The Traditions Council promotes and preserves SFA's rich history and traditions. Bleeding purple and white is an understatement. These students host events and spirit rallies that showcase SFA Traditions throughout the year including coordinating SFA Homecoming! The hard work and efforts of the Traditions Council members connect students to important aspects of campus life and assist students in achieving the full lumberjack experience.
If you have any questions about the group or would like for them to do a presentation on University Traditions, call (936) 468-6721 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weekly meetings: Tuesdays 8:00 p.m.
- Office Hours: 1 hour per week
- 2.25 GPA Requirement
- Volunteer hours for sponsored activities such as Homecoming, Run for the Ring 5k and more!
Traditions Council Officer Board
President: Danielle Tharp
Vice President: Craig Wright
Secretary: Amanda Pennell
Membership Relations: Nicole Lejeune
All Hail to SFA
Oh future bright 'neath the
Purple and White
All hail to SFA.
'Mid Texas pines we have
Found peaceful shrines
Where ev'ry month is May.
Long live our Alma Mater,
Honor to thee for aye.
As years unfold, happy
Mem'ries we'll hold,
All hail to SFA.
Go Jacks Go!
Fight Jacks Fight!
Win Jacks Win!
- Photo 1 Homecoming
- Photo 2 Axe Handles
- Photo 3 SFA Victory Light
- Photo 4 Ole' Cotton
- Photo 5 Chief Caddo
- Photo 6 SGA's Watermelon Bash
- Photo 7 The Lumberjack
- Photo 8 The Old Stone Fort
Our Namesake Stephen F. Austin
Born in Virginia and raised in southeastern Missouri, Stephen Fuller Austin is considered the founder of Anglo-American Texas. He graduated in 1810 with distinction from Transylvania University in Kentucky. An unassuming man with a kindly presence, he was deeply respected by all, and he achieved unparalleled influence over the often unruly settlers in Anglo Texas. He is remembered in history for his many efforts on behalf of Texas before, during and immediately after Texas' Revolution with Mexico. His contributions to Texas included: long and perilous pilgrimages to Mexico; his unwillingness to counsel his people to take up arms against the Mexican government as long as any hope for peace remained; his firm and decided voice, speaking words of encouragement and hope during the darkest days of the revolution; and his laborious travels in the United States to obtain needed support for his struggling countrymen. After devoting his life to the cause of Texas, Austin was overcome by disease and on Dec. 27, 1836, died an untimely death at age 43.
The Stone Fort Museum
In the spring of 1779, Antonio Gil Y'Barbo led some displaced settlers back to East Texas to found the community of Nacogdoches. They had formerly lived in western Louisiana and eastern Texas near Spanish missions. Soon after leading his wanderers to the valley of LaNana and Banita Bayous, Y'Barbo erected a Stone house on the northeast corner of town square. There he conducted private and government business, so it became the civic center of the community.
In 1936, a replica of the Old Stone Fort was located on the campus of SFA.
At every home football game, the SFA ROTC introduces the opposing team to Ole Cotton. Each time the Lumberjacks score, Ole Cotton is fired. The sound booms through the stadium and the town. If you have never been to a game, but you've heard the booms, don't worry. It's just those Lumberjacks kickin' some axe.
Lighting of Garner and Student Center
It is possible that a student might have to miss an athletic event due to the need to study for a more important final or midterm. To let those who are unable to attend know of our victory, SFA has purple lights visible on top of one of the tallest buildings on campus, Steen Hall. A purple light also is illuminated in the Student Center clock tower. After every SFA game, the students of SFA and the residents of Nacogdoches can look to the purple lights on campus and rejoice in our victory.
* Garner Apartments was the home to the victory light for over 40 years until the light was moved to Steen Hall in Fall 2010.
The Axe is the tool or weapon of choice of the Lumberjack. To the members of the SFA community, it has dualistic association, in this case representing both destruction and creation. American Indians, the Chinese and even the Celts called axes "thunder stones." As such, axes became closely associated with power.
Homecoming features the best of what SFA is all about. Held every fall, usually in October, homecoming is not just one tradition, but a series of traditions that bring Lumberjacks one and all together to celebrate SFA. During the week, the campus welcomes home its alumni and friends with the traditional bonfire and pep rally, homecoming elections, Duck Dash, downtown parade, football game, and much, much more!
Purple Haze, a tradition created by a group of student leaders, is more than a section of students at the football game. Purple Haze is a commitment and dedication to the Lumberjack spirit. Each freshman who attends orientation is given a Purple Haze shirt that displays the SFA school song across the back.
The SFA Lumberjack
In 1923 the students and faculty met in assembly to decide upon a name for the athletic teams. Several names wereconsidered, and those proposing the names led yells to demonstrate the greatness of their nominations. By vote, the assembly chose LUMBERJACKS, the name submitted by T. E. Ferguson, professor of English. Since that time, the mascot of SFA has continued to represent the university and community of Nacogdoches.
The SFA Mentor Ring
The Mentor Ring is SFA's official class ring. Students receive the ring in a ceremony called the Big Dip. The Big Dip signifies one of the last steps to alumni-hood as students get their hands dipped purple and are presented with their mentor ring. Once they have their ring, they will be paired with an SFA mentor who will make sure their last months at SFA are on the right track to graduation and beyond.
Each summer the Student Government Association host the Watermelon Bash. This event signales the end of the summer and allows students a chance to let loose while university administrators serve watermelon. The Watermelon Bash is SGA's oldest standing tradition.
Closing out the year is the last real party of the spring semester, and it's held right on campus. Springfest is sponsored by the Student Activities Association and features bands, in?atable games, free food and drinks, and thousands of dollars in prizes and free stuff. Springfest is held over a one-week period, usually at the end of April.
Chief Caddo stands 7 feet 6 inches in height, weighs over 320 pounds and is the largest symbol passed between NCAA universities in the nation. The statue is awarded annually to the winner of the Lumberjack-Demon contest. The statue originated in 1960 when longtime rivals SFA and Northwestern State decided to award the winner of the game a trophy. The two institutions settled on a statue of a mythical Indian chief whose tribe was fabled to be responsible for settling the locations that became English-speaking Nacogdoches and Natchitoches.
Clean out the fridge, and don't do laundry. This weekend has been set aside to invite the families of SFA students to campus to see how their students are surviving. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, this event draws nearly 2,000 parents and friends to the campus for a weekend of campus entertainment, tours of campus and college students looking for a trip to Wal-Mart or a great meal out on the town with their parents.