Winter 2015



Mom’s legacy lives on in busy Houston-area bakery

Grant Girouard ’91 learned a valuable lesson about baking from his mother, Rose, who founded The Cake Lady Bakery in Friendswood in 1981.


SFA palomino mare wins reserve world title

Athletes often spend years training to perfect their skills and preparing their bodies to compete at the highest level. And this SFA athlete’s training was no different, except she only had five months to prepare for one of the biggest competitions of her life, and she had two additional legs to get ready.


Radio/TV journalist inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame

Like so much in history, Jerome Davis’ career as a broadcast journalist can be traced to one incident. In 1958, the 16-year-old Davis had no idea that dedicating songs on a Marshall radio station would lead to a storied career in more than one way.

SFA alumna recalls lifetime of cherished memories

A born leader and performer, Arnodean “Deana” Bolton Covin’s ’72 drive for perfection pushed her to excel in everything she attempted.

Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts launches massive digital signage array

What started as staff meeting discussions about how to attract larger audiences to the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series eventually evolved into a project that has put the college in the forefront of campus digital signage.

Todd Barrios


Holiday meal planning

When planning a holiday meal, think about how to ease the stress and burden of the event. Often, we get so caught up in preparing our guests’ favorite dishes that it becomes stressful. We sometimes think the kitchen is too small, the oven is too small, there’s not enough room in the refrigerator, there’s not enough seating for guests and everything is too expensive.

Vista Viewpoint


William Arscott - Professor of art

A fixture at SFA for more than half a century, William (Bill) Arscott, professor of art, has no intention of leaving anytime soon. Trained as a painter and ceramist, Bill Arscott was originally hired as an art instructor at Stephen F. Austin State College at the age of 28. With an annual salary of $5,400, Arscott supported his wife and five (and later six) children.

'Jacks of all Trades


Devonte Hill ’14 — Media Operations Specialist for KHOU-TV

Waking up early to watch the news before your daily commute means something a little different to Devonte Hill ’14. His day begins at 2:30 a.m., and his daily commute is to the KHOU-TV station in Houston.

Alumni Awards

2015 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association bestows its highest honors on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations.

Dwight Pitcaithley

Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow speaks to students

Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley, former National Park Service chief historian, felt at home in Nacogdoches as he spent a week in October touring the historic city and visiting SFA as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Baker Pattillo

Letter from the President

This spring will mark my 50th year serving Stephen F. Austin State University, and in that time there have been many unforgettable moments. The most recent of these was shared by many other proud alumni, as well as 50 million television viewers—the Lumberjack Marching Band’s first-ever performance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Karen Gregory Gantt

Letter from the Alumni Association

You may have already picked up on the theme, “Great things are happening at SFA,” through reading my most recent letters in Sawdust. In the spring issue, I encouraged you to return to campus and see the fantastic renovations to our already beautiful campus.


Athletics News

Highlights from soccer, cross country, men's basketball and football.



Scholarships recently established at SFA

Class notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni

In Memoriam


Lumberjacks whom we recently lost