George Butler: Ambassador from across the pond

George Butler

His accent isn’t the only thing that makes George Butler stand out on campus. The 23-year-old Coventry, (Warwickshire) England native has phenomenal artist talent that has garnered him numerous recognitions and awards. Butler studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London before stumbling across a comical YouTube video of Southern Arkansas University featuring the President’s Ambassadors and the Mulerider Express (the limousine golf cart that transports visitors during tours of the campus.) Butler started communicating with a couple Read More

Creative Business

Family roots grow deep in Southern Arkansas University soil for Dr. Tim Wise, professor of management and marketing in the College of Business. His grandfather graduated from the campus in the 1920s when it still had a high school division. Many of his relatives received some of their education at SAU. Even so, Wise grew up wanting to be everything but a teacher. He imagined himself as an archaeologist, while playing with his “G.I. Joe and the “Missing Mummy” play Read More

John G. and Dora J. Ragsdale Endowed Chair of Arkansas Studies

John Ragsdale is known throughout Arkansas as one of the greatest promoters of Arkansas history and will soon be honored for that legacy at Southern Arkansas University. The Southern Arkansas University Foundation is raising funds to complete the John G. and Dora J. Ragsdale Endowed Chair of Arkansas Studies. The endowed chair will be the first of its kind in Arkansas. “It shows that we recognize the importance of the history of our state,” said Dr. Trey Berry, dean of Read More

Eight inducted into SAU Sports Hall of Fame


Eight new members were inducted into the Southern Arkansas University Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 14. Honorees from the golden era include football All-American Ed Choate (1971-1974), basketball all-conference standout Frank Dolan (1956-1960), and track and field All-American George Eriquezzo (1965-1968). Modern era athletes inducted were baseball All-American Arturo Cherena (1987-1988), football All-American Eddie Key (1998-2001), men’s tennis All-American Paolo Pezzoli (1986-1989), and volleyball All-American Kristin (Smith) “Smitty” Olson (1992-1994), who also competed in track and field. Louis Blanchard, Read More

Blue and Gold Vision Master Plan quickly becoming a reality

The Southern Arkansas University campus seems to be continually transforming. As work continues to complete projects on the Blue and Gold Vision master plan, one might have to do a double take to recognize parts of the campus. In fall 2011, the University held a grand opening celebration for the Mulerider Activity Center. The $5 million facility was requested by students and designed with a tremendous amount of student input. The “MAC” houses state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, an Read More