Meet one of our two SFA Recipients for this year. Leslie Pavlasek is a Senior this year and is a well rounded student. She enjoys cooking, plays trombone and is in the Marching and Roaring Buzzsaw Pep Band. You will notice her right hand is purple from the Big DIP celebration when she received her SFA ring.
Her answer to an SFA form question touched my heart. The question was: If you had two minutes with the donor, what would you say to him/her?
Leslie’s answer: I would thank them for the generous gift they are giving me. I would like to learn more history about their daughter, her legacy at SFA and give them my condolences.
You can read her thank you note and learn her and her Mom’s struggles after losing their home in a tornado. I’m glad we can play a small part in helping her reach her goal of becoming a culinary instructor one day.
Miracle Murphy is our LHS Recipient for 2019. She is smart, articulate, compassionate and well rounded young woman. She was a Sr Sergeant of the Drill Team, mentor to incoming freshman, VP of a Club and became a Team Leader at 17 for Chick-Fil-A. She is planning on a double major of Nursing and Criminal Psychology. Those two fields both involve helping others when in pain, whether it’s physically or mentally. She has a personal reason, a survivor of a traumatic event, that has compelled her to help others because that is when she feels strongest. In the future Miracle would like to open a mental health care clinic, in a poverty stricken area, to bring awareness to mental health issues and help those in need.
Miracle is going to concentrate on her studies her first year at SFASU and will continue working part time at Chick-Fil-A where she is now in a Manager type position. She still loves to dance and hopes to join the dance team after getting her first year of college under her belt. As I said in the beginning…she is a smart girl. I look forward to seeing where she goes in life.
I learned something new at Culinary Cafe and made a new friend….well a couple of new friends actually.
Incase you don’t know what Culinary Cafe is…let me explain. Each semester the students in the Hospitality program at SFA plan, prepare and cook a meal, from a different cuisine, twice a week. They also decorate the tables and serve the meal. You can buy tickets online and they usually sellout within a day or two of posting, that’s how delicious the meal and lovely the experience is. Every meal we have had has been pleasing to the eye and palate, top-notch and enjoyable.
Well, I learned why a Chef’s jacket is double-breasted. So when he cooks, if he gets messy and splatters or drips something on the front of his jacket, he just unbuttons his dirty “side” and moves it to the back and then presents his “new” clean side to meet and greet his customers. Pretty smart idea, very handy and is quickly done.
One new friend was our waiter, Duy Nguyen. He did a wonder job of taking care of us, filling our drinks, presenting our courses with polish and answering our questions about the delectable food we were eating. Our second friend is Mario Figueroa and he is our scholarship recipient for this year. He was working the cafe in the kitchen area, he prepared the Jambalaya Grits. He was able to sit the first course with us, Seafood Gumbo with White Rice, so we could visit with him. He enjoys baking, is from Houston and graduated this month. He already has a job at a Marriott Hotel in downtown Houston, in the bakery. He had a unique opportunity this past May. Through a hospitality program he was selected to go to the Cannes Film Festival in France. He worked in the food service/hospitality area, met people from all over and saw a few Stars too. He would like to experience that event again. He is a well spoken young man and we enjoyed meeting him, learning about his life, goals and dreams and wish him all the best.
First…we had $792 more in donations given to us in the last few weeks. We are so thankful because that means we can help more students with college scholarships or more young adults going a mission trip or more children with new backpacks or ???…the possibilities are numerous …to make a difference in someone’s life. Thank you for your help in continuing Lauren’s legacy of helping others.
Second…we have an update on one of our Lufkin High School recipients. Lauren Taylor Hancock graduated in 2011 and is attending Stephen F. Austin State University. She lives in Nacogdoches, is a senior and will be graduating in May of 2016. She was a Twirl-O-Jack for her first two years of college and she feels that helped her to stay connected and feel apart of something after high school. “College can be lonely and that time I had to be involved really helped shape who I am and the decisions I made about my future” she said. Her major is Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus in Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Science. Her minor is in Secondary Education. Her passion is to educate and teach students from middle school to high school to understand the science behind the food they eat and how to be a great cook. She is President of her student organization and they do events related to family and community such as Toy for Tots and Thanksgiving Home Bound food baskets. Lauren said “Thank you for the head start you gave me in college. Both of you are so generous for keeping the scholarship going in Lauren’s honor.”
Amy Murray, LHS recipient from 2010 and Lauren Taylor Hancock, LHS recipient 2011.