Stephen F. Austin State University

Leadership Programs

Lumberjack Leadership Academy

The Lumberjack Leadership Academy at Stephen F. Austin State University is a program intended to grow and develop student leaders while enhancing the overall college experience. This program is an enhanced version of the SFA 101 seminar class.

Lumberjack Leadership Academy emphasizes global leadership and service leadership. The academy has a specialized SFA 101 class that meets from 2:00-2:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall semester only. In addition to attending class, the academy also requires participation in unique leadership and service opportunities. This is an official SFA class so you must be available to attend all scheduled class sessions and complete all assigned work.

SFA 101 classes are taught by Dr. Hollie Smith, assistant dean of student affairs for programs; Lacey Folsom, director of student engagement programs; Veronica Beavers, director of multicultural affairs, and Saville Harris, assistant director for student engagement programs. Each section also has a student instructor, who will offer valuable advice and guidance as you explore student leadership and involvement at SFA.

Registration for Fall 2021 will be open March 2021!

For more information, contact Lacey Folsom ( or 936-468-1367)

SFA Dance Marathon

SFA Dance Marathon is the phase of the leadership continuum at SFA that focuses on transferable skill development. Student who choose to participate with SFA Dance Marathon embark on a journey utilizing our Leader Up curriculum that is designed to take student leaders to the next level of their personalized leadership journey, regardless of their classification.

Members of SFA Dance Marathon work together to plan and host our annual SFA Dance Marathon all while reflecting and discussing their application of transferrable skills, specifically the five areas of endorsement as outlined in the Certified Student Leader Program. The students of SFA Dance Marathon are the driving force behind SFA's partnership with Children's Miracle Network.

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa is SFA's Leadership Honor Society. ODK recognizes top students who have leadership experience in one of five areas at SFA: student activities and organizations, athletics, fine arts, student media, and government. SFA's ODK Circle is a nationally recognized chapter. In 2007,2009 and 2014 the SFA Circle received the Superior Circle Award, and in 2008 received the Presidential Award of Excellence. In 2014 the SFA Circle was also awarded the Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Grant. Only a handful of chapters are recognized with these awards each year throughout the country. ODK served as one of two host circles for the 2010 ODK National Leadership Summit and Convention, as well as a host circle for the ODK Regional Drive-in conference in 2013 and 2015.


Juniors, seniors and graduate students with leadership experience in one of the five areas and a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Applications are available online through ODK's website. Applications are generally due about three weeks into the semester. Interested students should note that ODK's requirements for membership and activity schedule may preclude distance learners from participating in the organization.

Preliminary Membership

ODK uses an interview process to determine its preliminary members from the applicants each semester. Prelims attend both general body meetings as well as preliminary meetings. The highlight of this process is the Prelim Project, which is a new project developed and executed by each semester's preliminary members. Prelims accumulate points by participating in ODK's committees, meetings and events, and these points are used as part of the evaluation process for deciding who will be offered full membership.


ODK inducts its new membership class at the end of each semester with a formal ceremony, followed by a reception for current and new members and their families and guests.

More information

SFA's ODK Circle maintains its own website,, which offers much more information about its events and activities, as well as numerous electronic forms for membership and award nominations.

12th Annual Leadership & Service Awards

Each year we honor our student leaders at the annual Leadership & Service Awards. Nomination forms are made available each Spring for individuals and organizations to be considered for the following distinctions.

Student Employee of the Year
Students will be evaluated on the six following, equally-weighted qualities: reliability, quality of work, initiative, attitude, professionalism, and uniqueness of contribution.

Top 23 Freshman
Each year, 23 outstanding freshmen are chosen to be part of our Top 23 Freshmen. These students have gone above and beyond in their first year at SFA to get involved in student organizations, take on leadership roles, and help improve their campus and surrounding community. Many of our past Top 23 Freshmen have gone on to take impressive leadership positions on campus.

Underclassman of the Year
The Underclassman (freshman, sophomore, junior) Student Leader of the Year Award is given to the student who best exemplifies leadership and scholarship at SFA. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding commitment to their academics and fellow students as shown through the student's activities and significant contributions to the University and community.

Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
The Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year Award is given to the senior who best exemplifies leadership and scholarship at SFA. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding commitment to their academics and fellow students as shown through the student's activities and significant contributions to the University and community.

Volunteer of the Year
This award is given to an outstanding student who demonstrates dedication to service in their community. This award is not given strictly based on the number of hours served, through the volume of service is taken into account.

The SFA Way Award
As Lumberjacks, we expect the best from ourselves and from each other. Grounded in the five "Root Principles", of respect, responsibility, caring, unity, and integrity, the student who is recognized with The SFA Way award is one who strives for personal excellence in everything that they do. This student award is given to a student leader who is an outstanding steward of the five root principles of The SFA Way: respect, responsibility, caring, unity, and integrity.

Advisor of the Year
The Advisor of the Year goes beyond the call of duty to contribute to the success of the organization and its members. This award honors an advisor who takes seriously their role in developing student leaders and promoting student success.

Organization of the Year
The award for Organization of the Year is given to one small, one large, and two Greek Life, and one University Sponsored registered student organization who demonstrate academic success, civic engagement, as well as campus and community collaboration.

Service Organization of the Year
The Service Organization of the Year award is given to the registered student organization that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to service on campus and in the community.

Program of the Year
The Program of the Year award honors one exemplary program each year. This program was thoughtfully promoted, well-managed, fiscally responsible, well-attended, and has impacted the University in a positive way.

Service Program of the Year
This award is given to an organization whose program demonstrates tremendous leadership through giving to the community.

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.