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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SAU at Versailles

As you can see, I did not take this picture, our guide did. I wonder how she got my iPhone to work better for her?

The weather held for us again today. We spent nearly three hours touring parts of Versailles, Louis XIV's "hunting lodge."

After we looked at the famous gardens behind the building (I rented a golf cart, btw). Hard to believe that the French kings lived such lives while their subjects suffered poverty, poor health, and early death.

We'll be home Monday and are not looking forward to that 8.5 hour flight. At least we'll be flying west so we'll gain some of that time back.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Zoave of the Seine

 Historic Flood Levels on the Seine

The Zoave today

On our boat ride today we learned about the Zoave (type of French soldier) that stands near Pont de l'Alma bridge. Many worry that the Seine will flood more often and more hazardly than in the past because of global warming.

Insane on the Seine

I could not take the picture from the bow, not enough room! We're in front of Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf (the New Bridge), new back in the day, but the oldest now.

So here are two pictures of our group getting ready for Seine River cruise.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Woo Pig! Louvre

When our kids were little and when we were returning to Arkansas, we often played a game. It involved finding the first Arkansas Razorback sign, bumper sticker, or decal. As you might imagine, those become rare once out of the Natural State.

Well, I won the prize on this trip. The Razorback pictured is in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Allez les cochons! (Go pigs in French...)

SAU at Arc de Triomphe

No way to cross THIS street. It would be like the old FROGGER game and you remember how that turns out for the frog.

There is a pedestrian tunnel, btw.

SAU at Eiffel Tower

The weather in Paris has cooperated with us. Today we saw the Eiffel Tower. It's a must see!

SAU Students Visit Cluny Monastery in Paris

SAU students take a break in Paris yesterday while visiting the Cluny Monastery