Dr. David Rankin announces final year


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

Along for the ride

Mulerider goes to the Clinton Library

The Mulerider recently turned a lot of heads as she rode Molly Ann the mule to some of the state’s most popular locations in celebration of SAU’s record fall enrollment. Megan Maye, senior SAU student from Mena, Ark., vowed to ride out her final year as one of the most unique collegiate mascots at full speed. She and Molly Ann hit 15 locations in two days at Hot Springs and Little Rock on November 13-14, 2013. “Southern Arkansas University has Read More

Let the games begin

Illustration for Computer Game and Animation Design

Southern Arkansas University is ready to register creative and passionate students for the fall 2013 semester into a new, unique and high-demand program for computer game and animation design. SAU recently became the first and only university in Arkansas and the region to offer a complete program dedicated to providing instruction from the technical as well as the artistic points of view. SAU is gearing up to produce graduates who will be ready to fill the ever-growing demands for mobile Read More

Home away from home


Representing 30 countries around the globe, Southern Arkansas University’s 100-plus international students find support and friendship in the southern Arkansas community and campus programs. Leaving their families to travel around the world in pursuit of a quality education takes courage and perseverance and requires adapting. According to Director of International Student Services Claudia “Penny” Lyons, every student goes through culture shock to some degree as they begin life in America. The trials that often arise with language barriers and the Read More

“Pre”paring future health professionals


Some grow up dreaming of becoming astronauts. Some aspire to be firefighters, police officers or even elected officials. Some desire to be veterinarians, and that goal will soon be realized for four recent Southern Arkansas University graduates. Rachel Fowler, Jeremy Greene, Brennan Pitard and Laura Reed, completed their studies at SAU in the spring and are now preparing to begin the rigorous coursework required to add “Dr.” to their names. Fowler will attend the University of Tennessee, Reed will attend Read More