Southern Arkansas University

September 26 - October 1

SAU to host “Forever a Mulerider” homecoming on October 1

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, September 26

Homecoming events begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Homecoming Kick-off Pep Rally at the Greek Theatre.

The SGA Muleshoe Hunt begins.

Tuesday, September 27

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

Enjoy Music on the Yard beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Mall Area.

Wednesday, September 28

Pack your popcorn and head to the Reynolds Parking Lot at 8:00 p.m. for SAB’s Drive-In Movie night. The movie playing is Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Thursday, September 29

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, September 30

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 1

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Kathleen Mallory by joining us at 9:00 a.m. for the Mallory Hall dedication, located at the former University Hall.

The BSU/BSM Reunion takes place at the Baptist College Ministries Building at 10:00 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Robert Gunnels at

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. 

The National Anthem and Alma Mater at the game will be performed by SAU Choir students and alumni. Alumni can register to perform online.

The 1952 AIC Champions, 1972 AIC Champions, and 1997 GSC Champions will be recognized during the game.

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

Homecoming Kick-Off Pep Rally

Greek Theatre
September 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Drive-In Movie

Reynolds Center Parking Lot
September 28 at 8 p.m.

Great SAU Campout w/ Street Painting, Spirit Logs, and Bonfire

Alumni Center
begins September 29 at 10 p.m.

Mallory Hall Dedication

Mallory Hall, former University Hall
October 1 at 9 a.m.

BSU/BCM Reunion

Baptist College Ministries
October 1 at 10 a.m.


Alumni Center
October1 at 11 a.m.

Coronation Ceremony

October 1 at 2 p.m.

SAU Football vs. ECU

October 1 at 2:30 p.m.

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