Hello, Jack nation!
We are in full swing celebrating SFA's centennial with a jam-packed year of "bigger and better" events happening all over campus. We soared through the summer months, celebrating the centennial with alumni across Texas during our Ballpark Days, and we're ready for more centennial festivities this fall in Nacogdoches.
Our signature Alumni Awards celebration Sept. 15 will represent the official kickoff event to SFA's centennial celebration filled with so many exciting events, from musical concerts and performances in the newly renovated Griffith Fine Arts Building to the dedication of a ring statue across from the Pearman Alumni Center. All of this will culminate in a community-wide day of celebration on campus Monday, Sept. 18. Check out the full slate of events at sfasu.edu/centennial, and make time to come and celebrate with us.
Additionally, The University of Texas System integration continues to press forward seamlessly and to positively enhance SFA's already solid foundation as we join a best-in-class institution in Texas and beyond. Each day provides a little more excitement about our future — and it is oh so very bright 'neath our purple and white, my fellow alums!
In closing, I want to share a little story: my brother-in-law, sisters and I participated as a family unit in The Big Dip in April, showcasing our family's SFA legacy, "The Wulffpack Makes Great Lumberjacks," to coincide with 100 years of celebration and fun. Even our "future Lumberjack" children and our parents — all in custom purple shirts, of course — joined us to celebrate. It was a truly special moment, and I hope you all take time to reflect on the memories of your SFA days. Do something special to commemorate what SFA means to you, share it with us on our social media channels, and tag your friends and even a potential future Lumberjack or two — show them what it means to be a Lumberjack and make memories that last a lifetime!
I encourage everyone to schedule a trip back to Nacogdoches for SFA's centennial celebration, Homecoming, or to even join us for The Big Dip in December to honor the 100-year legacy we were all a part of creating and will help carry into the next century.
I can't wait to see you all back in Nac soon!
Axe 'em, Jacks!
Erika Tolar '02
President, SFA Alumni Association