Fall 2018

SFA STEM Building


Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building

Designed to foster innovation and collaboration, Stephen F. Austin State University’s Cole STEM Building is now open, providing students with the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art facility.

Destined to Design

Liz Decker Wilson ’93, Corgan vice president, shares passion for career

In the corner of an open-format office at the end of a row of benched desks (picture cubicles without the dividers), Liz Decker Wilson ’93 sits next to a wall of windows looking out on a large parking lot on the edge of downtown Dallas. Across the wide lot is the former Texas School Book Depository, and on the other side of the building is the historic intersection where former President John F. Kennedy was tragically assassinated.

Music Man

Business major’s love of everything Texas helps country artists’ dreams come true

People often say life is like a country song, and that is certainly true for Tye Phelps ’90, whose life revolves around country music.

Sky is the Limit

Military experience helps launch careers managing helicopter repair and maintenance

Established in 1961, the Corpus Christi Army Depot is responsible for the repair and overhaul of helicopters and helicopter components for the Department of Defense and other government organizations.

Buried Treasure

Alumnus, faculty member discovers new earthworm species

Dwelling beneath the soil’s surface are intricate communities of organisms whose very existence is vital to ecological health and well-being. While it is widely understood that these creatures are important, little is known about their direct relationship with plant communities, and far less is known about the sheer number of species that may exist. Dr. George Damoff’s life passion is to change that.

Video Visionary

Fine arts graduate is segment producer for popular lifestyle show

Now living in Reseda, California, Chamberlin is a segment producer for Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.” She works in Los Angeles, where the two-hour daily lifestyle show is recorded at the Universal Studios Backlot.

SFA Lumberjack Marching Band


Lumberjack Marching Band in Ireland

Members of the Lumberjack Marching Band spent Spring Break touring Ireland, where they participated in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade.



Justin Taylor Lenderman Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship created in memory of criminal justice major, avid outdoorsman

Vista Viewpoint


Sherry Chaney Morgan '94 - Executive Director, Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau

After more than an hour of playing slug bug and asking, “Are we there yet?” we pulled in front of two of the tallest buildings I had ever seen — the twin towers of Steen Hall. Suddenly, “college” didn’t seem too shabby.

faculty advising


Dr. Mark Scanlan - Tips to Avoid Bad Credit

Why you should care, and how to maintain good credit



Twirls, whirls and rose-colored glasses: Dancer shares her passion with all ages, ability levels

Arrica Lagsding ’05 describes herself as someone who prefers to see the world through rose-colored glasses. “My life’s motto is to have one positive thought at a time,” Lagsding said. “We’re all here to nurture each other. There’s a time and place for competition, but learning to love an art is not that time.”

Baker Pattillo

Letter from the President

The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time at Stephen F. Austin State University, but this fall promises to be an especially memorable one for our Lumberjack family.

David Madrid

Letter from the Alumni Association

We are fortunate to have such an amazing and dedicated group of staff members who go above and beyond to promote SFA. We also have volunteers who have completed more than a decade of service to the alumni association. Their service also is integral to what we do. In ideal situations, alumni staff members manage the events with alumni volunteers, assisting in whatever capacity is needed.


Athletics Highlights

SFA claimed its fifth-straight Southland Conference Women’s All-Sports Trophy, John Franklin-Myers called by the Los Angeles Rams, 26 Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks were named to the 2017-18 Southland Conference All-Academic Team, Miami Marlons draft Jake Norton, SFE men's and women's basketball teams advanced to the postseason, Steve McCarty named to NACDA Hall of Fame

Class notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni


In Memoriam

Lumberjacks whom we recently lost