Stephen F. Austin State University

Leadership Programs

Freshman Leadership Academy

The Freshman Leadership Academy at Stephen F. Austin State University is a program intended to grow and develop student leaders while enhancing the overall college experience. This program is an enhanced version of the SFA 101 seminar class.

Freshmen Leadership Academy emphasizes global leadership and service leadership. The academy has a specialized SFA 101 class that meets from 2:00-2:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall semester only. In addition to attending class, the academy also requires participation in unique leadership and service opportunities. This is an official SFA class so you must be available to attend all scheduled class sessions and complete all assigned work.

SFA 101 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; Amanda Horne, director of student engagement programs; and Lacey Folsom, 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.

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.

For more information, contact Molly Moody ( ; 936-468-1088)

Sophomore Scholars

Sophomore Scholars is the second phase of the leadership continuum at SFA. Upon completion of 30 credit hours and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 students receive and email invitation to participate in program designed to continue to grow second year students.

Members of the Sophomore Scholars community work together to host SFA Dance Marathon all while reflecting and discussing their application of transferrable skills, specifically the five areas of endorsement as outlined in the Certified Student Leader Program.

The students of Sophomore Scholars are the driving force behind SFA's partnership with Children's Miracle Network, as they began hosting the annual SFA Dance Marathon in 2016.

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa is SFA's Leadership Honor Society. ODK recognizes top students who have leadership experience 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.


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.

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 distinctions.

The following are the 2015-2016 Leadership & Service Award winners:

Student Employee of the Year
Micheala Jerro, AARC

Advisor of the Year
Travis Lankford, Campus Recreation- Intramural and Sports Clubs

Individual Awards Winners

Volunteer of the Year
Jamie Weihe

The SFA Way Award
Stephanie Sogga

Underclassman of the Year
Lauren Kirkland

Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
Stephanie Williams

Top 23 Freshmen

Allyson Holman Ashley Spitzmiller Avery Hager
Besong Tabenyang Briana Waterhouse Ivy Compton
Jacqueline DeNard Jacqueline Miranda Jarrod Reid
Jasmine Guajardo Kaylee Real Kristine Cross
Lindsey Boudreaux Lizzie Moore Morgan Hanson
Rachel Cilliers Sage Williams Shelby Hearn
Shelby Kolek Staci Gabrich Tamia Garrett
Taylor Motley Will Titone

Organization Awards
Service Organization of the Year
Phi Rho Psi

rganization of the Year- Small
Sigma Lambda Gamma

Organization of the Year- Large
National Panhellenic Council

Organization of the Year- University Sponsored
Traditions Council

Programs of the Year Form
Organization Program of the Year
"Drinking and Mario Kart"- Sigma Lambda Gamma

Service Program of the Year
Thanksgiving Homebound- Jacks Council on Family Relations

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.