Stephen F. Austin State University

The SFA Way

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"…striving for personal excellence in everything we do."

At Stephen F. Austin State University, our faculty, staff, alumni and students believe in doing things "The SFA Way." We expect the best from ourselves and from each other, and we hold each other accountable when we fail to maintain these standards.

Grounded in the five "Root Principles" below, we, the members of the SFA community, strive for personal excellence in everything that we do.

S F A Way Root Prinicples

The Principle of Respect

Lumberjacks command respect and treat others with respect • They are considerate of others and tolerant of differences • They demonstrate respect for those around them by avoiding the use of offensive or profane language • They do not threaten or harm anyone and deal peacefully and civilly with conflict.

The Principle of Caring

Lumberjacks think of the needs of others and seek to improve the quality of life of those around them • They are compassionate, empathic and kind • They respond with humility to those they have helped and freely express gratitude to those who help them • Lumberjacks prepare themselves to become leaders in their communities and workplaces • They dedicate themselves to excellence in their chosen field of study and to using what they learn in the service of others.

The Principle of Responsibility

Lumberjacks do what is right • They persevere in times of adversity • Through self-control and self-discipline, they strive to do their best • Lumberjacks challenge each other to exceed expectations • They are active learners both inside and outside of the classroom • They are reliable; they do what they say they will do • Lumberjacks hold themselves accountable for their decisions.

The Principle of Unity

Lumberjacks are loyal to their friends, family, university, state and country • Lumberjacks stand together against any adversary • They recognize that though we are very different from one another, we are united by the Lumberjack Spirit. Lumberjacks seek to understand the people and world around them • When one lumberjack fails, all fail • When one lumberjack succeeds, all succeed.

The Principle of Integrity

Lumberjacks have the courage to do what is right, even when it is hard or unpopular • They respond to each situation with steadfast values that are not subject to change based on the actions of others • They seek opportunities to practice effective and ethical leadership • Lumberjacks are honest; they do not deceive, cheat or steal • Lumberjacks stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves • As lifelong learners, lumberjacks are committed to continuously improving themselves.

The SFA Way Award Recipients 2020-2021

Rhylie Gachot, Assistant Director for Orientation and Transition Programs
Rhylie Gachot, Assistant Director for Orientation and Transition Programs
Rhylie Gachot began working at SFA in August 2018. Before becoming a Lumberjack, she worked in Residence Life at Sam Houston State University. Rhylie received her bachelor's degree in graphic design in 2014 and master's degree in college student personnel in 2016 from Arkansas Tech University.
Carrie Charley, Director of Auxillary Services
Carrie Charley, Director of Auxillary Services
Carrie Charley joined SFA as director of auxiliary services in 2019. After completing her bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Ohio University, she left her home state to begin her career in higher education as a hall director at Boston College in 1995. Since then, she's worked in housing operations and conference/event management and has supervised a variety of contracted student services at three other institutions prior to arriving at SFA.
Tiereny White, Career Coordinator for the Center for Career and Professional Development
Tiereny White, Career Coordinator for the Center for Career and Professional Development
Tiereny White graduated from SFA in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations and advertising. While pursuing her degree, she worked as a student assistant in Counseling Services, an intern in the Student Athletic Advising Office, and a student career advocate in the Center for Career and Professional Development. Tiereny joined CCPD full-time in 2018.
Janie Poskey, Administrative Assistant for Orientation and Transition Programs
Janie Poskey, Administrative Assistant for Orientation and Transition Programs
Janie Poskey began working with Orientation and Transition Programs in 2019. Before joining the Lumberjack family, she worked in a variety of settings as a nurse for over 24 years. Her ambition is to set a higher standard of excellence in customer service while assisting students and families and on- and off-campus partners. Janie is married to Justin, and they have twin, teenage daughters.
Shelbi Waller, Aquatics and Safety Coordinator for Campus Recreation
Shelbi Waller, Aquatics and Safety Coordinator for Campus Recreation
Shelbi Waller has served as the aquatics and safety coordinator for the Campus Recreation department since May 2019. Before becoming a Lumberjack, Shelbi received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and Master of Education in coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration from Angelo State University.
Frank Ronzello, Custodial Supervisor
Frank Ronzello, Custodial Supervisor
Frank Ronzello began working at SFA in the Residence Life Department in 2010. He earned an Associate of Science from Kilgore Junior College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from SFA in 1989. He has been married to Mary since 1983, and they have two children, Jennifer and Tony.
Livia Pierce, Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs
Livia Pierce, Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs
Livia Pierce joined SFA in 2013 after working with Nacogdoches ISD for 13 years. In 2018 she joined the Dean of Student Affairs office. She is a lifelong resident of Nacogdoches and is married to Sid who is also employed at SFA in the Physical Plant as an electrician.