Homecoming weekend is a terrific time to return to campus, see what has changed and participate in a variety of on-campus activities. Check out the Homecoming schedule of events in this issue of Sawdust to view the family-friendly offerings. Also, don’t forget to check out the online auction during Homecoming. There are lots of SFA-themed products, SFA memorabilia and many trips and experiences. The auction will close for bidding at 9 p.m. Oct. 27.

Before the Homecoming football game Oct. 26, please plan to take a few minutes to visit Alumni Corner and enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and great fellowship. Alumni Corner is held at the corner of Raguet and Hayter streets. I’ll be there and hope to see you.

SFA has more than 100,000 living alums scattered around the world, and we are proud of them all. Each year, the SFA Alumni Association recognizes several of our outstanding alumni for their contributions to their professions and community, as well as their dedication to advancing the values and goals of SFA. This year’s Alumni Awards recipients are highlighted in this issue of Sawdust. Take time to read about these fellow alums and remember, it’s not too early to start nominating alumni for next year’s awards. You can do that by contacting the alumni association.

Frequently, alumni association life members contact us and ask how they can continue their support of the association after their initial membership. One way is through the new Sustaining Life Membership. For $250 annually, you will receive a purple leather padfolio with the SFA logo. There’s also a $500 level of support that gives you access to the new alumni association field box at Homer Bryce Stadium. Located in the end zone, these seats will be among the best in the house.

Another way you can help the alumni association and SFA is by participating in a survey that soon will be emailed to you. This survey is a tool we will use to better understand our alumni’s needs and wants. With such a diverse group of alumni, your input is essential in helping us to more effectively serve you.

Lastly, I’d like to take a moment and announce that we are proud to welcome Pamm Coleman, from Houston, as a new director on the alumni association board. When Pamm was an SFA student, she was involved in many activities, including serving as editor of the student newspaper, The Pine Log. We look forward to and appreciate her input and service.

Axe ’em, Jacks!

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Bob Francis ’78 - Bullard
President, SFA Alumni Association