SFA is chartered by the Texas legislature, Nacogdoches is selected as its location and the appropriation bill for funding is signed.
First classes held, mascot selected
During campus construction, the first group of SFA students attend class nearby. The Lumberjack mascot is selected by popular vote at a special student assembly of faculty and students.
Vista Drive opens
Since the completion of the Austin Building in 1924, Vista Drive has provided a unique view of the campus.
Homecoming is now an annual fall event featuring a bonfire, two parades and, of course, football.
Experimental Forest established
The Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest is established by an act of Congress and measures more than 2,500 acres. It is still in use for recreation, forestry and wildlife management research.
First Lumberjack Day
Lumberjack Day started by a proclamation of the Student Body President. Students on campus are expected to wear blue jeans, overalls, plaid shirts and boots.
SFA’s first renaming
Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College renames itself to Stephen F. Austin State College. It is the first of two name changes — the second took place in 1969 when SFA became a university.
Shelton Gym and Mays Hall are constructed to keep up with the post-war boom from returning veterans.
Fine arts gets a home
Ground is broken on the Griffith Fine Arts building.
College Center opens
The center included the college cafeteria, book store, post office and recreational facilities. Throughout the years, it has been called the University Center and the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
SFA becomes a university
A big day in our history as SFA moves up from a college to a full-fledged university.
Homer Bryce Stadium constructed
The spirited home field of the SFA Lumberjacks football team is constructed on the northeast side of campus.
Don’t look, Ethel!
Dr. Ralph W. Steen allows students to streak on campus for one night, March 6, 1974, without repercussions.
Axe ’em, Jacks hand sign created
Thanks to the school spirit of a small group of creative SFA cheerleaders, the university now has its own signature hand sign.
“Surfin’ Steve” fountain installed
Due to a dramatic stance and flowing water, this iconic statue of Stephen F. Austin is affectionately nicknamed “Surfin’ Steve.”
SFA physics and astronomy faculty members design and construct what was then and is still the largest student telescope on a Texas university campus, measuring 41 inches.
Putting down roots
The Mast Arboretum begins as a project of SFA’s first landscape plant materials class. Since then, it has gained a reputation for its diverse collection of plants and its dedication to conservation, education and research.
Opening in fall of 1985, Hall 20 is the first co-ed dorm on campus.
Athletics nationally ranked
Lumberjack football team is ranked number one in the nation for the first time.
The coliseum is renamed to William R. Johnson Coliseum in recognition of former president’s efforts to advance athletics.
Student volunteerism gets a boost
As part of the university’s 70th anniversary, SFA’s First Sweat Equity Day is established, leading to a tradition of SFA involvement in community assistance projects.
Ol’ Cotton makes some noise
The university and its military science department purchase Ol’ Cotton, the cannon fired at SFA football games, to help promote school spirit.
Registration moves online
Every office on campus now has its own website, and in-person paper-based course registration moves out of the Norton HPE Complex and onto the internet.
First permanent endowment created
The campaign “Share the Legacy” gives the university its first permanent endowment. Approximately 3,500 alumni and private donors give more than $37 million to aid the university in serving the educational needs of East Texas.
Work on the eight-acre Ruby Mize Azalea Garden begins.
Focus on diversity
Under Dr. Tito Guerrero, the university’s seventh president, enrollment pressures lessen as diversity increases and more African-American, Hispanic and international students enter the institution than ever before.
Baker Pattillo becomes president
The board of regents names the first alumnus to serve as president – Dr. Baker Pattillo, a veteran SFA administrator for more than 40 years.
Garner Apartments demolished
What was once the tallest building in town is razed to make way for Lumberjack Landing.
$46.4 million Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building officially opens, and students begin learning in its state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and collaborative work spaces.
SFA beats Duke in their house
Duke, ranked #1 in the nation, had not lost at home to a non-conference opponent in 150 games.
Basketball facility expansion
Loddie Naymola Basketball Performance Center is completed.
A New Chapter
Board of Trustees votes to join the University of Texas system.
Presidents Through the Years
Dr. Alton Birdwell
Dr. Paul L. Boynton
Dr. Joe N. Gerber
Dr. Ralph W. Steen
Dr. William R. Johnson
Dr. Donald Bowen
Dr. William J. Brophy
Dr. Dan Angel
Dr. Roland K. Smith
Dr. Tito Guerrero
Dr. Baker Pattillo
Dr. Steve Westbrook
Dr. Scott Gordon
Dr. Steve Westbrook