Sturgis Auditorium Dedication

Sturgis DedicationOn Friday, January 8, 2016, Southern Arkansas University hosted a dedication ceremony of the Sturgis Auditorium at the Wharton Nursing Building.

This event recognized the generous gift of $40,000 by the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust. The donation helped fund recent renovation of the lecture hall, combined with support from alumni and friends who purchased seats through the Name-A-Seat Campaign.

Sturgis Dedication 2The renovation of the Wharton Nursing auditorium was important because it is a high-use area where more than 200 nursing majors meet for instruction throughout each semester.

“Although the nursing building at SAU in recent years underwent a significant expansion and remodeling, there were insufficient funds to update the lecture hall,” said Josh Kee, associate vice president for development. “The enhancements to the auditorium made it a much more interactive learning space for students and faculty members.”

Upgrades in the renovation included new auditorium seats with larger laptops, lighting upgrades, new carpet, fresh paint, and an upgrade in wireless internet capabilities. According to the SAU Physical Plant Associate Director Robert Nash, the project started with workers completely gutting the space and removing the outdated projector room. By removing the projector room, the auditorium gain much-needed space.

Sturgis Dedication 3There is still time for alumni and friends of SAU to purchase a seat for $250 in the auditorium. According to Kee, this is a great opportunity to remember a loved one, honor a friend, or recognize a cherished faculty member while helping in the education of our future health care providers.

To purchase a seat, click on the “Make a Gift” button or call 870-235-4078.


Below is a list of seats that have been purchased since the start of our Name-A-Seat Campaign.


In Honor Of

Adriane Elliott Delaney by Dan and Beth Galway

Ava, Abagail, and Anastacia Seymour by John David and Stephanie Seymour

Becky Parnell by Austin and June Bollen

Becky Parnell by Stacey Willard

Bridget and Timothy Sanders

BSN Class of 2015

Charlotte Machen by Joan C. Bernard, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Intagliata, and Julia Laney Machen

Department of Nursing Faculty 2012-2013 by Mary Armwood, Ginger Covington, Janet Johnson Deeds, Jan Herren, Becky Parnell, Caroline Hammond, Stephanie Seymour, Laura Shirey, Josie Jackson, Barbara Hudgens, Sherri Arrington, Bernadette Fincher, Bridget Sanders, and Pam DeGravelles.

Jeanna Colvin Thomason by Byron Thomason

Josie and Gary Jackson

June Bollen by Austin and June Bollen

Lesley Butler Floyd by David and Vicki Butler

Marla Beth Hudnall Matthews by Greg and Beth Matthews

Mary Armwood by Ginger Covington

Mr. and Mrs. N. K. Calaway, Jr. by Deborah Spraggins

Sharon Willeford by Becky Parnell

Shelia Owen Cunningham by Ashley Owen-Cunningham, Frank Cunningham, Patricia Owen, and Teresa Owen

Tara Grimmett Almand by Margaret Hawkes

Traci Tripp Sutton by Charles and Maurice Tripp

Terri Ferguson Dodson by Jill Ferguson

Hayden Fanning and Molly Fanning by Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fanning


In Memory Of

Justin Scott Arrington by John, Sherri, and David Arrington

Margie Hunter by Barbara Hudgens

Marie Brown by Mary Armwood

Marie Owens by Brandi and Geoffrey Trisollini, Sonya Justice, Mary McMullan, Elaine Whitman, Becky Parnell, Susan and Dr. Joseph Templeton, Kerry Murphree, Shellie Reynolds, Rebecca Luper, and Sue Crawford

Pat Williams by Bruce and Melinda Butterfield

Pat Williams by Helen Samuel

Reola Lewis by Debra Feagins

Rosemary McKay by Dr. and Mrs. Scott McKay





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