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.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Bucket List: Riley Payne


Bucket lists consist of the goals in life a person wants to achieve before dying. The lists can be simple or extraordinary. Everyone has a bucket list; some people write them down while others keep them their minds. Either way, bucket lists help people stay focused on their life goals.

My bucket list is simple but challenging. First, I want to graduate college and pass all my college classes. Most people overlook this goal, but to me it is important. After I graduate from SAU, I want to be accepted by the University of  Central Arkansas to continue my education and become a physical therapist. Before setting out on my career path, I want to find and observe physical therapists working at local hospitals and at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The goals above are some of my bigger goals in life. Others are quite simpler: getting married, starting a family, and to having a color guard solo during one of the SAU Band’s halftime shows. I love world travel either for vacations or mission trips. I want to see the Seven Wonders of the world. My mom has always wanted to go to Hawaii. So, I want fulfill a goal from her bucket list by taking her and my family to Hawaii.

    Bucket lists are very easy to create. People add to their bucket list throughout their lives. I hope that I 

achieve my goals and will be happy wherever I go in my life.

Bucket List: Jacob Brown


Growing up I never thought of having a bucket list. But today I can think of so many items that I could add that list, items that would make my life ideal. My items range from watching a Red Sox game, getting married under a willow tree, and to serving overseas. My items are not extreme but they will not bore me either. Those items will be a major factor in how I live my life.

            I plan to be a family man but  also to serve in the military; goals that may butt heads. My first goal is to first graduate college and then enlist into the U.S. Army. I’ve always wanted to be a soldier since I was a young boy; I’ve always told myself that I would serve someday. I’ll combine my goals of being in the Army with another goal, being a law enforcement officer, by serving as an MP officer in the Army.

            Beyond those two main goals are other minor but fulfilling goals: attending Razorback football, baseball, basketball games, and one of their track meets. I’d like to watch the Red Sox beat the Yankees. As a sucker for landscapes I would like to visit the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. [FYI, neither are in the Midwest, ;-)] I have a fear of heights, but that fear may keep me safe. Still,  I would love to climb a mountain or two in the USA, just to help overcome my fear of heights.

Bucket List: Ashley Martin


Bucket Lists have never been a big hobby for me. I am very impulsive when it comes to ideas, but now that I think about it, I have some things that I have always wanted to do.

The first item on my bucket list is visit Yellowstone National Park. I have heard it’s extremely beautiful and I love going on hikes and outdoor adventures. Another item on my bucket list is becoming a travel nurse. That way I could  travel the world, something I love, and work in the pediatrics, my nursing field, at the same time. I would love to visit Alcatraz in San Francisco, CA. I find the whole “prison on an island” concept fascinating. Being an athlete all of my life, running a marathon would be something I would like to add to my list. I would have to train super hard, but it would be worth it.  Something I have always thought about doing is adopting a child. I am not set on adopting from any particular country, but I believe that fulfilling a child’s dreams and giving them love, maybe for the first time would be something we would cherish forever. The last and final thing on my bucket list is living on a ranch of over 50 acres. I have always lived in the city where everything is busy and crowded. So, living a calm and peaceful life is something I have always dreamt about it. My bucket list is rather simple and small, but it is filled with memories I would never forget.

Bucket List: Jiri Semrad


The only thing certain about the future is that it is not certain. What I am doing now may not be what I do in the future. Life will take me through all sorts of paths. What I do know is that setting myself up for success in whatever the future may hold is important to me.

The first and foremost item on my list is self-improvement. No matter what field or path I take consistent improvement will be the key to success in meeting my goals. Becoming stagnant will only hinder any moves to future goals. Those include art, coding, and traveling.

Before I die I want to host an art show. I was supposed to host one before Covid 19 but the pandemic forced its cancellation. I want to reach the point where I can comfortably understand code and coding. Whether or not I choose writing software as a career I’d like to practice and get better at it for my own satisfaction. I would like to go on a long road trip around the country and surrounding countries to just learn about the world I live in and get some stories before I settle down.

The last and most important goal for me is to not only let myself live a comfortable life but have the rest of my friends and family live comfortably. Going forward I want to be hired in a place I can passionately work because personally, it is less about the pay and more about enjoying what I do.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Bucket List: Joey Tan


I prefer to drift through life taking what is expected of me. As I grow older, I struggle to imagine what my future path will be. Yet, there are still things I know want to do before I die, my bucket list.

            I want to attend a League of Legends (LoL) eSports world final. I have followed up on the LoL eSports scene since 2018 and support many favorite teams and dislike others. Though I have never attended any large stadium event, I have heard many stories about the crowd’s electrifying energy, their roar making the game and the announcers inaudible, and no one seeming to care. Honestly, I am not sure if I would even enjoy such a scene, but I would like to find out for myself regardless.

            A cosplay, (short for costume play), is when people dress up as a character from a movie, show, video game, or any other media. Many people in cosplay attend comic or gaming conventions. I have been to some of these conventions before, but always in normal clothes. I know nothing about makeup, sewing, or prop design, but I would like to show up to a convention in cosplay one day. I find the idea of dressing up as a character exciting, since I would not really be “myself,” but I would be the character.

            Both these hobbies have always been something I have enjoyed or spectated from afar, but I want to participate in them fully, even just once.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Bucket List: Aspen Thomas


The first item on my bucket list is to graduate with my chemical engineering bachelor’s degree. I can’t wait to expand my knowledge in that field and finally be able to call myself an engineer, something I have always wanted to be.

The second item on my list is to get hired as a process engineer. Those engineers set up new factories and factory lines; they decide on how many workers to hire; and determine the ideal setup for the factory. It is my dream job and I am sure I’ll be good at it.

Third on my list is to have a family of my own. I have always loved being around kids and cannot wait to have my own children. While growing up it seemed that anytime and anywhere, when there were kids around, I would look up and see them staring at me or gathering around me. While I love hanging out with other people’s kids, I am much more excited to one day have a little mini-me.

The last thing on my list is to travel more. All throughout my childhood, I have been lucky enough to travel the world. I was able to spend two weeks in Sydney, Australia. I have gone swimming with dolphins and enjoyed the Caribbean and Bahamas. I was fortunate to experience time in Mexico and Canada. I also have explored many places here in the United States. I had amazing road trips from coast to coast that lead from Civil War Battlefields to the Woolworth's counter. I had other trips planned, but then COVID happened. So, I have gotten to see many things throughout the world that we hear about every day and can’t wait to see some more great places once again.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Bucket List: Allison Wood


As a goal-oriented person, I have always kept a bucket list. I do not have many extravagant dreams. Instead, I write small, manageable items down because they make me happy and remind me of my larger and more wonderful goals to come. These goals are deeply meaningful and relate to connecting to others.

I greatly enjoy spending time with people and molding my environment to convey positive emotions. So, my first goal is to have a medium sized house, filled with people and decorations! I never want an empty house. Although I don’t value material goods just for their own sake, I do want to use them to create the emotions of wonder and joy and have a house filled with people! I don’t need to be rich to accomplish this goal, but I will need a well-paying fulfilling job.

Another long-term goal is to travel to other countries. Growing up my parents hosted many exchange students in our household. I want to visit them all in their own country and explore their different cultures and histories. I want to see the sites they consider meaningful, rather than the “must see” sites ordinary tourists flock to .

These are my main goals and they relate to exploration and personal growth. I have many more goals I hope to complete and those revolve around making personal connections, bringing people together, and doing so in exciting and fun ways. I have full confidence that I’ll one day achieve everything I hope for and more.