For the second consecutive year, the Southern Arkansas University Foundation has inducted new members into the Mulerider Society, the highest recognition given to the University’s benefactors. The honor is reserved for those who make lifetime contributions of more than $500,000.
During the SAU Foundation Honor Societies dinner on Nov. 9, 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story ’85 of Magnolia received the Mulerider Society honor for their contribution of $2 million towards the construction of a covered rodeo arena on the SAU campus. As Mulerider Society members, the Storys were presented a hand-sculpted bronze Mulerider.
Also during the dinner, donors to the University were thanked by Tommy Clark, a junior finance and management major from Hot Springs. He expressed appreciation on behalf of students for the generosity of the honorees.
SAU students Tyler Orsak and Sara Caller hosted an informal art exhibit by students of Dan May, chair of the Department of Art and Design.
A commemorative coaster, the second in a series, was presented to those benefactors who had given over $1,000 during the fiscal year. Awards for lifetime giving were presented to donors who achieved membership in new lifetime giving societies. Lifetime giving awards recognize donors whose cumulative lifetime giving is over $10,000. Receiving awards were the following: Stater Society, Mr. Donald Bustion, Mr. John Phillip Genestet , and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Morrison; Tower Society, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bearden ’61, ‘61, and Mrs. Julia Laney Machen; and Hall of Honor, Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Eichenberger, and Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story ’85.
Those receiving awards but unable to attend were the following: Stater Society, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Dixon ‘78, Dr. and Mrs. B. C. Dodson, Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Johnson ‘57, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. William Mallett ’65, ‘65, Ms. DeAnna Rogers , Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Scott ‘43, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sixbey ‘78, Dr. Betty Faye Smith ‘49, Ms. Adell Whitfield; Tower Society, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Franks, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. (Buddy) Franks, Jr. ‘54, Dr. and Mrs. James Tollett ’58, Mr. Ted Ward, Jr. ’47; and Golden Circle, Mrs. Holly Hartrick Childs, Mr. James Freeman ’71.
SAU President Dr. David Rankin and SAU Foundation President Louis Blanchard presented special awards to the Top Five donors of 09-10: (in alphabetical order) Dr. and Mrs. Rudy Eichenberger of Magnolia, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fincher, Ms. Cinda Ann Hallman Estate, Mrs. Mary Harsh, and Mr. and Mrs. Therral Story ’85.