With a computer, a tablet, or a smart phone linked to the Internet, SAU alumni and friends can view the University’s history online. There are yearbook photographs of people, places, and events beginning in 1914; audio files of faculty, staff, and alumni sharing memories of their schooldays; videos with stories of SAU’s past; excerpts from… Read More
About Dr. James F. Willis
Dr. Willis continues to record memories of alumni for the SAU Archives.
Alumni are urged to contact him at (870) 235-4223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Varsitonians, the Magnolia A&M and SSC swing band, for some 30 years brought Benny Goodman-style jazz and dance music to thousands of students and citizens of south Arkansas and, once, even to Paris, France. French language professor Charles E. Haydon organized the first Varsitonians in 1936, drawing musicians from the Magnolia A&M College marching… Read More
Southern State College first offered academic credit for study in a foreign country in 1957 when sociology Professor George Fay took a busload of students on a 38-day trip to Mexico. Students could earn six hours in history and sociology by taking notes and answering lengthy sets of questions about the 25 Mexican cities and… Read More
In spring 1951, just after Magnolia A&M College became Southern State College, music major Hugh Canterbury mulled over Band Director Richard Oliver’s assignment – compose a piece of original music. At the time, the SSC band played the A&M “loyalty song.” The tradition of lyrically expressing loyalty to colleges originated in 18th Century England. There,… Read More
Baseball fans first heard the crack of a Mulerider ballplayer’s bat 100 years ago. On March 3, 1911, the Third District Agricultural School’s Board of Trustees authorized $70 for uniforms bearing the school’s initials. That spring the team played ball for the first time. This early start gives baseball the honor of being Southern Arkansas… Read More