Stephen F. Austin State University

Service Programs

Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break program offers students the opportunity to travel during Spring Break and provide service to a different community. Each year, students apply and interview for one of 16 spots on the team. ASB provides these students valuable experience in teamwork and meaningful community engagement. Students learn about the climate and culture of the destination city during pre-trip meetings, and are responsible for planning trip activities and working together to solve problems.

Each team member is also responsible for fundraising a portion of the trip costs. Numerous fundraising opportunities are available.

Each year, the destination is kept under wraps until the team of students are chosen. Previous destinations have included Oklahoma City, Okla. (2014), Hot Springs, Ark. (2013), Long Beach, Miss. (2012), Memphis, Tenn. (2011), and New Orleans, La. (2010).

Applications are available online - you must have an Axes account to complete the form. (Go to mySFA, click on "my services" and then click on "Get Involved: Axes") It will be easier to sign in to Axes first in a separate browser tab, and then click on the application link below.

The application for 2015 is now open!

MLK Day of Service

The fifth annual MLK Day of Service took place on Monday, Jan. 20. More than 600 students, faculty and staff served the Nacogdoches community through a variety of service projects.

This event is co-sponsored by Student Engagement Programs - Leadership and Service and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, with grant funding provided by Service for Peace and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The BIG Event student committee and Lumberjack Cultural Association also collaborate on the program.

Please plan to join us in January 2015 for our sixth annual MLK Day!

MLK Day of Service 2014

Service Events

There are many opportunities to get involved and give back to the Nacogdoches community. Every two weeks during fall and spring semesters, an e-newsletter is sent out to our volunteer database to advertise upcoming service opportunities through our office and off-campus agencies. To have your event included in the newsletter, please fill out our submission form. To add yourself to our mailing list, please email

View previous editions of our service e-newsletter here:

Service Partners

The Office of Student Affairs Programs has built relationships with many local community agencies that utilize student volunteers. There is a great need in the Nacogdoches community for volunteers and SFA students are an integral part of fulfilling this need!

All of these agencies have volunteer opportunities available for SFA students and potential opportunities for service learning project partnerships. Click below to review our listing of service partners.

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Students With Disabilities

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or student organizations you are encouraged to stop by Room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-3004, TDD: (936) 468-1004.

If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. Accommodations can only be arranged once a request has been submitted in writing to Disability Services. To the greatest extent possible, the Office of Student Affairs Programs shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.

Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process.