Samford University faculty and the school’s newest students will arrive
on campus Aug. 23-29 for a series of start-of-school programs.
Faculty, including 24 new members, will participate in a pre-school workshop
Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 23-24.
Demographer and sociologist Steve H. Murdock will speak Tuesday morning on
the topic “Population Change in the U.S.: Implications for Higher Education
in the 21st Century.” Dr. Murdock, who teaches management science and
statistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is the official state
demographer of Texas.
Samford president Thomas E. Corts will also address the faculty.
While faculty members are convening on campus, some new Samford students
will be bonding in the Tennessee mountains during a Samford Outdoor Summer
Adventure program Aug. 22-25. Offered for the first time last year when 22
people signed up, this year’s trip includes 50 freshmen, 10 upperclassmen and five
faculty members. They are rock climbing, caving, white water rafting, camping
and hiking near Ocoee, Tenn.
Orientation leaders believe the adventure gives new students a time and place
away from campus to get to know other freshmen and ease the transition into
Freshman move-in day is Thursday, Aug. 26. A series of events called “Connections” will
start Thursday afternoon with an assembly in Seibert Hall followed by small
On Friday, students will participate in faculty-led group discussion of their
summer reading assignment, themed “Journey to Birmingham: Race, Community
and Christianity in the Magic City.” The reading list includes writings
by Ed Gardner, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Packer, Gerald Austin and Jonathan
Bass. Dr. Bass, a Samford history professor, is the author of Blessed
are the Peacemakers: Martin Luther King, Jr., Eight White Religious Leaders
and the Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Discussions will center on Birmingham’s history, the evangelical tradition
and the broader topic of community.
Connections programs continue through the weekend with presentations by student
leaders and Samford staff, pep rally, football game against University of
West Alabama and a freshman dance. A Sunday morning event on Centennial Walk
will feature a procession of the Class of 2008 and remarks by Samford president
Thomas E. Corts, followed by a special worship service.
Later on Sunday, returning students arrive in preparation for classes to
begin Monday, Aug. 30.