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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. ✯

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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

Sawdust Fall 2009  

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

Sawdust Fall 2009  

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

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