Grand Opening for $4.4 mil. Story Arena

November 5, 2014


The official Grand Opening for the $4.4 Story Arena at Southern Arkansas University was held Thursday, Nov. 6, on the opening night of the 2014 SAU Intercollegiate Rodeo. Festivities kicked off with a grand entry of distinguished guests and members of the Mulerider family, including President David Rankin and the Story family. “This SAU Rodeo is… Read More

Big boots to fill for Mulerider Baird as Maye graduates from SAU

May 14, 2014

Muleriders Megan Maye (Left) and Payton Baird

Megan Maye took the Mulerider mascot to new heights and helped Southern Arkansas University reach record enrollment numbers before she graduated on May 9, 2014, leaving some big boots to fill for the new Mulerider Payton Baird. Baird, a freshman pre-nursing major from Fouke, will have the reins officially passed to her from Maye during… Read More

SAU receives first contribution for the new second phase arena Reception Center

July 24, 2012

As the first phase moves toward completion, the new Southern Arkansas University Rodeo Arena’s second phase gets a boost toward the same reality. The SAU Foundation received its first contribution for the second phase of the arena facility – the Reception Center. Ann Reeves Eddy of Magnolia, has made the initial contribution to kick off… Read More

More stolen items recovered, search continues for five horses

November 11, 2011

Law enforcement officials in Oklahoma have recovered some of the items stolen from Southern Arkansas University’s Mulerider Stables on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Deputies from the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Department recovered some of the saddles, blankets and other tack yesterday evening. A livestock trailer that was taken during the theft was recovered on Thursday, Nov. 3…. Read More

Search continues for stolen horses

November 7, 2011

Police are continuing an investigation into the theft of five horses, a livestock trailer, and other equipment from Mulerider Stables at Southern Arkansas University. The theft took place in the overnight hours of Wednesday, Nov. 2. The trailer was recovered in Tom, Okla., on Thursday night, but none of the five horses have been found…. Read More

SAU Trustees approve $6.5 million bond issue for Agriculture Center

November 4, 2010

MAGNOLIA – Construction of a new Agriculture Center at Southern Arkansas University is one step closer to reality after the SAU System Board of Trustees gave administrators the green light for a $6.5 million bond issue for the project. The vote came during the trustees’ quarterly meeting on Thursday at the SAU Tech campus in… Read More

SAU receives $2 million gift from Magnolia couple

April 15, 2010

Therral and Jan Story, center, present a check for $2 million to Dr. David Rankin, the SAU rodeo team, and other administrators.

MAGNOLIA – Construction of a new rodeo arena at Southern Arkansas University is much closer to reality after a $2 million donation from Therral and Jan Story of Magnolia. The gift, made through the SAU Foundation, is the largest ever received by the University from an individual donor. “Through their extraordinary generosity, Therral and Jan… Read More

Strong Showing for SAU Rodeo Team at Nationals

June 22, 2009


Cody Prescott of the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team is the national champion of the tie down roping event at the College National Finals Rodeo which took place June 14-20 in Casper, Wyoming. This was Prescott’s third time to compete in the CNFR event. Prescott, a junior majoring in agriculture business from Jay, Florida, drew… Read More

SAU Rodeo set for September 25, 26 and 27

September 23, 2008

Rodeo fans and contestants are gearing up for the 27th annual Southern Arkansas University Rodeo set for 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for SAU students with an ID as well as for children 7-12, and admission is free for children 7 and… Read More