Mulerider Diary 2-14-13


  • Today is the last day to submit nominations for the professional and support staff awards to be given out on March 18 at the Annual Staff Breakfast! Email Tammy Sims for more information.
  • Monday, February 18, is the last day to turn in your nominations for the Faculty Excellence Awards. Contact LaTricia Davis for more information.
  • Let’s all vote for SAU’s cross country champion Mickey Hammer for the Team Star of Tomorrow Award. It only takes a second and your vote could help Mickey win!
  • Upward Bound Director Jerry Thomas became Dr. Jerry Thomas after successfully defending his dissertation on Tuesday, Feb. 5. He completed his doctorate in Educational Administration.
  • Goode-HeroBrad Stout of the UPD was recently highlighted in The Bray Online for his positive attitude. “Stout is one of the many people at SAU that helps to make things run smoothly,” writes Justin VanHoose, Bray staff reporter. “Without him, our school would not be what we have grown to know it as today.”
  • Also in the news, UPD Interim Chief Boyd Good was the first of SAU’s UPD officers to be highlighted in the Banner-News’ Hometown Heroes spotlight, at right, on page 12 of paper on Thursday, February 7.
  • SAU is keeping track of possible Arkansas legislation regarding concealed weapons on university campuses. The KTBS 3 Wednesday 5 p.m. newscast headlined with a report from SAU on this issue.
  • University Health Services and University Housing need wheelchairs to disperse across campus in the residence halls. Do you have a used wheelchair you would like to donate? Contact Director of Health Services Judy Hines for more information.
  • The SAU Writing Center staff would like to thank Dr. Trey Berry for his generosity with technology this semester.  The writing consultants look forward to having even more successful conferences using the large screens and the laptop.
  • Inspirational Homework: watch “Postman delivers lessons in happiness.”  This two-minute video feature by CBS Sunday morning highlights a postal worker at Penn State University whose positive attitude has had a lasting impact with thousands of students for more than 38 years.
  • Building Captain training was conducted on February 2, 2013. A Building Captain is the senior staff or faculty member in a designated area who is the point of contact for emergency actions. The 2012-13 campus Building Captain list is attached. They play a vital role as the link between the building occupants and the University support agencies such as the Physical Plant, Information Technology Services, and the University Police. They also serve to coordinate reaction to weather alerts, physical security and safety, promote energy conservation, and provide building issue feedback to the support agencies (temperature, maintenance, safety, security, etc.). More than 40 faculty and staff attended the training, which was initiated with opening remarks from Dr. Rankin followed by presentations from the Physical Plant, UPD, and the Dean of Students. Building Captain Policies and Procedures will soon be published and distributed based on feedback from the group.
  • Watts WatcherPhysical Plant employs “Watts Watcher” – Due to an unexpected $300,000 shortfall in this year’s electrical budget, the SAU Physical Plant has employed a “Watts Watcher” initiative with a walk-through of all the buildings after hours to identify lights or computers left on or thermostats that have an inappropriate setting. The “Watts Watcher” will note the time and date of the finding, post a sticker as shown at right, and submit a weekly rollup report to the administration. The Physical Plant will also notify the responsible Building Captain. If you see one of these stickers posted in your area, we ask that you please take action to prevent a reoccurrence. Did you know that one light left on overnight will waste enough electricity to heat 1,000 cups of coffee?
  • According to the 2012-2013 ACT Class Profile report, the fall 2012 full-time freshmen ACT average for SAU was 22.3.
  • The current show in Brinson Fine Art Gallery is a collection of photographs by Peter Jones, who recently retired from LA Tech where he has been teaching for more than 20 years.  It is a great show that combines photographs from when he was in Europe in the 1960’s with some of his recent works.
  • Planning a survey? The SAU Web office has a discounted Survey Monkey subscription. Shelley Keith and Chantal Brice would be happy to create your survey with the content you provide. You will be able to access the password-protected results, so you will be able to get to your data and run your own reports. E-mail or for more information.

In our Thoughts

  • Giselé Souter passed away on February 5, 2013. Funeral services were February 9 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Souter was an SAU Honor Professor and Professor Emerita of French, teaching at SAU from 1975 to 1995. Memorial donations may be made to the Gisele Souter Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages Emerita Scholarship Fund at Southern Arkansas University, P.O. Box 9174, Magnolia, AR 71754.  Read her full obituary here.


  • Ryder Herron

    Ryder Herron

    Ryder Smith Herron, photo at right, was born at 12:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, at Saint Michael’s in Texarkana. He was 7 lbs. 5 ozs. and 20.5 inches long. Ryder and mother, Kandice, director of campus activities, are doing well.

Kimberly (Franks) Bailey

Kimberly (Franks) Bailey

  • Kimberly (Franks) Bailey, ’99 and Jon Bailey proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Presley Elise, photo at right, on November 30, 2012. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by brother, Dylan (7). Grandparents are Randy and Jan Franks, (University Housing Office) of Magnolia.


Thursday, February 14

  • The 21st Annual SAU Wildlife Presentation by Tom Ulrich will be held in Foundation Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. Find out more about Ulrich at

Friday, February 15

  • Retired SAU professor Dr. Robert “Bob” Terry will award the fourth SI Scholarship at 3:30 p.m. in Grand Hall B.

Friday, March 15

  • SAU Regional Science Fair – the annual science fair brings around 700 visitors and around 500 student and group projects to campus.
  • The STEM Center needs volunteers for judges and set up and tear down. University faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University are encouraged to sign up to help. Contact Dr. Scott White or see the sign up list on the bulletin board outside of SCI 312.



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