SAA member Darius Moore Junior and Officer Claire Cook working on SAA events for the semester.
Many events held on campus are ran by SAA Student Activities Association is an organization that gets SFA students involved on campus.
“SAA is an organization for you” says Travis Edwards, junior, SAA Officer.
Travis, a Public Relations Chair for SAA is in charge of all publications as such as flyers, t-shirt designs, advertising and coming up with new marketing strategies for students.
SAA stands for Student Activities Association is an organization that provides entertainment outside the classroom to get students involved with the campus community and being active on campus.
SAA was founded by Amanda Horn, Adviser, in 2001.The organization represents energy and school pride as well as student involvement on the campus of SFA. Horn founded the organization to get students out of their room and bring a level of excitement to SFA students.
By Joining SAA, students can achieve leadership, networking, event planning and learning about SFA history. These traits can help students in their future as far as a career and looks great on a resume. Anyone can join as long as they have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and are enrolled in the University.
SAA consists of over 55 students that plan over 200 events each school year. These events vary from concerts, coffee house events, movies, homegrown events, various contests, sporting tournaments and many more.
The Stephen F. Austin Student Activities Association strives to provide an educational and recreational experience outside the classroom through programs that culturally enlighten, intellectually stimulate and entertain the university community.
This organization brings a set of core values that include trust, leadership, truth, courage, pride, creativity and diversity. Each of these core values represent SAA in every way.
- Trust; SAA members must have trust in each other but the student body must trust them to provide them with great programming while maintaining the proper use of their money.
- Leadership; A member has to have leadership within the organization that will allow members to lead the campus.
- Truth; SAA values the ethical decisions and behavior, above all honesty. Members have to be honest with one another and the student body.
- Courage; Members must posses the courage to try new things and fight for the rights of the student body.
- Pride; Members must have pride in the university and pride in the organization as well as value and respect the history of the university and organization
- Creativity; Members must value creativity and innovation. It is very important that they introduce new ideas. This will foster growth and continued improvement.
- Diversity; Value diversity in not only members but programs that are provided for student body
“I became an officer through a application process and you have to present a presentation in front of the program board and they vote for you to be an officer” said, Travis Edwards.
Of course students have to be in SAA for at least a semester before you can be considered as an officer for SAA but it is a great opportunity and will look exceptional on their resume.
“ It helps me out so much because my major is mass communication and that is already dealing with advertising, communication and graphic design so I am winning on both sides because it’s helping me with my major and I get to increase my skills as a graphic designer,” said Edwards
“SAA brings the campus quality to the students all over campus, it brings diversity for the campus and brings students together,” said Edwards.
SAA works in a way to put on events that they feel students would appreciate and come out and win prizes and cash. The coordinator who throws the event gets an evaluation of how the event went.
If the event succeeds expectations then they eventually throw the event again for the next semester but if it has a negative impact they have a round table discussion about how they can improve the event and make it better for the students.
“I joined because it looked fun and I am a people person I like diversity and love communicating to other people says Edwards.”
Once students become members they are responsible for working a set amount of events each semester. They decide what events you want to work. Members are also expected to promote all SAA events through creative advertising and face-to-face communication. As a member students are also required to attend weekly meetings in order to go over SAA business.
SAA offers many events throughout the semester for students. They offer a movie series throughout every week in the semester for only a dollar if you are an SFA student.
‘’I love the free shirts they occasionally give out I mean everybody likes a free shirt you know” says Chelsea Biley.
The lines always seem to fill up for the free shirts. SAA recently had an event at the campus recreation center where they provided food, music, and snow cones for students.
“It was a real chill event for me and very relaxing it’s so diverse and it’s always fun meeting new people that you never truly see around campus,” said Kayla Borens.
Applying for SAA is a pretty simple process their offices are located in the Baker Patillo Student Center room 3.305 although the application deadline has passed you can still pickup an application for next semester.
“We just want the students to feel like it’s okay to get out of the room and be active and come to events, most of are events are free to student so we always want to welcome the opportunity for them to come and have a good time. For me it is the satisfaction of creating event of your own and seeing it with your own eyes be successful. It is a great feeling when you have a full event with so many people talking and meeting each other it shows they are interested and are open to come back again, “ says Edwards.
SAA entertaining is what they do best! If you would like to contact SAA you can find them on Facebook: SAA SFA Twitter: SAA_1923 or email them at email@example.com. SAA is an organization for everybody and they want to be sure that the student body understands that.