AEDC recognizes SAU reps with two awards

August 27, 2015

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission honored Dr. David Rankin, third from left, with a lifetime leadership award and Viktoriya and Aaron Street, fourth and fifth from the left, with a volunteer award at the AEDC’s annual awards luncheon. Pictured from left, Chung Tan, an SAU alum and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development; Deana Taylor of SAU and Making Magnolia Blossom; Rankin and the Streets; and Cammie Hambrice, executive director of the Magnolia Economic Development Corporation.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission presented two of their annual awards to representatives with Southern Arkansas University ties at the AEDC’s annual awards luncheon on Tuesday, August 25, in Fayetteville. The AEDC’s Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Making Magnolia Blossom founders Aaron Street, assistant dean for integrated marketing and media relations at… Read More

SAU rallies to support family in cancer fight

August 20, 2015


 Proud alumnus of Southern Arkansas University, Cheerleading Coach and Assistant Director of Financial Aid are just a few of the titles that Anne Sands has acquired throughout her years. Other titles she holds dear are wife and mother. She is mom to two daughters, Kendall, 12, and Kaylynn 2, as is married to fellow SAU… Read More

SAU and MMB keep momentum up moving into the Fall

August 13, 2015

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Members of the Magnolia Fire Department saved lives on Main Street on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, but it was not in response to the typical emergency call. Firefighters Mark Hudgins and Hayden Collier offered lifesaving water to the miniature crepe myrtles and juniper in the landscaping plots planted by Making Magnolia Blossom at the organization’s… Read More

SAU’s library media program earns praises

August 4, 2015

CoE Library Media Sherry Loyd at SAU

Southern Arkansas University’s Library Media and Information Specialist (LMIS) program recently earned a top ten ranking nationally by, but second-year LMIS student Sherry Loyd would argue that SAU should top the list. has a mission to provide helpful information to prospective graduate students through peer-written ratings and reviews. These program rankings cover a… Read More

SAU top 10 in South for game design and development programs

July 14, 2015

SAU Rhalene Lowther Game Development

Southern Arkansas University was recently ranked among the top 10 universities in the South for aspiring game designers and developers by Animation Career Review thanks to its two animation and game development academic programs. In 2013, SAU became the only university in Arkansas to have a complete program for Computer Game and Animation Design. Even… Read More

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

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

Berry starts presidency by honoring SAU’s past

July 1, 2015

Berry family SAU Tree Planting

The Magnolia community and the Mulerider family came out to welcome Southern Arkansas University’s 12th President Dr. Trey Berry at a tree-planting ceremony on his first day in office. Berry spoke under the shade of the picturesque pines in the front lawn of SAU’s Overstreet Hall to a crowd of around 150. He pointed to… Read More

Engineering interns improve energy efficiency at Arkansas universities

June 30, 2015


Rather than worrying about burning up on the beach, nine Arkansas engineering students are spending their summers concerned with helping state agencies burn less energy. This summer marks the first year of the energy engineering summer internship program, which is sponsored by the Arkansas Industrial Energy Clearinghouse. After only a couple of weeks recovering from… Read More

Higginbotham nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award


Southern Arkansas softball senior standout Sarah Higginbotham is among a record-setting 480 nominees from across all divisions of the NCAA for the prestigious 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award as it was announced by the NCAA late last week. Each year, the NCAA encourages schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes by submitting… Read More