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Southern Arkansas University Communications Center Editors Aaron Street Jeremy Langley Page design Aaron Street Bekah Kee Photography Aaron Street Jeremy Langley Jessica Merritt Toni Walthall Photo illustrations Bryce Harman Athletic photographs provided by Mike Jones

Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 MULERIDER VOL. LXXXI Southern Arkansas University Enrollment 3,379 100 East University Magnolia, AR 71753 (870) 235-4027

Graduate portraits provided by Grisham Photography Studio Who’s Who students from the 2010-11 academic year are featured throughout the book. All of the Who’s Who inductees were contacted for participation. Those not pictured include Tyler Burns, Edward Hunter, Shaniqua Johnson and Megan Phinny. Organizations were given the opportunity to submit photographs and text from the 2010-11 academic year.


Table of Contents Prologue








Campus Life






August 2010 December 2010 May 2011

96 101 108



Campus Updates


Driving through the Southern Arkansas University campus, it is easy to see the progress made on campus improvement projects. New buildings have gone up, and old structures have been removed. But that external activity is not all that took place at SAU during the 2010-2011 academic year. As you flip through the pages of this book, you will see that it was a very busy year Beyond the Columns – and beyond the boundaries of the campus proper. The year began with a record enrollment and a record number of students living on campus. With that many people around, they are sure to find themselves in the midst of the Complete College Experience. Whether studying in the new University Science Center or attending a cultural event on campus, students were sure to find something to do. Some represented the University off campus, competing in events from the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo to the Miss Arkansas scholarship competition.



Campus life provides something for everyone. Even “Molly B.,” the University’s mule, can attest to that fact. Providing the Complete College Experience means that no matter the season, there will be exciting things happening on the SAU campus. But don’t get your hopes up; snowball fights are not very common in our southern climate. Fall brings football season, and with it comes the sounds of fans cheering on the Muleriders in Wilkins Stadium and the SAU marching band entertaining at halftime. Fans also love to cheer on the Lady Mulerider volleyball team, support ing various efforts throughout the season like “Dig for the Cure.” Spring brings a lot of fun. With spring fling, the spring concert series, Mulerider baseball, awards banquets, and graduation on the mall, excitement abounds.



What goes on Beyond the Columns doesn’t necessarily stay Beyond the Columns. Every day, students are learning valuable information in the classroom that they will carry with them forever. During the course of this year, the Department of Nursing was reaccredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission and the College of Business earned continuing accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Colleges and Schools of Business International – the top accrediting agency for business schools in the world. Students took advantage of expanded academic offerings, and the University’s School of Graduate Studies was recognized as the fastest growing graduate program in the state. You can see that it was a busy year at SAU. We have included as much as we could get into these pages, but there was just no way to get it all. We hope you enjoy your glimpse at life Beyond the Columns.


ADMINISTRATION vice president’s council

Dr. Donna Allen

V.P. for Student Affairs

Dr. David Crouse

Roger Giles

Jasper Lewis

Interim V.P. for Academic Affairs

V.P. for Administration & General Counsel

V.P. for Facilities

Dr. Ben Johnson

Dr. Zaidy MohdZain

Dr. Lisa Toms

Darrell Morrison V.P. for Finance

AcAdemic Deans

Dr. Kim Bloss Graduate Studies

Sarah Adcox Director

Liberal & Performing Arts

Mike Argo Director

Jeanie Bismark Director

Mulerider Activity Center

Information Technology Services

Development & Exec. Dir. of SAU Foundation

Alan Davis

Dr. Elizabeth Davis

Steve Dingman

Purchasing Agent

Distinguished Prof. of English


Online M.S. in Kinesiology

Department Chair HKR


Dr. Joe Winstead


Science & Technology

Dr. Pat Clanton

Kathy Cole

Student Accounts

Jan Duke

Vera Camp

Assistant Controller

Department Chair

Behavioral & Social Sciences Coordinator Title IV-E

J Courson

Counseling/Professional Studies

Online Learning


Associate Dean

Kyle Gallagher

Dr. Roger Guevara

Kandice Herron

Reynolds Center

Education Renewal Zone

Campus Activities

Interim Department Chair



Housing & Special Projects




Judy Hines

Sarah Jennings

Dr. Ed Kardas

Deborah Lewis

Claudia Lyons

Health Services

Enrollment Services

Honors College

Golden Triangle Economic Development Council

International Student Services


Stephanie Manning Director

Educational Talent Search


Dan May

Department Chair Art & Design




Dr. Don Nelson

Eric Plummer

Jennifer Rowsam

Teacher Education


Advising Center

Interim Department Chair

System Chief


2010-11 Administration not pictured Jay Adcox

Bernadette Fincher

Sam Biley

Jeffry Miller

Director Athletics

Sandra Smith

Bronwyn Sneed

Aaron Street

Cledis Stuart

Jerry Thomas


Financial Aid

Communications Center

Multicultural Affairs & Student Advancement

Upward Bound




Assistant Dean


Assistant Director Mulerider Activity Center, Athletics Game and Facilities Management

Jamie Boyd Director

Admissions, Field Experience and Licensure

Felicia Bozeman

Director Small Business and Technology Development Center

Ceil Bridges

Eunice Walker

Sandra Walker

Student Support Services

Continuing Education



Paula WashingtonWoods Director

Counseling & Testing Center

Shelly Whaley

Dr. Scott White

Enrollment for Advising, Recruitment & Transfers

Chemistry & Physics

Assistant Dean

Department Chair

Director Alumni Relations

Wilma Williams Director

J.P. Wilson

Dr. Timothy Wise

Claudell Woods

Dir. of Bands; Asst. Prof. Prof. of Management and Assoc. Prof. of of Music Marketing Government and History

Dr. Limount Zhao Department Chair Accounting, Finance & Economics

Chair Agriculture

David Murphy Chair Theatre and Mass Communications

Edward Nipper Registrar

Daniel Page Director Library

James Rasmussen Chair Biology

Anne Marie Sands

Assistant Controller Finance

Director Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center

Dan Dykema

Yujiang Shan

Kaye Burley

Chair Music

Employment Resource Center

Chair Nursing

Chair Math and Computer Science


Mary Armwood

Asst. Prof. of Nursing

Dr. Claude Baker Prof. of Biology

Whitney Black

Admissions Counselor

Mary Bradshaw

Phyllis Austin

Financial Services Admin. Spec.

Colana Bates

Dr. Paul Babbitt

Assoc. Prof. of Physics

Jane Becnel

Dr. Lynne Belcher

Dr. Sheri BaggettMcMinn Assoc. Prof. of HKR

Prof. of Composition Rhetoric

Vikram Bhadauria

Financial Aid Admin. Spec.

Instructor of Writing

Cynthia Blake

Dr. Linda Blake

Dr. Pierre Boumtje Assoc. Prof. of Agriculture Economics

Instructor of Agriculture

Michael Britt

Christa Brummett

Gaye Calhoun

Education Renewal Zone Admin. Spec.

Ann Bridges

Asst. Prof. of Public Administration

Accounting Tech II

President’s Office

Admin. Spec.

Instructor of Music; Assistant Director of Bands

Ashley Carrington

Kathy Carrothers

Dr. Hong Cheng

Upward Bound Admin. Spec.

Dr. Abdel Bachri

Assoc. Prof. of History

Human Resources Admin. Spec.

Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics and Computer Science

Asst. Prof. of Biology

Mary Ann Colen

Accounting Tech; Cashier

Asst. Prof. of Management Information System

Amy Thomas

Graduate Studies Admin. Spec.

Kendra Copeland

Accounting Tech; Cashier



Tim Daniels

La’Tricia Davis

Dr. David DeSeguirant

Pam Fulks

Brenda Garrett

Whitney Matthews Gass

Assoc. Prof. of Biology

Asst. Prof. of Nursing

Kathy Griffeth

Assistant Director of University Health Services

Faye Hughes

Instructor of Nursing

Josh Kee

Assoc. Dir. of Development

Admin. Spec. Academic Affairs

Accounting Tech II

Clayton Guiltner

Asst. Prof. of Theatre Acting and Directing

Traci Hughes

Assoc. Prof. of Music; Dir. of Choral Activities

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Sam Heintz

Porchia Gilmore

Raishad Glover

Jan Herren

Barbara Howell

Accounting Tech

Asst. Prof. of Nursing

Mary Iverson

Josie Jackson

Student Dev. Coordinator for Upward Bound

Charles Keller

Dr. Margaret “Debe” Kincaid Assoc. Prof. of Math Education

Sheryl Edwards

Instructor of Economics and Finance

Assoc. Prof. of Physical Sciences/Engineering; BSIT Prog. Dir.

Instructor of Business

Assoc. Prof. of History

Dr. Patrick Edgar

Assoc. Prof. of Public Administration; Director of MPA Program

Asst. Prof. of Nursing

Dr. Shari Kist

Asst. Prof. of Nursing/ BSN Dir.

Asst. Prof. of Art and Design

Asst. Director of Upward Bound I

Teresa James

Admin. Spec. Teacher Ed. & VPAA Counseling and Professional Studies

Allen Lachut

Asst. Director of Counseling


Jeremy Langley

Judge Larry, Jr.

Asst. to the President; University Editor

Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction

Japhet Makia

Tiffany McLaury

Beth McDowell

Beverly McIntyre

Instructor of Writing

Admin. Spec. Financial Aid

Instructor of Mathematics Outreach Counselor for Talent Search

Brian Logan

Donna McCloy

Shalonda McCoy

Dylan McLemore

Marcela McRaeBrunson

Asst. Librarian for Reference

Instructor of Mass Media

Instructor of Music; Asst. Asst. Prof. of Agricultural Science Dir. of SAU Bands

Sarah Mickey

Dr. Copie Moore

Library Technician

Dr. H. “Mark” Park

Sheila Pearson

Gerald Plumlee

Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics

Jennifer Logan

Instructor of Economics Asst. Professor of Economics

Linda Mullins

Assoc. Prof. of Asst. Prof. of Management Information Management Information Systems Systems

Student Activities

Financial Aid Coordinator

Caroline Neeley

Instructor of Mathematics

James Reppert

Assoc. Prof. of Mass Communication

Dr. Ganna Lyubartseva

Asst. Prof. of Chemistry

LaJetta McDaniel Asst. Prof. of Nursing

Julie Metro

Electronic Resource Manager for Magale Library

Steven Ochs Prof. of Art

Peggy Rogers

Public Service Librarian


Admin. Spec. College of Education

Tia Sargent

Asst. Prof. of Chemistry

Dr. Tim Schroeder

Debbie Sehon

DeMarcus Solomon

Dorothy Standoak

Amber Sharp

Admissions Counselor

Peter Situmeang


Asst. Prof. of Music

Jamie Smith

Dr. Terrye Stinson

Angela Stone

Dr. Viktoriya Black

Patty Strickland

Assoc. Prof. of English

Dr. Kim Shirey

Admin Spec. Human Resources

Outreach Counselor for Upward Bound

Dr. Donnis Taylor

Dr. Linda Selman

Assoc. Prof. of English

Admin. Spec. Student Support Services

International Student Database Spec.

Assoc. Prof. of Biology

Admin. Spec. Magale Library

Prof. of Accounting

Matt Sutherland

Tutor Coordinator

Instructor of Mathematics

Houston Taylor

Sarajane Telford

Sports Information Dir. and Asst. Athletic Dir.

Admin. Spec. College of Science and Technology

Instructor of Chemistry Laboratory

Steve Sutton

Asst. Dir. of Admissions; NCAA Compliance Coordinator

Judy Vasser

Asst. Prof. of Theatre and Mass Communication

Timothy Servis

Admissions/ Cross Country Coach

Tammy Sims

Human Resource Coordinator

Scotland Stout

Assoc. Prof. of Art

Becki Talley

College of Business

Jeff Vickers

Asst. Prof. of Music


Toni Walthall

Proj. Coordinator for Communications Center

Dr. George White Asst. Prof. of HKR

Dr. James Willis

University Historian

Shane Warrick

Ronnie Watson

Carla Williamson

Krista Williamson

Deborah Wilson

Lillie Wright

Instructor of Accounting

Tutor Coordinator for Upward Bound

Asst. Prof. of Psychology

Asst. Prof. of Management

Admin. Spec. Employment Resource Center

Admin. Spec. Student Life







There is no doubt that the 2010-2011 academic year was filled with excitement in the College of Business. Beyond their work in the classroom, students, faculty and staff were busy throughout the year preparing to host a state conference, meet with area business executives, and start a food pantry on campus. And that is just the beginning. The fall semester brought more than 100 members of Phi Beta Lambda from across Arkansas to campus as SAU’s PBL chapter hosted the 2010 PBL State Fall Leadership Conference on Oct. 22. The two-day conference included several professional development workshops led by members of the SAU staff and faculty. State officers were also elected during the conference.

Sheila Pearson helps a student.

Shane Warwick on accounting.

Another big moment for the College of Business came when the University signed a memorandum of understanding with Rich Mountain Community College. The agreement allows RMCC graduates to easily complete the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at SAU in person or online. “Basically this means that the students (at Rich Mountain) can earn their associate’s degree in Mena and then transfer here to complete their B.B.A.,” said Dr. Lisa Toms, dean of the College of Business. “It’s making the best use of the students’ time and money.” Ruben Zamora, president of OpTech Healthcare Solutions, served as the College’s executive in residence during the fall semester. While on campus he spoke to students and faculty about his experiences of coming from a small town and lower income, single-parent family to becoming a regional vice president for Bristol -Myers Squibb. He also took time to meet with students to discuss the challenges in today’s job market. An annual tradition, the “Classroom to Careers Conference” continued in the College of Business. The program has been running continuously since 1978. This year 14 guest speakers took part in the event. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International – the top accrediting agency for colleges of business in the world.


The Southern Arkansas University PBL chapter celebrated National FBLA-PBL Week February 6–12. Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann visited the SAU campus and signed a proclamation proclaiming “the week of February 7 through February 11, 2011, as Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Week in the City of Magnolia.” He urged all citizens to celebrate this week by supporting FBLA-PBL efforts to promote business leadership development. Among the many activities scheduled for this special week were presentations to the American Enterprise classes, a faculty/staff appreciation lunch on Wednesday for College of Business faculty and staff members, PBL competitive event signup, and several financial planning seminars. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) student business organization with nearly a quarter million members and advisers in 6,000 chartered high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Va. More than 4,200 diapers were collected in October by the Southern Arkansas University Phi Beta Lambda chapter as part of the “Every Little Bottom Diaper Drive.” Students collect diapers for local families in need. The drive was sponsored by SAU PBL which held a competition between other campus organizations to donate diapers. “This is the first year we’ve been involved, and we sponsored a competition on the SAU campus to recognize the organization who donated the most diapers,” said Traci Hughes, SAU PBL adviser. “We also competed against other PBL chapters across the state at the Arkansas PBL State Fall Leadership Conference that was hosted on our campus. But the real reason for the drive is to get diapers to people who really need them.” According to Hughes, one in three American moms struggle to provide their babies with diapers. There is an estimated 1.2 million diaper shortage in Arkansas alone, and there are no assistance programs that help with the need. (BOTTOM LEFT) Mayor Vann signed a proclamation proclaiming “the week of February 7 through February 11, 2011, as Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Week in the City of Magnolia.” (BOTTOM RIGHT) Students collect diapers for local families in need.


Other organizations are taking part in meeting the need as well. The Arkansas Rice Depot is well known for its mission to drive out hunger in the state, but the organization recently launched its latest initiative to serve Arkansans in need through the Arkansas Diaper Depot. The Depot opened Oct. 7 in Little Rock. The Arkansas Diaper Depot has distribution points in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties. The diapers collected during SAU’s campus-wide Diaper Drive will stay in Columbia County. SAU PBL’s Diaper Drive started on Oct. 1 and culminated with a Diaper Drop-off Day on Oct. 20. During drop-off day the SAU Students Activities Board gave out free popcorn, provided music, and sponsored the “Guess what’s in the baby’s diaper” game. SAU cheerleaders helped draw attention to the drive by working the donation table.

In the College of Education, 20102011 was a very busy year beyond the columns. One of the most important events of the academic year was a site visit by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education to consider a renewal of the College’s accreditation. NCATE accreditation is required for any college or university in Arkansas that produces licensed teachers. Faculty and staff from the College of Education worked hard to prepare for the site visit. Although the results of the visit were not available by the end of the year, everyone remained hopeful for a positive report. The boundaries of the College of Education continue to expand beyond the borders of the SAU campus. In May, faculty members from the College traveled to the Philippines to make presentations at an international conference. While there, the group hoped to explore the possibility of a relationship between SAU and the Filipino universities.

The SAU delegation included Dr. Zaidy MohdZain, dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Mike Rippy, director of the Educational Leadership program. Rippy also provided a workshop for teachers and administrators while abroad. “Some of the teachers and administrators there have never met an American, so this project should be helpful in sharing ideas,” said Rippy. Rippy and MohdZain hoped to establish a relationship that not only would bring Filipino students to SAU, but would also allow SAU students to study in the Philippines. “It gives us the first opportunity for the College of Education to reach outside the United States for international programs. It’s a way for Southern Arkansas University to reach outside south Arkansas and bring a global perspective to our classes,” he said. The College of Education also expanded globally by offering students the opportunity to participate in a tour of China during the fall.


For nearly 30 years, students from Southern Arkansas University’s health, kinesiology and recreation department have been taking the message of fitness and health to area elementary-age students with fun activities like the annual fishing derby and the fall festival. “Dr. Margaret Downing started getting her students involved in the community by planning fall carnivals in cooperation with the Magnolia Boys and Girls Club and Waldo schools,” said Steve Dingman, HKR department chair. “I got involved in the fall fests from 1997 to 2008,” he said. “Since then, we’ve also started doing them in elementary schools in Magnolia and Stephens. This year, we have one planned for Lafayette County schools.” Each year, between 250-350 area children and parents attend the fall festivals. Students in the School and Community Recreation class are put in groups and are charged with the task of creating an age appropriate game or activity. “They are graded on their decorations and evaluated on the flow and arrangements they’ve made to adapt each activity to the needs of the children,” said Justin Pettigrew, assistant baseball coach and instructor for the HKR course. “Group leaders rotate and are graded individually.”


This fall, course participants created activities which included a Plinko station, putt-putt golf, baseball throw and bobbing for apples. “Preparing for the fall fest takes all of the elements involved in creating and administering recreational programming,” said Dingman. “SAU students learn to adapt activities based on age and motor ability and to properly communicate with the varying ages while practicing positive reinforcement. The kids love it. It’s always great fun.” Though the class does other projects during the fall course, this is the only one that involves community collaboration, according to Pettigrew. “We love doing this,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to get SAU out there in a good light.”


Theatre productions, art exhibits, concerts, lectures, and a score of other special presentations took place beyond the columns in the College of Liberal and Performing Arts during the 2010-2011 academic year. It was also the final year for Dr. Ben Johnson to serve as the College’s dean, returning to his passion of teaching history. The Department of Theatre and Mass Communication produced various plays and theatre productions throughout the year. Among the most popular were “Lend Me a Tenor” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The productions took place in Harton Theatre and included student actors and directors. Faculty, staff, and area residents were treated to numerous art exhibitions in the Brinson Gallery. Student art as well as exhibitions from outside artists was on display. One artist with work on display in the Brinson Gallery was 1980s rock star Mark Mothersbaughs. Titled “We must repeat,” his work was widely viewed. The artist appeared via Skype before an opening reception.

For the second consecutive year, faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences conducted a canned food drive service project. Though the faculty of the department are involved in many community-related projects, one that is close to their heart is the monthly food drive to benefit Asbury Methodist Church’s food pantry, Body and Soul Cupboard. “Thanksgiving hits us really hard,” said Merilyn Jones, who along with Dot Pennington, oversees the Asbury food pantry. “November and December are our heaviest months. We normally give out food to 200-250 families.” According to Dr. Chrisanne Christensen, associate professor of Psychology, the church provides a list of needs each month. “This month (October) they asked for canned fruit and pumpkin,” said Christensen, pointing to a board in the hallway across from her Peace Hall office where the needs are posted. “Other months, it’s vegetables, or whatever they need. We try to collect whatever we can.”

Scotland Stout assists student in drawing class


J.P. Wilson directs his band students at the spring concert.

Steven Ochs demonstrates how to fire pottery in a ceramics class.

Each month, students in behavioral and social science classes at SAU voluntarily bring canned items to class. Some instructors, like Jennifer Rowsam, adjunct professor and director of advising, give participating students bonus points. “I do it – not because I don’t think they would still bring food – but, the small bonus gives them a little incentive to remember it,” she said. On average, the department collects 150 to 250 cans of food, but according to Jones, there has been a slight increase that she believes is tied to a higher enrollment at SAU.


The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Southern Arkansas University hosted “The Clothesline Project: Break the Silence” on Wednesday, April 13, on the mall area of the SAU campus. “The Clothesline Project” is a traveling exhibit of approximately 300 hand decorated items of clothing, each representing a life lost due to domestic violence in Arkansas over the past 10 years. This was the fourth year that the project has traveled to the SAU campus. April is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to statistics, an average of 30 Arkansans are killed each year as a result of domestic violence. This exhibit helps to remember the victims while raising awareness about domestic violence. The exhibit has been described as being a “powerful, unforgettable display.” In years past, the display has even included shirts in memory of domestic violence victims from Magnolia. The exhibit is sponsored by the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV). It is free and open to the public. SAU students and faculty assisted in arranging and repacking the display both days. Dr. Chrisanne Christensen, associate professor of psychology, said that the Clothesline project is an educational presentation, allowing the students and others to learn about issues related to all types domestic violence.


Beginning the 2010-2011 academic year may have felt like winning the lottery for faculty and students in the College of Science and Technology. The start of the new year brought the opening of the College’s new home – the University Science Center. Constructed at a cost of $17.2 million, the 60,000 square foot facility is the newest academic building on the campus. The Center houses classrooms, laboratories, and faculty office space for the departments of biology, chemistry and physics. A large lecture hall, student lounges, and the office of the dean of the College of Science and Technology are also included.

John Allen Lee at Lake Columbia.


Dr. Abdel Bachri’s Physics Lab

Botany Lab

A dedication ceremony and open house were held on April 5, with Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe as the keynote speaker. “We really almost doubled in the space that we had before,” said Dr. Joe Winstead, dean of the College of Science and Technology. “The labs are much larger overall than we had before. In the past we had to break down labs to make room for the next class. Now we can set up experiments in labs and they can be continual.” The departments of biology and chemistry had previously been located on the second and third floors of Overstreet Hall since its completion in 1945, and physics classes had been held in Wilson Hall since the 1970s. Planning for the University Science Center began in 2003 when the Arkansas


General Assembly appropriated $240,000 to SAU to prepare a proposal for a science and technology building. During the next two bienniums, the University received additional funding, and in 2006, Governor Mike Huckabee awarded $601,747 to the project. Beebe followed with a $1 million award in 2007. As a result of a special election and the passage of the Higher Education Technology and Facility Improvement Act, SAU received $1,432,980 for the project. The University has also issued bonds in the amount of $14 million, and private funds have been raised by the SAU Foundation. The College is also benefiting from the completion of the Natural Resource Research Center, a $2 million research facility focusing on lignite and other south Arkansas natural resources. The NRRC was constructed with funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the University. The College of Science and Technology also benefitted from a new program funded by Aerojet Corporation. The program provided $17,000 to provide preceptors – or tutors – for University-level science courses. The goal of the program is to increase students’ success rates in these courses to make them better students in advanced science courses. The Department of Agriculture will be one of the College’s largest benefactors over the next year. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the SAU System Board of Trustees approved a bond issue to construct a new Center for Agricultural Studies. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in late 2011 and will move the Department from its current home in Childs Hall. Christa Brummett assists a lab student.


DNA analysis

Brant Roberts, from left, Colton Mullins with Dr. Tim Schroeder and Nitish Narula work in the NRRC.


The School of Graduate Studies continued to grow and expand during the 2010-2011 academic year. Several graduate degrees were modified to be offered 100 percent online, according to Dean Kim Bloss. Among those online degrees were the master of science in agriculture, the master of education in elementary education (gifted and talented), the master of education in secondary education (gifted and talented), and the master of arts in teaching. The MAT degree is unique in that a person with a non-education related undergraduate degree can earn the MAT degree and become a certified teacher.

Dr. Alec Testa, from left, Haley Burrows and Aimee Mullins in a graduate-level couseling class.


SAU graduate students work in the library at the Arkansas School for the Blind.

The master of science in kinesiologycoaching was added as a new degree and is offered completely online. The degree was found to be so popular that the maximum number of students were accepted for the initial year. “Graduate student enrollment continues to increase because graduate courses are offered in formats that meet the needs of adult students that work and have families,” Bloss said. One project that brought attention to the School of Graduate Studies was the renovation and reorganization of the library at the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The project was part of course work for students working towards a degree in library media and information science. “There is no other way to learn how to manage their own libraries other than to roll up their sleeves and take on a project like this,” said Peggy Walters, instructor for the course. “It gives them the knowledge and ability to make things happen when they get their own libraries.”

As the ASBVI project took shape, the graduate students partnered with undergraduate students living in SAU’s Fincher Hall for fundraising efforts. Through multiple fundraisers, the Fincher Hall Project raised more than $32,000. “The initial reaction (to the work) – to put it in simple terms – was ‘Wow! Wow! Wow!’ It absolutely has transformed the atmosphere in the library and provided the new librarian motivation,” said ASBVI Superintendent Jim Hill. “She is continuing to go above and beyond with what the students started and is carrying it forward to the benefit of our kids. We now have a facility that provides greater utility and access to the materials. It’s fantastic!”

Nechele McClinton, from left, Amy McLarren and Paige Burkham work together on a class project.

Shalonda McCoy, left, and Deborah Wilson share a laugh.


Kallie Epperson, from left, Dallas Black, Jill Finnel, and David Noble.


Joseph Haley rides the bull at Spring Fling.

Ashley Jaggers cheers at the Family Day pep ralley.

Alicia Robinson yells in excitement at a close canoe race for her Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

family day

On September 25, 2010, SAU celebrated the 30th anniversary of Family Day, and the morning rain from the previous weekend’s cold front was not going to stop organizers from holding the event. Despite the rain, this Family Day had a record participation. The Bed Race had the most number of people involved this year than ever before with 16 beds. The “Most Original Bed” award was given to the Honors College with their Nerds candy-themed bed. The “Best Craftsmanship” award went to the Leadership College, who had a Flintstones-themed bed. The Student Activities Board made a bed that celebrated the Bed Race’s 30th anniversary with presents and a large cupcake, and they won the “Most Creative” award. Greene Hall was the winner of the “Best Decorated” bed, with the theme from the movie “Up,” sporting a miniature, well-constructed house with dozens of balloons attached. Bussey Hall won first place in the race, Talley came in second, and the Leadership College came in third. The winners of the canoe race were Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Pi.

Story by Melissa Heard, The Bray Photos by Aaron Street


Trevor Munn and Jordan Massey lead the colorful Greene Hall “Up” bed in a race. “Live it UP with Greene” won the Best Decorated Award at the Bed Races.

Michael Davis gets his face painted to blend in with the Rowdy Corral.

Alex Wynn, second from right, shows his school spirit and that use of face paint is not restricted to just the face as he watches the Mulerider Dolls perform at the Family Day pep rally.

Britni Case and the “Bussey Barbies” hoist the champion’s trophy after fighting tooth and manicured nail in the bed races.

(ABOVE) Amanda Thurkill helps paddle her canoe to victory.

(RIGHT) David Cook, left, and Colton Mayfield revel in their incidental dip in the duck pond. (LEFT) Kaylee Vance laughs as she removes her rider’s helmet after a bed race victory.

(BELOW) Marching Band member Anthony Earl gets a high-five from President David Rankin prior to the football team bridge walk-over.

homecoming The 2010 Homecoming week, themed “Fear the Kick,” kicked off Monday night with the announcement of the homecoming court and the coronation of the king and queen. Nearly 500 students voted for king/queen elections. Larry Graham was crowned king while Rianne Herron followed up her Miss SAU victory with the honor of being homecoming queen.

On Tuesday, the Student Activities Board organized the drive-in showing of the movie “Dinner for Schmucks” in the Reynolds Center parking lot. “Tiger Burgers,” named after SAU’s homecoming opponent, were served in the mall for lunch Wednesday. Street Painting and the bonfire were late Thursday. Painting the streets were 31 teams, and 21 logs were also painted. First place in Street Painting went to Talley Hall; second place was BYX Christian Fraternity; and Bussey Hall took third. The weather was especially cold, but it did not stop the students from celebrating their Mulerider spirit. When activities started to slow around 1 a.m., students went to the mall area and campedout in tents. The students only had about four hours of sleep before Daybreak festivities began at 5 a.m. Lauren Scott, the KATV channel 7 news reporter, came to SAU with cameraman and SAU alumnus Marcus McDonald, who is also the father of SAU’s assistant basketball coach, Tony McDonald. Because this year’s homecoming was so close to Halloween, many of the students wore costumes. Ryan Russell’s realistic werewolf costume captured first prize in the costume contest. He received $200 for his authentic costume, which he made himself.

(RIGHT) JP Wilson, right, director of bands, sports prison stripes next to a Rowdy Corral member and a Lady Gaga look-alike. (LEFT) KATV’s Lauren Scott poses with Chewbacca. (BELOW) Students warm near the bonfire.

The SAU band played and kept up the energy of the event. At one point, they played Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and the cheerleaders and news reporter all danced together for the cameras. Mulegating activities began at noon Saturday with alumni reunions. The lawn of the Welcome Center was covered with grills, tents, and many activities for children. SAU cheerleaders performed and members of the Rowdy Corral served as emcees for the Mulegate Pep Rally. SAU also started a new tradition called the “Mule Race,” in which Muleriders race with a stick horse, or “mule.” The current cheerleaders had a friendly stunt battle with alumni cheerleaders from all the way back to 1950’s. The male cheerleaders even lifted an alumnus from the 1950s up in a stunt. Dr. Rankin recognized the homecoming court before the game at 2 p.m. He gave them roses and introduced previous kings and queens. The high spirits from the homecoming activities throughout the week led to an SAU 30-27 victory with a 30-yard field goal in overtime against West Alabama.

Story by Melissa Heard, The Bray Photos by Aaron Street

Carlos Brown runs through a hole provided by his offensive line after getting the handoff from quarterback Austin Civita.

The Muleriders blast through the tunnel.

Sunny Wilcox rides Molly B after a Mulerider touchdown.

Amanda Thurkill gives a pie in the face. Ashley White shows her Mulerider spirit.


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Melissa Lambert, left, and Kristen Lambert use a charcoal grill for heat at the homecoming camp-out. President Rankin congratulates Queen Rianne Herron and King Larry Graham, right. Also pictured is Herron’s father, Ronny Herron.

(Back row, from left) Alan Thompson, Zach Prothro, Larry Graham, Mason Belk, “Western” Wu (Xi Wu) (Front row, from left) Caitlin Harrison, Candice Canady, Rianne Herron, Shay Johnson, Morgan McRae

Spring (ABOVE) Cha’Kia “Kilo” Lee struggles to keep her balance. (RIGHT) Courtney Fricks, right, is posing for a photo and has no idea that a cushy “breaking ball” has been hurled her way by “friend” Larry Graham.

(RIGHT) Josh Miriter demands attention, but for a good cause: selling yummy treats, of course, to benefit Heifer Project International.


Jessica Anderson, left, and Blake Fulenwider race to the top of the climbing wall.

fling Encore performer Joshua Meadors does the robot.

Director of Campus Activities Kandice Herron smiles at another successful event in the books.

The theme for the day was “Jungle Fever,” and it could be seen on the bright orange t-shirts students received after filling out a quick survey at the tent.

Dee Day, left, and Ashley Walthall smile after getting pied.

There were an assortment of games and activities available for the students to enjoy, including bouncehouses, a mechanical bull, and a recording studio. There was also a mobile blood donation station on hand. The Army National Guard recruiters even set up a climbing wall. The Women’s Crisis Center was there with a “clothesline” display of information for women. There were a variety of student groups that participated in the Spring Fling event. The Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation (HKR) Club had a stand where they were selling goldfish snack crackers, water, and live goldfish too. There were Pi Sigma Tri girls getting pied in the face with whipped cream that smelled a little bit like shaving cream. The NonTraditional Student Organization (NTSO) had a table set up where they could give away popcorn and talk to potential members who were interested in joining their organization. The Encore group performed songs and dances in front of Harton Theater. RHA had a housing fair for students who wanted information pertaining to different residence halls for their housing in the coming semester. The Social Problems class was having a canned food drive to replenish local food pantries.

Dylan Zepeda reads a shirt at the Women’s Crisis Center display which raises awareness on domestic violence.

Story by Melissa Heard The Bray Photos by Toni Walthall and Jessica Merritt

Third Annual Spring Concer t The spring concert series at SAU began during the University’s 2009 centennial celebration. Previous performers have included former SAU student and country music star Tracy Lawrence in 2009 and Eric Hutchison in 2010.

(ABOVE) Five female fans were invited to the stage for Kingston to sing his hit Beautiful Girls to. (RIGHT) Valerie Brown gets serenaded by Kingston’s talented opening act, A.J. Hernz.


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Spanish Club Vice President Political Affairs Secretary Asian Studies French Club Chi Alpha Wesley Foundation Campus Church Betty Blue Award

Blue Genes By Toni Walthall

Photo by Aaron Street

Rianne Herron makes Mulerider family proud with two crowns in a month

Miss Southern Arkansas University 2011 Rianne Herron definitely has blue blood in her veins – blue and gold to be particular. SAU has become a bit of a family tradition for the Herron family, of Omaha, Texas. Rianne’s parents, Ronny Herron and Perla Varner Herron, met on the Magnolia campus when they were Muleriders majoring in Physical Education in the 1980s. Little sister, Chynna, joined her older sister on campus in 2010.

“My parents always talked about SAU and how much fun they had here,” said Rianne. “My dad always talked about how great and enthusiastic their professors were. My mom always talked about the great family-like atmosphere and fun activities on campus. After hearing their stories, my decision to come here was easy. I couldn’t picture myself at any other university.”

It’s not often that a girl wins a crown, but winning two crowns within a month is a phenomenal feat for anyone. Such is the case for Miss Southern Arkansas University 2011 and SAU Homecoming Queen 2010 – Rianne Herron, a pre-dentistry major. Perla came to SAU, inspired by her brothers, Kevin and Eddie Randolph. Ronny came to SAU to join his friend, Ricky Ogden, on the Mulerider baseball team. “Having graduated one of 18 students (in Hatfield, Ark.), I looked forward to a larger educational setting,” said Perla. “However, when I arrived, the faculty and staff treated me as an individual student, not as a social security number.” Perla was most influenced by Coach Delwin Ross. Ronny’s mentor was Coach Larry McNeal. Rianne has her own favorite – Dr. Claude Baker. A coach in Hughes Springs, Texas, Ronny has brought several of his athletes to SAU, who fell in love with the experience and did very well as Muleriders. The Herrons are most impressed with the growth spurt and building projects that dot the campus – products of Dr. David Rankin’s Blue and Gold Vision, a $130-million capital campaign. Perla admires the new buildings and dining facilities. Ronny loves the improvements to the athletic facilities. “SAU has made great strides in upgrading,” said Ronny. “I think the baseball field is one of the best in college athletics. I can hardly wait to see the new press box being added on.” Rianne, a pre-dentistry major who scored a 29 on her ACT without a calculator, and Chynna, a phenomenal athlete with a desire to become a trainer or coach, had opportunities to go to other universities, but their blue genes drew them here as well as others influenced by the family with blue genes. “Four other students from my Photo by Aaron Street Pewitt High School graduating class (came to SAU). Coming from such a small high school – 45 in my graduating class – that is quite a big number. I liked it here so much, I pushed Chynna to come,” Rianne said with a laugh. “Chynna can be quiet at times, when she is around people she doesn’t know. I knew SAU was the place for her.“ Three years older, Rianne felt like she missed out on her younger sister’s high school years. “Having her here has been amazing and my parents are constantly coming to see us and attend school events,” she said. “I’m so happy I chose to come here. SAU has so much to offer. It’s so easy to get involved.” (At right) Rianne laughs at the homecoming crowd after being announced as Homecoming Queen only eight days after getting the Miss SAU crown. Also pictured, from left, her father, Ronnie Herron, Homecoming King Larry Graham and his mother, Michelle Graham.

Photo courtesy JRowe Photography

(Above) Rianne is crowned Miss SAU 2011 by Valerie Brown, Miss SAU 2010. (At left) Rianne wears multiple crowns and multiple shirts on campus.


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(BELOW) Jay Hale is his normal cheerful self as he plays dealer. Also pictured are Haley Burrow, left, and Lakeon Thurmon, third from left.

(ABOVE) Michael Davis, right, spins the roulette wheel for Donald Cross, left, and Christian Hunter.

(LEFT) Ashia Casimiro enjoys stacking chips.

(ABOVE) Vincent Oliver, center, deals a hand of poker.




2010-11 Involvement Homecoming King Residence Hall Association President SIFE Presentation Team 2011 Regional Champion Housing Staff Housing Ambassador Resident Assistant Special Events Chair BAM I & BAM II Leader National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Vice President Student Activities Board


OozEball Chynna Herron

(ABOVE) Dr. Jeffry Miller, chair of the agri department, doesn’t want Blossom to miss any of the muddy volleyball action.

Alex Wynn

(ABOVE) Rex Hayes spikes.

Trevor Munn

Larry Graham



choir The 2010-2011 year marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Heritage Singers and Chamber Singers. Dr. David DeSeguirant accepted the reins following the successful tenure of Dr. Allen Clements as the Director of Choral Activities. The singers in both groups retained many of their traditions, singing for “Celebration of Lights” and performing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” as a concert benediction, for example, while exploring new paths. The repertoire was expanded, the sanctuary of First Baptist Church became the new performance venue, and Heritage Singers experienced an increase from 28 singers in the fall to 39 singers in the spring.

Brandon Wilkins

Zach Seaton

(THIS PAGE) SAU Heritage Singers and Chamber Ensemble in their new performance venue at the 2010 fall concert.

Kyle Voss

Valerie Brown

Dr. David DeSeguirant

“My first year at SAU was certainly one of the highlights of my career as a music educator,” said DeSeguirant. “I am looking forward to working with these ensembles to continue and extend the tradition of excellence associated with the choral program at SAU.”

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Sigma Sigma Sigma President Student Government Assoc. Justice Residence Hall Association Biology Club Beta Beta Beta Resident Assistant BAM II Leader Leadership Academy Leader Housing Ambassador Homecoming Court Volunteer Boys & Girls Club Women’s Crisis Center Breast Cancer Awareness Children’s Medical Center Rockin’ for Robbie Little River Nursing Home Canned Food Drive


Rianne Herron flips a switch to illuminate lights in front of Overstreet Hall. Larry Graham explains the lighting displays as they are turned on.

John Wofford and other organization representatives explain their lighting contributions.

(ABOVE) The SAU Mulerider Marching Band performs with holiday headware. (FAR LEFT) Chelsea King has her photo taken with Santa (Will Smith). The President’s Ambassadors take Santa photos for kids of all ages each year at the Celebration of Lights. (LEFT) Elf Brooke Watson and Mrs. Claus Carley Calico.


theatre Performing a scene in the spring comedy production of “Lend Me A Tenor” are, from left, Jonathan Traylor as Max, Professor Clayton Guiltner as Mr. Saunders, and Amanda Cannon as Maggie.

Christian Williams and Amanda Cannon perform “Stud and a Babe” in the spring musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” directed by Clayton Guiltner.


(ABOVE RIGHT) Valerie Sanders and Caleb Jones build the set for the fall production of “Moonlight and Magnolias.” (RIGHT) Actors prepare during the first read-through rehearsal of, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Actors perform “Emotional Baggage” from the musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now change.” Pictured are, from left, Christina Williams, Kaylee Vance, Lindsay Walters, Ryan Russell, Amanda Cannon, Franklin McDaniel, Alex Novotny, Jaden Avance and Margaret Kubaruno.

Actors perform “He Called Me” in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Pictured from left, Franklin McDaniel, Christina Wilson, Lindsay Walters and Christian Williams.

Brennen Beams as Victor Fleming, from left, Matthew Wise as Ben Hecht and Hayden Koppline as David O. Selznick act a scene in the fall production of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” directed by Clayton Guiltner.


The 2010-2011 academic year was full of activity for those in University Housing. The year brought about the 30th anniversary of the Residence Hall Association, an unprecedented service project involving the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and a service learning trip to San Antonio. Throughout the year, University Housing celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Residence Hall Association, founded by Associate Dean for Housing J Courson. The anniversary was commemorated during family day activities in the fall where the RHA sponsors the infamous “bed races” and during the annual RHA banquet in the spring. The banquet brought in RHA alumni and former RHA award recipients. “Our banquet was a lot bigger than ever before,” Courson said. “We had a lot of people here who haven’t been back in a while.”

Members of Leadership College and Residential College pose for a photo in front of the Alamo during a break from volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank.

Brett Bell, from left, Jessica Anderson and Tyler Orsack enjoy the resident assistant workshop.

Jami Tucker gets help moving into her residence hall. Fincher Hall lobby


Morgan McRae, Larry Graham and Rashad Sims in front of Honors Hall.


Students from Fincher Hall, SAU’s residence hall known for its mission of service, raised $32,126.75 in an effort to assist students in a graduate class revamp the library at the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The money was raised through various projects including the “Honors Haul 5K,” “Through the eyes of an artist” art project, and donations from the Cabe Foundation, Magnolia Lions Club, and Follett. “Fincher Hall is the learning and living hall, and I’m impressed with the living example they exhibited,” said Jim Hill, superintendent of ASBVI. “It shows a lot of heart and renews my faith in young people.” The library serves hundreds of children statewide from birth to 21. “Service is a big part of living here. It’s a living, learning and giving environment,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “We are so proud of the students from Fincher Hall and everyone who supported them. It’s a win-win. The students win and whoever they help wins through their service.” Service work continued when members of the Residential College and Leadership College traveled to San Antonio for an annual work day at the San Antonio Food Bank. “I am very proud of the students we have at SAU,” Courson said. “Every day they show what it is like to go above and beyond to help others – even those they have never met. It’s fun to work with such a great group of young people.”


BUSSEY HALL Shay Johnson, from left, Rebecca Hensley, Victoria Sewell, Amy McLarren (RD), Rianne Herron, Kelsey Maloch, Jami Crawford and Courtney Mitchell

FINCHER HALL Kash Wacaster, from left, Randi Harris, Larry Graham, Madie Westmoreland, Michael Woods (RD) and Caroline Colvin

GREENE HALL Morgan McRae, from left, TC Graham (RD), Tommy Clark, Tyler Orsak, Jessica Duncan, Ryan Laws, Sarah Eddy and Valerie Smith

HARROD HALL Brandon Wilkins, from left, Nechele McClinton (RD), Vincent Oliver, Amanda Thurlkill, Kirstie Mills, Jasmine Miller and Zeb Prothro

HONORS HALL Blake Fulenwider (RD), from left, Tyler Watson, Chris Harris, John Lee, Jenny Fuerst, Jessica Anderson and Sara Grigg

TALBOT HALL Ryan Thomas, from left, Phillip Blake, Reshad Simms, Brett Bell, John Wofford, Zach Taylor, Ledly Jennings and Gary Herron (RD)

TALLEY HALL Rachel Heidemann, from left, Kaitlyn Hawkins, Victor Edwards, Britany Horten, Donovan Wlliamson, Kyle Rogers (RD), Brandon Lewis, Brad Hartwick and Austin Evans

THE VILLAGE Eric Engleberger (RD), from left, Keith Alexander, Travis Carl, Rebecca Heilemann, Zach Prothro, Mandy Wood and Brittany McDaniel

Whether she was galloping “Molly B.” down along the end zone at Wilkins Stadium, working the crowd at Mulegating, or making an early morning television appearance, Sunny May Wilcox epitomized the Southern Arkansas University Mulerider. Wilcox, an agriculture education major from Greenbrier, served as the University’s mascot for three years until her graduation in May 2011. She was well known during her tenure for her bubbly personality, quick wit, and ability to fulfill any role asked of her. One of the highlights of Wilcox’s time as Mulerider was competing in the annual Pea Ridge Mule Jump. She brought home second place in 2009 – her first time to participate in such an event. Molly B., on the other hand, had participated with a previous Mulerider.


During a mule jump competition, a canvas-covered bar is positioned about three feet above the ground on an adjustable rack. Each mule handler is given two attempts and 90 seconds to have its mule jump the bar. If the mule fails to jump or knocks the bar to the ground during the jump, it is disqualified. The mules are not allowed to have a running start before jumping, and the bar is raised several inches after each round. “I didn’t know quite what to expect going in, but Molly knew what she was doing,” Wilcox said. “It’s kind of a partnership between us. Sometimes I’m in the lead showing her what to do, but this time she led me.” With each round, several mules were disqualified, and the competition for Wilcox and Molly B. grew even more intense. “I had it imagined that we were the underdogs going in,” Wilcox said. “So the fact that we weren’t expecting to even come close made placing that much more exciting. It made it more of a joy.” In the final round, Wilcox and Molly B. fell to the reigning Mule Jump champions, Jerry Nelson and “Babe” of Liberty, Mo. Despite several attempts, Wilcox was not able to lead Molly B. over the 56 inch jump. “I think Molly had just done all she could do,” she said. “That makes a really smart animal. She knew what was best for her, so we took second place and were proud to have it.” SAU President Dr. David Rankin said he was proud of the success Wilcox and Molly B. found at the mule jump. “As the Mulerider, Sunny Wilcox, was an outstanding ambassador for the University and we were pleased to have her and Molly B. participate in the well-known Pea Ridge Mule Jump,” he said. “The ability of mules to leap over obstacles from a walking start is well known, and Molly B. has proven that she can compete with the best.” As the Mulerider, a photo of Wilcox galloping across a pasture atop Molly B. became a highly-used photo in University publications and advertisements. She once quipped that the photo would be on her tombstone because of its popularity.

Wilcox leads the Mule Ride from Magnolia to McNeil. Also pictured is Dr. David Rankin.

When it came time for Wilcox to begin studentteaching during her senior year at SAU, the time to pass the reins had arrived. “Sunny and Molly B. had become such a wonderful team, and it was sad to see her move on,” said Jeremy Langley, assistant to the president for special projects, who frequently coordinates events for the Mulerider. “But while we were sad to lose her as the Mulerider, we are extremely proud of the accomplishments she has made. She was a great ambassador for SAU while she served as the Mulerider, and I’m sure she always will be.” (Top left) Galloping photo of Wilcox that became so popular, she joked it would be on her tombstone. (Left) Wilcox with her infectious smile.

(Left) Wilcox and Molly B. compete in the Pea Ridge Mule Jump.

Speaking experience helps freshman Mulerider feel at home as Southern Arkansas’ ambassador Being active on campus leads students to a number of activities, but few have the opportunity to be called the official Southern Arkansas University Mulerider. Megan Maye, a freshman general business major from Mena, was chosen from a field of 11 SAU students who applied to be the next Mulerider. She succeeds Sunny Wilcox of Greenbrier who served in the position for three years. “Megan is a bright young woman who will make a great Mulerider,” said Wilcox who is graduating from the University in May.”There is no one else I would rather hand the reins over to.” As the Mulerider, Maye will be an ambassador of Southern Arkansas University both on- and off-campus. The job requires much more than just the ability to ride a mule; the Mulerider may also be asked to represent the University by speaking or appearing at various events. Luckily for Maye, she has plenty of experience. Maye held leadership positions in FFA and other campus organizations throughout high school, but it was being crowned Miss Polk County 2010 that made her understand the impact leaders can have on those around them. “Whenever I got to represent our county, that’s when I realized how important my actions were,” she said. “The decisions you make and the effort you put out represents your entire county.” While a member of the Mena High School FFA chapter, Maye won the state championship in the FFA creed speaking competition and competed on the state level in the extemporaneous speaking event. Growing up on a sheep farm, she also showed lambs in livestock shows, bringing home the grand or reserve grand champion titles on numerous occasions. She also participated in livestock judging competitions. “It’s just a passion for me,” she said. “It wasn’t just judging livestock that I liked, it was the speaking part, too.” Maye developed a reputation for her abilities at livestock judging competitions, and her passion led to numerous scholarship offers during her senior year of high school. Several larger universities that specialize in livestock judging recruited her, but something was missing. “Whenever I went to other colleges and viewed them, I never felt at home,” she said. “But the minute I stepped on campus at SAU, I felt at home.” Maye is a part of the Residential College at SAU. This group of freshmen live in Fincher Hall and are required to perform community service hours throughout the year. She said the community service work helps to keep her and other students “grounded” by motivating them to think of others more than themselves. Applying to be the new Mulerider was not a decision Maye made on her own. A friend mentioned seeing the advertisement for the position, and after much prayer and consideration, she applied. “I just really wanted to do it because it’s a great opportunity to serve our University,” she said. “I’ve ridden horses all of my life, and I knew I could handle the responsibilities that come with having the position.”


Mulerider Megan Maye may not have had her saddle, chaps, shirt or hat yet after chosen in the spring of 2011, but she was all smiles as she rode Molly B. for their first official photo shoot together.

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Mule Kick Guru President’s Ambassador Vice President Biology Club Secretary Alpha Chi Chemistry Club Disciplinary Committee BAM Leader Intramural Sports “Champion”

Shanece Black and Shenelda Levingston

Jermydrell Burton and Justin Stuart


Brooklyn Arndt and Khalie Remy

Chelsea Knox and Stephanie Montes Doug Shields

Rafael Thomas

Southern Arkansas didn’t achieve its ultimate goal of reaching the NCAA Division II World Series this spring, but the Muleriders capped off another successful season in claiming its third Gulf South Conference championship and fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA regional tournament. Under first-year Coach Steve Browning, the long-time assistant who took over when Allen Gum departed for Central Arkansas last year, SAU (15-6) fell just short by percentage points to Harding (14-5) for the GSC West Division title, but went on as the West No. 2 seed to capture the league crown in the post-season tournament, its third in the past six years.

Doug Shields

Trey Buck and Adam Boucher

Gavan McCauley and Ziggie Vanderwall

Dan Bream

Southern Arkansas entered the South Region tournament as the second seed, but its bats were quiet in Pensacola, Fla. The season ended for them after dropping their first two games against North Alabama and Tampa, while host West Florida captured the region title and went on to win the national championship. The Muleriders led the nation in walks (302) and batters hit by pitch (120), and ranked in the top 10 in home runs (56), fielding percentage (.971), home runs per game (1.1) and runs scored (422). Junior shortstop Trey Buck led the country in walks (53) and walks per game (1.02), while senior starting pitcher Dan Bream was fourth in wins (12), and senior third baseman Logan Williams ranked sixth in RBI per game (1.3) and seventh in total RBI (67). SAU was represented by five first team members on the AllGSC team in Buck, Bream, Williams, senior catcher Brandon Choate and junior pitcher Doug Shields. Bream, Williams, Choate and junior center fielder Gavan McCauley made AllSouth Region squads, while Williams and Choate earned AllAmerica honors. Bream and Choate became Southern Arkansas’ 23rd and 24th players all-time selected in the Major League Baseball draft, with both going to the Tampa Bay Rays. Bream went in the 33rd round, while Choate was nabbed in the 38th.

Pat Johnson and Dan Bream

Pat Johnson

The Muleriders’ 36-16 overall record in 2011 provided their 11th consecutive 30-plus win season and 20th in the past 21 years, while the NCAA regional appearance was their sixth overall. Ranked as high as sixth during the season, SAU ended the season at 30th in the official Collegiate Baseball Coaches’ Poll and were 16th in the College Baseball Lineup rankings.


Channin Hardin and Casey Cheshier

Reggie Rasmus

The Muleriders struggled on the court during the 20102011 basketball season, compiling an 11-15 overall record and finishing 3-11 in Gulf South Conference contests. The season had several exciting games, including a double-overtime thriller against conference rival Ouachita Baptist in February. Despite an impressive performance, the Muleriders lost the game. The Muleriders did, however, upset nationally No. 4 ranked Alabama-Huntsville in January. Early in the season, the Muleriders found their record at 7-1, the best start in nearly 20 years. Mulerider senior guard Channin Harden was named a second team selection on the 2010-11 All-Gulf South Conference basketball team. This was his first-ever honor on the all-conference squad. Harden was fourth in the league in scoring this season at 17.3 points per game and connected on 103 of 132 at the foul line to rank 10th in free throw percentage at 78


percent. He also led SAU in minutes played (30.0), three-point field goal percentage (31-79, 39.2 percent) and defensive rebounds (99). Harden shot 47 percent (149-317) for the year, averaged 4.0 rebounds, and had 37 assists, six blocked shots and 29 steals. His 432 points scored this season earned Harden a spot in the Southern Arkansas 400-point club and gave him 1,252 points over his four-year career, good for 13th on the all-time Mulerider scoring list. Harden was named the GSC West Division player of the week for his performance over a threegame stretch the last week of November. Through the season he had 10 games where he scored 20-plus points, including a career-high 31 points in a 74-70 win at Philander Smith December 13, and had a career best 13 rebounds in a November 27 victory at Dallas Baptist.

Teviin Morris and Casey Cheshier

In her first year as head coach of the Lady Muleriders basketball program, Carrie Slaton led the team to a 5-19 overall record and a 4-10 mark in Gulf South Conference play. Despite struggling throughout the season, the team closed out the year with two consecutive wins, including a double-digit decision over Christian Brothers University in the final game. Lady Mulerider senior forward Cha’Kia Lee was named second team All-Gulf South Conference. She led the Lady Muleriders and ranked eighth in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game, was third in three-pointers made with 52, and had 23 blocked shots to rank ninth. She led the team in total rebounds (155), averaging 6.5 per game, and paced the squad with 40 steals. Lee shot 70 percent (59-84) at the free throw line and dished out 32 assists. During the season, Lee was named to the Delta State Lloyd Clark Classic all-tournament team, where she had career highs of 31 points and 16 rebounds against Carson-Newman, and was twice selected as the GSC West Division player of the week.

Keysha Hill

Lee and Goldie White were named to the 2010-11 Winter All-Academic Team. A total of 19 student-athletes across the conference were named to the winter all-academic team, which consists only of men’s and women’s basketball members.

Shaneca Black

The league’s all-academic teams are nominated by the conference sports information directors (SIDs), and selected by the SIDs and faculty athletic representatives in a joint vote. Nominees must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale for their entire academic career and may not be a freshman or first-year participant. A total of nine players were named to the women’s all-academic team, with White and Lee being two of seven selected from the West Division. White is one of only two members, and the only female, on this year’s team to be a three-time all-academic honoree, earning her third after missing all of last season and being selected in 2007-08 and 2008-09. A physical education, wellness and leisure major, she sports a 3.49 GPA. White has now been listed four times on the conference academic honor roll, and is a member of the SAU President’s List and two-time member of the Dean’s List.

Kia Lee

White concluded her four-year career at Southern Arkansas this season as the third all-time leading scorer in school history, totaling 1,567 points in averaging 15.8 points over 99 games. A three-time second team All-GSC selection, she was also named the league’s West Division freshman of the year in 2006-07. White led the Lady Muleriders and was sixth in the GSC this season in free throw percentage (.775) and seventh in minutes played (32.4), and was 10th in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (2.8). Her 12.5 points per game was second on this year’s squad and she averaged 5.8 rebounds. Lee earned her first all-academic team accolade, posting a 3.34 in exercise science, and is also now a two-time member of the league’s academic honor roll.

Kristy Shinn


Megan Lambert

Chelsea May and Haley Jones

Kaila Calvin


Haley Camp

Even though they spend their fair share of time on the sidelines, the Southern Arkansas University Mulerider cheerleaders spent time on the front lines in 20102011, volunteering and acting as ambassadors for the University. Besides their typical cheerleader work, the group helped out by working the inaugural Rip Powell Invitational Golf Tournament. The tournament raised funds for the SAU football team and was held at the Magnolia Country Club.

Morgan Miller

The cheerleaders helped with student recruitment by holding pep rallies at area high schools, including Springhill, La., High School, Magnolia Central Elementary School, and Lafayette County High School. The group often went into area grade schools to read to students. During the summer, several cheerleaders came back to town to support the Mulerider Steak Cookers team in the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off. The cheerleaders provided the showmanship portion of the steak team’s competition. Although they may be most visible on the sidelines of a football or basketball game, the SAU Mulerider cheerleaders have been active in supporting the University throughout the year.

In 2010 the Mulerider Cross Country team delivered a couple of strong performances, winning two of the six meets in which they competed. Mickey Hammer and Dustin Hardin were the team leaders, always placing with the top of the competition. The Muleriders placed seventh out of 11 at the Gulf South Conference championship meet. Hammer was honored with an All-Conference second team award, and an All-Region first team award. Ryan Laws and Derek Roscoe made the Gulf South Conference All-Academic team. Members of the Mulerider Cross Country team were Nathan Blim, Michael Cao, Quinton Hagan, Hammer, Hardin, Laws and Roscoe. The lady Muleriders competed in five meets. Sarah Banman and Lindsay Spooner were the team leaders. The ladies finished last at the Gulf South Conference championship meet. Banman made the Gulf South Conference All-Academic team. Members of the Lady Muleriders Cross Country team were Banman, Caroline Colvin, Elizabeth Colvin, Lois Davis, Sarah Eddy and Spooner.

(LEFT TO RIGHT) Eric Osborn, Zachary Schrik, Ghoki Fukushima, Peyton Mitchell, Guy Martin, Tanner Martin, Tyler Watson and Coach Leonard Biddle.

The Mulerider golf team recorded a few impressive records during the 2010-2011 academic year. Men’s golf team member Travis Chrietzberg and Lady Mulerider Whitley Patterson made school history when they were announced as first team All-Gulf South Conference selections by the league office, the first-ever first team picks from SAU since joining the conference in 1995-96. Chrietzberg, a junior transfer from Texarkana (Texas) College, was named to the GSC All-Tournament team when he had the highest finish ever for a Southern Arkansas golfer in placing third at the conference championship in Hot Springs. He finished at +1 in shooting a three-round 217 (70-69-78) after leading the tournament through the first two rounds. Chrietzberg finished the season with a stroke average of 73.6 over 12 rounds, shooting no higher than 78. He placed first at the Texas A&M-Commerce Pepsi CrawfordWade Invitational, and was second at both the Henderson State Doyle Wallace Classic and SAU Invitational, before his third-place showing at the GSC championship. Patterson concluded her season with the best finish ever by a Lady Mulerider at the championship, placing 12th at +20 in shooting a two-round 164 (82-82). A junior transfer from McLennan (Texas) Community College, Patterson won the individual title at the Southern Arkansas Invitational, placed second in the Harding Natural State Classic, and was third in the Texas A&M-Commerce Pepsi Lion Invitational. She had a 78.4 stroke average through eight rounds this year.

Honors came for work off the course as well. Goki Fukushima, a senior on the Mulerider golf team, was honored as a first team selection on the Capital One Academic All-District 6 At-Large team. A second-year player at SAU, Fukushima earned his spot on the team with a 3.93 cumulative GPA in exercise science, matching the second highest GPA on the 10-man team. Fukushima was a member of last year’s Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll, and is a two-time member of both the Southern Arkansas President’s List (4.00 GPA) and Dean’s List (minimum 3.50 GPA). On the course this season, Fukushima was the fourth leading scorer for the Muleriders with an 81.6 stroke average through 14 rounds. He had two top-16 finishes, including a tie for eighth at the SAU Mulerider Invitational, and he placed 35th at the Gulf South Conference championship in April. As a whole, the team competed well throughout the season under head coach Leonard Biddle. At the Gulf South Conference Championship tournament the SAU men’s team shot a three-round total of 948 in placing ninth. Fukushima tied at 35th in shooting 234 (81-80-73), sophomore Guy Martin shot 250 (84-79-87), and sophomore Tyler Watson had a 253 (90-82-81) to round out the Muleriders’ scoring. Senior Peyton Mitchell also participated for SAU, finishing with a 259 (89-88-82). On the women’s team, Patterson placed 12th in the women’s championship, finishing at +20 with a 164 (82-82) over the two rounds. The Lady Muleriders didn’t compete as a team. Junior Katy Webster placed 23rd with a 172 (89-83), and senior Kaci Matthews shot a 277 (141-136).


The Southern Arkansas Muleriders continued a rebuilding phase during 2010 under second-year Head Coach Bill Keopple. Picking up only a single win during the season, the Muleriders showcased the talent that could make the program victorious in the coming years.

Despite finishing the season 1-9 (1-7 GSC), the Muleriders placed three on the All-Gulf South Conference football team. Defensive tackle Cedric Thornton and wide receiver/return specialist Rafael Thomas were named as first team members, while defensive back Darren Lewis received second team laurels. Thomas was also honored in January at the seventh annual Little Rock Touchdown Club awards banquet. He was one of 11 state collegiate football players selected to represent their universities as most valuable players. On the gridiron, the Muleriders could not find their way around GSC foe Harding University in week one, falling 20-0 to the Bisons. The Muleriders gave Division I Texas State a scare during week two. The Muleriders led the Bobcats 17-3 before going scoreless in the second half and falling 31-17. A devastating setback in week three gave the Muleriders their second loss of the season as they traveled to the University of North Alabama. The Lions shut down the Muleriders and handed over a 48-6 loss. Week four brought the Muleriders to Wilkins Stadium for the first home game of 2010. More than 5,100 fans were on hand for Family Day as GSC powerhouse Valdosta State delivered a 27-0 shutout. The Muleriders appeared to be on the right start in week five as they traveled to Carrolton, Ga., to face the University of West Georgia. SAU took the opening kickoff in for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead in less than three minutes, but the Muleriders would not score again, falling 17-7. Henderson State extended its winning streak against the Muleriders in week six. SAU showed improvement on the field, but the Reddies took the win with a final score of 28-17. SAU punter Zach Massingill was named GSC special teams player of the week for his performance in the game. Southern Arkansas put 19 points on the board against Arkansas Tech in week seven, but two touchdowns by the Wonder Boys in the final 4:43 of the game secured a 35-19 win for Tech. The Muleriders’ 0-7 record was the worst start since 1992. The tide seemed to be changing in week eight as the Muleriders picked up their third-straight overtime victory against the University of West Alabama. The game was won in front of SAU’s homecoming crowd on a 30-yard field goal. UWA has not beaten an SAU team in Magnolia since 1974. The Muleriders found themselves on television during week nine as they traveled to El Dorado to take on the University of Arkansas at Monticello in the “Boomtown Classic.” Southern Arkansas trailed the Boll Weevils 28-3 going into the fourth quarter, but after a quarterback change, the Mulerider managed to rally back to 28-23. The rally was not enough to bring home the Boomtown trophy. Ouachita Baptist traveled to Magnolia for the final game of the 2010 season. After each team scored 10 in the first quarter, the Tigers handed the Muleriders their ninth and final loss of the year with a 52-34 decision.


Caroline Hailey

Ainsley Alessandrini and her horse kick up dirt as they round a barrel.

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Assistant coaches Seth Emerson, from left, and Payden Emmett, and head coach Rusty Hayes

(Back row, from left) Loni Pearce, Ashley Mills, Jessica Hardy, Caroline Hailey, Kayce Lang, Gabriela Ruggeri, Lauren Kneese, Beth Stone, Ainsley Alessandrini, Brianna Luck, Kristin Wullner and Megan Maynard (Front row, from left) Sidney Norton, Kyla McCain, Carley Calico, Sable Miller, Heather Luck, Rayann Fuller, Mollie Watlington, Macey Brown and Jessica Duncan

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Successful year for SAU Rodeo team The women’s team finished the year as the reserve champions of the Ozark Region, with four advancing to the College National Finals Rodeo where the team finished ninth in the nation. Heather Luck won the Ozark Region in the break-away roping and Jessica Duncan won the goat tying and finished second in the all-around cowgirl standings. The men’s team sent three to the College National Finals Rodeo. Justin Johnson won the Ozark Region team roping heading with Colter Prescott winning the team roping heeling events. Chaney Miller was the Ozark Region reserve champion team roping header.

(Back row, from left) Adam Ott, Trent Harlan, Ty Lester, Roman Richards, Colter Prescott, Justin Johnson, Alex Kehrees, Joe Bass and Bobby Fausett (Front row, from left) Keaton Fincher, D.J. Dickinson, Chaney Miller, Shaun Smith, Tyler Cornett, Cody Harrington and Colton Redding


Julie Essary

Despite posting a 1439 overall record in 2011, it was a big year for the Lady Mulerider softball program. For the first time in program history, the Lady Muleriders have a home on the main SAU campus.


Chelsea Knox

The University has recently completed construction phase one of the Lady Mulerider Softball Complex, located just across the ravine from Mulerider Field, home of the Mulerider baseball program. Since the program’s beginning, the team has played home games at “The Ballpark on Stadium,” a facility owned by the city of Magnolia.

Candace Collier

The new on-campus softball complex will eventually consist of two fields, concessions, press boxes, and batting cages. Coaches hope to one day host softball tournaments at the complex. The project will be completed in phases as funds are available. The Lady Muleriders began playing on the first field this year. Further improvements were scheduled to take place over the summer. Performance on the field earned two Lady Muleriders spots on the All-Gulf South Conference softball team. Junior first baseman Chelsea Knox and sophomore catcher Heather Allison represented Southern Arkansas on the all-conference team as second team selections.

Heather Allison

A second year starter, Knox hit .304 this season with a team-leading 10 home runs, nine doubles, 36 RBI and three sacrifice flies. She played and started in all 53 games this season, receiving the GSC West Division player of the week honor once. Knox ranked second to Allison with a .551 slugging percentage, but led the squad with 87 total bases. Allison missed 15 games on the year, playing in 38, but still hit .274 with nine home runs, eight doubles and 34 RBI. She led the team with a .573 slugging percentage, while her home runs, doubles and RBI were second to Knox. Allison was also a one-time player of the week honoree.


The Southern Arkansas University volleyball squad grew as a unit throughout the 2010 campaign to compile a 20-12 overall record and 5-7 in Gulf South Conference play. The Muleriders achieved the best record since 2003, when the Muleriders went 22-12 overall. The team tied for fourth place in the GSC and just missed the GSC volleyball playoffs. The 2010 record of 20-12 marked one of the biggest turn around season in the NCAA with the team having a 2009 season record of 1-32.

Courtney Smith and Lindsey Wilcox

Coach Steven Gream

Becca Pate and Kahlie Remy

Kahlie Remy

The Muleriders opened the season with the Texas A&M-Commerce Tournament in Commerce, Texas. After losing their first match with Tarleton State, the Muleriders won the next three matches over the host Texas A&M-Commerce, Fort Hays State, and Oklahoma Panhandle State. The team then went 3-2 up to their first GSC match with Harding University. The Muleriders lost back to back conference matches with Harding and Arkansas Tech plus a region match against East Central Oklahoma. From there, the Muleriders went 7-6 with key losses to Harding, Henderson State, Christian Brothers, Arkansas Tech, and region foe St. Mary’s University. After their final loss in that stretch to Christian Brothers, the Muleriders had a test that revived the team with a key win over University of Alabama – Huntsville. The confidence from this win carried over for the rest of the season for the Muleriders, who then went on to finish out the season with a seven match winning streak. This streak included key wins over conference foes University of Arkansas at Monticello, Henderson State, and Ouachita Baptist and also region foe Texas Women’s University. The Muleriders finished the season strong, tying for fourth in the Western Division of the GSC. However, the team missed the playoffs due to Henderson State winning the tie breaker of two sets between the teams. Many records fell during the year for the Muleriders. Maggie Glover set the SAU record for season hitting percentage and hitting percentage in a match. Glover’s .440 season clip also ranks second all-time for the GSC. She moved into fifth place in career kills in the SAU record books. In the rally era, Glover finished second in career kills as an SAU player. She is only the fifth player in SAU history to reach 1,000 kills. As a team, the Muleriders finished the 2010 season in the Gulf South Conference – No. 1 in Aces with 2.12 per set, No. 3 in hitting percentage with a .239 hitting percentage, No. 5 in opponent hitting percentage with a .173 hitting percentage, No. 6 in assists with 11.46 assists per set, No. 6 in kills with 12.74 kills per set, and No. 6 in blocks with 1.74 blocks per set.

Kaci Matthews

Volleyball student-athlete Maggie Glover and baseball’s Logan Williams were honored with the coveted Auburn Smith Awards at the annual Southern Arkansas University All-Sports banquet. Also receiving laurels were cross country’s Sarah Banman and football’s Noé Cuevas, named as this year’s Scholar-Athlete Award winners. Director of Athletics Jay Adcox presented the annual honors. The Auburn Smith Award, given annually to both a women’s and men’s studentathlete, is the most prestigious honor a student-athlete can receive at SAU. Glover, a four-year starter on the Lady Mulerider volleyball team, held a 4.00 GPA in counseling in graduate school. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2010 with a B.S. in psychology, sporting a 3.77 GPA. On the court this year Glover recorded one of the most productive seasons in Southern Arkansas volleyball history. For her effort, she was named a Daktronics second team All-South Region selection, was a first team All-Gulf South Conference pick, and during the season was selected as both a GSC West Division offensive and defensive player of the week. Glover set the Southern Arkansas season record with a .440 attack percentage, which is also second best in GSC history, and set the school single-match record with an .875 attack percentage against Philander Smith. A 6-1, 215-pound third baseman, Williams is the fifth consecutive baseball student-athlete to win the Auburn Smith honor. The senior is a second-year transfer from Ole Miss and is majoring in Business Administration-Marketing. Leading the Muleriders in hitting with a .375 batting average, 14 home runs, 12 doubles, 63 RBI and a .725 slugging percentage, Williams has helped guide SAU to a 29-13 record, a No. 4 ranking in the NCAA South Region, and to its 13th consecutive, and 14th overall, Gulf South Conference tournament appearance next week. The esteemed Scholar-Athlete Award is also given to both a female and male student-athlete.

The nominee must have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA, have completed at least 56 semester hours, with at least one semester at SAU. Selection of the honorees is done by considering GPA, athletic accomplishments and citizenship. Banman, a senior on the Lady Mulerider cross country team, carries an impressive 3.91 cumulative GPA in physical education, wellness and leisure. She was awarded for her academic prowess this past fall in being selected to the Gulf South Conference AllAcademic Team. Banman is a fourtime member of the conference Academic Honor Roll, a five-time member of the Southern Arkansas President’s List, carrying a 4.00 GPA for those five semesters, and is a twotime member of the SAU Dean’s List.

Sarah Banman and Jay Adcox

The starting kicker on the Mulerider football team for the past four years, Cuevas graduated this past December with a B.S. in a double major of engineering/physics-science and mathematics, compiling a 3.28 GPA. Cuevas is a member of a select group in being named three times to the Gulf South Conference All-Academic Team. He is a four-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll, and is a member of the SAU Dean’s List. In other honors, outstanding athletes were named in their respective fields by their head coaches or sponsors. Ashley Mills received the accolade for women’s rodeo, Lindsay Spooner in women’s cross country, Mickey Hammer for men’s cross country, Brandon Choate in baseball, Julie Essary for softball, Melissa Lambert in cheerleading, Justin Stuart for men’s basketball, Cha’Kia Lee in women’s basketball, Glover for volleyball, Cedric Thornton in football, Ashley Thompson received the student athletic trainer honor, and Whitley Patterson and Travis Chrietzberg were honored for women’s and men’s golf, respectively.

Maggie Glover and Jay Adcox

Logan Williams and Jay Adcox

Noe Cuevas

Southern Arkansas volleyball standout Maggie Glover reached the pinnacle of the Gulf South Conference when she received the league’s top award in being named the winner of the 2010-11 Commissioner’s Trophy on June 20, 2011, at the annual GSC Awards Banquet. The Commissioner’s Trophy is the highest honor bestowed by the conference and one of the most prestigious individual honors in NCAA Division II. The league initiated the men’s award in 1974-75 and added the women’s honor in 1982-83. Both the men’s and women’s Commissioner’s Trophy honorees are selected from among the GSC’s “Top Ten” recipients, who were also recognized at the annual banquet, as well as the conference All-Sports Trophy champions for both men and women. There were 23 student-athletes from across the conference nominated for this year’s GSC “Top Ten” from which the Commissioner’s Trophy honorees are selected. Criteria is based on athletic achievement, academic excellence, and extracurricular activities, leadership and community service, with the male and female earning the most votes from a committee receiving the Commissioner’s Trophy. North Alabama senior starting pitcher Trey Mitchell was this year’s male recipient. Glover is SAU’s second all-time women’s student-athlete to receive the award after former softball great Krystal Poulin in 2003-04, and the fourth from Southern Arkansas overall in addition to football All-American Eddie Key and baseball All-American Bobby Beeson. Glover was the only graduate student among this year’s “Top Ten” field, having begun that course work this past fall during her final season. Leading the Muleriders to a 20-12 season, her .440 attack percentage set a school record, led the league, and ranked fourth in Division II, and is the second-best mark in GSC history for a season. Glover also had the conference’s fourth-highest single-match attack percentage in history, hitting .875 in a win over Philander Smith. A team captain, she also led the squad with 96 total blocks and 397 points scored, and was second on the team with 299 kills. For her efforts on the court this season, Glover was a second team selection on the Daktronics All-South Region team, was named first team All-GSC, and was honored as both a GSC West Division defensive and offensive player of the week. In April she received Southern Arkansas’ women’s Auburn Smith Award, the highest accolade a student-athlete can earn, and was awarded volleyball’s most outstanding athlete. A fifth-year player, Glover suffered a season-ending injury in her first match as a freshman in 2006, and then went on to 122 starts in 124 matches for the rest of her career. This year she became the Lady Muleriders’ fifth player all-time to reach 1,000 kills for a career, finishing with 1,037, and ranks in the top five all-time with 364 career blocks. Glover’s academic achievements are equally impressive, posting a 3.77 cumulative GPA in graduating Cum Laude in May 2010 with a B.S. in psychology and minor in sociology, before recording a 4.00 GPA this past fall in her first semester in graduate school in counseling. She was a second team honoree on this year’s ESPN Academic All-District 6 team, was named to the GSC All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year, and is a now a five-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

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Tau Beta Sigma President SAU Band Highway Clean Up Volunteer 100

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Above, Dr. Don Nelson gives the commencement address for the December 10 ceremony. Also pictured, from left, Dr. Tim Schroeder, Dr. David Crouse and Dr. David Rankin.


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Dr. David Ashby provides the commencement address for the School of Graduate Studies ceremony.

Dr. David Rankin gives more than a handshake to this graduate his son, John David Ranin.

Bloss hoods Misty Antionette Nix.

Commencement marshal Dr. Donna Allen waits to send Amber Sharp to the stage.

Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Dr. Kim Bloss congratulates Sarah A. Burns.

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Daniel Jesse Hampton II

Channin D. Harden

Justin Russell Hayes

Bradley Kentral Jackson

Sydney L. Jones

Saad Ullah Khan

Mark Phillip Max Lherisson

Candice Yvonne Lindsey

Stephen Geoffrey Meeks

Megan Renae Morgan

Janell Diane Morton

Courtney Nicole Neikirk

Michael Drew Nelson

Jamie Sue Norris

Coloma Obama-Sepahoco

Juliana Moreira Ortega

Cynthia Outlaw

Ashley L. Perdue

Justin Dwight Rhodes

Steven Robins

Marchette Lavonne Robinson

Cynthia F. Smith

Sherry Yumika Smith

Crystal DeAnn Snider

Daniel Blake Thomas

Benjamin Stanton Whatley

Dezare Mekea La’Shay Wonzo

Walter D. Wood Jr.

Katy Amorelle Burgess

Erin Elizabeth Fryar

Kelvin Dewon Garrett

Robert Mon’Wel Jones

Emily Lauren Lively

Bachelor of Science College of Education Claude Mason Woods

Nicole Desarae Woods

Sharon Moneke Dixon, left, smiles at family and friends. Also pictured, from left, Zachary Curtis Flanagan, Shanna Renee Griffith, Larry Stephen Harrell and Andrew Kirkindoff, Jr.


SAU Historian Dr. James Willis provides the commencement address. Looking on are, from left, Dr. David Rankin, Dr. David Crouse, and Dr. Tim Schroeder.

Colton Quin Mullins, from left, Tyler Alan Neal and Nitish Narula walk with the soon-to-be graduates from the College of Science and Technology.

Bachelor of Science in Education College of Education Crystal L. Kirk

Ryan Laws

Ashley Michelle Thompson

Andrea Kaye Brown

Melynda Lou Bryant

Brittany Faith Cagle

Lacey Jean Foster

Sara Elizabeth Francis

Yolanda Janise Gafford

Sarah Beth Banman

Erin Renee Bell

Jesseca Michelle Black

Ashley Brooke Copeland

Chris Ann Daniel

Faith Lynn Dickison

Crystal Diane Force

Megan Elizabeth Haire

Amy Kathryn Hayes

Ashton Marie Herod

Tommy J. Hill

Jamie Rachelle House

Haley Nicole Hudgeons

Anja Kelley

Haley Elizabeth Kyseth

Christa Danielle Lee

Christa M. Lee

Cannon Bruce Lester

Debra LeAnne Magness

Teresa Landreth Malone

Sharla Jane Minor

Esmeralda Montiel

Andretti Nynita Murphy

Whitney Kayn Patterson

Erin Hannah Quarles

Andrea Leota Edmonson Ray

Jennifer LeAnn Ray

Kristy Elaine Reid

Maranda Michel Reynolds

Warren Matthew Sandifer

Samantha Mae Sellers

Haley Brooke Smith


Sheronica Ksharon Smith

Whitney Jaye Spell

Betty Suzanna Thompson

Charity Nichole Vaught

Tammy L. Walker

Marianne Nicole Wiley

Associate of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

College of Liberal and Performing Arts

College of Liberal and Performing Arts

Lynzi E. Williams

Samantha Brooke Candace LeShea’ Adams Beasley

Melissa Kristen Heard

Rebecca Nicole Steward

Rebecca A. Heilman

Roseline Rochelle Grooms

Jessica Blair Holihan

Samuel Justin Jennings

Damion Sacory Wilson

Jonathan William Carroll

Sydney Rae Gossett

Brandon Michael Gray

Albert Rowell Hanna

Debra Ann Brome Hartley

Thomas Derrel Hilburn, Jr.

Abigail Christine Holihan

Damon S. McKinney

Michael Angelo Perez

Raul Quintana

Emily Le’Ann Braswell

Sara Caitlin Caller

Cris Ian B. Davis

Jeremy Lee Atwell

Jennifer Lynn Becnel

Sharon Moneke Dixon

Bachelor of Fine Arts College of Liberal and Performing Arts Sean Alan Reynolds

William Jonathan Rickert

Susan Ashley Whitelaw

Bachelor of General Studies College of Liberal and Performing Arts Jonathan Caleb Gunnels

Jennifer Lynn Harrell

Elizabeth Anne Lee

Zachary Curtis Flanagan

Shanna Renee Griffith

Larry Stephen Harrell

Andrew Kirkindoff, Jr.

Christopher I. Metcalf

Evelyn Mixon

David D’Wayne Noble

Jason Michael Oliver

Rachel Elizabeth Peters

Charles LeMon Proctor

Sherry Minnette Toney

Raymond Jonathan Traylor

Kathy Lee Welch

Jeffrey Tyler Whitley

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Music Education

La Sonya Elesha Whyte

Jacquelyn Carter

College of Liberal and Performing Arts

Resha Chipalu

College of Liberal and Performing Arts Manchusa Loungsangroong

Matthew Ray Mahaffey

Jamie Renee’ Daugherty

LeAndre Michelle Evans

Lauren Ali Hickman

Cortney Yvonne Adams

Ne’Shay D. Brown

Tiffani Shuntel McBride

Cody Dillon Nelson

Bachelor of Social Work College of Liberal and Performing Arts Sheela Pokharel

Essence Simone Speech

Tameka NaCole Turner

John D. Watkins

Treasure Monique Williamson

Lauren Ashely Allen

Sara Renee Amend

Kelly Ann Barker

Brenn Nicole DeLay

Associate of Science College of Science and Technology Shanetha Ereion Hunter

Robin Denise Barrow

Garrett Wayne Camp

Coleen Elizabeth Chase

Salina Deanne Davis

Ross Allen Flowers

LaShae Danielle Gunnels

Chandra Kala Gurung

Amber Michelle Kestler

Matthew Christian Kisner

Richard M. Landaverde

Felicia L. Marable

Antquine Denise Mathews

Hannah Elisabeth Mitchell

Y. Nicole Myles

Patricia Ann Osegueda

Rabina Pancha

Sarah E. Putman

Candace Lee Rushton

David Shepard

Jangmoo Sherpa

Vrennia Ann Stanley

Kristen Ann Waldrop

Kelsey Renee Warner

Haley Elizabeth Bond

Anna Elizabeth Buck

Candice Starr Canady

Bachelor of Science College of Science and Technology Jordyn Wehrenberg

Jason Douglas Weidman

Haleigh Rena Wood

Philip Allen Childers

Michael Douglas Davis, Jr.

Trent Colby Dunn

Payden Charles Emmett

Shondranika Cerise Ford

Susan Elizabeth Foster

Mia Gabrielle Simone Gentry

Perry C. Grant

Seth Michael Harris

Bradley Lin Hartwick

Martin Per Hawron

Tyler Wade Herring

Rianne Marissa Herron

Brittany Nicole Horten

Jason Brinton Hughes

Christopher Carl Jackson

Jordan McKinnon Jones

Kamal Khadka

Lucas Ray Leshe

Jared Lewis

Clayton Baxter Martin

Japheth May

Willliam Tyler McDonald

Jamie Lynn McMeechan

Emily Allandra Melson

Sable Lynn Miller

Ashley Elizabeth Mills

Billy D. Minton, Jr.

Phillip Randall Moore

Colton Quin Mullins

Nitish Narula

Tyler Alan Neal

Ramesh Nepal

Westley Colter Prescott

Rodney R. Raney

Keeton Lynn Rinks

Monica Ann Roberts

Jeffery Tanner Rogers

Daniel Vance Sales III

Lance E. Shackelford

Elizabeth Kay Stone

Marquetta Shardae Thompson

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kourtney D. Walls

Mingyang Wang

Myia Shardai Watson

Sunny May Wilcox

Courtney Magen Williams

Lesley Dyan Butler

Anita April Mullins

Betty Sue Vann

Joycelyn Renee’ Watkins

Rhonda Lynn Whaley

Christina Diane Wilson

College of Science and Technology


President’s Ambassadors, back row from left, George Butler, Blake Simmons, Katy Webster, Brandon Lewis, Laura Reed, Johnallen Lee and Caylie Covas; middle row from left, Weston Hood, Julie Menne, Ravan Bates, Megan Gabbard, Cameron Sumlin, Reggie Rasmus, Jill Fennell, Brant Roberts, Caitlin Amyx and Carley Calico; front row from left, Brennan Pitard, Will Smith, Brooke Watson, Tommy Clark, Mason Belk and Matthew Wise.

P.A. President

Laura Reed 118


The Illustrious Iota Zeta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Incorporated, was chartered on the campus of Southern Arkansas University on November 24, 1974. Since then, the chapter has gone on to continuously serve Magnolia and provide “service to all mankind.” In the 2010-2011 academic year, IZ participated in Family day, the chili cook off, and Homecoming activities. Through the Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) program, IZ mentors girls in grades 6-8 by providing leadership development, enhanced academic preparation and character building. We partnered with the American Heart Association for our “Pink goes Red” program where we set up an info table and spoke to students about the dangers of Heart disease in women and minority groups. IZ had an “America Saves” program where we spoke to students on the importance of wealth building and managing one’s assets. IZ also participated in Relay for Life. As an organization based on community service, we also participated in the “Adopt a Highway” program, the annual MLK walk, and we went to a local nursing home to present gifts to the residents and play games with them. The sorority also held a shoe drive and was able to donate 75 pairs of shoes to the local women’s shelter. We also had a drive to raise money for the Heifer Foundation. Through the Iota Zeta chapter here at SAU, Alpha Kappa Alpha continues to be the Leader in Sisterhood and Supreme Service to All Mankind.

Submitted by Temi Layeni, Alpha Kappa Alpha


2010-11 Involvement

Student Government Assoc. Sr. Associate Justice Justice Board Chairperson National Pan-Hellenic Council Secretary/Treasurer Alpha Kappa Alpha Treasurer Corresponding Secretary Standards Chair EAF Chair Alpha Kappa Alpha Service Award Judicial Board Service Award NPHC Service Award Relay for Life Volunteer Canned Food Drive Coat Drive

2010-11 Involvement International Student Assoc. President Student Government Assoc. World Religions Club President/Founder SIFE/PBL History/Political Science Accounting & Finance Society Outstanding Service Award

Alpha Phi Omega (ΑΦΩ) (commonly known as APO), is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 360 campuses, an active membership of approximately 17,000 students, and over 350,000 alumni members. There are also 250 chapters in the Philippines and one in Australia. Alpha Phi Omega is a coed service fraternity organized to provide community service on and off campus . The Alpha Epsilon Omega chapter here at SAU has come a long way in the last couple of years. In the Fall of 2010, six new brothers were inducted into the chapter, and Spring 2011 brought five new members. Our active members Bre’Anna Baile, president, Amethyst Mays, vice president, and KeAndre Arnold, treasurer, are our inspiration. They are our backbone and hold our fraternity together. Alpha Phi Omega is taken very seriously by their founding principles of leadership, friendship and service. This past year, the organization was put back on the map by doing more service events on campus. Besides highway clean-up and We Heart Magnolia, APO hosted a Trunk or Treat on Halloween for kids in the Magnolia community to have a safe place to trick or treat. Other SAU organizations helped pass out candy. APO created a food drive where the organization placed brown paper bags on door steps in neighborhoods surrounding SAU and asked families to place non-perishable food items in the provided sacks. The food was donated to the SAU food pantry.

Submitted by Brie’ Bailey, Alpha Phi Omega: Alpha Epsilon Omega


A part of the Southern Arkansas University community since 1977, Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity has grown to be one of the largest, most respected social Greek organizations on campus. Phi Lambda Chi melds both the social and philanthropic aspects into a single organization. The Nu chapter of Phi Lambda Chi is adamant to improving both the local and campus community. The chapter accomplishes these tasks by hosting numerous social events, devoting time to local forms of community service, and honoring the commitment to our national philanthropy, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. While the Nu chapter of Phi Lambda has already made an impact, this is a legacy that we strive to continue.

Back row from left, David Cook, Wes Cowling, Joey Eiermann, Payton McDonald, Caleb Amason, Larry Rex French III, Tyler Rivers and Ryan Wattering; middle row, Conten Mayfield, Trevor Munn, Dylon Beams, Brock Burrow, Ricke Dakes and Johnny Morden; front row, Eric Osborn, Anthony Earl, Conner Nichols, Michael Boen and Nathan George.

Submitted by Tyler Watson, Chair of Public Relations, and Gregory Rives, Secretary, Phi Lambda Chi, Nu Chapter


Back row from left, Melissa Lambert, Dee Day, Brittany Horten, Chynna Herron, Rianne Herron, Cammie Coker, Stephanie Montes, Lakeon Thurmon and Morgan McRae; middle row, Ashley Walthall, Sidney Norton, Caylie Covas, Emily McPherson, Julia-Ann McMillen, Amanda Thurkill and Kelsi Hunter; front row, Katy Burgess, Jennifer Becnel, Brianna Moore, Dianna Cartwright, Madelyn Jones, Britni Case, Tori Elliott and Adrienne Beard

Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority is founded on the principles of friendship, character and conduct. Throughout the 20102011 academic year our ladies have strived to live up to these principles in our schoolwork, other organizations in which we are involved, and life in general. We are very proud of all of our accomplishments throughout this year. During the fall semester our chapter President, Rianne Herron, was crowned Homecoming Queen and Miss SAU. Morgan McRae was also selected as a Homecoming Court member. We were excited to initiate seven new members into our organization and was accredited with honors by our national headquarters. In the spring, we had seven members recognized as Greek Scholars and three inducted into the Order of Omega (Greek National Honors Society). After completing more than 10,000 hours of community service we were selected as the Volunteer organization of the year and had the Advisor of the Year award presented to Mrs. Jane Becnel at the Greek Life Awards Banquet. Our pride and joy is the Step Show and we took home the first place champion title and for Greek week. We were selected as Sorority of the Year. We were recognized at LR&A for our community service efforts and had two women selected as members of Who’s Who.

Submitted by Morgan McRae and Haley Burrow, Sigma Sigma Sigma


2010-11 Involvement

Sigma Gamma Rho Treasurer Student Government Assoc. Business Senator Realife College Student Ministries Secretary Alternative Spring Break Coordinator Student Activities Board Business Student Advisory Business Ambassador Order of Omega


HISTORY: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority was established on November 12, 1922, at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. We are a non-profit service and social organization with a membership of 85,000+. Our sorority mascot is the French Toy Poodle. The yellow tea rose is the sorority flower and our sorority colors are the beautiful Royal Blue and Gold. Our chapter, Mu Eta Chapter, is located in Magnolia, Ark. at Southern Arkansas University. MISSION STATEMENT: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development, and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically. Our sorority provides sisterhood, friendship, fellowship, and a lifetime of bonding with our sisters. We are also members of the NPHC here at SAU. Every year around Thanksgiving, we adopt between 2-4 families in giving out Thanksgiving dinners and we also adopt a family from the Angel Tree to give the children a happy Christmas. Sigma Gamma Rho also did a presentation called “The Almighty Debt” speared by our late sorority sister, Toni Bradley. It was dealing with the debt that our society was in and was trying to figure out ways of helping people who are in debt. Sigma Gamma Rho’s commitment to service is expressed in our slogan, “Greater Service, Greater Progress”.

Submitted by Yolonda Hawthorne, Sigma Gamma Rho


From left, Cheri Walker, Traci Gillard, Ne’Shay Brown, Chelsa King and Valerie Brown.

~ Chris Myers, Back row, from left, KeAndre Arnold, Alan Thompson, Daniel Espana, Ty Burns, Kash Wacaster and Rex French; front row, Yolonda Hawthrone, Haley Burrow, Amanda Thurkill and Megan Gabbard.


From left, Courtney Alexander, Christopher Harris, Jacob Oliver, Reggie Rasmus, Trent Earley, Ke’Andre Arnold, Jamaii Jones, Devandre Northcross, Daveante Jones and Victor Edwards

Back row, from left, Saralyn Flanagan, Morgan Thomas, Makenzi Hamilton, Taylor Brown, Laura Reed and Sara Grigg; third row, Alison Harrington, Brooke Maloch, Brooke Watson, Ashley White, Carly McKluskey, Morgan Brian, Haley Camp and Courtney Ray; second row, Whitley Reeves, Kelsey Cowling, Lauren Taylor, Haley Jones, Ashley Jaggers, Brooke May and Kaila Calvin; front row, Hillary Stone, Laura Bass, Chanel Fruge, Morgan Miller, Laura Hayes, Mylee Scarbrough, Megan Gabbard and Kristy Shinn.


Back row, from left, Hayden Kopplin, Susan Haynes, Chris Harris, Caitlin Amyx, Ryan Blackwell, Jessica Anderson, Larry Graham and Madie Westmoreland; front row, Jenny Fuerst, Amanda Thurkill, Haley Burrow and Morgan McKrae

From left, Kristi Canada, Michelle Burns, Theodore Shoemaker, Weston Wright and Christian Hunter


Back row, from left, Mike Beam, Dusty Hardin, Jaron Bates, Stoney Rhodes, Kash Wacaster, Weston Hood and Tyler Granberry; front row, Austin Evans, Sean Turner, Chase Hunter, Tyler Pennington and Tyler Thrapp

Back row, from left, Courtney Raino, Hayden Kopplin, Chris Harris and Susan Hayes; front row, Madie Westmoreland and Amanda Thurlkill


During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Southern Arkansas University campus continued to transform with new buildings going up and existing facilities being completely remodeled. The most dramatic change came early in the year as classes began in the new 60,000 square foot Science Center. At a cost of more than $17 million, the Center houses the departments of biology, chemistry and physics. These programs had previously been housed in the upper floors of Overstreet Hall and other buildings around campus. The change was dramatic. Prior to the opening of the Science Center, many science courses met in dated lecture halls and laboratories that had not received updates in decades. Most area high schools provided better lab space than was found at SAU. All of that has changed now. The Science Center boasts state-of-the-art labs and classrooms and has attracted a wide variety of students to study at SAU. Over the summer, the top two floors of Wilson Hall received a facelift. Gone is the dated fabric wallpaper that darkened the halls and transported one back to the 1970s. Fresh blue and gold paint and a new entry way greet students and faculty throughout the building. Lounges for faculty and students were also added on the second floor.


University administrators dedicated the Natural Resource Research Center in April. The NRRC serves as an engine for economic growth in south Arkansas by providing state-ofthe-art research facilities dedicated to studying lignite, oil, bromine, and other natural resources found in the region. The research in the NRRC will be conducted by SAU faculty and students, giving them the opportunity to perform high-quality studies that could not previously take place on our campus. Funded by a grant from the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the University, the NRRC will also help carry out the mission of the Arkansas Lignite Resources Pilot Program. This program was created by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2007. The College of Science and Technology has been a big benefactor for facility improvements throughout the last few years. That will continue as plans are made for a new Agriculture Center. During its meeting in November, the SAU Board of Trustees approved a $6.5 million bond issue to finance construction of the Center. Construction should begin in spring 2012. In the athletic department, the baseball and softball programs enjoyed growth of their facilities. Softball moved to the main campus for the first time with a new softball field constructed just behind the W.T. Watson Athletic Center. For baseball, a stadium expansion brought new coaches’ offices, locker rooms, concession stand, and press box. As the academic year wrapped up, students were anxiously awaiting completion of the new Mulerider Activity Center. The MAC features a basketball court, cardiovascular and strength training equipment, meeting rooms, a smoothie bar, and offices. The $5 million building was constructed at students’ request through a student activity fee.


In 2008 Southern Arkansas University began to investigate the two choices for continued accreditation including the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ). SAU Assessment Coordinator Denise Mosely and members of the administration began to review information regarding the two reaccreditation processes. A presentation for the president and vice presidents explaining the AQIP and PEAQ processes was given by AQIP Champion and Vice President for Administration Roger Giles. Presentations were given by the Assessment Coordinator and the AQIP Champion with various constituencies at five different times attempting to gain participation from all. Presentations were made by the pair to the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate discussing the pros and cons of each process. Surveying all involved parties of the University resulted in an overwhelming desire to proceed toward the application for the AQIP process. Several members of the University including the president, vice president for academic affairs, and the director of institutional effectiveness and student learning attended the Higher Learning Commission’s regional meeting on accreditation and the new criteria. Of those who attended, most went to the sessions on AQIP. Our sister institution that is part of the SAU System, SAU-Tech, chose AQIP as their accreditation process March 2007 and is in their third year of participation. This would bring congruency to the System and allow for joint projects and better collaboration between institutions. The faculty and staff voted overwhelming in a survey conducted through Survey Monkey to apply for the AQIP process. The Faculty Senate voted to support the application for the AQIP process in April 2010. The president, after reviewing all opinions from the campus, decreed that SAU move forward utilizing all of its resources toward AQIP participation in the institution’s reaccreditation process. The Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in support of the University to seek AQIP acceptance for its accreditation process April 21, 2010.

Mary Armwood says that she “accidentally got into nursing,” but after 32 years as a nursing educator, there is no career she would find more rewarding. Armwood, assistant professor of nursing, was named 2011 Honor Professor, the University’s most distinguished designation for faculty members. For the veteran educator, there is more to teaching than lecturing and giving exams. “It’s about seeing the light in a student’s eyes when he or she finally gets to the hospital and says ‘oh, that’s what you were talking about when you said that’ … or watching a student successfully access a patient or perform a skill that I had watched them practice over and over in the campus lab,” she said. A lot has changed in the years since Armwood joined the SAU faculty. In recent years, Wharton Nursing Building has doubled in size, and the student population has grown. She noted that students were once much more respectful of instructors and each other. Changes have also come in the way nursing students practice their skills. “When I first came to SAU, students could only practice giving injections on oranges. Now we have high fidelity mannequins that can do just about everything,” she said. “The technology has allowed us to simulate the hospital setting, so students are able to actually perform real life-like scenarios before going to the hospitals.” Technology has not only changed in labs, lectures have advanced with technology as well. Armwood said students once took handwritten notes while the instructor lectured. Today many students take notes on a laptop as the instructor lectures using a PowerPoint slideshow. Instructors are also finding more and more electronic resources instead of having to develop everything on their own. Armwood notes a group of former colleagues as her greatest mentors. Those women include the late Marie Brown, Pat Williams, Vonda Dees, and Billie Cameron. “For about 20 years, we were the stable force in the department,” she said. “We had others come and go, but I worked with these women the longest.” So how does Armwood judge success in teaching? “Of course seeing our students pass the National Licensure Exam in Nursing is a measure of success, but it is also when I run into students years later and they say what a great influence I had on their life,” she said. “We’ve had students come through the program who are now nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, doctors, and of course, nurse educators. It’s always great to go into a facility and see someone you taught because you know your loved one is going to get great care.”


The increase in graduate programs at Southern Arkansas University has been highly lauded across the region, but the University was recently officially recognized nationally when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching reassigned SAU as a “Master’s M” level institution. Before this change, the University was classified as a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we are very gratified by this news from the Carnegie Foundation” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “Our graduate program offerings have increased dramatically, and we have been noted as having the fastest-growing graduate programs in the state over the past five years. To have this new master’s-level classification will open many new doors for us.” Rankin noted that granting graduate degrees is an integral part of the University’s mission that will also serve to bolster the economy of the region. “This new designation is a reflection of the quality, productivity and integrity of our faculty, staff and students,” he said.

“It also shows the University is dramatically expanding educational opportunities across the region and beyond.” The Carnegie classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences. It has also been used in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty. The “Master’s M” classification under which SAU is now listed generally includes institutions that awarded at least 50 master’s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees in the update year. Since 2005, the University has awarded 467 master’s degrees. That number has increased from just 50 awarded in the 2005- 2006 academic year to 157 awarded in the 2009- 2010 academic year.

A commitment to continuous improvement earned Southern Arkansas University state-wide recognition November 15, 2010, during the 16th annual Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards celebration at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. A total of 18 business organizations were recognized on four award levels during the event. SAU President Dr. David Rankin accepted the Commitment Level Award on behalf of the University. This award is designed for organizations that have progressed to a point of demonstrating a serious commitment to the use of total quality principles to achieve performance excellence. Recipients receive more than just the recognition of the award. They also receive an in-depth evaluation of their management systems and a written feedback report citing strengths and areas for improvement. “It was a tremendous honor for Southern Arkansas University to be chosen for the Commitment Level Award,” Rankin said. “We are striving for continuous improvement every day, and this award is evidence of our successes.” A 21-page report prepared by SAU administrators for consideration of the award addressed seven key issues contributing to the University’s commitment to improvement: leadership process; strategic planning process; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The Governor’s Quality Awards fall in line with the University’s new partnership with the Academic Quality Improvement Program. AQIP is a process of continuous improvement to maintain accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The goal of the Governor’s Quality Award Program is to encourage Arkansas organizations to engage in continuous quality improvement, which leads to performance excellence, and to provide significant recognition to those organizations. Created as a non-profit organization, the program is dedicated to assist in building a strong infrastructure for Arkansas businesses.


Dr. James F. Willis, University Historian January 3, 2011, was a landmark date for Southern Arkansas University. On this day 100 years prior, Principal David J. Burleson and four faculty members welcomed students at newly built “Old Main” to begin the first semester of classes at the Third District Agricultural School in Magnolia. Severe weather, freezing temperatures only reaching the mid-twenties, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1911, did not deter an eager 75 students from riding mules, horses, and wagons to the new campus to register at the residential agricultural high school and to move into its two dormitories.

Principal, David J. Burleson

On that cold day, all of the students had to cut and carry arm loads of wood into Jackson and Holt Halls to make fires in the potbelly stoves that heated each of their rooms. More than half of the students could afford to go to school only by working on the farm or in the dining hall at 10 cents an hour to earn the $10 per month charge for room and board. Students could seek only a secondary degree in either agriculture or home economics, but many graduates became business and civic leaders of southwest Arkansas. A century later the name of the school had become Southern Arkansas University, as it evolved from high school to junior college to four-year college to comprehensive regional university. SAU’s 3,379 students in 2010-11 studied in the most modern facilities and could choose from among scores of baccalaureate and master’s degrees in many different fields of study. “Even with its sparse facilities, providing students life-changing educational opportunities lay at the heart of TDAS,” said Dr. David F. Rankin, SAU president since 2002, “and that remains our purpose today.”

Govenor George W. Donaghey


SAU’s origins can be traced back to the successful lobbying of the Farmers’ Educational and Cooperative Union that persuaded the 37th Arkansas General Assembly to pass legislation establishing four district agricultural schools. Governor George W. Donaghey signed Act 100 on April 1, 1909. These agricultural schools decades later became SAU and three sister institutions, Arkansas Tech University, Arkansas State University, and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In accord with Act 100’s provisions, the TDAS Board of Trustees in early 1910 invited competitive bids from interested communities to locate the school. A Columbia County fundraising effort led by local Magnolia businessman William R. Cross raised more than $40,000 in money and land from 1,400 local citizens, mostly small farmers, to outbid the cities of Camden, Hope, Mena, and Stephens. Construction of Old Main, the principal classroom and administrative building, two dorms, and a dining hall began with the laying of Old Main’s cornerstone on August 24, 1910. Despite every effort, several features remained unfinished as classes began. Until electrical wiring was completed later in the semester, students nightly read and wrote assignments in dorm rooms lit by candles and lamps. In contrast to these humble beginnings, today’s up-to-date SAU facilities have had the benefit of millions of dollars in new construction since 2002, providing its students learning opportunities unmatched in Southwest Arkansas. “SAU is committed,” declared Dr. Rankin, “to continuous quality improvements, assuring our students the latest in information technology and innovative curriculums as well as in recreational facilities. Combined with the personal attention afforded by small class sizes, these efforts assure that our students will receive a first-class education.”



Remembrance We remember those from our Southern Arkansas University family who we lost from June 2010 to July 2011.

Jay Adcox

JoAnne Harper Baxley

Mary Butler

Lois Davis

Jack Harrington

Wanda Hust

James Jones David Shannon

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