2012 Southern Arkansas Mulerider Football Review

photo from the Boomtown Classic football game

Three years of rebuilding the Southern Arkansas football program finally paid off in the fourth season for Head Coach Bill Keopple and his coaching staff as the Muleriders erased a six-year drought in finishing a stellar 2012 campaign with an 8-2 regular season record and at third in the Great American Conference at 6-2. SAU earned its first winning season since 2005, with the eight wins the most since the 2003 team went 9-3, and its .800 winning percentage was Read More

2012 Southern Arkansas University Mulerider Volleyball Review

SAU volleyball ended a historic season in the GAC semi-finals. SAU wrapped up its third consecutive successful season, reaching the semi-finals for the second straight year. The team’s 23-12 record was the most wins and the second-best NCAA finish since the 1996 squad went 27-10. They finished the GAC regular season tied for second with Arkansas Tech at 11-3, setting the school record in winning six consecutive league matches. They also tied the school mark of nine consecutive wins since Read More

Mulerider moves toward NFL

photo of Don Unamba

Growing up in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas, Don Unamba had a single focus. “I grew up thinking football. I have never wanted to do anything else,” he said. Growing up in a state known for its love of football, Unamba watched his brother, Trumaine Johnson, on the gridiron and was a loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys. If he was breathing, football was his oxygen. Once he graduated from L.D. Bell High School, his abilities on the field Read More

The Richard Oliver Band Endowment

The father of Southern Arkansas University’s band program, Richard Owen Oliver, became the first band director at Magnolia A&M College, now SAU, in 1948. Over the next 23 years, he shared his love of music and knowledge of technical skills with a generation of students, bringing recognition to the SAU band program. Today the Oliver tradition continues with one of the best collegiate bands in Arkansas. A $2.1 million band hall completed in 2008 provides a state-of-the-art teaching facility, including Read More

The Varsitonians: Playing Swing Music from the Club House to the Normandie

The 1937-38 Varsitonians at the Club House, front row, left to right: Billy Bennett, Henry Mize, Walter Whitlow Stokes, James Van Sweden, and Charles E. Haydon; back row, l. to r.: Albert Prator, Roy Lewis, Sidney Smith, J. W. Gladney, and Bob James. Three musicians who went to France not shown: Harold Gilbert, Herbert Lawrence, and Harold Hunsaker.

The Varsitonians, the Magnolia A&M and SSC swing band, for some 30 years brought Benny Goodman-style jazz and dance music to thousands of students and citizens of south Arkansas and, once, even to Paris, France. French language professor Charles E. Haydon organized the first Varsitonians in 1936, drawing musicians from the Magnolia A&M College marching band. The Varsitonians played at the campus “Club House,” east of the Greek Theater, for student dances. They also entertained off-campus, earning pocket money. Professor Read More