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Bob Francis

Greetings, fellow alumni and friends.

Another year is almost in the books as we draw closer to SFA's 100th anniversary. And what a year 2020 has been! We've all learned to adapt to new ways of doing things. Some have suffered loss, and others have charted new courses for their lives.

I have been so proud of how our university has transformed its traditional way of doing almost everything and remained viable in an extremely competitive scholastic climate. The attitude across campus has remained calm and determined. Thanks to the administration, SFA has made tough choices and charted a great course for future success.

Our Alumni Association has had to do the same rethinking and adapting to change. With restrictions on group gatherings for most of the year, our staff members have found creative ways to engage virtually. Social media, Zoom, Jack Chats, online SFA Ring sales and alliances around campus have become the new way of doing business. Here is a shout out to Craig Turnage, the Alumni Association executive director, and association staff members for going above and beyond to take care of our organization and its members.

This will be my final letter as association president. Words can't describe what an honor it has been to serve alongside a great Board of Directors, alumni ambassadors from all areas of the state and nation, and the most dedicated group of staff members as we all work to represent and support our alma mater.

The good news is that our future is bright! Our organization will be under the leadership of Charlotte Ashcraft '80, incoming president from Nacogdoches, and a terrific and diverse Board of Directors. This board represents the geography, class year and school of study of our alumni base. Erika Tolar '02 from Houston will be joining Charlotte as our president-elect.

We appreciate your support and, as always, please let us know if there is any way we can help you.

Axe 'em, Jacks!

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Bob Francis '78
Bullard, Texas
President, SFA Alumni Association