December 5, 2013
At this year’s Southern Arkansas University Foundation Honor Societies Dinner, nineteen completed endowments were celebrated.
Endowments completed during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were
The Leonard Biddle Golf Endowment established by Mrs. Petra Biddle in memory of her husband Leonard to benefit the Mulerider golf program
The Louis Blanchard Enrichment in Accounting Endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mayfield in honor of Professor Louis Blanchard to benefit the Department of Accounting
The Thomas Eugene Dennis Endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Larry Embree in memory of his classmate and friend to provide a scholarship for a student interested in Agricultural Engineering
The Charles F. and Dorothy Hunt Duncan Endowment established by Mrs. Dorothy Hunt Duncan to provide an academic scholarship.
The Harold H. Fincher Endowment established by Mrs. D. J. Fincher to provide a scholarship for a student in the College of Business.
The Ron Harris Endowment established by family and friends of Ron Harris to provide a scholarship for a junior or senior level married student majoring in education.
The Quelle, Lovie, and Opal Hayes Endowment established by David M. and Sarah E. Farrar Dodson in honor of Quelle Hayes Farrar on her 100th birthday and in memory of her sisters Lovie and Opal to provide a scholarship for a student with a 3.0 GPA and financial need.
The Clayton Kent Hendrix Endowment established by the estate of Mrs. Bobbie Hendrix for the benefit of the SAU Department of Agriculture.
The Richard Edward and Louise Rider Jordan Endowment established by Sharon Miller Eichenberger to benefit Magale Library
The Josephine Tate McGill Endowment established by the estate of Josephine Tate McGill to provide a scholarship for a student at Southern Arkansas University.
The Charlotte Maxine Jordan Miller Endowment established by Sharon Miller Eichenberger to provide funds for travel expenses for students in the College of Liberal and Performing Arts to attend and participate in off-campus enrichment activities.
The James Robert Miller Endowment established by Sharon Miller Eichenberger to benefit the SAU Department of Agriculture.
The William C. Nolan Endowment established in 1989 by SAU friends of political science, history, and geography to provide a stipend for a student during a legislative internship in Washington, D. C.
The Alton Clay Pierce, Jr. Endowment established by J. D. and Caroline Williams in memory of her brother to benefit Mulerider athletics.
The John J. Ragsdale, Jr. and Dora J. Ragsdale Endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. John Ragsdale, Jr. to create the first endowed professorship for Arkansas Studies in the State of Arkansas.
The Harold H. Fincher and Gerald F. Scott Endowment established by Peoples Bank to provide travel stipends for students who win SIFE/ENACTUS state competitions and advance to regional and national competitions.
The Diane and Lamar Smith Endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Smith in memory of E. C. Smith to provide a scholarship for a student from North Webster High School.
The Warnock Student Travel Endowment established by Mary Warnock Harsh to provide funds for students to attend meetings, conferences, and performances, and to participate in other educational travel experiences.
The Sonny Whittington Endowment established by former players and friends of Sonny Whittington to benefit the Mulerider Football Program.
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
Southern Arkansas University Professor of History Dr. Ben Johnson has been selected to receive the first endowed professorship in Arkansas studies.
The John G. Ragsdale, Jr. and Dora J. Ragsdale Endowed Professorship at SAU was established by a couple who is known for their generosity and support of Arkansas history and will benefit a professor who has spent decades himself researching and writing about the Natural State.
Dr. Johnson has seen something of a renaissance in the development of documenting Arkansas’ history, and he himself has authored three books toward the cause and served in leadership positions on state historical associations. Yet he still yearns to continue to advance the history of this state and is thankful to the Ragsdales for their contribution and inspiration.
“John and Dora Ragsdale have for many years graciously and tirelessly supported those who study and write Arkansas history,” said Johnson. “It is more than fitting that they would make possible the state’s first endowed professorship in Arkansas studies. SAU benefits greatly from their generosity, and I am extremely honored to be selected as the Ragsdale Professor.”
Funds from the professorship will allow Johnson to continue to update and revise his book initially published in 2000, Arkansas in Modern America: 1930-1999. He calls this financial support “critical” as he tries to figure out Arkansas history, particularly recent events. His research includes traveling throughout the state and region to visit various archives; work that he says was not being done when he “crossed the Red River in 1979.”
Johnson, a native of West Texas, remembers growing up where there was “an exaggerated importance of that state’s history.” He said he was shocked when he moved to Arkansas and it seemed as though this state’s history did not seem to be valued. According to Johnson, he had trouble finding books on Arkansas history, which made learning about the past here difficult. But that only intrigued him, and he saw it as an opportunity.
“It was an open frontier,” said Johnson. “A historian could run far and wide, following any lead, and he or she would not risk running into work done by anyone before.”
Johnson said that the value of Arkansas history has increased dramatically in the past 30 years. He credits this turnaround to many things, such as the University of Arkansas Press including in its mission in the 1980s to publish books on Arkansas history, the creation of the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, and advocates like the Ragsdale family.
Dr. Trey Berry, SAU vice president for academic affairs, shares Johnson’s sentiments about the Ragsdales, which is what gave him the idea to approach the couple about this unprecedented professorship.
“The Ragsdales have long been supporters of academic scholarship in the study of Arkansas history and of the professors and organizations who promote Arkansas history,” said Berry. “Because of their love and support of Arkansas history and because they are natives of south Arkansas, it seemed fitting that this professorship be located in this part of our state.”
John G. Ragsdale spent more than 45 years in the oil business, primarily in southwest Arkansas. His professional and civic engagement activities are extensive, but include having roles on the Arkansas Historical Association Board of Trustees, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Arkansas Historical Association, Arkansas Nature Conservancy and the Arkansas Archeological Society. In 2010, he and his wife, Dora, received the Arkansas Historical Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also authored many works relating to Arkansas history, Dutch oven cooking, and petroleum, among other topics.
Johnson earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas, and has taught in higher education for more than 33 years. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts at SAU from 2007 to 2011 and was promoted to professor of history in 2010. In addition to the book he authored in 2000, he has written two additional books on Arkansas history. He is currently the vice-chair of the State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and has served as vice president of the Arkansas Historical Association. He is also on the board of editors of the Arkansas Historic Quarterly. He and his wife, Sherrel Johnson, reside in El Dorado, Ark.
May 22, 2013
Pictured from left: Jeanie Bismark, executive director of the SAU Foundation; Mary Lucy Martel Ray; and Norma Hayes, chairman of MRMC Auxiliary Board; back, left to right: Dr. Bernadette Fincher, chairman of the SAU Department of Nursing; Margaret West, CEO, MRMC; and Pat Dumas, President of the MRMC Auxiliary.
MAGNOLIA – The Magnolia Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Auxiliary and Auxiliary Board are establishing a scholarship at Southern Arkansas University in honor of Mary Lucy Martel Ray. When complete, the scholarship will assist nurses at MRMC who wish to advance their nursing careers through one of the degree programs in the Department of Nursing at SAU.
Ray is a class of ’75 nursing graduate of Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University). When she returned to nursing after a period as a fulltime wife and mother, she was appointed Volunteer Coordinator for the hospital. She has served in that capacity for 27 years. In this role she directs the “Pink Ladies” and auxilians and is the buyer for the Gift Shop. She also works with department managers to place volunteers in various areas of the hospital. At MRMC, she has been described as “the lady with the smiling face, the listening heart and the helpful hands.”
In addition to her professional activities, Ray is active in the Magnolia community and in First United Methodist Church. She and her husband Bo (SAU class of ’73) are the parents of three children: Kris, Elizabeth and Katherine.
The SAU Department of Nursing offers an Associate of Applied Science Program in Nursing, an LPN to RN Transition track, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and an online RN to BSN Completion Program. All of the SAU nursing programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). To find out more about SAU Nursing or its accreditations, visit www.SAUmag.edu/NURSING.
Others wishing to contribute to the scholarship may mail contributions to SAU Foundation, P.O. Box 9174, Magnolia, AR 71754, or use the online “Make a Gift” link at www.saufoundation.org.
November 26, 2012
Left to right: Front, seated: Sharon Eichenberger, Ray and Daisy Uhrich
Back, standing: Rusty Hayes ‘83, Pam Murphy , William L and Dorothy Craig ’56, Neva and Dr. Claude Baker, Linda and James Martindale ’65, ’65.
MAGNOLIA –Southern Arkansas University celebrated endowments completed in 2011-2012 fiscal year at the recent SAU Foundation Honor Societies Dinner held Nov. 9. The Endowment Honor Wall in the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center main hall recognizes completed endowments, which include these endowments completed during the year:
William L. and Dorothy Craig Scholarship Endowment for a member of the band. The scholarship was established in their honor by the friends of William and Dorothy Craig, especially Dr. and Mrs. Claude Baker.
Credit Card Memorial Scholarship Endowment for a student who is a member of the SAU Rodeo Team. It was established in memory of Shawn Smith’s horse Credit Card by Jay and Shelly Smith, Rusty Hayes, and many other supporters of the SAU Rodeo Team.
David Benoit Dugal Scholarship Endowment for a student majoring in English or Literature from the Mt. Holly community. It was established by David Benoit Dugal Estate.
Kathy Uhrich Hunter Nursing Scholarship Endowment for a student who is majoring in nursing. Preference will be given to a non-traditional student. It was established by Ray and Daisy Uhrich.
Major Lawrence E. Jarnagin Scholarship Endowment for a student graduating from Lafayette County Public Schools. The scholarship was stablished by James Jarnagin Estate.
Esther and Linda Samuel Martindale Scholarship Endowment for a student majoring in Elementary Education. Recipients will alternate between Norphlet and Magnolia. Established by James and Linda Marindale and Adrin and Nancy Hargett.
Georgie D. Mason Scholarship Endowment for a student in the SAU Nursing Program. The scholarship endowment was stablished by Ruble Mason.
Charlotte Jordan Miller and Gertrude Jordan Summer Library Endowment to benefit Magale Library. The scholarship was established by Sharon Lee Miller Eichenberger.
Richard and Pam Murphy Scholarship Endowment for a student majoring in business. It was established by Richard and Pam Murphy.
Paul and Bernidene Sorrels College of Business Endowment to benefit the College of Business. This scholarship was established by Bernidene Sorrels.
Endowed funds are the foundation for everything SAU must do: Recruit the best students and faculty and provide enhancements for departments, schools and colleges. Endowments provide a continual source of funds for scholarships, academic enrichment, athletic programs, and campus needs. Endowments are a wonderful way to honor a family member, a favorite teacher, or special person. Universities are graded by the size of their endowment because it is a measure of institutional health and helps measure the value that donors place on the institution.
Call the SAU Foundation at (877) 235-4078 for more information on beginning your endowment at SAU.
September 6, 2012
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded Foundation scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Deniqua Smith – Margaret Brewer Memorial Scholarship
Ashley Smith -Emogene “Jean” Winn Burns, Ray Burns, and John G. Winn Scholarship in Nursing
Darneshia Sturges – Quintus Crews Scholarship
Diana Abarca - Quintus Crews Scholarship
Jessica Duncan – Dr. Elizabeth Davis Scholarship in English Education
Daniel Forte – Rex and Betty Dodson Scholarship
John Miller – Lowrance and Marilyn Hodge Scholarship in Pre-Engineering
Candice Cunningham – Mary France Moore Scholarship
Joshua Roberts – James Harold Reeves Scholarship
Jaela Hicks - Valerie Stewart Scholarship in Mathematics Education
Emily Bowling – Cinda Hallman Scholarship for females majoring in the College of Science and Technology
Isabella Curbello – Katie Austin Scholarship
Kimbery Williamson – Magnolia Blossom Festival Scholarship
Kylie Flaherty - Magnolia Blossom Festival Scholarship
Leslie Jade Halliburton – William M. “Buddy” Atkinson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture
Ashley Moore - Scholarship provided by an anonymous donor
Jaci Wells – Scholarship provided by an anonymous donor
Ta’Rell Holloway – Mulerider Pooled Scholarship
April 11, 2011
The following students presented posters and papers on April 1, 2011 at the 18th annual Arkansas Undergraduate Research Conference held at Henderson State University:
Conditioned for Miscommunication
Jill M. Fennell, Elizabeth Davis, Ed.D., and Lynne Belcher, D.A.
Unveiling the Truth: Hawthorne’s The Minister’s Black Veil
Tabitha Lowery and Elizabeth Davis, Ed.D.
The Coming Water Crisis and Limnology of Lake Columbia During a Drought and Drawdown (Columbia County, Arkansas, USA)
Corbin Harlon, Colton Roberts and Claude Baker, Ph.D.
A Pigmented Northern Blindfish (Amblyopsis spelaea) and Notes on Pigmentation in Amblyopsis Cavefishes
Rianne, Herron, Shelby Gillaspy and Claude Baker, Ph.D.
Microbial Life of Logoly Park
Ryan Mahelona, Jessica Zigler and Viktoriya Black, M.D.
Microbial Growth on Nanosilver
Ryan Mahelona, Jessica Zigler and Viktoriya Black, M.D.
The work on Lake Columbia was supported by a generous endowment from Mr. Selwyn Whitehead.
The work on cavefishes was supported by a Perkins Grant orchestrated by Ms. Robbye Taylor.
December 6, 2010
Endowments tell a story …
Each of the named endowments at Southern Arkansas University represents a treasured relationship – with a friend, teacher, mentor, family member. The endowments and the relationships they commemorate become a permanent part of the memory and the history of SAU. Three recent endowments exemplify the kinds of relationships that endowments celebrate.
Former students of the College of Business will remember Dr. James (Jim) Kimbell who taught accounting classes in the basement of Old Main under the Home Economics kitchen and later in Peace Hall. To celebrate his 80th birthday, Kimbell’s family recently established a scholarship endowment for accounting students in his name. Although the Kimbells left Magnolia years ago when Kimbell accepted a position at Clemson University, Diane Lambert Kimbell ’77 expressed the ties commemorated by this endowment:
“Southern Arkansas University has remained close to my heart all these years. Jim and I met there in the fall of 1962 when it was Southern State College. As a graduate, former employee, and faculty wife, I felt it was a special way to honor my husband whom I met, dated, and married while at SAU in Magnolia. Since Jim’s 80th birthday is a special time in our family, and SAU is special to me, I felt this was a wonderful way to combine the two while at the same time giving future students the same opportunity that I had for the quality education that SAU offers.”
At Homecoming 2010, members of Phi Lambda Chi gathered to remember their brother Trey Von Sutton with an endowed scholarship in his name. Sutton inspired his brothers and many others on campus as he courageously fought cancer while attending classes. Sutton’s family were special guests for the occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Dodson were first introduced to young SAU student Corbet Lamkin by Orval Childs, head of the Agri Department. Later the Dodsons initiated an endowment to benefit the Business Agri Department in honor of Dr. Lamkin. At the recent Honors Society Dinner, the three gathered to celebrate the completion of the endowment.
All completed endowments are permanently recognized on the Endowment Honor Wall at the entrance of the Reynolds Campus and Community Center. Endowments added to the wall this fall include the following:
Class of 1948 Scholarship Endowment initiated by Mr. Ken Crain and funded by him and his classmates of 1948.
Harold and Betty Jameson endowment to benefit the Athletic Department
Dr. Corbet Lamkin endowment to benefit the Business Agri Department initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Dodson and funded by Dr. and Mrs. Lamkin and their friends.
Earl Miller endowment to benefit the Athletic Department was initiated by Jay Adcox and Dr. Jack Harrington and funded by the friends of Earl Miller.
Patty Newton Hague (Hague) Miller endowment to benefit Magale Library was initiated and funded by Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Eichenberger in memory of Mrs. Eichenberger’s paternal grandmother.
Coach Rip Powell endowment to benefit the intercollegiate football program at SAU was initiated by Mr. Homer Stout and was funded by many of Coach Powell’s friends and former players.
Diana N. Pyle endowment to benefit the Special Education Department in the College of Education was initiated by Dr. Robert Terry and Dr. Diana Pyle and was funded by Drs. Jerry and Diana Pyle and their friends and family.
Ted G. and Maxine Harmon Ward scholarship endowment was initiated and funded by Ted G. and Maxine Harmon Ward.
For a listing of all endowments, please visit the SAU Foundation website at www.saufoundation.org/giving. State appropriations now provide less than forty percent of the University’s budget, making endowments critical for the pursuit of excellence. We ask you to consider beginning your endowment today.
January 26, 2010
Alumni of the El Dorado Junior High School bands are honoring their former band director by establishing the William L. and Dorothy M. Craig Endowed Scholarship at Southern Arkansas University. Craig was junior high band director from 1952 to 1969 and is a graduate of the University. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Craig served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and worked as a professional musician. He and his wife, Dorothy, continue to reside in El Dorado, where they were honored with Bill Craig Day on October 12, 2007.
In addition to his teaching career, Craig has authored two books and founded the Jazz Mark record label. His books include “Tall Pines of Union County” and the recently published “I Love Baseball,” which chronicles the lives of major league baseball players from Union County and South Arkansas.
“Mr. and Mrs. Craig served as positive role models for hundreds of junior high students. They have been lifelong friends and mentors to me and many of my fellow band members,” said Dr. Claude Baker, who is currently a professor at Southern Arkansas University. Baker and his wife Neva initiated the scholarship along with Professor Bill Baker and former band member Dan Pickering.
“Bill Craig was the kind of teacher everyone loved and respected – back then and still today. I am happy to contribute to a scholarship in his honor,” said James “Bubba” Marks, an El Dorado resident who served as drum major in 1959.
“We are delighted to be able to honor an alumnus while at the same time awarding financial aid to a deserving student,” said Jeanie Bismark, executive director of the Southern Arkansas University Foundation. “It is a real pleasure to honor someone who has obviously been a positive influence on many young lives.”
Once the endowment is completed, the Craig scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman who has achieved a 3.0 grade point average on a 4-point scale. Preference will be given to students graduating from high school in Union County. Preference will also be given to those who demonstrate financial need, to students majoring in music studies, and to those who will play an instrument in one of the University bands.
Donations to the scholarship fund may be made by mail or online. Checks should be made payable to the SAU Foundation and mailed to Box 9174, Magnolia, AR 71754-9174. Please identify all donations with the account number FS0029 and “Bill Craig Scholarship” in the memo line.
Online donations may be made at www.saufoundation.org with notes that the donation should go to FS0029 and Bill Craig Scholarship.
January 6, 2010
“SAU has given me an opportunity to get an education first and foremost, but also to develop a strong bond with the teachers and lifelong relationships with my classmates. The scholarships I received to come to SAU have allowed me more time to focus on my studies because I don’t have to work as many hours and I don’t have to worry with loans and how I will pay them off. Being in the Ag department is like having another family. The professors really do care about your success in the classroom and your ability to apply your knowledge in the real world.”
Career plan: sales representative in the agri industry
New and Newly-completed Endowments
Completed Endowments (July 1 – December 31, 2009)
Class of 1948 Scholarship Endowment
Drs. Jerry and Diana Pyle Enrichment Endowment to benefit the Special Education Department
Ted G. and Maxine Harmon Ward Scholarship Endowment
Coach Rip Powell Enrichment Endowment to benefit the Mulerider Football Program
Harold and Betty Jameson Enrichment Endowment to benefit Mulerider Athletics
Endowments Begun (July 1 – December 31, 2009)
Patty Newton Hague Miller Enrichment Endowment to benefit Magale Library
Richard G. and Pam L. Murphy Foundation Scholarship to be awarded to a student majoring in Business
Dr. and Mrs. Bill Scurlock Enrichment Endowment to benefit Mulerider Athletics
Nancy Williams Enrichment Endowment to benefit Magale Library
Lewis T. and Maxine Porterfield Foundation Scholarship
For more information on a status of a current endowment or beginning an endowment to benefit Southern Arkansas University and its students contact Jeanie Bismark, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Josh Kee, email@example.com. or contact the SAU Foundation at 877-235-7409