GenCorp Foundation commits $40,000 to SAU Engineering

GenCorp Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GenCorp and its subsidiary company Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, recently gave $40,000 to SAU’s Engineering program. Pictured, from left, are Aerojet Rocketdyne representatives Gary Vaughan, executive director of Camden operations, Connie Wilbur, human resources manager, and Rob Shenton, vice president of solid propulsion operations; from SAU, President Dr. David Rankin, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Dr. Scott McKay, Director of the SAU Foundation Jeanie Bismark and Assistant Vice President for Development Josh Kee.

GenCorp Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GenCorp and its subsidiary company Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, has committed $40,000 over the next two years for the new engineering program at SAU. The College of Science and Engineering plans to purchase equipment for testing the tensile stress and compressive strength of different materials for use in the Structural and Strength of Materials Laboratory. Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, through GenCorp Foundation, is also providing $4,000 for Southern Arkansas University scholarships to benefit engineering Read More

SAU athletic facilities to see major improvements

Softball FIELD HOUSE 2014-15

Through an investment of approximately $2 million, SAU plans to build a new softball field house and completely rebuild its track and field facility. Construction is expected to begin on both projects in 2015, and there are opportunities for alumni and friends to be involved. “These projects represent more than just an investment in facilities; they represent an investment in students’ lives,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “Making these enhancements in softball and track will give our coaches the Read More

Generous donors help SAU students learn outside of the classroom

Thanks to donations from SAU’s alumni and friends, SAU students have had their college experiences enriched with travel opportunities across the globe over the past three years, including internships and academic trips to Costa Rica, Greece, New Zealand, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. Such travel offers students a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom through internships, to present their research at conferences, and to pit their work against that of their peers from across the region and beyond. Read More

Farm Bureau Networking Luncheon

Kelly Kelner ’90, Ed Colvin ’83, Len Tipton ’86, and Mason Cozart ’83 enjoy sharing stories of times while at SAU.

SAU hosted a networking luncheon for SAU alumni working at Farm Bureau on October 10, 2014. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to network with other alumni working in Arkansas. They also heard an update from SAU President Dr. David Rankin, College of Business Dean Dr. Lisa Toms, and Agriculture Department Chair Dr. Jeff Miller. Special thanks to David Moore ’86 and Farm Bureau for hosting this Mulerider event.

Thank-a-Donor Day

A group of SAU students stop by to personally thank our donors. (Right) Mackenzie Hamilton shares her appreciation to SAU donors.

Southern Arkansas University hosted Thank-A-Donor Day in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day on November 11, 2014. During Thank-A-Donor Day, SAU students wrote personal notes to alumni and friends who have financially invested in the University. Students completed more 300 cards to donors during the day. This event was also used to educate current students on how private philanthropy impacts their lives while on campus.