On March 8th, at the Mission Possible Conference in Nacogdoches, Buddy Zeagler, retired executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, was presented with the Spirit Award by the SFA School of Social Work. The intent of the award is to identify and honor individuals who may not be social workers, yet they embody the spirit of social work practice. Zeagler was recognized because of his undying commitment to helping the community. His recent involvement with the School of Social Work and their projects with Impact Lufkin and the San Augustine community service center has opened up doors for community vitalization in East Texas.
Photo Caption: From left are: Dr. Freddie Avant, director and associate dean of the SFA School of Social Work, Julie Zeagler, Buddy Zeagler, Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant, professor and MSW program director of the SFA School of Social Work, and Paul Jackson, community relations director at Burke.
The Mission Possible Conference is made possible by Burke, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Texas AHEC East, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work and DSHS Rusk State Hospital. Other event sponsors include Oceans Behavioral Hospital, Hospice in the Pines, and Brentwood Hospital.