Stephen F. Austin State University

The SFA Way

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"…striving for personal excellence in everything we do."

At Stephen F. Austin State University, our faculty, staff, alumni and students believe in doing things "The SFA Way." We expect the best from ourselves and from each other, and we hold each other accountable when we fail to maintain these standards.

Grounded in the five "Root Principles" below, we, the members of the SFA community, strive for personal excellence in everything that we do.

S F A Way Root Prinicples

The Principle of Respect

Lumberjacks command respect and treat others with respect • They are considerate of others and tolerant of differences • They demonstrate respect for those around them by avoiding the use of offensive or profane language • They do not threaten or harm anyone and deal peacefully and civilly with conflict.

The Principle of Caring

Lumberjacks think of the needs of others and seek to improve the quality of life of those around them • They are compassionate, empathic and kind • They respond with humility to those they have helped and freely express gratitude to those who help them • Lumberjacks prepare themselves to become leaders in their communities and workplaces • They dedicate themselves to excellence in their chosen field of study and to using what they learn in the service of others.

The Principle of Responsibility

Lumberjacks do what is right • They persevere in times of adversity • Through self-control and self-discipline, they strive to do their best • Lumberjacks challenge each other to exceed expectations • They are active learners both inside and outside of the classroom • They are reliable; they do what they say they will do • Lumberjacks hold themselves accountable for their decisions.

The Principle of Unity

Lumberjacks are loyal to their friends, family, university, state and country • Lumberjacks stand together against any adversary • They recognize that though we are very different from one another, we are united by the Lumberjack Spirit. Lumberjacks seek to understand the people and world around them • When one lumberjack fails, all fail • When one lumberjack succeeds, all succeed.

The Principle of Integrity

Lumberjacks have the courage to do what is right, even when it is hard or unpopular • They respond to each situation with steadfast values that are not subject to change based on the actions of others • They seek opportunities to practice effective and ethical leadership • Lumberjacks are honest; they do not deceive, cheat or steal • Lumberjacks stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves • As lifelong learners, lumberjacks are committed to continuously improving themselves.

The SFA Way Award Recipients 2019

Respect: Dr. Peggy Scott, Student Rights and Responsibilities Director
Respect: Dr. Peggy Scott, Student Rights and Responsibilities Director
Dr. Peggy Scott joined SFA as the Assistant Dean of Student Development in 1986. She holds a Master's Degree in Student Personnel and Guidance (1981) and a Doctorate in Counseling (1985) from East Texas State University. She previously served SFA as Associate Dean of Student Development and Judicial Officer.
Caring: Leita Moore, Residence Life Operations Coordinator
Caring: Leita Moore, Residence Life Operations Coordinator
Leita Moore has worked in SFA's Residence Life Department since 1999. Her role as Coordinator of Residence Life Operations involves working with the Residence Life Maintenance and Custodial teams to provide excellent service to our 5,000 on-campus residents. She and her husband are both longtime SFA employees, and they live in Chireno. She loves to spend her spare time with her grandchildren.
Responsibility: Meredith Baily, Manager of the Project Management Office
Responsibility: Meredith Baily, Manager of the Project Management Office
Meredith Baily joined the SFA Information Technology Services Department in 2014. A Certified Project Management Professional, she worked in Dallas in Marketing and Trade Show Coordination at the Dallas Market Center before moving to Nacogdoches where she began programming and managing IT projects. She earned her undergraduate degree from Austin College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration at SFA.
Unity: John Fontenot, Verterans Resource Center Coordinator
Unity: John Fontenot, Verterans Resource Center Coordinator
A former U.S. Army Ranger and proud Texan, John is a two-time SFA graduate. He earned Bachelor's Degrees in Rehabilitation Service and Psychology in 2011, and in 2016, he received a dual Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. He is married his college sweetheart, and they have a son, Eric Jude.
Integrity: Grace Saldana-Romero, Campus Recreation Business Supervisor
Integrity: Grace Saldana-Romero, Campus Recreation Business Supervisor
Grace Saldana-Romero graduated from SFA with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 2006, and she earned a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2017. She began working at SFA in 2011 as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. She has worked as the Business Supervisor for Campus Recreation since 2015.