Doing what they can for the community


For the past two years, Dr. Chrisanne Christensen, associate professor of psychology at Southern Arkansas University, and other faculty in the department have put community service into action as an optional part of the curriculum. Though the faculty of the department are involved in many community-related projects, one that is close to their hearts is the monthly food drive to benefit Asbury Methodist Church’s food pantry, Body and Soul Cupboard. Though it continues year round, the food drive falls into Read More

Birth Announcements

Angie (Rayburn) ’89 and Tim Levendusky proudly announce the birth of their son, Josiah Timothy, born July 29, 2010. He weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. Angie and Tim are missionaries to Mongolia but went to South Korea for the birth of their child. Leslie (Boyett) ‘08 and Alan Nolte ’97 proudly announce the birth of their son, Tagg Alan, born July 3, 2010. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 inches long. He was welcomed home by big sisters Emilee, Read More

The 50th anniversary year’s mule ride and walk to Pine Bluff

Dr. James F. Willis, SAU Historian

Cheers of encouragement from a special pep rally rang out in the early morning as 12 young men and two mascot mules from Southern State College left campus for Pine Bluff on February 25, 1959. Tom Walters, student body president, and Gene McDonald, vice president, planned to ride Optimaggie and Adolphus all the way, like the original Mule Riders a half-century earlier were thought to have traveled to games. Once out of sight, the two riders dismounted. They decided it Read More

2010 SAU Foundation Honors Dinner

State Representative Bruce Maloch '08 and Southern Arkansas University Foundation Board member J.W. Rowe '54 and Velvin Rowe.

For the second consecutive year, the Southern Arkansas University Foundation has inducted new members into the Mulerider Society, the highest recognition given to the University’s benefactors. The honor is reserved for those who make lifetime contributions of more than $500,000. During the SAU Foundation Honor Societies dinner on Nov. 9, 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story ’85 of Magnolia received the Mulerider Society honor for their contribution of $2 million towards the construction of a covered rodeo arena on the Read More

Judy Vasser

Judy Vasser

All one has to do is look in the office of Judy Vasser to see how important her students are to her and how much she means to them. The walls, shelves, and desk are covered with photos given to her from former and current students. Vasser, assistant professor of theater and mass communication, came to Southern Arkansas in 1979. She has made an impact on innumerable students since. “My office is covered with pictures of the wonderful college students Read More