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SFA Alumni Association presents 2013 Alumni Awards

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SFA Alumni Association presents 2013 Alumni Awards
Nov. 14, 2013

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University Alumni Association will honor eight recipients at its annual Alumni Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Hotel Fredonia.

The SFA Alumni Association bestows its highest honors on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations. This year’s recipients include: H.N. "Moe” Litton, Tom Boggus and Dr. Greg Powell, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Cory Beasley, Cody Corley and Ryan Emmons, who are being named Outstanding Young Alumnus; Dr. Leon Young, who will receive the Distinguished Professor Award; and SFA Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Paul L. Boyton.

H.N. "Moe” Litton of Bridge City was an educator and coach for more than 30 years. He was a sports medicine consultant for Lake Charles Memorial in Lake Charles, La. until his retirement in 2008. He is a member of the SFA Letterman’s Association, Texas High School Coaches Association and National Athletic Trainers Associations and was inducted into the Southeast Texas Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999.

Tom Boggus, a resident of College Station, is the director of the Texas A&M Forest Service. He began working for the Forest Service in 1980 and currently serves on the Advisory Council for SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Boggus served as president of the Texas Forestry Association in 2006 and helped developed the Texas A&M Forest Service Strategic Plan for 2011 to 2015.

Dr. Greg Powell of Carthage has been the president of Panola College for more than a decade. Powell, a lifetime member of the SFA Alumni Association, is actively involved with the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, which honored him with the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award; Panola County Rotary Club and Panola County Industrial Development Foundation.

Cory Beasley, a native of Nacogdoches, is the executive vice president for Citizens 1st Bank. He currently serves on the SFA Recent Alumni Business Advisory Council, as well as being the advisory director for the Citizens 1st Bank Board. Beasley also has been a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder since 2003.

Cody Corley of Clear Lake is currently an attorney at NASA. Corley worked for the NASA Johnson Space Center for more than 10 years. He is a lifetime member of the SFA Alumni Association, American Bar Association and State Bar of Texas. He was presented the Peer Award from the Space Center’s Chief Counsel, as well as the Commendation Award and Superior Accomplishment Award from the center’s Director for Support to the Space Shuttle Program.

Ryan Emmons of The Woodlands is a certified public accountant and the internal audit lead manager at Newfield Exploration in The Woodlands. Emmons is a member of the SFA Alumni Association and the head of the housing corporation for SFA’s Sigma Tau Gamma alumni and active members. He also is a lifetime member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Young Professionals in Energy.

Dr. Leon Young has been a professor in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture for more than 35 years. Young, a resident of Nacogdoches, also was appointed Regents Professor by the SFA Board of Regents in 2007. He was the former director of the SFA Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory and is active with the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group. Young was presented with the 2012 Agriculture Educator of the Year Award at the Nacogdoches County Agriculture Awareness and Appreciation Banquet.

Dr. Paul L. Boyton, former president of SFA from 1942 to 1958, was a member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club and served as vice president and director of the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce and director-at-large of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce. Boyton served on several public service boards and was an instructor at numerous institutions before becoming president of SFA. Boyton’s grandson Paul Boyton, will accept this year’s Hall of Fame Award on his behalf, posthumously.

Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president, and Curtis Sparks, president of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors will present this year’s awards.

For more information about the SFA Alumni Association and the annual awards banquet, contact the Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or (800) 765-1534.


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