Distinguished Alumni

SAU is honored and proud to have a rich history of talented  students who continue on to become successful, and valuable members of their communities. The SAU Alumni Awards sponsored by the SAU Alumni Association was established to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Mulerider family who have carried on the Mulerider spirit and legacy beyond SAU. Every year the selected award recipients are honored at a special dinner.

Past Recipients


There are several awards that are chosen every year:

  • Young Alumni Award – open to alumni under 40
  • Distinguished Alumni Award- open to alumni over 40
  • Golden Rider Distinguished Alumni Award- open to alumni who graduated before 1956
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Who can be selected?

The criteria for these awards include outstanding service to SAU, the community, state, and/or nation. The individuals must be a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Southern Arkansas University will take pride in -and be inspired by – their recognition.

Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations may be made by any of the following:

  • Any SAU Alumnus
  • Any member of the SAU faculty or staff

How can I submit a nomination?

Every year there is a call for nominations. Nominations can be submitted by e-mail or regular mail.

Complete nomination packets should include:

  1. The completed nomination form
  2. A letter detailing how the nominee fulfills one or more of the criteria listed above. The letters should include supporting evidence of the nominee’s accomplishments.
  3. A resume or any biographical information available

Email submissions should be sent to:

Nomination packets can also be mailed to:

Office of Alumni Relations
Director of Alumni Relations
Southern Arkansas University
100 E. University/P.O. Box 9416
Magnolia, AR 71754

How often are the awards presented?

Up to 8 individuals will be selected annually as recipients of the awards. Please ensure that you receive your notice of when the dinner will be by checking that the Alumni Association has your most recent contact information.

Golden Mulerider

Every year the  Alumni Association honors the alumni that are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation from SAU. The Golden Muleriders are sent a questionnaire that is used to create a memory book. This memory book is presented to the Golden Muleriders during the annual Golden Muleriders breakfast, a mainstay tradition during the homecoming festivities.

The free memory book is a great anniversary gift for our alumni, while the breakfast provides a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

To ensure you don’t miss out on your SAU Golden anniversary, make sure your contact information is up to date with the Alumni Association.