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The magazine of the SFA Alumni Association
and Stephen F. Austin State University

Current Issue: Winter 2018



ARThur Sekula / ARTist, Educator: Fine arts major details his dual career

Award-winning watercolor artist Arthur Sekula '89 has a passion for creating paintings that evoke calm, solitude and strength.


Triple Threat: Three sisters play basketball for the Ladyjacks

There are only two sets of three sisters playing together in Division I basketball this season. SFA’s Johnson trio is among them. For Aaliyah and Aiyana, the opportunity to play with older sister, Imani, was an opportunity too good to pass up.

Student Profiles


For the Love of the Game: Kinesiology student serves as 2018 Special Olympics official

During the opening ceremony, Dustin Sturdivant, an SFA senior kinesiology major, stood on the sidelines of Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington, and paused to let the reality of the moment sink in. He was one of only four National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association members in the nation selected to serve as a unified flag football official for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.


A Space to Learn: Athletic training graduate student interns at NASA’s RehabWorks

Entering the double doors of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on NASA’s 144,000-acre property at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Nicole Cardenas is immediately greeted by the NASA logo etched into the entrance’s tile floor.

Campus News

SFA Gardens’ kiwifruit crop yields impressive harvest

This summer, researchers at SFA Gardens reaped the sweet rewards of their ongoing investigation into the feasibility of adding kiwifruit to the state’s long list of agricultural commodities.

Alumni News

Alumni Association honors award winners

The SFA Alumni Association annually bestows its highest honors on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations.



Christine Crain Delta Delta Delta Scholarship, Kevin Kelley 'Purple Pipes' Memorial Scholarship

New scholarships award first recipients

Vista Viewpoint

Vista Viewpoint

Dr. Keith Hubbard - Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

I still remember Dr. Debbie Pace, SFA associate dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (then an assistant department chair), asking if I had questions at the end of the interview. I asked what department culture was like. She leaned forward and simply said, “We’re like a family.”

Faculty Advising

faculty advising

Dr. Pauline M. Sampson - Undergraduate research and creative discovery offer myriad benefits

What stands out among your college memories? Is there one moment you will never forget? For me, one of those defining moments was when I was asked to join a research project conducted by a graduate student and faculty member. I was only 19 and an undergraduate student, and it made me feel valued when I was asked to be part of this endeavor.

Jacks of All Trades


Lumberjacks Make Great Lawyers: '97 alumnus practices law in Las Vegas

While growing up in Houston, Malcolm LaVergne thought attending law school might not be in the cards for his future. But for the ’97 SFA alumnus, now practicing law in Las Vegas, all it took was hard work, initiative and perhaps just a little Lumberjack luck.

In Every Issue

Dr. Baker Pattillo

Letter from the President

A message from SFA President, Dr. Baker Pattillo

David Madrid

Letter from the Alumni Association

A message from Alumni Association Past President, David Madrid


Athletics Highlights

New athletic director named, volleyball team dominates, cross-country runner Awet Beraki's incredible story, basketball seniors bring home medals, and more.

Class Notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Lumberjacks whom we recently lost.

Past Issues