Spring 2018

Promising Solutions


Promising Solutions to Global Problems

SFA team’s research leads to breakthroughs in potential cancer treatment, invasive species control

Stacie Shirley

Stacie Shirley ’90 serves as executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of retailer Tuesday Morning

Every day is “Tuesday Morning” for Stacie Shirley ’90, who since January 2016 has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of the national retail chain. “I wear a lot of hats, but all my roles meld together,” Shirley said. “I love that I get to be involved with so many different aspects of the company. It makes the job exciting and dynamic.”

Pastel drawings transform into massive steel sculptures

Visiting the website of SFA artist and educator Jeffery Brewer ’98 & ’00 takes viewers on a whimsical adventure that barely touches the tip of the iceberg of his playful (and somewhat mischievous) imagination and brilliant talent.

Scholarship, mentorship program prepares graduates for media careers

Nytesia Ross ’17 has always been a storyteller, but it wasn’t until college that she knew she would make storytelling her career. A poetry assignment in seventh grade sparked Ross’ love for writing and, in turn, led to a desire to address social issues with spoken word.

Golden Age of Radio leads to dream career, friendship

The word “destiny” seems to come into play in the life of Donnie Pitchford ’83. Little did the “Lum and Abner” cartoonist of today know as a young child in Memphis during the 1960s or as an SFA student in the early 1980s that a series of events would lead him to the multiple artistic endeavors he now enjoys.

SFA alumnus serving as Corpus Christi mayor

When Corpus Christi native Joe McComb ’70 arrived at SFA in 1966, it was his first time in Nacogdoches. “I thought Corpus Christi was hot, but I hadn’t realized the wind didn’t make it through those pine trees.”

Family farm produces successful hops harvest

Despite being past peak season, the green columns of hop plants at Polk-Sharp Farm filled the balmy fall air with a mild citrus scent that quickly amplified as John Elkins ’11 & ’14 gingerly plucked a flower from a plant twining well above his head and pulled it apart with his fingers.

Mr Miss SFA


Alumni Association names Mr. and Miss SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association Lawrence “Mac” Moore of Heath and Stephanie Gray of Waxahachie have been selected as recipients of the 2018 Mr. and Miss SFA awards.



Molly Francis Foster Fashion Merchandising Scholarship

The Molly Francis Foster Fashion Merchandising Scholarship supports any SFA student majoring in fashion merchandising.

Vista Viewpoint


Dr. Kimberly M. Childs - Dean of College of Sciences and Mathematics, Executive Director of STEM Research and Learning Center, Professor of Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Rising to great heights, the Cole STEM Building, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2018, will help ensure future growth and success for SFA students and the university.

faculty advising


Dr. Dawnella M. Rust - ‘Spring cleaning’ your body

Five simple things you can do to revitalize



Batting a Thousand: Marketing alumnus enjoys career with Astros

Brent Broussard ’86 rounded third base and stole home plate (figuratively speaking) in 1994 when he went to work for the Houston Astros. During the past 24 years, he has worked his way up in the organization, now serving as a senior account executive for group ticket sales.

Baker Pattillo

Letter from the President

It is hard to believe another fall semester at SFA is already drawing to a close, and the holiday season is upon us. I would like to share with you some highlights from the fall and alert you to some important milestones we expect to reach next year.

David Madrid

Letter from the Alumni Association

As I write this letter, the activities of a somewhat normal fall semester are underway. However, for many Houston and South Texas area alumni, students and friends, the past several months have been anything but normal.


Athletics Highlights

NFL Scouting Combine, Athletic Director announces plans to retire, Ladyjack volleyball Southland Conference champions again, and Academic All Americans

Class notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni


In Memoriam

Lumberjacks whom we recently lost