Stephen F. Austin State University hosts annual "Back Lot Bash"

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Stephen F. Austin State University welcomed incoming Freshman at the annual "Back Lot Bash" Thursday, behind the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The event was designed to educate and inform students on all of the resources and opportunities offered at SFA as well as within the community.

"This is our sixth year that we've done a Freshman Convocation, and we really want to get our Freshman class together to have them in one place at one time to kick off the year the right way," said Director of Student Affairs, Michael Preston. "[We] get them excited about being students at Stephen F. Austin and look forward to a great year."

Preston said Thursday's event offered the greatest turnout since the university started hosting the event.

All six of SFA's colleges were there to provide students with useful information on their exisiting programs. More than 50 local businesses and at least 100 student-run organizations participated as well.

Outside, some of the festivities included a dunk tank, an inflatable boxing ring where friends could put their skills to the test, along with tables offering a variety of foods from which to choose.

Students left with valuable information along with goody bags, prizes and other giveaways.  A few lucky new-comers even walked away with scholarship money.

Many said the evening offered a little something for everyone.

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