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. We offer two specialized sections in FLA - Servant Leadership Programs and Leaders for a Better World. 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:

The application for the 2014-2015 program is available here.

Participants in the 2014-2015 program will have the opportunity to sign up for an international service project for May 2015 - trip details, expenses, etc. will be provided to all applicants in late summer and early fall.

Servant Leadership Programs is taught by Dr. Hollie Smith, assistant dean of student affairs for programs, and Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for student engagement programs for leadership and service. Leaders for a Better World is taught by Dr. Osaro Airen, director of multicultural affairs, and Amanda Flores, assistant director for multicultural affairs. Each section also has a student instructor, who will offer valuable advice and guidance as you explore options for 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:

Lumberjack Leadership Academy

The Lumberjack Leadership Academy (LLA) is a year-long leadership development program that utilizes the Social Change Model of Leadership Development to integrate service learning and leadership strategies to assist students in developing the skills necessary to lead effectively. There is no cost to participate in this program.

The application process for 2013-2014 is now closed.

The program contains the following elements:

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 and 2009, the SFA Circle received the Superior Circle Award, and in 2008 received the Presidential Award of Excellence. 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.

Activities

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.

Applications

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.

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, www.sfaodk.org, which offers much more information about its events and activities, as well as numerous electronic forms for membership and award nominations.

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.