In the spring issue of Sawdust, I discussed the great things happening at SFA, and I encouraged you to connect with your university friends and return to campus soon for a visit. Well, your opportunity is just around the corner during Homecoming 2015.

Each fall, the Alumni Association proudly hosts Homecoming, and this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss. Of course, we will continue with our annual Homecoming traditions, including the torchlight parade and concert at the intramural fields Friday evening, the Homecoming parade through downtown Nacogdoches Saturday morning, and the excitement of Duck Dash and tailgating at Alumni Corner before the Lumberjack football game.

This year’s Homecoming will have a slight twist, however, as it will be held Oct. 30-31. Halloween themes will be included throughout the festivities, and the weekend will be known as “A Haunted Homecoming.”

Alumni Corner will feature Jack-O-Ween—a family friendly fall fest with bounce houses, face painting, games, giveaways and fun for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes or dress like a Lumberjack or Ladyjack.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Alumni Association staff want every SFA graduate to attend Homecoming 2015, but we understand there will be scheduling conflicts. So, there is more good news—we will be coming to you soon through a new program, the Lumberjack Network.

During the past several months, we have conducted research concerning how to better engage our alumni, and we specifically focused on an approach by which SFA alumni have the opportunity to interact on a regular basis to expand and develop their professional networks.

SFA’s quarterly network will launch with a breakfast in Dallas during fall 2015 with the Lumberjack Business Network, later expanding to Houston and other areas in 2016. We expect to expand the program to include similar networks for alumni with careers in nursing, education, forestry and many others.

Yes, great things are happening at SFA, and we hope you’ll be in attendance during Homecoming 2015 to witness it firsthand. If you’re unable to join us, watch for information about the new Lumberjack Network program.

And, as always, remember to follow us on social media. “Like” the SFA Alumni Association on Facebook, and follow SFA Alumni on Twitter.

Axe ’em, Jacks!

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Karen Gregory Gantt '95 - McKinney, Texas
President, SFA Alumni Association