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

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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 Whitney Hall witnesses SAU enrollment growth from her hometown area

May 20, 2015

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Whitney (Black) Hall of Texarkana earned her college degree from Southern Arkansas University, and she was so blown away by the experience that she now shares her story in promoting SAU to high schools around her hometown. Hall is a 2005 graduate of Redwater High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from… 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

Upward Bound providing free summer meals for youth

May 12, 2015

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The Upward Bound program at Southern Arkansas University will be providing free meals to eligible children this summer through the U.S.D.A. Summer Food Service Program. The meals will be provided three times daily in the Southern Arkansas University cafeteria on Monday through Thursday from June 8 until July 9 as follows: 7-8 a.m., 12-1 p.m.,… Read More

MMB to host monthly ‘Second Saturday’ events

May 1, 2015

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Making Magnolia Blossom is inviting the community to join in on a “Second Saturday” kick-off event from 9 a.m. to noon on May 9, in which litter will be picked up in preparation for the Blossom Festival. On the second Saturday of every month, MMB will meet volunteers at 9 a.m. at the corner of… Read More

SAU RN hopes to help in Nepal

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

Vigil and fundraiser scheduled at SAU for Nepal

April 27, 2015

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To pay homage to the more than 3,900 lives claimed by the recent 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, a candlelight vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern Arkansas University Bell Tower. Contributions to benefit the rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal will also be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in… 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

Rip Powell Invitational Golf Tournament postponed

April 23, 2015


Southern Arkansas University’s 5th Annual Rip Powell Invitational Golf Tournament has been postponed until Friday, May 1, due to the threat of inclement weather. The National Weather Service has forecasted a strong chance of severe thunderstorms for April 24, the tournament’s original date. Organizers say the tournament will follow its original schedule with one flight… Read More