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

Careers are for the dogs

Shea Wilson

After more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist and newspaper editor, Shea Hutchens-Wilson had an unexpected change in careers, but she stayed true to her passion to her four-legged friends. In April 2011, Hutchens-Wilson left her beloved career in journalism to take on the challenges of Communications Administrator for the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC). It was a move that surprised and saddened both herself and the south Arkansas community where she was editor of the El Dorado News Read More

SAU honors 2013 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. B C Dodson Distinguished Golden Rider Alumni

Southern Arkansas University graduates who have carried on the legacy beyond the SAU campus are honored each year. Six distinguished alumni were recognized for outstanding accomplishments on April 6, 2013, during the Annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner. The Distinguished Young Alumni was Joel Parrish. Distinguished Alumni honorees were Lee Seabrooke and Jack Daugherty. The Distinguished Golden Rider Alumni were Cameron Dodson and Dr. B C Dodson. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Lionel Barton. Joel Parrish earned a bachelor Read More