Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Leader Spotlight

Brett Payne

Classification: Senior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Organization/Position: Lumberjack Mascot for SFA Spirit Teams

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

Veterans Resource Center, Sigma Chi Fraternity, SFA Spirit Teams

What have you gained from being a student leader?

Confidence, Public Speaking Skills, Accountability

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

Focusing on time-management and staying disciplined with my assignments

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

The best way to get the full college experience is to be as involved as possible and really put yourself out there.

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I respect others to the same degree that I expect them to respect me. As a person, I try to stay honest with others, myself, and for those that I care about.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

I look forward to leading by example, regardless if it is with things of great importance or minor tasks. I want people to look at the way I carry myself and be able to say that I am a good person, who cares for others, and steps up when it is needed.

David Ajiga

Classification: Junior

Major: Business Economics

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Organization/Position: Office of Multicultural Affairs Student Assistant

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

O.M.A, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, SFA School of Honors

What have you gained from being a student leader?

I've gained better communication skills and I have learned the importance of teamwork. I have become a lot more enlightened about societal issues.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

I prioritize and follow my schedule to get the best out of my academic work and social life.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

Be ready to learn, unlearn and grow!

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I strive to do my best and achieve my goals through dedication and hard work.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

I plan on using the communication and teamwork skills that I have learned from my experiences with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Madison Hunsucker

Classification: Senior

Major: Rehabilitation Services

Hometown: Denton, TX

Organization/Position: Tri Delta, Chapter President

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

Greek Life

What have you gained from being a student leader?

I have gained so many amazing relationships with so many people through working with them as a student leader. I have become more confident and sure of myself and I've gained so many skills that I will utilize when I graduate from SFA.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

You have to stay organized and always keep academics first! When things start to get overwhelming, I try to take everything one step at a time. To Do lists are my best friend!!!!!

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

If an opportunity for involvement present itself, always take it! Being an officer and member of Tri Delta has given me learning experiences I never would have gained if I didn't get involved. Even when it gets hard, the benefits, relationships, and experiences are SO worth it!

How do you live by the SFA Way?

As a student leader, I actively use all of the characteristics listed in the SFA Way. I think one that really sticks out is the principle of caring. You must care about your organization and its members to succeed as a leader.

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

My professional communication skills have grown so much through being chapter president. I've learned what works best for me when it comes to effective organization, scheduling, and how to deal with tough situation that inevitably arise in life. I will use all of these skill and more when I enter my career.