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, August 3, 2018

Noah Alfryji Graduates

Noaf Alfryji 3 August 2018

Noaf came to Southern Arkansas University as an ESL student from Saudi Arabia. His English was adequate he said, but not at the level required for serious academic work. He quickly passed his ESL test and then enrolled in the SAU Honors College.

Some four years later he is graduating with a degree in nursing. He plans to return to Saudi Arabia with his wife and three children, two of whom were born in Arkansas. There he will work at the Prince Mohammed Medical City.

We wish him continued success and hope to see him again soon. BTW, his freshman bucket list included buying a vintage sports car. We'll wish to see a picture of it.

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