Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Organizations & Awards

Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)

The goal of BESO is to help educate people about the importance of bilingualism and diversity in education and in the workforce, through networking ideas and practices. We promote bilingual education and the study of the Spanish language and Latinx culture as they apply to bilingual education through participation in activities which normally fall beyond the scope of classroom endeavors. Our organization supports professional development, community service, and continuing education for both colleagues and the community. We are a community of learners and represent the bilingual education community at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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Talking Hands

Talking Hands is a long-standing tradition within the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. This club is for anyone interested in sign language (more specifically, ASL). Majors as well as non-majors are among the make-up each semester. A range of students' sign skills (from barely knowing the manual alphabet to fluent, native ASL users) create a unique and diverse signing environment. In addition to regular meetings allowing for opportunities to "turn off" the voice and "turn on" the hands, Talking Hands is involved in a variety of special events. Silent weekends, variety shows, and annually signing the Star Spangled Banner during the SFA Homecoming game are a few of the fun ways Talking Hands gets students involved.?

Faculty Sponsor:

• Dr. Lindsey Kennon- jlkennon@sfasu.edu

Olds Family Endowment Outstanding Student Teacher Award

The Olds Family of Nacogdoches, Texas established an Endowment Fund to provide an award each semester for the outstanding student teacher in the Department of Elementary Education.

  1. The purpose of the Olds Family Endowment Fund is to support the Olds Family Award of $100.00 each fall and spring semester for a total of $200.00 annually. This award will be given to a new outstanding student teacher each semester in the Department of Elementary Education.
  2. Each semester the Department of Elementary Education shall report to the Olds family regarding the disbursements of funds for the award and the recipients of the award. The Department of Elementary Education will be responsible for requesting that the recipient of the award convey his or her thanks to the Olds family, preferably by letter.
  3. Selection of the recipient(s) of the Olds family award shall be the responsibility of the Department of Elementary Education under the supervision of the departmental chair in accordance with established procedures for selecting the outstanding student teacher.
  4. The award shall be in the form of a check payable to the recipient and presented at the appropriate time near or at the end of the student teaching experience each fall and spring semester.
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Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)

CMLA is the SFASU collegiate level chapter of the Texas Middle School Association (TMSA) and the National Middle School Association (NMSA). This organization is for students seeking to become professional educators in the middle grades (grades 4-8). CMLA offers many wonderful opportunities for future teachers in the middle level program. It also provides a great way to interact with other students at SFA with the same goals. Members of CMLA benefit from leadership skills, relaxation and thoughtful discourse, a place for friendship, a network of positive support, and lots of fun. Annual events include attendance at the NMSA Conference, attendance at the TMSA Conference, sponsoring a Middle School Dance, participating in SFA Homecoming as well as winter and spring socials.

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Early Childhood Organization (ECHO)

The purpose of the organization is to promote unity among early childhood students, to serve children in the community through various service projects, to benefit the members by sharing materials and ideas and to promote professional development for the members. ECHO is designed primarily for students who are EC-6 majors, but we welcome other majors who are interested in working with or on behalf of young children. Typically, ECHO meets on the first and third Tuesday/Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM. We meet at the Early Childhood Lab, Room 126. We have a program or speaker for each meeting - usually a professional in the field of early childhood education. The meetings usually last about one hour and training certificates are issued to all students who attend. Membership into ECHO becomes effective upon payment of dues at the beginning of the semester.

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Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

Faculty Sponsor:

• Dr. Summer Koltonski- koltonskisl@sfasu.edu