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SouthARK Lecture Series Free Event Coming Up!

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds, carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. Today, he is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream – to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish.

As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders.

25 years ago, in 1993, TRISTAR Productions immortalized his life story with the blockbuster film, RUDY. Written and produced by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the award-winning team who brought us HOOSIERS, the critically acclaimed RUDY received “Two Thumbs Up” from Siskel and Ebert and continues to inspire millions worldwide.

Today, a highly sought after motivational speaker, Rudy entertains international corporate audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating. He reaches school children, university students, and professional athletes with the same enthusiasm, portraying the human spirit that comes from his personal experiences of adversity and triumph. His captivating personality and powerful message of “YES I CAN” stays with his audiences forever. Rudy’s opening remarks receive thunderous applause and standing ovations from audiences of 200 to 20,000 people who emotionally chant RU-DY, RU-DY!

Rudy has appeared on various high profile nationally televised talk shows and radio shows across the country, is featured in national magazine publications, and has been honored with the key to many cities in the United States with special proclamations for his inspiration, commitment, and human spirit. Rudy received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the Distinguished American Award, A Proclamation from the Governor of Nevada granting an Official Rudy Award Day, was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, and spoke at the White House during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Pep Rally with a Purpose Pictures

Last Tuesday night (August 14), Smackover High School students helped pack meals for our local food pantries.  Then students participated in the Pep Rally with a Purpose in conjunction with the Hooten’s Classic Football Game which will be played on Monday, August 27, at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia at 7:30 pm.

Tickets may still be purchased at central office or on any of the school offices for $7.

Advance ticket sales benefit the school district so please go out and buy your tickets today!

Register NOW!

Registration is limited to 20 students!

  • Registrations can be emailed to Cathy Harrell at charrell@southark.edu and then payments made in the SouthARK Bookstore.
  • Registrations with checks can be mailed to Cathy Harrell, South Arkansas Community College, P.O. Box 7010, El Dorado AR 71731-7010

For more information, please click on the following links:

If you still have questions, please contact Cathy Harrell at (870) 864-8479.

Attention: Graduating Senior and Their Parents

If you are a graduating senior or the parent of a graduating senior, please check out this fantastic opportunity to obtain an Associate Degree debt-free from UAM-CTC in Crossett!

For more information regarding the FAME program, please contact:  JULIE ROBERSON (Manager/Human Resources) at Canfor Southern Pine – (870) 962-3206.

Applications are now being accepted for the FAME program. The FAME program is set up for two days per week of school at UAM-CTC in Crossett and then three days of work.

Through the FAME program, students earn a beginning salary of $12 per hour and can earn performance raises up to $16 per hour over a two-year, five-semester period while earning technical certifications in pursuit of the applied science degree.

With contributions from participating companies, students can finish the degree debt-free and have up to two years of on-the-job experience, an anomaly in today’s college and career preparation arena.