SAU’s First Study Abroad Trip: Mexico, 1957


Southern State College first offered academic credit for study in a foreign country in 1957 when sociology Professor George Fay took a busload of students on a 38-day trip to Mexico. Students could earn six hours in history and sociology by taking notes and answering lengthy sets of questions about the 25 Mexican cities and innumerable historical and cultural sites that they visited. Essential to the venture’s success was the bus driver, Earl Miller, at the early stage of his Read More

Summer 2012 Little Muleriders


Brandi (Graham) ’98 and Brian Whitehorn of Little Rock announce the birth of their son, Jason Rafferty, on March 25, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Sally Graham (FS). Carrie and Greg Estridge ’02 proudly announce the birth of their son, Matthew Allan, on March 12, 2011. Lindsey (Powell) ’03 and Wade Townsend ’04 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Dianne, on January 4, 2012. She weighed 6 Read More

Summer 2012 Anniversaries

Nancy (Merritt) ’59 and James Parks ’57 of Grand Prairie, Texas, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary in August. They were married on August 24, 1957 in Magnolia. After coaching and teaching 10 years in Dumas, they moved to Dallas where James officiated football for 32 years. He retired from Northrup Grumann in 1999 after 32 years and Nancy retired from Johnson & Johnson in 1996. They have two sons: Michael and Stephen of Grand Prairie; four granddaughters and two Read More

Summer 2012 Class News


1950-1959 James R. Staggs ’59, ’76 was recognized for his gifts to gospel music for over 60 years during the Men of Calvary’s 37th anniversary and reunion at Union Street Station in Magnolia on June 2. He was presented with congratulatory letters from personal friend and former governor Mike Huckabee along with former Cathedral Quartet members Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell and Danny Funderburke. The Arkansas State Senate and House of Representatives also awarded Mr. Staggs a citation for Read More

Summer 2012 Memorials

1930-1939 Lois (Elmore) Clayton ’31, December 13, 2011 James L. Smith ’37, January 30, 2012 1940-1949 Dorothy (Green) Hennessy ’47, December 28, 2011 Robert Neill ’48, December 28, 2011 V. Jo (Stanley) Runnels ’47, February 7, 2012 Benny Walthall ’47 Harold Fincher, ’46, June 7, 2012 1950-1959 James Thomas Duncan ’54, December 3, 2011 Robert Keck ’52, November 20, 2011 James Rowland McWilliams ’55, March 3, 2012 Clyde Lamar Reece ’56, January 10, 2012 Billie (Franks) Ross ’50, January 24, Read More