Spring 2017

Lori Drew


Biology alumna helps fight against cancer

“We have the same mission now as we did in 1958 — to help people, regardless of their ability to pay,” Lori Drew said. “This organization is a gift to the community. We are saving lives, and I get to see it every day. I couldn’t ask for anything more rewarding. I tell people all the time this is my dream job.”

Erika Bazaldua

Journalist rapidly rising as television news anchor

Erika Bazaldua is a main anchor on KLTV’s Good Morning East Texas, which airs weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m. At the age of 24, she has quickly climbed the news anchor/producer ladder with hopes of one day sitting at the anchor desk of a national news network.

Chele Ware

Property master's work prominent on small screen

It’s 10 a.m. on Tuesday as Chele Ware boards the Long Island train that will take her into the city. Ware’s destination is ABC Studios in Manhattan where she works in the props department of The Chew, a daytime fusion cooking and talk show.

C.J. Williams

Student-athlete shares his story of tragedy and triumph

During the first half against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, Lumberjack forward CJ Williams felt a wave of fatigue. “I was really just playing for my teammates, but I knew something was wrong.”


Artist internationally known for combining love of forestry and art

Bruce Lyndon Cunningham made the connection between forestry and art more than 40 years ago, and he is helping others to do the same through his unique and intricate forestry artwork.

Miss Rodeo America

Miss Rodeo America shares crowning moments

Anticipation was high as Lisa Lageschaar was the final contestant named to the top 10. When her name was announced as Miss Rodeo America, she was overwhelmed.

bell tower

Bright Foundation's gift helps restore historic bell tower

A project to restore and expand the bell tower of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus has recently been completed through a campus-community partnership.

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SFA Alumni Association names Mr. and Miss SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association announced Zachary McSwain of Spring and Morgan Pulliam of Dallas have been selected as recipients of the 2017 Mr. and Miss SFA Awards.

Vista Viewpoint


Amy Roquemore - Director of Student Publications and Divisional Media

One of the first lessons aspiring journalists are taught is that we should avoid clichés in our writing. Later, we also learn that it is OK to break the rules when there is a really good reason to do so. I hope my old SFA journalism professors would agree this qualifies.

faculty advising


Leisha Bridwell - Tips to creating fabulous spaces

Most people want a beautiful, inviting space in which to work or relax. Here are a few simple ideas to help turn your office or home into a comfortable, stylish retreat.

jacks of all trades


Daniel Finch - Forestry graduate relocates, nurtures trees

While the rumble of heavy equipment in the middle of one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities may not elicit images of the archetypal lumberjack, it does highlight a somewhat new career path for forestry graduates — one that encompasses far more than growing and harvesting trees — urban forestry.

Baker Pattillo

Letter from the President

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously asserted that the only constant in life is change, and university life is no exception. As we welcome the change of seasons, SFA is undergoing big and small changes that will impact the institution for years to come.

David Madrid

Letter from the Alumni Association

Several years ago, I was asked to volunteer with the SFA Alumni Association. As a proud alumnus, I felt honored and decided to give it a try. Little did I know that it would eventually lead to this moment, penning my first Sawdust letter as president of the SFA Alumni Association.


Athletics Highlights

Kyle Keller competes in Coaches' Charity Challenge, students earn national honors and cross-country team wins conference title

Class notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni


In Memoriam

Lumberjacks whom we recently lost