Southern Arkansas University is ready to celebrate a big homecoming weekend. This year's theme "Love and Loyalty," representing the completion of the SAU Love and Loyalty Campaign.
The Love and Loyalty Campaign was launched in 2016 and was anticipated to be the most ambitious fundraising campaign in SAU's history. Currently, the campaign has raised over $28.6 million with the help of Mulerider alumni and friends.
On Thursday, the Great SAU Campout took place, along with a bonfire, at 10 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The spirit log display and street painting competition was held on the Farm Road.
The SAU Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held in Grand Hall beginning at 6:30 tonight and the honorees will also be recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game.
The 2021 Hall of Fame Class includes Kim Davis (basketball), Wayne Freppon (football, baseball, basketball, track & field), Jeff Harrington (meritorious service), Bernardi Johnson (football), Cody Jones (baseball), Jackie LeDay (volleyball), Mike Rubinski (football) and Keffus Wilkerson (track & field).
The BSU/BCM reunion will take place at the Baptist College Ministries building at 10 a.m. Saturday. Mulegating begins at 11 a.m. at the Alumni Center.
The homecoming pep rally will begin at 1 p.m. on the Alumni Center lawn, featuring a walk-through of the 2021 homecoming court.
The King and Queen Court presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium, followed by the homecoming football game between SAU and Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Members of the 2021 homecoming court are Colton Cowart, Mackenzy Turner, Brock Floyd, Brock Floyd, Carson Beeching, Caleb Hays, Emily Smith, Fabiola Rivera, Garrett Clark, Jarius Curry, Hope Hesterly, Kel Vin Tee, Josey Webb, Kevin Jones, Kevin Jones, Molly Scriber, Kamrin Hooks, Bronwyn Buchanan, Celine Parker, Kristian Shumaker, OB Jones, Kushayla Jackson and Jessi Park.
Following the football game, the Mulerider baseball team will be honored for their GAC Regular Season Championship and 13th NCAA Tournament appearance at the Championship Ring Ceremony.