Gafford of El Dorado honored with teaching award

May 27, 2015

SAU education award Yolanda Gafford

Parkers Chapel kindergarten teacher Yolanda Gafford was recently honored with the J.H. Pestalozzi Early Career Award at Southern Arkansas University’s College of Education 2015 honors society ceremony. Gafford, of El Dorado, did her student teaching at Parkers Chapel Elementary School before completing her Bachelor of Science in Education at SAU in 2011. She immediately started… Read More

Homeless shelter benefits from SAU group’s efforts

May 21, 2015

Enactus @ homeless-shelter-group

Magnolia’s homeless shelter residents have benefitted with additions to improve the quality of life for its youth and adult residents alike thanks to a group of passionate business students at Southern Arkansas University. Through SAU’s Rankin College of Business’ Enactus organization, students raised money to purchase a complete desktop computer, a new playground for the… Read More

SAU’s new online grad program for in-demand field

Dr Marla Strecker

Southern Arkansas University was recently approved to add a new online Masters of Education leadership program in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board during their meeting at SAU on May 1, 2015. According to Dr. Marla Strecker, the HALE Program Director at SAU, the program is… Read More

SAU hosting Game Development Summer Camp

May 19, 2015


Southern Arkansas University is hosting a Game Development Summer Camp from July 20-23, 2015, for 10th – 12th grade students who think they might want to turn their hobby into a career. Applications must be submitted online at by July 7. Fee for the camp is $250, and includes room and board. For more… Read More

SAU Board makes Rankin President Emeritus

May 7, 2015

SAU Lifetime Achievement Dr David Ranking

The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015, during which they designated retiring SAU President Dr. David F. Rankin as President Emeritus. Rankin is retiring June 30, following more than 13 years as president and more than 45 years of service to SAU. The President Emeritus position will… Read More

SAU RN hopes to help in Nepal

May 1, 2015

Robyn Rowe

Robyn Rowe said she feels a strong call to help the wounded in Nepal as a part of a medical mission trip, but she needs to quickly raise $3,400. If able to raise the funds, Rowe, an RN and assistant director for University Health Services at Southern Arkansas University, is going to be a part… Read More

SAU Engineering hosting summer camp

April 25, 2015

SAU Engineering Lab

Southern Arkansas University Engineering is hosting three-day, two-nigh “Big Bang Engineering Summer Camp” from July 20-22, 2015. The engineering and physics camp is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The registration fee is $200, and it includes room and board. Applications are due online at by July 7. Participants will enjoy hands-on… Read More

SAU Spring Commencement May 8

April 24, 2015

SAU Graduation

Southern Arkansas University’s Spring Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2015. A total of 483 candidates for graduation will be recognized in three ceremonies. The Department of Nursing will honor 90 nursing candidates at 10 a.m. Following will be the ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies at 2 p.m., during which 68… Read More

Groundbreaking set for SAU engineering building

April 22, 2015

SAU ENG Drawings-6

Southern Arkansas University will break ground on a new engineering building at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, just behind the University Science Center. SAU launched the only four-year engineering program in the southern half of Arkansas this past fall, and enrollment has reached more than 50 students in the first year. The University currently… Read More

SAU criminal justice club helps women’s shelter

April 21, 2015

SAU Criminal Justice volunteers at Women's Shelter 1

Southern Arkansas University students, faculty, and friends of the local chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association recently completed a volunteer work day at the Living Water Domestic Violence Shelter in Magnolia. On Saturday, April 11, 2015, representatives from SAU’s Lambda Epsilon Iota (LEI) helped do repairs, landscaping and overall pick-up around the facility, which… Read More