Samford University will recognize three outstanding alumni during Homecoming weekend activities Nov. 6-8.
Michael and Carolyn Yeager
Robinson will be honored as Alumni of the Year, and Eric Motley will be
named Outstanding Young Alumnus at a banquet on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7
p.m. in the Samford dining hall.
Motley, a 1996 graduate, will be
the first recipient of a new honor to recognize a distinguished
graduate who is under age 40 and earned a degree within the last
15 years. The former Samford student government association president
is managing director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen
Institute in Washington, D.C. He was formerly director of the State
Department’s Office of International Visitors and a presidential
assistant in the George W. Bush White House. A native of Montgomery,
Ala., Motley holds a Ph.D. in international relations and theology from
the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
The Robinsons live in Alabaster,
Ala., where they retired to in 2005 after Mike’s Air Force career took
them to posts overseas and throughout the United States. He served as
an electronic warfare officer before retiring as a colonel in 1988. He
then worked for Northrop-Grumman on the B-2 stealth bomber.
They are involved in
many aspects of Samford life, including the Alumni Council, the Bulldog
Club advisory council, and Samford Auxiliary. They are also loyal
spectators at varied sports events. The Robinsons are founders of a
journalism and mass communication scholarship in memory of Mike’s late
brother, Timothy Robinson, a Samford graduate whose career included
covering Watergate for
The Washington Post. The scholarship program was the genesis for The Post
to pair with Samford to establish the Timothy Sumner Robinson Forum,
which has brought Post writers to the university for public lectures.
Mike and Carolyn, who met as Samford students, are members of the classes of 1961 and 1960, respectively.
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The banquet will kick off a
weekend of festive Homecoming activities. Friday events also include an
Evensong worship service, a Samford chefs’ culinary demonstration, and
a pep rally and bonfire.
Saturday’s events include class
and affinity group reunions, hot-air balloon rides, a parade, health
fair, alumni art show and other activities. A Live @ the Library
program at 9:30 a.m. will feature literature scholar Carmen Acevedo
Butcher. Samford’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
will induct journalism educator Jon Clemmensen, newspaper journalist
Carol Nunnelley and book publisher Randall Williams as inaugural
members of its Wall of Fame in an 11:15 a.m. ceremony in the University
The Samford Bulldogs take on
Southern Conference opponent Georgia Southern at 2:30 p.m. in Seibert
Stadium. The Homecoming court will be honored at halftime.
The traditional Homecoming
worship service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Hodges Chapel will be led by
Dr. Bill Shiell and Dr. Kely Hatley, Samford alumni and ministers at
First Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tenn.