Southern Arkansas University Hosts Centennial Homecoming
It's been 100 years in the making as Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., prepares for a special homecoming.The university will celebrate with “100 Years of Homecoming” throughout the upcoming week, culminating in Saturday’s Mulegating, crowning of the king and queen, a Mulerider Football game and a Baseball Championship Ring Ceremony.
SAU’s campus in Magnolia is a buzz with energy this year as SAU became the fastest growing university in Arkansas. And this homecoming week is expected to thrive off that excitement. Students will have daily homecoming-related activities, including a 6PM Monday pep-rally in the Greek Theatre, a Tuesday night drive-in movie at the Reynold's Center parking lot, and the popular Great SAU Campout and Bonfire Friday night.
Other weekday events include the Rankin College of Business’ third annual “Light for the Fight” ceremony at 7:30PM Monday. SAU’s new Tuesday night Team Study initiative will host a centralized celebration and study session in the Reynolds Center Grand Hall. Also, the 32nd annual Murphy Lecture will feature CNN’s Christine Romans at 10:30AM Thursday in Harton Theatre.
The homecoming weekend events are as follows:
Friday, October 9
Alumni Golf Tournament – Magnolia Country Club 8AM tee off; noon lunch
Hall of Fame Dinner – Reynolds Center Grand Hall 6:30PM
Black Alumni Reception – International Global Center 8PM
For more info, call Cledis Stuart at 870-235-4046.
Saturday, October 10 – Homecoming
100 Years Royalty Brunch – Reynolds Center Grand Hall 11AM
Mulegating on the Ridge – Welcome Center All Day
Hamburger Lunch served by Peoples Bank 11AM
Meet and Greet for Class Reunions for ’65, ’75, ’85, ’95, ’05
Pep Rally 1PM
Court Presentation and Crowning of King and Queen 2PM
SAU Mulerider Football vs. Oklahoma Baptist 2:30PM
Announcement of Hall of Fame Inductees Halftime
Mulerider Baseball Ring Ceremony – Walker Stadium 30 mins. after football game
Concert: Southern Harmony – Welcome Center Post Game
Greek Step Show – W.T. Watson Gym 7PM
According to “The Mulerider School’s Centennial History,” the first homecoming football game in 1915 saw a “hard-won, 7-0 victory” for SAU, then called the Third District Agriculture School (TDAS). The “Magnolia Aggies,” which became Muleriders in the early 1920s, defeated the Boll Weevils on a rainy Thanksgiving Day. That evening, alumni and the visiting team shared a banquet with students at the dining hall.
For more information about SAU’s “100 Years of Homecoming,” visit its website.