Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Organizations

Participation in one of the many student organizations within forestry, environmental science and spatial science is an excellent way for our students to network and gain skills relevant to their future careers. Information about each of our student organizations can be found below.

Student Organization Information

Agriculture Show Team

The SFA Show Team encourages and promotes interest in showing livestock and increasing relations with the livestock industry. The team supports the animal science program, the invitational livestock judging contest held on campus each spring and the collegiate livestock judging team. The show team also works closely with local 4-H and FFA members to enhance their education and show skills.

Advisor: Dr. Erin Brown


Agri-Ambassadors are a group of students that recruit for the Department of Agriculture throughout the year. They recruit at local events, national and statewide conventions, fairs and other exhibitions. To become a member of the organization, a student must maintain a 2.25 GPA and show an interest in exhibiting leadership skills through recruiting efforts. Applications are available in the main office of the Agriculture Building, Room 101. Once filled out, please return to Ms. Emily Payne in AG-116A.

Advisor: Emily Payne

Ag Tech Club

The Ag Tech Club is open to anyone interested in agriculture mechanics and machinery. Meetings are every Wednesday at noon in the machine shop. Main events include the National Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event in Indianapolis, IN, every fall. In the spring, the club participates in the Tri-County Tractor Contest and hosts career development events for high school students.

Adviser: Craig Morton

Collegiate FFA

The mission of the Collegiate Future Farmers of America is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, cooperation and citizenship, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Advisor: Dr. Candis Carraway

Delta Tau Alpha

Delta Tau Alpha is a national agricultural honor society that recognizes students for superior academic performance and dedication to the prosperity, health and well-being of the agricultural industry.

Advisor: Dr. Leland Thompson

Ducks Unlimited

The purpose of the SFA Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is to inform students about North American wetlands and the many important ways each person can help in their conservation, restoration, and protection. The major goals of the SFA chapter are to increase student body membership with DU and to raise funds for Ducks Unlimited Incorporated.

Advisor: John Kidd

Horticulture Club

The Horticulture Club is known for going on great trips, visiting exciting places, and learning the tips and tricks of 21st century horticulture. The club meets once a week to help in the SFA Mast Arboretum in the propagation of plants for the Arboretum and Horticulture Club plant sales. The SFA Horticulture Club participates in the annual J. Benton Storey Undergraduate Student Horticultural Judging Contest.

Advisor: Dr. Jared Barnes

National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP)

The National Association of Environmental Professionals is a student chapter of the national organization that is committed to achieving "the highest standard of ethics and competency within the environmental professions." The organization acts to provide a network for communications among colleagues in industry, academe, and the private sector. NAEP's primary goal is to be a resource for career development of the student membership as an environmental professional.

Advisor: Dr. Ken Farrish

National Assocation of Interpretation

The National Association of Interpretation (NAI) connects members with professionals in the field and helps to sharpen environmental, cultural and historical interpretation skills, as well as communication and leadership skills. Members have the opportunity to volunteer and attend conferences and conventions. NAI is open to all majors.

Advisor: Dr. Pat Stephens-Williams

Poultry Science Club

The Poultry Science Club encourages and promotes interest in poultry science among the students at SFA. We establish and maintain relationships between the club and the poultry judging contests for the youth of the state of Texas. We also participate in community service programs.

Advisor: Dr. Joey Bray

Pre-Veterinary Medical Organization

The Pre-Veterinary Medical Organization is a professional organization whose purpose is to stimulate student interest in veterinary medicine, familiarize students with the expectations associated with pre-veterinary and veterinary education and the veterinary profession, and to build strong friendships among pre-vet students.

Advisor: Dr. Joey Bray

Rodeo Club

The Rodeo Club supports the SFA rodeo team to compete around the state. They host the intercollegiate rodeo in Nacogdoches. We also join in local Bull Bash events as well as helping out our community. Dues are $15 per semester.

Advisor: Rachel Clark

Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Society

Sigma Alpha exists to promote women in agriculture and to strengthen the bonds of friendship among them. Members strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

Advisor: Emily Payne

Society of American Foresters

Society of American Foresters (SAF) offers a great opportunity for students to get involved with their profession while still acquiring their degree. As a member of SAF, you will get an unparalleled opportunity to network with natural resource professionals, future employers, and future co-workers. Meetings are bi-weekly.

Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Kidd

Student Association of Fire Ecology

S.A.F.E. was formed in 2003 as a chapter of The Association of Fire Ecology. It is the professional organization for those interested in fire ecology and the use of fire in natural resource management. The Student Fire Fighting Crew is part of S.A.F.E., and is available to assist the U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and other organizations with prescribed burns or wildland fire fighting.

Advisor: Dr. Brian Oswald

Student Association of Spatial Scientists

The Student Association of Spatial Scientists (SASS) is an organization that focuses on advancing the knowledge of SFA students who are interested in spatial science. Its goal is to promote awareness of the academic program of spatial science as well as its related technologies and career opportunities. There are social activities and events that provide opportunities for the members to gain leadership skills and professional development.

Advisor: I-Kuai Hung

Student Society of Arboriculture

The Student Society of Arboriculture is one of the five recognized professional affiliates of the International Society of Arboriculture. The SSA serves as a link between professionals in the tree care and "green" industries and students. the SFA chapter has a combined membership made up of forestry and horticulture students.

Advisor: Dr. David Kulhavy

The Sylvans

A social organization dedicated to establishing "espirit de corps" among all College of Forestry students. This organization organizes and promotes work projects to fund student events, including the annual forestry skills competition among all Southern Forestry Schools (Conclave).


Adviser: Dr. Jeremy Stovall

The Wildlife Society

The objectives of The Wildlife Society are to develop and promote sound stewardship of wildlife resources and of the environments upon which wildlife and humans depend; to take an active role in preventing human-induced environmental degradation; to increase awareness and appreciation of wildlife values; and to seek the highest standards in all activities of the wildlife profession.

Advisors: Dr. Jessica Glasscock & Dr. Chris Schalk

Xi Sigma Pi

The objectives of Xi Sigma Pi are to secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, to work for the improvement of the forestry profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest. Membership is by invitation only. Eligibility requirements include a 3.0 GPA or above and a minimum of 74 credit hours, with at least 10 hours in Forestry.

Advisor: Dr. Matthew McBroom