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 continues to serve as a faculty member and advisor. 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 160 honors students and graduated 28 (a record number) in 2013-2014. 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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Honors College t-shirts

Michelle Beavers models the 2014 Honors College t-shirt

If you have not yet heard, the 2014 Honors College t-shirts are in. If you ordered one, come pick it up at the Honors Office. They are $12.

If you DID NOT order one, e-mail Kiley Anderson at:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Milkweed (Asclepias sp.)

Found some milkweed (aka butterfly plant) in town today; bought two. I'll plant those somewhere near the house. Honors College will try to get more for its new public service project--planting milkweed on campus to help raise the number of monarch butterflies in this part of the country.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Everett, Delora: Bucket List

A major part of my bucket list would be just simply paying off debts and at the same time helping people who are in need. Being able to give back to my community is important to me. Where I am from not many people are fortunate to even make it to college. I would enjoy being able to help out others financially and not have them struggle as much as I did.

I also want to travel big time. I really wish to visit Germany before going anywhere else. I’m so drawn to going there that I am even learning to speak German. The other places I wish to visit include: France, Central Africa, Japan, and Spain. 

 I’d also like to have a job as a psychologist. Having a job that pays well plays a big part in my bucket list because without one, I would be not able to give much back or even travel for that matter. I want to be the best of the best too, have people come to me for help and information, and I will answer the unanswerable. That would be definitely great. Discovering a solution to an unsolvable problem or issue would be a highlight of my life.

Last but not least, I want to learn magic tricks. Its super fun watching a magician perform and I’ve always been interested in actually doing it since I was young. It seems as though everyone loves magic. How could anyone not enjoy it? Magic is great.

My bucket list is one that shows a bit of my personality and inner wishes.   I believe most bucket lists do the same because they show a people’s inner desires that they wish to accomplish before death. I believe my list is pretty simple even though many items don’t correlate to each other at all. I feel as though I would be able to accomplish all things on my bucket list before I die.

Hinton, Cade: Bucket List

The best thing about life is being able to accomplish all the things we, as people, have always wanted to do. Some people want to go to the moon, whereas I would rather live on a simpler side of life.  Going to the moon seems like fun, but I do have some common sense. I know that I am very unlikely to do something as extravagant as that, so my two bucket list items are becoming either an Oncologist or an Endocrinologist and to travel the world.  

Becoming one of these doctors is very important for me. My dad is a Type One diabetic and there is a good chance I will be too.  So, it would really benefit me to be an Endocrinologist. I also have had many family members die from cancer. I really just want to be able to help someone in need and to hopefully find a cure for either of these two things.  Also, it would be really nice to make that kind of money. But as of right now, I am looking at being an Oncologist.  

Traveling around the world would also be really nice. I have always wanted to visit Rome, Venice, Greece, and to drive the autobahn. I really just want to visit them for the sightseeing and the food. I have traveled some around the country, but the only time I have left the United States has been to go to Canada, and I did not like the cold weather.

Overall, I just want to do something important with my life. I only have one life and I might as well do something great with it!

Zoa, Line: Bucket List

I had never thought of writing down all the things that I would like to do before I die until today. I am a business oriented person, and I would rather write business plans for the long-term businesses I would like to establish in a few years, writing them makes them more real and pushes me to work towards them. In other words, I try to move from the project phase to the achievement phase by planning in a consistent manner. Most of the things I want to do in life revolve about the wellbeing of others; others are related to my life interests and hobbies.

I have always wanted to become a Medical Doctor because of an urge to help people to be healthy. Health is the most precious gift in life and being healthy and alive is really all anyone can ask for. I want to use my knowledge and skills to improve health around the world.

Aside from being a medical doctor, I want to have another profession. I love fashion and want to design clothes based on African stories and cultures. I would love to have a clothing line and have a chain of restaurants in different cities of my beautiful country, Cameroon.

My goal in life is to use education as my tool in becoming a productive member of society. One way to play a part in society is to make others happy. I imagine a world where most children have access to education and healthcare, especially orphans found in developing countries. I would like to help by building healthcare centers and creating an organization for young children who are interested in socio-economic activities and leadership skills.

I want to travel around the world and visit the Seven Wonders of the World. I want to visit Greece, Egypt, Italy, Turkey and many more places.

I cannot predict the future, but I am hoping and praying that God gives me longer days, strength, and determination to accomplish my goals.

Ciurcina, Mariana: Bucket List

Every human being has a bucket list either in mind or written down. The main idea of a bucket list is to choose things to do before dying. Having a bucket list helps visualize life goals. It takes hard work to achieve those goals. Therefore, I would like to share ten things I want to do before I die.

The first thing I would like to do is skydiving. I am the type of girl who likes to take risks; not many others would want to skydive because it is very risky. I think it would be an unforgettable experience. The second thing I would like to do is learn how to surf. I am a beach person, and I would love to spend hours and hours at a beach playing in the water. Moreover, I am also a big soccer fan; so I would like to meet a few famous soccer players such as, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, and Ozil. This is definitely one the most important things of my bucket list.

The fourth thing is traveling to Hawaii. I think it is the most beautiful and peaceful island in the world, so I hope I get the opportunity to go there sometime before I die. The fifth thing is going to Six Flags. There are so many fun rides that I am sure it would also be a great experience. The sixth thing, I would like to go to New York City, the city that never sleeps.

The seventh thing is swimming with dolphins. They are my favorite animal, so I would like to be able to see them closely and touch them. Besides, dolphins are beautiful and friendly. The eighth thing is attending a music festival because I love listening to music and dancing. Also I would like to shark dive in the Bahamas. It may sound scary, but I actually think it would be an awesome experience. 

Last but not least, I would like to donate a large amount of money to poor and homeless people. Everybody in the world deserves to have a home, and I would be more than happy to change at least one person’s life. All these things mentioned before, were ten of many more goals I am working on achieving before I die. It is important to visualize your dreams, so go ahead and make your own bucket list if you have not done it yet!

Bolick, Ethan: Bucket List

         Life has many stages. These stages come with many new experiences. Some lead to the formation of a bucket list. My bucket list includes writing a music album, traveling to different countries, and scoring under 70 in a round of golf.

         At heart I am a musician. I play guitar primarily and also play bass, drums, and ukulele. I love to write and play music—it is my passion. I have previously written a song; it seemed very natural to me. My friends and I play music quite often, and we plan to record an album. Being the entrepreneur, I plan to write the music myself because it would make the album completely original. 

         Throughout high school, I had the privilege of traveling all over Texas, Arkansas, and as far as Indiana. These experiences formed a love for traveling, which is part of the reason I chose my major, marketing. I would thoroughly enjoy traveling anywhere, but the two places I mostly want to visit are Italy and New Zealand. The cultures of both countries fascinate me and I would love to experience them in person.

         I have developed a passion for playing sports throughout my life. I play golf mostly, however I also play disc golf, ultimate frisbee, tennis, and basketball. In golf, I score 100 on average. I plan to dedicate much time to golf after I retire. I would love to play a round of golf and score under 70, a score most professional golfers routinely score. 

         Peoples’ bucket lists reflect their personality to others. My bucket list displays the activities and entertainment I enjoy in life. Although others don’t achieve every goal on their bucket lists, I will complete every task on my list. I believe all should have a bucket list because it pushes them to experience life fully.