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

Alumni Board Scholarship awarded to pre-med student with Mulerider lineage

The 2014 recipient of the Alumni Board Scholarship is an incoming freshman who is no stranger to SAU, Cole Hendrixson. Hendrixson is coming to SAU from Little Rock and will be a Biology Pre-Med student. “SAU provided my family with the education to be successful in their careers,” said Hendrixson. “The new science facilities make SAU the ideal institution for me to achieve my dream of receiving my Biology degree and becoming a Physician’s Assistant.” Cole’s ties to SAU trace Read More

SAU Alumni Association receives record gift for pavilion

Members of the Lusby and Winning families recently give the largest gift the SAU Alumni Association has ever received to SAU President Dr. David Rankin, second from right, and SAU Alumni Director Ceil Bridges, right, in order to name the planned Alumni pavilion “The Lusby Gathering Pavilion.” The gift is from Kyle and Laura Winning, back row center, in honor of Laura’s mother, Geraldine Tipton Lusby, holding check, and late father, Edsel Partee Lusby. Also pictured are SAU alum from the Lusby family Meghan Russell, from left, and Kerri Lusby Peden.

Thanks to a record gift to the Southern Arkansas University Alumni Association, plans for their pavilion are ahead of schedule to raise the roof on “Mulegating” and other campus and community events. SAU alum Laura Lusby Winning and her husband Kyle, of Little Rock, recently donated funds to name the pavilion “The Lusby Gathering Pavilion.” This gift is in dedication to Winning’s parents, Geraldine Tipton Lusby, former instructor of nursing at SAU, and Edsel Partee Lusby, former SAU sociology professor. Read More

Murphy Oil/Murphy USA Alumni Luncheon

Dr. Trey Berry, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomes alumni to the luncheon.

SAU hosted a luncheon for all alumni working at Murphy Oil Corporation and Murphy USA at the Murphy Building in El Dorado. Over forty alumni enjoyed the networking opportunity while hearing updates from Dr. David Rankin, SAU President, and Dr. Lisa Toms, College of Business Dean. This event was sponsored by the SAU Foundation and the College of Business.