Student’s commitment to service earns scholarship

Gabrielle Davis

Gabrielle Davis has a big heart and big plans for her future, and she never thought about taking her ambitions anywhere other than Southern Arkansas University. Davis, 18, of Magnolia, was recently selected among a statewide pool of applicants as the 2014 recipient of the Pringle Scholarship through the Arkansas Community Foundation. She earned this award because of her dedication to community and her work with the Columbia County Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Wise beyond her years, Davis has a Read More

Dr. Claude Baker: A scientist with a passion for history, heart of service

Claude Baker with book

It’s rare to find someone with the ability to seamlessly blend a career and personal passions with service, but Chair of Biology Dr. Claude Baker does it beautifully. Everything he does is with a heart of service beating behind it, even using class time to teach while offering volunteer service, such as his summer 2012 project that led his class through Magnolia Cemetery documenting headstones. As part of the classwork, students were able to chart the data to determine survivorship Read More

Lee’s Mulerider Style: From Shy Guy to Social Butterfly

photo of Terence Lee

As a child growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Terence Lee imagined himself doing a lot of things “I wanted to be a video game designer, professional soccer player, pilot and, even now, I still want to be Iron Man,” he said, with his own brand of understated humor. Having a love of movies, Lee was fascinated with the whole process, from the directing and acting to the editing, but he never had a chance to experience it in his Read More

Shaun Smith: Remembering a Friend


Reality shows were nowhere on Shaun Smith’s radar when he came to Southern Arkansas University to compete with the nationally competitive rodeo team and pursue a degree in marketing. The Emmet native gained more than a top-notch education and calf-roping awards, he gained a little celebrity and experience in front of the camera on CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” a show that pits 11 city boys against 11 country boys to win the affection of a bachelorette. In season three, it Read More

Claudia “Penny” Lyons: Recruiting Globally


Claudia “Penny” Lyons was honored this year for her 30 years of service as a Mulerider. Lyons has worn many hats during her time at SAU. The first half of her career was spent as a member of the nursing faculty, during which time she was honored with the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 1994-95. She earned the prestigious Professional Staff Excellence Award in 2008-09. But perhaps her greatest reward comes each fall as she continues to lead SAU’s Read More