NACOGDOCHES, Texas — In honor of Stephen F. Austin State University’s centennial year, the merchandising program in the James I. Perkins College of Education School of Human Sciences is offering centennial-branded SFA tartan pocket squares and scarves for purchase.
Featuring the official SFA tartan along with the SFA centennial logo, the items are available exclusively online through SFA’s merchandising program website.
“The SFA tartan is such an iconic design that we wanted to incorporate it into centennial items,” said Dr. Chay Runnels, School of Human Sciences chair. “Collegiate Tartan, the provider we worked with to develop the tartan, helped us with some ideas for new items.”
The official SFA tartan was designed in 2013 by SFA alumna Kelcie Brown. Along with other interior and fashion merchandising students, Brown prepared an entry in a student design competition through SFA. The tartan is registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In addition to the scarves and pocket squares, winter scarves and Perkins College of Education centennial T-shirts and lanyards are also available. Proceeds go to human sciences’ merchandising program projects, such as the merchandising minor and the historic costume collection that the merchandising department maintains.
“Because the tartan was designed by a former student and is registered in Scotland, there is something inherently special about it,” Runnels said. “Other universities also have official tartans, and it is really neat to see ours being worn by students, friends and alumni. We love to see our tartan on coaches, athletic staff and SFA administrators — even our hospitality students wear the tartan ties in the Culinary Café. With the added centennial branding, these items will be treasured keepsakes.”
ABOUT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY
Stephen F. Austin State University, the newest member of The University of Texas System, began a century ago as a teachers’ college in Texas’ oldest town, Nacogdoches. Today, it has grown into a regional institution comprising six colleges — business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, liberal and applied arts, and sciences and mathematics. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA enrolls approximately 11,000 students while providing the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. The main campus encompasses 421 acres that include 37 academic facilities, nine residence halls, and 68 acres of recreational trails that wind through its six gardens. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees covering more than 120 areas of study. Learn more at the SFA website.