A Campaign for the Southern Arkansas University Band

Band hall

SAU has launched a campaign to ensure the renowned SAU Band program continues to grow and march proudly well into the future. The goal for the campaign is to raise $200,000 for an endowment to benefit the band. Once complete, the endowment will produce annual income for the continual updating of instrumentation, travel opportunities for various ensembles, and other needs of the band. The SAU Band serves as a strong recruiting tool for SAU, and continued enhancements and improved facilities Read More

SAU endowment sends first recipient to nation’s capital for legislative internship

Cody Burkham

A Southern Arkansas University endowment two decades in the making has its first recipient spending the summer in our nation’s capital for a career-boosting internship. Cody Burkham, a senior political science and history major from Hope, has been named the first recipient of the William C. Nolan Legislative Internship. He arrived in Washington, D.C., on May 5, and hit the ground running the following day at his internship with Rep. Rick Crawford from Arkansas’ first congressional district. Burkham’s excitement resonated Read More

Scholarship being established to help area nurses advance their careers

Ray Scholarship group photo

The Magnolia Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Auxiliary and Auxiliary Board are establishing a scholarship at Southern Arkansas University in honor of Mary Lucy Martel Ray. When complete, the scholarship will assist nurses at MRMC who wish to advance their nursing careers through one of the degree programs in the Department of Nursing at SAU. Ray is a nursing graduate of Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University). When she returned to nursing after a period as a full-time wife and Read More

Donors helping students learn through travel

The French group in New Orleans

Southern Arkansas University offers students “The Complete College Experience” on campus, and is expanding opportunities to earn life and learning experiences away from campus. The SAU Foundation has received donations over the past year to be used for enriching the student experience through travel. As a result, many students from various departments at SAU were given financial assistance that allowed them to travel either to conferences or for other learning experiences. One such adventure included a group from the College Read More

Third Annual Champagne Bingo a big success

Football player waiters

The Third Annual Ladies Only Champagne Bingo, sponsored by the SAU Alumni Association, scored a touchdown in fundraising for the Mulerider football team. “It only took three hours for the ladies of champagne bingo to raise a record $8,000 for the SAU Mulerider Football Team,” said SAU Director of Alumni Relations Ceil Bridges. “The sold-out event was attended by 200 women dressed in ‘red carpet fashion.’ Members of the Mulerider Football Team graciously waited tables after making a solo walk Read More