, Poland. “Until you get that call from your agent, that’s when it finally hits you,” Alexander said. “This took a while. Our season’s been over since March, and this whole process has been going on since then. You’re wondering, `Am I going to get a job?’ You know you’re capable, but anything can happen until you get that call.” ✯ Alexander

Ten Stephen F. Austin State University alumni were coaches awards honored at the 31st annual Coaches Awards luncheon luncheon sponsored by the SFA Alumni Association. The luncheon was held on July 31 in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. Recipients of the Ted Jefferies Football Award were Barry Bowman ’89 of Daingerfield and Greg Owens ’91 of Sulphur Springs. Bowman’s Daingerfield Tigers are the Class 2A Division II state champions. Owens led the Sulphur Spring Wildcats to the Class 4A Division II state championship. The Alumni Association Volleyball Award was awarded to Gary Lamar ‘84 of Pointe Hope, Alaska. The Tikigaq School in Pointe Hope achieved six state championships. The John O. Stephens Basketball Award was awarded to Nell Fortner ’87 of Auburn, Ala., and Larry Hargett ’69 of Hideaway. Fortner’s Auburn University Tigers captured the NCAA Southeastern Conference women’s championship. Hargett coached the T.K. Gorman girls basketball team to the TAPPS Class 4A state semi-finals. Phil Olson ’86 of Nacogdoches and Brad Purvis ’91 of Corrigan received the Joe Richardson Track Award. Olson led the SFA women’s team to the NCAA Southland Conference indoor and outdoor championships. Purvis’ men’s team gained the Class 2A state championship. The Alumni Association Softball Award was presented to Patrick Danesi ’93 & ’95 of Galveston. The O’Connell Fighting Buccaneers secured the TAPPS Class 3A state championship. Chris Yoder ’99 of Longview received the Alumni Association Soccer Award. He led the Lobos to the Class 4A Region II women’s finals. The Joe Gallagher Baseball Award was presented to Stephen Davis ’89 of Danbury. His team secured the Class 2A state championship. ✯

Eight stadiums named after SFA alums In August, the Cushing High School Bearkat football stadium was named in honor of former coach and school superintendent Jerry Whitaker ‘58 & ‘67. The Cushing stadium is one of eight named after SFA graduates. The other alums honored are Ken Autry Davis ‘62 at Wills Point High School, Norris Birdwell ‘46 at Canton High School, Homer Bryce ‘33 at SFA, J.H. Crenshaw ‘37 at C.E. King High School, T.A. Cotton Ford ‘59 at Greenville High School, Robert Lowrance ‘36 at Hawkins High School and Clayton Wools ‘62 at D’Hanis High School. ✯

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Athletics NEWS

Two inducted into SFA Jacks of Honor Cameron resident Rodney Fausett and Weatherford resident David Atkinson were inducted into the Stephen F. Austin State University Jacks of Honor Sept. 12. The induction ceremony occured at halftime of the football game against Texas College. The day also served as Letterman’s Day at the university. The honorees were recognized at a reception at Lumberjack Alley prior to the game. Fausett is the superintendent of the Cameron ISD. He graduated from SFA in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in science. Fausett was one of the first students to attend SFA on a baseball scholarship. Fausett lettered two years in baseball in 1983 and 1984, receiving the SFA Outstanding Pitcher Award both years and becoming the team captain in 1984. He was ranked 4th in NCAA earned run averages, 15th in NCAA strikeouts and 5th in NCAA team pitching. Fausett’s Lumberjack career earned run average was 1.76, and he led the team to 12 wins, pitched 142.2 innings and completed 12 games. The most strikeouts he had in a single game was 11 in 1984. As a high school baseball coach, Fausett was a two-time district Coach of the Year. He also received Coach of the Year awards from Red River Valley High School in 1988 and Northeast Texas High School in 1993. He was the Four States High School All-Star Game Coach in 1992 and the 1993 East Texas Seniors All-Star Game Coach. The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals honored Fausett as the regional 19961997 Assistant Principal of the Year and as the regional 2000-2001 Principal of the Year. In 2003, he received the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School honor as Superintendent of Schools. Fausett was inducted into the New Boston High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He is a member of the Cameron Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Cameron. Fausett serves on the Cameron Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also serves the University Interscholastic League as a member of the music executive committee and as a district chairman. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Fausett is a member of the SFA Lettermen’s Association. He is also a Life Member of the SFA Alumni Association and serves as a mentor in the SFA Alumni Association’s Mentor Ring program. Atkinson is the executive director of TIOPA, Inc., an independent physician association. He is also the current secretary of the SFA Lettermen’s Association. He graduated from SFA in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in general business. Atkinson was a varsity football letterman from 1968 to 1969 and a graduate assistant football coach from 1970 to 1971. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha order while at SFA. After graduation, Atkinson served as both a member of the SFA Lettermen’s Association Board of Directors and chairman of the Lettermen’s Association Athletic Hall of Fame for 26 years. A Life Member of the SFA Alumni Association, he is a charter board member of the SFA Tip-In Club and the SFA Quarterback Club. Atkinson was also chairman of the Lettermen’s Association Jacks of Honor committee for 15 years and past-president of the Lettermen’s Association in 1987. ✯

Fausett

Atkinson

Ladyjack Tennis receives ITA academic honor

The Ladyjack tennis team has once again been selected as an ITA All-Academic team, and is one of only two Southland Conference teams to receive the award. The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. ITA Scholar-Athlete status is awarded to players that have a gradepoint average of at least 3.50 for the current academic year. As a team, the Ladyjacks finished the 200809 year well above the required 3.20 mark, putting together a 3.75 GPA for the year. Northwestern State was the only other team in the Southland Conference to receive the award. In addition to receiving the award as a team, seven members of last season’s squad earned individual honors as well, including Roxana Enica, Constanta, Romania, junior; Andreea Enica, Constanta, Romania, junior; Gabriela Gadeva, Sofia, Bulgaria, senior; Sanjana Kapur, New Delhi, India, sophomore; Alina Shazkho, Simferopol, Ukraine; Tatiana Smolnikova, Obninsk, Russia, junior; and Jamie Williams, Dallas junior. “We are very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” Ladyjack head coach Bret Arrant said. “Being a student- athlete means succeeding in the classroom as well as on the court (or field). It’s a tremendous achievement to be among a select few teams to earn this distinction. Our players are extremely dedicated on and off the court.” ✯ SAWDUST 29


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All Hail to SFA

A look back at your university. Do you know the year and event of this photo? If so, please e-mail us: alumni@sfasu.edu

Paul Beauchamp ‘51 of Houston was an SFA senior at the time of the photo featured in the last issue’s All Hail to SFA. He identified the alums as (from left) Maurice Hubbard, Ira LaBlanc, Marylou Davis, Eileen Jackson and Pat Stevens. Beauchamp is a former member of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000. We received some great email responses about this picture printed in the Summer ‘09 Sawdust. Thanks for participating!

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New MEMBERS

New Life Members 7476. Patrick Lanmon ’01 – BBA FINC, Nacogdoches 7477. Laura Katy Lanmon ’04 – BBA MGMT, Nacogdoches 7478. Jackie Harbordt – Friend, Nacogdoches 7479. Thomas Belanger – Friend 7480. Dr. Kathleen Belanger – Friend 7481. Trevor P. Foreman ’99 – BA RDTV, Houston 7482. Jeanette Crowley ’03 – BBA INTB, Dallas 7483. Sharla Covington ’87 – BBA MGMT, Nacogdoches 7484. Hadley A. Adams ’03 – BBA GBUS, Richmond 7485. Emily M. Adams ’03 – BBA MKTG, Richmond 7486. Shelley Brophy ’95 & ‘02 – BA SOCI, MA CCOU, Nacogdoches 7487. Luke P. Wilbanks ’05 – BBA GBUS, Nacogdoches 7488. Betsy Wilbanks – Friend, Nacogdoches 7489. Jeffrey D. Rab ’85 & ‘87 – BA PSYC MED COUN, Nacogdoches 7490. Jennifer E. Rab ’86 – BSW SWK, Nacogdoches 7491. William R. McCrea ’76 – BA CJS, San Antonio 7492. Dr. Heinz Gaylord – Friend, Nacogdoches 7493. Julie Gaylord – Friend, Nacogdoches 7494. Jane Tice ’89 – BSED ELEM, Nacogdoches 7495. Gerald E. Hook – Friend, Nacogdoches 7496. Amy Hook – Friend, Nacogdoches 7497. John S. Crawford ’73 – BSF FOR, Nacogdoches 7498. Sherlyn Crawford – Friend, Nacogdoches 7499. Dr. George M. Davis ’90 – BS BIO, The Woodlands 7500. Jeffery C. Brewer ’98 & ‘00 – MA ART/MFA ART, Nacogdoches 7501. Angie Brewer – Friend, Nacogdoches 7502. LaToya Jackson ’97 – BA JOURN, Dallas 7503. Sharon Blacklock ’85 – BA CJLA, Waco 7504. Nina Corson ’93 – BS MATH, Tucson, AZ 7505. Sarah Klimitchek ’09 – BS HOSP/ADMIN, Dayton 7506. Frank Mackey Richardson ’88 – BBA MKTG, Nacogdoches 7507. Carie M. Richardson ’96 – BS BIO, Nacogdoches 7508. Sandra Payne ‘69 – BS BIO / BA ENGL, Carthage 7509. Amy Calabrese ’94 – BBA ACCT, Philadelphia, PA 7510. Christopher D. Colbey ’02 BSF FRMG, Nacogdoches 7511. Michelle Colbery – Friend, Nacogdoches 7512. Dr. Donald Gregory – Friend, Nacogdoches 7513. Jane A. Gregory ’81 – MED ECED, Nacogdoches 7514. Jessica E. Johnson ’07 – BA HIST, Denton 7515. Meghan R. Anthony ’08 – BS CDFL, Pearland 7516. Jami Kalee Shaw ’08 – MA EDU, Kilgore 7517. Thomas Grissom – Friend 7518. Patricia E. Grissom’06 – BAAS APAS, San Augustine 7519. Alvis W. Schmidt ’84 – BSF FOR, Nacogdoches 7520. Nola W. Schmidt ’92 – BSF FOR, Nacogdoches 7521. Tred A. Riggs ’97 – BBA GBUS/’05 MIS INST, Nacogdoches

7522. Jennifer L. Boothe ’04 – BBA MGMT, Henderson 7523. Nannette Fausett ’75 & ‘76 & ‘02 – BSHE HECO/MS HECO/MED EDLE, Nacogdoches 7524. Craig E. Yager ’01 – BBA GBUS, Houston 7525. Timothy S. Ward ‘96 – BS KINE, Kingwood 7526. Sandee P. Ward ’91 – BBA MKTG, Kingwood 7527. Emma Irwin ’99 – BS CSCI, Frisco 7528. Amber L. Lara ’06 – BS JOURN, Big Sandy 7529. Stephanie M. Schenck ’09 – BSN NURS, Lubbock 7530. Steve Dunaway’80 – BBA GBUS, Coppell 7531. Scott Tyler – Friend, Palestine 7532. Lauren Kimbrough Tyler ’06 & ‘08 – BA JOURN/MED SCED, Palestine 7533. Kara Tomlin ’06 – BBA INTB, Houston 7534. Karen E. Gray ’84 – BBA MGMT, Dallas 7535. Jeffrey B. McNutt ’99 – BBA CJLE, Mt. Pleasant 7536. Casey A. McNutt ’00 – BS KINE, Mt. Pleasant 7537. Todd A. Brown – Friend, Nacogdoches 7538. Rachel A. Farrell ’09 – BS CDFL, Dallas 7539. John R. Newman ’03 – BAAS APAS, Nacogdoches 7540. Tara A. Newman ’98 & ‘99 & ’07 – BA PSYC /MED ECED / EDD EDLE, Nacogdoches 7541. Blake Sharum ’04 – BS HADM, Frisco 7542. Kourtni Sharum ’03 – BBA GBUS, Frisco 7543. Marc E. Gentry ’97 – BS ENVS/GEOG, Houston 7544. Jennifer D. Hyde ’06 – BA RDTV, Dallas 7545. Stephanie G. Hayman ’07 – BSIS INST, Dayton 7546. Captain James Attaway ’04 – BS KINE, Quitman 7547. Phillip J. Yates ’03 & ’05 – BBA MGMT, Houston 7548. Jake Bolton ’01 – BS CSCI, San Antonio 7549. Amy Bolton ’04 – BS CSCI, San Antonio 7550. Eric Marsh ’06 – BS JOUR, Houston 7551. Lance Thornton ’06 – BBA MGMT, Cypress 7552. Rachael Thornton ’06 BS HADM, Cypress 7553. Blackard, Beau – Friend, Houston 7554. Jeffery Campbell ’05 – BSAG AGMA, Nacogdoches 7555. Esther Campbell ’07 – BS FASH, Nacogdoches 7556. Ricky D. Smith ’05 & ’07 – BBA MGMT, Nacogdoches 7557. Brian J. Sullivan ’09 BA COMS, Austin 7560. James Newberg ’83 – BSN NURS, Nacogdoches 7561. Brenda Newberg – Friend, Nacogdoches 7562. Cynthia M. Devlin ’05 MA HIST, Zavalla 7563. Sarah E. “Libby” Butt ’07 – BS BIO, Tyler 7564. LaShondra Manning ’04 & ‘06 – BS PSYC/MA CCOU, Marshall 7565. Col. Billy Dunn ’78 – MED SPEC, Lufkin

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Sawdust Fall 2009  

The official magazine of the Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association

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