Dr. David Rankin announces final year

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Dr. David Rankin has announced that the 2014-15 academic year will be his final year as President of Southern Arkansas University. Rankin will retire effective June 30, 2015. He made the announcement to faculty and staff at SAU on May 1, 2014. Rankin was appointed President in 2002, and quickly set forth with his ambitious “Blue and Gold Vision,” SAU’s first-ever capital campaign. In his 13 years, he has almost completed that vision with numerous campus capital projects completed, totaling Read More

Season tickets on sale for SAU Theatre

Christian Williams lights up the stage of Seussical the Musical as the character Cat in the Hat. Williams is a junior theatre major from Hope, Ark.

Director of SAU Theatre Clayton Guiltner hopes to have an encore performance of the record-setting play season last year. Guiltner said the 2014-15 year for SAU Theatre promises to be an exciting sequel for both students and the regional community. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be the first show in the line-up October 9-12, and it will feature dynamic staging, design, and a guest fight director to choreograph the sword fights. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will welcome the holiday Read More

SAU swears-in new police chief

SAU Police Chief Anthony Williams

SAU’s new Police Chief Anthony Williams brings to campus a lot of big ideas from his years of experience in the big city. Williams was warmly welcomed by the community as well as many representatives from the area’s civil services at his swearing-in ceremony on July 21 at the Reynolds Center Foundation Hall. “This is a dream come true for me,” said Williams after being sworn in to his new role. “I wondered why God led me to advanced degrees Read More

SAU Business responds to industry needs

Ronnie Watson, assistant professor of management, helps student Sarah Clayton in SAU’s first SAP ERP course offered this spring.

The addition of the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system into Southern Arkansas University’s College of Business curriculum is just one of many exciting additions for this upcoming school year. The SAU College of Business has a strong tradition of success and is accredited by AACSB International, making it among the top five percent of business schools worldwide. Yet thanks to alumni in the field and industry partners in the region, many programs have been modified or added to meet the Read More

Ward gets warm welcome with ice cream

SAU alum and new Magnolia School District Superintendent John Ward speaks to guests at the welcome reception this summer at the SAU Reynolds Center.

The new Magnolia School District Superintendent John Ward was welcomed to the community Monday before his official first day on July 1 at an ice cream social at SAU. Ward earned his superintendent certification from SAU in 2008 and told the crowd of around 65 that he has appreciated the overwhelming welcome from the community and he looks forward to working closely with the University. “I want SAU and the Magnolia School District to be extensions of each other and Read More