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

Current Issue: Winter 2017


Derek Wayne Johnson

Filmmaking alumnus finds success in Hollywood

Derek Wayne Johnson ’06 has always felt like an underdog. “I’ve always had an affinity for the common man who rises up to become a champion,” he said. “I guess my own life, growing up in the pineywoods of East Texas dreaming of Hollywood success, seemed like a pipe dream to some. But I knew early on that’s what I wanted to achieve.”

Nancy Palacios

DeWitt School of Nursing graduate excels at her profession

Nothing stands in this first-generation college graduate’s way of helping others. The oldest of four children, Nancy Palacios said she decided to become a nurse while attending Seagoville High School.


Alumni help pioneer digital marketing through Austin-based company

Bright blue and yellow accents stretch the length of the Somnio office’s open communal workspace. Hushed conversations hover above the rows of six-person, collaborative desks lined perpendicularly against floor-to-ceiling windows. The office’s innovative atmosphere is reminiscent of the company’s beginnings when three SFA alumni started the digital marketing company at a time when marketing was done almost entirely in print.

Campus News

Food Pantry

Campus "Food for Thought" pantry feeds Lumberjacks facing food insecurities

Through the efforts of Hunger Jacks, a student organization working to remove hunger in Nacogdoches and SFA, and the Student Government Association, SFA opened its Food for Thought Food Pantry in January 2015 — only three months after initial meetings regarding the project began.


SFA stengthens academic offerings

Academic opportunities at SFA continue to increase as a result of new face-to-face and online degree programs that have been developed in response to initiatives in the university’s strategic plan, “SFA Envisioned.”

Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

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.



Scholarship recipients named

Gilbert I. “Buddy” Low Scholarship Program celebrates 10 years at SFA, and first Christopher J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship awarded.

Vista Viewpoint

Vista Viewpoint

Dr. Adam Peck - Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

Leadership is a concept that must be applied in order to be learned. For this reason, service has been a major component of Freshman Leadership Academy, a program designed to teach leadership skills to incoming students. Each year, between 80 and 100 students are accepted into the program that integrates first-year students into our co-curricular experiences.

Faculty Advising

faculty advising

Dawn Stover - How to make a traditional holiday wreath

You don’t need to have your own conifer collection to create a beautiful holiday wreath. Many plants located in your own garden will work just fine.

Jacks of All Trades


Crafted for Success: Couple opens family-owned business to sell handmade goods

A plethora of handmade items is sold in the store such as jewelry, leather goods and purses, canvas bags, cards, screen-printed T-shirts, soy candles, all-natural body and cleaning products, pillows, and more.

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 President, David Madrid


Athletics Highlights

A year in review: Championships galore!

Class Notes

Class Notes

News and notes from Lumberjack alumni

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Lumberjacks whom we recently lost.

Past Issues