Stephen F. Austin State University students take part in the 2008 "Back Lot Bash" following Freshman Convocation. This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Stephen F. Austin State University will welcome the SFA Class of 2013 at the annual "Back Lot Bash" Thursday, Sept. 3, behind the William R. Johnson Coliseum.


The event follows SFA Freshman Convocation, which begins at 5 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 to the various local businesses and organizations," said Jonathan Elder, coordinator of student organizations and Greek 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. It is a great opportunity for the students and the community to get to know each other and a great event to kick off the new academic year at SFA."


Up to 3,000 incoming freshmen and about 150 businesses and student organizations are expected to participate in the event.


Businesses and organizations wishing to participate in the "Back Lot Bash" must submit a registration form no later than Sept. 1. 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) 468-3703.