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 over 175 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, November 20, 2015

Langerbein best of chess field

Dr. Helmut Langerbein ponders his next move in today's speed chess match.

Mr. Kumar Kranthi, visiting chessmaster from India, declared Langerbein as the best of his opponents today.

Langerbein lamented that Kranthi had stymied one of his early moves by a bishop and that the rest of the match revolved around that move. Langerbein said he could never regain the advantage.

Five other players competed but none were able to best Kranthi.

CLICK HERE to see a short YouTube of serial play early in the matches.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Emerging Writers Read Their Original Works

Honors students about to read their original works, (L to R): Clai Morehead, Rae Jett, Kayla O'Neal, Kara O'Neal, and Talia Burton. (Not pictured honors graduate: Majesta Miles.)

SAU Honors College students were well represented at tonight's meeting of the Emerging Writers Club held in the Gallery of Brinson Hall.

Also reading works were SAU students: Johnson Abayomi Adams, Logan Anderson, Joshua Ayres, Sam Connelly, Carrie Huff, Ashley Lawrence, Angel Marshall, Arica-Ann Norzagaray, Serena Stradiota, and Hannah Trout.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Morehead, Hardy, and O'Neal at NCHC

Clai Morehead (top photo) and Zachary Hardy and Kayla O'Neal (bottom photo) discuss their posters with others at the 2015 NCHC meeting in Chicago

Three students, Clai Morehead, Zachary Hardy, and Kayla O'Neal attended the 50th meeting of the NCHC held recently in Chicago. Morehead's poster presented original research on the relationship of selfie taking and narcissism. O'Neal and Hardy's poster described the development of a board game designed to teach players about ancient civilizations.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Taylor McNeel wins national FFA presidency

SAU Honors College student and Hallman Scholar, Taylor McNeel (leftmost) after winning the national presidency of the Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Kudos go to Taylor McNeel from Vilonia, AR for her successful campaign to win the national presidency of FFA. Taylor has been a whirlwind of activity and success since first stepping on to the SAU campus.

This latest success will surely not be her last. All of us in the Honors College applaud her determination and grit.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Seabaugh, Haydn: Bucket List

     I won’t pretend that I have ever thought before this assignment about what I want to do before I die. It seems a little strange to worry about things like that. I already know that fulfilling all my desires won’t satisfy me while I am still living, and once I am dead, what will it matter to me that I accomplished in my life? The dead need nothing, crave nothing, and thus feel neither pride in their accomplishments in life nor regret in their failures.
     However, that is not to say I crave nothing. I would love to experience how it would feel to be weightless in space. I long to visit foreign lands. I want to see the beauty that both man and God have created. It would be amazing to create stories with characters that seem to leap right off of the pages into readers’ hearts. I want to create works that help others feel the same way.
     Alongside these wishes, some things I am already beginning to work into reality. I enjoy helping people whenever I see that they are feeling sick. By working toward becoming a nurse, I am expanding that desire a little farther. My dream to one day draw as well as the rest of my family has also begun coming true for me. A skill that I originally didn’t have has shown itself to some degree with just a little practice.
     While I previously may not have seen the point of making a bucket list, I can see how it can serve as a record of my ambitions and desires. It might help others to see that I was not just another man, but someone with unique desires; I was truly alive.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Etim, Esther: Bucket List

Everyone has a list of things they wish to accomplish in life, a set goal towards self-fulfillment. Esther Etim is my name, and I want to be able to look back at this paper I wrote at age 19. The late Christopher Reeve said “At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.” While growing up, I had dreams of which felt unattainable but that never stopped me from making plans I’d one day achieve. Firstly, I wish to obtain a degree from a university. I am currently an Engineering Physics and Mathematics major and I will strive hard to earn those degrees. I always like to stay motivated and not to give up because I believe I can do so much with my life if given the opportunity. 

Secondly, I would like to work with NASA or have a corporation which partners with them in the future. 

Thirdly, traveling around the world is one of the things I can actually see myself getting done because I am already a traveler. Traveling never gets old for me; I simply love it. 

Still another goal of mine, one really dear to me, is donating to the needy. It is better to give than to receive. Also, the needy deserve as much care as possible. They should know that, they too, are important to the world. 

As a matter of fact, I want not to be another somebody but to be the first one others look up to. I have always had that thought in my mind. I want to have a positive influence on wide variety and number of people. 

Finally, I love singing and one day I will balance my career as a physicist and as a successful singer. I wonder what reactions I will have reading this later on in life.

Pennington, Ranger: Bucket List

One of the worst things about existing is knowing that I will never be able to do everything I want to do. Ever since Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson set out to race against their own mortality and accomplish their veritable “bucket lists” in 2007, that term has been beaten to the ground by people who long to climb Mt. Everest and go skydiving. But climbing a mountain is hard work, and skydiving is scary.

    I prefer a more attainable bucket list. The first thing that comes to mind is to live in a coastal city. South Arkansas has its perks but I’ve been landlocked far too long. My visits to coastal regions have been few and far between, but I certainly prefer the ocean’s horizon to infinite pine trees. I’d also like to visit another country. People were sailing the seven seas and exploring uncharted territories long before the convenience of jet planes existed, so I’d have no excuse for myself if I were to die without exploring Earth beyond the United States. The last thing on my very short bucket list is to learn to play the harp, because they look neat and sound nice. Unfortunately, I’ve seen their prices and fear that my dreams of becoming the next Joanna Newsom may never be realized.

    If my bucket list remains incomplete as I draw my last breath, I won’t be upset. To me, the idea of such a list is innocuous and fun - far from the grave to-do list that some represent it as. However, I must admit that checking off the few items on my list would feel quite rewarding, so I’ll try my best to save some cash for a nice harp.