Lions rise to #2 in the nation
SAGU men’s basketball made university history this year by reaching the title game of what is regarded as college basketball’s toughest tournament. To win the NAIA National Championship, a team must win five games in 7 days. SAGU’s young squad, with only 2 seniors, fought their way into the Finals, marking a historic 2-year turnaround that molded the SAGU Lions into 2013 championship contenders.
Rising from a no. 35 ranking at the start of the season, the Lions clinched the Red River Athletic Conference and climbed to no. 6 in the nation—SAGU’s first-ever entry into the Top 10. SAGU was the first Red River Athletic Conference team to make the NAIA Championship game since 2006.
Worship leader Jared Anderson visits SAGU
Worship leader and musician Jared Anderson led worship in Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) chapel service on Wednesday, November 14.
“Worship songs are prayers. We’re reciting the word of God back to him, and pretty soon we’re not just reciting it or singing it, we’re living it,” says Anderson.
Student Miller wins $100,000 Dr Pepper Giveaway
Karla Miller of Hesston, Kan., and a freshman at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, won the $100,000 tuition grand prize as part of the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway by completing the most football throws into an oversized Dr Pepper can replica during the PAC-12 championship game on Nov. 30.
Miller submitted a video online at Dr Pepper.com explaining why she deserved to win tuition money and how she would like to use her education to make an impact on the world.
SAGU redesigns SAGUtv streaming services
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has redesigned SAGUtv (www.sagu.tv) streaming services. Guests can access content from any modern browser. The site has been programmed to adapt content to any computer, tablet or mobile device.
SAGU's Digital Marketing Manager Ricky Ramirez shared, "We wanted to redesign SAGUtv to better highlight feature content, but more importantly, to enhance the user experience. The site is better organized, faster to load, and more accessible."
SAGU makes Dallas Morning News Top 100 Places to Work 2nd-consecutive year
Southwestern Assemblies God University (SAGU) ranked 13th in midsize companies in The Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Workplaces in DFW on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
SAGU President Kermit Bridges shared, "SAGU strives to create a positive workplace that results in an affirming learning environment for our students. Our recognition is a real honor given the many outstanding companies and organizations who participate in DFW Top 100 and provides encouragement that our efforts are making a difference."
SAGU begins Jamie Norton Lund Scholarship
Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU) has begun a scholarship fund in honor of the late alumna Jamie Lund. The scholarship is for English major or minor students with an emphasis in TESOL and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Before SAGU can award a scholarship, the fund must raise $20,000.
Jamie Lund faithfully taught English to Chinese college students in Northern Asia. By the age of 13, she knew God was calling her into full-time ministry. Jamie graduated with honors from Lufkin High School in 1994.
Russian adoption ban blocks SAGU alumnus's dream
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Ryan Froman and his wife Teri adopted a child from Russia in 2011. The Russian ban on U.S. adoptions has halted their adoption process of another Russian child.
The Fromans were halfway through the adoption process when the adoption agency informed them of the ban. Ryan shares, “I can’t even begin to express my emotions. There are thousands of orphans in Moscow alone, and the ban prevents American families from providing these children with homes.”
Professor releases third comedy album
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Garland Owensby released his third comedy CD titled "Manly-Man."
Owensby's comedy album "Manly-Man" was recorded during two live shows in Waxahachie. "This album is the most personal of my three recordings," says Owensby. "It deals with the funny side of not being the stereotypical man who has a truck, a gun and watches football."
Owensby frequently travels doing stand-up comedy and has performed his unique brand of stand-up before audiences of over 4,000 in churches, camps conventions and comedy venues such as The Improv and Hyenas.
MTNA wins Collegiate Chapter of the Year
The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) has been selected as the 2013 MTNA-Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year. The chapter was recognized at the MTNA National Conference in Anaheim, Cali., on Tuesday, March 12.
Faculty sponsor Dr. Lee Hing said, “This is incredibly exciting news for all of our members. The executive team was excited to attend their first MTNA National Conference and be recognized publicly at the award ceremony.
Alumnus releases debut comedy album
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Taylor Johnson released his debut comedy album "Don’t Panic" on January 4, 2013. The album is now available on iTunes.
Johnson says, “When I first began attending SAGU, my dream was to graduate with my own stand-up album. I thought it was impossible. I don’t know how, but everything lined up perfectly during my last semester of school.”
AG emergency services chaplain recruits at SAGU
Assemblies of God Emergency Services Chaplain Robby Jernigan spoke in four of Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) criminal justice classes on Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.
Jernigan briefly shared about the need for chaplains in emergency services with each class before addressing various topics. One class experienced a mock debriefing around the scenario of a highway patrol trooper being shot and killed, illustrating the topic of “Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefings.”
SAGU unveils new athletic logo
Waxahachie, Texas - February 22, 2013 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) unveiled a new athletic logo during the men's basketball win over Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) on Thursday, Feb. 21.
SAGU will join the Sooner Athletic Conference beginning in the 2013-2014 season. The university is also adding cross-country this fall.
The new athletic logo was a joint effort between SAGU's marketing and athletics departments.
SAGU offers cross-country as a varsity sport
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will offer cross-country as a men's and women's varsity sport in Fall 2013. Teams will compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) in the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA).
The competitive season in the SAC will consist of five meets and the conference championship. SAGU will join 199 NAIA institutions that sponsor cross-country.
SAGU continues snowstorm tradition
In 2011 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) began a new tradition called the SAGU Snowstorm. This year's snowstorm took place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. during the first home game of the season against Dallas Christian University.
On Tuesday night, fans launched more than 3,000 ping-pong balls onto the court to celebrate the first home basket of the season. Cheerleaders, players and other volunteers cleared the ping-pong balls from the court, and the referees enforced an administrative technical foul against the Lions.
Rambo named Co-Player of the Year
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee announced SAGU’s Dominique Rambo as a National Co-Player of the Year on March 20, 2013. Rambo shares the award with Vic Moses from NAIA National Championship winner Georgetown College (Ky).
Rambo was also the first athlete in SAGU history to make NAIA’s First Men’s All-American Basketball Team.
Beadles earns 100th SAGU career win
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Women's Head Basketball Coach Arlon Beadles achieved his 100th SAGU win on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, as the Lady Lions beat Dallas Christian College, 79-39. It was Beadles' 200th college basketball win.
SAGU Athletic Director Jesse Godding shared, "Arlon Beadles has led SAGU women’s basketball to unprecedented success during his tenure as coach.