Community Development Division, Vice Chair Ted Smith, SFA Athletics Development
SFA Chamber Connection
This committee includes special programs such as Business Internships and Spirit Flags. They develop contacts at SFA that can be used as resources for the business community, lead Chamber efforts in helping SFA recruit students and help businesses reach students and parents as potential customers.
Mission: The SFA-Chamber Connection builds a strong connection between Nacogdoches and SFASU, specifically by helping students become familiar with the community and its businesses.
Committee normally meets at 8:05 a.m. on a Tuesday of each month at the SFA Alumni Center on SFA campus Vista Dr. for approximately one hour.
Conducts special programs such as: Spirit Flags subscriptions; assists SFA Athletics with Cram the Coliseum; develops contacts at SFASU that can be resources for the business community; leads Chamber efforts in helping SFA recruit students; assists SFA in reaching business community to promote the university; assists businesses in reaching students and parents as potential customers.
Click to find links to download materials distributed at the "Selling to the SFA Community" workshop held July 14, 2016.
Committee Activities Spirit Crew Flags and All Day, Everyday Flags - click for the Paint the Town Purple Spirit Flag & All Day, Every Day Flag subscription form. Goal is to facilitate a subscription service with businesses to create a dynamic visual image of purple SFA flags on main city streets for home football games, orientation, showcase days, etc. The SFA Driving Jacks install and retrieve flags for each event day. The group receive the funds for the project, cover flag costs and disperse surplus funds to local charities. SFA Alumni donated $1000 for initial materials. Program initiated in 2005. More than 100 flags are now in service.
SFA - Chamber Other joint ventures Nacogdoches/SFA Day in Austin This annual event allows community leaders to form a large, united front when visiting Austin legislators. The reception attracts about 300 attendees in Austin.
Lone Star Legislative Summit Initiated in 2006, this biennial event offers SFA and Nacogdoches an opportunity to showcase our programs and facilities right here in the First Town in Texas. Statewide officials – including the Governor and the Speaker of the House – may attend. The event is hosted by Senator Robert Nichols and Representative Travis Clardy and produced by the Chamber.
NOBLE The Chamber’s NOBLE program introduces business people into eighth grade classrooms, where students are encouraged to take tougher curricula including science, math and foreign language. In February/March of their senior year, the successful NOBLE scholars are honored at a banquet. In the late spring, 20 of these seniors are awarded $1,000 scholarships to SFA, courtesy of Citizens 1st Bank and the Daily Sentinel. Citizens 1st recently expanded their contribution to continue scholarships to students continuing their studies at SFA.
Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness SFA and the Chamber are among the cooperative groups organizing these annual awards to the Farm Family of the Year, Ag Pioneer, Agribusiness, and Ag Educator of the Year. At the banquet, Ag organizations from SFA are feature in displays. An Ag Tour was initiated in 2005 that features the university’s role in blueberry, poultry, beef and other production. A number of scholarships are awarded to current and future SFA Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Science students.
Internships The Nacogdoches County Chamber was included in efforts to centralize internship information access/sharing for students and the business community. The Lumberjack Internship Program was created in partnership with Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, SFA Career Services and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber typically offers six to eight internships per year to SFA students. These are often communication, hospitality and marketing students. Several students have used their internship experience to gain a job following graduation. Several students have obtained jobs with organizations similar to the Chamber.
Publicity SFA is featured on the Chamber web site, in the Nacogdoches Guide and on the Chamber map. The Chamber provides lobby space for SFA materials. SFA and Chamber are part of group that constructed and landscaped a Welcome to Nacogdoches and Stephen F. Austin State University sign on at city’s southern entrance on U.S. Hwy 59.
Nac Fast Track This committee is available to help SFA and other major employers during recruiting of key employees. When the trailing spouse or significant other is seeking employment information, the resume is forwarded by e-mail to the Chamber, then distributed to committee members. They can use their connections to possibly assist the prospect to employment sources. Several candidates have found jobs through the program.