NACOGDOCHES, Texas — What do Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks, campus landmarks, squirrels and six children have in common? The answer is “A Day at SFA,” a new SFA Press publication geared toward children that encourages them to start considering the university as their future alma mater.
Written by University Marketing Communication staff members and alumnae Dr. Shirley Luna and Donna Parish and illustrated by 2019 alumnus Tristan Brewster, the book is filled with information about what makes SFA a special place — from its traditions to its iconic buildings.
“The book is for children, but it also appeals to alumni, students, faculty and staff and all university stakeholders,” said Kimberly Verhines, SFA Press director. “Because Tristan has incorporated so much of what makes SFA unique in his whimsical artwork, the book evokes wonderful memories from anyone associated with SFA.”
Starting at the Baker Pattillo Student Center, a group of six children are led on a tour around the campus by an SFA student tour guide dressed as a Lumberjack, who points out various landmarks and introduces the children to life on campus.
“From the historic Austin Building, which was completed in 1924 and houses the university president’s office, to SFA’s newest facility, the Cole STEM Building, with its 52-foot domed planetarium, young readers learn about 33 SFA-related landmarks,” said Dr. Shirley Luna, co-author and executive director of University Marketing Communications.
Almost every page also includes illustrations of longtime employees and many SFA leaders, including Dr. Scott Gordon, current president, and the late Dr. Baker Pattillo, former university president, with an index identifying the page number and the person(s) depicted.
“With the university soon approaching its 100th anniversary, the book will make a wonderful keepsake,” said Donna Parish, co-author and assistant director of creative services for University Marketing Communications. “It also would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves SFA.”
“A Day at SFA” is available for purchase online at sfasu.edu/kidsbook for $20 plus tax and shipping. Copies also can be purchased with cash, check and credit card in person at the Pearman Alumni Center, located at 300 Vista Drive. A portion of the proceeds benefit scholarships and student programming.