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

Class News

1950-1959 Shortly before her death Dr. Ruth Couch ‘58 completed “The Noble Heritage of Harvey C. Couch School,” a history on this community school located in Calhoun, Ark. Dr. Couch has a great interest in preserving the history of community schools that have now been consolidated into larger districts. Dr. Couch passed away July 26, 2014. 1970-1979 Dr. Keith Lusby was inducted to the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame at the 2014 ceremony. Pictured from left are Rosemary Lusby, Dr. Read More

In Memory of

1920-1929 Hubert Leister ’29, May 26, 2007 1930-1939 Edith (Holcombe) Bass ’39, January 26, 2014 Clyde L. Dickens Calliotte ’38, June 9, 2014 Laura (Nell) Caloway ’39, February 27, 2009 Zilpha (Keith) Cazes ’32, October 23, 2011 Mary (Neill) Crawford ’39, March 6, 2013 Myrtle (Flaherty) Edington ’39, July 17, 2006 Paul Haynes ’39, June 27, 2009 Beatrice (Hannegan) Ivy ‘31, November 28, 2012 Clemma (Russell) King ’33, April 4, 2007 Russell Matthews ’34, December 13, 2009 Margaret McKinstry ’33, Read More

Little Muleriders

Brycen Richard Gray was born to Amanda (Wood) ’09 and John David Gray ’05 on February 6, 2013. Brycen weighed 10.5 pounds and was 24 inches long. Brycen was welcomed into the world by grandparents Donna and Joe Lawrence ’02, of El Dorado; great grandparents Carolyn and Kelli “Dale” Wood ’54, of Magnolia; and a great-uncle, Walter Wood ’11, of Magnolia. Proud parents Jason ’05 ’06 and Britta Clark (SAU Admissions Counselor) welcomed home baby Lincoln Blake Carter. Lincoln was Read More


Andra (Barnette) ’12 and Landon Owens (current student), both of Monticello, were married on May 11, 2014, at Spring Lake Camp in Hot Springs, Ark. Katie (Grimmett) ’12, of Junction City, Ark., and Carter Jones ’12, of Lewisville, Ark., were married on May 3, 2014, at Iron Mountain Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark. Carter is the son of Russell Jones ‘80 and the late Melody (Venable) ’84. Hanna (Rich) ’12, of Magnolia, and Andrew Hurley ’10, of Waldo, were Read More