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Stephen F. Austin State University

Leadership Programs

Freshman Leadership Academy

Freshman Leadership Academy is intended to prepare our incoming students for one day taking on leadership roles at SFA. This is a special section of the SFA 101 freshman seminar course that helps prepare participants for success at SFA and prepares them to become the future student leaders of this university. By enrolling in one of these sections, you will open the door to being involved in leadership positions on campus much earlier than your peers. Topics for the class include:

International Service Project

Participants in the 2015-2016 program may have the opportunity to be selected for an international service project for May 2016 - trip details, expenses, etc. will be provided at a later date.

Residential Learning Community

FLA participants have the option of living in a Residential Learning Community. Based in Steen Hall, these special floors will offer additional leadership and service-based programs and opportunities for interaction with fellow FLA members, as well as student leaders, faculty and staff. On the online application, students may indicate their interest in this optional component, and students who are accepted will be given information on how to adjust their housing selection for the RLC.

Freshman Leadership Academy classes are taught by Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president for university affairs and dean of student affairs; Dr. Hollie Smith, assistant dean of student affairs for programs; Dr. Osaro Airen, director of multicultural affairs; Amanda Horne, director of student engagement programs; and Lacey Claver, assistant director for student engagement programs. Each section also has a student instructor, who will offer valuable advice and guidance as you explore student leadership and involvement at SFA.

You must apply to be considered for a spot in one of the FLA sections. The classes are offered 2-2:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall semester only. FLA sections of SFA 101 are official SFA classes, so you must be available to attend all scheduled class sessions for the course you apply for and complete all assigned work. In addition, there will be activities outside the normal classroom hours that you will be required to participate in. A schedule will be provided at the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact Molly Moody ( ; 936-468-1088)

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa is SFA's Leadership Honor Society. ODK recognizes top students who have achieved in one of five areas at SFA: student activities and organizations, athletics, fine arts, student media, and government. SFA's ODK Circle is a nationally recognized chapter. In 2007,2009 and 2014 the SFA Circle received the Superior Circle Award, and in 2008 received the Presidential Award of Excellence. In 2014 the SFA Circle was also awarded the Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Grant. Only a handful of chapters are recognized with these awards each year throughout the country. ODK served as one of two host circles for the 2010 ODK National Leadership Summit and Convention, as well as a host circle for the ODK Regional Drive-in conference in 2013 and 2015.


Each year, ODK sponsors a wide variety of programs that seek to develop students as campus leaders and draw attention to important issues. Some of the programs and events ODK coordinates include Dresses for Dreams, Leadership Conference, the Kermit Project, and the Student Leadership Awards Banquet. Members serve on a number of ODK committees throughout the year that are responsible for planning and putting on these events, offering our members great experience with event planning and leadership development.


Juniors, seniors and graduate students with leadership experience in one of the five areas and a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Applications are available online through ODK's website. Applications are generally due about three weeks into the semester. Interested students should note that ODK's requirements for membership and activity schedule may preclude distance learners from participating in the organization.

Preliminary Membership

ODK uses an interview process to determine its preliminary members from the applicants each semester. Prelims attend both general body meetings as well as preliminary meetings. The highlight of this process is the Prelim Project, which is a new project developed and executed by each semester's preliminary members. Prelims accumulate points by participating in ODK's committees, meetings and events, and these points are used as part of the evaluation process for deciding who will be offered full membership.


ODK inducts its new membership class at the end of each semester with a formal ceremony, followed by a reception for current and new members and their families and guests.

More information

SFA's ODK Circle maintains its own website,, which offers much more information about its events and activities, as well as numerous electronic forms for membership and award nominations.

2014-2015 Leadership & Service Awards

Each year we honor our student leaders at the annual Leadership & Service Awards. Nomination forms are made available each Spring for individuals and organizations to be considered for the following distintions.

The following are the 2014-2015 Leadership & Service Award winners:

Student Employee of the Year
Chris Weaver, Operations Manager- Campus Recreation

Advisor of the Year
Roya Dinbali, Alpha Chi Omega

Individual Awards Winners

Volunteer of the Year
Stephanie Willams

The SFA Way Award
Morgan Pulliam

Underclassman of the Year
Stephanie Williams

Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
Rebecca Arismendi

Top 23 Freshmen

Carla Alas Holberg Gonzalez Sarah Robinson
Chandler Banks Elizabeth Grissom Kendel Rogers
Jarael Brooks Jaclyn Hartland Madison Smith
Morgan Clifton Rebecca Herrod Emily Taylor
Daniel Fansler Faye James Mary Thi Bui
Ashleigh Fukuda Norma Machado Helen Vo
Jaycee George Kayla McCreary Lindsay Zabasky
Cassandra Givas Emily Miller

Organization Awards
Service Organization of the Year
Jacks Council on Family Relations

Organization of the Year- Small
Sigma Lambda Gamma

Organization of the Year- Large
Organization of Latin Americans

Organization of the Year- University Sponsored
Purple Haze Association

Programs of the Year Form
Organization Program of the Year
"Everyone, Everywhere Matters"- Sigma Lambda Beta

Service Program of the Year
Annual Leadership Retreat- Dream Builders

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.