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Samford in the News – May 2013

Posted on 2013-06-03 by Philip Poole (205) 726-2823

Hartzog Comments on Social Media Privacy
In a recent USA Today news story questioning whether college students should be concerned about third-party businesses being able to access their personal information with Facebook, Samford law professor Woody Hartzog said the lack of concern for privacy might translate to college students. "Young people don't think about privacy of information to third parties," Hartzog said.


George Lauds N.Y. Archbishop

During an event honoring Roman Catholic archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School dean, lauded Dolan for his "unique combination of courage and compassion," in a story published by the Washington Times.


Alumna Chosen as County Attorney

Cumberland Law School alumna Carol Sue Nelson has been chosen as new attorney for Jefferson County, Ala. The appointment, including Nelson's Samford credentials, was reported widely by regional media. "I am honored and excited to have been selected," Nelson said in a Birmingham News story. "I look forward to serving as county attorney and dealing with the issues and challenges facing the county."


Prep Music Alumnus Featured

Birmingham native Randall Atcheson, who studied in Samford's preparatory music program, cited that program as the reason for his success as a musician in a recent profile distributed widely by "At age 12, I entered [Samford's prep music program] in Birmingham, Ala. where I studied piano and the organ," said Atcheson, who now lives in Greenwich, Conn. "I taught from that age and bought my first grand piano at age 16. My father was a Southern Baptist minister, and at 16 I was the organist for the First Baptist Church in Birmingham."

Lee, Adams Recognized as "Women Who Makes a Difference"

Cumberland Law School alumna Helen Shores Lee recently was recognized as part of a series on "Women Who Make a Difference" in the Birmingham community. In a series distributed by, Lee talked about the influence of her late father. "He taught my sisters and me at an early age about giving back to the community, and I have found that giving back to the community is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can ever have in life," said Lee, who is a Jefferson County (Ala.) circuit court judge.  Tracey Morant Adams, executive director of economic development for the city of Birmingham, also will be featured in the ongoing series. She earned an M.B.A. in 1992.


George Endorses SBC Calvinism Report

Beeson Divinity School dean Timothy George was quoted in news reports endorsing the report of a study committee on the issue of Calvinism among Southern Baptists. "It is a very good effort and I trust will contribute to a way forward that honors Jesus Christ. This document is a model of charitable truth-telling among convictional Baptists over issues that have long roiled Bible-believing Christians," George told Baptist Press.


Samford Graduate Quoted in Story Church Membership

Alumnus John Crist, now a Denver-based comedian, was featured in a recent Birmingham News story, widely distributed by other media outlets, on individuals' relationships with their churches. The story noted that Crist has a routine entitled On the Rebound: Going Through a Tough Breakup With Your Church.  "Your church is like your family: You don't get to choose which one you belong to," he said. "Great point. Your church may not be perfect either. It may be in a strip mall. Your pastor may have a funny accent. Maybe they don't play enough Hillsong. Either way, let God lead you; it's not your choice."


Brown, Knapp Honored by Urban League

Samford trustee Victor Brown and John Knapp, who had been director of Samford's Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, were honored recently by the Birmingham Urban League as one of four multi-racial friendships that have made a difference. "Often times, when you go through dark days, there's friends that don't return your call or can't get in touch with them," Brown said in a story distributed by the Birmingham News. "Although John and I had never spent a lot of time together, he always was there during those dark days and a big change in my life, where it really meant a lot."


A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list.



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