NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s Student Development and Access Services within the Division of Student Affairs is encouraging students, faculty, staff and the Nacogdoches community to participate in the 2024 MLK Day of Service Jan. 15. 

The event honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who inspired thousands of people around the United States to make positive impacts in their communities, according to Dr. Ja’Von Long, assistant director of student development.

“MLK Day of Service brings together SFA students and Nacogdoches community members and organizations to not only complete community service projects in Nacogdoches but also close divides and show there is strength in coming together,” Long said. “The SFA and Nacogdoches cultures are intertwined, so we must acknowledge and create a connection to strengthen our community.”

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, followed by a panel discussion. Participants will volunteer at service sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and return to campus for a drive-thru celebration where they will receive a free lunch and T-shirt. 

According to Long, organizers are expecting approximately 400 participants in this year’s event.

To learn more and register to serve, visit the MLK Day of Service website

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.