Stephen F. Austin State University students take part in the 2007 "Back Lot Bash" following Freshman Convocation. This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Stephen F. Austin State University will roll out the red carpet for the Class of 2012 at the annual "Back Lot Bash" Thursday, Aug. 28, behind the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The event follows SFA Freshman Convocation, which begins at 4:30 p.m. in the coliseum, and provides an opportunity for local businesses and university and community organizations to share information with the students, many of whom are recent arrivals to Nacogdoches.

"Just as in years past, we will have lots of food, prizes, goody bags and other giveaways to welcome the freshman class to our city and introduce them the various local businesses and organizations," said Charlie Hueber, assistant director of student life at SFA.

"All six of SFA's colleges will be on hand to share information about their academic programs, and various other university departments and student organizations will be represented, as well."

More than 1,500 incoming freshmen and 45 businesses and organizations participated in the 2007 event.

Businesses and organizations wishing to participate in the "Back Lot Bash" must submit a registration form no later than Aug. 27. The form can be found online at There is no charge to participate, but space is limited. Tables and chairs will be provided. For more information, call (936) 468-1088.