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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Honors goes to Mr Smith

Nine honors students, Emily Overton, Taijee Bunch, Melanie Martin, Celine Parker, Rachel Schaeffer, Ian Frisby, Samir KC, Dakota Jensen, and Aryan Shrestha went to Texarkana last night to see the Frank Capra classic: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. (in glorious b&w in honor of the genre)

We took a van and were the only ones in the audience at the movie theater. The film was released in 1939 and covered the topics of governmental corruption and the press' complicity in not presenting the truth. Before the movie a quick quiz asked trivia questions and gave more information about the film. It turns out that the film was not well received by politicians and members of the fourth estate.

After, we trooped over to IHOP for a late night breakfast before coming back to SAU. All believed the trip was worthwhile and that the nearly 80 year old movie still rang true about the situation in Washington, only the media used has changed. Newspapers, so prominent in the film, have been almost completely replaced by social media and TV.

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