Community Education

Southern Arkansas University Tech’s Community Education Classes and Events allow participants to renew their skills or learn something new. Courses provide a wide range of educational and lifelong learning opportunities taught by experts from the community. Whether you want to learn how to create a floral arrangement or a webpage, play guitar or build one, get in shape or help your dog shape up, Community Education courses offer convenient times and locations throughout the community.

If you’re interested in teaching a non-credit Community Education course in a subject that you are an expert in, or have a course in mind that you would like for us to consider offering, send us a proposal! For more information on community education, contact us at 870-574-4495.

Community Education & EVENTS


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This year our Black History Celebration Speaker is Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP.  Barbara Ross-Lee was appointed Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs at NYIT in 2001 and has also served as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and dean of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences (now the School of Health Professions).

In November 2014, Dr. Ross-Lee was named Dean for NYITCOM at A-State, where she will also serve as CEO of its Academic Health Centers and President of its Faculty Practice Plan. Ross-Lee is a nationally-recognized expert on health policy issues and serves as an advisor on primary care, medical education, minority health, women’s health, and rural health care issues on the federal and state levels. She is the director of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship program, which prepares mid-career osteopathic physicians for leadership roles in health policy. She is also director of the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) for post-graduate (resident physicians) osteopathic trainees; director of the Institute for National Health Policy and Research; and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Osteopathic Medical Association, a medical association of minority osteopathic physicians.

Ross-Lee is the first African-American woman to serve as dean of a United States medical school (Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1993 – 2001). She is also the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. Dr. Ross-Lee served as a commissioned officer, United States Naval Reserves Medical Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. She has lectured widely and published numerous scholarly articles on a variety of medical and healthcare issues. She has received six honorary degrees and many national awards.

In 2012, Dr. Ross-Lee was appointed by the Institute of Medicine to join 18 other prominent medical professionals and scholars on its Consensus Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education (GME). She was the only osteopathic physician on this national committee, which was responsible for recommending reforms to the GME system. Dr. Ross is also the sister of disco icon, Diana Ross.

The funds raised go to the SAU Tech Betty J. Lewis Minority Scholarship Fund managed by the Southern Arkansas University Tech Foundation. SAU Tech Black History Celebration Brochure

Dr. Ross-Lee

Dr. Ross-Lee

Dates: February 16, 2017 Time: 6:00 pm
Location: SAU Tech Campus – Student Center
Tickets: $25 per person and includes dinner
VIP Table: $200
Tables: $175
Last date to buy tickets: February 13, 2017
Contact Rita Givens for tickets at 870-574-4495 or by email at


SAU Tech is hosting its annual talent show, Tech Idol,  on February 9, 2017, at 6:00 pm. Admission is $2.00 and the show will be at the Ross Center in Camden. The event is open to all talents and the entry fee is $5.00 per person. Auditions are January 26, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Ross Center.

First Place – $150
Second Place- $100
Third Place- $ 50

For more information call 870-574-4476.

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