January 12, 2012
CLICK HERE for more details on the 2nd Annual Rip Powell Invitational
November 30, 2011
The SAU Foundation Christmas Gala will be held on Saturday, December 17, 20011 at 7:00 p.m..
This years gala will be held at the Magnolia Arts Building located on the Southeast Corner of the Magnolia Square and will feature live dance music and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Invitations for this event will be sent.
Please RSVP to the Office of the President at (870)235-4001.
May 6, 2011
Upcoming Important Dates:
Friday, November 4 - SAU Foundation Board of Governors Meeting
Friday, November 4 - SAU Foundation Honor Societies Dinner – Social and Informal Concert 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:15 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Reynolds Center
Saturday, November 5 - SAU vs. University of Arkansas at Monticello 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 17 - SAU Foundation Christmas Gala – 7:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Arts Building – located on the Southeast Corner of the Magnolia Square
April 11, 2011
Muleriders on Tour – Springdale, AR
Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the AQ Chicken House located on Highway 71B [Original Location, 1207 N. Thompson]
Dr. David Rankin, SAU President
Dr. Lisa Toms, Dean, SAU College of Business
Doug Ramsey, VP Food Services Operations, Tyson Food
December 16, 2010
To raise funds to name the Mulerider Football Field in Coach Powell’s honor.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Magnolia Country Club – Magnolia, AR
Four Man Scramble
$400 a team or $100 a player
Gold Flight (Real Golfers)
Blue Flight (Pretenders)
Red-Shirts (Freshmen Golfers
Promising Recruits (Non-golfers)
Click Here for an entry form or for more information call toll-free 1-877-235-7409.
Sponsorships can be by individuals or businesses.
$200 – Hole Sponsor (Proper signage will be displayed at each hole.)
$100 Tee Box Sponsor (Proper signage will be displayed at each tee box.)
Click Here for sponsorship opportunities at the Rip Powell Invitational. For more information, please call toll-free 1-877-235-7409.
December 7, 2010
2010 SAU Foundation Honors Dinner
On November 9, 2010, Southern Arkansas University Foundation recognized donors of the 2009-2010 fiscal year at a dinner in the Grand Hall of the Reynolds Campus and Community Center. Tommy Clark, a nineteen-year-old junior from Hot Springs, AR, with a double major in finance and management, expressed appreciation on behalf of students for the generosity of the honorees.
SAU Students Tyler Orsak and Sara Caller hosted an informal art exhibit by students of Dan May, SAU Art Department Chair.
A commemorative coaster, the second in a series, was presented to those benefactors who had given over one thousand dollars during the fiscal year. Awards for lifetime giving were presented to donors who achieved membership in new lifetime giving societies; lifetime giving awards recognize donors whose cumulative lifetime giving is over ten thousand dollars. Receiving awards were the following: Stater Society, Mr. Donald Bustion, Mr. John Phillip Genestet , and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Morrison; Tower Society, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bearden ’61, ‘61, and Mrs. Julia Laney Machen; Hall of Honor, Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Eichenberger, and Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story ’85.
Those receiving awards but unable to attend were the following: Stater Society, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Dixon ‘78, Dr. and Mrs. B. C. Dodson, Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Johnson ‘57, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. William Mallett ’65, ‘65, Ms. DeAnna Rogers , Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Scott ‘43, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sixbey ‘78, Dr. Betty Faye Smith ‘49, Ms. Adell Whitfield; Tower Society, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Franks, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. (Buddy) Franks, Jr. ‘54, Dr. and Mrs. James Tollett ’58, Mr. Ted Ward, Jr. ’47; Golden Circle, Mrs. Holly Hartrick Childs, Mr. James Freeman ’71.
Dr. David Rankin, President, Southern Arkansas University, and Mr. Louis Blanchard, President of the SAU Foundation presented special awards to the Top Five donors of 09-10: (in alphabetical order) Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Eichenberger of Magnolia, Arkansas, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fincher of Waldo, Arkansas, Ms. Cinda Ann Hallman Estate, Mrs. Mary Harsh of Magnolia, Arkansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story ’85 of Magnolia, Arkansas.
The highlight of the evening was the induction of Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story into the Mulerider Society, the highest recognition given by Southern Arkansas University Foundation.
November 10, 2010
The SAU Foundation Christmas Gala will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2o10.
This year’s gala will be held at the Magnolia Country Club at 7:00 p.m. and will feature live dance music.
Invitations for this event will be sent.
Please RSVP by calling the Office of the President at 870-235-4001.
September 7, 2010
Distinguished speaker series will feature FOX News Channel duo
MAGNOLIA – FOX News Channel contributors Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes disagree on almost every political issue. Representing opposite ends of the political spectrum, the duo will be the featured speakers at the 6th annual Farmers Bank and Trust Distinguished Speaker Series on Monday, Oct. 18. The event will take place at the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center at Southern Arkansas University, and proceeds benefit the scholarship endowment of the Southern Arkansas University Foundation.
Crowley and Colmes regularly square off on various hot button issues during appearances on FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factory, but one thing that takes their debate to the next level is the fact that they are brother and sister-in-law. The pair’s presentation at SAU will be titled “All disagreements are relative: a conversation with Crowley and Colmes.”
“With the election just around the corner, it is exciting to have Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley debate the issues of the moment,” said Dr. David Rankin, president of Southern Arkansas University. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to hear two of the best political commentators in the business.”
Crowley is a panelist on the legendary McLaughlin Group, which she joined in 2007. She is a longtime FOX News political and foreign affairs analyst, having joined the network at its inception in 1996. Her intelligent, original, and witty analysis attracted radio programmers, and she launched her radio career with a show on the number one talk station in the nation, 77 WABC in New York, in 2002. The show now airs on over 130 stations.
Crowley holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. in international affairs from Columbia University and worked as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994. Her experience with Nixon prompted her to write to best-selling books, Nixon off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People and Politics and Nixon in Winter.
After a string of successful radio shows in New York, Colmes gained a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal known for his electric commentary on the American agenda. He joined FOX News Channel in 1996 and co-hosted “Hannity and Colmes” for more than 12 years. That program became the No. 2 show in all of cable news, helping FOX achieve prime time dominance. His radio show is now syndicated by FOX News and heard on satellite radio across the country.
Colmes attracts many key political and pop culture figures to his microphone. Among his guests have been President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice Presdient Al Gore, Lynn Chaney, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others. His likeability, humor, command of the issues, and appeal to both sides of the political plate have helped him garner the biggest audience of any liberal radio broadcaster.
“We strive each year to provide a program that is both entertaining and informative and that also presents current issues of national significance,” said Bob Burns, chairman and CEO of Farmers Bank and Trust.
The Farmers Bank and Trust Distinguished Speaker Series was established in 2005 to benefit students of Southern Arkansas University through a scholarship endowment with the Southern Arkansas University Foundation. In fulfilling its mission, the series brings speakers of national and international prominence to the SAU campus, providing a memorable experience and enhancing the visibility of the University. Former speakers have included Steve Ford, Oliver North, Michael Reagan, James Carville, and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
For more information or to obtain tickets for the event, contact the SAU Foundation at (870) 235-4078.
May 27, 2010
Southern Arkansas University presents Splendors of the Nile with optional Jordan Post Tour Extension.
March 9 – 20, 2011
For more information click on the link below.
April 14, 2010
The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center – Grand Hall. Tickets for this event are $17 and may be purchased from the SAU Alumni Office by calling 870-235-4079.
During this year’s ceremony the following will be recognized:
Distinguished Young Alumni
Dr. Jason Ellen
Class of 1995, BS in Biological Science
Opthalmologic Surgeon – 2005 Outstanding Young Optometric Physician in Oklahoma
Class of 1995, BBA in Accounting
Attorney and Political Campaign Manager
Class of 1992, BBA in Management
Chief Network and PC Support for Murphy Oil Corporation, Developer of Deer Creek Subdivision
Dr. Norman Huneycutt
Class of 1958, BSB in Industrial Management
Ordained minister, former Trustee of the Presbyterian Foundation, former Trustee of University of the Ozarks, present Trustee of Austin Theological Seminary, founder and former CEO of Employee Support Systems Company, former Director of Program and Fiscal Development of National Council on Alcoholism, and presently retired to ranching in Terrell, TX
Joan Avalyn Dempsey
Class of 1981, BA in Political Science
Vice President of US Geospacial Intelligence Foundation, Vice President Booz-Allen-Hamilton, former Chief of Staff for CIA Director George Tennet
Dr. Samuel Smith
Class of 1977, left SAU for medical school
Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Distinguished Golden Rider
Dr. James Tollett
Class of 1957
Retired Chairman of SAU Agriculture Department, honored with the dedication of the 81st Arkansas FFA State Convention in his name, National Association of Agricultural Educators Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Charles Beeson – Deceased
Class of 1941
Cardiologist, Retried Professor of Medicine at University of New Mexico and UCLA