The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association will host its annual Celebration of Excellence at 6 p.m. May 7 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom on the SFA campus.
This event is held each spring and honors outstanding graduates, recipient of the SFA Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award and Mr. and Miss SFA.
More than 40 students will be recognized as recipients of outstanding graduate awards from their respective colleges and departments.
Dr. Dale Perritt, professor and chair of the Department of Agriculture in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will be honored as the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Professor Award. Perritt joined the SFA faculty as a professor in 1981 after receiving his doctorate from Mississippi State University. He was named full professor in 1992. Perritt has been chair of the Department of Agriculture since 1997.
Perritt earned an associate's degree in 1971 from Tyler Junior College. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1973 and a master’s degree in 1976 from East Texas State University.
Kevin A. Arnold of Fresno will receive the Stan McKewen Mr. SFA Award. He is a senior at the university and is majoring in political science and international studies. A 2005 graduate of Hightower High School, he is the son of Karen Arnold of Fresno.
Lacey A. Claver of Joshua will receive the Arnodean Covin Miss SFA Award. She is a graduate student in the Department of Communication. Claver received a bachelor's degree in 2008 in hospitality administration. A 2004 graduate of Joshua High School, she is the daughter of Mark and Dena Claver.
For more information about the Celebration of Excellence, contact the SFA Alumni Association at 936-468-3407 or 800-765-1534.