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October 2 - October 7

SAU to host homecoming on October 7

Southern Arkansas University is thrilled to welcome back our Mulerider alumni and friends for a week of fun and tradition. 

This year’s homecoming theme is “Forever a Mulerider.” Behind this homecoming theme sits rich SAU history. When G.R. Turrentine welcomed his team from the Third District Agricultural School to his home following a Thanksgiving Day gridiron clash in 1912, his front porch greeting to his players was, “My Muleriders!” In 1922, this declaration was embraced by TDAS athletic teams, students, supporters, and alumni. For the past 100 years, SAU has had the pleasure of representing one of the most unique mascots known to date – The Muleriders.

In addition, Dr. Kathleen Mallory was one of the first two African-American students to attend Southern State College. In honor of her legacy that she made at SAU, University Hall will be renamed to Mallory Hall. The dedication of Mallory Hall will take place during Homecoming celebration at 9:00 a.m. on October 1, 2022. Dr. Mallory, a trailblazer, became the University’s first black faculty member teaching in the general education program beginning in August 1974. Her leadership on campus was noted in her committee service and leadership in the Minority Forum, a group dedicated to the improvement of SAU and its students. A former student summarized her career, saying in part, “Dr. Mallory was an excellent instructor, but more importantly, she was a wonderful person because she cared so much about each of her students.”

This year’s celebration includes the Homecoming Kick-off Pep Rally, SGA Burgers in the Mall, the Drive-In Movie, and the Great SAU Campout. On Saturday, October 1, SAU will crown the Homecoming king and queen at 2:00 p.m. before the Mulerider football game against East Central University at Wilkins Stadium.

SAU Beyond the Campus will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The SAU Bookstore will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday and at the football game through halftime.


Schedule of Events

Monday, October 2

Homecoming events begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Homecoming Kick-off Pep Rally at the Greek Theatre.

The SGA Muleshoe Hunt begins.

Tuesday, October 3

SGA is hosting Burgers in the Mall, where they are cooking up burgers and hot dogs beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Rankin College of Business hosts Light for the Fight in support of Breast Cancer Awareness at 6:30 p.m. in front of Blanchard Hall. 

Wednesday, October 4

Pack your popcorn and head to the Reynolds Parking Lot at 8:00 p.m. for SAB’s Drive-In Movie night. 

Thursday, October 5

The Great SAU Campout begins at 10:00 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Bring your SAU spirit for the bonfire and pep rally!

The annual Street Painting competition will begin at 11:00 p.m. and conclude at 1:00 a.m.

Friday, October 6

At noon, the Homecoming Heartbeat begins in Reynolds Plaza.

The SAU Sports Hall of Fame Banquet takes place in Grand Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Join SAU Black Alumni for a Homecoming Reception featuring live music, comedy, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. We will be launching the all new Black Alumni Connection and would love your involvement. The reception will take place from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the SAU Engineering Building.

Saturday, October 7

Mulegating is sponsored by Peoples Bank and begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Alumni Center. Attendees are invited to move outdoors to the Alumni Center Lawn for the Homecoming Pep Rally at 1:00 p.m.

Fans are invited to walk across the Alumni Bridge from Mulegating to find their seats for the Homecoming football game at Wilkins Stadium. To purchase tickets for the game, go to

The Homecoming Coronation ceremony takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Rip Powell Field and is followed by the 2:30 p.m. Mulerider Homecoming football game against Oklahoma’s East Central University. 

To cap off the festivities, a Greek Show will be performed at Watson Athletic Center starting at 7:00 p.m.

SAU is excited to welcome back Mulerider alumni and friends for a fun, tradition-filled Homecoming week!

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