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

Free Spring concert to feature Casey Donahew Band

March 20, 2015

SAU Spring Concert Casey Donahew Band

Southern Arkansas University’s seventh-annual free spring concert will highlight country music artists from Texas and Louisiana, with the Casey Donahew Band headlining and Frank Foster opening, at the SAU Story Arena on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend. Doors will open at the Story Arena, located… Read More

SAU MCIS program ranked nationally and getting attention internationally

March 19, 2015

Dr Khalil Dajani of SAU MCIS welcomes record number of MCIS students

Southern Arkansas University’s Master of Science in Computer and Information Science degree was recently ranked among the nation’s top MCIS programs by According to, their team spent months collecting and analyzing data from hundreds of colleges and universities to identify the best not-for-profit MCIS programs. SAU’s MCIS program ranked 22nd nationally for its… Read More

SAU Engineering Chair gets $265,000 grant

March 17, 2015

SAU Bachri and research students

Dr. Abdel Bachri, chair of the Department of Engineering and Engineering Physics at Southern Arkansas University, has been awarded a research development grant totaling $265,000 to explore the effect of space radiation in a near-zero gravity environment on human chromosomes. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), and was awarded from… Read More

SAU Fishing Team making waves

SAU Fishing Team

As Southern Arkansas University’s Fishing Team continues to reel in points and rocket up the national rankings, the talented Mulerider anglers hope to recruit more team members and students to SAU. The SAU Fishing Team was established in 2012, and by the end of last year’s season had already reeled in a ranking of 44… Read More

Make-A-Wish grants Disney trip to Harper Stephenson

March 16, 2015

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Harper Stephenson, 3, walked into the new Southern Arkansas University Association of Baptist Students’ facility Saturday afternoon to hear that her wish had been granted – she is going to Disney World. Doctors at Arkansas Children’s Hospital discovered a large tumor in her right lung last spring.  Thankfully, the tumor is not cancerous and will… Read More

Dr. Ben Johnson named Interim Provost

March 13, 2015

Dr Ben Johnson SAU

Southern Arkansas University has appointed Dr. Ben Johnson to serve as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the 2015-16 academic year. SAU President Dr. David Rankin made the announcement to campus on Thursday, March 12. “Dr. Johnson is the Ragsdale Professor of Arkansas Studies and the current SAU Honor Professor,” said Rankin… Read More

Lawrence Bearden appointed to SAU Board of Trustees

Seal SAU

When he first came to Southern Arkansas University in the late 1950s, Lawrence Bearden had one goal: graduation. More than 50 year after successfully completing that first challenge, he continues to be part of the University’s life as the newest member of the SAU Board of Trustees. Bearden was appointed to his new post earlier… Read More

Blue & You Foundation gives $149,128 for SAU health sim lab

March 6, 2015

Blue&You gives $149,128 to SAU HSSC

Chad Dodson, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Market Manager for the South-Central & Southwest Regions, second from right, presents Dr. David Rankin, president of Southern Arkansas University a ceremonial check for the $149,128 grant from the Blue & You Foundation to support the purchase of equipment for the SAU Health Sciences Simulation Center (SAU HSSC)…. 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