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 epkardas@saumag.edu or at 870 904-8897.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Move In Day 2016

Honors College students (L to R) Laura Nash, Mayce Graham, Bailey Staton, and Abby Buchanan stop momentarily to pose for picture during SAU Move In Day.

A rainy Sunday greeted new students as they moved into their new rooms at SAU. There to help them were many volunteers including some from the Honors College.

William Gardner chaired the Honors College students and secured shopping carts from Brookshire's and bought water from Walmart.

Eventually, the rain let up but the sun never peeked through the clouds. Welcome new students. They say rain is good luck during a wedding. Maybe the same thing is true for moving in.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Levin and Shaffer Named Outstanding Students


Amanda Levin, College of Education Outstanding Student 2016



Cullen Shaffer, College of Science and Engineering Outstanding Student 2016

The Honors College is pleased to recognize two of its own as SAU's outstanding students in the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering. We wish both of them future success.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Report to Faculty


SAU Honors College:Report to Faculty/Fall 2016

Mission
The mission of the Southern Arkansas University Honors College is to encourage intellectual and academic growth of the university community by giving academically prepared students the opportunity to pursue challenging and stimulating academic experiences.
The mission of the Honors College is accomplished via:
  • academic rigor
  • extramural travel
  • internships
  • closer contact with faculty
  • external advisory board

Facts and Figures
3.25 GPA
Minimum of 24 hours of honors level courses (record is 53 hours)
Current GPA of the 165 students in the HC above 3.64
Most graduate in four years or less
Most will pursue graduate or professional education
We admit around 60 students each year
We graduate nearly 30 each year

National and Regional Honors Councils
The HC is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)--Six students will attend and present their work at this year's meeting in Seattle.
Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC)--meets in the spring in Asheville, NC. Students who will attend has yet to be determined

Specifics
Additional stipend--$600/year
Priority in registration
May live in the Honors Hall
2+2 articulated Honors Programs with COTO, SAU Tech, and SACC.
Recently honors students have traveled to Greece, Italy, and Cuba.

Teaching Honors Courses
Dr. Kardas and three faculty members: Deborah Wilson, Paul Babbitt, and Abraham Tucker will present Planning and Teaching Honors Contract Courses at the Academy, September 7, 2016. Please attend if you want to learn how fellow faculty approach honors education at SAU.

Call us: David Wingfield 870 235 4375 or Ed Kardas 870 235 4231
E-mail us at: dlwingfield@saumag.edu or epkardas@saumag.edu

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ashlyn Michaela Holiman Wilcox Graduates

Ashlyn Michaela Wilcox (nee Holiman)

It's a big smile today after she graduated from the Honors College Summa Cum Laude. Our congratulations go out to her.

Ashlyn will turn right around and pursue SAU's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in the College of Education. According to the SAU Web page the MAT program:

  • is designed to enable career changes for those people who hold a baccalaureate degree in subject areas commonly taught at the elementary, middle, and secondary level, grades k-12

Good luck Ashlyn, we know you'll be a great teacher!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Honors College: Past, Present, and Future


The SAU Honors College was founded by Dr. Rankin in 2003. Dr. Lynne Belcher served as founding director until 2009. Mr. David Wingfield, the current assistant director, has been with the Honors College since its founding. I have been the director since July 2009.

Mission
The mission of the Southern Arkansas University Honors College is to encourage intellectual and academic growth of the university community by giving academically prepared students the opportunity to pursue challenging and stimulating academic experiences.
The mission of the Honors College is best understood by looking at several interlocking components, all of which point to increased academic excellence. Those include: academic rigor, extramural travel and internships, closer contact with faculty, a sense of academic community, and an external advisory board. We are meeting our mission, I believe.

Facts and Figures
Honors students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to remain enrolled in the HC. They must enroll in a minimum of 24 hours of honors level courses. The current GPA of the 184 students in the HC is 3.64. Nearly all will graduate in four years or less. Except for the engineers, most will pursue graduate or professional education. We admit around 60 students each year and graduate nearly 30 each year. The vast majority of those who fail to remain the HC still graduate from SAU.

National and Regional Honors Councils
The HC is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC). Both meet annually and serve as places to disseminate student and faculty research and scholarship. The NCHC sets standards and practices for honors education and conducts research on honors. I have attended all of their meetings since 2009 and have taken students with me when their work is on the program. In 2016 I will take six students with me to their meeting in Seattle. Wingfield and I will present data on our students' "bucket lists." The students will present posters on their research. When I first became director I attended the NCHC's workshop for new directors held that year in Ames, IA.

Specifics
SAU honors students receive an additional stipend. They also receive priority in registration. They may live in the Honors Hall if they choose, depending upon availability. The HC established 2+2 programs with COTO, SAU Tech, and SACC. That was done to allow transfer students the opportunity to earn a degree from the HC. Some of this year's graduates will: pursue research in Antarctica, attend pharmacy school, engage in grad study in plant pathology and marine parasitology. Thanks to recent generous anonymous donations, SAU students have bee able to travel more. Honors students have taken advantage and traveled to Greece, Italy, and Cuba.

Call us: David Wingfield 870 235 4375 or Ed Kardas 870 235 4231
E-mail us at: dlwingfield@saumag.edu or epkardas@saumag.edu
Web: https://web.saumag.edu/honors    Blog: http://sauhc.blogspot.com

Friday, May 6, 2016

English Grads 2016

From L to R: Kristin Kennedy, Talia Burton, and Rachel Jett

Congratulations to our three English graduates. Kristin hopes to travel, Talia wants to publish a novel, and Rachel wants to live happily and reminisce about fond memories when she grows old.

Line Zoa Graduates

Line Zoa

Congratulations go out to longtime Honors College undergraduate assistant Line Zoa. Line has labored many hours helping the Honors College run smoothly. She will soon be enrolled at Texas A&M University-Kingsville to study pharmacology.