Mulerider Diary 3-13-13


  •  Spring Break is next week! Staff will be working four 10-hour days, like the summer schedule (Mon. – Thur., 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch). The annual staff breakfast is at 8 a.m. on Monday, and there will be video shown you will not want to miss!
  • Dr. Claude Baker, who made his YouTube dancing debut with Mulerider Style, has a follow up that is equally funny with a recent reenactment of a whooping crane mating dance he performed for a class with Pablo Bacon.
  • The 2013 Spring Concert artist will be pop duo Karmin. Listen to “Brokenhearted” for a preview of this exciting up-and-coming group.Mulerider Spotlight
  • According to SAU Senior Gardener Marty Davis, the migration of bluebirds and indigo buntings are back and looking for nesting locations. She urges any bird lovers to adopt a site on campus, buy a nesting box, and install it on a tree so we all can enjoy their beauty during the week.
  • Faculty and staff are welcome to bring their lunch and join the Mulerider Fitness Program each Monday for a 30 minute weight loss support group. The goal is to help support each other through face-to-face conversations each week and an active Mulerider Fitness Program online community. Members are welcome to share successes, failures, tips, and experiences in their weight loss and maintenance journeys.
  • Josh Kee represented SAU well when he was interviewed at KATV channel 7 for Mid-day Arkansas recently to promote the upcoming Rip Powell Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be April 12 at Magnolia Country Club.
  • Josh Kee also served on the faculty at the Spring Workshop for Newcomers in Development and the Intro to Personal Solicitation Workshops for Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Pittsburgh, Penn., on February 4-7. Kee presented on topics such as Annual Fund Basics, Energizing and Empowering Volunteers, Corporate and Foundation Giving, Stewardship, Personal Solicitation, and High-End Solicitations in the Annual Fund. Josh will be on the CASE District IV Conference Board as the Co-chair of Registration for the upcoming CASE District IV Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, on March 23 – 26. District IV represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • SAU Human Resources is currently overseeing searches for nine open faculty positions and three staff positions.
  • One of the more recent job postings is that of the University Editor position, which is being vacated by Toni Walthall. Toni recently received award notification of a CASE District IV accolade in a highly competitive higher education public relations writing competition for a series of stories she produced in 2012. We wish Toni well in her move and future endeavors.
  • Aaron Street recently earned two Collegiate Advertising Awards: a Gold award for his portrait series of Mulerider student-athletes and Silver for the 2012 Mulerider promo made to mimic an intense movie trailer.
  • The previously mentioned Mulerider promo starred the Mulerider on Molly B, as didMulerider riding Molly B many video features in recent years. More than 100 Molly B fans came to where the beloved mule greeted visitors to SAU Thursday for a memorial service. Molly B passed away Tuesday, March 5, after carrying the Mulerider for 20 years at SAU. See the photos from the event… Also, take a moment to share a Molly B memory at
  • The Arkansas State Employees Association is asking for nominations for the A.S.E.A. Outstanding State Employee Award given at their Annual Convention banquet held in August. The outstanding employee is one who demonstrates commitment and integrity while serving the State of Arkansas. See the attached nomination form. Nominations must be received by July 1, 2013.
  • All employees who are members of APERS (Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System) can go online to find out more information about seminars that APERS will be presenting.
  • Confused by the Copy Center tickets? Check out our Copy Center tips and reminders web page, which also has information about our online submission form for print jobs.


  • The new Financial Aid office suites have been completed on the third floor of Overstreet. This 4,500 square-foot facility will greatly improve the University’s ability to provide student financial services. The new occupants will move in upon arrival of the office furniture. The Physical Plant will start work on an adjacent restroom in the near future.
  • The concrete work for the 2012 graduation sidewalk was poured on the east side of the bell tower. Brick masons will arrive soon to lay the engraved brick.
  • Flood damage repairs to Cross Hall are ongoing. Painting and carpentry work is almost completed. Hallway carpet will be installed next week as will new exterior signage.
  • Flood drainage systems are currently under construction to protect Magale Library and Cross Hall. Both of those buildings suffered water damage from the 100-year rainstorm several months ago.
  •  Dolph Camp Recital Hall renovations are on schedule for completion April 1, 2013. This $75,000 project is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. Improvements include new paint, paneling, carpet, drapes, lighting and seat upholstery.
  • The Rider Rink project is well underway and should be completed by mid-April. This project includes renovation of the restrooms and new floor surfacing in the entry and assembly areas.
  • Estimated completion date for University Village Phase II is August 1, 2013. This residence hall is a $5.2 million addition to campus and will house 60 beds.
  • The $350,000 Arkansas State Highway Grant campus sidewalk program will be complete within the next two weeks.
  • Timber removal for the new softball entrance road has been completed. The new road will be constructed with asphalt milling and connect Farm Road to the softball facility. This project is expected to be completed in the next two weeks, weather permitting.
  • New Americans with Disabilities Act parking lot near the Millennium Bridge has been completed. This will provide handicap accessible parking for football, softball, and Welcome Center events. Asphalt millings will be used to improve access to parking in the near future.
  • The construction contract for the new Ribble Strength and Training Facility has been issued. This facility will provide parking for approximately 60 vehicles and temporary parking for visiting football team’s buses. We hope this project will start within the next 30 days.
  • Phase IV to the University Walking Trail system has been on hold due to wet weather. This addition will connect Phase III to the initial trail starting point on East University and provide a very scenic walk around the duck pond.
  • Plans for the $1.25 million Rodeo Arena Phase II are well underway. During this phase, the facility reception center, site utilities, entrance road, and limited parking and fire prevention systems will be addressed. We hope to open bids within the next 45 days.
  • Plans are well underway for Agriculture Phase II. This $500,000 project includes two greenhouses, a head house, site utilities, water well, orchard, and fencing. Projected bid date is in approximately 90 days.
  • District Heat/Cooling 12B is 95% complete. This project will greatly improve campus energy management systems and efficiencies. Measurement and verification of energy savings will be ongoing over the next 12 months.
  • We want to compliment everyone involved in campus efforts to reduce energy. We are pleased that the Building Captain Program has been central to this effort and appreciate everyone’s hard work.


  • SAU baseball teamed up with Home Sweet Bone and raised more than $500 for surgery to help a sweet dog named Scarlett at the ballgames Saturday, March 9.
  • Also on Saturday, Members of the SAU fishing team took a break from the lake and visited Dudneywood to play bingo with the residents.
  • Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed Service Fraternity, Inc. and other SAU organizations are hosting a community-wide Easter Egg hunt on March 30. Children between the ages of one and 12 are invited to SAU’s mall area from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for fun-filled activities and egg hunting.
  • Malaria kills one in three children under the age of five each year in Africa. SAU’s Chapter of Psi Chi is doing a service project to help protect those children and their families. Psi Chi is selling hand-made bracelets and hand-sewn saddle bags through the Kairos 10 non-profit organization. For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Wilson at or 870.235.4324 or check out the website at
  • The Clothesline Project will be on campus for the sixth year on April 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Reynolds Grand Hall. The project is a part of Dr. Chrisanne Christensen’s social psychology class. It displays memorials to women and children murdered in domestic violence and provides a unique opportunity for students to develop skills in team work, community involvement, and build awareness of social issues. The project is in collaboration with the Arkansas Council Against Domestic Violence.
  • SAU’s Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation had a host of student, faculty, and staff volunteers at the Area Special Olympics Basketball Tournament at the W.T. Watson gym on February 15. See the photos…


  • Bryce Harman, ’04 and Virginia Harman, ’02 announce the birth of their second sJude Harmanon, Jude Meriwether Harman. Jude was born on January 29, 2013, in Great Falls, Montana. He weighed 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and was 19 and 3/4 inches long.


Friday, March 15

Monday, March 18

  • Annual Staff Breakfast

Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22


Friday, March 29

  • Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton will be at Foundation Hall to sign autographs, show his animated films, and speak about his work.

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