A Blast from the Stater Past – March, 1964

Governor to Dedicate New Buildings May 10 View the original story in the March 1964 edition of “The Southern Stater”. Governor  Orval Faubus will be guest speaker at the Dedication ceremonies to be held on the Southern State College campus the afternoon of Sunday, May 10, according to President Imon E. Bruce. Four new buildings, constructed since Dr. Bruce became president of the college in September 1959, will be dedicated – the College Center, the Field House, Talbot Hall, and the other Read More

SAU honors 2013 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. B C Dodson Distinguished Golden Rider Alumni

Southern Arkansas University graduates who have carried on the legacy beyond the SAU campus are honored each year. Six distinguished alumni were recognized for outstanding accomplishments on April 6, 2013, during the Annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner. The Distinguished Young Alumni was Joel Parrish. Distinguished Alumni honorees were Lee Seabrooke and Jack Daugherty. The Distinguished Golden Rider Alumni were Cameron Dodson and Dr. B C Dodson. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Lionel Barton. Joel Parrish earned a bachelor Read More

Coach Leonard Biddle Golf Endowment

Coach Leonard Biddle was a true “people person” even before he came to Southern Arkansas University; first to work, then to study, coach, teach, play and especially to build relationships. This July 13 marked the one-year anniversary of Biddle’s death, but his personality and passion for helping others has left a strong legacy. His mark on SAU and the community will also live on through the Leonard Biddle Golf Endowment, established through the SAU Foundation. Please ensure the continuation of Read More

The Richard Oliver Band Endowment

The father of Southern Arkansas University’s band program, Richard Owen Oliver, became the first band director at Magnolia A&M College, now SAU, in 1948. Over the next 23 years, he shared his love of music and knowledge of technical skills with a generation of students, bringing recognition to the SAU band program. Today the Oliver tradition continues with one of the best collegiate bands in Arkansas. A $2.1 million band hall completed in 2008 provides a state-of-the-art teaching facility, including Read More

Winter 2013 Mulerider Memories

I attended Magnolia A&M (SAU) in 1933 – and first semester half of ‘34, majoring in Home Economics. My husband, Arlin Cross, also was at A&M for 5 years, finishing high school and 2 years of college. We left A&M in the later part of 1934, married – ready to begin a new life. However, I should have already said before – how Arlin and I truly appreciated the instructors and friends at A&M (SAU). Me and my most memorable Read More