Hope native learns to balance college, work on way to degree

July 14, 2015

Diana Abarca at work

For many college graduates, their first job after finishing school is the position of assistant manager. Diana Abarca, however, a senior finance major at Southern Arkansas University, didn’t wait until she had her degree in hand – she became an assistant manager during her junior year in college. But the promotion was all in a… Read More

SAU business students earn national awards

July 6, 2015

All seven PBL students from the Rankin College of Business who qualified for the Phi Beta Lambda’s National Leadership Conference in June returned to Magnolia with national awards. Pictured, from left, are Austin Taylor, Brian Billings, Danny Jones, Macy Frazier, Alex Alexander, Justin Blann, Matthew Chaput, PBL Advisor Gerald Plumlee.

Southern Arkansas University’s Rankin College of Business (RCB) had seven students earn a trip to Phi Beta Lambda’s National Leadership Conference, and each returned with a national award. RCB students and faculty representatives attended the conference from June 23-27, 2015, in Chicago. Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Gerald Plumlee escorted the students on the trip,… Read More

Houston native enjoys her journey through SAU College of Business

June 25, 2015

Lacey Guy SAU CoB

For Lacey Guy, school and learning has always been a natural part of her life. Guy, who recently graduated with a degree in Managing Information Systems from the College of Business at Southern Arkansas University, has seen her life and academic career take several unusual turns. Guy is originally from Houston. However, after losing her… 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 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

More than $780,000 raised to honor Rankin

April 20, 2015

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Following more than 45 years of service and countless speeches as a Mulerider, Southern Arkansas University’s retiring President Dr. David Rankin and his wife Toni were rendered speechless Saturday night. At a dinner to honor the Rankins, it was announced that more than $780,000 has already been raised to name the University’s College of Business… Read More

Parents’ experience helps lead Camden native to career in business

April 17, 2015

Jesse Castleberry at SAU Business

During the summer of 2013, Jesse Castleberry knew something wasn’t right. Castleberry, a 2011 graduate of Harmony Grove High School in Camden, had two years of a science degree behind him. But he wasn’t happy with what he was studying. So during that fateful summer of 2013, he decided to change his major to business…. Read More

Marketing grad returns to classroom, playing field

March 23, 2015

deandre jenkins

DeAndre Jenkins was excited to graduate from college and begin his career so that he could . . . go back to school. Jenkins’ story is not the typical tale of a student returning to change his major or work on a graduate degree. Instead, Jenkins’ desire to return to school is motivated by a… Read More

Dr. Trey Berry introduced as next SAU president

February 20, 2015

new SAU Pres Dr Trey Berry at Press Conference 2

Dr. Trey Berry was formally introduced as the president-designate of Southern Arkansas University during a press conference on the Magnolia campus Friday afternoon. The SAU Board of Trustees tapped Berry to be the University’s 12th president during a special meeting on Thursday, and he will assume the role on July 1. Berry joined SAU in… Read More

Higginbotham relishes marketing internship

February 9, 2015

Robbie Higginbotham

After three years of college, Robbie Higginbotham still wasn’t quite sure in what direction his degree in marketing would take him. However, he got a much better idea through an opportunity he wasn’t really expecting. Higginbotham, a senior marketing major at Southern Arkansas University, applied for the internship program at the start of his fourth… Read More