Stephen F. Austin State University

Service Programs

Alternative Breaks

The Alternative Breaks program offers students the opportunity to partake in a road-trip style service trip during Spring Break to provide service in a different communities on their way to Celebration City with other college students from around the nation. Alternative Breaks provides these students with valuable experiences in teamwork and meaningful community engagement. Students learn about the climate and culture of the destination city during pre-trip meetings, and are responsible for planning trip activities and working together to solve problems. Previous destinations have included Omaha, NE (2016), Lake Charles, LA (2015), Oklahoma City, OK (2014), Hot Springs, AR (2013), Long Beach, MS (2012), Memphis, TN (2011), and New Orleans, LA (2010).

The BIG Event

The BIG Event LogoSFA's The BIG Event promotes unity between campus and community as students come together for one day to express their gratitude through service for the support from the Nacogdoches community. Students work in teams to complete projects across Nacogdoches County as a way to say "thank you!" to the community for their support of SFA students.

Throughout the years, the Nacogdoches community has shown endless support to the students of Stephen F. Austin State University. For this reason, The BIG Event strives to reciprocate that appreciation to all residents. Each year, SFA students spend one day performing various service projects all across Nacogdoches County.

The BIG Event is focused solely on saying "thanks." Therefore, projects for this event are not based on need or socioeconomic status - ANYONE can apply for a project to be completed by our students.

SFA Dance Marathon

Established in Spring 2016, SFA Dance Marathon program is a partnership between Stephen F. Austin State University and Children's Miracle Network at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health Systems in Tyler, Texas. Students of SFA fundraise all year long "For The Kids" and the equipment and professionals they need to prevail through illnesses of all kinds.

These students make sure that our fundraising efforts do not go without celebration. The annual SFA Dance Marathon is held each spring as a HUGE celebration of our funds raised as we dance the night away with local Miracle Families. Attendees hear stories of the children their funds have impacted and celebrate the total reveal.

2019 Fundraising Goal: $23,000 | Actual Raised: $31, 659.26
2018 Fundraising Goal: $23,000 | Actual Raised: $33, 085.51

2017 Fundraising Goal: $23,000 | Actual Raised: $7, 477.54

2016 Fundraising Goal: $23,000 | Actual Raised: $8,336.25

Benefits of SFA Dance Marathon:

Service Partners

The Office of Student Affairs Programs has built relationships with many local community agencies that utilize student volunteers. There is a great need in the Nacogdoches community for volunteers and SFA students are an integral part of fulfilling this need!

All of these agencies have volunteer opportunities available for SFA students and potential opportunities for service learning project partnerships. Click below to review our listing of service partners.

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Volunteer Opportunities, Internships and Service Scholarships

In addition to the various opportunities SFA offers, there are other resources for college students that can be beneficial. These resources can be found on the following websites:

Volunteering and Non-Profit Careers

This website offers information about volunteering while in school and its benefits, non-profit internships, as well as a list of volunteer and non-profit scholarships.

Non- Discrimination Statement

Stephen F. Austin State University strives to provide an educational and work environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual. It is the policy of the university, in accordance with federal and state law, to prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information,citizenship and veteran status. Additionally, Stephen F. Austin State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Unlawful discrimination based on sex includes discrimination defined as sexual harassment.

The Discrimination Complaints policy (2.11) and the Sexual Misconduct policy (2.13) outline the university's commitment and details the procedures used to investigate complaints.

It is the responsibility of the university president to ensure that SFA and all its constituencies comply with the provisions of this policy and with all federal and state laws, executive orders and regulations regarding non-discrimination.

Students With Disabilities

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is committed to providing support for students with disabilities. If you are a student who needs an accommodation to attend or participate in one of our events or student organizations you are encouraged to stop by Room 325 in the Human Services Building to make your request. You may also call us at (936) 468-6401, TDD: (936) 468-1004.

If you have an accommodation request please see us as soon as possible, so we can make any arrangements necessary. Accommodations can only be arranged once a request has been submitted in writing to Disability Services. To the greatest extent possible, the Office of Student Affairs Programs shall observe confidentiality with respect to any request for accommodation.

Students who feel they have not been accommodated appropriately can appeal that decision utilizing the university appeals process.