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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Musicians for Texas will perform a benefit concert in Westminster Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., Sun. Oct. 22, 2017. Admission is free, but donations to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts spearheaded by the American Red Cross are requested.

In addition to SFA faculty, two new members of the Nacogdoches musical community will be introduced. Dr. Jennifer Marshall, Westminster Presbyterian Church Director of Family Ministries, and Dr. Zach Marshall, the new Director of Choral Music at Kilgore College will perform.

An SFA alumnus has created a website to link volunteers with individuals requesting assistance with their remediation efforts.

If you or an SFA alum you know has assisted in rescue or relief efforts, send your information and photos (if available) to

Student FAQs

If I was registered and dropped for nonpayment before the hurricane, will I still be able to get into my classes?

Every effort will be made to re-register you in the classes in which you were previously enrolled, but that depends upon the availability of seats in the class. The Registrar’s Office ( or 936.468.1370) will assist you in finding open sections if your original classes are closed.

What if I wasn’t registered before the hurricane? 

Contact the Registrar’s Office to determine if you’re eligible for enrollment.

I am concerned about the days I missed, because I believe some of my classes have attendance policies. Do the days that I missed count as absences, or will they be excused by the university?

Please call the contact person for each college with questions about attendance procedures. The contact person will work with you and help you verify the attendance policies for each of your classes.

What are some important dates I need to know if I cannot get to campus before next week?

The deadline for Fall 2017 registration is 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

How will I get a permit for some of my classes when I can’t get to campus?

Contact the Registrar’s Office at or 936.468.1370 for assistance.

I am in the National Guard and have been called to service.  How will this affect my semester?

If it becomes necessary to withdraw from the Fall semester, please provide the Registrar’s Office ( or 936.468.1370) with a copy of your orders.

If I cannot attend this semester, how will I be affected by my withdrawal?

Contact the Registrar’s Office ( or 936.468.1370) in order to begin the withdrawal process.  After withdrawing via the Registrar’s Office, you may need to contact other offices to cancel services such as Residence Life, Meal Plan, Post Office, and Financial Aid.

What if I am missing financial aid documents because of the storm?

Contact the financial aid office for more information. Please call 936.468.2403.

Can I still get an emergency loan to help cover my college?

Emergency loans are available to students who have not already paid their tuition and fees. Emergency loans are available until Sept. 22, 2017, and will cover 1/3 of tuition and fees only.

Who do I talk to about my financial aid?

Your financial aid counselor will be able to assist you.

Your last name begins with: Your counselor is: Counselor contact info:
A, B, C, D Necole Beason Email:
Phone: 936.468.1322
E, F, G, H, I, J, K LaShanda Parkhurst Email:
Phone: 936.468.1214
L, M, N, O, P, Q Sara Williams Email:
Phone: 936.468.5553
R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z Donna Lee Email:
Phone: 936.468.3974

If I cannot attend this semester, how will my financial aid be affected by my withdrawal?

Per Title IV regulations, if a student withdraws, the Financial Aid Office is required to perform a calculation on your aid already received. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information (936) 468-2403.

I am currently paying on my student loans, but I cannot afford to make a payment. What can I do?

Please contact your loan servicer for information on a forbearance. You can find servicer information at

My family has been affected financially due to this disaster; is there any type of financial assistance available?

On a case-by-case basis, you can contact the financial aid office to see if adjustments to your FAFSA can be made.

Past relief efforts

The Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha accepted donated clothes, canned goods, shoes, etc. at 7 p.m. Wed. (Aug. 30) in the Tiered Classroom in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Mu Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi accepted food, clothes, donations from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, outside Baker Pattillo Student Center (or inside if bad weather.)

blood drive

Blood Drive in the Regents Suites on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Thursday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jacks Give Back and Alternative Breaks are accepted donations next to the blood drive.

Mu Xi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia accepted donations from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Music Building. The first 150 people to donate received a free milkshake from Chick-fil-A.

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship’s Burger Bash accepted monetary donations to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. One-hundred percent of donations made were given to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based humanitarian organization. The Burger Bash was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the SFA Ag Pond. The free event featured inflatables and live music by Sleep Juliet.

Leadership and Service Programs sponsored a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center on campus.

The SFA Department of Athletics announced an initiative designed to assist in the massive rebuilding and clean-up effort which must now be undertaken throughout southeast Texas on the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s decimation of the area. Fans were invited to participate in its "Buckets for Building" initiative set to take place Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9, at various SFA games and matches around campus.

Sarah Williford, Jessica Yancey, Lizzi Pineiro

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music recently sponsored a hurricane relief project to benefit students at C.E. King High School.

"The band directors, who are SFA alums, requested help, and we jumped right in," said Fred Allen, SFA director of bands. "It was a way for us to help a specific high school that we knew needed help."

The two alums, Michael Murdock and Ronnie Ross, said flooding at the school had damaged equipment and requested color guard equipment, percussion equipment and reeds used with woodwind instruments.

"We posted the list, and many of our students and faculty members responded with items that we could send them right away," Allen said.

For more information about the SFA School of Music, visit

The Campus Recreation Center was the official collection point for the university's hurricane relief efforts. The Campus Recreation Center was open Mon. - Thurs., 6 a.m. to midnight; Fri., 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun. noon - midnight.

Collection of donations ended Sept. 21.

The Residence Hall Association had a Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive. Donated items were collected at the RHA General Assembly 6 p.m., Sept. 25, in the Math Building, room 101.

Clothing donations were NOT needed.

Needed items included:

  • Adult and baby diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Dog and cat food
  • Female products
  • First aid kits/items
  • Gatorade/Powerade
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Individually packaged snack food
  • Inflatable mattresses
  • Large trash bags
  • Non-perishable food
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Puppy pads
  • Sandwich bags
  • Sleeping bags
  • Thin bed mats
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Toiletries
  • Trash bags
  • Water
  • Yoga mats

The student association of Nutrition and Dietetics accepted non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Houston Food Bank. A donation box was located at the Human Sciences North building, in Room 101 (the main office). Larger collections of food were picked up, if needed. For pick-up, please contact Sara Ross at 646.299.1631 or email

The Office of International Programs served as a collection spot for supplies for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations were brought to Liberal Arts North, Room 402. Clothing was not accepted.

SFA's interior design program partnered with Houston Community College to collect supplies for students in HCC's interior design program who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In early August, SFA and HCC formed a partnership to offer Houston-area students pursuing a bachelor's degree in interior design a more convenient option to acquire their degree. HCC students can now earn an SFA degree in interior design on the HCC Central Campus.

Items needed included architect's scales, technigraph lead holders, lead pointers, ink pens, erasers, drafting brushes, drafting tape and dots, grid paper, templates, and more [view full list]. Barnes and Noble gift cards also are being accepted in order to purchase textbooks.

SFA and Nacogdoches community members who chose to donate brought items to the Human Sciences South Building on the SFA campus. SFA made its first donation delivery to HCC Sept. 14.

Donations could be mailed or delivered to the following address.

SFA Interior Design Program — Donations for HCC
615 Starr Avenue E.
Nacogdoches, TX 75962.

For more information, email