Fall 2017

Marlon Walls


Student-athlete achieves success in class and on the field

While maintaining a 4.0 GPA in SFA’s rigorous engineering physics program and interning with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory during the summer, the SFA senior and football safety also was the first in SFA football program history to be named a College Sports Information Directors of America first-team Academic All-American.

Ryan Holt

Ryan Holt '95 serves as Waco chief of police

Overnight, satellite trucks and reporters descended on Waco to report on the story,” Holt said. “As time passed, it became a homicide case. I served as spokesperson for the department and held a number of press conferences, which were covered by news outlets from around the world. My background working on The Pine Log played a role in my ability to serve as a public information officer in that high-profile case.”

Richard Robichaux

Alum serves as actor, theatre teacher

Recipient of the SFA School of Theatre’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award believes “the acorn is an oak” and credits his professors and mentors at SFA for noticing that he was “an acorn who needed opportunities to grow into my potential.”

Michael Prim

Biology graduate completing neurosurgery residency

In his second year of residency at Saint Louis University Hospital, has taken on one of the more difficult surgical specialties that requires the longest residency among medical school graduates — neurosurgery


SFA students spend summer at Dinosaur Valley State Park

This summer, along with their four children, SFA students Asa and Jillian Vermeulen are calling Dinosaur Valley State Park home, as Asa completes a summer internship for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Jillian performs special projects for the park to fulfill her degree program’s required field work hours.

Jason Issac

Alumnus represents SFA in the Texas House of Representatives

When Jason Isaac ran his first campaign, his openness and civility is what helped lead him to accomplish a feat few policitions have achieved - election to office following his very first campaign.

Fredonia Hotel

Father and son restore iconic Fredonia Hotel

“Buying and renovating the hotel has been a challenge and new adventure for my family that has been stressful and rewarding,” Richard (DeWitt) said. “Nacogdoches and the hotel both hold a special place in my life, and I’m happy to bring this landmark back to life for the community.”

Vista Viewpoint


Dr. John T. Moore - Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Upon retiring, I suppose it is natural to reflect upon your career. In my case, my career spanned 46 years of teaching at SFA. In 1971, I was at Fort Hood preparing for discharge from the Army, having served my required two years. I had a master’s degree in chemistry and wanted to work in industry (for a big salary), but after 45 rejection letters, I finally got the idea that industry wasn’t hiring just then.

faculty advising


Brandi Derouen - Keeping your résumé current

New job? Career advancement? Position change? These are all opportunities we encounter as college graduates.

Baker Pattillo

Letter from the President

The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time to be at SFA. Even after spending more than 50 autumns on our beautiful campus, I still look forward to the sights, sounds and unique traditions that make fall one of the best times to enjoy being a Lumberjack.

David Madrid

Letter from the Alumni Association

One of the great things I have enjoyed during my service to the SFA Alumni Association is the regular interaction with SFA enthusiasts at events, on social media and through conducting Alumni Association business.


Athletics Highlights

A year in review: Championships galore!

Class notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni


In Memoriam

Lumberjacks whom we recently lost