True Blue Love Stories

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Jessica Powers & Mason Powers

How/where did you meet? Our love story is different than most. Mason came to Southern Arkansas University from Iowa on a Cross Country Scholarship and studied business. I grew up in Magnolia and decided to study to become a teacher. Mason graduated from SAU in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Business degree, and I graduated… Read More

Kayla Ross & JB Ross

How/where did you meet? Southern Arkansas University percussion camp in 2014. Are there any special memories of you two on campus Playing with puppies during finals week. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Attend drum corps shows around Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma! How many years have you been together? 5

Hannah Mattson & Clay McLelland

How/where did you meet? We met our freshman year of college. We were both members of the UAHT Shooting Sports Team. That was something we could bond over and enjoyed shooting competitively against each other. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We have so many! We enjoyed spending time with friends… Read More

Cassidy Russell & Garrett Russell

How/where did you meet? We met the second semester of my freshman year Are there any special memories of you two on campus For sure! My favorites are surprising him when he was studying in the library and putting balloons in his Jeep for his birthday while he was in class. Also, I loved meeting… Read More

LeAnn Miller & Gary Miller

How/where did you meet? We met at a dance when they had them at the VFW. I got to know him because I was friends with some of the freshmen baseball players. Gary played baseball during the 82/83 and 83/84 seasons. Are there any special memories of you two on campus I remember watching him… Read More

Zachery Greenhaw & Brendi Greenhaw

How/where did you meet? We met during Leadership Academy right before Brendi started her Freshman year. When classes started, we realized we had the same biology class and we’ve been inseparable ever since! Are there any special memories of you two on campus There are so many! We both were a part of ΑΣΑ and… Read More

Jacee Nelson & Brad Grems

How/where did you meet? Through mutual friends that were together at the time and thought that we would be perfect for each other. We went on our first date with them to a haunted house! We have been inseparable ever since. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We both loved to… Read More

Stormi Ray & Tahare Ray II

How/where did you meet? We met Sumer 2012 when we were both taking summer classes and I was a summer RA at Honors Hall. We both lived there for the summer and first bonded playing dominoes in the lobby. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We have several great memories being… Read More

Kyle Smith & Sarah Smith

How/where did you meet? Decorating the tractor for Celebration of Lights, November 2006. Are there any special memories of you two on campus What did the two of you do for fun/dates? As there isn't much to do in Magnolia, we usually went to Texarkana or El Dorado for dates. How many years have you… Read More

Erica Tyson & Raphyael Tyson

How/where did you meet? We met in 2009, in Mr. Duke, criminal justice class. I did not like him at first but he kept bugging me and asking me for gum, trying to get my attention. lol Are there any special memories of you two on campus August 9, 2013…The day I graduated and the… Read More

Terry Bird & Machelle Bird

How/where did you meet? The Church of Christ student center across the street from the Greek theatre. Are there any special memories of you two on campus Terry always attended my Heritage Singers concerts, recitals, and plays in Harton Theater or Dolph Camp. He was an ag business major and wasn’t really interested in music…. Read More

Natalie Bolick & Ethan Bolick

How/where did you meet? We met a Chick-fil-A during upward bound summer classes. He was so nervous he wouldn’t eat and then I asked him for help with my math homework. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We would always walk around the farm road at night and look for shooting… Read More

Alyssa Wynn & Aaron Wynn

How/where did you meet? The first day of classes Alyssa’s freshman year. Are there any special memories of you two on campus Too many to count!! Fishing in the ponds on the SAU farm, Making EVERY SAU theater play a date night, going to the drive in movie every year, but our FAVORITE was getting… Read More

Sarah Gerrald & Thomas Gerrald

How/where did you meet? We lived in the same dorm freshmen year and we had a few classes together but we didn’t officially meet until my suite mates introduced us. Are there any special memories of you two on campus Eating lunch together every day between classes. Going for walks on the farm road. Going… Read More

Roger Dunlap & Darla Dunlap

How/where did you meet? We met at a dance at the Jaycee Hut in Magnolia in August, 1982. I was actually introduced to Darla by the guy she was dating at the time! I was immediately taken in by her blue eyes and I decided I should get to know her better. We started dating… Read More

Chelsa King & Cameron Carr

How/where did you meet? Cameron and I met in Biology Lab, he'll say I never noticed him but that isn't true. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We both lived in the village, me in building 5 and him in building 1. I had a 1:10 class in HKR and somehow… Read More

Mrs G & Paul Deloney

How/where did you meet? I saw him working a basketball game. I asked a mutual friend who he was. About a week later, we crossed paths. He was on his way to the UC and I was on my way to class. I stopped him and shot my shot. 😂 The rest is history. Are… Read More

Kierstan Ault & Jerry Craig Hensley

How/where did you meet? The Tea Talk freshman year! We were both were alone with no friends in our assembly and we were all told to squish together and not leave any seats empty between us. We were squished together and decided to chat. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We… Read More

Amber Ray & Cody Ray

How/where did you meet? We met in the Computer Lab of Talley Hall. I was up late doing homework with my Best Friend and Cody walked into the Computer lab so we started talking as she finished her homework! We talked in the Lobby after our friends went to sleep from about 11pm until 8am… Read More

Alisha Goodner & Brandon Goodner

How/where did you meet? We met right before my senior year of high school at the Fox Creek Apartments. He pulled up in his white pickup and asked me out. We didn't even know each other but we have been together since that day. Are there any special memories of you two on campus We… Read More

Dusty Gardner & Morgan Gardner

How/where did you meet? We played basketball at Central Baptist on Wednesday nights. The night Morgan and I met, she got a concussion from one of our friends. That night struck our friendship. We also had the same major so we had a lot of classes together. Are there any special memories of you two… Read More

Gabriela Coburn & Andrew Coburn

How/where did you meet? We met through our sorority & fraternity friends we made our 2nd year at SAU Are there any special memories of you two on campus When we first started talking we had a business class together which got to start conversing more as we would get together to study. What did… Read More

Nakita Artis-Chatman & Michael ChatMan

How/where did you meet? We met in the Fall of 2004 in passing going to class in Nelson. We didn’t began to date until a few years later. Are there any special memories of you two on campus He would get his friends to send me notes in my classes to let me know that… Read More

Wondrous Roach & Larry Roach

How/where did you meet? My brother caught a ride home in Fall of 1968, with my future husband and another friend when they were all freshmen. I tried to catch the friend's eye while Larry carried on a conversation with my parents on our front porch. We were not at all attracted to each other… Read More

Zane Harger & Chelsea Harger

Nemitari Ibibofori & Taylor Ibibofori

Chad Tucker & Candice Tucker

Ashley Reed & Dillon Reed

Rashna Oston & Simeon Oston

How did you meet? We met through a friend. What activities did the campus offer couples? There was always a variety of things we could do on campus. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Out to eat and movie dates How many years have you been together? 9 years Are there any… Read More

Jesse and Almeta Radford

How did you meet? We met at a youth revival the summer before our senior year of high school in 1990. Jesse’s version of the story is that I “dissed” him and played hard to get, but I don’t remember it that way! – Almeta How quickly we forget! I seem to be the only… Read More

Justin & Ellana Stuart

How did you meet? In math class where we both were failing lol What activities did the campus offer couples? We both played college basketball for SAU What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Watch Movies and walked the campus How many years have you been together? 9 and half years Are there… Read More

Colter & Brooke Prescott

How did you meet? A Phi Lamb Christmas party What activities did the campus offer couples? Colter was Vice President of the SAU rodeo team and Brooke was a member of Tri Sigma. Most of our weekends were spent at college rodeos. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Our first date was… Read More

Lancer Clark and Karrah Clark

How did you meet? I would always see her walking on Campus looking so beautiful. One day, I got the courage to ask her out on a date, she said yes, and we have been inseparable every since. What activities did the campus offer couples? Movie Nights, Greek Week (Lancer…Kappa Alpha Psi & Karrah…Alpha Kappa… Read More

Paige Mills & Alex Mills

How did you meet? We were high school sweethearts! Alex then got a scholarship to play football at SAU, and I followed him to SAU and we both loved it! What activities did the campus offer couples? We would go to movie nights, loved going to plays and would always make bingo night even though… Read More

Justin and Heather (Halter) Koch

How did you meet? Justin and I both worked at the SAU skating rink. It was called the Rider Rink. It had just opened, and we began working there about the same time. What activities did the campus offer couples? Besides the Rider Rink, the sporting events were always fun to go to. What did… Read More

LeAnn Morgan Miller and Gary Miller

How did you meet? Gary played baseball. I was friends with some of the players. What activities did the campus offer couples? Not many. There were dances off campus. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Lol. We watched ball games. ESPN had just begun!!!! How many years have you been together? Dated… Read More

Josh and Amber SanFilippo

How did you meet? Josh played football and I cheered so we always knew of each other, just never talked. He then lived across from me in the Village apartments for a year and again we never talked. A mutual friend invited us both to the movies and from that night on we have been… Read More

Leroy and Voyles Martin

How did you meet? We meet at The Bell Tower… We were both on our way to class; I was on my cell phone and she took one look at me and said “A Maaaan!!!”..LOL I saw her ( I really felt the same way about her) and we developed a great relationship as friends!!!… Read More

Orlando and Veda Ojeda

How did you meet? We met in band–his sense of humor was what first got my attention. We had mutual friends, also; we spent a lot of time in social settings as friends before things got serious. What activities did the campus offer couples? I don’t recall any, but I know there must have been… Read More

Kyle & Cherry Downs

How did you meet? We when we were in high school. I decided to attend SAU because Kyle was already a student there. What activities did the campus offer couples? We were both HKR majors so we had common classes. We are both sports people so we likes to attend Mulerider athletic events. What did… Read More

Loyd and Shirley (Russell) Fannin

How did you meet? We met in an art class together. Loyd was a senior taking art as an elective. I was a freshman taking art for a degree in education. Later, I found that he and I attended the same church. He had a car for the first time, so he offered me a… Read More

Joel and Rhonda Sutton

How did you meet? Rhonda was playing violin in Ms. Baer’s String Ensemble back in 1974, even though she was still a high-school student. As a freshman music education major, I learned to play viola and was asked to join the ensemble. That’s how we first connected. But I was also a clarinet major and… Read More

Jeffrey & Emily Jester

How did you meet? Jeffrey had classes with my sister and her boyfriend. After meeting him I told my sister I thought he was cute so they started working on getting us together more. What activities did the campus offer couples? We went to Mulegating and football games. What did the two of you do… Read More

Bill Seay and Nedra Dees Seay

How did you meet? Early in our first semester as freshmen we tried out for parts in a play and met as we were standing at the bulletin board reading our names on the list of those chosen by Ms Horton to be in “My Three Angels.” We realized that we were also in the… Read More

Dayton and Brittany Grundy

How did you meet? I (Brittany) was a waitress at a local restaurant and Dayton was a bouncer at the local bar. We had mutual friends that officially introduced us. We started dating in October of 2013 and we eloped in January of 2014! What activities did the campus offer couples? We always loved meeting… Read More

Ross and Dallas Sims

How did you meet? We actually met at Family Day in 2000 under a tree at the duck pond. From there it was just friendly flirting as I was already talking to another young man. A few weeks went by, his friends and my friends just sort of gravitated together and so we saw each… Read More

Kyle and Sarah Smith

How did you meet? It was time to decorate for the Celebration of Lights, and the Ag Department scheduled a night for the students to put lights on a tractor to be parked in front of Child’s Hall. Kyle was being his usual outgoing, silly self, and we quickly became friends and started dating a… Read More

Brett & Shelby Blair

How did you meet? We met in our first semester of the ADN nursing program. Brett first remembers seeing me (Shelby) in our required CPR certification class a few weeks before classes started, but I remember seeing him at registration the day before classes started. When we had to participate in group projects in class,… Read More

Brock and Dianna Burrow

How did you meet? Brock was actually my BAM II leader when I was an incoming freshman fall 2010. So my first week of college, Brock was my go to person for any questions I had about the campus or my classes. We formed a friendship simply because he was my BAM II leader, we… Read More

Matthew and Kaylee Wise

How did you meet? We first saw each other at an event the BCM hosted for Freshman, but didn’t officially meet for a few weeks at a Theatre meeting. If you would have told either of us back then that we’d be married now, neither of us would believe you. So glad that SAU brought… Read More

Alan and Lauren Thompson

How did you meet? We met at a Halloween party at the Wesley Foundation. I (Lauren) didn’t really know anyone there, but Alan kept talking to me and trying to make me feel comfortable. We didn’t exchange numbers or anything that night, but a few days later we ran into each other again at the… Read More

Bryce and Virginia Harman

How did you meet? We met while working for The Bray! In fall of 2000 I was the editor and hired Bryce as the advertising designer. We started dating two months later and got married in 2002. The rest is history! What activities did the campus offer couples? We enjoyed SAU theatre productions, football games,… Read More

Jarryd and Courtney Dempsey

How did you meet? We met at first in Dr. Wilson’s psychology class, although we didn’t really know it at the time until much later. About a year and a half afterwards we connected through mutual friends on Facebook. He sent me a video through messenger that was absolutely hilarious and the rest is history…. Read More

John and Jennifer Hirzel

How did you meet? We met our first day on campus at Mulerider Roundup. We ended up being matched as Roundup partners, because our Birthdays were in the same month. A few days later, we found out that we were both members of the new Residential College on campus, and a few months later we… Read More

Eli and Lena VanCamp

How did you meet? We met the first week of my freshman year at a Sigma Pi party. We were introduced by Eli’s fraternity brother who went to high school with me. The crazy thing is, we grew up about 30 minutes from each other and had some of the same friends, but we had… Read More

Logan and Juliann Owens

How did you meet? We ran into each other a few times through groups of mutual friends. We had our first actual conversation when we were put on the same team at an Alpha Gamma Rho and Tri Sigma mixer. What activities did the campus offer couples? We enjoyed going to homecoming activities and spring… Read More

John David and Mandy Gray

How did you meet? We met Mandy’s first week on campus as a freshman in 2005. This was Davids last semester of college. We were singing in the BCM Praise Team together and during our first rehearsal Mandy lost her footing on the stage and almost feel into the drum set, until David reached out… Read More

Chris & Kimberly Coker

How did you meet? Training for CPR as a Hall Director (Kim) and RA (Chris)! What activities did the campus offer couples? At that time we spent time just hanging out on the campus grounds! What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Took my kids (Kim’s) to the local park. How many years… Read More

Jackson and Megan McCurdy

How did you meet? Jackson and I met for the first time at Backyard BBQ. I was working there and he came in on his first night in town with a couple of teammates that I knew. He sent me a Facebook friend request that night, but it was months before I accepted, which we… Read More

Scott and Krystal Hinton

How did you meet? We both joined SIFE (Enactus) in our senior year. What activities did the campus offer couples? Game nights and Movie nights. We typically ventured away from campus for date nights. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? We would go to Cancun or order Domino’s. How many years have… Read More

Joshua & Hannah Burns

How did you meet? We were partners in World Lit II Class. What activities did the campus offer couples? We were active members and leaders at the campus’ Association of Baptist Students. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? We spent a lot of time eating out, hanging out in my dorm room… Read More

Adam and Amanda Anderson

How did you meet? Adam and I met through a mutual friend, Thomas Tillery, at the beginning of Fall 2007. We ended up “conveniently” running in the same circles. What activities did the campus offer couples? Adam came to SAU as a baseball player, so of course I supported him and watched him play baseball…. Read More

Robin Harris Bill Skains

How did you meet? We met the first day of enrollment, 1974. Dated at SAU until 1976, when I graduated. Dated until 1980 in Little Rock when we got married in Branson, Missouri (her home town) on April 19. We have been married for 36 years. What activities did the campus offer couples? Back in… Read More

Keith and Haley Smith

How did you meet? We met at the ABS the day before my first day of classes in August 2006 as a freshman. He was a senior and approached me and introduced himself. We kept running into each other in between classes and at the ABS. We started dating in January 2007 of second semester…. Read More

Jason and Lydia Spears

How did you meet? Jason’s cousin was my roommate in Herrod Hall. She introduced us when Jason started school at SAU. Jenn was about to do the Disney World internship and asked me to look out for Jason. We were friends forba while and finally started dating. What activities did the campus offer couples At… Read More

Pat and Christa Robey

How did you meet? Pat and I met through my friend, Kristen. Her boyfriend was Pat’s roommate so she decided to introduce us one October night. What activities did the campus offer couples There were lots of activities for couples to go to together. We, of course, were at EVERY baseball game! Pat played short… Read More

Jesse and Kelsey Elam

How did you meet? We met by being on the rodeo team together. I, Kelsey, was a sophomore that was the teams photographer, videographer, secretary, you name it. Jesse was a freshman bull rider from Alabama! What activities did the campus offer couples Anything that happened on campus, we went together! From sporting events to… Read More

Dedrick and Jessica Reynolds

How did you meet? We met through a mutual friend. We couldn’t stand each other at first! But we went from enemies to friends, to best friends, to happily married with a beautiful baby boy! What activities did the campus offer couples What did the two of you do for fun/dates? How many years have… Read More

Mark (Tony) and Brittney Adams

How did you meet? We met in high school! Tony was a senior and I was a sophomore. He went off to college at SAU while I continued high school and would visit him at SAU on the weekends, go to football games, and just spend time together. I then started SAU in the Fall… Read More

Bryan and Cassidy Smith

How did you meet? At a pajama party at Justin Sharps house off campus What activities did the campus offer couples Plays Sporting events Mulegating Greek life What did the two of you do for fun/dates? We went to the Cameo some but mostly drove around to the local abandoned houses. We all convinced ourselves… Read More

John and Jessica Lee

How did you meet? We met in Psychology class. We were put in the same group for a project, and the rest is history! (Spring 2008) What activities did the campus offer couples John was a Sigma Pi, so a lot of what we did was affiliated with that. Also, we are both pretty active,… Read More

Blake and Jessica Fulenwider

How did you meet? Blake and I met our first year of RA training. What activities did the campus offer couples We basically stuck to attending sporting events. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Cancun was my favorite place to go. I can’t get enough of their chicken tacos! How many years… Read More

Jonathan and Natalie Gosdin

How did you meet? Jonathan and I first met in Dr. Willis’ history class. I paid him no attention but he claims thats when I caught his eye. Three years later he asked me out in the Farmer’s bank drive through and we had our first date just days before i graduated from SAU. We… Read More

Bobby and Karen Weido

How did you meet? We were both greek. My best friend introduced us through her boyfriend. Then we realized we had several classes together. It took a few months but we eventually started dating. What activities did the campus offer couples What did the two of you do for fun/dates? How many years have you… Read More

TR and Beth Ross

How did you meet? I don’t know if this qualifies but I was in high school and went to a football game with Regina Bailey. Regina’s older sister Connie was a cheerleader so we were always following her around! In walked Mike Long, Roger Smith, and TR Ross, juniors at Stephens High. They sat in… Read More

Joe and Ceil Bridges

How did you meet? We went on a blind date to see a movie at the Cameo! What activities did the campus offer couples Back in the day we had Newlywed Game for couples and your organization nominated you to be a couple on the “show.” Joe and I were a couple and my sister… Read More

Ben and LaVerne Burton

How did you meet? Their parents actually knew each other and tried to get either Ben or his twin brother to be with her, but they were in high school and didn’t care. Once at Magnolia A&M, Ben and LaVerne had freshman English together and sat in an adjoining seat. “I looked over at her… Read More

John and Joyce Evans

How did you meet? Joyce had a date with my brother and I had a date with her roommate, we were going to meet up at the basketball game. My buddy had a car at that time which was unusual, so we were planning on skipping the game to go riding around. My date had… Read More

Robert and Diane Kaufman

How did you meet? Diane was walking out of the lunch room the first day of classes. I went up to her and said “I’d love to meet you!” that was in 1965 and we were together ever since. What activities did the campus offer couples What did the two of you do for fun/dates?… Read More

LaTricia and Don Davis

How did you meet? We met at an Alpha Sigma Alpha dance, Don asked me to dance and the rest is history! What activities did the campus offer couples We had dances in the Bruce Center. On occasion there were live bands and concerts. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Movies, sporting… Read More

Harold and Gene Brinson

How did you meet? I was a freshman and Harold was a sophomore. My roommate asked Harold to go on a hay ride and to the Sadie Hawkins dance. We started dating soon after that. What activities did the campus offer couples Lots of dances, picnics, the engineering department would host a tug of war… Read More

Charles and Ann McKenzie

How did you meet? We were in the same French class What activities did the campus offer couples Different clubs held parties on campus What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Money was scarce, so going out was a rare occasion How many years have you been together? 59 years Are there any… Read More

Bryan & Melissa Weatherford

How did you meet? We met through the MBSF program at SAU. What activities did the campus offer couples Bryan and I were very active in the Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship program on campus. We also attended athletic events together. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? We would hang out at the… Read More

Chase Patterson, Heather Prince Patterson

How did you meet? At a Sigma Pi party What activities did the campus offer couples We were both Greek so we participated in various Greek activities together. What did the two of you do for fun/dates? Our first date was at China Star. Fortunately our relationship lasted longer than the restaurant did. How many… Read More

Mike White and Debbie Dodson White

How did you meet? I met Mike at a Sigma Pi rush Party. I was serving punch ( i was a Sigma Pi Orchid Little Sister). Kurt Fenchel said he had found the man perfect for me. He introduced me to Mike What activities did the campus offer couples The fraternities had lots of off… Read More

Jerad Goodson and Paige McClure

How did you meet? As you can see we not married yet but we are engaged to be married on campus. We met in school. What activities did the campus offer couples We are currently in band together and it’s become a large part of our life. What did the two of you do for… Read More

Scott and Deena Hardin

How did you meet? We met when Dr. Mike Daniel (for whom I was working) had a summer gifted and talented workshop for high school students in the area in 1985. Scott was hired as one of the teachers for the workshop. That’s how we met. But we had both graduated from SAU earlier–Scott in… Read More

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