Winter 2014 Class News


Dr. Betty F. Smith ’48 recently established a scholarship endowment to benefit a student from the Marysville/Mount Holly area.

Judge W. Kelvin Wyrick ’58 has been recognized by both the Arkansas and Texas Bar Associations as he celebrated his 50th year of practicing law.


The Dr. Lionel Barton ’58 Scholarship endowment was recently initiated to benefit an SAU student interested in the poultry industry. Donations may be made to SAU Foundation, P.O. Box 9174, Magnolia, Ark. 71754.

Dr. and Mrs. Larry Embree ’54 recently established the Donald J. Embree Scholarship in memory of his brother, a member of the Class of 1948.

Ms. Lallie Wetzig ’58 recently initiated the Maribeth Wetzig Needles Scholarship to benefit a history student in memory of her sister, a member of the Class of ’63.


Bill Barnes ’72 has been named by the Pulaski Special School District as the 2013-2014 principal for Jacksonville High School.

David Kellog ’78 was recently named Superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District.

Larry ‘73 and Wanda (McHenry) Roach ’74 were honored for 30 years of service at Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ in Magnolia


Steve Forbes ’88 has been hired as an assistant coach for Wichita State men’s basketball.

Dan Galway ’85 has been hired as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales with Daughtery Business Solutions.

Denise (Langley) Neill ’81 was selected as a 2013-2014 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program fellow. Neill is an associate professor of nursing for the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing.


Virginia (Sterling) Pate ’98 has been honored for her 15 years of service to BancorpSouth. Pate has 41 years of banking service and has completed many American Bankers Association courses.

Todd Smith ’92, Executive Vice President of Trust and Asset Management at Farmers Bank and Trust, was recently awarded the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.


Adam Anderson ’09 ’11 has been named as the head coach for the Liberal Bee Jays baseball team of Liberal, Kan. The Liberal Bee Jays are a member of the Jayhawk League, one of the nation’s premier summer baseball leagues.

Brittany Bennett ’04 ’06 has been named as the tenth UNC-Pembroke softball head coach. Bennett previously served as the top assistant on a coaching staff in Milledgeville, Ga.

James Eric Yates M.D. ’09 received his medical degree from Wake Forest Medical School in Winston-Salem, N.C. He and his wife Christie (Albrecht) Yates ’08 have a four-month-old son, Samuel James Yates. Dr. Yates is the son of Carole (Lee) Yates ’83 and is the grandson of Peggy Lee (former employee). Dr. Yates will be doing his residency at Wake Forest.


Tyler Sykora ’12 was featured on the cover of Hooten’s Arkansas Football. Hooten’s Arkansas Football had the Muleriders picked to finish second in the Great American Conference in 2013.

Renee Renz ’13 has been hired as the women’s basketball assistant to Head Coach Kristin Kunzman at the University of Virginia-Wise.

Friends of SAU

Heather Akkub (former student) has a new position with Mainstream Technologies in administrative, accounting, and sales support for the company’s Software Solutions Unit.

Mrs. Sharon Eichenberger recently established the William Murray and Patty Ann Miller Smith endowment to benefit Magale Library.

Jimmy Parker (former employee) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th annual Arkansas Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame banquet.

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