August 22, 2013
Emily Snyder – 2013/2014 Hallman Scholar
Taylor McNeel – 2013/2014 Hallman Scholar
Emily Snyder and Taylor McNeel have been named as the Southern Arkansas University 2013 Hallman Scholars.
The Hallman Scholarship provides $10,000 annually for a woman student in the College of Science and Technology. With the addition of the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, recipients will receive $12,000, $13,000, $14,000 and $15,000 respectively for their four years of college at SAU.
Snyder, a chemistry major, is coming to SAU from Cabot, Ark., to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps by becoming a pharmacist. Her Spanish minor will add a bilingual component to her resume, which she hopes will enhance her career options in the medical field. Snyder is the daughter of Jayne Snyder and the late George Snyder, and has one sister Anna.
McNeel grew up on a farm in Vilonia, Ark., and she hopes to become an advocate for agriculture. As such, she is going to double major in Agriculture Science and Agriculture Business at SAU with a Spanish minor. She has also been accepted in the SAU Honors College. Her goal is to be in the forefront of where agriculture meets mainstream society and to take an active role in agriculture policy and legislation. McNeel is the daughter of John and Laura McNeel of Vilonia and has one brother, Mathew.
Snyder was in the top two percent of her class of 675 students at Cabot High School. She was the Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Technical Honor Society. She also enjoys volunteering with the disabled children at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock.
McNeel was a 4-H member for eight years and an FFA member for four years in high school. She was also a State 4-H Ambassador, Arkansas State Fair Ambassador, FFA Chapter Officer, State 4-H Camp Counselor, and Faulkner County 4-H Team Leader. She is the 2013-2014 Arkansas State FFA President.
Snyder and McNeel join current Hallman Scholar Emily Bowling, a senior pre-dentistry major.
Cinda Hallman, 1966 graduate of SAU, was one of four women heading Fortune 500 companies at the time of her appointment as CEO of Spherion Corporation. Before joining Spherion, Hallman had a distinguished 20-year career with DuPont. As senior vice president of DuPont global systems and processes, she had full responsibility for global information technology, processes and strategy, and corporate core managing processes. She was named Chief Information Officer of the Year by Information Week Magazine for “reshaping DuPont’s information systems organization to meet the changing competitive needs of its business units.” Dedicated to providing opportunities for women, Ms. Hallman provided funds for the scholarship through her estate.
May 22, 2013
The SAU Foundation recently honored Phil Brooks ’74 and Tim Daniels’76 for their service on the SAU Foundation Board of Governors. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Daniels have both served on the board for six years.
Debbie Arnold ’85, Foundation Board of Governors Chairman, presents Tim Daniels with a certificate recognizing his service to the Foundation.
August 26, 2011
Mark Taylor, right, president and CEO of Southern Aluminum, presents a check to Dan May, chair of the Department of Art and Design and Dr. Trey Berry, dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. Amanda Blanchard, Southern Aluminum marketing director is also pictured. This third grant of $5,000 by Southern Aluminum is to enhance each of the Department’s computers with the most up-to-date software that will meet the needs of today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce. This year’s investment will provide software to the 15 computer workstations in the Department’s computer lab.
April 14, 2010
Southern Arkansas University and the SAU Foundation plan to recognize the Magale Foundation for their continued investment in the Mulerider Band Program by naming the primary rehearsal hall – Magale Rehearsal Hall. Over a period of five years, the Magale Foundation has contributed over $125,000 for instruments and equipment. With the continued support and relationship of Magale Foundation and the SAU administration, the band department has given student performers opportunities that were not previously possible. The spring 2009 band concert featured four percussion instruments that would not have been available without this assistance. Today, the band program consists of approximately 120 students per year, up from only 72 in 2000.
The University and Foundation plan to honor the Magale Foundation Trustees at a dinner followed by a Mulerider Band concert on Thursday, April 29, 2010.
November 20, 2009
Pictured are: (Left to Right) Southern Arkansas University students Brittany Horten, junior biology major from Omaha, Texas and Heather Rochelle, junior biology major from Redwater, Texas, measure the production of oxygen and carbon dioxide with one of the Vernier Lab Quest packages recently purchased through a grant from the Monsanto Foundation. Dr. James Rasmussen, chairman of the SAU Department of Biology explains the use of the equipment
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION RECEIVES $10,150 FROM MONSANTO FUND TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEW UNIVERSITY SCIENCE CENTER
Southern Arkansas University Foundation today announced it has received $10,150 from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to purchase seven Vernier Lab Quest packages with appropriate sensors and biochambers. The equipment will be utilized by the SAU Biology Department in the University Science Center currently under construction on the Magnolia campus. The SAU Foundation raises funds for the literary, scientific, and educational purposes of the University.”
“SAU Foundation is pleased to team up with the Monsanto Fund to help provide the latest in teaching and laboratory equipment for the new University Science Center,” said Jeanie Bismark, Executive Director of the Foundation. ”Agricultural education is an important part of the University’s mission. The new center will provide a centralized facility for the study of the interrelated energy sciences: chemistry, physics, and biology, and will support teaching in the agri-sciences, including plant production.”
“Monsanto has targeted 2030 as a goal for doubling yields in our four core crops of corn, soybeans, cotton and canola. To reach that goal Monsanto will need the brightest and most talented future scientists available,” said Dr. Floyd Hancock, Soybean Breeding Manager of the Monsanto facility at Stuttgart, Ark. “Supporting education is a way that Monsanto can help insure that the talent needed to reach our goal is available.”
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the Fund’s primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant-making in four main areas: nutritional well-being through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for teachers; healthy environment, which includes conservation, protection of biodiversity, clean water and restoration of wildlife habitat; and improving the quality of life in communities where Monsanto employees live and work.
Visit the Monsanto Fund at http://www.monsantofund.org/asp/welcome.asp.
November 20, 2009
Pictured above are Dr. David Rankin, SAU President, presenting the Mulerider Society Award to Mrs. Pat Walker and Ms. Debbie Walker of The Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation at the 2009 SAU Foundation Honor Societies Dinner.
The Mulerider Society recognizes those who, through contributions to the SAU Foundation, support any area of the University by making cumulative contributions of $500,000 or more.
The Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, through two grants to the Mulerider Baseball Program, has gifted $660,000 to benefit Southern Arkansas University and its students.
Other members of the Mulerider Society are:
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fincher
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip E. Laney
Mr. and Mrs. John Rhea, Jr.
Farmers Bank and Trust
Your time is now – Join with your former teammates, friends, and family to support Mulerider Baseball
May 7, 2009
Southern Arkansas University is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for players and fans to recognize the commitment and accomplishments of Coach Steve Goodheart’s tenure at SAU by joining the Goodheart Society. Your gift of $1,000 or more to the Mulerider Baseball Complex will secure your membership in this prestigious organization. Members of the Goodheart Society will be listed on a permanent plaque at the new stadium facility. The goal of the Goodheart Society is to raise $200,000 to transform Mulerider Field into Goodheart Field.
Current Members of the Goodheart Society are:
Dr. and Mrs. David Rankin
George and Jerra Baylis
Dr. and Mrs. Mark Dixon
Friends of Coach Ralph Ross
Family of Ralph J. Ross
Paul and Jeanie Bismark
Josh and Bekah Kee
Dr. and Mrs. Willis Beene
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Gum
Mr. Scott Rowland – Neill Forestry Consultants
Bill and Betty Stringfellow
Jay and Bonnie Adcox
Chris, Clarice, and John Long
Mike and Angie Waters
Hollis and Ceceile Eads
Ray and Daisy Helen Uhrich
Dr. John Coppett
Judge Kelvin Wyrick
Julia Laney Machen
Darrell and Kelli Morrison
Phil and Jean Brooks
SAU Alumni Association
John and Jayna Callender
Beth Anne Rankin in honor of Dr. David and Mrs. Toni Rankin
Ann Reeves Eddy
Mr. and Mrs. Nate Evers
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Buchanan
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tripp
Louis and Martha Blanchard
Bill O’Brien – Entegra
Lane and Judi Jean
Craig and Shelley Cheatham
Larry and Jennifer Lundeen
Bob and Molly Burns
Steve and Brandy Browning
Jimmie and Mary Solomon
Cheryl, Matt, Katy Goodheart and Doris Warren
Sammie and Jennifer Mathis
Claude and Skeet Baker
Joe and Angela Pieratt
CMC Steel – Magnolia
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bearden
The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation
Mr. J.W. Evers
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Harrington
Dan and Beth Galway
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wiley
Dr. and Mrs. Ed Bacon
Allard and Julie Baird
Kevin and Karen Solomon
Mr. and Mrs. O.A. “Buddy” Franks
Dr. and Mrs. Corbet Lamkin
Pete and Priscilla Southall
Click on the make a gift button on the right of this page to become a member of the Goodheart Society today.
October 27, 2008
The groundbreaking included brief comments from SAU President, Dr. David Rankin, Jasper Lewis, associate vice president for facilities, Dr. James Rasmussen, chair of the biology department and Kara J. Way, a senior pre-med biology student. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres were served.
The University Science Center is planned to be completed within the next year, a timeframe that will coincide with the University’s Centennial Celebration.
“This is going to be a tremendous facility with state-of-the-art technology that will serve students who are beginning our next centennial of success at Southern Arkansas University,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin.
The cost of the 64,000-square-foot project is estimated to be $16,747, 986, which includes the main building, district cooling system upgrade, parking, landscaping, furniture, audiovisual equipment and design fees. The general contractor for the project is CDI Contractors of Little Rock and the architects are WER and Associates of Little Rock.
The new facility will house the departments of biology, chemistry, and physics within the College of Science and Technology. Planning for the Center began in 2003 when the Arkansas General Assembly appropriated $240,000 to SAU to prepare a proposal for a science and technology building. During the next two bienniums, the University received additional funding, and in 2006, Governor Mike Huckabee awarded $601,747 to the project. Governor Mike Beebe followed with a $1 million award in 2007.
As a result of a special election and the passage of the Higher Education Technology and Facility Improvement Act, SAU will receive $1,432,980 for the project. The University has also issued bonds in the amount of $14 million.
“The Southern Arkansas University Science Center will be the type of facility that will ensure that students who use the facility will be exceptionally well prepared for work or further education when they receive their degrees,” Rankin said. “Classes are currently held in five different buildings, and this center will help centralize many of the programs.”
The SAU Foundation is continuing to seek gifts for the completion of this project. Naming opportunities are available for many of the classrooms and offices. Please contact the SAU Foundation at 870-235-4078 for more information.
May 21, 2008
The grant will be used to make improvements to the Southern Arkansas University baseball field, but plans have not yet been finalized. Some of the ideas being considered include a new score board, a new press box, a concession stand, public restrooms and possibly office space for coaches to meet with players and prospective recruits in private.
SAU Foundation Director Jeanie Bismark said she and Josh Kee, associate director of the foundation, received a letter Tuesday that the grant was accepted. The group applied for the grant in February.
On Wednesday morning, the pair, along with Mulerider Baseball Coach Allen Gum, SAU Athletic Director Jay Adcox and SAU President Dr. David Rankin, took part in a conference call thanking the foundation for the gift. They spoke to Debbie Walker, Executive Director of the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.
“I just wanted to tell you what a huge difference these grants make in the baseball program,” Gum said. “So much of recruitment is driven by the quality of the facilities and we continue to attract better recruits each year with one of the nicest quality baseball fields in (NCAA) Division II baseball.”
The Walker Charitable Foundation first granted SAU a $160,000 matching grant in July 2005 which provided the lights at the baseball field.
Adcox described this year’s gift from the Walker Charitable Foundation as “tremendous” and said the benefits of a top notch baseball facility impact more than just the baseball team.
“This facility is a pride factor for the University and the whole community,” Adcox said.
Rankin said one of the goals for the University is to eventually to host the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Conference tournament which ended this past weekend. The Muleriders’ season ended at the semi-finals of the conference with a loss to Delta State.
The loss was the end of a phenomenal season by SAU (46-12) as they reached the 40-win plateau for the third consecutive year and reached the No. 1 ranking in the country in April for the first time in University history. Southern Arkansas’ 46 victories matches the highest season win total set by the 1987 NAIA World Series team that finished third in the nation.