SAU Honors College

The SAU Honors College was founded in 2003 by Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU. Dr. Lynne Belcher served as founding director and recently retired from SAU. The Honors College seeks and admits qualified students who seek to pursue a serious academic program with equally gifted peers and committed teachers. Honors classes are small and provide academically enriching opportunities for students and the faculty who teach them. Currently, SAU enrolls nearly 170 honors students and graduates about 66% of admitees in four years or less. Anyone interested in applying to the Honors College or seeking further information should contact the director, Dr. Edward P. Kardas at or at 870 904-8897.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Austin McDonald Breaks Record


As a freshman, Austin told himself, "Don't sweat the small stuff." Looks like he took his own advice.
Like many students he switched majors along the way from Animal Science to History.

Recent Honors College graduate just broke the record number of honors hours taken with 60 honors hours.
SAU Honors College students are required to take 24 honors hours.

Austin is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas and graduated with a degree in History.

Way to go Austin.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bucket List: Megan Green


Bucket lists are windows into the minds and hearts of others. Knowing what is on someone's bucket list is telling of where their priorities truly lie. I have many items on my list, most of which are extreme sports, but the important items are more long term.

Before I die, I want to go skydiving. While this is very basic and unoriginal, it’s very important to me to be able to experience this. It’s all about the mindset of conquering fears. I have so much that I’m afraid of and not being in control of what happens to me is one fear. By going skydiving I would be putting my life in the hands of the skydiving instructor. But, I expect it would be a very fun experience.

A more long-term item on my bucket list is being accepted into the FBI Academy and ultimately working for the FBI either as a STEM professional or a special agent. I intend to apply for the special agent position as soon as I am eligible. Everything I do now is working towards this one goal. I want to be accepted into two different programs the FBI offers to college students and graduate students. They are both summer internships that would help me to get my foot in the door with the Bureau.

I also do not always want to live in Arkansas. Being accepted into the FBI would mean that I would move to Quantico, Virginia to attend the FBI Academy. After graduating I’m not certain where I will end up but it’s not my intention to return to Arkansas.

My bucket list mostly consists of things that will help me grow as a person, and I’m excited to see where my life will take me.

Bucket List: Finley Blair


     I have been writing bucket lists as long as I can remember, ever since my best friend moved to Florida in the third grade. Now, the only time we see each other is during the summer when she visits Texas for a month. Then, we compile everything we hope to do in those short four weeks into a bucket list. It's our very own tradition that we have continued it for years.


     So, I am very accustomed to bucket lists and hope to achieve every one of the following tasks. One of the first things I would like to accomplish is becoming a dog mom. I have wanted a brown labradoodle since I knew what a dog was but because of my family's allergies, I haven't been blessed to own one. Someday, I hope to move to Hawaii and open up my own gym franchise which will include multi-lane swimming pools, tennis courts, a turf field, a rock-climbing wall, and a sports medical center. Since working at the [maybe a particular adjective here? Name of the gym?] gym as a member services representative, I have come to love the atmosphere and conditions. I have come to know and love that gym. I leave in a good mood following my shift. I would love to cultivate that same atmosphere for my workers in my own gym. Finally, I would like to travel to as many countries as possible. I am hungry for knowledge and new experiences and believe that travelling can give me a look into the lives of others who live in communities and who have had experiences far different from my own.

Bucket List: Julia Gallagher


            Prior to this class, I had never formally written a bucket list. My mindset was that whatever I had the time to accomplish in my life was what I was meant to do, regardless of what my goals were. For me, a bucket list is an enumeration of hopes rather than a to do list with an expiration date.

            One of my more traditional goals for this life is to choose a career that aids people, rather than preying on them, and at the same time giving back to my community. In the words of Morrie Schwartz of Tuesdays With Morrie, “devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

I aspire to become a nurse or doctor because of my love for helping others and because I enjoy knowing that my work matters to people. The financial stability of those professions would allow me to give back to my community with money too. 

For my personal satisfaction, though, I want to revisit my childhood memories by traveling to Seoul and Phuket.  I would like to see modern Myeongdong as well as my childhood vacation spots in Thailand.  Aside from travel, I aspire to achieve higher degrees of mastery in some of my current hobbies—such as piano playing, cooking, sewing, and art—not only for my personal enjoyment, but also as a way of finding meaning in my life. 

            While life can be tumultuous and difficult to traverse, I would like to think that I could always find a way to make these things work, regardless of my situation. If nothing else, I hope for peace.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Bucket List: Ella Hill


Everyone must think about their future at one point or another, the future is always coming and looking ahead is a very important aspect of life. Defining things that we want to achieve can be a helpful tool for clear things to focus on achieving in our future. My bucket list is short but will give a clear outline for my goals for the coming times.

The first thing that I plan to do is to finish my education with a head start into my career. I am majoring in History and over the past few years I have struggled with what I want to do in the field. History opens so many career options, and more recently I have begun to narrow down what I wish to do after I have graduated college and have set my sights on doing historical costuming and dress for the performing arts.

I also plan to eventually learn another language. I took multiple years of French in high school, but never felt as though I was truly learning the language. I want to improve my abilities and widen my horizons which will hopefully open the doors for me to visit other countries and perhaps even live in another country should I wish to.

Finally, I plan to one day visit New Zealand. I have done multiple assignments on New Zealand over my high school career and have grown a healthy interest in the country. I think that the natural beauty of New Zealand would be incredible to see in person. The nerdy side of me also hopes to visit the set of Hobbiton from the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movies.

Bucket List: Leah Wells


            Death and fear are concepts commonly considered as the greatest causes of loss. Bucket lists were created to combat the fear of death as a person’s specific goals transformed death’s despairing loss-of-time into life’s hopeful time-spent-well. A bucket list’s primary purpose is to be a list of accomplishments in life in order to avoid a list of regrets before death.

            When considering my list, I realized that the important goal was to live a fulfilling life filled with love and joy. To attain that goal, I first need to complete college and begin an occupation that will be both sustaining and enjoyable. With this career, I hope to be someone influential and trustworthy to others. After becoming self-sufficient and spending some time orienting myself to a new life, I hope to start a loving family which thrives in a comfortable, loving environment. I hope to be able to raise my children to be kind individuals capable of sharing their love with others. As I think of my future family, my greatest wish is to be a good mother and a loving wife. I also hope to be able to travel and learn about the lifestyles of different people. My parents and I love traveling and learning about new destinations we visit. I wish for traveling to become a hobby which I can enjoy with my future family.

            I also wish to grow personally, to grow into a person who readily helps and encourages others. My greatest wish overall is to become a loving, trusting person and to follow God’s plan for my life.

Bucket List: Hayley Eads

    Many people go to extremes when trying to form a bucket list for their life, while others choose a simpler path. Life is not really defined by how crazy and spontaneous it is, but rather whether it is enjoyable or not. My list might not be the most exciting, but it shows the life that I want to live.

The first goal of my bucket list is to finish school and start a career as a pharmacist. I want to achieve this career goal so I can provide a good life for my family in the future. The next thing on my bucket list is to start that family and buy my first house. I have always dreamed of the day my own life will really begin. This is a big part of my bucket list even though it might seem like the most basic. I have always believed that having family should be most important, and I cannot wait to start my own. Along with buying my first house and starting a family, another goal on my bucket list is to get a second house, one on a lake. Buying a lake house might take me a while, but it will always be a goal of mine. The last goal on my bucket list is to travel to continents. I have never even been out of the country or even flown on a plane, but I want to have a wider spectrum of experiences as I grow older. I believe traveling will open my mind and show me how much more there is to the world. Although my bucket list might not be that exciting to others, it’s a plan for the life I want to live.